1 ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
Laid out in a grid system along Lake Michigan, Chicago is an easy city to explore on foot. A good place to start your tour is the south end of Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s busiest and liveliest street. On your right, you will see Grant Park, home to Buckingham Fountain and the Art Institute of Chicago museum. At this location since 1893, the Art Institute museum is one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, and houses a world-famous collection of Impressionist and American art. As you enter the first things you will notice are the two bronze lions, sculpted by Edward Kemeys, which flank the main entrance. Inside, the highlights of the vast collection include Monet’s Houses of Parliament and Water Lilies, Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Toulouse-Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic, to name but a few. The museum also boasts a scenic sculpture garden and an impressive collection of modern art.