Art Institute of Chicago: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour
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Experience the best of the Art Institute of Chicago on this skip-the-line guided tour. Explore famous artworks by Caillebotte, Seurat, O'Keefe, Hopper, Picasso, and more with an engaging guide.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • The Art Institute of Chicago - Only the highest quality guide is equipped to introduce you to one of the greatest museums on earth. the Art Institute, one of the world’s great art museums, houses a works that cover centuries of Art & History. Its is also known to have the worlds greatest collection of Impressionist artwork (Even rivaling the Musee D’Orsay in Paris). Your expert guide will help you explore the major artworks and hidden gems from this expansive collection and explain how this iconic American museum differs from its older European counterparts.
What's Included
  • Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Professional Tour Guide Exclusively For You
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Skip-the-Line Private Museum Tour
  • All Entrance Fees
What's Not Included
  • Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
  • Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
Additional Information

The Art Institute of Chicago draws a crowd comparable to top-tier museums such as the Met, Louvre, and British Museum. On this special 2.5-hour guided tour, you get the advantage of bypassing the queue and exploring its most eminent displays under the guidance of a knowledgeable guide.

Typically Featured Works Include: (Subject to artworks’ availability)

Paris Street, Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat
Sky Above Clouds by Georgia O’Keefe
Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
A Picture of Dorian Gray by Ivan Albright
America Windows by Marc Chagall
The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso
Inventions of Monsters by Salvador Dali
Four Mona Lisas by Andy Warhol

  • 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.
The Art Institute of Chicago
South Michigan Avenue
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.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(147 Ratings)
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Mar 25, 2024
It might have been about Rainy Days and other impressions; but my guide didn’t Lautrec me Absinthe-minded! - It was my first time to the Art Institute and I wanted to get a bit more knowledge on some of the key works of art and I was very pleased with my guide Joe. He was knowledgeable, personable, and keen to allow my own personal preferences.
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Mar 23, 2024
Fun at the Art Institute - Nicolette did an excellent job and tailored the whole experience to what we were interested in! I highly recommend her!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 22, 2024
Great way to see the Art Institute - Second time doing this tour and it did not disappoint! Heath is an awesome guide and I would highly recommend to locals & out of towners!
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Feb 17, 2024
Best Museum Tour Ever - Marlin is a super star - We had the luck of having Marlin as our private tour guide for the Art Institute of Chicago. His knowledge of the art works and the history behind them was thorough and comprehensive. He made humor an integral part of this presentation and stories. This helped make things relevant and made our time together fly by. A truly enjoyable experience. Marlin is a super star and we hope you are lucky enough to have him as your guide.
Review provided by Viator
Jan 21, 2024
Art Museum experience for all knowledge levels - Bernie did a great job! He is very knowledgeable about the art museum and all it has to offer. He asked us questions about what we wanted to see to make sure we had the best experience. He had great background stories and also spoke to each of us to make sure we were all understanding the various art pieces/artists and having a good time.
Review provided by Viator
Jan 5, 2024
Excellent tour of a great museum - I had not been to the art Institute before. This was a fantastic introduction to the enormous collection here. Rather than running around trying to show us everything, our guide expertly gave us some overall introductions to the collections and then concentrated on individual pieces that brought those collections to life.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 8, 2023
I had a wonderful experience! - Samantha was amazing!!!!! She asked about what I wanted to see so we hit all the right places. She was extremely knowledgeable about all of the art and artists. I had a great time - well worth the expense.
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Dec 4, 2023
Art with a story - Marlin provided an excellent tour with good stories to provide background and insight into more than just the paintings and the artists. You get a very good "Chicago" feel from the tour.
Review provided by Viator
Dec 4, 2023
Great Tour - Joe was very knowledgeable and did a nice job showing us the highlights of the art institute as well as some things we had not seen on previous visits. The tour started as the museum opened and we beat the crowds. It was wonderful.
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Dec 3, 2023
Highly recommend - New parts and exhibitions, curated experience in a friendly atmosphere. Competent guide, will do it again.
Review provided by Viator
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up to 8 guests
1 Adult
May 2024