Guided tour

Chicago: Art Institute Skip-the-Line Tour with Guide

4.9 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider:Babylon Tours Chicago
Guided tour

Chicago: Art Institute Skip-the-Line Tour with Guide

Activity provider:Babylon Tours Chicago

From US$ 126.14 per person

Experience some of the world's most famous pieces of art on a guided tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. Explore great art, before the doors even open to the general public.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Private or small groups available


  • Take a guided tour with an art expert
  • Enter the museum 30 minutes before public 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 and meet your expert guide at the Institute 30 minutes before opening time. 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.

  • Priority access 30 minutes before the general public
  • Expert Guide
  • Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Wheelchair tours under request only
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet your guide “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. For any URGENT matters please call/text your guide. Their contact details were sent to your email by the morning of your tour, simply look for Babylon Tours. (think of checking spam folder)

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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

Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 18 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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July 20, 2021

Wonderful tour. Group of 8 made it much more easy to get around. Would never have enjoyed it this much if went on our own. Our guide Marlin was very knowledgeable and informative. Even sent us informational handouts after the tour. Would highly recommend.

July 17, 2021

Product ID: 398524