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Live Arts and Special Events


Performances, film screenings, interactive events, and festivals enliven the museum and encourage a deeper understanding of art, culture, and the creative process.
An artist performs in front of a large crowd in the museum's Modern Wing.

Artists Connect
Join us for Artists Connect, our in-gallery program that highlights the creative process. Artists, poets, dancers, and musicians engage with works of art, making connections to their own practice and inspiring new ways of understanding the Art Institute’s collection.
See upcoming Artists Connect events

Live Arts
Explore the collection through relevant performances, concerts, and immersive experiences presented on stage and in the galleries.
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Celebrate lifelong learning at the Art Institute’s free Reflections festival held annually in September. The day includes presentations, short talks in the galleries, a drop-in sketch class, music, and art demonstrations.
Learn more by calling (312) 857-7641 or emailing

Watch film and video screenings that tell provocative stories and illuminate ideas related to special exhibitions.
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Special Events
Enjoy themed festivals, lively celebrations, and informal gatherings with friends and family.
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