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Museum Education FAQ

Student Tours

How do I register for a tour?

First, read through the Guided Tours page. After you complete the online application, you will either receive a confirmation or message that we cannot accommodate you in a couple of weeks.

Have you received my student tour application?

After submitting an application, you will receive a receipt code. This is not a confirmation number but rather a tracking code to allow you to check the progress of your application.

When and how will I receive my confirmation?

As soon as we schedule your group, we will e-mail your confirmation to the e-mail address you provide on the application within two weeks of receipt of your application. If the application is incomplete, contains incorrect information, or there are special circumstances or requests, scheduling may require additional time.

How will I know if my request cannot be accommodated?

If the Art Institute is unable to honor your original request, you will receive an e-mail message requesting that you re-apply for a different date, time, or tour.

How far in advance do I need to send in my application?

We need to receive your application a minimum of two weeks in advance and no more than six months in advance. See the Student Tours page for the date acceptance schedule as well as no touring dates.

Can I bring my class for a tour on the weekend?

Teacher-led groups are welcome any day the museum is open, but they still must submit the application. Guided tours are available on Saturdays only, no Sundays. We need a minimum of four weeks to schedule a Saturday guided tour.

How do I register a tour for my university students?

Go to the Group Sales page for information on how to register a university or adult group.

Does "free admission for children under 14" apply to student tours?

No, but Illinois school groups receive free admission and out-of-state school groups receive discounted admission. See our Payment page for further details.

Crown Family Educator Resource Center

What is the Crown Family Educator Resource Center?

The Crown Family Educator Resource Center, located in the Ryan Education Center, is a destination for teachers, librarians, parents, and educators of all kinds. Supporting arts integration across school curricula and interactive museum learning, the Crown Resource Center is a reference library with art history and art-making resources, exhibition catalogues, gallery activities, interdisciplinary lesson plans, research files, teacher manuals, and videos/DVDs; many relate directly to the Art Institute's collection and a selection of items in the library is available for loan. Patrons may use the library and computer stations to conduct research or consult with museum staff to plan lessons.

Where is the Crown Educator Resource Center? How do I get to it?

The Crown Resource Center is located in the Ryan Education Center, accessible from the museum's Modern Wing entrance.

What are the hours of the Crown Educator Resource Center?

School Year Hours (September 3, 2012—May 31, 2013)
Tuesday, Wednesda: 1:00–5:00 

Thursday: 1:00–7:00
Saturday: 10:30–4:30

The Crown Educator Resource Center is available by appointment only during our closed hours (except Saturdays and Sundays). Please contact us in advance to schedule an appointment. Phone: (312) 443-3719

How do I return the materials I borrowed from the Crown Educator Resource Center?

Materials borrowed can be returned in three ways:

  1. Return to the Crown Educator Resource Center during open hours. A drop box is available outside the Crown Educator Resource Center if we are closed.

  2. Mail to (Please insure each item for $30):

    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Attn: Crown Family Educator Resource Center
    111 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404

  3.  Drop off at the Art Institute Security Dock, 125 East Monroe (between Michigan and Columbus). Hours: Monday–Friday: 8:00–6:00; Saturday and Sunday: 9:00–5:00. Package must be clearly marked "Crown Educator Resource Center."

Do you offer free admission for teachers?

Free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is available only to Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers, and home school parents. To receive free admission, eligible educators must visit the Crown Family Educator Resource Center and sign up for the Educator Network. Members of the network are eligible to receive an Educator Annual Pass upon presenting valid school ID, pay stub, or a letter (on letterhead) verifying employment in an Illinois school. Only one pass is given to an educator per year; replacement passes are not available. Educator passes must be presented at the admissions desk upon each visit to the museum to obtain a ticket for entry into the galleries.

My Educator Annual Pass has expired; how do I get a new one?

Illinois educators—specifically pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers and home school parents—can renew their Educator Annual Pass in the Crown Educator Resource Center during our open hours. Educators who plan to visit the museum outside of the Crown Resource Center regular hours must call (312) 443-3719 or e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment (except Saturdays and Sundays).

How do I register to receive your e-newsletter for teachers? 

Sign up to receive our monthly e-newsletter for educators filled with details about upcoming professional development workshops, educator resources, school tours, teen programs, and all the happenings around the Art Institute.

Teacher Programs

What upcoming workshops are you offering?

Find upcoming teacher workshops on our calendar.

How do I register for a workshop?

There are three steps to register for a workshop:

  1. Check the Teacher Programs calendar and register online. All programs require advance registration.

  2. Pay. Please note that your space will not be reserved until payment is received. Please pay online using your credit card or mail a check payable to Teacher Programs to:
    Teacher Programs
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S. Michigan Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60603-6110

  3. Confirm. After payment is received, you will receive a confirmation letter telling you that you are officially registered for the workshop. Please call (312) 443-9092 or e-mail with any questions.

Is there still space available in a particular workshop?

Space is still available in a teacher workshop as long as you can still link from the program description online to the registration page. However, when a workshop is full, the link to the registration page will be removed and a message will appear that states that the program is at capacity.