Several Chicago museums explore particular aspects of the visual arts. The Art Institute of Chicago (111 S.
Michigan Avenue) is one of the world’s leading art museums houses over 300,000 works of art, including a
renowned impressionist and post-impressionist collection of works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh,
Gauguin and others.
Visitors can study classics such as A Sunday on La Grande Jatte–1884 (Seurat), as well as later masterpieces such as Nighthawks (Edward Hopper) and Inventions of the Monsters (Salvador Dali). The Kraft Education Center helps young visitors appreciate art from around the world with interactive computers, videos and games.
Known as the Modern Wing,
the sparkling temple of steel, glass and limestone is being built at the southwest corner of Monroe and
It will be the Art Institute's largest structure since its familiar Beaux-Arts edifice along Michigan Avenue rose in 1893 atop rubble from the Great Chicago Fire. The new wing, as well as the Nichols Bridgeway (a pedestrian bridge linking the Art Institute and Millennium Park), were designed by celebrated architect, Renzo Piano of Italy.