Art Institute of Chicago
The statue of a lion at the entrance to Art Institute of Chicago, USA
The statue of a lion at the entrance to Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Art Institute of Chicago Tours and Tickets

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Sitting in the heart of Grant Park, the 300,000 works of art at the Institute of Chicago span from ancient times to modern day—the collection includes masterpieces such as Pablo Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Every year, 30 special exhibitions highlight the curatorial staff’s talents and various collections. Explore independently, or join a walking or Segway tour that passes by the building. Admission is included with many sightseeing passes and hop-on hop-off buses make this cultural hub easy to reach

  • 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60603-6404

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Michael_K, Nov 2023
Great gift
I bought this as a gift for my mom, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. Her group was let it earlier than the museum normally opens and the guide didn't have to shout since it was a smaller group.
Christopher_A, Nov 2023
Great Art Institute Tour with Bernie
Bernie was a terrific, very knowledgeable tour guide! He gave interesting details and background on everything we visited. He also listened to us so he was able to highlight pieces and areas that we wanted to see. We actually went over our time and he still had the same energy and enthusiasm at the end as he did when we started. We highly recommend Bernie and this tour!
Allison_T, Sep 2023
Loved the Impressionists...
Loved the Impressionists and the Miniature Rooms collections. Also enjoyed the Andy Warhol gallery and seeing Jackson Pollack’s work.
Richard_H, Sep 2023
Outstanding museum tour
Excellent overview of Museum highlights. Guide took us to the impressionists and the iconic paintings in the museum. He gave us a lot of background and history which was very interesting.
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Q:Is it free to go to the Art Institute of Chicago?
A:No. Most adults have to pay to visit the Art Institute of Chicago, although kids under 14 and Chicagoans under 18 go free all year. Certain days are free for Illinois residents during winter, while active-duty military, Illinois educators, and students at some partner institutions enjoy free entry year-round.
Q:Is the Art Institute of Chicago worth visiting?
A:Yes, the Art Institute of Chicago is most definitely worth visiting. The second largest art museum in the US, it hosts works by Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí, Jackson Pollock, and many other boldface names.
Q:How long does it take to go through the Art Institute of Chicago?
A:Most adults will want to spend at least 2–3 hours, but an hour is generally enough time for kids. The Art Institute of Chicago displays thousands of works from its collection of almost 300,000 pieces alongside multiple special exhibitions, so you could spend days here and still not see it all.
Q:Does a general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago include access to special exhibitions?
A:Not always. A general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago includes access to non-ticketed special exhibitions, but you need to buy an additional ticket for some special exhibitions. Members of the Art Institute of Chicago enjoy free admission to both the museum and ticketed special exhibitions.
Q:Does a general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago allow re-entry?
A:Yes. A general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago is valid for the full day that it’s issued, meaning you can go out for lunch, fresh air, or a stroll in Millennium Park, then come back and see more art. Just be sure to keep hold of your ticket.
Q:What items are not allowed in the Art Institute of Chicago?
A:Flowers, balloons, and food and drinks other than water bottles are not allowed anywhere in the museum. Weapons, toys, tripods, video cameras, selfie sticks, wrapped gifts, pens, art materials, shopping bags, large bags, backpacks, and tall umbrellas are not allowed in the galleries, while water bottles must always be carried in bags.