I don’t think there is much I can say about the Art Institute of Chicago that hasn’t been said already. Voted the number one museum in the world by Tripadvisor last year, it earns it’s accolades with an incredible, diverse collection of art and artifacts, housed in a grand building that is a piece of art itself. It is generally acknowledged to have the best collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. This was not my first visit to the Art Institute, but I happily spent most of Sunday afternoon visiting favorites (Chagall, the Impressionists, O’Keefe, American regionalists) and discovering new ones including a lovely exhibit on the art and crafts of Ireland. I also spent time soaking up the calm of the charming North Garden which was filled with flowering trees and daffodils, sculptures and the fresh green of spring.
The staff at the Art Institute were unfailingly polite and enthusiastic about their museum, patiently giving directions and information. I restored flagging strength midway through my visit with a Quadruple Chocolate Cupcake in their sunny cafe overlooking the interior courtyard (which is open in the warmer months) Sadly, I ran out of time and energy before I could visit the Modern Wing, but there’s always next time, right?