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 54 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to Winslow Homer. In 1883 the artist moved to a small coastal village in Maine, where he created a series of paintings of the sea unparalleled in American art. The paintings he created after 1882 focused almost exclusively on humankind’s age-old contest with nature.
In The Herring Net, Homer depicted the heroic efforts of fishermen at their daily work. While one fisherman hauls in the netted and glistening herring, the other unloads the catch. Utilizing the teamwork so necessary for survival, both strive to steady the precarious boat as it rides the incoming swells. Homer’s isolation of these two figures underscores the monumentality of their task: the elemental struggle against a sea that both nurtures and deprives.
See five paintings by Winslow Homer in Gallery 171 of American Art—http://bit.ly/2l89rfx
15 hours 53 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Put your own creative spin on 30 masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago. Our coloring book is now available online at the Museum Shop.
21 hours 4 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT The Boy Scouts check out Whistler’s Mother, on view at the Art Institute for the Chicago World’s Fair, 1933.
Whistler’s iconic painting has only been exhibited at the Art Institute on two occasions: once in 1933 and again in 1954 for the exhibition Sargent, Whistler, and Mary Cassatt. See this beloved American portrait—at the Art Institute again for the first time in over 60 years—starting March 4.