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.
15 hours 26 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams
Artist Kemang Wa Lehulere describes his work as a “protest against forgetting,” reenacting what he calls “deleted scenes” from South African history through a masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling. See his first American museum show, In All My Wildest Dreams—on view through January 16.
20 hours 13 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—A new photography rotation showcases groundbreaking Contemporary works from artists like John Baldessari, Sally Mann, Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, among others—on view in Gallery 10 through January 2.
Image: Richard Misrach. Untitled #696–05, from series On the Beach, 2005. Gift of the artist.
1 day 16 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Toulouse-Lautrec’s work increased the visibility of lesbians in 19th-century Paris, portraying them in a sympathetic light when prevailing perceptions were anything but favorable.