Art Institute of Chicago

312-443-3600
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603
http://www.artic.edu/
312-443-3680
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Location

111 South Michigan Avenue
60603 Chicago , IL
United States
Phone: 312-443-3600
Illinois US

Facility Access Information

Wheelchair Parking Location: 
Accessible parking is available at nearby public parking garages. More information is available at http://www.millenniumgarages.com/
Main Entrance: 
111 S. Michigan Ave. and 159 E. Monroe St.
Accessible Entrance: 
Both public entrances to the Art Institute are accessible via stairs with handrails and wheelchair ramps and include automatic doors.
Café / Restaurant: 
Café/Restaurant is wheelchair accessible
Wheelchairs Available: 
A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis at the Michigan Avenue and Modern Wing coat checks.
Accessible Restrooms: 
All restrooms are accessible
Accessible Restroom Location: 
Visitors with mobility concerns may find the restrooms beside the the Garden Cafe to be less accessible than other restrooms in the museum.
Family/Unisex Restroom: 
Family / unisex restroom available (wheelchair accessible)
Family/Unisex Restroom Location: 
Modern Wing first floor
Segways: 
Segways Not Allowed
Service Animals: 
Allowed
Sitting Area Location: 
Member Lounge; benches throughout the museum galleries; lobbies
Portable Chairs: 
Portable chairs are not available.
Visitor Information Desk
The following items are available. Please ask for them at the information desk: 
Audio guides
Audio guides that are T-coil compatible and have volume control
Neck loops and headsets
Portable FM system (headsets and neck loops)/other amplification devices
Audio guide transcripts
Staff members trained in sighted guide technique
Other Resources: 
The handheld gallery audio guide is available free-of-charge for visitors who are blind or with low vision and their escorts. Audio tours for some special exhibitions may be available. A printed transcript is available at the audio desk. For more information visit the Art Institute's accessibility web page.
Galleries and Exhibits
Tactile or Multisensory Exhibits: 
The Art Institute's TacTiles kit consists of a series of masterpieces from the Art Institute's collection represented on hand-held tiles designed to be touched. The compositions and textures of the works of art are reproduced on the tiles, making these works legible through fingertips to visitors. Each TacTile fits into a slot in a specially designed carrying case, which also includes a color photograph, a large-type print description, and a braille description of each work. The TacTiles are available free of charge in the Crown Family Educator Resource Center. Visitors may request a guided tour of the TacTiles with advanced notice. For more information, call (312) 857-7641. TacTiles are made possible thanks to a generous grant from Buddy Mayer and the Rothschild Foundation. Please visit the Art Institute's accessibility web page for more information. The Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery: Specifically designed for visually impaired visitors to the museum but available to all, the Touch Gallery exhibits four sculptures from different time periods and places of origin accompanied by text panels and labels presented in both large type and Braille. Labels provide historical information and focus on a detailed description of the work of art to guide the visitor in touching. Visitors should remove rings, bracelets, wrist watches, and cuff links before enjoying the Touch Gallery. The Touch Gallery has been funded by the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust. Visit http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/touch for more information
Audio Exhibits: 
A gallery audio guide is available for the permanent collection and some special exhibitions. Exhibitions involving audio and video media may be on display.
Large-Print Materials: 
A printed transcript for selections of the audio tour is available at the audio desk.
Transcripts: 
A printed transcript for selections of the audio tour is available at the audio desk.
Tours and Scheduled Programs
Description: 
Public tours of the Art Institute's collection are offered daily free-of-charge after museum admission. We encourage all guests to attend our daily public program. For information on topics and dates, ask for the weekly calendar at any information desk in the museum, call (312) 443-3680, or consult our online calendar at http://www.artic.edu/aic/calendar/. Please visit the Art Institute's accessibility web page for detailed information on accessibility programs, including ASL and verbal description tours.
Our Access Programs Use: 
Verbal Description Tours
Touch Tours
ASL Tours
Original touchable objects
Touch objects (replicas, facsimiles, props)
Verbal descriptions
Art-making activities
Drama and movement
Music and sound
Theaters, Auditoriums, Video Installations
Theaters and Auditoriums: 
Infrared system
Qualified ASL interpretation is available upon request
Video Installations: 
Soundsticks that are T-coil compatible are available
Soundstick Locations: 
Audio guide desks in Michigan Avenue and Modern Wing lobbies
Information about Programs and Upcoming Exhibits
You can find out about our regular and accessible programs from: 
http://www.artic.edu/aic/calendar/
To join our mailing list or receive a newsletter/access newsletter: 
Subscribe to the Art Institute's E-newsletter by entering your email address on the homepage at http://www.artic.edu/aic/
Media
Media (You Tube) available for visitors participating in institutions online: 
http://www.artic.edu/aic/interact/