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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.

The Educator Resource Center will be closed Wednesday, November 22–Monday, November 27. We will be unable to make any special appointments during this time and apologize for any inconvenience.

School Year Hours (September 5, 2017–May 31, 2018)

Sunday–Monday: Closed*
Tuesday–Wednesday: 1:00–5:00
Thursday: 1:00–7:00
Friday: Closed*
Saturday: 10:30–4:30

*Appointments are available by reservation only during closed hours (except Sundays and holidays). Please allow at least 24 hours advance notice for special appointments.

To schedule an appointment or an orientation, contact us at or at (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.