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Directions and Parking

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

From Indiana

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.

Valet Parking

$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.

*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.

  • Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage
    (entrance at Columbus Drive, north of Monroe Street and south of Randolph Street)
  • Grant Park South Garage 
    (entrances at Michigan Avenue, at Van Buren and south of Adams streets)
  • Grant Park North Garage 
    (entrances at Michigan Avenue, north of Monroe Street and south of Randolph Street)

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

Group Parking

For information about bus parking, please visit the Choose Chicago Motorcoach information page.

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