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Museum Hours

Open daily 10:30–5:00
Thursday until 8:00

The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Free Winter Weekdays 2016

January 4–February 11
General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free for Illinois residents every weekday all day long.

Free Thursday Evenings

General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. throughout the year, but a special exhibition admission of $15 applies for access to Van Gogh's Bedrooms, which runs February 14–May 10.

Admission Fees

  • Adults
    • General Admission: $25
    • Chicago Residents*: $20
    • Illinois Residents*: $22
  • Seniors
    • General Admission: $19
    • Chicago Residents*: $14
    • Illinois Residents*: $16
  • Students**
    • General Admission: $19
    • Chicago Residents*: $14
    • Illinois Residents*: $16
  • Children under 14***
    • Free
  • Members
  • Fast Pass
    • Adult: $35
    • Senior: $29
    • Student: $29
      Fast Pass allows customers to bypass the General Admission lines at entrances and offers expedited access to the permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions.
  • Skydeck Combo****
    • Adult: $45
      This combination ticket includes Fast Pass admission to the Art Institute of Chicago and admission to Skydeck Chicago. Open 365 days a year, the Skydeck is best known for the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower.

*A valid photo ID with a resident address is required for Chicago and Illinois resident admission prices. Discount only available at museum admission desks.
**Includes both high school and college students.
***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.

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 artic.edu/educator-admission.