See the free Chicago museum day post for the latest. The Art Institute of Chicago is my favorite museum in this city. I enjoy picking a new-to-me gallery, inspecting it thoroughly, and then heading off to visit my favorite art works. Since the price of admission is rather high, I can’t do this very often. But I have been paying attention to their admission fees and here are the things I’ve noticed:
1) Admission is free on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m.
2) City residents receive a $2 discount if they present proof of residency at the ticket booth. While not fabulous, discounts always help.
3) This one isn’t posted on their Web site. I have noticed that a few times I’ve received an additional discount after 4 p.m.
4) City residents can obtain free museum passes (for a lot of museums, not just this one) through their local library. Since each library only has one pass to circulate, it is first-come-first-serve. It is also rare to see the Art Institute pass available– it is very popular.
Thursday evenings are free. See the free Chicago museum day post for the latest.