Chicago Art Overview

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Art in Chicago – where to begin! The Chicago art scene is enormous and teeming with life. The city is home to thousands of artists whose work can be found in world-class museums, small local galleries, public parks, or decorating the walls of a neighborhood dive bar.

Chicago is home to a world-class art museum of its own, The Art Institute. Housing the country’s greatest collection of Impressionist paintings, The Art Institute is also home to an incredible collection of American Art, including Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.

For those more interested in modern and contemporary art, The Art Institute’s new Modern Wing is not to be missed. In addition, the city is home to another excellent institution, the Museum of Contemporary Art, which houses a small permanent collection, but prides itself on unique special exhibitions from big names like Jeff Koons and Alexander Calder.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Chicago art scene is art at the local level. Many Chicago neighborhoods, including Pilsen and Ravenswood, offer monthly art walks during which galleries stay open late and nearby watering holes offer “art walk specials.” Some of Chicago’s bigger neighborhoods host annual arts festivals or fairs in the summer, including Bucktown, the Gold Coast, and Lincoln Park.

The Chicago art scene has something for everyone. Whether you prefer to wander museums, examine the local gallery scene, or simply marvel at Frank Gehry’s architecture in Millennium Park, art lovers of all shapes and sizes can find something they will enjoy in Chicago.

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