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Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60603-6404

The Basics

In addition to permanent collections that include Pablo Picasso’sThe Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’sNighthawks, and Grant Wood’sAmerican Gothic, the Art Institute hosts about 30 special exhibitions each year. These special exhibits showcase the talents of the museum’s world-renowned curatorial staff and highlight specific elements within collections, scientific research, and other innovations. Even the building itself is a work of art—it was constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which later became the World’s Fair.

You may visit the museum independently or as part of a group walking or Segway tour. Purchase skip-the-line access so you can spend more time browsing the collections than waiting in line. Admission to the institute is included in both the Chicago CityPASS and Chicago Explorer Pass cards. It’s also a stop on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.

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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
$39.95 per adult
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Perfect way to see Chicago!
Great van, great tour guide, great group! Saw so much in so short a time. Photo pops laid back and ample. Commentary knowledgeable. Wonderful!
Cheryl_G, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

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An experience to remember
Pallavi_K, Nov 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Amanda, our tour guide was amazing!! She was attentive to our interests and very knowledgeable about all collections at the museum. This museum trip was definitely an experience we will remember. Highly recommend!
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New Perspective
Tom_J, Nov 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Mandy was very knowledgeable. We would recommend for both those new and well experienced with The Art Institute.
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Great experience
Leonard_J, Oct 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Marlin was our guide and was very knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and the experience. This is a great way to see the museum.
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Excellent Overview
Lewis_C, Sep 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
The tour was a great over view of the collection. I have been several times but this took me to parts of the Art Institute that I hadn't visited before.
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Chicago Art Museum
john_a, Oct 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Most enjoyable and educational experience!!! Would highly recommend Mandy!!! A fantastic way to experience tge Chicago Art Museum!!
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The “Place” to go.
Kristin_A, Oct 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
The building was huge. We ended up spending four hours with our guide, who was fantastic. Then we stayed another two hours. It was an amazing day.
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Super guide Marlin
Mike_D, Aug 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Marlin made sure we had a wonderful experience. He was super attentive and worked hard to weave stories into his tour which made a more memorable experience. It was a very enjoyable day!
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Sara the Magnificent
Barbara_S, Aug 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Sarah was absolutely fantastic. Not only was she a bibliotheca of information but her passion and communication was absolutely superb. Hope to have the opportunity to see her again. Thank you Viator for finding her!!!
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Delightful and Knowledgable
AnnTherese_S, Aug 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Mandy is an awesome guide, with a ton of knowledge and insight into the art, the history of the museum, and Chicago in general. A really great tour!
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Amazing museum
Kristina_M, Jul 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Wonderful! This is an excellent museum and the tour was outstanding. Our guide was friendly, informative and well-prepared.
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Great guide
Allison_H, Jul 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Joe was an amazing guide. A wealth of information. Absolutely loved listening to him. He knew everything about so many exhibits.
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Great experience!
Vincent_D, Jul 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Enjoyed everything. Our guide Mandy was fantastic! Knowledgeable, friendly and informative. Everything you could ask for on a museum tour. Highly recommend!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wheelchairs and strollers are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Hearing-assist devices are available at the Michigan Avenue checkroom and sign language tours and tours with sighted guides are available with advance notice.

  • Dining options include a cafe, outdoor dining, and an upscale Italian restaurant.

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How to Get There

The museum is located in downtown Chicago adjacent to Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park. There are two easily accessible entrances: one from the historic main building at 111 S. Michigan Avenue and one from the Modern Wing at 159 E. Monroe Street. Several parking garages are nearby, or you can choose valet service. A number of city bus and L Train routes pass within a block or two.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily from 10:30am–5pm, except Thursdays, when it is open until 8pm. General admission is free to all Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5–8pm. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

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Gardens at the Art Institute of Chicago

The institute’s works of art aren’t confined to walled buildings—they extend into several outdoor spaces as well. You’ll find traditional flower gardens, mature trees, shade-loving plants, succulents, and more on the grounds, plus one-of-a-kind sculptures, outdoor installations, and reused architectural fragments. The perfect place to take a break from the hubbub inside, the gardens provide a much-appreciated respite to museum visitors looking to take a quick breather.

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