This museum is one of the oldest and largest in the U.S., and is known for its carefully curated collections.
Of course, the comprehensive collection — particularly the array of Impressionist and American art — at The Art Institute of Chicago, is unparalleled. Originally constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, it began as a joint museum and school, and remains one of America's preeminent museums and educational art institutions today.
First, make your way to the Renzo Piano-designed, 264,000-square-foot Modern Wing, which houses European works from 1900 to 1950. Depending on how long you hang out, you might want to relax at Tony Mantuano's Terzo Piano, a sedate, stylish spot serving local, organic and sustainably produced Italian fare. Then marvel at the collection of European paintings and sculptures, hailing from 1900 to 1950, and explore the third-floor galleries where works from Pablo Picasso can be found.
Other fascinating collections include Thorne Miniature Rooms, which are replicas of European interiors from the 13th century to the 1930s and American décor from the 17th century to the 1930s.