(Photo: Grant Wood, Overmantel Decoration, 1930, oil on upsom board, 41 1/4 x 64 in., gift of Isabel R. Stamats in Memory of Herbert S. Stamats, 73.3.)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Rapids is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the famous American Gothic painting, which was created by Grant Wood in his local studio. You can see the world's largest collection of works by Wood in the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. After you've had your fill of moody, Midwest-inspired artwork (take note of the corncob chandelier), you can check out a host of new attractions that are revitalizing local tourism. A year-round city market will open in October, and a new mural trail is bringing color to city streets. The best part? Cedar Rapids is less than a half-day's drive from Chicago.
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