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Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry pursue rate hikes

Updated: February 19, 2013 1:51PM

CHICAGO — The Art Institute of Chicago would like to raise admission fees by as much as $5 and the Museum of Science and Industry would hike entry fees by as much as $3 in the coming weeks, under a proposal.

Those living outside Illinois would see the biggest jump — of $5 — in admission to the Art Institute, with students and seniors paying $17 and adult admission going up to $23, according to the Chicago Park District.

Children under 14 would continue to be admitted for free. But Chicago residents would see rates go up by $2 with seniors and students paying $12 and adults $18, according to the proposal. Illinois residents also would see their rates go up by $2 to $14 for seniors and students and $20 for adults.

If approved, the fee increase would kick in Feb. 1.

At the Museum of Science and Industry, general admission costs would go up the most, at $3, for adults and seniors living outside the city. Adults would pony up $18 and senior citizens would pay $17 under the proposal.

Children ages 3 to 11 would see admission go up $1 to $11.

For city residents, a $2 increase means Chicago seniors would be paying $14 and adults $15, under the planned hike.

Admission for children ages 3 to 11 would go up by $1, to $10. Any child under the age of 3 gets in free.

The admission fee increases, if approved, will start Jan. 23.

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