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Art Institute of Chicago: Free admission and discounts

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.