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Luminary Programs


Experience the Art Institute anew.

Luminary offers a host of programs that give you special access to the Art Institute’s collection, from private exhibition tours led by curators to illuminating lectures—and so much more.


Guided by esteemed Art Institute curators and museum experts, these small-group tours of acclaimed exhibitions are offered while the museum is closed to the public, so you can experience the art without the crowds. The new offerings provide the chance to connect to fellow Luminary members and experience exhibitions in a personal and intimate way.

Each fifty-minute tour is limited to 20 participants and will be led by the curator or curatorial associate.

These tours are open exclusively to Luminary members, and advance registration is required. To sign up for a tour, or to learn more about Luminary, please contact us at (312) 443-3735 or

Upcoming Luminary Tours

Van Gogh and The Avant-Garde: The Modern Landscape
Friday, August 18 at 5:45

Additional tours may be added based on capacity and demand.

Attendance Information

To ensure a safe gallery experience, all guests must follow the visiting policies in place at the time of the event. Instructions for arrival at the museum will be provided 24 hours prior to each tour. 

Find further information on What to Expect on our website.


Upcoming Luminary Programs

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Luminary Close Look: Ellsworth Kelly—Portrait Drawings
Tuesday, August 22, 11:45–1:00

Luminary Close Look: Among Friends and Rivals—Caravaggio in Rome
Tuesday, September 13, 4:00–5:30
Tuesday, September 13, 5:30–7:00

Luminary Exhibition Celebration: Camille Claudel
Wednesday, October 11, 6:00–8:30

Luminary Curator’s Choice: Remedios Varo—Science Fictions
Tuesday, November 7, 6:00–8:00

View all upcoming Luminary programs.

Luminary Travel

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Select travel opportunities led by Art Institute curators are offered to the foremost Luminary groups. Through occasional domestic and international trips, Luminary Diamond, Luminary Council, and Luminary Trust members have the opportunity to experience the research, curation and planning of future exhibitions, while deepening relationships with fellow art admirers, and aiding in the exchange of ideas that inspire generations. 

We invite you to explore past travel experiences. For more information, please contact us at

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