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Uncover the finest and the quirkiest of Chicago’s richly varied museums

In Chicago, whimsical public art studs the street and museums invite you to explore everything from a Monet masterpiece to colossal dinosaurs and outer space.

MINI GUIDE

Museums of Chicago

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, aka ‘The Bean’, in Chicago’s Millennium Park

Arts

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 1

The huge Art Institute houses masterpieces from around the globe, including a fabulous selection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The third floor is home to the Modern Wing, which hangs Picassos and Mirós, and the sculpture garden, which is free (artic.edu; 111 S Michigan Ave; 10.30am–5pm, until 8pm Thu; £13).

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 2

Covering art from 1945 onwards, the museum can be considered the Art Institute’s brash, rebellious sibling, with especially strong Minimalist, Surrealist and book arts collections, and permanent works by Alexander Calder, René Magritte, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol (mcachicago.org; 220 E Chicago Ave; 10am–5pm Wed–Sun, 10am–8pm Tue, closed Mon; £8).

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