Art Institute free admission

Visit The Art Institute of Chicago for free during the entire month of February. I was just trying to plan a potential trip around their normally scheduled free day of the week and came across Free February on their site.


They’ve been working on the Modern Wing for seemingly forever. It’s scheduled to open May 16, 2009. That’s only 3 months away. more info on the Modern Wing here.

The complete Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings went on a 6 month hiatus to Texas and returned to new, expanded digs in December. All your old favorites are back along with some new friends. full story here.

Here’s a list of all the current exhibitions. Personally I think “Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago” is the most intriguing of the bunch.

Here’s a list of future exhibits. I am very very excited about the upcoming exhibit of the latest works by Cy Twombly (opening May 16). I had planned on doing a blog post about him soon. At the moment, I can’t recall how exactly I came across his work in the last week. I think it was a google image search. Then I find Cy on the back of Art in America. His painting/drawing style is very intriguing. I’m stoked.

photo of illustration courtesy of The Art Institute of Chicago.
artist: Claude Monet
Mario Uchard
c. 1855-1856
Graphite, on tan wove paper
320 x 243 mm
Not signed
Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection
Digitally altered by Erik Maldre

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Matt Maldre
15 years ago

what! the art institute is free for all of february? Crap. Actually that’s cool. I just wish I knew this sooner. This would have come in really handy. Whoa. So ALL of the impressionist and post-impressionists are GONE? What is in their place? Do you think they just closed off the galleries? Hmmm. I think they just closed those galleries. I seem to remember a big wall blocking them off. Wow. I’d rather be able to go there and just see the blank walls. THat would be cool. Here is where the Monets once stood. Now they are blank white… Read more »