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Waldorf Astoria Chicago, located in the heart of the city’s upscale Gold Coast neighborhood, gives you quick access to a number of Chicago’s best museums. In fact, when you book a stay a the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, you’ll get a complimentary access to the nearby Museum of Contemporary Art, which is home to one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the world. During the summer, the MCA hosts outdoor jazz concerts on its terrace where you can dine and sip wine alfresco.
The Chicago History Museum is just two stops north on the CTA’s Red Line (or a short cab ride away). The museum holds relics and records pertaining to the Windy City. But the biggest and most lauded museum in the city is the Art Institute of Chicago, the second-largest art museum in the United States (behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York). The Art Institute is a few minutes south of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel by cab, or a good 20-minute walk. It houses one of the world’s finest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, with famous pieces from Monet, Matisse, Cézanne and other renowned artists. The recent addition of the Modern Wing alone is worth a visit — designed by acclaimed architect Renzo Piano, the space is large, airy and a work of art itself.