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19th Annual Senior Celebrations

September 4, 2013
For more information, call (312) 857-7602.

Please join us for the 19th annual Senior Celebrations. Senior Celebrations is the free annual kick-off day held in September to celebrate Art Insights, a program that brings free slide talks to senior groups, senior residences, and nursing homes. Generously funded by the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation, Senior Celebrations is designed to acquaint and reacquaint seniors with the Art Institute’s collection.

From 10:15 to 2:30, guests enjoy a variety of programs exploring the Art Institute's collection. Enjoy a keynote lecture in Rubloff Auditorium and visit the galleries where Art Insights presenters lead five- to ten-minute presentations in front of museum masterpieces. Souvenir postcards enhance the small, informal talks. Music, a sketch class, and artist demonstrations are included in the day’s events.

Senior Celebrations is free to all seniors and includes museum admission, lectures, and gallery talks. Please use the museum's Modern Wing entrance (159 E. Monroe) beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Advanced Reservations for Lunch 

We are no longer accepting lunch reservations for the 19th annual Senior Celebrations. For lunchtime alternatives, there are multiple dining opportunities available at the Art Institute. We welcome your participation in Senior Celebrations—advanced registration to attend the free event is not necessary.

For more information, please call (312) 857-7602 or email

Senior centers are encouraged to provide transportation for groups. Group tickets for lunch will be mailed in advance. Individual tickets for lunch will be held at the door for pick-up on September 4 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Modern Wing entrance to the Art Institute.

Admission to Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

Admission to the special exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity requires a separate ticket or museum membership.

Senior Celebrations participants can purchase tickets to the special exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity on the day of the event for $15, $12 for 65+. Those tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters at either museum entrance starting at 10:30.

Groups of 15 people or more can purchase tickets in advance to the museum, which includes Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, through Group Sales.  Group tickets are $12 for Illinois seniors 65+ and $18 for other adult Illinois residents.  Please contact Group Sales for additional rate details and contact information.

Individuals or groups smaller than 15 wishing to purchase tickets to the exhibition in advance must purchase full-priced general admission to the Art Institute.

Art Insights and Senior Celebrations are generously funded by the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation.