Note: Skip the ticket line! Go Chicago Card customers receive Fast Pass Admission.
Art Institute of Chicago tickets
Consistently voted one of the top museums – in the world – by TripAdvisor, the Art Institute of Chicago is home to impressive collections of modern and contemporary art, architecture, design, photography, ancient artifacts, paintings, and more.
Some of the most famous pieces at the Art Institute include the Chagall “America Windows” stained glass windows, Matisse’s “Bathers by a River,” and Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Black Cross, New Mexico.”
Insider tip: download the museum’s new Mobile App here to plan your visit and learn more about each work of art.
The Chicago Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility.
As the nation’s second-largest museum, you can find examples of practically every genre of art; explore one of the best collections of American contemporary art in the Renzo Piano-designed Modern Wing, scope out over 5,000 years of Asian art and artifacts, wander the contemporary sculpture galleries, see 68 small-scale imitations of European interiors from the late 13th century, and more.
Be sure to check out the museum's much-anticipated gallery renovation in The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor: new home to the museum's beloved collection of early European Arts and nearly 700 artifacts from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, including monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and armored figures on horseback.
- JourneyMaker: visit the museum’s Ryan Learning Center when you arrive, or, start exploring the museum before you go with JourneyMaker – a new, interactive online feature that lets you choose from 8 storylines, tailored to your interests, that will be your guide through the museum – making sure you see it all.
- The New Mobile Experience: download the Art Institute of Chicago’s Official Mobile App – your personal, pocket-sized guide to everything in the museum. The location-aware app helps you find the pieces you want to visit and provides in-depth information about each exhibit with its Audio Tour feature.
Choose to use your pass for Art Institute of Chicago tickets, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!
Enter from Michigan Avenue using the middle set of doors labeled Fast Pass. You may also use the Modern Wing entrance on Monroe Avenue. Look for the Fast Pass signs once inside to skip the line.
Your pass is accepted for gate admission until 4:30 pm Friday-Wednesday and 7:30 pm Thursday. Once inside the museum all guests are welcome to stay until closing.
Friday-Wednesday, 10:30 am-5:00 pm. Last admission at 4:30 pm.
Thursday, 10:30 am-8:00 pm.
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. All holidays and hours are subject to change without notice.
Traveling with kids? Check out the Ryan Learning Center located in the Modern Wing, where free art-making, programming, and educational workshops are offered daily. Be sure to check out JourneyMaker, a digital interactive tool that lets you create your own museum tour. You can also prepare for your visit by visiting the JourneyMaker website
to create a journey online.
111 South Michigan Avenue
(at Adams Street)
Chicago, IL 60603
Take CTA: Brown, Orange, Purple, Pink, and Green lines to Adams St./Wabash Ave. stop. Red and blue lines to Monroe Street. Metra to Van Buren/Jackson and Buses #3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 126, 145, 147, and 151 to the museum.
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