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Dining

From gourmet meals and fine dining to casual lunches and quick pick-me-ups, the Art Institute has a variety of dining options.

Members receive a 10% discount in all of the museum's restaurants.

Interested in hosting an event at the museum? Learn more in our Event Planning section.

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Please note: Terzo Piano will be closed Tuesday, September 1, 11:00–3:00, for a private event.

Headed by award-winning chef Tony Mantuano, Terzo Piano features authentic Italian ingredients and local, organic, and sustainable foods in simple but elegant dishes. Although not required, reservations are strongly recommended: (312) 443-8650 or www.opentable.com. Terzo Piano also takes reservations for groups of 15–30 during regular dining hours. For a more private group experience, Terzo Piano has a semi-private event space available for groups of 25–100. For more information on group reservations or semi-private events, please contact our coordinator at (312) 443-3530.

Lunch: 11:00–3:00
Thursday evenings: 5:00–8:00
Sunday Brunch: 10:30–3:00

Third level of the Modern Wing, free entrance from Monroe Street

    

This vibrant family-friendly dining space offers a host of healthy and delicious options. The globally influenced menu includes tacos, stir fries, sandwiches, salads, soups, charcuterie, desserts, smoothies, espresso, and more. Plus a new kids menu created for our youngest visitors features all the classic kid favorites—from peanut butter and jelly to macaroni and cheese to chicken tenders!

Art Institute of Chicago Kids

Self-service dining: 11:00–4:00
Light bar menu on Thursday evenings: 5:00–7:30

Lower level, McKinlock Court

Group dining vouchers are available for purchase. Please call the café manager at (312) 443-3747 to order your vouchers. School groups can register for lunch from the Kids' Café.


Thanks to the delicious creations of the chefs at Terzo Piano, Caffè Moderno offers scrumptious soups, snacks, and dessert in a convenient quick-order setting overlooking Griffin Court. Coffee, tea, wine, and other beverages are also available.

Daily: 10:30–4:30
Thursdays until 7:00 

Second level of the Modern Wing

Our outdoor restaurants are open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.


Museum Café

Lower level in McKinlock Court

Self-service dining with seating in McKinlock Court

Daily, 11:00–4:00
Enjoy summer's warm weather and lengthening days by dining alfresco as the Museum Café extends seating into lovely McKinlock Court. The Museum Café offers a locally sourced menu with a global influence along with a selection of wines, microbrews, and full bar.

Thursday Night Jazz

Thursday evenings, 5:00–7:30
Delight in the lush summer beauty of McKinlock Court while enjoying light menu items and listening to some of Chicago’s best jazz musicians.


Piano Terra

Lunch, 11:00–2:30
North Garden, corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street

Lunch amid the museum's outdoor sculpture and bountiful greenery at this North Garden summer spot. Choose from freshly made salads and sides, all sourced from Terzo Piano's great local farms, plus Illy espresso and unique frozen desserts. Find Piano Terra's daily menu on Facebook or Twitter.


Tapas at Terzo Piano

Thursdays, 5:00–8:00
Third level, Modern Wing

Enjoy a special small-plate summer menu from Tony Mantuano’s acclaimed cookbook, Wine Bar Food.