Unwrap a Masterpiece

Neapolitan Crèche

November 29–January 8
Gallery 209

Featuring over 200 figures, this rare and remarkably preserved 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene—one of the very few and finest examples outside of Naples—makes its Art Institute debut as one of our gifts to the city this holiday season.

Holiday Thorne Rooms

November 22–January 8
Gallery 11

The beloved decorating tradition is back—and more festive than ever—with 11 rooms dressed in holiday finery! This year, the 1930s French Library joins the celebration with a tiny taste of Art Deco holiday glamour. Plus, a new long-term loan, a miniature replica of the breakfast room of Frank Lloyd Wright’s William Martin House in Oak Park, will be unveiled for the first time.

Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine

November 12–January 27
Regenstein Hall

What better time of year to feast your eyes on the rich tradition of food in American art? This exhibition brings together 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century to explore how depictions of food have allowed American artists to both celebrate and critique everything from the national diet to society and politics.

Gifts to the City

November 29–January 8
Throughout the museum

Once again this holiday season we’re presenting the best and brightest new works, including a special loan of Van Gogh’s drawing The Christmas Prayer, as our gifts to the residents of and visitors to Chicago. Pick up a mini-tour at the museum to enjoy them all on your journey through the galleries.