The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the most respected (and most visited) art museums in the world. Featuring more than 260,000 works of art spanning across 5,000 years of history, this museum possesses some of the most famous works of art, including paintings by Picasso, van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet, Gauguin, Degas, Renoir, and Rembrandt. Aside from the masters, The Art Institute of Chicago also displays amazing sculptural works and boasts a massive collection of architectural, industrial, and graphic designs, as well as the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries—considered some of the most extensive catalogues of art in history. The libraries are accessible only to museum members, researchers, curators, and university students (but you can view of the material online through their website!). More than 2 million visitors from around the world come to admire this amazing place—you should join them in awe.