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Located in the heart of Chicago, the Art Institute is one of the city’s premier attractions.

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 World

Chicago CityPASS


Visiting Chicago? You’ll love CityPASS.

Save 51% off Fast Pass admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, plus Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, the Field Museum, and Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago.

CityPASS is valid for 9 days from the date of first use. You’ll skip most ticket lines and see the best of Chicago for less!

Purchase booklets and printable or mobile vouchers online or at the museum admission counter for the same low price.

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.


The Blackstone

Travel Package: Heart Our Art

The Blackstone is surrounded by some of the city’s most legendary cultural attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Get inspired during your stay in the city with this exclusive package.

  • Upgraded lake view room
  • Two tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Welcome amenity
  • Bottle of wine
  • Coloring book with colored pencils
  • Canvas with paints

Distance: .5 miles
636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605

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 chef Tony Mantuano.

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Museum Café

When it’s time for lunch, head to the Museum Café. With a seasonal menu and a beautiful setting adjacent to McKinlock Court, it’s the perfect place to relax and recharge during your visit.

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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 shop locations within the museum, you can choose from a wide selection of elegant gifts and more. 

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Macys on State Street

Macy's on State Street

This eight-story department store is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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North Bridge

Shops at North Bridge

Where fashion and dining meet, the shops at North Bridge offer an impressive selection of couture and cuisine. Adding elegance and energy to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Shops at North Bridge offer six blocks of cosmopolitan treasures. 

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Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place

Located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place offers a unique shopping experience.

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900 North Michigan Avenue

900 North Michigan Avenue

This Magnificent Mile shopping destination has something for everyone.

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Located 900 North Michigan Avenue, Bloomingdale’s offers a world-class shopping with service to match. 

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