The Art Institute of Chicago is located in the heart of the city's downtown. The museum offers two entrances: one to the historic building at 111 South Michigan Avenue and one to the Modern Wing at 159 East Monroe Street.
Please note: All directions are to the Michigan Avenue entrance.
Driving to the Art Institute via Expressways
Indiana toll road (90) to Chicago Skyway to Dan Ryan Expressway (90, 94) to Congress East (Loop exit). East on Congress to Congress Plaza (first light east of Michigan Avenue.) North (left turn) on Congress Plaza, which merges with Michigan Avenue. North on Michigan Avenue to Adams.
From South Suburbs
Dan Ryan Expressway (90, 94) to Congress East (Loop exit). East to Congress Plaza (first light east of Michigan Avenue). North (left turn) on Congress Plaza which merges with Michigan Avenue. North on Michigan Avenue to Adams.
From Wisconsin and North Suburbs
Edens Expressway (94) into Kennedy Expressway (90, 94) to Loop, exit Monroe Street east. East to Michigan Avenue.
From O'Hare Airport and Northwest Suburbs
Kennedy Expressway (90) to Loop, exit Monroe Street east. East to Michigan Avenue.
From West Suburbs
Eisenhower Expressway (290) east (290 becomes Congress Parkway in Loop) to Congress Plaza (first light east of Michigan Avenue). North (left turn) on Congress Plaza which merges with Michigan Avenue to Adams.
From Southwest Suburbs
Stevenson Expressway (55) to Lake Shore Drive (41). North to Jackson Blvd. West on Jackson (left turn) to Michigan Ave. North on Michigan to Adams.
Once purchased, parking passes are e-mailed instantly and guarantee you access to your selected location. Parking is very limited and locations fill up, so we strongly recommend that you reserve your 100% guaranteed parking space now!
$28 per car (payment upon drop-off; cash only)* Valet service is available at the Modern Wing entrance every day from 10:30 a.m, when the museum doors open, until one-half hour after closing.
Please note: Due to the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in the evening on Thursday, May 26, valet service will not be available after 5:00 p.m.
*Rates are subject to change with citywide special events.
Nearby Public Garages
These garages are located underground below the parks adjacent to the museum. Please call (312) 616-0600 for lot and rate information. Drop-offs are permitted at the Millennium Park entrance. A traffic pull out is available from the eastbound lanes of Monroe Street.
East Monroe Street and Millennium Park garages (entrance at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street)
Grant Park south garage (entrance at Michigan Avenue between Van Buren and Adams streets)
Grant Park north garage (entrance at Michigan Avenue between Madison and Randolph streets)
Warning concerning Columbus Drive Street Parking
Both sides of Columbus Drive immediately east of the museum are "No Parking" zones from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., and violators will be towed. Call (312) 744-7550 for towing information.
Accessible parking is located in the following garages near the Art Institute:
Millennium Park garage (enter at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street), with 8’ clearance in limited sections and an elevator at the exit
Grant Park north garage (enter at Michigan Avenue between Madison and Randolph), with 8' 3" clearance in limited sections and an elevator at the exit
For information about bus parking, please call the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau at (312) 567-8571 for options.
Using Public Transportation
The Art Institute is located just one block east of the Loop and is easily accessible via the city's "El" train system. The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines all stop above ground at Adams/Wabash, one block west of the museum. The Red and Blue lines stop underground at Monroe, just a few blocks away. A number of bus lines also stop in front of the museum. Currently, El fare is $2.25 per adult. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority's website for route, schedule, and fare details.
Metra is Chicago's commuter rail transit system. The Art Institute is accessible from both the Van Buren and Millennium stations, which are underground just one to two blocks south and north (respectively) along Michigan Avenue. Visit Metra's website for route, schedule, and fare details.
Divvy Bike Program
Divvy is Chicago's bike-sharing system with thousands of bikes and hundreds of stations across the city, intended to provide Chicagoans and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city. There are several Divvy bike stations within walking distance of the Art Institute. For more information and pricing, please visit divvybikes.com.