We want to remind you that the Art Institute of Chicago offers Free Winter Weekdays! The holidays are over, but the Art Institute’s free winter weekdays continue into February. Daily admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents each and every weekday from early January through February 16, 2018. Come on the new free days at the Art Institute of Chicago and walk through and explore the new Modern Wing (click at bottom for more info).
Illinois residents can enter the acclaimed art museum, 111 S. Michigan Ave., for free on weekdays from Jan. 9 through Feb. 16. The deal applies during all hours of operation Monday through Friday.
There is so much to see! With a collection of more than 260,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, Japanese prints, and photography. Included in the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection are more than 30 paintings by Claude Monet (six of his Haystacks and a number of Water Lilies), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Two Sisters (On the Terrace)), Henri Matisse’s The Bathers, Paul Cézanne’s (The Basket of Apples, and Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair). At the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is another highlight, as are Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Gustave Caillebotte’s Paris Street; Rainy Day. Non-French paintings of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection include Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles and Self-portrait, 1887. Among the most important works of the American collection are Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and Mary Cassatt’s The Child’s Bath.
Other Free Admission Opportunities
Kids under 14
Admission is always free for children under 14.
Free Thursday Evenings
General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Beginning January 2, 2017, museum admission is free for Chicago teens under the age of 18—thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Glenn and Claire Swogger and the Redbud Foundation.
Blue Star Museum
Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Museums for All
LINK and WIC cardholders receive free general admission to the museum. Present your card along with a valid photo ID to receive free access for you and your family.
Illinois Educator Admission
Free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is available to current Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, and homeschool parents. Educators can register online to receive a voucher for a complimentary ticket to the museum. This voucher must be presented—as a printed document or on a smart phone—with a valid educator ID at one of the museum’s admission counters.
For more information, and to request complimentary educator admission, visit artic.edu/educator-admission.
Kids Museum Passport
This program, sponsored by the 15 Museums Work for Chicago institutions, allows individuals with a Chicago Public Library card to check out a pass for free general admission to the Art Institute. (This program replaces the Kraft Great Kids Museum Passport Program, which has been offered by CPL since 2003.) Please note the new rules regarding the use of the Kids Museum Passport:
- Each pass admits a maximum of four people for general admission, including special exhibitions.
- Each group using a pass must be accompanied by at least one child under the age of 18.
- A maximum of two adults are admitted on one pass.