Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Ill.


159 E. Monroe
Chicago, Ill.
60603-6404(312) 443-3600
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday (Family Room open until 5 p.m.); 10:30-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday;
Admission: $23, $17 kids 14 and up, students and seniors 65+, free kids 13 and under. Free Thursdays for IL residents.

A great place for families to begin their visit is the Ryan Education Center on the first floor of the Modern Wing.  Admission to this part of the museum is always free. The Family Room in the education center includes hands-on activities kids can use to learn about art from building blocks to puzzles of the great masterpieces to the "Curious Corner" computer interactive. Don't miss the exhibition The {Not So} Still Life, where you can participate in the rich history of the still-life tradition with this experimental gallery installation by creating your own still life-choosing from a variety of provided objects selected for their form, material, color, texture, and size-and then capturing your composition in either a drawing or a picture on your phone that can become part of the gallery's digital display. Art-making takes place in the center at selected times on weekends. Food is available at an on-site cafe, bathrooms have changing tables and free strollers are available for use in the museum. When the weather is nice, follow up your trip to the Art Institute with a visit to Millennium Park and Crown Fountain, just across the street.


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