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Self-Conducted Group Visits


Explore the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection independently or enhance your visit with the purchase of an audio guide.
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Independent Guides

Groups are permitted to visit with their own lecturer. Due to the high volume of daily programs, groups who plan to bring their own lecturer for a self-guided visit are encouraged to limit groups to 25 people per lecturer. Please note that lecturing is not always permitted in special exhibitions and the size of the group is also subject to limitation depending on gallery capacity. The museum cannot guarantee access to all galleries at all times.

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Audio Guides

Audio guides offer complete flexibility when touring the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The commentary is offered in English, but features highlights of the collection in French, Spanish, and Chinese. Audio guide commentary is presented in a conversational tone appealing to all listeners. 

For more information on audio guides and the audio tours available on the Art Institute’s mobile app, visit the mobile app and audio tours page.


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