It’s Free Museum time in Chicago…… Come out and enjoy the Free Winter Weekdays in 2013 at the Art Institute of Chicago. They’re all free! Grab your family and kids and enjoy this wonderful thing to do in Chicago. It’ll probably take you all month to see everything!
Free Thursday Evenings
Beginning February 14, 2013, admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
At its heart, though, the museum encourages the individual experience of works of art, the irreplaceable embodiments of the creative impulse from all times and areas. Our mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret these works of art for our 1.5 million visitors annually from around the globe. The Art Institute, founded in 1879, now has approximately 300,000 works of art in its permanent collection, stewarded by eleven curatorial departments and nearly 500 employees. This collection is housed in eight buildings—nearly one million square feet—at the heart of Chicago, one block from Lake Michigan and serving as the eastern anchor of the city’s downtown. In addition to displaying the permanent collection, we host 30 special exhibitions and hundreds of gallery talks, lectures, performances, and events every year. We have one of the finest research libraries for art and architecture in the country as well as state-of-the-art conservation facilities that ensure that the art of the past carries on well into the future.
Here you’ll find an introduction to the collection, activities, and character of the Art Institute. We encourage you to roam the website just as you would roam our galleries, making connections and discoveries. Welcome to the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
Open daily 10:30–5:00
Thursday until 8:00
Here are some tips if you’re visiting the Art Institute of Chicago with kids: