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Art Institute of Chicago Tour

A guided, private tour with your own art historian leading you to what will inspire you most.

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Private and Guided: an Art Institute of Chicago Tour Designed Around You.

There is so much to tour at Chicago’s Art Institute; it’s hard to know where to start. Whether you want to let us choose the key highlights, or you want to head in a unique direction based on your own art interests, ART SMART has you covered with your personal guided art tour. Like all of our tours, you’ll be guided by an art historian, not a docent. Along the way you can feel free to ask all the questions you want and get the depth of information that you prefer. We’ll customize a private art tour through the Art Institute of Chicago for you based on your personal group, preferences and interests.

What to Expect on Your
Private Art Institute of Chicago Highlights Tour

The confirmation will provide your meeting location. You’ll meet your art historian guide who will bring you through the best route according to your preferences. Among the many highlights that you can tour along the way at the AIC:

  • Selections from one of the world’s finest Impressionist collections. We tour masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh
  • Highlights of the Thorne Miniature Rooms. This unique collection offers a view of European residences from the 16th century through the 1930s and American homes from the 17th century to 1940, all in miniature format
  • Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol in the Modern Wing
  • Contemporary artists
  • James Whistler’s Mother
  • Grant Wood’s American Gothic
  • Seurat’s Sunday on La Grande Jatte
  • Medieval and Renaissance Arms & Armor Collection

Your Art Institute of Chicago tour can be followed with an adjoining tour of Chicago’s Millennial Park; just request this during your reservation.

We recommend following your tour with a meal at the elegant, modern Terzo Piano in-house Restaurant


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Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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