Art Institute’s Free Admission Week for Modern Wing opening

A week of free admission to the NEW MODERN WING at the Art Institute of Chicago kicks off Saturday. Check it out before admission prices are raised next week.  This marks the much-anticipated formal debut of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was built at the museum’s northeast corner, at Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. A street-level entrance on Monroe Street will connect Millennium Park to the museum through the new Griffin Great Court. Named for donors Ken and Anne Griffin, it will contain educational facilities, galleries and a garden. The second and third floors will have more gallery space as well as the Nichols Bridgeway, named for Alexandra and John Nichols; it will go from the heart of Millennium Park to a public terrace on top of the Modern Wing. The museum’s addition houses its 20th- and 21st-century art collections, including sculpture and contemporary art.

Admission to the museum will be FREE the entire first week of the Modern Wing’s opening, May 16–22.  Additionally, the Art Institute asks you to give back to Chicago and participate in their food drive. Bring a canned good or nonperishable item to contribute to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

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Reminder on Museum Hours

Monday 10:30–5:00
Tuesday 10:30–5:00
Wednesday 10:30–5:00
Thursday 10:30–8:00 (Free General Admission 5:00–8:00)
Friday 10:30–5:00
Saturday 10:00–5:00
Sunday 10:00–5:00

Target Free Summer Evenings

The museum is free from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday evenings Memorial Day to Labor Day.  Target Free Thursday Evenings and Free Summer Evenings are generously sponsored by

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