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Art Institute Of Chicago


Another museum that is a definite visitor’s must is the Art Institute of Chicago. Right on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, the museum houses one of the best art collections in the country.


From several floors covering European art, including early religious art and 19th century impressionist art, to Asian, American and even African art, this museum has something for everyone’s taste. Along with paintings, the museum offers sculpture, photography and more.


Chicago Botanic Garden


Located in Glencoe, Illinois, the 385-acre Garden features 24 display gardens displaying more than 2,300,000 plants that consist of 9,330 different plant groups. A truly global plant collection, scientists have brought back seeds and vegetation from Asia, Europe and different parts of North America.


Each year, nearly one million people visit the Garden situated on and around nine islands. Six miles of shoreline extend along 81 acres of water, including the Great Basin, North Lake, and Skokie River Corridor.


With many collections on display, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Dwarf Conifer Garden and Malott Japanese Garden are particularly stunning in winter. Take a walk through the Garden and experience


the snow-covered beauty. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection not to be missed!


But the Chicago Botanic Garden offers more than its collection of plants. For the family, it hosts a number of classes. Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home.


General admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden is free, although some events might cost additional money and parking in the garden’s lot costs $20 per car.


Visit www.chicagobotanic.org for more information.


VISIT THE CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN AND SEE:


1. Evening Island


2. Enabling Garden awash in a spectacle of colors


ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO OFFERS:


1. Modern Wing’s Contemporary Gallery


2. The recently completed Modern Wing makes the Art Institute of Chicago the second largest museum in the U.S.


3. Marie-Blanche-Hennelle Fournier, Untitled page from the Madame B Album—part of Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage exibition


4. Grant Wood’s American Gothic is one of the museum’s most iconic paintings in permanent collection


For those seeking a more unique artistic experience, the recently built Modern Wing showcases a collection of surrealist and cubist art, with renowned artists such as Picasso and Dali, as well as other lesser known but interesting painters.


The Modern Wing is also notable for its large windows offering a spectacular view onto Chicago’s Downtown, the famous Millennium Park and its bean sculpture. Chicago is visible in all its glory.


Before or after visiting the museum, walk outside of the Modern Wing on a bridge promenade overlooking the city. The bridge will take you to a nice courtyard, also offering an impressive city view.


Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for children, students and seniors. Children under 14 years of age can get in free. Admission to the museum is free for all on


Thursdays after 5pm.


Visit www.artic.edu/aic for more information.


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