You are here


Deck the Halls!


The Wreathing of the Lions is one of the longest standing holiday traditions at the Art Institute. A little background for those of you not familiar with the event . . . right before the museum opens on the day after Thanksgiving, we ceremoniously hang pine wreaths around the necks of the two lions who “protect” our front steps, officially (for us, at least) marking the opening of the holiday season.

This year we’re trying something a little different. We’ve asked artist Yves Behar (whose Terra Anima is currently on view in the Modern Wing) to design new wreaths for us inspired by the Modern Wing and the spirit of the holidays. We’re not going to give it away, but here’s a close up of one of the new wreaths . . .

But don’t worry: for all of you purists out there, the traditional pine wreaths will go up in the middle of December. Happy Thanksgiving to all!