I visited The Art Institute of Chicago many years ago and I’ve always wanted to go back.  I loved seeing some of the paintings I recognized from the board game Masterpiece that I played with as a child.  For me it was an experience I’ll never forget and because I love art it has been one of the highlights in my life. Perhaps you’ll marvel at the centuries of pure art as I did.

Even if you don’t have a passion for art, like I do, there is something inspiring about visiting The Art Institute of Chicago and standing in front of a that painting worth millions.  You”ll find yourself transported to era after era as you gaze at the art that captures moments in history.

It’s something I have done, but one I want to do again, so I’m putting it back on my Life Experience List (or Bucket List) so I can add it to my Vision Board when I open up another space on it.

Here’s Why It’s a Recommended
Vision Board Idea

Take a Peak at Some of the Art You’ll See at
The Art Institute of Chicago

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the works of art you could see while you’re there, followed by information about location, etc.

American Gothic – Grant Wood

On the Terrace by Pierre Auguste Renoire

Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh

Paris Street Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

Paris Street Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte

The Childs Bath by Mary Cassatt 1893 @ The Art Institute of Chicago

The Child’s Bath by Mary Cassatt


Because it is the 2nd largest art museum in the United States you’ll want to dedicate the at least three hours to viewing the world-class artwork housed at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Information available at the time of publishing – please check their website for current hours, pricing, etc.

Location 111 S Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603 (312) 443-3600

Hours Mon-Wed, Fri 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thu 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Thursday evenings are free but some sections of the museum are closed) Sat-Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Price Adults: $18.00 Students and Seniors: $12.00 Children under 14: Free

Additional Information The following items are not allowed in the galleries:

  • Art materials other than pencil (including ink pens)
  • Backpacks and backpack baby carriers
  • Bags, camera bags or purses larger than 13”x17”
  • Shopping bags
  • Flowers or balloons
  • Food or drink
  • Toys
  • Tripods, flash attachments and video cameras
  • Umbrellas (small umbrellas can be stowed in bags)
  • Wrapped packages (gifts)

The Art Institute of Chicaco

So is The Art Institute of Chicago going on your bucket list? What other cultural experiences would you like to do in your life?

This post is part of our Dream Building Series – the series designed to help you dream bigger and find experiences that will enRICH your life. In this series you will find vision board ideas, mind movie ideas, and bucket list ideas.

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