The Art Institute Of Chicago

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  • Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, United States
  • Timings: 10:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 25 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art Museum, Cafe, Restaurant, Leisure, Family And Kids, Photo Gallery

The Art Institute Of Chicago - Review

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the largest and oldest museums in USA, founded in 1879, . The museum is visited by approximately 1.5 million visitors every year. It has 11 curatorial departments and features 300,000 artworks. A Beaux-Art triumph, the building was built in 1893 and over a century, has gathered some priceless collections.

The Art Institute of Chicago artworks include African and Indian art, American art, Ancient and Byzantine art, Asian art, Contemporary art and European art. Some of the most popular paintings housed inside the museum include the Self-Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, Captive Slave and the Old Man with a Gold Chain. The photography collection is massive, as is the collection of arms and armor, or Asian art work dating back to about 5000 years ago. The Museum's recent expansion added a shop, a cafe and a restaurant, so yes, take the whole day off and spend it here, with lunch in between exhibits.

Art Institute of Chicago Artworks -

  • African - This exhibition includes 400 artworks from the African continent and mainly emphasizes on the sculptures of Africa.
  • American - Features more than 1000 paintings and sculptures since 18th century and 2500 decorative art pieces from the 17th century.
  • Ancient and Byzantine - Comprises of significant artworks dating back 4000 years. The artworks are from ancient Byzantine, Egyptian, Etruscan, Roman and Greek cultures.
  • Architecture and Design - Features 250,000 works by modern day architects.
  • Arms, Armor, Medieval and Renaissance - This exhibition is all about medieval art from Europe and covers an era of over 500 years.
  • Art of the Americas - Exhibits include Andean and Mesoamerican sculptures, ceramics, textiles and metalworks.
  • Asian - 35,000 objects including Chinese, Indian, Japanese artworks spanning for over 4 millennials.
  • Contemporary - This exhibition features some of the most popular pieces of art from the contemporary and modern period.
  • European Decorative Arts - 25,00 European decor objects including furniture, ceramics, enamels and ivory.
  • European Painting and Sculpture - It consists of 3500 art pieces dating from 12th century to 20th century.
  • Modern - This unique collection of modern art is considered to be one of the finest in the world.
  • Photography - Includes photographs of some of the most celebrated photographers in the world.
  • Prints and Drawings - 11,500 drawings and 60,000 prints dating back to the 15th century.
  • Textiles - The collection includes Pre-Columbian textiles, European vestments, tapestries, woven silks and velvets.
  • Thorne Miniature Room - The exhibition gives you a glimpse of vintage European and American interiors.

Art institute of Chicago Exhibitions -

 Current museum exhibitions include the following:

  • Charles White - This exhibition traces the emergence of Charles White as a notable artist through his 40-year career path.
  • Helen Frankenthaler Prints - Includes over 50 prints of the abstract expressionist.
  • John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age - This exhibition is dedicated to the American portraitist and features some of his best portraits.
  • The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor - Features monumental artifacts, exquisite jewelry pieces and armor collection from the medieval and renaissance.
  • Forever "Egypt!" - Works from the Collection of Harold Allen: Features articles from the Egyptomania craze in the early and mid-twenties.
  • Georg Jensen - Scandinavian Design for Living: This exhibition includes modern tableware items designed by Georg Jensen
  • Ornamental Traditions - Jewelry from Bukhara: Jeweled objects from Bukhara which depict extraordinary artistry.

Upcoming exhibitions: Some of the upcoming exhibitions include:

  • James Webb: Prayer: Features recorded prayers from every faith in Chicago.
  • Hairy Who? -Dedicated to an art group of six Chicago artists.
  • My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt: Collection of photographs of iconic contemporary structures.
  • Hans Haacke: Bronze sculpture of a horse raises questions about the relation between business, politics, education and art.
  • Tomma Abts: Features the rigorous artworks of Abts.

Museum Guides -

  • Audio Guide: The Chicago Art Institute Museum audio guides are available in English, French, Chinese and Spanish. The guides are free for visually impaired people and can be rent by others for $7. The cost of audio guide is not included in the Art Institute of Chicago tickets.
  • Mobile Application- The Art Institute of Chicago mobile application is available for ios devices and helps you find the exhibition you want to visit.

Dining - There are gourmet meals as well as casual and cheap meals available at the Art Institute of Chicago. You can choose from the wide variety of options for dining. Those are- Terzo Piano, Museum Cafe and Caffe Moderno.


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The Art Institute Of Chicago Information

  • Members of the gallery never need to buy tickets
  • Occasionally exhibitions need an extra charge
  • Children under 14 can enter for free
  • You can use Chicago’s bike-sharing program to reach the museum
  • Flowers, balloons, food or drinks are not accepted in the checkroom
  • Photography and videography are permitted under certain museum guidelines.
  • Talking on mobile phones is only permitted in non-gallery premises of the museum.


Following items are not allowed in the museum:

  • Art materials other than pencil (including ink pens)
  • Backpacks and backpack baby carriers
  • Bags, camera bags, or purses larger than 13 x 17 x 4 inches
  • Shopping bags
  • Flowers or balloons
  • Food or drink
  • Toys
  • Tripods, flash attachments, video cameras and selfie sticks.
  • Umbrellas (small umbrellas can be stowed in bags)
  • Wrapped packages (gifts)
  • Tricycles, carts, hoverboards, Segways
  • Ramp access available
  • Manually operated wheelchairs available
  • Hearing-assist devices mounted at some places

The Art Institute Of Chicago Ticket Prices

Art institute of Chicago prices -

  • Adults: USD 25
  • Chicago Residents Adults: USD 20
  • Illinois Residents Adults: USD 22


  • Seniors: USD 19
  • Chicago Residents Seniors: USD 14
  • Illinois Residents Seniors: USD 16 


  • Students: USD 19
  • Chicago Residents Students: USD 14
  • Illinois Residents  Students: USD 16


  • Teens: USD 19
  • Chicago Residents Teens: Free
  • Illinois Residents Teens: USD 16


  • Art institute of Chicago admission for children under 14: Free
  • Illinois Residents every Thursday entry from 5 to 8 pm: Free


  • Adult Fast Pass: USD 35
  • Senior Fast Pass: USD 29
  • Student Fast Pass: USD 29


  • Adult Skydeck Combo: USD 46
  • Adult Navy Pier Combo: USD 39
  •  Child Navy Pier Combo: USD 12


The Art Institute Of Chicago Hours

Chicago art institute hours -

  • Everyday: 10:30 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday : 10:30 am – 8 pm

Art institute of Chicago shop hours -

  • Everyday: 10:30 am – 5 pm
  • Thursday : 10:30 am – 8 pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

How To reach The Art Institute Of Chicago by Public Transport

You can reach the Michigan Avenue Entrance of the museum by these routes:

  • Indiana: Indiana toll road to Congress Plaza
  • South Suburbs: Dan Ryan Expressway to Congress Plaza
  • Wisconsin and North Suburbs: Eden Expressway- Kennedy Expressway- Monroe Street
  • O’Hare Airport and Northwest Suburbs: Kennedy Expressway- Monroe Street east
  • West Suburbs: Eisenhower Expressway to Congress Plaza
  • Southwest Suburbs: Stevenson expressway- Lake Shore Drive- Michigan Avenue


Restaurants Near The Art Institute Of Chicago

  • Roy’s
  • Capital Grille
  • Yolk Rasp
  • Fournette

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  • The Art Institute Of Chicago Address: 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, United States
  • The Art Institute Of Chicago Timing: 10:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • The Art Institute Of Chicago Price: 25 USD
  • Best time to visit The Art Institute Of Chicago(preferred time): 10:30 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Art Institute Of Chicago: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 93.86% of people who visit Chicago include The Art Institute Of Chicago in their plan

  • 65.09% of people start their The Art Institute Of Chicago visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see The Art Institute Of Chicago

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The Art Institute Of Chicago, Chicago Reviews

  • What made my experience there the best was Renee! She was extremely sweet and helpful. I loved her as soon as I met her! As someone who works greatly with customer service, she delivered amazing customer service and truly deserves credit for doing so! As for my experience with the institute itself, I had a great time observing older art pieces; I came between 5-8 on Thursday so it was free! Highly recommend!

  • Amazing museum! It's one of the best in the states. Just went here after so many years. I went for three hours and it still was not enough time to see everything! The museum is HUGE. Their selection of European art and Impressionist pieces are amazing. Their arms and armor section is so interesting and definitely one of my favorite parts. Also, you can see an amazing view of the city from the modern art wing! The overall design of the museum is beautiful as well. This is definitely worth seeing if you stop by in Chicago.

  • My trip so far has covered quite a fair bit of art museum around the major cities. One of the most famous Art museum in the world is the Art Institute of Chicago. I have read a numerous of good review on this museum and I have set the standard to compared it against Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In my opinion, this museum is the greatest as it combine both old and modern art under one roof. The interior were well structured as well and the arts were arranged properly according to the theme with proper description. The lightning is good as well. The art museum is huge and be prepared to spend at least half day here. The Art Institute has one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Besides that, in 2009, the museum opened the Modern Wing which includes several works from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

  • I did not have enough time to see everything at this enormous museum. I've had mixed experiences with the special exhibits before, but the core museum is tremendous. I particularly like the American Wing, and Impressionist art, and the European paintings (specifically the Italian renaissance and German Romantic works). The price was absolutely worth it, and there was a nice courtyard cafe to unwind in the middle of the museum. I love Chicago museums, and the Art Institute is right at the top of my favorite places. Worth an entire day. (Also, they have affordable pocket guides and a larger essential works guide that are super high quality).

  • This art museum is huge! And there’s so much great art that can be seen. Good cafes as well for lunch or a coffee break. I would have given 5 stars if it weren’t for the ticketing guy who was rude. Also, they should have a good deal where tourists could have a 2-day ticket because you literally won’t be able to see everything in just one day! I still enjoyed it.

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