Is each Color Factory location the same?

Each location includes a unique mix of site-specific installations, fan favorites, collaborations with artists and creatives, and partnerships with local nonprofits and small businesses we love.

How long does it take to go through Color Factory?

It varies for each guest, but visits usually last about 1 hour to 1.5 hours. You can extend your experience beyond Color Factory with our free Color Map, available digitally at the end of your visit. Our map guides you through the city to discover even more colorful surprises in your favorite neighborhoods.

Is the exhibit self-guided?

Yes! And, you can take your time going through each room. However, we ask that you don’t revisit any areas you’ve already passed through. (One-way only!)

What should I bring?

Along with your curiosity about color, you must bring your ticket QR code (and someone 16 years old or older, if you are under 16 years old).

Where should I park?

Color Factory Chicago Parking: Discounted parking is available at Traders Self-Park (326 S. Wells / 329 S. Franklin) and Tower Self-Park Garage (211 W. Adams / 241 S. Franklin). Validation is available at Coat Check in Color Factory’s lobby. 

Color Factory Houston Parking: We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the paid public parking garage conveniently located directly across from us at the Kirby Collection building. Please follow all parking garage signage and use the self park option which is located on the 2nd floor and above. We do not validate parking. If you choose not to utilize this option, please read local parking signage closely. Color Factory is not responsible for towed vehicles.

How do I get my Color Factory photos?

First, double check that you’ve registered your QR code. If you still have it from your visit, scan the QR with your phone camera and complete the registration process. You’ll receive your photos once your registration is complete! If that doesn’t work, be sure to check your spam or junk folder. If you still can’t find your photos, email support@colorfactory.co with your name, the location you visited, an image of yourself, the photo card QR Code, and the email address you used to register your card. Unfortunately, employees onsite at our locations are unable to retrieve lost photos.

Is Color Factory ADA compliant?

Yes, Color Factory is ADA compliant and most installations are ADA-friendly. However, our Ball Pits may not be accessible to all. Guests must be able to enter and exit the ball pit on their own.

How much does it cost to visit Color Factory?

Color Factory ticket prices vary by location and day of the week. For the most up-to-date pricing information, please visit our ticketing experience (Chicago, NYC, Houston).

Can I bring a stroller?

Strollers are not permitted in the exhibit due to some intimate layouts and tight spaces. We provide stroller storage in our lobby (strollers must be folded).

Are there bathrooms?

Yes, bathrooms are available on-site.

Do you have gift cards available?

Yes! Gift cards are available HERE.

Can I buy tickets at the door?

Because we often sell out, we recommend you purchase tickets online on our website before your visit to secure a spot.

Can I give my ticket to someone else?

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are non-refundable. However, we are happy to transfer them to another name as long as you make the request 48 hours before your visit. If you feel sick, contact us at support@colorfactory.co so we can reschedule your tickets for another date.

What happens if I buy four tickets but someone from my group can’t make it?

Tickets are non-refundable, but they do not expire. We would be happy to help you exchange, reschedule, or transfer the unused ticket to another person or date of your choosing. Contact us at support@colorfactory.co for assistance.

What is the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program™ (CAP)?

Color Factory is proud to be a part of the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program™ (CAP), offering EnChroma’s revolutionary glasses for color blindness across all of our locations. As part of our ongoing dedication to inclusion and accessibility, we’re excited for more visitors to experience the joy of color through EnChroma technology that helps reveal deeper, richer, and crisper hues.

  • EnChroma glasses can be borrowed for the duration of your Color Factory visit. Look for EnChroma x Color Factory signage upon your arrival to find out more!
  • Find out more about color blindness, EnChroma, and our partnership here.

Are there discounts for school groups?

Yes! We offer discounts for school groups. Please contact us through our Field Trips page for more information. We will do our best to accommodate as space permits.

Do you accept cash and major credit cards?

Our locations are cashless, meaning we do not have cash on hand and do not accept cash for ticket transactions or Color Shop purchases. When it comes to payment, we accept all major U.S. and international credit cards along with Apple Pay.

Are there discounts for military personnel?

Color Factory is so thankful for the service of the US Armed Forces. We offer a 10% discount to any active, veteran, retired, or reservist personnel. Email us at support@colorfactory.co or inquire onsite to access your code! Discount must be applied at the time of purchase.

Can I book a private rental, field trip, or birthday party?

Yes! We host all types of events: group tours, birthday parties, school field trips, corporate get-togethers, holiday celebrations, etc. Please visit our pages dedicated to Private Events, Field Trips, or Birthday Parties for more information.

What does Color Factory do for the community?

We are committed to working with and giving back to nonprofit groups in the communities we are located in. In NYC, we’ve partnered with Art Start, 826NYC, God’s Love We Deliver, Coalition for the Homeless, RAICES Texas, LAND Gallery and Housing Works. In Houston, we’re collaborating with The Montrose Center and Project Color Corps. In Chicago, we are in partnership with SocialWorks, 826CHI, and the MCA. A portion of sales in our Color Factory gift shops go to our partner nonprofits.

What time do I need to arrive for my timed ticket?

Please arrive on-time for your scheduled visit. If you arrive more than 10 minutes after your purchased time slot, we will help you reschedule your tickets for another time.

If you have purchased our Flexible Time ticket, you may enter the venue at any time during our operating hours. Please check our ticketing calendar for that day to get the most up to date hours of operation as there are periodic private events and changes to the operational hours.

Anything special I need to know about checking in?

We ask that your entire party be present before entering our Lobby. Our team will double check your ticket at the door. Once inside, you’ll register to access the photo booths throughout the exhibit and sign a required liability waiver.

Can I bring my pet?

While we love animals, they are not allowed in the exhibit. ADA Service animals (not including Emotional Support Animals) are permitted, under their owner’s control and on a leash (as authorized by applicable law).

Can I bring food and drinks to Color Factory?

Outside food or drinks are not permitted inside Color Factory. Special treats are part of the experience and will be offered to you in certain installations. People with allergies and dietary restrictions should exercise caution and use their best judgment when offered a treat. Ingredient lists are available upon request.

Is there a dress code?

Appropriate attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. Color Factory is a casual, family environment. We ask you to use your discretion and common sense. Attire that is not appropriate for Color Factory—and which may result in refusal of admittance or removal from the venue—includes but is not limited to:

Revealing clothing that exposes indecent or excessive portions of skin and may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment

Clothing and/or visible tattoos with objectionable material (including obscene, sexual, violent, racist, discriminatory, or political language or graphics)

Are there any rules about taking photos?

We encourage you to take as many photos as you like for your personal, non-commercial use! However, please be considerate of others enjoying the exhibit as well as our staff members. Tripods, external flashes and lights, excessive props, commercial or product shoots, media shoots, press interviews, and all professional video equipment are prohibited without advance approval and accompaniment from a Color Factory representative. Contact us through our events page for requests, including using photos for any non-personal or commercial purposes. We’ve integrated photo booth stations throughout our space to give you the ability to put your phone away so that you can fully appreciate the exhibits. Please note: despite our best efforts to keep these cameras & lenses clean, operational, and calibrated correctly, we do experience equipment failure from time to time. We can’t guarantee every photo station’s equipment at any given moment, so if you are worried about getting a particular shot, please make sure to capture it on your personal camera, as well.

What if I’ve lost something in an exhibit?

Please hold on to your hats (and cell phones)! Color Factory is not responsible for missing items. While we do have a lost and found, we cannot guarantee that your missing item will be located. Please contact support@colorfactory.co for more details.

What is Color Factory’s concealed carry policy?

Firearms, ammunition, knives, and weapons of any kind are prohibited inside our venues. Anyone with these items will be prohibited entry, other than Peace Officers per state laws.


There is no affiliation or association between Color Factory and The Color Factory Corp.

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