I don't know much, but I know for a fact that you were not at the Art Institute when the clock struck midnight on Saturday evening. However, one hundred years ago, the Art Institute stayed open on New Year's Eve, welcoming over 2,500 (hopefully composed) revelers to ring in 1912. The festivities resulted in the highest attended day at the museum for the year and presumably started some Chicagoan's years off on the right foot.
If your New Year's resolution also involves adding a little more culture in your life, we're going to make things easy for you. The Art Institute will be FREE to Illinois residents every single weekday from now until February 10. Come for a gallery talk, come for your lunch break, come to take the nudity-themed minitour!