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 hour 17 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to William Adolphe Bouguereau.
Though largely forgotten today, Bouguereau was once one of the most popular painters in Europe. His realistic depictions of classical subjects made him a bastion of academic painting and also a central target of the young Impressionists who regarded his work as overly polished and conservative.
Since the rise of Modernism, Bouguereau's name has largely gone unmentioned in the canons of art history while the reputation of the Impressionists has grown immensely.
See The Bathers in Gallery 223.
6 hours 51 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago The holidays have officially arrived at the Art Institute!
Our lions are adorned with traditional evergreen wreaths. We’ve decked the tiny halls of the Holiday Thorne Rooms. And the Neapolitan crèche—our intricate 18th-century nativity scene—is back on view.
And with a holiday calendar brimming with events the whole family can enjoy, there’s a reason to visit every day this season.