Skip-the-Line Art Institute of Chicago Exclusive Guided Museum Tour

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From $115.54

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


The Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest American and Impressionist painting collections in the world, but it can be overwhelming to explore on your own. Remove the guesswork and maximize your time inside the museum on a private tour that covers major highlights by Picasso, Chagall, Warhol, Hopper, and others. Plus, there's no waiting to get inside, as the tour includes a skip-the-line ticket.
  • See the best of the Art Institute of Chicago in one visit
  • Learn the background behind famous paintings
  • Private tour can be customized based on your interests
  • Skip-the-line museum ticket included in tour price

What's Included

  • Skip-the-Line Private Museum Tour
  • Professional Tour Guide Exclusively For You
  • Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

    Meeting Point: “To The Lions Left”; next to the iconic lion statues (the lion on the left when facing the museum) outside the main Museum entrance on South Michigan Avenue.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The Art Institute of Chicago

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Notes: The museum may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Megan made the trip for us
gus_G, Mar 2023
Megan is the BEST!!! she totally made the trip. my boyfriend was medium excited about spending our day in the art museum, but meghan made it so much fun and so interesting that he says it was the best part of the trip and he has been telling everyone.
The tour is a must!
krzysztof_W, Mar 2023
This tour is excellent. Mandy took us to the most significant art in the Art Institute. She was full of interesting stories about the art origins , artists or trivia that is associated with how the art was brought to the museum . 2 :30 min goes fast with a nice company. Thank you Mandy Kristof
Best value for the money!
Sviatlana_R, Feb 2023
Our guide was excellent! Bernie us very knowledgeable and guided us the the Institute with confidence and determination to show us as much as he could. He interacted with us, joked, asked questions. I would absolutely recommend this tour!
Great info tour
Kim_E, Feb 2023
It was a good tour with tons of information about the art! A bit hard to walk around the museum for such a long time, but we had opportunities to rest on the benches.
Fantastic Experience
Sean_M, Jan 2023
Our tour guide, Megan, was incredible. She was extremely knowledgeable and led us around the “greatest hits” of the art institute. Without her, we would’ve been lost in that massive place. Could not recommend this tour or Megan more. Even if you’re not an art fan, you will enjoy this!
Art museum tour at its best!
Joyceann_M, Jan 2023
Mandy, the guide was knowledgeable, considerate and professional! I would recommend her to any tour group of any age.
The perfect museum tour
Teginder_D, Dec 2022
Mandy was very knowledgeable and an excellent guide. We saw all of the famous pieces on display. The timing is perfect and there is enough time to go back and see certain pieces or explore more of the museum on your own.
Seeing the Art Institute through a New Set of Eyes
Lisa_G, Nov 2022
Our tour guide Mandy was so knowledgeable and entertaining. We visited many of the great works of the Art Institute. At each stop, we learned something new.
Great private tour.
Shirley_M, Nov 2022
Mandy was great!! We learned a lot about Chicago artwork. She was very knowledgeable about history and art.
Amanda was a terrific...
Richard_H, Oct 2022
Amanda was a terrific guide. She was very knowledgeable and fun. She reached out before the trip to make sure of the meeting location .
Our guide, Amanda was l...
Alina_I, Oct 2022
Our guide, Amanda was l knowledgeable witty and very helpful! She answered questions and held our interest the whole time. We would have had her guidance all day if possible.
Time well spent
Dale_W, Oct 2022
Having a guide that knows their way around the galleries makes this a “can’t miss” experience. Seeing well known, original art up-close was memorable.
Chicago history of art
Michele_S, Oct 2022
Marlin’s stories were great and the other couple added their well traveled stories. Very enjoyable and informative!
Joe was a well versed art...
Christina_G, Aug 2022
Joe was a well versed art historian. He made the Art Institute so enjoyable. It was both interesting and fun!
Omg, I don't even have...
Paige_H, Aug 2022
Omg, I don't even have the words to say how fabulous this tour was. Our tour guide, Amanda, was incredible! She was brilliant in her delivery of the history, information, and story telling of the artists and their works. She was super friendly and personable and made this whole experience a thousand times better than if we had toured on our own. This Art Institute is more than we even imagined and it was all an unforgettable experience. Thank you so much, Mandy. You made this day stay forever in our hearts and minds. Paige and Suzie
Don’t be misled
faaizahasmal, Aug 2022
This is a lovely tour to fill a morning but don’t be misled. It does not include a ticket and it is not verified by the museum. Overpriced for what it’s worth
Highlights of the Art Institute
James_V, Jul 2022
Excellent insights and details that we never would have noticed on our own. Also answered our questions and provided expert opinions.
Excellent Tour Guide!
cordelia_g, Jul 2022
Sam gave an extraordinary tour of the Art Institute, the best tour I have ever experienced. She should be valued! Cordelia Gary
Do this!!!
Scott_S, Jun 2022
This was our first time having a guided museum tour and it was incredible! Joe was our guide and was so personable and knowledgeable. We are not “artsy” people so having a guide made all the difference. This is the only way we will ever tour a museum again.
A great educational of the history of art and the masterpieces
Susan_C, Jun 2022
Our private tour was excellent. Our tour guide Samantha made the experience very interesting and informative. I highly recommend you ask for her