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Chicago’s Home for the Holidays

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The lions are decked in their evergreen wreaths, and the Neapolitan crèche is once again on display—the holidays have arrived at the Art Institute!

We invite you, along with your family and friends, to join us to celebrate the season—whether it’s by visiting familiar favorites, exploring current exhibitions, or making art together.

WHAT TO DO

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Public Gallery Tours
Daily at 1:00 (plus more times on select days)

Looking for a good place to start your holiday visit? Join a knowledgeable guide for a 45-minute tour of museum icons and lesser-known treasures. In addition to 1:00 every day, tours are also offered at 3:00 on Saturdays and Sundays and at 3:00 and 6:00 on Thursdays.

JourneyMaker

Families will love making their very own adventure-filled tour with JourneyMaker, a custom tour builder available in our Ryan Learning Center and from your home computer. Choose from eight different themes—like superheroes and time travel—and dozens of artworks to create a special tour all your own.

Holiday Giving

Gift Memberships

This holiday season, give all the joys of membership: yearlong free admission to the museum and all exhibitions, exclusive member-only hours and previews, invitations to special lectures and events, and so much more. Gift memberships are also fully tax-deductible.

Museum Shop

Visit the museum shop online or in person to pick up the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. From exhibition catalogues to art-making kits for kids, there’s something for everyone.

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