Summer guided tours are led by the Department of Museum Education’s college interns who interact with students to engage them in detailed looking, discussion, and critical thinking about works of art in the collection. We welcome all types of youth groups for summer tours, including parks, camps, schools, church groups, community centers, and more.
Guided Tour Times and Lengths
Summer guided tours are offered the last week of June through the first week of August each year. Guided tours are at 10:30, and vary in length. See the descriptions below for information about program durations.
Group leaders may choose to lead their groups through the galleries without an Art Institute educator. These types of tours are called teacher-led tours and must be booked using the Student Tour Application. Teacher-led tours are offered throughout the summer, with entry times beginning at 11:00 and every half-hour until 4:30.
Museum Introduction: Art from Many Places
Grades 1–12 (90 student maximum) 45 minutes for grades 1–2; 1 hour for grades 3–12 An encyclopedic museum encompasses art from many geographic locations, historical eras, and varied cultures. Students will develop looking and critical thinking skills as they explore the differences and similarities among works of art throughout the museum's collections.
Studio: Art from Many Places Tour and Studio
Grades 4–12 (40 student maximum) Monday, Wednesday, and Friday - 2 hours total Following students' experiences in the Art From Many Places guided tour, this program offers student groups the opportunity to engage in hands-on, creative work through a studio art-making activity in the Ryan Education Center.
57 min 46 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago COMING SOON—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
Explore the relentlessly innovative works of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period.
Oiticica’s adventurous works on paper paved the way for increasingly immersive large-scale installations that inspired Tropicália, a powerful movement in all the arts and a political position against both the right’s conservatism and the left’s desire for a purely Brazilian art. Throughout his brief but energetic career, Oiticica seamlessly melded formal and social concerns in his art, seeking to be internationally relevant and, at the same time, specifically Brazilian.
Opening February 18—http://bit.ly/2kevQIM
1 day 8 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Every new painting is like throwing myself into the water without knowing how to swim.”
Happy birthday to accomplished swimmer Édouard Manet.
See ten works by Manet now on view—http://bit.ly/2jpR5X2
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a lecture with photographer and
MacArthur fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier as she discusses her work—personal, incisive explorations of issues surrounding race, representation, and social justice in places such as Flint, Michigan and her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Free to IL residents—http://bit.ly/2jRrhpV