Respond promptly to your caller-docent, who must gather information about your goals and expectations and convey important logistical information to fellow docents
Divide your students into the requisite number of groups before you arrive at the museum, as indicated by your caller-docent
Create name tags for students, so docents can engage your group members by name
Note that you may not be able visit the works of art you’ve used in your classroom on your museum visit; docents will try to incorporate requested works or similar ones on the guided tour. You may remain in the museum after the tour and visit these works on your own.
The new Shirley G. and Patrick W. Ryan Learning Center features five classrooms and three studios as well as a dedicated student entrance to the museum. The entrance to the Ryan Learning Center is located on Columbus Drive, just south of Monroe Street. The bus drop-off can be accessed on the southbound side of Columbus Drive.
The museum does not offer bus parking during student visits, but group leaders may make advanced arrangements with Soldier Field for bus parking. Find more information about parking at Soldier Field.
Please be aware that scheduled construction projects on major highways and in downtown Chicago can impact travel times to the museum. After confirming your visit and scheduling your bus, plan your route the museum and be sure to depart your school with enough time to make your scheduled tour start time.
59 min 22 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Our latest exhibition in the Modern Wing represents the last decade of the artist’s work in video. Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality, endemic racism, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. While McMillian's work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
See Rodney McMillian: a great society on view in the Modern Wing through March 26.
3 hours 21 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
$10 per member
Grab your yoga mat and come dressed to stretch. Only members get this unique opportunity to do yoga in the museum. All experience levels are welcome.
Please bring your own mat. Enter at the Columbus Drive Entrance, 230 S. Columbus Drive.
4 hours 48 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Natural Allusions
For Chinese painters, images of plants and animals could convey human aspirations, seasonal themes, or wishes for well-being and good fortune. This focused exhibition features 17th- and 18th-century handscrolls reflecting a variety of artistic traditions as well as a selection of round, handled fans made for wealthy and fashionable men and women of 19th-century Shanghai.