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Holidays 2016: Open Something Greater

November 22, 2016–January 8, 2017

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, Christmas, and New Year's days.

Holidays 2016 are sponsored by

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.

25th Annual Wreathing of the Lions
November 25 at 10:00

Holiday Choirs
Weekdays, December 5–9 at 12:00

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House
December 10, 11:00–1:30 or 2:00–4:30
Family of four: $55 members, $70 nonmembers
Registration required

35th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party
December 11 at 10:45, 12:00, or 1:30
$50 adults, $20 children, $75 VIP adults, $45 VIP children
Registration required

Concert: Lyric Opera and the Crèche
December 13 at 6:30
$15 nonmembers, $10 members, $5 students
Registration required

Spotlight Talks
December 19–24 and 26–30, 12:00–12:30

Holly Days
December 27–30, 10:30–3:00

Behind the Scenes: Holiday Thorne Rooms
November 14 and 16, 9:00–11:00
$100 members
Registration required

Member Lectures: Holiday Thorne Rooms
November 21 at 2:00
Registration required

Member Weekend Mornings: Neapolitan Crèche and Holiday Thorne Rooms
November 26–January 8
Doors open at 10:00

Member Lectures: Neapolitan Crèche
November 29 and December 3 at 2:00
Registration required

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.

Gift Memberships

  • (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.

Be sure to place your order online or by phone by December 10 to guarantee holiday delivery.