Bringing Kids to Immersive Van Gogh Chicago

This modern art installation combined with a post-impressionist painter creates a memorizing experience for art lovers.⁠

We were invited to Immersive Van Gogh Chicago before it officially opened and it was definitely a unique experience! Tweens and teens as well as adults that are into art would definitely appreciate it. Experimental electronic music with ethereal piano plays while Van Gogh paintings swirl under your feet and surround every inch of the walls. The more we stood and watched, the more we got into the presentation and experience.

Plan to spend around an hour in the spaces. You are welcome to walk around or sit and enjoy. We highly recommend experiencing it from the ground level as well as the balcony for a different perspective.

Tips for Bringing Children to Immersive Van Gogh Chicago

We recommend Immersive Van Gogh Chicago for tweens, teens, and adults. Younger children are welcome and you know your child best. If you plan on bringing children, here’s a couple things to know before you go:

The music gets loud and is unsettling at times. It adds to dramatic effect with the changing and moving art pieces, but if your children are sensitive to loud noises, the docents have ear plugs.

The show is captivating, but please note that there really isn’t anything to touch or interact with in the spaces. You can either walk around, sit, or stand as the paintings shift and swirl under your feet and on the walls. The ticket price is hefty for spending a toddler-sized attention span there, but every child is different so it’s obviously your call.

Although basic tickets have timed entry, you can stay as long as you would like. The show is one hour, but you are likely to arrive in the middle and can stay when it restarts. The progression of paintings seems to tell a story, but it’s subtle and not crucial to start at the beginning in our opinion.

Safety Measures

Masks are required and capacity limits are in effect.⁠ Staff at the door take temperatures and ask you a series of questions to ensure that you don’t have covid-19 symptoms and haven’t been in contact with anyone who has in the last two weeks. There are also several hand sanitizer stations throughout and social distancing circles projected on the floor to make everyone aware of the space around them.

Location and Parking

Immersive Van Gogh Chicago is in Lighthouse ArtSpace within Germania Club, near North Ave and Clark. We found parking in a covered garage using Spot Hero and there is also street parking available within walking distance.⁠ The closest public parking lot is the James House parking garage. That didn’t pop up on Spot Hero for us when we went, so I booked a spot in a covered garage next to Treasure Island, which was about two blocks away.

Ticket Prices

Off-peak timed basic tickets include admission only and are $39.99 for adults and $24.99 for children 6-16 years old. You can also purchase peak timed tickets, flex tickets if you don’t want to commit to a specific entry time, and VIP tickets with souvenirs and priority access.

Children 5 years old and under are free and don’t require a ticket. Two children under 6 are permitted per adult.

You can purchase tickets at vangoghchicago.com.

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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