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Group FAQ

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Is there a designated drop-off or special parking available for buses?

The suggested drop-off location for the museum is the southwest corner of Monroe Street and Columbus Drive. While parking on site is not available, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau offers parking options.


Where should groups enter the museum?

The main group entrance is at the Modern Wing, located at 159 East Monroe Street, across from Millennium Park.


Is it possible to take pictures in the museum?

The permanent collection and selected exhibitions may be photographed without flash, for private use only, and not for publication. No tripods, lights, video cameras, or "selfie sticks" are allowed. Please respect the posted signage prohibiting photography of specific works of art.


Will I be allowed to lead my own lecture in the galleries?

The museum does not permit lecturing within special exhibitions. However, you are more than welcome to lecture to small groups throughout our permanent collection galleries.


Can visitors sketch in the museum?

The museum permits drawing with pencils in the permanent collection galleries. Please consult with the security officer in the appropriate gallery. Paper and pads must be no larger than 13 x 17 inches. Drawing and sketching are not not allowed in special exhibitions.


Will I have to check my bags or can I bring them with me into the galleries?

Personal items may be checked for $1.00 per item. The following items must be checked before entering the galleries: any parcel, purse, bag, or tote more than 13 x 17 inches, backpacks, baby carriers, long umbrellas, and briefcases. Food and drink are not allowed in the galleries and cannot be checked. The Art Institute of Chicago reserves the right to refuse checking services for any items at any time.


What happens if we have to cancel our group tour?

Payment of all group fees are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. All sales are final. If there are any questions, please contact Group Sales by phone at (312) 857-7104, fax at (312) 541-9480, or e-mail.

Learn more about the museum’s general guidelines.