Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL

111 South Michigan AvenueChicago, IL 60603
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Overview

Boasting more than 1.5 million local, national, and international visitors a year, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see destination. Located at 111 South Michigan Avenue in the World’s Fair Building, the Art Institute is home to a world-class collection of fine art ranging from contemporary pieces to historic works of art such as Pablo Picasso’s, “The Old Guitarist” and Grant Wood’s, “American Gothic.”

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Open daily with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
  • Hours of operation: 10:30 am–5:00 pm, daily. Open until 8:00 pm on Thursdays.
  • Audio guides are available in English, French, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago offers a variety of dining options for guests.
  • Selfie sticks are strictly prohibited inside the museum.
  • Join free guided tours daily at noon.
  • Take advantage of the free WiFi and download the Official Mobile App from the App Store to explore the museum and listen to audio tours.
  • Visit the Ryan Learning Center for free family art-making activities and to create your own tour of the museum with the digital interactive tool, JourneyMaker.

Description

from Art Institute of Chicago
Home to over 300,000 works of art from across the centuries and around the world, the Art Institute of Chicago has something for everyone. Find iconic works by Vincent van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Cindy Sherman—along with lesser-known treasures that will soon become favorites. Immerse yourself in an audio tour, create a customized family adventure, or simply find a gallery bench and sit in the presence of the greats. Round out your visit with a stop in one of the museum’s cafés and gift shops.

Your Reserve Direct Fast Pass Ticket allows you to pass the admissions line and present your mobile or printed ticket at the security desk for entry.

Hours of Operations: Daily from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm and Thursdays until 8:00 pm. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Days.


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stinktoast
Chicago, Illinois
"Fantastic!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
Doesn't matter what type of art you are in to...it's all there, and it's amazing. The atmosphere, the way everything is set up, the modern wing...love it
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370luciand
Chicago, Illinois
"A very comprehensive museum about rt from Greece o India"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
The tmossphere is y pleasant but not for kids never to exposed art before or der 5 years! Location and ng are easy accessible!
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2beans2000
San Diego, California
"Wonderful day enjoying Rembrandt & lunch!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
Perfect day at the AIC with a friend. She wanted to see the Rembrandt portraits exhibit and I happened to be in town visiting. My recommendation is to become a member. It’s good to support the arts and this museum os good to support. Additionally, you get to skip the long entry lines (they were incredibly long today: Easter weekend + spring breakers). Great discounts on food and shopping as well!! On to the exhibits, we enjoyed the Rembrandt portraits, though for all of the advertising, I thought there would be more than four! They were indeed wonderful. So amazing to experience the derail and texture of his painting, the emotions emoting from his brushwork. Other painters caught my attentions as well, European ones in the same galleries. Such incredible collections. We enjoyed the Art of the Americas, since my friend recently returned from Peru. Not my area so I had not been to this area of the AIC before. It is always good to explore new areas beyond one’s favorites! We enjoyed lunch at Terzo Piano, the museum cafe. Excellent!
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Mary S
"Touring the Art Institute"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
It was a very pleasant day spent at the Art Institute. The museum docents and floor guards were very helpful in finding certain exhibits, bathrooms and elevators. Go early because you will find yourself lost in time as you are lead through the centuries of history and pleasure told through art.
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pookala
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"Old Friends"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
Hands down, one of my favorite art museums in the world. Even when I only have a little bit of time to devote to AIC, I always feel like I have to visit with my old ’friends’ here. Paintings etc by Beckmann, Cornell, Caillebotte, Cassat, Magritte, Hopper and Zurbaran are among the finest examples of each artist’s work. This is just such a high quality collection. Beautifully hung and perfectly lit, this museum is a joy for the senses. While I would encourage a minimum of 2-3 hours, shorter visits can be done and there is actually a very cool one hour highlight plan outlined on their website. Because the building is so large & a little confusing to navigate, it does help to search their site beforehand to make the most of your time. Finally, they have a good gift shop with lovely staff and the discounted book section always has some interesting titles at great prices.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Art Institute of Chicago

Is the museum open on holidays?
The museum is closed only three days a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. It is open on all other holidays.

Where can I park?
The Art Institute offers valet parking at the Modern Wing entrance during museum hours. Many underground lots are also only a block away.

Does the Art Institute of Chicago have wheelchairs?
Yes, wheelchairs are free and available on a first-come, first served basis

Are audio guides available?
Yes. Audio guides can be rented for $7 per person. They are compatible with t-coil hearing induction loops and free for visually impaired visitors and their escorts.

What items are not allowed in the galleries?

  • Art materials other than a pencil (including ink pens)
  • Backpacks and backpack baby carriers
  • Bags, camera bags, or purses larger than 13 x 17 x 4 inches
  • Shopping bags
  • Flowers or balloons
  • Food or drink
  • Toys
  • Tripods, flash attachments, video cameras, or "selfie sticks"
  • Umbrellas (small umbrellas can be stowed in bags)
  • Wrapped packages (gifts) 

What if I need stuff that I have in my bag but my bag is over the allowed size?
Courtesy bags are available to carry valuable items with you.

Can I take pictures in the galleries?
Non-flash photography and video are permitted in all the permanent galleries. On occasion, lender restrictions prohibit photography and video in special exhibitions. We will clearly note when those restrictions apply. Otherwise, photography and video are encouraged.

Are there restrictions on the type of equipment that is permitted?
  • Equipment must not exceed the size of an SLR camera designed for personal use.
  • Flash, tripods, monopods, handheld microphones, selfie sticks, and other extraneous equipment are not allowed anywhere in the museum, its gardens, or public spaces.
  • All imaging documentation must be for personal, no distributional, non-commercial use only.

Are selfie sticks permitted in the galleries?
No, for the safety of the artwork and other patrons, selfie sticks are not allowed.

Is sketching allowed in the museum?
Sketching with pencils only is allowed in all galleries including special exhibitions, provided there are no restrictions by lenders. Please consult the security officer in a gallery to confirm that sketching in that space is permitted; officers have the discretion to disallow sketching if the galleries are crowded or sketching is creating a disturbance. If a work of art is not framed or protected by a vitrine or case, sketchers are asked to remain at least five feet away from the art. Paper and pads must be no larger than 13 x 17 inches. Easels, stools, or anything that interferes with movement in the gallery is not permitted.

Does a general admission ticket include access to special exhibitions?
A general admission ticket allows you to see all of the museum's non-ticketed special exhibitions. Occasionally exhibitions require an additional charge.

Do I have to pay for tickets for my kids?
Admission for children under 14 is always free.