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Holidays 2017

November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018

Celebrate the holidays at the Art Institute.

Please note: The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days.

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller
November 3, 2017–March 4, 2018
Gallery 246
On the centenary of Auguste Rodin’s death, this focused exhibition brings together sculptures and drawings from private collections and the museum’s holdings to explore the artist’s creative process and his capacity to craft engaging narratives.

Holiday Thorne Rooms
Gallery 11
The beloved decorating tradition is back—see the Thorne Miniature Rooms decked out in their holiday finery.

Neapolitan Crèche
Gallery 203
Our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche—one of the very few and finest examples of such Nativity scenes outside of Naples—features over 200 figures staged in an ornate Baroque cabinet with a painted backdrop.

26th Annual Wreathing of the Lions
November 24 at 10:00
Drop-in activity 10:30–3:00

Holiday Choirs 
December 4–8 at 11:30

Lecture: The Neapolitan Crèche—A Closer Look
December 5 at 12:00
Registration required

36th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party
December 10 at 10:45, 12:00, or 1:30
$50 adults, $20 children, $75 VIP adults, $45 VIP children
Free for children under two
Registration required

Decorate Your Own Gingerbread House
December 16 at 11:00 or 2:00
Family of four: $55 members, $70 nonmembers
Registration required

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

Holly Days
December 27–30
Drop in 10:30–3:00

Member Weekend Mornings
Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00
Through March 4
Gallery 246
Use the Modern Wing entrance.

Member Lecture: Neapolitan Crèche
November 21 at 12:00
Registration required

Member Lecture: Holiday Thorne Rooms
December 9 at 2:00
Registration required

Holiday Small Plates
Thursdays, December 7, 14, and 21
5:00–7:00
Museum Café
Celebrate the holidays with a seasonally inspired menu. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call (312) 553-9675 for more information.

Gift Memberships
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Look no further—wrap up your seasonal shopping with gift memberships to the Art Institute. Free admission, exclusive exhibition previews, and member-only educational and travel opportunities are only some of the perks. Place your order by December 8 to guarantee delivery in time for the holidays, or visit any Member Services desk for immediate fulfillment through December 24.

Valet Parking
Modern Wing entrance
$28 per car at drop-off
Cash only
The holidays are busy enough without wasting time looking for parking—so don’t. Let us do it for you. Valet service is available during regular museum hours in front of the Modern Wing entrance on Monroe Street.