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.

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

Ticket options include:
• Adult (ages 18-64)
• Teen (ages 14-17)
• Student (College/University w/ ID)
• Senior (age 65+).

Children 13 years or younger receive complimentary admission.

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palisades76
Branch
"Absolutely outstanding!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2019 NEW
We arrived when it opened, took a half hour for lunch in the cafe, then wandered nonstop until closing and still didn’t see everything. Plan on a full day. We will definitely return.
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missyworlow
Dallas, Texas
"Cold Day Activity"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
It was so cold that we decided to give the AI a try. We stayed 2 hours and we all agree we could have easily stayed all day. Everybody in the family loved it! So many originals that you usually only read about or see prints of. These were the real deal! Also loved the miniature rooms. So much detail! Could have stayed longer in that room.
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JohnnyJayhawk
Manhattan, Kansas
"Must Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
What a collection. Lots of famous works here, but the real joy is experiencing the lesser known parts of their collections. I could spend days upon days here.
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BHH1103
Springfield, Illinois
"A place for everyone"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
I could come everyday and see something different. We came for a quick visit to Chicago while my husband had a meeting, my daughter and I toured the museum. We got there prior to opening by 45 min because I knew it gets very crowded. We were one of the first 20 to get in. Because I am a public school teacher, you can go online to the website and download a free ticket. It didn’t quite work for me, so the man at the ticket counter just let me show him my school email, ID and website. My daughter is 8, so she was free. We were not seeing any extra exhibits so it was a wonderful treat. There are days if you check that Illinois residents can visit for free. There are so many famous pieces of art here. Warhol is one of my favorites. Van Gogh and Rembrandt are also here. It’s just breathtaking because it’s right there in your presence. The docents are so helpful and were very nice. We were right next to the park for a break after.
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hallorannik
San Francisco, California
"Always Impressive"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
When I come to Chicago, I must always make a pilgrimage to their amazing Art Institute. Full of treasures and timeless pieces of history. I once again had a lovely tour. The Monet Room is a spiritual place for me. I encourage anyone traveling to the Windy City to spend some time here.
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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.