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: $25, $19 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 Learning 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 Materials Inside and Out. Inspired by the work of architect David Adjaye, this installation offers a hands-on exploration of how architects use building materials to create form and atmosphere. Visitors of all ages can arrange material samples of wood, fabric, ceramic, tiles, and sketches to create a "mood board" and consider how color, texture, and cultural context create a specific feel. Art-making takes place in the Family Room all day, every day. 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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