Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, IL

111 South Michigan AvenueChicago, IL 60603
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Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois

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.

Temporary Closure to protect our guests during the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)


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Larlana
Chicago, Illinois
"Van Gogh room was mesmerizing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 04, 2020 NEW
World-class museum. Only spent a couple of hours there on a "scavenger hunt" with a 10 year-old. Would like to return to spend more time. Great diversity and depth.
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nagytibi
Budapest, Hungary
"Amazing collection"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 03, 2020 NEW
An excellent collection and I also enjoyed the Andy Warhol exhibition. Everything from impressionists to modern art, from ancient Roman sculptures to Chagall's America windows, it is hard to list all what this museum has on offer.
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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria
"Gallant Gallery"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 13, 2020 NEW
I went with a friend to spend an afternoon here on a snowy day. This is an ideal thing to do, if the sky is cloudy and the observation decks would be pointless to visit. Of course, if you are a lover of art, you shouldn't miss this: So many masterpieces, and yet we managed to visit only a fraction of the galleries.
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hklbrodis
Edmond, Oklahoma
"Did not disappoint!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 09, 2020 NEW
The gallery welcomes you as you arrive downtown Chicago. My friends and I wanted to sightsee somewhere close from where we met up. The art gallery was perfect for a half-day --- or whole day tour. They have a lot of exhibits from different cultures, eras and mediums. When we were there, we also saw some artists re-creating paintings. Pretty neat to stop and watch if you're tired from walking around. Make sure to avail the student discount if you can.
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traveller154910
Alberta, Canada
"Awestruck"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 31, 2020
What an amazing collection and experience. I wish I'd had time to go back to take in what I'd missed. Lovely, lovely visit.
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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.