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Access to the Museum
Michigan Avenue Entrance
Ramp access is available at the Michigan Avenue entrance.
Drop-offs are not permitted.

Columbus Drive Entrance--available for prearranged groups only
This entrance is available for prearranged groups, including visitors with disabilities. To schedule a drop-off or pick-up, call (312) 443-3507.

Monroe Street Dock
The Monroe Street dock (125 E. Monroe) is available only to individuals needing assistance. You will be escorted from the dock into the museum.
Questions? Please call (312) 443-3507.

Accessible parking is located in the following garages near the Art Institute:

* Millennium Park garage (enter at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street), with 8' clearance in some sections and an elevator at the exit
* East Monroe Street garage (enter at Columbus Drive and Monroe Street), with 6'8" clearance and exit ramps at Monroe Street
* Grant Park North garage (enter at Michigan Avenue between Madison and Randolph), with 8'3" clearance for vans and an elevator at the exit.

Inside the Museum

Elevators are located throughout the museum with access to all floors. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Telephones located in the lobbies have volume control and are lowered for access; a TDD/TTY-equipped phone is available in the Michigan Avenue lobby. Auditoria are equipped with designated wheelchair areas. Upon entry, please pick up a Museum Access Information Guide, also available in large type and braille.

Hearing-Assist Devices
Fullerton Hall is equipped with hearing-assist devices. Pick one up in the Michigan Avenue checkroom.

Gallery Audio Guide
A gallery guide of the entire collection is available for a self-guided tour of the Art Institute with a hand-held MP3 player. They can be rented for $6 ($5 for members) in the Michigan Avenue lobby of the museum, and are free for visually impaired visitors and their escorts.

Audio tours for some special exhibitions are also available.

Signed Interpretations
Signed interpretation for individuals with hearing impairments is offered twice monthly for public lectures. See the calendar.

Escorts for the Blind
Visitors with visual impairments may arrange for free guided tours of the museum by calling the Department of Museum Education from 9:00 to 5:00 weekdays at (312) 443-3680. The museum has a corps of volunteer escorts for visitors who are blind or visually impaired. Please try to arrange for a tour two weeks in advance.

Escorts for the Blind is prescheduled for two dates each month. See the calendar.
Programs are free, but registration is required. Please call (312) 443-3929.

The Café
Monday-Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, 11:00-4:00;
Thursday, 11:00-7:00
Lower level
The Café offers self-service dining, with a full grill for burgers, chicken sandwiches, entree specials, and a carver item; an Italian station with pizzas, Caesar salads, and open-face focaccia sandwiches; a deli station for sandwiches, salads, and soups; and a dessert station with a full array of homemade treats.

The Garden Restaurant
Daily, 11:30-3:00
Lower level
Enjoy table-side service, with a full bar, wine list, and menu that features seasonal cuisine of varying styles and influences. Reservations are accepted but not required. Call (312) 553-9675.

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