Guided tour

Chicago: Art Institute Tour Before Opening Hours with Guide

Chicago: Art Institute Tour Before Opening Hours with Guide

From US$ 100.79 per person

Experience some of the world's most famous pieces of art on a guided tour, without the crowds or lines.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
Private or small groups available


  • Take a guided tour with an art expert
  • Enter the museum before opening hours
  • Experience Picasso, Hopper, Cassat and many more artists up close
  • Get your money back if you're not satisfied
Full description
Experience a guided tour around some of the world’s greatest and most iconic art pieces at the Art Institute of Chicago. Avoid the crowds and lines, meeting your expert guide at the Institute before opening times and explore the expansive collection, learning more about both contemporary and classic pieces. Although the museum usually hosts 1.79 million people per year, you will be able to stroll among the pieces at leisure, getting up close and personal with works by famous and infamous artists like Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol. The Art Institute of Chicago is home to the greatest collection of Impressionist artwork in the world. Your guide will provide expert information on the collection and the museum’s history and hidden gems.
  • Before opening hours ticket
  • Expert Guide
  • Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Wheelchair tours under request only
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants aged 5 and older must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 16 and older must also present a valid ID. Participants are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their final dose of vaccine. Participants who cannot be vaccinated must present proof of medical or religious exemption as well as a negative Covid-19 test administered by a medical professional

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Meeting point

MEETING POINT 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. Please arrive 15 min before starting time Bring valid photo ID

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour has a maximum of 8 guests per guide for a more intimate and personalized experience
  • The semi-private tour has a minimum requirement of 2 participants to run (an alternative date or full refund will be offered if the minimum is not met)
  • No large bags or suitcases are allowed
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. The semi-private tour is not available for those with walking disabilities or wheelchair users
  • Please provide full names, mobile phone number, and email you can be reached on during your trip
  • Effective January 3rd, all guests aged 5 or older will need to present proof of full vaccination in physical or digital format, as well as a valid ID (age 16+). Guests are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose vaccine, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine. A negative COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional is only valid for guests with proof of medical or religious exemption
Customer reviews

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The best way to view the Art Museum is with the guide. we had Marlin who was well informed and put together a well thought out tour. HIs anecdotes were insightful and interesting. We moved seamlessly from exhibit to exhibit. Our Sunday at noon tour was perfectly timed insofar as the July date was not crowded. In will certainly be back. My only complaint was that we weren’t able. To spend more than 2+ hours. …easily could have gone 1-2 hrs m ore.

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