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The Art Institute, located at the heart of Chicago, is only one of many attractions the city has to offer. If you're visiting Chicago for business or pleasure, let us help you connect with the museum and the city.

One of Chicago's leading cultural attractions, the Art Institute is committed to making your trip as memorable as possible. We hope you enjoy your visit!

Voted #1 Museum in the United States

CityPASS

CityPASS 
Visiting Chicago? You'll love CityPASS.

Save 50% on admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck, and the Museum of Science and Industry or the 360 Chicago. Save time and money, skip most ticket lines, and see the best of Chicago for less!

Ask for CityPASS when you arrive at the Art Institute of Chicago or purchase online.


GO Chicago Card

GO Chicago Card 
Enjoy over 25 Chicago attractions, activities, tours, museums, cruises, and sights with the GO Chicago Card.

  • Receive unlimited admissions to the Art Institute of Chicago as well as Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Hancock Observatory, Willis Tower, a selection of Gray Line Tours, Navy Pier attractions, and more!
  • Save up to 20% on shopping and dining.
  • Receive a 100-page full-color pocket guidebook to help you plan your fun.

CAF tours

Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours
Discover the city's architectural gems on tours such as "Tiffany Treasures in Chicago," "Louis Sullivan: Lost and Found," or "The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago," all led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.


Chicago Trolley

Chicago Trolley
With easy hop on-hop off locations throughout the city, Chicago Trolley is an ideal way to take in Chicago and its many sights and sounds. The trolley tour guides are incredibly knowledgeable and will lead you through the heart of the city and its quaint neighborhoods.


Shoreline Sightseeing

Shoreline Sightseeing
A Shoreline Architecture Cruise is a great way to explore Chicago's artistic past and present. As you travel down the Chicago River past countless architectural wonders, Shoreline docents tell the story of a city that literally rose from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire.

   Silversmith Hotel and Suites
   0.2 miles to the Art Institute





   Hampton Majestic Chicago Theatre District
   0.3 miles to the Art Institute





   Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront
   0.6 miles to the Art Institute





Best Western Grant Park Hotel   Best Western Grant Park Hotel
   0.7 miles to the Art Institute





   La Quinta Inn and Suites Chicago Downtown
   0.7 miles to the Art Institute





Hotel Palomar Chicago   Hotel Palomar Chicago
   0.9 miles to the Art Institute





The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers   The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
   0.9 miles to the Art Institute





   Best Western Plus River North
   1.3 miles to the Art Institute





   The Whitehall Hotel
   1.5 miles to the Art Institute





   House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast
   3.3 miles to the Art Institute




Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano 
Fine art and fine dining go hand in hand. Visit Terzo Piano on the third floor of the Modern Wing for the best views in the city and outstanding Italian cuisine from top chef, Tony Mantuano. Visitors who book a package with one of the participating hotels receive 10% off at Terzo Piano.

For hours and reservations, visit www.terzopianochicago.com.


Museum Café 
When it's time for lunch, head to the Museum Café. With a seasonal menu and a beautiful setting looking into McKinlock Court, it's a scenic lunch spot.

The family-friendly spot also offers a new kids menu featuring all the classic kid favorites—from peanut butter and jelly and pizza to macaroni and cheese and chicken tenders!

Art Institute of Chicago Kids


Caffe Moderno

Caffè Moderno 
Looking to grab a quick bite to eat or drink? Take a break at Caffè Moderno in the Modern Wing. Overlooking Griffin Court, it's the perfect place to pause and unwind.

Museum Shops

Museum Shops
Great shopping abounds at the Art Institute of Chicago. With two locations within the museum, the shops have elegant gifts and an exceptional selection. Visitors who book a package with one of the participating hotels receive the following free gifts with purchase:

  • Signature mug with $75 purchase
  • Matted Seurat or Hopper print with $125 purchase
  • Lion tote bag with $225 purchase

For more information about hours and locations, visit www.artinstituteshop.org.


American Girl Place in Chicago

American Girl Place
Discover why American Girl Place® Chicago is more than just a store—it's a place for her imagination to soar! She'll love exploring the worlds of her favorite characters filled with doll collections, books, outfits and more. But that's not all we have in store! Enjoy fun and fancy dining at the café, where even her doll gets to dine.

For more fun, download this mini-tour to learn about Saige, the 2013 Girl of the Year, and explore her interests here at the Art Institute.


Macys on State Street

Macy's on State Street
This multi-storied department store is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Customers can shop and dine their way through eight floors of a Chicago shopping tradition. As a bonus, download the visitor savings pass.


North Bridge

North Bridge
Where fashion and dining meet, the Shops at North Bridge offer a great selection of couture and cuisine. Adding elegance and energy to Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Shops at North Bridge offer six hip blocks of countless cosmopolitan pleasures. As a museum visitor, you can download your visitor savings pass.


Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place
Located on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place offers a unique shopping experience. Out-of-town guests including motor coach groups, convention attendees, and individual travelers can enjoy shops and restaurants and receive exclusive savings with Premier Perks. Premier Perks features special offers from more than 50 stores throughout Water Tower Place including Macy's and American Girl Place, and includes a signature gift with purchase. Enjoy your perk—a special visitor savings pass.


900 North Michigan Avenue

900 North Michigan Avenue
This Magnificent Mile hotspot provides an unforgettable shopping experience. Out-of-town guests can visit the concierge desk to receive the Exclusively 900 Card, which entitles them to incentives and premier savings throughout the center.


Bloomingdales

Bloomingdale's
One of the exclusive stores at the 900 North Michigan Avenue, Bloomingdale's provides out-of-town guests with a special 10% savings certificate.