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Mini-Tours

Looking for a fun introduction to the Art Institute or a new way to explore the collection?

Looking for a fun introduction to the Art Institute or a new way to explore the collection? Browse 80 different themed mini-tours and download a PDF for your next visit.

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Please note: Works featured in past mini-tours may be off view due to gallery renovations or regular rotations of the museum's collection. Works in the most recent mini-tour are currently on view. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Mini-Tour PDFs

October 2010

As Halloween’s ghostly ghouls and spectral skeletons prepare to make their annual appearance, this disquieting tour of the collection gets you in a morbid mood with works that remind us of our inevitable mortality.

September 2010

What better way to celebrate Seeing Things, our object-oriented season of concerts, lectures, performances, and symposia, than with some of the very artworks that have inspired us to look closer at the history, meaning, and importance of things?

August 2010

Inspired by the exhibition A Case for Wine, this guide treats your artistic palate to a sampling of works—from earthy to fruity. After your tour, enjoy one of the wines suggested by wine expert and author Cathy Mantuano at Terzo Piano or with a picnic in Millennium Park.

August 2010

Even if you haven’t seen Chicago’s annual Air and Water Show, if you’ve lived anywhere near in the city, you’ve likely heard it. Take a quieter approach to the sky and sea with this month’s high-flying, swift-sailing guide to the collection.

July 2010

The sunny days of summer are upon us, but not every day can be a bright, beautiful day—unless you’re at the Art Institute, that is. Bask in the summer sun year-round with this tour of some of our most spectacular solar works.

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