Holidays 2014: Open Something Greater

November 22–January 6

Family and friends, giving and sharing, making lasting memories and discovering new worlds together—the Art Institute invites you and yours to experience this magical season amid the beauty, the inspiration, and the excitement of art.

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Neapolitan Crèche

Gallery 209
After its widely popular debut last year, our wondrous 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns.

Holiday Thorne Rooms

Gallery 11
The beloved decorating tradition is back—and more festive than ever—with the traditional Chinese interior, newly decorated to ring in the Chinese New Year, joining in the fun.

Gifts to the City

Galleries throughout the museum
Once again this holiday season we’re presenting the best and brightest new works as our gifts to the residents of and visitors to Chicago. Download the mini-tour and game to enjoy them all on your holiday visit.

Panel Discussion: The World of the Crèche

November 21, 11:00–1:00

Wreathing of the Lions

November 28 at 10:00

Lecture: The Christmas Story in Art

December 4 at 12:00

33rd Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party

December 7 at 10:45, 12:00, or 1:30
Reservations required

Holiday Choirs

December 8–12 at 12:00

Performance: Splendor, Spectacle, and Song

December 11 at 6:00

Build Your Own Gingerbread House

December 13 and 14, 11:00–1:30 or 2:00–4:30
Reservations required

Caroling Tea

December 13 and 14, 2:00–4:00
Reservations required

Express Talks: Masterpiece of the Day

December 22–31 at 12:00

Holly Days

December 27–30
Drop in 10:30–3:00

Tour and Reception:
Behind the Scenes—Holiday Thorne Rooms Decorating

November 17 and 19, 9:30–11:00
Reservations required

Member Weekend Mornings:
Neapolitan Crèche and Holiday Thorne Rooms

November 22–January 4, 10:00–10:30

Holiday Hot Chocolate in the Member Lounge

November 22–January 4

Lecture: Holiday Thorne Rooms

November 23, 2:00
Reservations required

Lectures: Neapolitan Crèche

December 3 and 6 at 2:00
Reservations required

Double Discount Day

December 6, 10:30–5:00

Workshop: Holiday Thorne Rooms

December 13
11:00–1:00: children 9–12
2:00–4:00: adults and children 12 and up
Reservations required

The Twelve Plates of Christmas

December 4, 11, and 18, 5:00–7:30
Museum Café
$38 per person or $66 per couple
(Standard member discount applies.)

On the first plate of Christmas, my server gave to me . . . Savor all 12 sampling courses of this holiday prix-fixe dinner.

Gift Memberships
(312) 499-4111, Monday–Friday, 9:00–5:00 CST
Visit any Member Services desk in the museum for immediate fulfillment through December 24!

Wrap up the museum’s world-renowned collection with a gift membership this holiday season. With free admission, exclusive exhibition previews, member-only educational and travel opportunities, plus so much more—membership is the perfect gift for the art lover in your life.

Just be sure to place your order by December 10 to guarantee holiday delivery.

Valet Parking

Modern Wing entrance
$25 per car at drop-off, cash only

Don’t waste time searching—or even thinking—about parking. Let us take care of it. Our valet service is available during regular museum hours right in front of the Modern Wing entrance on Monroe Street.