Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, Ill.


Michigan Avenue Entrance: 111 S. Michigan
Modern Wing Entrance: 159 E. Monroe
Chicago, Ill. 60603-6404
(312) 443-3600
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday; 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday (Family Room open until 5 p.m.)
Admission: $23, $17 students and seniors 65+, free kids under 14. Free Thursday evenings 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 Puppets! where visitors of all ages can explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets. Using imaginary figures or creatures and characters inspired by artworks in the Art Institute’s collection, novice puppeteers can experiment with ways to create puppets, develop stories, and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances. 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.

Upcoming Events

Puppets Alive!

FREEJanuary 16, 2015 - April 17, 2015

Ongoing events

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

December 6, 2014 - June 6, 2015

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