Special Events

Special Events 


No registration required

Family festivals and events offer an exciting array of activities in the Ryan Learning Center, including gallery walks, art making, performances, and other fun surprises! 

Family Festival: In Focus

Saturday, May 19
Drop in 10:30–3:00
Ryan Learning Center

Visit the exhibitions Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950-1980 and Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago to discover artists who closely examined the world around them. Then, explore ways to pay attention to the present moment through art-filled experiences in the studios and galleries.

Visitors of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. For accessibility accommodations, email familyprograms@artic.edu. Please use the Modern Wing entrance at 159 East Monroe Street to access the Ryan Learning Center.


Festival programs located in the Ryan Learning Center are free. Museum admission tickets are required for festival programs that take place in the museum galleries, outside the Ryan Learning Center. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission to the Ryan Learning Center is always free.
Admission to the museum is free for children under 14.