twelve things to keep in mind when Visiting  art institute of chicago

Duration required

Some visitors are known to complete their tour in just 60 minutes, and some even extend it to six hours.

Take your time

The Art Institute of Chicago is so massive that it can accommodate many people without making it feel crowded. So take time to explore the masterpiece.

Best time to visit

To walk and explore the artworks peacefully, the best time to visit the Art Institute of Chicago is between 12 pm and 3 pm.

Audio guide

The app uses location-aware technology with audio storytelling, and it seems the art itself speaks to you. The app is available on both iOS and Android devices.

Avoid larger bags

Bags and purses larger than 13 x 17 x 4 are not allowed inside, so bring smaller bags to carry them easily.

Take breaks

The museum's size can be overwhelming, but there are several cafes offering a variety of foods and seating areas for visitors to relax.  Take breaks to recharge yourself.

Check for events

Check for temporary or special exhibitions taking place during your visit. These exhibits often showcase unique artworks or focus on specific themes.

Book in advance

Booking tickets online in advance can help you skip the long lines at the ticket counter. Depending on the day and season, this saves you 15 to 45 minutes of waiting time.

Standard tickets

This self-guided tour ticket lets you access the permanent collection and the regularly rotating temporary exhibitions.

Guided tour

A trained and certified art expert leads this two-and-a-half-hour tour—the guide shares expert information on the collection and the museum’s history and hidden gems.