The famed Art Insititue of Chicago is offering free weekday admission for Illinois residents from January 9 through February 16, 2017. You'll be able to see their permanent collections, including Ancient and Byzantine art, Arms and Armor, Asian art, the Thorne Miniature Rooms, and the impressive Impressionist collection.
To see their recent acquisitions, visit Galleries 124 - 127 for "Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions."
The Art Institute always has several temporary/special exhibits going on at any given time - even velvet (just don't expect a Velvet Elvis).
For more information about Free Winter Weekdays and current and upcoming exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, check their website at http://www.artic.edu to start planning your visit.
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