Fast Pass allows customers to bypass the general admission lines at entrances and offers expedited access to the permanent collection galleries and non-ticketed special exhibitions.
Senior Fast Pass
Student Fast Pass
Adult Skydeck Combo****
This combination ticket includes Fast Pass admission to the Art Institute of Chicago and general admission to Skydeck Chicago, best known for the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. Ticket is valid for Skydeck entry 7 days from museum visit date.
*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.
Access to Van Gogh's Bedrooms (February 14–May 10), a pioneering exhibition that brings together all three Bedroom paintings for the first time in North America, requires an additional $5 ticket. As always, entry to the exhibition is free for members and children under 14.
Free Thursday Evenings
General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., but a special exhibition admission of $15 applies for access to Van Gogh's Bedrooms, which runs February 14–May 10.
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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.
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.