Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in Chicago, IL

Babylon Tours111 S Michigan AveChicago, IL 60603
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Experience some of the world's most famous art pieces on a guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago– half an hour before the museum opens to the general public! Although the museum usually hosts 1.79 million people per year, with this Skip-the-Line Guided tour you will be able to stroll among the pieces at your own leisurely pace. Get up close and personal with works by famous and infamous artists like Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol. Marvel at the works while listening to the expert guides as they share the history and anecdotes behind the art, painting a beautiful picture that goes beyond the canvass!

2 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Chicago Travel Experts
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours
  • Tour hours are at 10:30 am on select days.
  • Location of meet-up point: Next to the iconic lion statues, when facing the museum, outside South Michigan Avenue entrance.
  • Children are allowed on tour.
  • Tour includes all entrance fees and priority access 30-minutes before opening.
  • Semi-private tour group has a maximum of 8 guests per guide. Tour has a minimum requirement of 2 participants.
  • Bring Passports or ID with a picture.
  • Luggage and large bags are not allowed on tour.
  • The semi-private tour is not available for those with walking disabilities or wheelchair users. Wheelchair tours available under request only.
  • No hotel pickup/drop off available.


from Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
The Art Institute of Chicago attracts nearly as many visitors as other leading galleries like the Met, Louvre & British Museum. During this 2 to 2.5-hour guided museum tour, you'll be able to skip the line and explore its most famous pieces with the help of an engaging guide who will lead the way.

Housing centuries of art and history, the Art Institute is also known to have the world's greatest collection of Impressionist artwork.

Your expert guide will help you explore the major artworks and hidden gems from this expansive collection and explain how this iconic American museum differs from its older European counterparts.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

What are the hours of operation for this Art Institute of Chicago tour?

Tours are daily for this Babylon Tour. Starting time is 10:30 am.

Are there any age/physical/health/etc. restrictions for this tour?

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level. They will be talking you around the Art Institute of Chicago and will be on your feet for the majority of the tour.

Where is it located?

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA Meeting Point: “To The Lions Left”; next to the iconic lion statues (the lion on the left when facing the museum) outside the main Museum entrance on South Michigan Avenue.

What should I bring?

Small handbags or small thin backpacks are only allowed through security at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Yes, this Art Institute of Chicago Skip the Line tour a family-friendly tour.

Is transportation included?

No. All of their tours have designated meeting points. They recommend using Uber or Taxi going to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Is the Art Institute of Chicago wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Art Institute of Chicago is wheelchair-friendly.

How long is the tour?

This skip-the-line Art Institute of Chicago tour is approximately 2 hours long.

What’s included in my ticket/experience?

Skip the line tickets, a professional tour guide, and all entrance fees to the Art Institute of Chicago.