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Art Institute of Chicago: Free admission and discounts

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.  I think most people know about this one. See #5!

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.

5) Free days resume! The first and second Wednesday of each month are free! Whoo hoo!  I’ve missed free days the past few years.

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