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The Art Institute, located at the heart of Chicago, is only one of many attractions the city has to offer. If you're visiting Chicago for business or pleasure, let us help you connect with the museum and the city.

One of Chicago's leading cultural attractions, the Art Institute is committed to making your trip as memorable as possible. We hope you enjoy your visit!

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Dear Carmencita pop-up bar at the Chicago Athletic Association

Head across the street to the Chicago Athletic Association for Dear Carmencita, a pop-up bar inspired by John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age. Enjoy Paul McGee’s bespoke cocktails and unique programming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, July 12–August 5.


project windows

Project Windows

In celebration of John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age, Chicago’s top retailers are creating unique window displays to compete in the the Project Windows design contest. Over 30 retailers along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, on Oak Street, and in the Loop have used Sargent’s luscious works as inspiration to tell their stories. View all participating retailers and then cast your vote at Projectwindows.net.


Driehaus Museum

Driehaus Museum

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum explores art, architecture, and design with an emphasis on the late 19th and early 20th century. It is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile within the restored Nickerson Mansion, known as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.” The Driehaus Museum features a permanent collection of period decorative arts as well as featuring objects drawn from the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, resulting in an immersive art experience. Continue your exploration of Gilded Age Chicago at the Driehaus Museum’s upcoming exhibitions Beauty's Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America and Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era, both opening September 8, 2018.


Chicago CityPASS

CityPASS

Visiting Chicago? You’ll love CityPASS.

Save 51% off Fast Pass admission to the Art Institute of Chicago, plus Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, the Field Museum, and Museum of Science and Industry or 360 Chicago.

CityPASS is valid for 9 days from the date of first use. You’ll skip most ticket lines and see the best of Chicago for less!

Purchase booklets and printable or mobile vouchers online or at the museum admission counter for the same low price.


GO Chicago Card

GO Chicago Card

Enjoy over 25 Chicago attractions, activities, tours, museums, cruises, and sights with the GO Chicago Card.


  • Receive unlimited admissions to the Art Institute of Chicago as well as Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, Hancock Observatory, Willis Tower, a selection of Gray Line Tours, Navy Pier attractions, and more!
  • Save up to 20% on shopping and dining.
  • Receive a 100-page full-color pocket guidebook to help you plan your fun.

CAF tours

Chicago Architecture Foundation Tours

Discover the city's architectural gems on tours such as "Tiffany Treasures in Chicago," "Louis Sullivan: Lost and Found," or "The Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago," all led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

The Blackstone

Travel Package: Heart Our Art

The Blackstone is surrounded by some of the city’s most legendary cultural attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Get inspired during your stay in the city with this exclusive package.

  • Upgraded lake view room
  • Two tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Welcome amenity
  • Bottle of wine
  • Coloring book with colored pencils
  • Canvas with paints

Distance: .5 miles
636 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60605


Radisson Blu

Travel Package: The Artist’s Way






This package includes:

  • Two general admission tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Two tickets to John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age
  • Breakfast for two
  • Valet parking for one vehicle.

Distance: .6 miles
221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601


Swissotel

No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to the city’s #1 museum! The Art Institute has something for everyone, including the summer exhibition John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age.



This package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in a newly renovated guestroom
  • Two VIP tickets to the museum
  • Complimentary breakfast at the Palm
  • High-speed Internet

Distance: .7 miles
320 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601


Best Western River North

Chicago is a great city for many reasons—the food, the architecture, the sports. However, Chicago’s cultural scene tops the list. The city is home to the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the top museums in the world as ranked by TripAdvisor. Enjoy everything this world-class museum has to offer when you book our Art Institute package. Package Includes:

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Two VIP tickets to the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Two tickets to John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age
  • Breakfast for two each morning

Distance: 1.2 miles
125 West Ohio Street, Chicago, IL, 60654


The Gage

The Gage

Inspired by the Art Institute exhibition John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age Beefeater Gin, Franciscan, Luxardo Marschino, lime, gold luster dust

For hours and reservations, visit www.thegagechicago.com.


Remington's

Remington’s

Remington's invites guests of the Art Institute of Chicago in for a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. Please show your John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age ticket stub when seated. Limit one per table.

For hours and reservations, visit www.remingtonschicago.com.


Hubbard Inn

Hubbard Inn

Upon presenting their John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age ticket stub, customers can enjoy $20 sangria pitchers made with their choice of red or white and four seasonal fruits.

For hours and reservations, visit www.hubbardinn.com.


Terzo Piano

Terzo Piano

Fine art and fine dining go hand-in-hand. Visit Terzo Piano, on the third floor of the Modern Wing, for the best views in the city, outstanding Italian cuisine from chef Tony Mantuano, and a specialty cocktail inspired by John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age. For hours and reservations, visit www.terzopianochicago.com.


Museum Café

When it’s time for lunch, head to the Museum Café. With a seasonal menu and a beautiful setting adjacent to McKinlock Court, it’s the perfect place to relax and recharge during your visit.

For hours, visit www.artic.edu/museum-caf-0.


Caffe Moderno

Caffè Moderno

Looking to grab a quick bite to eat or drink? Take a break at Caffè Moderno in the Modern Wing. Overlooking Griffin Court, it's the perfect place to pause and unwind.


Cherry Circle Room

Cherry Circle Room

407 ft. to the Art Institute

12 South Michigan Avenue

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dionysus delight at tesori trattoria and bar

tesori trattoria and bar

Stay in the neighborhood and continue your journey through the Gilded Age at Tesori Trattoria and Bar, located in the former home of Chapin & Gore, rumored birthplace of the old-fashioned. Tesori's signature cocktail, Barrels in the Lake ($5 with your John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age ticket), pays homage to way Jim Gore saved his whiskey from the Great Chicago Fire—by rolling the barrels into Lake Michigan.

tesorichicago.com


remingtons

Remington's

0.1 miles to the Art Institute

20 North Michigan Avenue
Remington's invites guests of the Art Institute of Chicago in for a free appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. Please show your Art Institute ticket stub when seated. Limit one per table.

http://www.remingtonschicago.com


Troquet River North

Troquet River North

1.3 miles to the Art Institute

111 West Huron Street

troquetrivernorth.com

Project Windows

Project Windows

In celebration of John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age, Chicago’s top retailers are creating unique window displays to compete in the Project Windows design contest. Over 30 retailers along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, on Oak Street, and in the Loop have used Sargent’s luscious works as inspiration to tell their stories. View all participating retailers and then cast your vote at Projectwindows.net.


Museum Shops

Museum Shops

Great shopping abounds at the Art Institute of Chicago. With two shop locations within the museum, you can choose from a wide selection of elegant gifts and more. Shop items inspired by John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age through September 30.

For more information about hours and locations, visit www.artinstituteshop.org


Macys on State Street

Macy's on State Street

This eight-story department store is recognized as a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Check out the John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age exhibition–inspired window display, on view through August 7.

For more information about hours and locations, visit www.macy.com


North Bridge

North Bridge

Where fashion and dining meet, the shops at North Bridge offer an impressive selection of couture and cuisine. Adding elegance and energy to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Shops at North Bridge offer six blocks of cosmopolitan treasures. Stop by its John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age exhibition–inspired window through August 7.

For more information about hours and locations, visit www.shop900.com


Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place

Located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place offers a unique shopping experience.

For more information about hours and locations, visit www.shopwatertower.com/en.html


900 North Michigan Avenue

900 North Michigan Avenue

This Magnificent Mile shopping destination has something for everyone.

For more information about hours and locations, visit www.shop900.com/


Bloomingdales

Bloomingdale's

Located 900 North Michigan Avenue, Bloomingdale’s offers a world-class shopping with service to match. Visit the John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age exhibition–inspired window, on view through August 7.

For more information about hours and locations, visit www.bloomingdales.com