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The Art Institute of Chicago


Located in Grant Park, the Art Institute of Chicago is known for its collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and American art. The center houses many masterworks, such as Self-Portrait (Vincent Van Gogh), Nighthawks (Edward Hopper), Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Georges-Pierre Seurat) and The Old Guitarist (Pablo Picasso). The institute was constructed in 1893 as part of the World's Columbian Exposition.

Fun Fact: The two lions that stand outside of the Michigan Avenue entrance are unofficially named after their poses. The north and south lions are referred to as "on the prowl" and "stands in an attitude of defiance," respectively.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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