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.
8 hours 20 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
1 day 2 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 28–29: Join us for a live performance with artist Kemang Wa Lehulere, marking the opening of his first American museum exhibition, In All My Wildest Dreams.
Six performances to choose from; free with museum admission.