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.
You may experience a delay of up to 5 minutes when searching for tours.
Maximum group size per visit: 120 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 $11.00/student, with the requisite number of chaperones free of charge
Extra adults must pay the current adult admission rate for groups: Illinois Residents: $20* Non-Illinois: $23 Payment for students and extra adults must be received at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit.
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.
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.
Student 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.
1 day 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
2 days 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.
2 days 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Whitney will be taking over our Instagram for the next 24 hours. Follow along to see posts from Max and Julien’s visit to the museum.