The Art Institute of Chicago has long been a home away from home for many Chicagoans. It has also long been in financial crisis, and now its spirit of "suggested donations" is changing. The longstanding flexibility of a payment donation helped to draw people, expose artworks, and maintain the museum philosophy that viewing art and understanding history are for everyone. But it will soon only be for those that can spend $12 for a ticket. We believe in supporting our local instutitions wholeheartedly; we're just wondering now what the attendance and demographic of the AIC audience will soon look like.
Despite the AIC's hike up to a mandatory $12 entrance fee, it will continue to offer a few free hours here and there. The museum plans to eliminate its free Tuesdays and replace them with free admission on Thursday evenings throughout the year and Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. during the summer months. Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times article from today.