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From gourmet meals and fine dining to casual lunches and quick pick-me-ups, the Art Institute has a variety of dining options.

Members receive a 10% discount in all of the museum's restaurants.

Interested in hosting an event at the museum? Learn more in our Event Planning section.

© Chris Lake

Please note that Terzo Piano will be closed the evening of October 18, 2018.

Headed by award-winning chef Tony Mantuano, Terzo Piano features authentic Italian ingredients and local, organic, and sustainable foods in simple but elegant dishes. Although not required, reservations are strongly recommended: (312) 443-8650 or Terzo Piano also takes reservations for groups of 15–30 during regular dining hours. For a more private group experience, Terzo Piano has a semi-private event space available for groups of 25–100. For more information on group reservations or semi-private events, please contact our coordinator at (312) 443-3530.

Lunch: 11:00–3:00
Thursday evenings: 5:00–8:00
Sunday brunch: 11:00–3:00

Third level of the Modern Wing, free entrance from Monroe Street


This vibrant family-friendly dining space offers a host of healthy and delicious options. The globally influenced menu includes tacos, stir fries, sandwiches, salads, soups, charcuterie, desserts, smoothies, espresso, and more. Plus a kids menu created for our youngest visitors features all the classic kid favorites—from peanut butter and jelly to macaroni and cheese to chicken tenders!

Art Institute of Chicago Kids

Self-service dining: 11:00–4:00
Light bar menu on Thursday evenings: 5:00–7:30

Lower level, McKinlock Court

Group dining vouchers are available for purchase. Please call the café manager at (312) 443-3747 to order your vouchers. School groups can register for lunch from the Student Café.


Photo © Kenny Kim


Please join us for these special dining events:

September 22–October 7

Join us to celebrate fall with traditional Oktoberfest fare, including Bratwurst, soft preztels, potato pancakes, and more. A selection of seasonal beer and cider will also be available.

Eat Local Challenge
Wednesday, September 26

Taste the flavors of the season with specialty items at each station made with 100% local ingredients from our favorite area farms.

Thanks to the delicious creations of the chefs at Terzo Piano, Caffè Moderno offers scrumptious soups, snacks, and dessert in a convenient quick-order setting overlooking Griffin Court. Coffee, tea, wine, and other beverages are also available.

Daily: 10:30–4:30
Thursdays until 7:00 

Second level of the Modern Wing

Our outdoor restaurants are open Memorial Day through Labor Day, weather permitting.

Museum Café

Lower level in McKinlock Court

Self-service dining with seating in McKinlock Court

Daily, 11:00–4:00
Enjoy summer's warm weather and lengthening days by dining alfresco as the Museum Café extends seating into lovely McKinlock Court. The Museum Café offers a locally sourced menu with a global influence along with a selection of wines, microbrews, and full bar.

Thursday Night Jazz

Thursday evenings in June and July, 5:00–8:00
Delight in the lush summer beauty of McKinlock Court while enjoying light menu items and listening to some of Chicago’s best jazz musicians. Call (312) 443-3530 or email for more information.

Terzo Piano

Thursdays, 5:00–8:00
Third level, Modern Wing

Enjoy Terzo Piano's summer menu on the spectacular Bluhm Family Terrace.