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For Teens

Find yourself here.

Look at art. Make art. Talk about life. Meet new folks. Be inspired. 

Art Institute Teens rally at the museum, create art with contemporary artists, reimagine art history, and produce live events that connect Chicagoland youth and platform their art. 

Questions? E-mail, or call (312) 857-7161. 

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NEW Teen Audio Guide

Expand your perspective from the Grand Staircase. Meditate to an original soundscape in the Andō Gallery. And connect with contemporary art through spoken word by some of Chicago’s best young poets.

Immerse yourself in the ideas, interpretations, and creativity of Chicago youth. Listen to our Teen Audio Guide now for free! You can also rent it at one of the museum’s audio guide counters. 


The Art Institute of Chicago is free for Chicago teens under the age of 18, thanks to the extraordinary sponsorship of Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation. To take advantage of this opportunity, bring some form of identification (a driver’s license, a school ID, a library card), grab a ticket at the admissions desk, and explore the museum. Learn more about free admission opportunities. 

All of the Art Institute's Teen Programs are free. 

Art Institute of Chicago's teen workshops, events and programs are free for all Illinois school students.