Thanks for your interest in touring the Art Institute with your students! You may experience a delay of up to 5 minutes when searching for tours. We sincerely appreciate your time and your dedication to art and education.
All tours must be booked using the online Student Tour Application Form. After submitting your request, you will be given a receipt code. Once your request has been processed, you will receive by e-mail a confirmation form. Print this out and bring it with you when you arrive for your tour—the confirmation form is the admission ticket for your group.
Maximum group size per visit: 90 students + chaperones, unless otherwise noted in the guided tour descriptions Minimum group size: 15 + chaperones, for docent-led tours
Pre K–K: 1 adult per 4 students Grades 1–2: 1 adult per 6 students Grades 3–12: 1 adult per 10 students
Any adults in excess of the prescribed ratios must pay the regular admission rate in advance. Extra adults may not accompany docent-led tours, unless adults are one-on-one aides for students.
Teachers and chaperones must be at least 18 years of age and are responsible for the conduct of their students in the museum.
FREE for students and requisite number of chaperones.
Grades K–8: FREE for students and the requisite number of chaperones. Grades 9-12: reduced admission of $8.00/student, with the requisite number of chaperones free of charge.
Extra adults must pay the current adult admission rate for groups: Illinois: $18 Non-Illinois: $21 Payment for students and extra adults, if required, must be received at least two weeks in advance of the scheduled visit.
Find information about our student/adult ratios in the “Preparing for a Museum Visit” section.
Please Note Groups that arrive either without a confirmation or without having made advance payment, if required, must pay the regular student and adult admission rates for all group members on site. The policy of admitting children 14 and under for free does not apply to school groups.
Student Tours Admission Rates
Students: $8 Extra Adults: $21 non-Illinois residents, $18 Illinois residents*
Regular Admission Rates
Students: $12 Adults: $23 Illinois residents: $20* Chicago residents: $18*
* Proof of residency is required.
Indicate your lunch selection on Student Tour Application form. If your confirmation does not specify a TIME for your lunch, you have not been scheduled for one.
There are two lunch options:
Sack lunch in Ryan Education Center
There is limited space for groups to bring their own sack lunches in our education studios. These are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch may be timed to occur either directly before or directly after a docent-led or teacher-led tour. Request for a lunch space must be confirmed; look carefully at your confirmation to understand whether your group has been scheduled.
Kids’ Café Box Lunch
Teachers may make advance arrangements to have box lunches provided by the museum at a reasonable cost. Arrangements for box lunches are made directly with Bon Appétit, not through the Student Programs office. Use the contact information below to schedule your box lunch, once you’ve received your tour confirmation.
We are unable to provide a refund to a group that cancels its scheduled visit. If given at least three weeks advance notice, we will endeavor to reschedule the visit within the same school year.
Groups that cancel with less than two weeks advance notice will not be permitted to reschedule within the same school year. Schools and organizations that cancel with short or no notice more than once in a school year may not be permitted to schedule a visit in the following school year.
11 hours 50 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910–1950 showcases the rich variety of art created by those who migrated to Chicago in the first half of the 20th century. They See a City closes June 2.