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Teen Lab

Artists, creatives, makers—Teen Lab is for you!

Teen Lab is a program for young creatives who are looking to pursue their artistic passions, experience new art forms, and build a community with each other and the museum. Teen Lab participants will take field trips to local art galleries, organizations, and programs; go behind-the-scenes of the museum; and exhibit their work at the Art Institute in a public reception for family, friends, and museum staff. Chicago high school teens interested in any artistic practice and at all levels of experience are welcome to apply.  

How to Apply

Teen Lab is run in partnership with After School Matters and is open to Chicago Public School high school students. To apply to Teen Lab, fill out an online application through After School Matters. Teen Lab semesters begin in October and February, and the online applications are usually available in August and December. Teen Lab meets after school during the week at the Art Institute. 

If you have any questions about Teen Lab, contact us at or (312) 857-7161.

This project is funded by a grant from the Efroymson Family Fund.