Stay in Van Gogh's Bedroom For $10 a Night

Stay in Van Gogh's Bedroom For $10 a Night

You can really go places on a starving artist's budget.

By Jenny Berg

Vincent Van Gogh never lived in Chicago. (Alas, he preferred Arles in the south of France.) But starting this month, the artist's bedroom will be on display — and taking visitors — in the Windy City.

To, um, paint a clearer picture, The Art Institute of Chicago opens its buzzed-about exhibition, "Van Gogh's Bedrooms," on Valentine's Day. Running through May 10, the hot-ticket show features three paintings of the artist's storied bedroom in France. (With its sky-blue walls and tidily made bed, the room has been immortalized by many a postcard — you'll recognize it.)

In celebration, the museum has taken over a rental in Chicago's River North neighborhood, decking it in a style that very much recalls Van Gogh's chambre. In an adorable twist, the artist himself seems to have left some notes on the listing: "I'm charging $10 for no other reason than that I need to buy paint," he notes. "However, I will be happy to provide you with tickets to my exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago."

The room accommodates two guests, and its features include a real bed (which is a reasonable thing to look for, when planning to sleep inside a painting.)

It also has Wi-Fi, allows access to a pool, and, oh yeah: You'll be staying in Van Gogh's bedroom. So, bragging rights for life.  

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