The Art Institute of Chicago Travel Guide

With 1.5 million visitors per year, the Art Institute of Chicago is likely one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and its most well-known art museum. The famous location of the museum is in the city’s Downtown Loop neighborhood. The Art Institute of Chicago is the second-largest museum in America, after the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Aside from the extensive permanent collection, special exhibits rotate. Public events are held here on a regular basis. It also houses the Art Institute and the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, both of which have a large and impressive collection of books for research.

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How to Get to the Chicago Art Institute

The Art Institute of Chicago is in Grant Park, near Millennium Park and east of Michigan Avenue.

Taking the “L” train is one of the most convenient ways to get to The Art Institute. You can get on the Brown, Green, Orange, Purple, Pink, and Brown lines at Adams/Wabash. Go to Adams/Wabash for Blue and Red lines. Take the Red or Blue line to Monroe. These stations will be located only a few blocks away from the museum.

If you’re driving to Chicago, keep in mind that Art Institute parking is available beneath Grant Park and through SpotHero. Ridesharing services are another convenient way to get to the museum.

Begin your journey at the top of the building and work your way down through the various exhibits on each floor for a thorough tour of this museum. This is one of my favorite museum hacks because it ensures that you don’t miss anything important. When you reach the first-second floor, you’ll be directly in front of the entrance and the gift shop.

What’s Close to the Art Institute? 

lakefront trail, art institute chicagoGrant Park:

The Art Institute of Chicago is technically part of Grant Park, so attractions such as Cloud Gate in Millennium Park are close by.

The Magnificent Mile: Chicago’s renowned shopping district located on N. Michigan Ave. Numerous well-known luxury brands are available in this area.

Lakefront Trail: Entrances to the Lakefront Trail are only a 15-minute stroll away from the Art Institute.

Museum Campus: Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium as well as The Field Museum of Natural History are all found here.

Riverwalk: It is a 1.25-mile walking path that runs through the Chicago River and through the central city. ideal to see the city.

Tips For Visiting the Art Institute

Download the Art Institute Chicago app

The Art Institute of Chicago has an excellent app available for accessible for download at no cost. It has several audio-guided tours and details about special exhibitions and other events.

Wear walking shoes that are comfortable

This museum of art is enormous and exploring this museum (and Chicago in general) will require an extensive amount of standing and walking. To prevent aching feet and legs, make sure you add the right sneakers to your Chicago shopping list.

Put on a jacket or sweater

If you’re someone who is prone to become cold, it’s a good idea to bring the appropriate jacket or sweater.

Chicago CityPass

Utilize CityPass to enjoy reduced rates for the most popular Chicago attractions, such as The Art Institute of Chicago.

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