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.
1 day 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
2 days 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.
2 days 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Whitney will be taking over our Instagram for the next 24 hours. Follow along to see posts from Max and Julien’s visit to the museum.