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About Art Institute of Chicago

Are you excited to see some of the greatest works of art in the world? What if we told you that the Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world's great art museums, with a collection that spans centuries and from all around the globe!

A visit to the impressive collections of this Chicago icon will see you face to face with characters of American Gothic, and the atmosphere of Nighthawks. There are works by Vincent van Gogh, as well as Pablo Picasso, and even Monet.

Kids will be surrounded by works from some of the most inspiring and famous painters and artists in the entire world, and it's a particularly great experience for any creative students or art students who will be in their element.

As well as the permanent collection, the Art Institute of Chicago features rotating exhibitions so you can always go back and see something new. One exhibition might focus on Japanese prints, or there might be a Rembrandt showcase. One month might focus on textiles, and then the next you might be exploring African art

So much more than just "art", a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago is a day out filled with history, and cultures from all over the world, and creativity, and plenty of classes and workshops for the family!

It's time to be inspired!

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Adults $25.00

Children $19.00 (Ages 14 to 17)

Free Under 14 years

Last Update 2023

Discount Senior & student discounts, plus discounts for Chicago & Illinois residents

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Art Institute of Chicago FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Art Institute of Chicago?

There are a number of places within the institute to grab food, from the Museum Cafe for sandwiches and salads, to the Terzo Piano great for lunch, Thursday dinners & Sunday brunch, and the Balcony Cafe for those coffees!

Any top tips when visiting?

Check out the free app that offers you a self-guided tour throughout the collections that merges location-aware technology with audio storytelling, letting the art speak to you.

Does Art Institute of Chicago have a gift shop?

The Museum Store has great gifts and merchandise that are related to the exhibits and collections!

Teachers corner

There are plenty of classes and workshops great for kids to explore art in a hands-on way, and they also offer field trips for students K to 12!

Does Art Institute of Chicago have healthy eating or Vegan options?

There are multiple healthy options at the cafe!

Is Art Institute of Chicago fully accessible?

The museum is accessible, with wheelchairs available free of charge, audio guides, service animals welcome and accessible parking!

Any additonal information?

Free hours are offered to Illinois residents every Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Proof of residence is required.