Art Institute of Chicago Un-Highlights @ AIC
Duration: 2 hours
🐣 All guests must be 16+
💰 100% Money Back Guarantee
Made for museum lovers and skeptics alike, our Un-Highlights tour of the Art Institute of Chicago will show you a side of the museum you’ve never seen before! Join our renegade tour guides on a high-energy, two-hour group tour through the museum’s hallowed halls with a “tasting menu” approach as you learn the crazy true stories behind a selection of art across the Art Institute’s collection. This is not your grandma’s museum tour.
What Makes Our Tours Awesome
World Class Guides
Renegade Guides are award winning entertainers, comedians, academics and nerds; this is not your average docent tour. New guides train in the Museum Hack craft for 3 months before ever leading a tour.
Smart Humor, Mind Blowing Facts, Juicy Gossip
If you prefer your history drunk and a little sassy then you are our kind of people. We do deep research into the museum collections to learn the facts you won't find on the plaques, and then build out stories that connect with stuff in your life.
Small Group, VIP, Social Experience
Our standard group size is 10 or less, which is important because your guide will know you by name and can personalize the tour for what you want to see. It's also a great social experience, so you can come solo and make new friends or bring your SO, BFF, mom, grandma, OkCupid / Bumble / Grindr-crush, Tamagotchi, FWB or entire squad.
Admission Included, Skip the Line
All full price tickets include museum admission, up to a $25 value (so the tour portion is more like $34 - $44). When you arrive at the museum, your guide will have your admission ready so you can launch right into the tour without waiting in line.
Featured on TripAdvisor, 5400+ 5 Star Reviews
Guests often call our guided tours "the best thing to do in Chicago" and sometimes "pretty f***ing awesome!" You may have noticed companies intentionally sharing average reviews of like 4.7 stars, which they do because a study a few years back said the internet trusts that more than a perfect 5.0. Our actual average is 5/5, so f**k it.
"Such a fun way to see a lot of things in a short amount of time with far more detail and entertainment factor."
"Highly recommend for a totally unique museum experience. Kelly was wonderful--very knowledgeable and funny!"
"Elizabeth, our Bad Ass [email protected]$& tour guide was a great storyteller, an energetic and knowledgeable tour guide and just lots of fun!"
"I was on my own in NYC while my husband worked. Exploring the MET with Sara and others while learning was in a great time."
"For my friend's birthday gift, a few of us treated her to the BAB Tour ... It was SO fun and our guide, Sara, was amazing."
"Damn, that was fun! I have been to the Met at least 50 times over the past 40 years, and our tour guide Jim showed us nooks and crannies I have never seen before."
Where Does Your $ Go?
68% to Museum Hack Operations
- ✅ We pay your guide well
- ✅ Tour supplies & goodies you receive on tour
- ✅ Payroll for customer service agents and marketing team
- ✅ Technical costs like website hosting and ticketing software
- ✅ Credit card & banking fees
- ✅ Other, misc. expenses
- ✅ A tiny profit we mostly reinvest back into the business!
32% to Museum & Admissions
- ✅ Maintaining world class collections
- ✅ Acquiring culturally relevant art & objects
- ✅ Gallery security & maintenance
- ✅ Programming and events
- ✅ Staffing, management and training
- ✅ Air conditioning, heating, electricity and water
- ✅ Other, misc. expenses
100% "You'll Love It" Guarantee
Our Renegade Guides are wicked smart and will take you on a sassy, whirlwind tour of the museum. Most guests LOVE this experience and if you feel anything other than 10/10 then we will refund your money.