Admission Information


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Admission Fees

Adults General Admission Chicago Residents* Illinois Residents*
$25 $20 $22
Seniors
(65 and up)
$19 $14 $16
Students** $19 $14 $16
Children
under 14***
Free
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Adult Fast Pass $35 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 $29
Student Fast Pass $29
Adult Skydeck Combo**** $41 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.

Purchase admission tickets online 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.

CityPASS
One ticket booklet that saves 52% on Fast Pass admission to Art Institute of Chicago and four other must-see Chicago attractions. Valid 9 days. You’ll skip most ticket lines and see the best of Chicago for less! Purchase booklets and printable or mobile vouchers online or at the AIC box office for the same low price.

Go Chicago Card
Purchase admission to over 25 Chicago attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, for one low price.

Blue Star Museum

Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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.

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.