Admission Information

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Admission Fees

Adults General Admission Chicago Residents* Illinois Residents*
$25 $20 $22
(65 and up)
$19 $14 $16
Students $19 $14 $16
(age 14–17)
$19 Free $16
under 14**
Members Free—become a member now!
Adult Fast Pass $35 Fast Pass allows customers to bypass the general admission lines at entrances and offers expedited access to the permanent collection galleries and non-ticketed special exhibitions.
Senior Fast Pass $29
Student Fast Pass $29
Adult Skydeck Combo*** $47 This combination ticket includes Fast Pass admission to the Art Institute of Chicago and general admission to Skydeck Chicago, best known for the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. Ticket is valid for Skydeck entry 7 days from museum visit date.
Adult Navy Pier Combo $39 This combination ticket includes general admission to the Art Institute of Chicago and one ride on the new Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier. The Navy Pier Centennial Wheel operates year-round, weather permitting. Ticket must be used at the Art Institute first and is valid for the Centennial Wheel 7 days from museum visit date.
Child Navy Pier Combo $12

*A valid photo ID with a resident address is required for Chicago and Illinois resident admission prices. Discount only available at museum admission desks.
**Does not apply to group visits or student tours.
***This package is available at an adult rate only. No student, senior, or youth discounts apply. Kids under 14 receive free admission at the Art Institute.

Purchase admission tickets online or by visiting any museum admission counter.


Save 51% on Fast Pass admission to Art Institute of Chicago and four more top Chicago attractions. You’ll skip most ticket lines, too. Valid 9 days. Purchase booklets and printable or mobile vouchers online or at the museum admission counter for the same low price.

Go Chicago Card

Purchase admission to over 25 Chicago attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, for one low price.

John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age

Access to John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age (July 1–September 30) requires a special exhibition ticket, which is $7 for all visitors except children under 14 and Chicago teens under 18, who receive complimentary admission. If you are obtaining your tickets online, you will be prompted to purchase an exhibition ticket or reserve a complimentary ticket (for children and Chicago teens) during the transaction process. Members do not need to purchase Sargent tickets; they receive free, unlimited access to the exhibition.

Visitors receiving free general admission during Free Thursday Evenings or through the Corporate Partnership Program need to purchase their $7 special exhibition tickets on-site for access to John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age.


Free Admission Opportunities

Kids under 14

Admission is always free for children under 14.

Free Thursday Evenings

General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Chicago Teens

Beginning January 2, 2017, museum admission is free for Chicago teens under the age of 18—thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation.

Blue Star Museum

Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Museums for All

LINK and WIC cardholders receive free general admission to the museum. Present your card along with a valid photo ID to receive free access for you and your family.

Illinois Educator Admission

Free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is available to current Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, and homeschool parents. Educators can register online to receive a voucher for a complimentary ticket to the museum. This voucher must be presented—as a printed document or on a smart phone—with a valid educator ID at one of the museum’s admission counters.

For more information, and to request complimentary educator admission, visit

Kids Museum Passport

This program, sponsored by the 15 Museums Work for Chicago institutions, allows individuals with a Chicago Public Library card to check out a pass for free general admission to the Art Institute. (This program replaces the Kraft Great Kids Museum Passport Program, which has been offered by CPL since 2003.) Please note the new rules regarding the use of the Kids Museum Passport:

  • Each pass admits a maximum of four people for general admission, including special exhibitions.
  • Each group using a pass must be accompanied by at least one child under the age of 18.
  • A maximum of two adults are admitted on one pass.

Reflections Festival

General admission is free for visitors 55+ and their care partners on the date of the annual Reflections festival of lifelong learning.