The Art Institute warmly invites you and yours to celebrate the season among the beauty, inspiration, and wonder of art. Experience the Neapolitan crèche again, or for the first time, and explore the beloved Thorne Miniature Rooms, all decked out for the holidays. Join us to unwrap these and other gifts we have in store for you this season.
Please note: The museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
Holiday Thorne Rooms Gallery 11 The beloved decorating tradition is back—with a lavishly decorated English Drawing room of the Victorian Period, the only room with a Christmas tree.
Neapolitan Crèche Gallery 209 One of the few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples, our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns once again this holiday season.
Gifts to the City Throughout the museum Discover some of the most extraordinary works to join the collection this year, as we debut our gifts to the residents of and visitors to Chicago. Download the tour or pick up a brochure on your next visit to the museum.
Holiday Small Plates December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 5:00–7:00 Celebrate the holidays with a seasonally inspired menu on Thursday evenings in December. Reservations are recommended but not required. Contact (312) 553-9675 for more information.
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.
Be sure to place your order online or by phone by December 10 to guarantee holiday delivery.
14 hours 21 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Abstract/Object
Examine experimental works in film, photography, painting, and printed matter from the 1960s to present in a multimedia exhibition featuring Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce Nauman, R. H. Quaytman, Mel Bochner, and Gordon Matta-Clark, among others.
Closing January 2—http://bit.ly/2gZxYCP
19 hours 37 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago TODAY at 12:00—Local high school choirs fill the museum with songs of the season, every day at noon on the Grand Staircase, now through Friday.
3 days 19 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW at 4:00—See the world premiere of “The Electric Stage” by performance collective Manual Cinema.
Manual Cinema uses vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live camera feeds, sound design, and a live music ensemble to create immersive visual stories on stage and screen.