While hanging out with my traveling companions in Chicago and talking about all the great things to do in the city, visiting the great Art Institute of Chicago was a common topic. I have been there many times, but none of the others had been but wanted to, but never made it. I chalked it up to there is so much to do in the city – especially in the summer – and the museum, as awesome as it is, will be there the next time you visit.

Anyway, I have discovered the best excuse to visit Chicago again this summer and make a point to stop in Art Institute of Chicago – the John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age exhibition opening July 1 and running through September 30, 2018.

About the John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age at the Art Institute of Chicago:

“From July 1 through September 30, 2018, the Art Institute of Chicago will present an exhibition of American portraitist John Singer Sargent with a focus on his numerous Chicago connections. Featuring nearly 100 objects from the Art Institute’s collection, private collections, and public institutions, John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age examines Sargent’s impressive breadth of artistic practice and the network of associations among the artist, his patrons, his creative circle, and the city. Through the lens of Sargent’s work, this exhibition explores the cultural ambitions of Chicagoans to shape the city into a center of art, the development of an international profile for American artists, and the interplay of traditionalism and modernism at the turn of the 20th century.”

Learn more about the John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age at the Art Institute of Chicago here.

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