I love that place. Yesterday, I got to see the Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper exhibits.
They're a good pair. Both could see into a scene, capturing essentials of light. Amazing to see Homer's Canadian scenes -- then tropical islands! And I love the way Hopper surrounds every object and person with a stillness of space.
When I was in high school, sometimes I would skip school to ride the old Chicago and Northwestern commuter train (now the Metra) downtown to go the Art Institute. My home room teacher was Mr. Misunas, and also taught art. Once, when I told him I'd skipped school to go look at Impressionists, he excused the absence.