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
Student Fast Pass
Adult Skydeck Combo****
This combination ticket includes a general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago and a general admission ticket to Skydeck Chicago. The Skydeck offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, interactive exhibits, and the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. The Skydeck is open 365 days a year.
*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.
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.
Free Thursday Evenings
General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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.
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
Flowers or balloons
Food or drink
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
$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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange shoots for still photography and film.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.