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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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Our guide, excellent story teller
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
Joy_H, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

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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!
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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.
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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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Special
Debra_M, Feb 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
A great sampling of what the Art Institute has to offer. Excellent tour guide who gave us options and included any particular piece we were interested in seeing.
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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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Amazing Experience
Christopher_M, Feb 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Joe was an amazing tour guide. So knowledgeable and personable. He kept us entertained and informed. He listened to what we were interested in and made sure we made the time to see it. Highly recommended if you want an expert to guide you through this amazing experience!
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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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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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Tour with Mr.Joe was excellent! He was an amazing expert and just made it so interesting
Rebecca_R, Mar 2022
Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
We booked a semi-private tour through Babylon and it was worth every cent! Mr. Joe was fabulous. Request him! He took us on a tour and answered all of our questions. His knowledge of the art was incredible. We could go in a room and choose something we are interested in and he would tell us all about the artist and the piece and just tons of interesting facts. At one point a security guard was listening to him and later saw us and asked about him. She said that he was the best she ever heard ( as a expert tour guide). Mr. Joe made it fabulous. The art museum was great. It was difficult to figure out how to get from one area to another ( when we were on our own) but we eventually found most everything.
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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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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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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!!!

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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Frequently Asked Questions
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