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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 Thursday Evenings

Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Modern Art

The galleries of modern art are currently closed for renovation and will reopen in April 2014. The galleries of modern American art are open.

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Admission Fees

    Chicago Residents* Illinois Residents*
  General Admission Discounted Price Savings Discounted Price Savings
Adults $23 $18 $5 $20 $3
Seniors $17 $12 $6 $14 $6
Students** $17 $12 $6 $14 $6
Children under 14*** Free
Members Free—become a member now!
Adult Fast Pass $33 Fast Pass allows customers to bypass the General Admission lines at entrances and offers expedited access to the permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions.
Senior Fast Pass $27
Student Fast Pass $27
*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.

Purchase admission tickets online; by calling (877) 307-4242 Monday–Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (CST) or Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (CST); or by visiting any museum admission counter.

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Free Thursday Evenings

Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Illinois Educator Admission

Free admission is available to Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers, and homeschool parents. To receive free admission, eligible educators must visit the Crown Educator Resource Center and sign up for the Educator Network. Members of the network are eligible to receive an Educator Annual Pass upon presenting valid school ID, pay stub, or a letter (on letterhead) verifying employment in an Illinois school. Only one pass is given to an educator per year; replacement passes are not available. Educator passes must be presented at the admissions counter upon each visit to the museum to obtain a ticket for entry into the galleries.

The Crown Resource Center is located in the Ryan Education Center, accessible from the museum's Modern Wing entrance. Educators who plan to come to the museum outside of the normal Crown Resource Center hours can call or e-mail ahead of time to schedule an appointment to sign up for the Educator Network (except Saturdays, Sundays or holidays).

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.

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Our guidelines help protect the museum’s collection and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Please follow security officers’ instructions and remember that touching works of art is strictly prohibited. Watch our videos "Welcome to the Art Institute" and "When You Arrive" for a brief introduction and orientation to the museum.

Please plan ahead, as the following items are not allowed in the galleries:

  • Art materials other than pencil (including ink pens)
  • Backpacks and backpack baby carriers
  • Bags, camera bags, or purses larger than 13 x17 inches
  • Shopping bags
  • Flowers or balloons
  • Food or drink
  • Toys
  • Tripods, flash attachments, and video cameras
  • Umbrellas (small umbrellas can be stowed in bags)
  • Wrapped packages (gifts)

The following items cannot be checked:

  • Flowers or balloons
  • Food or drink

Checkroom

  • $1 per item
  • Complimentary with membership
  • Courtesy bags are available to carry valuable items with you.
  • All bags are subject to security inspection.

The checkrooms are for patrons only. The Art Institute of Chicago reserves the right to refuse to check any item. The checkrooms stop accepting items 15 minutes prior to closing. The Art Institute of Chicago is not responsible for lost, damaged, or unclaimed items.

Photography

You are welcome to take photographs of the permanent collection and special exhibitions for personal use unless otherwise noted. Dry sketching is also permitted. Please respect signage that may prohibit photography of specific works of art or exhibitions, and please do not use flashes, tripods, and video cameras.

Members of the media should contact our Department of Public Affairs at (312) 443-3626 or aicpublicaffairs@artic.edu to arrange shoots for still photography and film.

Sketching

For pencil sketching in the museum, please consult with the security officer in the appropriate gallery. Paper and pads must be no larger than 13 x 17 inches. Easels, stools, or anything that interferes with movement in the gallery are not permitted.

Strollers

The museum is accessible for stroller use; however, strollers may be restricted in special exhibitions due to space limitations and crowd flow. Please feel free to call (312) 443-3600 prior to your visit if you have specific questions.

Cell Phones

Please turn off the sound of cell phones or pagers in the museum. Talking on mobile telephones is limited to non-gallery spaces within the museum.

Visitor Comments

Please share your experience with us at visitorcomments@artic.edu. This e-mail address does not accept attachments.

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Is the museum open on holidays?

The museum is closed only three days a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. It is open on all other holidays.

What are your free hours?

Free hours are offered to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Which exhibitions will be on view during my visit?

See a list of current and future exhibitions.

How will I know what I can see during my visit?

The Art Institute is an active lending institution and is additionally always trying to improve the experience of visitors. For the most up-to-date information about gallery closures and significant works of art that may not be on view, please check our Collection Updates page.

Does a general admission ticket include access to special exhibitions?

Yes, a general admission ticket allows you to see all of the museum's special exhibitions.

Do you have a map of the museum?

See a floor plan here.

Can I go on a tour?

Tours are available every day at the museum. Check the calendar for a listing of gallery talks, performances, lectures, and social events. Group visits, student tours, and self-guided tours are also available.

Where can I park?

The Art Institute offers valet parking for $25 per car at the Modern Wing entrance during museum hours. Many underground lots are also only a block away. Members at the Member Plus and above levels receive a discount on parking.

Do you have wheelchairs? 

Yes, wheelchairs are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I hold a party at the Art Institute?

Yes, the Art Institute has a number of facilities available for private or corporate use.

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