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From Ancient Chinese bronzes to the latest in contemporary art; from Bouts and Botticelli to Manet, Monet, and Seurat; from Egyptian Fayoum portraits to Andy Warhol’s Mao; from Olmec statuary to O’Keeffe’s Southwestern scenes; from African wood carvings to Japanese screens to American Gothic ––the Art Institute’s collections include some of the finest art ever produced. A world of art is on display––European and American paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, photographs, textiles, decorative arts, and architectural fragments and drawings, plus the arts of Asia, Africa and the ancient Americas. Temporary exhibitions, drawn from worldwide public and private collections, enhance the visitor’s experience of the museum’s own important collections throughout the year. A wide variety of public programs, from gallery tours to lectures and symposia, to performances, encourage people of all ages to explore the world of art.

Permanent Collection

The best of the museum’s collection of more than 260,000 pieces of art are on view throughout the year—thousands of masterpieces covering 5,000 years of human creativity, cultures from around the world, and a variety of materials. Pick up a floor plan at the desk to navigate the globe without leaving the building, and find out why visitors come from all over the world to enjoy this collection.
Whether you have 20 minutes or the whole day to spare, there’s a world of art to be enjoyed at the Art Institute. The Art Institute is most famous worldwide for our French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections. The Pritzker Galleries 201-206––six rooms for paintings and sculpture, and five adjacent corridor galleries for works on paper—are located at the top of the Grand Staircase, leading to the right. Visitors should not miss iconic paintings such as Gustave Caillebotte’s Paris Street, Rainy Day and Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on ‘La Grande Jatte’—1884. Surrounding the sunlit Grand Staircase are fragments of some of Chicago’s most beautiful buildings, part of one of the leading architectural collections in any museum. Two of the most famous paintings in American history––Grant Wood’s American Gothic, and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, are in the newly reinstalled American Art galleries in Rice Building. Visitors should also check out the Bergman Galleries of Surrealist Art, one of the premier Surrealist collections in the world, including the Joseph Cornell boxes. One of the most comprehensive collections in the world of modern and contemporary art, from early Picassos and Kandinskys and Brancusis to the largest concentration of the wo...+ [ Read all ]


Silk Road Chicago at the Art Institute
Through June 30, 2007
From September 2006 to June 2007, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Silk Road Project (a foundation established by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma) will present Silk Road Chicago 2006–2007. At the Art Institute, Silk Road Chicago will be the largest and most ambitious themed exhibition ever mounted.
Through a series of installations, concerts, and educational programs, the three institutions will explore the transmission of art and culture across space and time, using the ancient trade routes from East to West and West to East as both historical fact and metaphor. The collaboration will culminate April 9–15, 2007, with the residency of the Silk Road Ensemble in Chicago. Performances, demonstrations, and concerts will take place at Symphony Hall and the Art Institute.

Young Chicago
November 16, 2006–April 29, 2007
Since the early 20th century, Chicago has continually fostered young design talents and established itself as a pivotal center for the arts. To celebrate this historical lineage of design and the 25th anniversary of the Department of Architecture’s founding, Young Chicago looks at the community’s diverse body of contemporary designers—who are not yet represented in the collection—to showcase the city’s ever-growing talents in architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and fashion. In the coming year, works from these studios will become part of the collection in keeping with the newly expanded mission of the renamed Department of Architecture and Design.

Silk Road Chicago at the Art Institute
Western Viewers, Eastern Subjects: Scenes of...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Focus: Gulnara Kasmalieva and Muratbek Djumaliev
February 1–May 6, 2007
Gulnara Kasmalieva (born 1960) and Muratbek Djumaliev (born 1964) are a vital artistic force in Kyrgyzstan, a young nation with an ancient history. Using photography, video, and performance within a critical and conceptual framework, they unpack the multiple layers of Kyrgyz identity: the country’s traditional nomadic and shamanic roots, its recent Soviet Communist past, and its current global capitalist reality.

Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-Garde
February 7–May 13, 2007
Ambroise Vollard (1867–1939) may well have been the most prescient contemporary art dealer of his generation. He commissioned paintings, prints, and illustrations from artists who have since become household names, among them Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Henri Matisse. Though past exhibitions have been devoted to Vollard’s role as an influential publisher, Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant Garde addresses Vollard’s achievement as an innovative patron and a powerful catalyst in turn-of-the-century Paris. With major loans from international collections, this exhibition promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Perpetual Glory: Medieval Islamic Ceramics from the Harvey B. Plotnick Collection
March 31–August 12, 2007
Perpetual Glory will comprise approximately 100 examples of early ceramics from the cultures of the Islamic West Asian lands of modern Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, as well as selected pieces from Egypt and Syria. The Plotnick collection is among the finest in the United States and affords the Art Institute the ...+ [ Read all ]


Admission Fees
Adults: $12
Children, Students, and Seniors (65 and up): $7
Children under 12 are free. Members are always free. Become a member now!
FREE all day, every day FEBRUARY 1-21, 2007
*Some exhibitions require special tickets at fixed prices

Opening hours

Museum Hours
Monday 10:30-5:00
Tuesday 10:30-5:00
Wednesday 10:30-5:00
Thursday 10:30-8:00 (Free hours are 5:00-8:00.)
Friday 10:30-5:00
Saturday 10:00-5:00
Sunday 10:00-5:00

Getting there

The Art Institute is located just one block east of the Loop and is easily accessible via the city's "El" train system. The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple lines all stop above ground at Adams/Wabash, in front of the museum. The Red and Blue lines stop underground at Monroe, just a few blocks away. A number of bus lines also stop in front of the museum. Currently, El fare is $1.75 per adult with an El card; $2 with cash. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority's Web site for route, schedule, and fare details.

Metra is Chicago's commuter rail transit system. The Van Buren and Millennium stations stop underground just 1–2 blocks away on Michigan Avenue. Visit Metra's Web site for route, schedule, and fare details.


Access to the Museum
Michigan Avenue Entrance
Ramp access is available at the Michigan Avenue entrance.
Drop-offs are not permitted.

Columbus Drive Entrance--available for prearranged groups only
This entrance is available for prearranged groups, including visitors with disabilities. To schedule a drop-off or pick-up, call (312) 443-3507.

Monroe Street Dock
The Monroe Street dock (125 E. Monroe) is available only to individuals needing assistance. You will be escorted from the dock into the museum.
Questions? Please call (312) 443-3507.

Accessible parking is located in the following garages near the Art Institute:

* Millennium Park garage (enter at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street), with 8' clearance in some sections and an elevator at the exit
* East Monroe Street garage (enter at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street), with 6'8" clearance and exit ramps at Monroe Street
* Grant Park North garage (enter at Michigan Avenue between Madison and Randolph), with 8'3" clearance for vans and an elevator at the exit.

Inside the Museum

Elevators are located throughout the museum with access to all floors. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Telephones located in the lobbies have volume control and are lowered for access; a TDD/TTY-equipped phone is available in the Michigan Avenue lobby. Auditoria are equipped with designated wheelchair areas. Upon entry, please pick up a Museum Access Information Guide, also available in large type and braille.

Hearing-Assist Devices
Fullerton Hall is equipped with hearing-assist devices. Pick one up in the Michigan Avenue c...+ [ Read all ]

Museum internal and external photos (7)

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The best way to experience all that the Art Institute has to offer is to become a member. You will enjoy a host of benefits, and we will receive crucial support. Membership enables the museum to collect, conserve, and preserve an encyclopedic art collection that spans 5,000 years of human creativity and represents cultures from around the globe. Member support also provides much-needed funding to enhance and enrich the lives of more than 130,000 school children and their teachers on an annual basis.
Every member receives these great benefits!

Exclusive Access
• NEW! Your membership card provides you unlimited access to special exhibitions*
• FREE Member Previews for special exhibitions
• FREE subscription to News and Events magazine and the e-newsletter
• Member Appreciation Days with special tours and double discounts
• Art-focused travel programs
• Access to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, one of the largest art museum research libraries in the world

• 10% in the Museum Shop every day, with 18 Double Discount Days each year
• 10% in the Garden Restaurant and the Café
• 15% on audio guides, including the new permanent collection audio guides
• 10% on School of the Art Institute noncredit, continuing education courses in art history, drawing, painting, and sculpture
• 10% on Gene Siskel Film Center membership
• Various discounts on all educational programs and performances

*Access is subject to museum hours and exhibition capacity.

Individual: $70 for one year, $130 for two years
Family: $90 for one year, $165 for two years+ [ Read all ]