Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL

111 South Michigan AvenueChicago, IL 60603
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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.


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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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Nicholas T
"Well worth the money"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2018 NEW
The museum was will appointed with beautiful and interesting collections of painting and other works of art. In addition they were well displayed to maximize the viewing pleasure.
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"Fab museum!!!! But crazy anti-dog policy"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2018 NEW
This museum has lots of great art and the seasonal special exhibits are wonderful to see. However, we were standing on the sidewalk talking with someone and our small dog stepped 2 inches from the public sidewalk onto the gallery’s sidewalk and the security guard told us to move our dog off the property. This was during a visit where we paid $50 for 2 people to enter the museum.
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Clarkston, Michigan
"Worthwhile Experience "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2018 NEW
My friends and I visited this museum while on a trip celebrating our retirement. We were awe-struck by the Impressionism art display. The people who worked there were exceptionally helpful and kind, including C. Boyd who went out of her way to escort us to the cafeteria. And, by the way, the food at the cafe is healthy and scrumptious!!
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Boulder, Colorado
"Superb museum - absolutely worth taking a few hours"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2018 NEW
This is a world class art gallery and totally justifies taking some hours to visit. I personally do not enjoy the modern/contemporary art that is displayed but I will accept that perhaps I just don't understand it. But that is really a minor aspect for me as the museum has a superb collection spanning the centuries. The Impressionist paintings are well known and deservedly popular but there is a great deal else besides to see and it would be a pity to miss all of that. A personal favorite - and probably a truly unique collection - is the series of miniature interiors that is displayed in the basement level. Perfect architecturally faithful miniatures of the interiors of houses through the centuries (generally back to the sixteenth century) and across geographies (America, France, England; a few of Asia). Unmissable and worth a couple of hours in their own right. Really very special.
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New York
"Fabulous Collection!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2018 NEW
Known for Impressionism masterpieces this museum really delivers! It’s collection is extensive and we’ll laid out; you should allow at least three hours. Their American collection is wonderful too
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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.