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For Adults

The Art Institute of Chicago creates platforms for socially relevant, interdisciplinary perspectives and participatory experiences that are accessible to a range of adult audiences.

We offer a broad spectrum of learning opportunities around the museum’s collection and special exhibitions and facilitate engagements with art by considering history, cultural context, and the creative process. In-gallery programs encourage visitors to look closely, think critically, and make a personal connection. 

Many programs are open to everyone and require no advanced registration. 

You can view an extensive list of upcoming programs by checking out our Public Programs calendar and by downloading our quarterly Public Programs brochure

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Accommodation requests 

Anyone needing accommodations to attend public programs should contact the Department of Learning and Public Engagement.

Sign language interpretation is also available upon request for any public lecture or gallery talk. To request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program, please call (312) 443-3680 or send an e-mail to as far in advance as possible. 

Please see the museum’s Accessibility page for more information.