Art Institute of Chicago’s Impressionist show pairs fine art and high fashion

This is what travel has become with two teenage daughters:

“What do you want to do in _____ (insert city)?”

The inevitable answer: “Go shopping.”

And so it went as I planned our family’s trip to Chicago last month.

But I wasn’t letting my kids loose on Michigan Avenue until they experienced some of the city’s fine cultural attractions.

We both got what we wanted at the Art Institute of Chicago, where “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity,” pairs fine art and high fashion into one terrific exhibit.

The exhibit – which broke attendance records last year at the Musee D’Orsay in Paris – is the perfect excuse for a late summer escape to Chicago.

The museum recently announced a one-week extension of the exhibit, to Sunday, Sept. 29.

More than 75 major paintings by top Impressionists – Manet, Monet,
Renoir and Degas – are displayed side by side with the couture that
inspired them, from elaborate ball

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