Museum Café: Daily, 6:00–11:30 p.m. McKinlock Court: Daily, 6:00–11:30 p.m. May through September (weather permitting)
Museum Café: 32 x 62 feet McKinlock Court: 82 x 138 feet
Museum Café: 2,285 McKinlock Court: 11,641
Museum Café: 14 feet
Serenity in the city—the Museum Café and remarkable McKinlock Court are among Chicago's best-kept secrets. Plan your next special event in this exceptional outdoor courtyard, encircled by museum galleries, creating a completely exclusive and intimate experience.
The Museum Café offers a cozy, stand-alone restaurant within the museum and is just right for small, private gatherings with fewer guests. When combined with McKinlock Court, special events can consist of stand-up buffet receptions or three- to four-course seated dinners. Host your special event around the centerpiece fountain, a replica of Carl Milles's Fountain of the Tritons in Copenhagen.
Whether you envision white linen and fine dining or a casual and tranquil alfresco affair, this secret event space will put you right in the art of it.
1 day 10 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Commissioned for the 1945 Hollywood movie and based on Oscar Wilde's novel of the same name, Ivan Albright's grotesque painting captures the moral decay of the story's protagonist. The hedonistic Dorian Gray sells his soul in exchange for eternal youth. Ultimately, the corruption of his wicked life is revealed in the disfigurement of his likeness in the portrait.
See Picture of Dorian Gray in Gallery 262.
1 day 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Our newly renovated restrooms are sure to wow and impress even the most seasoned user of restrooms. Check out their bright and modern new look on your next visit to the Photography galleries near the Thorne Miniature Rooms; you’ll see once and for all why the Art Institute is the #1 (and #2) museum in the world.