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Plan Your Group Visit

Making a Group Visit Reservation

The Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Guided tours not available on major holidays, including Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Group tours are available for groups of adults ages 18 and up. To make a reservation, please complete the group visit reservation form and fax or mail it to our adult group tours office.

Please note: Teachers planning field trips or student visits for grades K-12, please visit our Plan a Field Trip page.

Enjoy a dining experience inspired by Chicago history. For groups of 10 or more, the North & Clark Café offers pre-ordered boxed lunches.

> Download the Group Visit Reservation form (PDF, 107 KB)

> Download the Boxed Lunches menu (PDF)

> Download the Breakfast and Lunch catering menu (PDF)

> Download the Dinner catering menu (PDF)


Museum Information

> See Visitor Information for current information on:

  • Hours
  • Location, directions, parking and public transportation
  • General admission tickets
  • Shopping at the museum store
  • Exhibitions
  • Upcoming events

Group Visit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

> Download our Group Visit FAQ

How do I purchase tickets for groups of 10 or more?

We ask that you fill out a group visit reservation form. This form is available to download, or by calling the adult groups manager at 312.799.2162. Forms can be returned by fax or mail. For a self-guided visit, reservations can be made up to 3 weeks in advance. For a guided experience, reservations must be made 6 weeks in advance.

> Download the Group Visit Reservation form

What is the group rate?

  • Self-Guided Exhibition Tours: $12 for adults; $10 for seniors (65+) and college students
  • Guided Exhibition Tours: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors (65+) and college students
  • Neighborhood Walking Tours: $14 per person
  • Special exhibition guided tours for Shalom Chicago and Inspiring Beauty: $18 for adults; $16 for seniors (65+) and college students
  • History Boat Tour: call for pricing
  • Step-On Guides: call for pricing

Can I get the discount rate if I walk-in with a group?

No, if you want the discount rate you must make an advance reservation with the adult groups manager. Otherwise, the general admission rate will apply; $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and college students.

Do you offer on-site food service?

For groups of 10 or more, the North & Clark Café offers pre-ordered boxed lunches.

> Download the Boxed Lunches menu (PDF, 52 KB)

What is included in the guided experience?

A guided tour includes a trained docent that will lead a 50 to 60 minute tour of the gallery of your choice. Our docents are trained by leading historians knowledgeable about the city's rich history and built environment.

How long should I plan for my visit?

The average visit takes approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours; longer if you are having lunch. Although there is seating throughout the museum, you can anticipate being on your feet for as long as fifty minutes and up to one hour while taking a tour.

How does our group check-in?

If arriving by bus, please pull up to the Clark Street entrance and proceed to the Visitor Center to check in with the receptionist. We recommend that your group remain on the bus while you handle any business transactions. There is a bus loading and unloading zone directly in front of the Museum, but this is not a parking zone. After your group enters the Museum, your driver must move to a designated bus-parking area. For more information on tour-bus parking, please call the Chicago Office of Tourism at 312.744.2400.

If arriving by car, parking is conveniently located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets. Enter on Stockton Drive.

A complimentary coat check is located on the first floor. All large bags and backpacks must be checked. We suggest taking care of bathroom visits, coat check, and payment for your group, immediately upon arrival and before the orientation begins.

Can I take pictures?

Photography is allowed in the Chicago: Crossroads of America gallery and our public spaces and lobby areas. Please do not take pictures in our special exhibition galleries.

Where can I find lodging for my group?

To plan an overnight visit, please visit www.enjoyillinois.com.

Is the museum accessible?

All public spaces and most restrooms in the Museum are wheelchair accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are available for visitor use; please give us advanced notice prior to your arrival if you require this service. A listening system is available on gallery tours. Please call 312.799.2162 for more information.


For More Information

Contact the adult group tours office at 312.799.2162 or using our contact form for more information about these tours and other programs, or to book a group tour.

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