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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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Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
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Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
$115.54 per adult
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Highlights of the Art Institute
Excellent insights and details that we never would have noticed on our own. Also answered our questions and provided expert opinions.
James_V, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

star-5
Focused and fun
Chris_A, Jul 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
The stories our guide Mandy told about all the artists - she was very good and knowledgeable. Made getting through the museum very easy.
star-5
Excellent Tour Guide!
cordelia_g, Jul 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Sam gave an extraordinary tour of the Art Institute, the best tour I have ever experienced. She should be valued! Cordelia Gary
star-4
Fascinating and fast-paced
Cory_S, Jul 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Loved having a live guide and the small group format. All of the historical context was very interesting as well. The pace was a little fast, though, without enough time to look at anything except what the guide chose to show us. If I were to do it again, I would opt for a single theme or time period (I.e. architecture, Impressionism, classical, furniture, etc). There is just so much to see!
star-5
Do this!!!
Scott_S, Jun 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
This was our first time having a guided museum tour and it was incredible! Joe was our guide and was so personable and knowledgeable. We are not “artsy” people so having a guide made all the difference. This is the only way we will ever tour a museum again.
star-5
A great educational of the history of art and the masterpieces
Susan_C, Jun 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Our private tour was excellent. Our tour guide Samantha made the experience very interesting and informative. I highly recommend you ask for her
star-5
Outstanding Tour
Richard_H, May 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Joe was superb. The flow and what he specifically showed and taught us about could not have been better. An awesome experience we’ll never forget.
star-5
Our guide, excellent story teller
Joy_H, May 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
On a beautiful spring morning, our tour guide Joe, met us next the museums lion. We proceeded inside to enjoy a delightful and enlightening experience. We were introduced to a number of world renowned works, and some lesser know. It was lovely and would gladly repeat on my next visit to Chicago. Joy Hardesty
star-4
Fantastic tour!!!
apsychdoc68, Aug 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Joe was an amazing tour guide!!!! We really learned a lot and I think this is the only way to see the museum!! Even if you have been there a few times - like we have been. Our only complaint was that we arrived with 10 minutes to spare to the meeting spot and the tour had already (started early) so we missed the beginning of the tour. We waited outside thinking our tour guide didn't show up. We had to make some phone calls to figure out that even though we were there 10 minutes early the tour had already started. Finally the tour guide came out to find us. That was pretty annoying.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Michael_B, May 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Joe led us through the Impressionists and so much more with as much detail as the group wants to dive into. Pick a few of your favorites and Joe will fill in the history and background of the artist, style, period, etc. Very worthwhile and fun. Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour made even greater by our knowledgeable guide!!!
Tania_G, Jul 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Our tour guide, Amanda, is incredibly knowledgeable about world history and art history. She provided the context during which the art that we viewed was created. The details that she gave us produced a better understanding of what we were viewing. We had limited time to experience the museum. She guided us through every period and style of art which we never would have been able to do ourselves. Additionally she gave us time to walk around and enjoy other works of art that she had not discussed. I highly recommend this tour which could have been frustrating on our own but ended up to be one of the most informative and enjoyable tours that we took in Chicago!!!! Thanks to Amanda!
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CIA with Marlin
ruth_b, Feb 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Marlin was the absolutely best tour guide! We had an awesome Museum experience - so informative - with great stories.
star-5
Our guide, Mandi was...
Mary_T, Dec 2021
Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour
Our guide, Mandi was extremely knowledgeable! She kept us all interested and showed a variety of art
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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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