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Note: Skip the ticket line! Go Chicago Card customers receive Fast Pass Admission.

Show your pass at the Museum Café and receive a 10% discount! You can also enjoy outdoor seating at McKinlock Court May through September (weather permitting).

Art Institute of Chicago tickets

Gate Prices Adult $35.00
Child (3-12)

Brief description:

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.”

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: 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.

This institution is filled to the brim with one-of-a-kind pieces that every art-lover can appreciate.

What your Art Institute of Chicago ticket includes:

Your Art Institute of Chicago ticket includes access to all exhibits on display and skip the line privileges upon entrance. You can also receive a 10% discount at the Museum Café with your Go Chicago Card.

Exhibition highlights:

  • The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art: explore hundreds of objects from these time periods. See exquisite homemade jewelry, armor collections, and altarpieces.
  • Past Forward – Architecture and Design at the Art Institute: this new installation showcases 20th and 21st century architecture and design work.
  • James Webb – Prayer: see the work of South African artist James Webb and discover the art of the spoken prayer.
  • Ornamental Traditions – Jewelry from Bukhara: look at the gorgeous jewels and pieces from Barbara and David Kipper’s collection.

Tips for visiting:

Make sure to check the museum’s website before visiting to better plan which exhibits you’d like to check out.

The Chicago Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. 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!

Getting In

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

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.

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