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Show your pass at the Museum Cafe 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 $42.00
Child (3-12)

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: 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 – an 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. JourneyMaker is now available in Mandarin and Spanish.
  • The 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. Download the museum’s Mobile App here to plan your visit and learn more about each work of art.

Build your own discount attraction pass and save on combined admission to two or more attractions. Enjoy guaranteed discounts on Art Institute of Chicago tickets and your choice of other top attractions.

Getting In

Skip the General Admission line! Look for Fast Pass signs at both entrances.

Monroe Street Entrance (Recommended): Enter through the Modern Wing. Look for Fast Pass signs.

Michigan Avenue Entrance: Enter through center doors labeled Fast Pass.

Special Offer
Audio Tour Included


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.

Reviews for Art Institute of Chicago

Experience an incredible collection of work by Surrealist painter Rene Magritte. Hurry Exhibit ends October 13, 2014.

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