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Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 as both a museum and school, first stood on the southwest corner of State and Monroe Streets. It opened on its present site at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in 1893. Built on rubble from the 1871 Chicago fire, the museum housed a collection of plaster casts and had a visionary purpose: to acquire and exhibit art of all kinds and to conduct programs of education.

Tel: (312) 223-2222

Hours of Operation

Open daily 10:30–5:00
Thursday until 8:00
The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.


Adults: $23
Seniors: $17
Students: $17
Children under 14: Free

Upcoming Free Days

Conditional free or discount day(s)
Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • December 2014: 04, 11, 18, 25
  • January 2015: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • February 2015: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • March 2015: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • Events

Nilima Sheikh: Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams

March 8, 2014–May 18, 2014
Galleries 182–184
Member Preview: March 7, 10:30–5:00
This exhibition brings together eight banners painted by Nilima Sheikh between 2003 and 2010, along with two additional works Sheikh will be creating especially for this Chicago presentation.
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Renoir’s True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery

February 12, 2014–April 27, 2014 
Gallery 226

Member Preview: March 14

This focused exhibition offers an in-depth look at the detective work done by our conservators and scientists and the secrets they have uncovered about the beloved Impressionist’s painting process.

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