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Located in Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute showcases 300,000 works of art ranging from ancient works to pieces created by today’s foremost artists. More than 1.5 million visitors from across the globe flock to the museum annually, making it one of Chicago’s most-visited destinations.

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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while audio commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.99
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Chicago CityPASS

Chicago CityPASS

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Get the most out of your trip to Chicago as you enjoy discount access to five of the city’s top attractions with the CityPASS. This easy-to-use mobile ticket grants you free entry into top-tier sights including the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, and the Field Museum plus your choice of admission to 3 of the following attractions: Adler Planetarium, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck. Also enjoy a wealth of useful Chicago tips and savings at a variety of other venues and retailers. Attractions may be required to verify proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (14 days past final vaccine dose) before allowing entry. Please review attraction requirements before visiting Chicago.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.00
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Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions

Go City: Chicago Explorer Pass - Choose 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 Attractions

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The easiest and most affordable way to explore some of Chicago's top attractions at your own pace, the Chicago Explorer Pass by Go City saves you up to 40 percent off compared to buying individual attraction tickets. Create your own sightseeing itinerary by choosing 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions, tours, and activities from among more than 25 top sites, including SkyDeck, 360 Chicago, the Field Museum, a shoreline sightseeing cruise, a hop-on hop-off Big Bus tour, Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, and LEGOLAND® Discovery Center. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 60 days
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$65.00
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Chicago Small-Group City Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise
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Chicago Small-Group City Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chicago City Minibus Tour
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Chicago City Minibus Tour

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Get to know the Windy City the easy and comfortable way on a small-group minibus tour. Instead of long walks and navigating public transit, see major landmarks like Museum Campus, Buckingham Fountain, the Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park from an uncrowded minibus with large picture windows. Your driver and guide knows where to find all the best views, and there are plenty of photo stops along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour

Art Institute of Chicago Skip-the-Line Small-Group Guided Tour

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Explore one of the country’s great art museums—and discover many of its collection highlights—on this small-group Art Institute of Chicago tour. Meet your guide right out front, and see works from artists the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Seurat, O’Keeffe, and many more. As you go, your guide will share the stories behind the masterpieces, and will help bring the history of the museum and its collection to life.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.54
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Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
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Art Institute of Chicago Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket

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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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Chicago Tour with Driver and tour Guide. Hotel pick up included
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Private Chicago Tour with Driver and tour Guide. Hotel pick up included

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One of the best ways to explore a city is with a private tour. This tour isn't any different. Have your driver and separate tour guide take you around the most important sites and locations of Chicago. Being a private tour, stop whenver you want to take pictures and also explore by foot specific locations. Pick up is included from your hotel or place of choice inside the city and downtown Chicago. Please include this information as well as a contact number when booking. This private tour will give you a great experience to get to know Chicago. This is a 4 hour private tour with driver and separate tour guide. Here are some examples of what you will see: - Richard J. Daley Center - Lakefront Trail - South Michigan Avenue - Grant Park - Cloud Gate - Downtown / The Loop - South Riverside Plaza - The Art Institute of Chicago - Navy Pier - Buckingham Fountain This private tour will finish off at your hotel in Chicago.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$469.23
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Art Institute of Chicago Ticket with Self-Guided Audio Tour
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Art Institute of Chicago Ticket with Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore the world’s most remarkable art pieces at the Art Institute of Chicago with your personal self-guided audio tour. Learn the stories behind the greatest art works and details to pay attention to. Go through a museum like you have an invisible yet knowledgeable curator with you. The Art Institute of Chicago, opened in 1879 and housed in a magnificent Beaux-Arts building on Michigan Avenue, serves as a school and museum for the fine arts. It hosts masterpieces of famous artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso, and many others. The mobile app helps you explore the Art Institute of Chicago with a private audio tour (included). You will have a entrance ticket with a PDF we will send to you. The audio guide on the mobile app is the best way to enjoy the tour at your own pace and be independent of a group tour. The mobile app is available on App Store and Google Play and works offline. Enjoy your party only!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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BEST Full-day Chicago City Tour

BEST Full-day Chicago City Tour

Leave all the planning to your guide, and discover the best of Chicago in one day, on this introductory coach tour. In the morning, depart from Chinatown and set off to see local landmarks like Millennium Park, Grant Park, Michigan Avenue, and more. You can also customize your experience: upgrade to visit the Art Institute of Chicago, go for a river cruise, or even visit the 360 Chicago observation deck.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Go City: Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

Go City: Chicago All-Inclusive Pass with 25+ Attractions

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Enjoy admission to more than 25 of Chicago's most popular attractions with Go City's All-Inclusive Pass. Go City lets you create your own itinerary and save far more than if you were to purchase individual attraction tickets. Take a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Windy City, admire the stunning views from SkyDeck Chicago, and much more. You can visit as many attractions as you like over the course of 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. Save your pass, available as your 'ticket' after purchase, on your mobile device; browse the digital guide for attraction information and place reservations in advance where needed. On the day simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain admission. And what's more your pass is valid for two years from purchase date and only becomes activated with your first attraction visit. So rest assured should your travel plans need to change.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

Chicago Architecture Walking Tour: The Underground Pedway & Secrets of the Loop

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Explore the hidden side of Chicago on a 2-hour walking tour of The Loop, a bustling neighborhood that’s full of wild history, architectural landmarks and some of the city’s most fascinating characters. Follow your local guide along the sidewalk, and stop to notice the overlooked details and untold stories that even life-long locals sometimes miss. Experience the city one small piece at a time on a route that traces a path between Chicago’s littlest treasures, and get an inside look at life in the Second City.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Experience Ferris Bueller's Art: Walking Tour

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Experience Ferris Bueller's Art: Walking Tour

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This is the only tour in Chicago that explores 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' from the perspective of art. It's also the only tour that immerses you in the actual artwork featured in the 1986 American teen comedy. Over the course of the tour, you'll visit 3 floors of the museum, see 16 pieces of art, and leave with an appreciation of the works, their relationship to characters, and their placement in the camera's frame.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Chicago Walking Tour: Must-See Chicago

Chicago Walking Tour: Must-See Chicago

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Must-See Chicago is a fast-paced, 90-minute introductory tour to Chicago featuring some of its most famous buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Willis (Sears) Tower, the Chicago Theatre and more! Get a brief overview of more than a dozen buildings—as well as Chicago landmarks like Millennium Park, the Loop and the Chicago River—on this whirlwind tour. There are lots of photo opportunities along the way, so be sure to bring your camera!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

Chicago Walking Tour: Tiffany Treasures

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Explore the art glass crafted and designed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company during this 2-hour walking tour in Chicago. Following an expert guide from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, visit 4 late 19th-century landmarks that contain glass works by Louis Comfort Tiffany and his contemporaries. This sophisticated, informative tour is a must-do for history and architecture fans. The tour includes general admission to the Art Institute of Chicago for the tour plus 1 other day. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Self-Guided Audio Tour

Chicago Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Short and highly selective information in the audio commentary for tourist attractions in around Chicago Highlights of this Self-Guided Audio Tour • It allows you to go as per your own convenience of time, pace and location; skip the content that doesn't interest you, and listen longer to content that does interest you. • Not necessary to download any location tracking apps. Audio guide can be listened online (or) offline. •Available in multiple languages, you can choose the one you’re most comfortable with. • It is one of the best options with lowest price when compared to hiring a tour guide. •If you have any questions about any attractions. No worries, we will answer in your language instantly by message.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
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Eastside Chicago:

Eastside Chicago: "The Art Heist" Exploration Game

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Follow a self-guided adventure during this special smartphone-based game in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Learn about the city’s iconic works of art and architecture while enjoying views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Play anytime you’d like, seven days a week, with no data or Wi-Fi needed.
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  • 1 hour 35 minutes
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Discovering Vintage Chicago: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Loop

Discovering Vintage Chicago: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of the Loop

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Take a walk back in time through the history of Chicago's Loop on this app-enabled tour. After downloading the app and tour to you smartphone, you and your party will listen to author Amy Bizzarri, an author and expert in Chicago history, as she leads you through walking tour of the city. The GPS-enabled tour will trigger commentary at just the right times, and you can stop and start whenever you like for a flexible experience that lets you move at your own pace. Highlights include Daley Plaza, the Chicago Theater, Berghoff Restaurant, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
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  • 50 minutes
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Your Way or the Highway: 2-hour Customized Private Walking Tour in Chicago

Your Way or the Highway: 2-hour Customized Private Walking Tour in Chicago

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Explore Chicago your way and on your own schedule on a private walking tour that's completely customized based on your interests. Whether you want to learn Windy City history or focus on architecture, street art, or Chicago's food scene, your local guide knows all the best places to see, shop, and dine. Plus, get plenty of personalized recommendations on where to go once the tour ends.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour

Holiday Hike Chicago-Style: Festive Food & Walking tour

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Stroll through Chicago's winter streets, lit up for the holidays, on this gourmet walking tour. Learn about Chicago's celebrated holiday traditions like the European-inspired Christkindlmarket, the beautiful decor and windows on State Street, and ice skating at Millennium Park. Sample generous tastes of classic Chicago foods and holiday treats as you walk. Seasonal craft beer tastings help you stay warm and toasty; please note this tour operates in all weather conditions, so dress appropriately.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.99
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Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

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It isn’t a trip to Chicago without tasting deep-dish pizza—and this private tour for food lovers will introduce you to true Chicago-style pizza, plus other Windy City specialties. Meet your guide downtown, and be sure to come hungry: You’ll eat hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches, pizza, donuts, and more. Along the way, see highlights like the Wrigley Building and Magnificent Mile, and learn more about the city’s history and culture.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$319.00
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Chicago Private Instagram Car Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Chicago Private Instagram Car Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or are just looking for a stress-free way to sightsee, this private, full-day driving tour makes discovering Chicago’s top sights simple. Meet your guide in the morning at your hotel, and set off: see landmarks like Wrigley Field, Grant Park, Millennium Park (and “the Bean”) all in one day. Don’t forget to bring your phone or camera to capture memorable snaps en route.
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  • 6 hours
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$798.94
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Chicago Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Discover Chicago in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure around the Chicago Loop — to the historic buildings, famous streets and plethora of real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of the Windy City. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2-Hour Chicago Holiday Lights Segway Tour

2-Hour Chicago Holiday Lights Segway Tour

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Soak up the Windy City’s festive holiday feel and explore local landmarks with ease on this Segway tour in Chicago. Hop onto your Segway and spin through Chicago’s Millennium Park to the Loop. With your guide, you'll watch skaters enjoying the ice rink, explore Michigan Avenue and admire festive department store displays. See the German Christmas market stalls at Daley Plaza, where locals sip hot chocolate and munch 'bratwurst,' and enjoy the atmosphere beneath the city’s Christmas tree. Get the personalized feel of a small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes
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$75.10
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Should I book Art Institute of Chicago tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Art Institute of Chicago can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Art Institute of Chicago 2022?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Art Institute of Chicago costs USD 49.95. Guided Art Institute of Chicago tours start around USD 49.95 per person.