The Art Institute is one of the best things to do in Chicago as an art lover - don’t miss out on thousands of pieces of artwork on display.

Visit the Art Institute with your Go Chicago pass

  • Pay nothing at the gate – simply scan your digital pass

  • Enjoy the contemporary art, architecture, and design on display

  • Exclusive 10% discount in the museum cafe

  • Your pass gives you access to many more attractions in Chicago including Shoreline Architecture River Cruise or the Adler Planetarium.

From contemporary art to ancient artifacts, the sheer scope of exhibits means there's something for everyone at the Art Institute. 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, and wander through contemporary sculpture galleries to see 68 small-scale imitations of European interiors from the late 13th century.

Hours of Operation

10:30 AM - 5PM 
*Last admission at 4:30PM
10:30 AM - 8PM

Closings & Holidays

Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. All holidays and hours are subject to change without notice.

Know before you go

Simply show your Go Chicago pass to gain admission. 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.

During spring breaks, summer holidays, and special occasions, the Museum frequently extends or shortens hours. For more information, visit the Art Institute of Chicago website.

Top tips when visiting The Art Institue Chicago

  • Download the Art Institute of Chicago App! Find the art that speaks to you with our location-aware map. Take an audio tour and immerse yourself in stories of culture and creativity. The Art Institute offers nearly a million square feet to explore—the Mobile Experience will be your guide

  • For Art Institute Chicago parking either download the SpotHero parking app, or the Institute offers valet parking.

  • You’re spoilt for choice for Art Institute of Chicago restaurants. Relax with a coffee, or brunch at one of their three dining locations including The Balcony Café, Museum Café, or the Terzo Piano.

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Getting there

Art Institute of Chicago

US, IL, Chicago, 60603, 111 South Michigan Avenue (at Adams Street)


111 South Michigan Avenue (at Adams Street)
Chicago, IL 60603
United States

Closest Subway Stop

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.