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Teaching Resources

Crown Family Educator Resource Center

This reference library and workspace is for educators of all grade levels and disciplines who want to make art central to their students’ learning experiences. Consult with museum staff and explore art history and art-making resources, exhibition catalogues, gallery activities, interdisciplinary lesson plans, and teacher manuals.

Groups of educators may schedule free, half-hour orientations in the Crown Educator Resource Center. Classes of pre-service teachers and education students are welcome. If possible, please schedule your orientation at least two weeks in advance.

September Hours (September 4–29)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:30–5:00
Wednesday: 1:00–5:00
Thursday: 1:00–5:00
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:30–4:30
Sunday: Closed

The Educator Resource Center is accessible by appointment during our closed hours (except Sundays and holidays).
To schedule an appointment, please contact us at or (312) 443-3719.

The Crown Educator Resource Center is located in the Ryan Learning Center and is accessible from the museum's Modern Wing entrance.

Library Catalog
Search the Educator Resource Center Library Catalog for books, DVDs, and teaching resources. Selected resources (kits and videos) are available for loan to area educators. 

Educator Resource Finder

Explore resources from the Art Institute to use in your classroom or to plan a self-guided museum tour. You will find images, artist biographies, teacher manuals, art-historical information, maps, videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and interactive games. Materials are searchable by grade level, subject area, and resource type.

Click here for more information about how to use the Educator Resource Finder.