Mini-Tours

Download our FREE Art Institute Tours app, available for Apple and Android devices, and enjoy 50 personalized tours of the collection that make use of the museum's free Wi-Fi and indoor positioning system to provide step-by-step directions from one artwork to the next.

Or, find themed mini-tours, available as PDFs, below.

Please note: Works featured in past mini-tours may be off view due to gallery renovations or regular rotations of the museum's collection. 


Monkeying Around Monkeying Around

You might more frequently think of monkeys residing in zoos or traveling with circuses, but here at the Art Institute, we have primates a-plenty. Get in touch with your simian side with a quick trip to our troupe of museum monkeys.

Museum Minors Museum Minors

Let’s face it: the winter holidays are never more fun than when you are a kid—no school, no responsibilities, just sweets, surprises, and swag. In honor of your favorite lads and lasses, enjoying the holiday season, we offer this tour of some of the museum’s memorable minors.

Parks and Recreation The Parks and Recreation Visit

No city takes to the summer sun like Chicago. Whether it's our award-winning gardens or our permanent collections, the Art Institute boasts a wide variety of landscapes to play or get lost in. Finding your summer inspiration just became a walk in the park.

Man's Best Friend The Man's Best Friend Visit

If our pets could talk, what would they say about their masters? Not content to let sleeping dogs lie, we take a trot through the museum's collections to dig up the stories behind these canine compositions.

Once Upon a Time The Once upon a Time Visit

Stories of princesses usually begin with “once upon a time” and end with “happily ever after,” with a few dragons, witches, and spells in between. Get a glimpse at both the fantastically real and really fantastic world of royal heiresses on this fairy-tale trip through the collection.

All in the Family All in the Family

Love them or loathe them, families and family get-togethers are simply a part of life, especially during the holiday season. So bring your brood, collect your kin, and follow this family-filled tour through the collection.

Red vs. Blue Red vs. Blue—Two Popular Hues

Long before red and blue became the emblematic colors of the two major U.S. political parties, the vivid hues had been used by artists throughout the world. Explore the fascinating sources and rich symbolism of these popular shades and cast your vote for the most compelling color.

Beautiful Beasts Beautiful Beasts

The spotlight always shines on the lions that stand guard at the Art Institute's entrance, but the museum is filled with other curious creatures that also deserve recognition. Trek through the wilds of our collection and discover a few of our many magnificent beasts.

Let the Games Begin Let the Games Begin

Has the summer heat got you too hot to trot? Step inside where you can flex your mind and walk lively in pursuit of works of art that celebrate the sporting life. Although just like fashion, specific sports fall in and out of favor, the basic urge to win, place, or show is timeless.


Audio Tour

Lions Trail Family Tour
$7 ($5 for members)

This special family audio guide, designed for children ages 5 to 10, offers an informative, dramatic, and fun way to tour the museum and is available in English or Spanish. With 32 stops, it's the perfect length for kids and a great way to inspire them to explore the museum. Audio guides can be purchased with admission tickets or separately at the audio guide counter in the Michigan Avenue or Modern Wing lobbies.

Chicago Artists Chicago Artists

Ever wondered which art icons have called Chicago home? As we celebrate Chicago Artists Month, find out more about the artists, patrons, and buildings that have inhabited Chicago’s landscape.

My Kind of Town My Kind of Town

Whether you know it as the Windy City, the Second City, or the City of Big Shoulders, you're sure to enjoy the rich Chicago connections on this hometown tour of the museum.

On Location On Location

Inspired by the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival’s August 29 screening of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in Grant Park, a film in which the Art Institute and our fair city figure prominently, we’ve used titles of movies set or filmed in Chicago to make some surprising connections with works of art in the collection.

Rock n Roll Lifestyle The Rock ’n’ Roll Lifestyle

Money, fame, adoring fans, and of course, hard and fast living—the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle can only be enjoyed (and survived) by a select few. Take a vicarious walk on the wild side with this rockin’ guide to the collection.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not Loves Me, Loves Me Not

In this season of gooey chocolates and sentimental cards, this tour reminds you of what love is really made of: passion, devotion, treachery, tears. No wonder artists throughout time have depicted this rich and provocative subject.

April in Paris April in Paris

Join us as we celebrate our world-renowned Impressionist and PostImpressionist collection before it travels to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, as the largest loan in the museum’s history. Before the galleries dedicated to these works undergo renovations, wish these treasures a “bon voyage” with a stroll through the collection’s Parisian streets and blossoming French countryside.

Nightlife in Art Nightlife in Art

This month, the night is our stage. Let this guide escort you to works in the collection that embrace the night’s restless, insomniac moods as well as its peaceful times of slumber.

Art in Vogue Art in Vogue

On this voguish voyage through the museum, the galleries are the fashion runway. Strut to the following style-studded stops and decide for yourself whose designs are in and whose are out.

Femmes Fatales Femmes Fatales

Seductive yet dangerous, beautiful yet deadly—the femme fatale has captured the artistic imagination from biblical times to the modern-day cinema. Discover the empowering strength behind their mysterious charm as this tour visits a few of these legendary ladies.

Birthday Suit The Birthday Suit Visit

From the statues of ancient Greece to the paintings of modern masters, the nude has been one of the most consistently interpreted subjects throughout the history of art. Sneak a peek at some of the museum’s leafless treasures, and discover what inspired these artists to go au naturel.

Feast for the Eyes A Feast for the Eyes

Your mouth is not the only organ with great taste. Savor the museum’s buffet of visual flavors as this gourmandizing guide explores how artists throughout the centuries and across the world have transformed the edible into the artistic.

Visionary Women Visionary Women

Inspired by the bold vision of the many female photographers featured in the exhibition Girls on the Verge, this month’s self-guide honors and celebrates the voice of women artists.