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Art Institute Teen Programs provides opportunities for you to connect with other young people and contemporary artists, reimagine art and its histories, and produce live events that bring together Chicagoland youth and showcase their art.

The Obama Portraits Teen Poetry Competition Winners
Explore these poems, written by Chicago high school poets, inspired by The Obama Portraits.

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Teen Audio Guide

Experience the museum through sounds and stories produced by Chicago teens.

Join us for experiences that inspire, complicate, and celebrate art over time. Teen Programs offers a full schedule of events, including workshops, live arts, and gatherings produced by and for teens.


We are committed to making the museum and its collection more accessible to your needs, abilities, and interests. Explore the museum’s Accessibility page to find out more about resources and supports in place for all visitors.

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Sign up for our enewsletter above to stay updated on the latest teen programs. Contact us at (312) 857-7161 or and follow us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The Art Institute of Chicago is grateful to Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation for their extraordinary sponsorship expanding the museum’s free admission program to Chicago teens under the age of 18. 

Teen Programs are partially supported by an IncentOvate Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Support for Summer Learning at the Art Institute of Chicago is generously provided by The Jane and David M. Stone Charitable Trust.


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