The Arts | Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier

The Arts



Art Studio

Art is why we’re here. Chicago Children’s Museum formed in 1982 in response to cuts in arts education funding in the Chicago Public Schools. Since then, we’ve developed and expanded our arts programming for children, culminating in the new Art Studio, unveiled in the summer of 2018.

The Art Studio is designed to let children revel in the creative process. Our open-ended activities allow kids to tap into their imaginations and explore their artistic selves. Paint, sew, sketch, mold and more with activities designed for kids of all ages and abilities. Come by one hour prior to a workshops to get your free pass or join a drop-in program. See our online calendar for Art Studio hours and details on programs like:

Art Studio Workshops:

Children of all ages create art with materials like paint, clay, fabric, and more. These workshops start with an artist educator lead discussion/investigation around themes that change monthly. See our online calendar for upcoming details, dates and times.

Kids Create Drop-In Programs for toddlers and preschoolers:

These open-ended sensory based programs are just for little ones. Kids Create activities invite young children get creative with materials like finger paints, play dough, and even mud. See our online calendar for upcoming details, dates and times.

Young Artist Programs:

These drop-in program allows children to create and explore at their own pace. These activities are often collaborative, and themes change periodically. See our online calendar for upcoming details, dates and times.

Visiting Artist Workshops:

Meet an artist, gain inspiration from their artistic process and get creative. Visiting Artist Workshops bring the art world directly to kids. See our online calendar for upcoming details, dates and times.