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Visitors with Mobility Needs

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Entrances and Parking

Find additional information on our Directions and Parking page and the Millennium Garages website.

Elevated shot of the Michigan Ave Entrance

Michigan Avenue Entrance

111 South Michigan Avenue
Ramp access is available, but drop-offs are not permitted.

Modern Wing Entrance

Modern Wing Entrance

159 East Monroe Street
Ramp access is available, and a dedicated drop-off lane is available from the eastbound lanes of Monroe Street. Valet service is available daily from 10:30 to 30 minutes after closing.

Accessible Parking

The following garage spaces offer accessible parking near the Art Institute. Please note that they do not accept oversized vans.

  • Millennium Park Garage (enter at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street), with 6' 8" clearance in some sections and an elevator at the exit
  • East Monroe Street Garage (enter at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street), with 6' 8" clearance and exit ramps at Monroe Street
  • Grant Park North Garage (enter at Michigan Avenue between Madison and Randolph), with 6' 6" clearance for vans and an elevator at the exit

Inside the Museum

Elevators are located throughout the museum for access to all levels. A TDD/TYY–equipped phone is available for use in the Michigan Avenue lobby. All auditoriums are equipped with designated wheelchair areas.

Wheelchair Assistance

Manually operated wheelchairs are available free of charge at both of the museum’s checkrooms on a first-come, first-served basis. Members who would like assistance getting to and from member events using museum-owned wheelchairs may make an appointment at access@artic.edu two weeks in advance of their visit.

Mobility Devices

Manual and electric wheelchairs are welcome in all areas of the museum. Single-seat scooters and knee scooters, both manual and electric, are also permitted, as are walkers, crutches, canes, braces, and other similar manual devices.

In order to ensure the safety of our visitors as well as the artwork, other types of mobility devices, including tricycles, carts, hoverboards, and Segways, are not permitted. If your mobility device is not permitted, the museum will provide a manually operated wheelchair free of charge, first-come, first-served, and will store any electric or battery-operated devices in a nonpublic area during your visit. Please note that the museum is unable to store devices with liquid fuel of any kind.

Elevators are located throughout the museum for access to all levels. A TDD/TYY–equipped phone is available for use in the Michigan Avenue lobby. All auditoriums are equipped with designated wheelchair areas.

Google Maps Street View

A large portion of the Art Institute’s interior is available on Google Maps Street View, which can be used to navigate the space in advance of your visit. Begin by the Grand Staircase in the Michigan Avenue lobby or at the Modern Wing entrance.

Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program are encouraged to send an email to access@artic.edu as far in advance as possible.

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