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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 (65 and up) $17 $12 $6 $14 $6
Students** $17 $12 $6 $14 $6
Children under 14*** Free
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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
Adult Skydeck Combo**** $39 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 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.

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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 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.