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Lifelong Learning: 23rd Annual Reflections

September 13, 2017
For more information, call (312) 857-7602 or e-mail

Celebrate lifelong learning at the Art Institute's free Reflections festival. Reflections is the annual kick-off day held in September to celebrate Art Insights, a program that brings free slide talks to older adult community groups and retirement communities. 

Reflections is free to all older adults and accompanying adult partners and group leaders. Please use the museum's Modern Wing entrance (159 E. Monroe) beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Start the day with a keynote lecture; then explore the Art Institute's global collection. Engage in interactive gallery discussions, exercise your creative side with an open studio and drop-in drawing activities, enjoy a musical performance, and give dancing a spin with teaching artists from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Parkinson's Project. Souvenir postcards enhance the experience as a free educational keepsake.

Schedule of Events

9:30                Doors open, Modern Wing entrance

10:00              Opening remarks, Rubloff Auditorium

10:15–11:00   Keynote lecture: Arms and Armor in the Art Institute

10:30–2:30     Interactive discussions in the galleries 

11:15–2:00     Drawing in the galleries, technology drop-in, and open studio

11:30–12:30   Ticketed luncheon

11:30–1:30     Music in the galleries

11:45–2:15    Hubbard Street Dance Chicago workshops

12:00–12:30  Lecture: Beautiful America

1:00–1:30      Lecture: Stories from Caesar to Bandits, Beauties, and Mermaids

2:30                Program concludes. The museum is open until 5:00.


Register with lunch 

We are no longer accepting reservations for the Reflections luncheon. For lunchtime alternatives, there are multiple dining opportunities at the Art Institute.

For more information, please e-mail

To request an accessibility accommodation for an Art Institute program, please call (312) 443-3680 or send an e-mail to as far in advance as possible. 

Please see the museum’s Accessibility page for more information.

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