Art Institute of Chicago - Private Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Youth and Family


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
The Art Institute of Chicago - and our route through it - is fully accessible.

Maximum travelers: 8



English (fluent)

Stories and Secrets

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the oldest, largest, best, and most popular art museums in the world. Allow me to personally guide you through the best of this incredible museum! Its 300, 000 piece collection contains such iconic works as Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, Grant Wood's American Gothic, and Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte-1884. The Art Institute also contains the largest collection of Impressionist paintings in the world outside of Paris. With an MA in Art History, I am passionate about art and honored to share with you the stories and secrets behind many world-famous works of art.


We will explore the most beautiful and incredible art in the Art Institute's almost one million square feet. Highlights include:

* The largest collection of Impressionist art outside of Paris
* The Thorne Miniature Rooms
* Architectural fragments of Chicago at the Grand Staircase
* Chagall's America Windows
* Louis Sullivan's entirely recreated Stock Exchange Trading Room
* Ancient Roman sculpture
* The Modern Wing
* American art of all eras
* Asian and African art
* European art, Medieval to Renaissance up to today

This itinerary can be customized based on your interests.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Let's meet at the entrance of the Starbucks across from the Art Institute (200 S Michigan).

End location: Art Institute main entrance (Michigan Avenue).

Duration: 3 hours

Three hours in the Art Institute will also include a short refreshment break mid-way through (coffee, tea, etc. up to you).



What’s Included

Entrance fee for the Art Institute of Chicago is included in price, and a private tour guide who will take care of all your needs and make sure you have a fantastic time in Chicago.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

10 USD - beverage or snack during break

What’s Extra

Beverages/snacks and museum purchases.

A Recent Review of this tour

Wendy arranged this two-hour tour for us at the last minute when I faced the fact that we always have trouble finding what we want to see in this fabulous museum and that stresses everyone. She also surprised us with tickets to the visiting John Singer Sargent exhibit. I told her what our group (ages 14 thru 75) was most interested in, and we saw and learned so much more than we expected. She also made great suggestions about what to see when we return there. --A special and relaxing visit.
Jane V.

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