This holiday season, come to the Art Institute and open a gift you won't find under the tree—inspiration, creativity, a new way of looking at the world! Not only will you be able to literally unwrap our newest masterpieces—our gifts to the city—but you'll also enjoy a full slate of holiday celebrations and art-filled festivities.
Unwrap the Gifts to the City On select days throughout the season, we're literally wrapping up the museum's newest acquisitions—our gifts to the city—for our visitors to open. Be sure to look for the wrapped presents on your journey through the galleries. When you find one, go ahead and open it; it's a gift for you and all of Chicago!
Play the Game, Get a Gift Celebrate our recently acquired artworks with our Gifts to the City game. When you solve it, take your completed game to the Museum Shop where we have yet another little gift for you!
Let Us Do the Wrapping Cross some items off your holiday shopping list at the Museum Shop, and we'll make sure your gifts look spectacular. Every day we'll be offering free gift wrapping in the Michigan Avenue lobby from 12:30 to 5:30.
The Littlest Gifts They might not be wrapped up on the outside, but the Holiday Thorne Rooms are bursting with tiny little presents inside. Featured last year on NBC's Today show and one of the Art Institute's most popular attractions, these absorbing period miniature rooms don specially made holiday finery that showcases historical traditions and offers a window into festivities of the past. New to the decorating tradition this year is the Pennsylvania Dutch (German) room. And, for the first time in 50 years, an original German Rococo room will be displayed.
A Giant Present The holiday spirit grows to new dimensions with our monumental ball of mistletoe—it's nearly four feet in diameter! Head to the Grand Staircase to steal a kiss with your sweetheart or snap a picture with your family.
Unwrapping—Digital Style Challenge your artwork memory with our holiday game on Facebook. We'll be digitally unwrapping various masterworks one small piece at a time; see if you can be the first to guess the identity of the wrapped-up work.
Holiday Hot Chocolate Beginning November 1 Warm up with a cup of delicious hot cocoa in the Member Lounge, our compliments to our wonderful members.
Double Discount Day December 1, 10:30–5:30 Members enjoy 20% savings in the museum's shops and restaurants—all day long.
Member-Only Trunk Show December 1, 12:00–4:00 Our first trunk show held exclusively for members in the Member Lounge features handcrafted designs with a unique verve from artisans close to home.
Lecture: Artists of the Thorne Rooms December 5, 2:00–3:00 Join Thorne Room caretaker Lindsay Mican Morgan as she takes you behind the scenes during a discussion with the artisans who have contributed their talents to these miniature wonderlands.
Member Workshop: Holiday Thorne Rooms December 8, 2:00–4:00 December 13, 6:00–8:00 Meet Lindsay Mican Morgan, the care¬taker of the Thorne Rooms, and learn about the process of decorating the tiny spaces for the holiday season. Then create your own fanciful Victorian-inspired holiday decoration to deck the halls of your home!
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