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Art Institute of Chicago - Facts for Planning Your Visit



The Art Institute of Chicago is one of Chicago's most famous cultural gems and is a must-see for Chicagoans and visitors alike.

The Art Institute is located on Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue and is part of Grant Park. It has been at this address since 1893 and houses the third largest art collection in the nation admired by millions of visitors each year.

In 2009 the Art Institute opened its newest addition - the Modern Wing, which includes works by Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Brancusi, and Giacometti.

Location and Getting There:

The Art Institute of Chicago is located on Michigan Avenue between Monroe and Jackson Streets. Entrances are on Michigan Avenue (between the famous lions) and Monroe Street (where the Modern Wing is located), as well as through Millennium Park's Nichols Bridgeway, which goes to the Modern Wing's third floor.

The Art Institute of Chicago's address is:

111 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603-6404


312-499-4111 (Membership)

Web site: www.artic.edu/

Several CTA buses and trains go to the Art Institute. You can use our CTA/RTA/Metra Trip Planner to find out which ones.

Hours and Admission:

Monday–Wednesday, 10:30–5:00 p.m.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Friday, 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Art Institute is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Currently admission is:

Adults: $18

Children, Students, and Seniors (65 and up): $12

Children under 14: Free

Members: Free

The Art Institute is also free several times during the year, including through May 26, 2011 on Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

Collections and Features:

The Art Institute of Chicago's collections include more than 250,000 works such as:

•African and Amerindian Art

•American Art

•Architecture and Design

•Asian and Ancient Art

•Contemporary Art

•European Decorative Arts

•Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture


•Prints and Drawings


The Art Institute's features include:

•The Modern Wing

•Nichols Bridgeway from Millennium Park

•Ryerson and Burnham Libraries

•Gunsaulus Hall

•The Museum's Main (Original) Lobby

•Terzo Piano Restaurant

•The Lion Sculptures

•The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

•Ryan Education Center

•The Museum Shop

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