Art Institute of Chicago Day Trip

A Day in the Windy City

When I started a bucket list five years ago I added the top ten art museums of the world first. Actually, this was the only item on there for at least four years. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of these museums. The location makes visiting doable in a day from my Wisconsin location. For my birthday this summer my daughter, Kyleigh, and her friend, Sara, met me in Milwaukee to take the train down to Chicago. 


3 women on a train


We took an early train and arrived with enough time to enjoy a cup of coffee before walking to the Art Institute of Chicago. It was a gorgeous day for the 20 minute walk.


two young women standing by a lion outside the art museum


Waiting in line to get in!

Sandra standing by a Renoir painting

Sara standing by a Picasso

I had my picture taken by my favorite painting, Two Sisters by Renoir. 

And Sara had her’s taken by her favorite painting by Picasso, The Old Guitarist.  

One word of advice, wear comfortable shoes to any museum. You do an incredible amount of walking on hard floors. 
The special exhibit was Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist. The artist’s paintings, sculptures, printmaking and furniture design were on display, with a total of 227 pieces of art.  This was an amazing exhibit. I purchased one of the books on Gauguin available in the gift shop. 
kyleigh and sara standing by a life size 3D piece of art of musicians in a band
Sara and Kyleigh posing with Jazz Wall by Marisol Escobar in the Contemporary Sculpture section.
cloud bean sculpture millenium park
We took time to cross the street and have our picture taken in front of Cloud Gate, a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Sir Anish Kapoor. It’s the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park.
finger puppet of Claude Monet

What an amazing way to spend my 54th birthday. I returned home late that evening, but it was well worth it. I also came home with a  finger puppet souvenir. Next visit I am getting the Frida Kahlo one!
 Till next time, Sandra

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2 thoughts on “Art Institute of Chicago Day Trip

  • October 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Everyone brags about their vacations…”just got back from 2 weeks in Mexico” “flew to Vegas for the weekend” “I spent time this summer in Africa”

    Ugh! Some of us don’t have the money nor the time to be so fortunate to do those type of things. Fortunately there are day trips right in our back yard! How awesome that your daughter took you on a trip to Chicago to see the art museum!

    As for me, I’d love to go back to the Museum of Science and Industry. No, not an art museum….but just an example of the day vacations that we can do close to home.

    • October 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      Yes, even us poor folk can expand our horizons a bit!


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