Chicago Art Guide | Guide to Chicago, IL
Chicago, affectionately known as the Windy City, lies on the shores of Lake Michigan and regularly attracts millions of visitors, many of whom come for the varied artistic and cultural attractions this eclectic city has to offer from astonishing architecture, art and theater, to live music and great museums.
The city of Chicago is famous for its architecture and the Chicago city skyline is one of the most densely packed in the world. One of the best ways to gain a great perspective on what Chicago has to offer is from the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. This will afford you a bird's eye view of one of the most spectacular cities in the world.
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Chicago is blessed with one of the most vibrant theater scenes in America and there are dozens of theater companies based in the city. Entertainment to rival any Broadway show, including hit musicals, dance productions, and plays can be found at various theaters in the Downtown theater district, but there are also plenty of fringe theater shows and storefront performances to be seen at any given time. The legendary Chicago Theater is the venue for a multitude of concerts, comedians and, more recently, the fantastic Cirque du Soleil show. Other treasures include the Goodman Theater and Harris Theater for Performance and Dance.
When it comes to great art, Chicago can offer visitors a fine selection of world-class art institutions. The Art Institute of Chicago has a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, textiles and photography including a huge collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. It also features a large array of other permanent collections from Ancient and Byzantine art, to Indian and contemporary American art, plus a regular selection of temporary exhibitions.
The Museum of Contemporary Art contains some wonderfully thought provoking examples of post-modern art created since 1945, with a strong focus on surrealism, conceptual art and work created by Chicago based artists. Many works in the museum's permanent collection are rotated on a regular basis, which means you are guaranteed to see something new each time you visit. The museum also holds temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Whether your passion is art, architecture, theater, music, or simply people watching, Chicago can offer everything you need for a wonderfully inspiring and culturally resplendent vacation. From world-class museums to spectacular lake front vistas, Chicago is a city of amazing beauty and fascinating attractions, so make sure you book your trip today!