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
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May 18, 2024
Great tour with Spiro! - Spiro was so knowledgeable and flexible - ensuring we saw what was most interesting to us and expanding our knowledge. The miniatures room was amazing!
Review provided by Viator
May 17, 2024
Excellent private tour of Art Institute of Chicago - Mandy was an excellent tour guide. She was knowledgeable, engaging, and passionate about sharing her love of art. Highly recommend this private tour of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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May 11, 2024
Excellent Art History tour - Joe was absolutely wonderful! He managed to weave in history, culture, and the social norms of the artist day for each piece that he showed us. He adapted to what we wanted to see and choreographed the tour to our liking. It was the highlight of our Chicago trip!!
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May 6, 2024
Great tour and wonderful guide - Ben was a fantastic guide. Not only was he very knowledgable, he communicated well and had an obvious love of art. Would highly recommend such a tour as the Institute is huge and the tour gave focus and prioritised a number of key works.
Review provided by Viator
Apr 30, 2024
Customized tour - I loved this tour! It was very informative and entertaining. Spiro did a great job of catering to everyone’s interests.
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Apr 13, 2024
I even appreciated the plain white canvas after the right guidance - I can’t remember our guides name but he was a student at SAIC and really did a great job. I learned a lot and walked out understanding contemporary art a little bit more. Great tour!
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Apr 4, 2024
Guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago - Spiro was an incredible guide! I cannot recommend this tour enough. Definitely will go again when back in Chicago. So happy to have found this tour.
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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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up to 8 guests
1 Adult
June 2024