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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

Free partial day during 5:00pm - 8:00pm

General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

  • December 2018: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • January 2019: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • February 2019: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • March 2019: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • Events

New Galleries for Islamic Art

Gallery 50

For the first time in years, the Art Institute is able to tell the complex story of Islamic cultural production with new galleries devoted to Islamic art.

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A Voyage to South America: Andean Art in the Spanish Empire

November 11, 2014–February 21, 2016 
Galleries 212 and 212A

Paintings and drawings from viceregal South America introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

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