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Art Institute of Chicago

Recently named one of the Top 25 Museums in the United States by TripAdvisor!

Chicago may be the Second City, but there is nothing second rate about this art collection. Feast your eyes upon masterworks by Hopper, Monet, and Rembrandt, as well as an expansive collection of contemporary art. A highlight: Seeing the iconic American Gothic up close.
  • Adult gate price $40.00
  • Child gate price $0.00
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Go Select customers receive FastPass entry and a complimentary Audio Tour. The Audio Tour features highlights from the Art Institute's vast collection as well as information about works featured in current special exhibitions. Available in English, French and Spanish.

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the world-renowned Art Institute - now the nation’s second-largest museum. Walk across the Nichols Bridgeway from Millennium Park and experience Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing, home to our celebrated collections of modern and contemporary art, architecture, design, and photography. Then stroll back in time and let your old favorites - iconic artists like Seurat, Hopper, Monet, and Rembrandt - guide you through the historical Michigan Avenue building and to treasured works from around the world.

Bringing the whole family? Kids under 14 are free! Drop by the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center for stories, games, and art activities for toddlers through teens. Or, travel to the Thorne Miniature Rooms (68 model rooms created on a one-inch-to-one-foot scale) and achieve a heightened sense of self.

Art Institute of Chicago's collection covers a variety of themes, including:

  • African: among other strengths, the collection of African ceramics is the largest in an American art museum
  • American: significant groups of work by Sargent, Whistler, Cassatt and Winslow Homer as well as iconic images by Grant Wood, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, and Diego Rivera
  • Ancient: extensive displays of Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Egyptian artifacts
  • Architecture and Design: grounded in works by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier
  • Arms and Armor: swords, cannon, and more
  • Asian: representing five millennia from China, Korea, Japan, India, southwest Asia, and the Near and Middle East
  • Contemporary: almost every significant art movement from 1950 to the present
  • European Decorative Arts: Includes furniture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, enamels, and ivory from 1100 to the present
  • European painting and Sculpture: one of the world’s finest collections, from 12th century works to the Impressionists
  • Indian Art of the Americans: Mesoamerican and Andean ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and metalwork as well as artifacts of North American cultures
  • Medieval and Renaissance: features both religious works and objects of daily use, lets you visually experience the impact of the Renaissance
  • Modern: the extraordinary collection includes Picasso's Old Guitarist, Matisse's Bathers by a River, O'Keeffe's Black Cross, New Mexico Wood's American Gothic, Magritte's Time Transfixed, Hopper's Nighthawks, and Ivan Albright's Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Photography: Spanning the history of the medium from its beginning in 1839 to the present
  • Prints and Drawings: British, French, and Italian drawings; Old Master prints; extensive 20th-century holdings
  • Textiles: includes Pre-Columbian textiles, European vestments, tapestries, woven silks and velvets, printed fabrics, needlework, and lace

There truly is something for every taste and interest, so be sure not to miss this world class museum on your visit to the City of Chicago!

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Exciting to see the Picasso display
By Purple Nurple Verified Reviewer from Huron Twp., MI on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Art Institute of Chicago:

Needed more things to keep the kids interested.

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A must see!
By Flashpackers Verified Reviewer from The Sunshine State on
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Art Institute of Chicago:

The collections is this museum will blow your socks off. The GO card makes it easy to breeze through the lines. Just get there early!

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[2 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

Typical Art Museum
By Sunshine Verified Reviewer from Des Moines, Iowa on
Pros:
Mini Rooms, Lots of Art, NO LINE
Cons:
Endless Security,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Art Institute of Chicago:

The card made this attraction simple once you made it through the security check at the front entrance. We simply went to the ticket desk and switched for different tickets. Overall we thought this art museum was pretty typical of any other large scale art museum one would go to. Some of the large statues were unique and cool to take pictures of. We also enjoyed the mini rooms. The museum is flooded with people, inside and out. Overall it might have been a better experience if we had taken more time to see the entire museum.

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[7 of 9 customers found this review helpful]

A world-class museum!
By Bleeps Verified Reviewer from Central Massachusetts on
Pros:
Food choices, Child-friendly, Variety
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations Art Institute of Chicago:

This museum absolutely has something for everyone! The Thorne Rooms are a collection of miniatures -- perfect for children and furniture/decorative arts enthusiasts. The galleries contain masterpiece after masterpiece -- no matter your tastes, you WILL find favorites here. The food choices here are also excellent.

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Art Institute of Chicago Details

Phone: 312-443-3600
Address
111 South Michigan Avenue
(at Adams Street)
Chicago, IL 60603
Hours
Friday–Wednesday, 10:30 am–5:00 pm
Thursday, 10:30 am–8:00 pm.
Note
Traveling with kids under 14? Check out the Ryan Education Center located in the Modern Wing. This beautiful sun-lit space is a way to get out of the heat and immerse your kids in art. Free programming and educational workshops are featured daily.
Closings
Thanksgiving Day,Christmas Day and New Year's Day. All holidays and hours are subject to change without notice.
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

Directions and Transportation

Address
111 South Michigan Avenue
(at Adams Street)
Chicago, IL 60603
Public Transportation
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.

Admission and Offer Information

Go Select holders can skip the line with special FastPass entry. Look for FastPass signs at both entrances.

Recommended: Enter through the Modern Wing on Monroe street. Look for FastPass signs.

Michigan Avenue entrance: enter through center doors marked FastPass.

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