The Art Institute of Chicago is one of America's premier fine art museums. Located in Chicago, Illinois's Loop, the Museum is especially known for its extensive collection of Impressionist and American art, and also boasts an extended collection of master works garnering international praise. It is located on the western edge of Grant Park, at 111 South Michigan Avenue in the Chicago Landmark Historic Michigan Boulevard District, in a building designed by the Boston firm of Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge (1892). It is the third most popular cultural attraction in Chicago.
The Art Institute of Chicago Building was originally constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition as the World's Congress Auxiliary Building, with the intent that the Art Institute occupy the space after the fair closed. The museum is also associated with School of the Art Institute of Chicago.