The Art Institute of Chicago at 111 S. Michigan Avenue is one of the top art museums in the country. Near several CTA and Metra stations, it is an easy attraction to get to on transit.

Things to Know

  • Van Buren Street Metra and the Adams/Wabash CTA Station are closest to the Art Institute, but the Adams/Wabash Station is not handicap-accessible.
  • Get a fast pass to skip lines and discounts on fast entry to other attractions with Chicago CityPASS.
  • Nearby attractions to visit include Cloud Gate, Grant Park and Lakefront Trail (Divvy bikes available to rent near the museum and on the trail)

CTA Directions

The closest CTA station to the Art Institute of Chicago is the Adams/Wabash Station on the brown, pink, orange and green lines. Adams Street under the station travels directly to the museum, which is easily visible once you reach street level. Walking time is less than 5 minutes.

Exit at the Monroe Red or Monroe Blue CTA stations if your starting point is on the red or blue line or if you need a handicap-accessible station. For accessibility on other rail lines, use Harold Washington Library.

Use Google Maps to get specific transit and walking directions from your starting location.

Metra Directions

The Van Buren Street Station on the Metra Electric District and South Shore lines is next to the museum. If you are not traveling on the Electric District train, head to downtown Chicago and transfer to CTA rail or request on Uber or Lyft car to reach the museum.


Two Divvy Bike docks are on S. Michigan Avenue on both sides of the Art Institute. There’s also a dock next to the Adams/Wabash Station.

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