Great gifts come in packages large and small. But the very best ones come with no wrappings at all—imagination, inspiration, and the joy of a season spent with family and friends. At the Art Institute, we’re thrilled to share gifts of all sizes with you and yours throughout the holidays.
Please note: The museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days and will close at 5:00 on Thursday, December 24, and Thursday, December 31.
Holiday Thorne Rooms Gallery 11 From a teeny Tudor yule log to a miniature midcentury menorah, the beloved decorating tradition is back—with a Twelfth Night–themed room joining in the fun this year!
Neapolitan Crèche Gallery 209 One of the very few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples, our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns once again this holiday season.
The New Contemporary Galleries 288, 290–299 Opening December 13 Member Previews: December 11–12 Masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns are among the 44 new works given to us by Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson that transform the presentation of our contemporary collection this December.
Gifts to the City Galleries throughout the museum Once again this holiday season we’re presenting the best and brightest new works as our gifts to the residents of and visitors to Chicago. Download this mini-tour with a fill-in-the-blank scavenger hunt and enjoy all these new works on your journey through the galleries.
Holiday Small Plates December 3, 10, and 17 5:00–7:00 Museum Café Celebrate the holidays with a seasonally inspired menu on Thursday evenings in December. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call (312) 553-9675.
Gift Memberships www.artic.edu/joinnow (312) 499-4111, Monday–Friday, 9:00–5:00 CST Visit any Member Services desk in the museum for immediate fulfillment through December 24! Wrap up the museum’s world-renowned collection with a gift membership this holiday season. With free admission, exclusive exhibition previews, member-only educational and travel opportunities, plus so much more—membership is the perfect gift for the art lover in your life.
Just be sure to place your order online or by phone by December 10 to guarantee holiday delivery.
Valet Parking Modern Wing Entrance $28 per car at drop-off, cash only Don’t waste time searching for—or even thinking about—parking. Let us take care of it. Our valet service is available during regular museum hours right in front of the Modern Wing entrance on Monroe Street.
Free Trolley between the Art Institute and Navy Pier Saturdays and Sundays December 5–6 and 12–13 Daily December 19–31* The free trolley operates non-stop between the Art Institute’s Modern Wing entrance (159 East Monroe Street) and Entrance 2 at Navy Pier under Festival Hall (600 East Grand Avenue).
Trolley departs every 20 minutes.
First trolley departs Navy Pier at 10:00 a.m.
Last trolley departs the Art Institute of Chicago at 5:00 p.m.