Art Institute of Chicago Opens “Onchi Koshiro” Exhibit

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The Art Institute of Chicago is debuting an exciting new exhibit this summer – “Onchi Koshiro: The Abstract Prints.”  This exhibit is among the most significant displays of his work to date, as the Art Institute of Chicago is one of only a few museums with a significant collection of his works. The exhibit will open on July 19th (that's this Saturday!) and run through October 5th. Koshiro was an influential Japanese artist and the founder of the “sosaku hanga” movement in printing-making. He who produced much of his work in the 1930s and 40s. He is best known for his innovative and creative printmaking techniques that bucked generations of traditional Japanese printmaking methods.  Koshiro’s self-proclaimed influences include Russian abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky … [Read more...]

“Paris Street; Rainy Day” Returns to Art Institute of Chicago

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Big news in the Chicago art world this season! After undergoing months of restorative work, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” returns to the Art Institute of Chicago this May. The longtime favorite and a centerpiece of the Art Institute’s extensive Impressionist holdings, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” (1877) is an iconic work by French painter Gustave Caillebotte, best known for his blend of Realist and Impressionist techniques in his paintings of Parisian streets, men and women, and “la vie quotidienne.” The painting has been a popular one with visitors since the museum first acquired the piece in 1964, at which point it was already nearly 90 years old. Museum staff notes that it had undergone some restorative treatments upon arriving in Chicago. Since that time, it’s been a … [Read more...]

Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing Reopens!

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Art lovers headed to Chicago this spring are in luck – the famed Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago will reopen on April 18, 2014 after a seven-month-long renovation process that saw many of the museum’s most popular pieces loaned out across the country. The Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing has been a Chicago landmark since it was first erected in 2009; an example of exquisite contemporary architecture, it’s been updated to accommodate redesigns in gallery lighting. Now visitors to the Art Institute can reacquaint themselves with the missing pieces. More than 100 paintings, sketches, and sculptures were loaned out to the Kimbell Art Museum in Forth Worth, Texas, including Matisse’s “Bathers by the River,” an early example of his interest in Cubism that has been … [Read more...]

Top Chicago Sights and Attractions

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The diversity of Chicago attractions means that there’s something for everyone in this vast city where art, culture, history, entertainment, and education intersect. Some of the best museums in the world are located in Chicago, as well as some of the best parks and architectural feats. At Smart Destinations, we want you to enjoy your Chicago vacation to the fullest. That’s why we are doing our best to make sure you see the top Chicago sights and attractions while you’re in the Windy City. Take a look at the best of what’s around so you can decide where your Chicago vacation will take your family. Art Institute of Chicago Currently the nation’s second largest art museum, the Art Institute of Chicago encourages creativity in every form. From paintings by the old masters, like … [Read more...]

New Exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago is a seminal art museum, famous not only in Chicago but across the country for its cutting edge exhibits, unparalleled collections, and impressive programming. Whether you’ve visited this national institution annually or you’re a first time visitor, there’s always something new to experience. So if you’re in Chicago this summer, pay a visit to the Art Institute to check out their new exhibits. Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity 6/26/13 -9/22/13 This exhibit is one of the most anticipated of the year at the Art Institute of Chicago. The show combines a contemporary interest in fashion as a culture with a study of impressionist paintings of both men and women in high fashion garments. While the impressionist school of painting is a well-known … [Read more...]

Field Museum Discount Tickets

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Situated at 400 South Lake Shore Drive near Chicago Harbor, the Field Museum is the centerpiece of a lakefront Museum Campus that also is home to the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium. The campus’ three attractions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together they attract more annual visitors than any comparable site in Chicago. The Field Museum traces its roots all the way back to 1893 and is named after the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field. Founded to house biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Field Museum’s collection has grown to more than 20 million specimens thanks to world-wide expeditions, exchanges, purchases and gifts. Containing specimens spanning the fields of … [Read more...]

Chicago Museums Discount Tickets

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For a city that’s well known for its hearty food, excellent sports teams and vibrant architecture, Chicago has a pretty exceptional collection of museums as well. If you want to investigate the intellectual side of the Second City, the Chicago Museum Pass package saves you 26% on admission to the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Science and Industry! Save money! Located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, the Museum of Science and Industry is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. After your visit, you’ll probably be surprised it isn’t open on those days as well!  With 14 acres of hands-on exhibits and Chicago's only five-story, domed Omnimax theater, using the Chicago Museum Pass to save on a visit certainly seems … [Read more...]

4 Exclusive Exhibitions!

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The Art Institute of Chicago has always been dedicated to representing a diversity of mediums and perspectives; a standard fully realized in four new exhibits hitting the halls this spring. As a limited-time extension to the Art Institute's comprehensive collections and permanent exhibitions, special exhibitions give visitors the opportunity to delve deeper into the work of particular artists, time periods, cultures, and phenomenon. From the United States to India and Italy, these exhibits take viewers around the globe and on a journey through time in the pursuit of artistic understanding. Here's what you have to look forward to! The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranth Tagore January 29- April 15, 2012 See how one author found a way to break the boundaries of language … [Read more...]

7 Romantic Things to Do in Chicago

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With fall on the way, now is the time to plan a romantic getaway with your sweetheart—the weather will be perfect for evening cuddling in soft sweaters or walking hand in hand in the crisp autumn air. Believe it or not, Chicago is a surprisingly romantic place for lovebirds, despite the hustle and bustle of the Windy City. It's full of luxurious hotels and charming bed & breakfasts, as well as intimate restaurants to share an elegant meal. Plus, you'll make unforgettable memories while experiencing the multitude of attractions Chicago offers. Picture yourself cozying up to your mate as you take in the spectacular Chicago skyline while the sun sets. If that's not romantic, what is? Need some help thinking of romantic things to do in Chicago? Here are 7 suggestions for you and your … [Read more...]

Innovation at the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the nation's leading museums devoted to the preservation, interpretation, and presentation of the highest quality of art from around the world. Whether you're a first time visitor or a "regular" at the Art Institute, the vast permanent collections and changing exhibitions are guaranteed to offer you new insight into how art has effected culture, politics, and lifestyle in the past and present, and it will inspire you to think about the influence art will have on our future (as well as the influence the future will have on art!). One of the coolest things about the new exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago is their focus on the relevance of the artistic in daily life. Here's a look at some of the current and upcoming exhibits at the … [Read more...]