Members: The first hour of every day, 10–11 a.m., is reserved for member-only viewing.
|Seniors (65+) $26|
|Teens (14-17) $26|
|Seniors (65+) $14|
|Teens (14-17) Free|
|Seniors (65+) $21|
|Teens (14-17) $21|
|Seniors (65+) $34|
|Teens (14-17) $34|
Free Admission Opportunities: The Art Institute of Chicago provides free access to children under 14, Chicago teens under 18, Link and WIC cardholders, and Illinois educators every day, as well as to Illinois residents on certain days throughout the year. Learn more.
Members never need tickets and never have to wait in admission lines.
Ordering advance tickets, including free tickets for Illinois residents, is encouraged but not required. Tickets can be purchased on-site.
Both general admission and Fast Pass tickets allow you to see all of the museum’s nonticketed special exhibitions. Occasionally, exhibitions like the upcoming Picasso: Drawing from Life (November 11, 2023–April 8, 2024) require an additional paid ticket that you can add to your ticket order when checking out online.
We have two dining spaces that are open to all visitors: the Market offers an array of Chicago food favorites, including sandwiches, salads, and desserts, and the Modern Café offers lighter fare plus a full coffee, tea, and beverage menu.
Additionally, the Member Bar at Terzo Piano, a space for our Art Institute members, provides free coffee and tea as well as wine, beer, cocktails, and light snacks for purchase. Learn more about our dining options.
Admission was free for Illinois residents on Thursday evenings, 5–8 p.m., May 18–August 31, 2023. Our next free days for Illinois residents will be weekdays (Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays), November 27–December 22, 2023.
Learn more about our ongoing free admission opportunities, including for the following groups:
-Kids under 14
-Chicago teens under 18
-Students who attend one of our University Partner schools
-LINK and WIC cardholders
-Active-duty military and their families (Armed Services Day–Labor Day)
Yes, our checkrooms are free for all visitors. Bags and backpacks larger than 13 x 17 x 4 inches are not allowed in the galleries and must be checked, but we cannot accept food, beverages, flowers, or balloons in the checkroom, and they are not permitted in the museum spaces that house art. Learn more about which items are and are not permitted in the museum.