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Art Institute Block Party

Join us for the Art Institute of Chicago's first annual Block Party!

The Art Institute of Chicago Block Party
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
In and around the entire museum
Free for members, $10 general admission for Illinois residents with advance registration (by Friday, July 20)
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Celebrate the deep and lasting impact of Chicago art and design on American culture with a day of talks, performances, and art-making that fill the museum's galleries gardens, library, and public spaces. 

Start the day with hundreds of fellow visitors posing for a photograph recreating the 1893 opening of the museum's historic Michigan Avenue building. Then head into the museum for a full day of creative exploration. Visit the Ryan Learning Center with family and friends of all ages for art making and demonstrations. Engage with short talks, artist responses, and storytelling in the galleries. Gather at the lively community stage and picnic on the terrace in the Stanley McCormick Court North Garden. Sketch in the Stanley McCormick Court South Garden with a teaching artist, tour public art and gardens around the block with local historians, and meditate on Yoko Ono's Mended Petal in Pritzker Garden. 

This day of delightful surprises and creative responses to the museum's renowned collection culminates with evening festivities in the Modern Wing—the galleries of modern and contemporary art offer immersive experiences, while poets, musicians, and dancers perform in Griffin Court. 

Visit this page for more updates including a detailed schedule of programs. 


The Art Institute Block Party is part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.  

The Art Institute Block Party is funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art.