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Art Institute of Chicago
Voted the #1 museum in the US by TripAdvisor, the Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see on any trip to the Windy City. Experience the greatest Impressionist collection outside Paris, and see contemporary masterpieces in the spectacular Modern Wing. Stand before classics like American Gothic, and travel the globe through new galleries devoted to the art of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas.
Includes Fast Pass admission to permanent collection, Fast Pass admission to special exhibitions, and audio tour
111 South Michigan Avenue
Mon-Wed & Fri-Sun, 10:30am-5pm
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
For up-to-date information about extended hours, please visit artic.edu.
- The Art Institute is the nation’s second largest art museum.
- The Modern Wing contains works by Dalí, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol.
- View one of the world's finest Impressionist collections, including masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, and van Gogh.
- CityPASS admission includes an audio tour.
- Free art-making activities are available for children each weekend from 11am to 2pm.
- Free guided tours are available daily at noon.
- Visit the Family Room and introduce your child to the museum’s encyclopedic collection with a variety of hands-on activities. Assemble puzzles based on masterpieces you’ll see in the galleries, build architectural wonders with colorful blocks, and learn about art through interactive stories and games at Curious Corner.
- Generations of visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago have been entranced by the Thorne Miniature Rooms. These rooms offer a detailed view of European residences from the 16th century through the 1930s and American homes from the 17th century to 1940, not to mention a "heightened" sense of self.
- The past returns as over 550 works from 4,000 years of art come together in Of Gods and Glamour, located in the beautiful new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art.
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Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Ethel Stein, Master Weaver
Open through November 9, 2014
This exhibition showcases 39 works that illustrate the modernist sensibilities and historical traditions of Ethel Stein’s deceptively simple drawloom weavings.
Sharp, Clear Pictures: Edward Steichen’s World War 1 and Conde Nast Years
Open through September 28, 2014
Focusing on rarely seen Steichen photographs drawn from the Art Institute’s collection, this exhibition includes a unique album of over 80 World War I aerial photographs assembled and annotated by Steichen himself as well as a group of iconic glamour portraits and fashion photographs done for Condé Nast, featuring notable figures such as Greta Garbo, Fred Astaire, and Gloria Swanson.
Open through January 4, 2015
This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms—key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution.
What Did Renaissance Printmakers Make of Antiquity?
Open through November 13, 2014
This selection of prints featuring Renaissance artists' attempts to understand ancient sculpture and recreate lost paintings underscores the period's deep investment in the past.
Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938
Open through October 13, 2014
This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images.
Advice for Visitors
- Familiarize yourself with the museum before you go using the Pathfinder Interactive Floor Plan.
- Take a free gallery tour at noon with one of the museum's education lecturers.
- Stop in at the Family Room in the Ryan Education Center, open daily from 10:30am-5pm, and let your little masters explore our collection with hands-on activities.
- Check out the Lion’s Trail audio tour for children. This tour is specially designed for the youngsters in your group!
- Please note that the galleries of European modern art are currently closed for renovation and will re-open in April 2014.
Parking: Underground parking is available at East Monroe Street garage, Millennium Park garage, Grant Park south garage and Grant Park north garage; see details or call (312) 616-0600.
In addition, valet parking is available at the Modern Wing entrance (159 East Monroe St.) every day from 10:30am until 30 minutes after closing for $20 (cash only).
Dining: The Garden Café, Terzo Piano, Caffé Moderno
Accessibility: Wheelchairs available at no charge. Elevators accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. Additional resources available; see details.
Self-Guide: Audio guide available at entrance (free with CityPASS). Families, ask for the Lions Trail Family Tour, designed for children age 5-10. Special-interest tours and apps available for download; see details.
Gift Shop: The Main Museum Shop, The Asian/Exhibition Shop, and The Modern Wing Shop
Coat Check: $1 per item
CTA trains: Take the Green, Brown, Pink, or Orange Line to Adams; Red and Blue Line to Jackson
CTA buses: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 14, 26, X28, 126, 143
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