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MUSEUMS, GALLERIES & EXHIBITIONS

From the bottom of the sea to the top of the stars, Chicago has it all on display. Begin adventures on the famous Museum Campus along Lake Michigan. Three museums call Chicago home: The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Field Museum, and The Shedd Aquarium, and all are filled with opportunities to stretch your mind.

The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-7827

America's First Planetarium!

Whether you have a full day or just an hour or two, we have admission passes to fit your interests. Take in immersive sky shows in our three full-sized theaters including the Definiti Theater, the recently renovated Samuel C. Johnson Family Star Theater, and the Grainger Sky Theater–Adler's most technologically advanced theater.

From daily programs, to exhibitions, and special lectures, we are happy to connect you to all the information you need to plan your visit today.

Admission & Passes

CityPASS

See the City!

Enjoy VIP access to the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, and 360 CHICAGO, OR Museum of Science and Industry.

At the Adler, CityPASS features the benefits of an Anytime All Access Pass-entry to all exhibitions , the Atwood Sphere Experience and your choice of unlimited shows , including Destination Solar System .

$94 Adult//$79 Child

Anytime All Access Pass

Best Value!

Explore the best the Adler has to offer–its premier show, Destination Solar System , playing in the Grainger Sky Theater .

The Anytime All Access Pass offers access to all exhibitions , which features Adler's world class collections, as well as the Atwood Sphere Experience and your choice of unlimited shows including, Destination Solar System .

$34.95 Adult// $29.95 Child

Basic Pass

Enjoy the Adler!

Visiting the Adler Planetarium is all about seeing an amazing show. With the Basic Pass you have a choice of one standard show in any theater (does not include Destination Solar System .)

The Basic Pass also includes admission to all of the Adler's exhibitions , which showcase its world class collections.

$24.95 Adult//$19.95 Child

The Field Museum

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 922-9410

The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago and has spent more than 120 years in the pursuit of scientific knowledge about the world around us.

Exhibitions

From dinosaurs and mummies to exclusive special exhibitions, you'll never run out of things to explore at The Field Museum!

Programs

Meet a real scientist, spend the night with our dinos or go on a behind-the-scenes tour. The Field Museum's programs promise an experience unlike any other.

Shedd Aquarium

1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: (312) 939-2438

Like no other aquarium in the world! Shedd combines the best of early 20th-century “age of aquariums” characteristics—a diverse, global animal collection surrounded by eye-popping architecture—with 21st-century advances in animal care, environments and interpretation.

Plan a Visit

Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world's oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.

The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait: Select our most popular ticket, the Total Experience Pass ; become a Shedd member ; or get a Chicago CityPASS , a great vacation value featuring Shedd and four other major attractions. See details on all advance ticket packages below. Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.

When you're at Shedd, you're our guest, and everything we do is designed to give you an incredible visit.

Art

For all of theart lovers, the Art Institute of Chicago offers masterpieces from ancient to ultra-modern, and our cultural institutions cover everything from historical events to current GLBT issues. We celebrate African American heritage, Jewish tradition, Mexican art, Lithuanian culture, and much more. We even have museum dedicated to surgical science. This is why we like to call Chicago the City of Broad Horizons!

The Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

Museum Hours

Open daily 10:30–5:00
Thursday until 8:00

The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Free Thursday Evenings

General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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Admission Fees

Chicago Residents* Illinois Residents*
General Admission Discounted Price Savings Discounted Price Savings
Adults $23 $18 $ 5 $20 $ 3
Seniors (65 and up) $17 $12 $ 6 $14 $ 6
Students** $17 $12 $ 6 $14 $6
Children under 14*** Free
Members Free—become a member now!
Adult Fast Pass $33 Fast Pass allows customers to bypass the General Admission lines at entrances and offers expedited access to the permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions.
Senior Fast Pass $27
Student Fast Pass $27
Adult Skydeck Combo**** $39 This combination ticket includes a general admission ticket to the Art Institute of Chicago and a general admission ticket to Skydeck Chicago. The Skydeck offers spectacular views spanning up to four states, interactive exhibits, and the Ledge, a glass balcony extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. The Skydeck is open 365 days a year.
*A valid photo ID with a resident address is required for Chicago and Illinois resident admission prices. Discount only available at museum admission desks.
**Includes both high school and college students.
***Does not apply to group visits or student tours.
****This package is available at an adult rate only. No student, senior, or youth discounts apply. Kids under 14 receive free admission at the Art Institute.

Purchase admission tickets online ; by calling (877) 307-4242 Monday–Saturday, 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (CST) or Sunday, 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (CST); or by visiting any museum admission counter.

Free Thursday Evenings

General admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

CityPASS
One ticket booklet that saves 50% on Fast Pass admission to Art Institute of Chicago and four other must-see Chicago attractions. Valid 9 days. You'll skip most ticket lines and see the best of Chicago for less! Purchase booklets and printable or mobile vouchers online or at the AIC box office for the same low price.

Go Chicago Card
Purchase admission to over 25 Chicago attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, for one low price.

Blue Star Museum

Active-duty military and their families receive free admission to the museum from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Illinois Educator Admission

Free admission is available to Illinois educators, including pre-K–12 teachers, teaching artists working in schools, pre-service teachers, and homeschool parents. To receive free admission, eligible educators must visit the Crown Educator Resource Center and sign up for the Educator Network. Members of the network are eligible to receive an Educator Annual Pass upon presenting valid school ID, pay stub, or a letter (on letterhead) verifying employment in an Illinois school. Only one pass is given to an educator per year; replacement passes are not available. Educator passes must be presented at the admissions counter upon each visit to the museum to obtain a ticket for entry into the galleries.

The Crown Resource Center is located in the Ryan Education Center, accessible from the museum's Modern Wing entrance. Educators who plan to come to the museum outside of the normal Crown Resource Center hours can call or e-mail ahead of time to schedule an appointment to sign up for the Educator Network (except Saturdays, Sundays or holidays).

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.

The Illinois Institute of art - Chicago

350 N Orleans St #136, Chicago, IL 60654 Phone: (312) 280-3500

Founded in 1916 as The Commercial Arts School, The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago is located in a city known for advertising agencies, world-class restaurants, and high fashion. Here, students learn in a vibrant environment where creative opportunities await at every turn.

Hyde Park Art Center

5020 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 324-5520

When we were founded by idealist, creative do-gooders in 1939, the Art Center was made up of a handful of artists and community members who set up shop in a defunct saloon and felt that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the visual arts. (Ever the trailblazers, they embraced a hippy mentality before hippies even existed). Their openness to creative innovation shaped the organization into an inclusive incubator for artistic risk-taking, which resulted in some really fun parties as well as the formation of internationally recognized artist groups The Monster Roster, The Hairy Who, and The Chicago Imagists in the 1960s.

In 2006, ambitious, pioneering do-gooders transformed the Art Center yet again, and we're willing to bet that our founders never imagined this is where we'd be 75 years after our first exhibition opening (unless they also had access to psychedelic drugs). Today we continue their legacy of connecting the public to Chicago art and artists while supporting artists' ability to take risks. It is because of this commitment to our founding values that the Hyde Park Art Center now welcomes 45,000 people annually and has become a nationally recognized model for how an institution can develop its city's artists while remaining accessible and relevant to its immediate community.

To celebrate our 75th Anniversary and honor our progressive, visionary ancestors, throughout the year our programming points to the role the Hyde Park Art Center has played and continues to play in pushing forward the careers of Chicago artists—past and present, youth to established.

National Museum of Mexican Art

1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608 Phone: (312) 738-1503

Come to The National Museum of Mexican Art, where you can immerse yourself in the richness of Mexican art and culture right here in Chicago. Whatever your background, you'll connect to this museum on a very personal level. For more info click here.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

2320 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-5522

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) preserves and promotes contemporary art as a shared expression of the Ukrainian and American experience. UIMA develops, utilizes and encourages artistic talent through exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures and films to serve the cultural needs of our community and city, and thereby strengthen cultural understanding and divers

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