1 ART IN­STI­TUTE OF CHICAGO

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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.

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