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Adult and University Groups

The Art Institute offers many different ways for your adult, senior, or university student group (15 people or more) to experience the museum and its world of treasures. Enhance your visit by choosing from among the following:

  • Guided tour with one of our experts (see topics below)
  • Slide lecture from a museum educator
  • Self-guided tour with our audio guide

Further delight your group by adding one of the various dining options. Below you'll also find information about our specially discounted group rates and how to book your tour online. Please note that reservations are requested 21 days in advance. We can't wait to see you in the galleries!

Questions? E-mail or call (312) 857-7104. For international inquiries, call 00-1-312-857-7104. 

Highlights of the Art Institute

Take a spin through the collections and discover works that have delighted visitors from around the world for over a century.

Impressionism: Monet, Degas, Renoir, and More

Plunge into the color and excitement of late 19th-century life as your group views one of the most admired collections of French Impressionism in the world.

American Art

Discover how artists have expressed the many sides of the American experience through the rich variety of this collection.

Highlights of the Modern Wing: Modern and Contemporary Art

Explore our stunning Renzo Piano–designed addition with the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, and other giants of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Additional collections to spark your interest:

  • The 68 captivating Thorne Miniature Rooms
  • Unique examples of American folk art
  • Powerful works of African and Indian art of the Americas
  • Compelling Old Master paintings
  • Our collection of 1,000 glass paperweights
  • Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art
  • Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, and Islamic art

Reserve a guided tour for your group.

What is fine art without fine wine or good food? Before or after viewing the museum's spectacular collection, delight your group with a lunch, afternoon coffee, or wine and cheese in a private room. Take a look at our menus and contact us or call (312) 857-7104 to book your group.

Full list of group menus

  Chicago and Illinois Residents Out-of-State Visitors
  Group Rate With Guided Tour With Slide Lecture Add Audio Guide Group Rate With Guided Tour With Slide Lecture Add Audio Guide
Adults $20 $34 $38 +$6 $23 $37 $41 +$6
Seniors $14 $28 $32 +$6 $17 $31 $35 +$6
Students $14 $24 $26 +$6 $17 $27 $29 +$6

Tour operators, please e-mail or call (312) 857-7104 for wholesale rates.

Please note that group visits require a minimum of 15 people. Reservations are requested 21 days in advance and will be confirmed in writing within 10 business days of receipt.

Payment in full by credit card or company check (payable to the Art Institute of Chicago) is due upon confirmation of lecturer or, for self-guided groups, 20 business days in advance.

Simply fill out the adult and university group tour reservation form.* to book your tour. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries soon!

*This form is for adult, university, and senior groups only. For pre-K–12th grade school groups, please use the student tour application form.