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Program #17465RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 27 — May 30, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/palmer-house-a-hilton-hotel-CHIPHHH/

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below.
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. Please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at 312-917-4967.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Tuesday, May 27 - Arrival, Registration, and Orientation
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Entrances to the Palmer House are on Monroe, Wabash, and State Streets. If staying at the Palmer House, you may check in to your guest room beginning at 3:00 p.m. (If you arrive early and your guest room is not available, you are welcome to leave your luggage in the secure storage facility while you explore until 3:00.) Upon receiving your room key card, the front desk staff will inform you of the location for the 4:30 p.m. Road Scholar Orientation, where you will be greeted by your host from the Art Institute.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION & RECEPTION: Please join us at 4:30pm in our designated meeting room to register with the program staff and enjoy a brief reception with your fellow participants.

ORIENTATION & OVERVIEW: Enjoy a relaxed orientation and overview of the program, the Palmer House, the Art Institute, and Chicago. Your host will introduce you to the history of the Art Institute and its collection, including the unique historic relationship between the Art Institute and the Palmer House. Your Art Institute Program Coordinator will also provide you with meal vouchers for the Palmer House. Please bring the appropriate voucher for each meal.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Following orientation, a light dinner will be served at approximately 6:00. Unless indicated otherwise, dinner will be at the Lockwood Restaurant in the Palmer House lobby. (Be sure to bring the appropriate meal voucher.) Lockwood is a renowned downtown dining destination with a menu featuring American cuisine enhanced by herbs, vegetables, and urban honey harvested from its very own rooftop garden and apiary. Lockwood is a proud supporter of local, sustainable, artisan producers and suppliers.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/palmer-house-a-hilton-hotel-CHIPHHH/

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below.
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. Please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at 312-917-4967.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Wednesday, May 28 - Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Free Evening
Breakfast: Greet your fellow participants each morning at the hotel’s deluxe continental breakfast buffet. The hot and cold breakfast buffet served in Lockwood Restaurant features some or all of the following items: toast, pastries, fruit, yogurt, cereal, deli meats and cheeses, oatmeal, sausage, bacon, potatoes, freshly prepared eggs to order, omelet, French toast, pancakes or waffles, coffee, tea, milk and juice.

Morning: INTRODUCTION TO THE ART INSTITUTE: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30am to walk to the Art Institute for early entry before the general public. Enjoy an introductory gallery walk of the Art Institute of Chicago with an in-depth focus on the architecture, engineering, environmentalism, and scope of the Art Institute's new addition, the Modern Wing, including an exclusive look of the Modern Wing's state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center. Weather permitting, we'll also visit the Modern Wing's rooftop Bluhm Family Sculpture Terrace with breathtaking views of Chicago's historic architectural legacy, contemporary skyscrapers, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café, offering a broad range of selections with sustainable, local, and seasonal ingredients. The café features a deli station with a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups; a full grill for burgers; entree specials; an Italian pizza station; and a dessert station with a full array of homemade treats. Eat at your own pace with your fellow Road Scholar companions and enjoy some free time after lunch to browse the museum galleries on your own.

Afternoon: GALLERY TALKS: Enjoy a full afternoon of multiple gallery talks led by Art Institute education staff. Visit the recently renovated and reinstalled galleries of Post-Impressionism, exploring artists like Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, which brings us up to the beginning of European Modernism in the Modern Wing.

Continue in the late afternoon with a gallery talk by Art Institute lecturing staff on one of the Modern Wing's recently installed collections of Modern art, Contemporary art, Photography, and Architecture. Specific arrangement of discussions throughout the program is subject to change. Highlights will include some or all of the following: masters of early European Modernism, such as Matisse and the Fauves, Picasso and Cubism, German Expressionism, Surrealists Dali and Magritte; American Modernism and works by the Stieglitz Circle, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper; Abstract Expressionists including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning; and contemporary artists Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, Eva Hesse, Charles Ray, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jeff Wall, Gerhard Richter, and more. The Art Institute's galleries of modern and contemporary art are always changing, giving us the opportunity to visit works by artists not listed here, while also resulting in that some artists listed here may not be on display during the program.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lockwood Restaurant. The chef's philosophy is "cooking by hand" with as much made in house from scratch as possible. A choice of entree is offered nightly with your plated and served three-course meal.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Take this opportunity to explore the many cultural and historic attractions Chicago has to offers. The city has an outstanding reputation for blues and jazz. You can stroll through Millennium Park to admire the lights and art, or simply relax with the many amenities at the hotel. Consider a visit the Gene Siskel Film Center or Second City comedy improv. Information on Chicago's attractions is provided at orientation on Day 1 and included in your preparatory materials.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Your home away from home is Palmer House Hilton at 17 East Monroe Street, conveniently located downtown a block and a half from the Art Institute. The longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House originally opened on September 26, 1871 as a wedding gift to Bertha Honore Palmer from her husband, Chicago merchant baron Potter Palmer. A formative early patron of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bertha Palmer personally collected and donated many of the Art Institute's masterpieces of French Impressionism, European, Asian, and American art. As the longest continuously operating hotel in North America, the Palmer House has been the destination of choice for every U.S. president since Ulysses S. Grant, world leaders and dignitaries, celebrities, and Chicago's movers-and-shakers. Catering to on-the-go visitors, who expect the finest in dining, entertainment, and services, the Palmer House is a luxury hotel in Chicago that transcends generations with a modern twist on its rich traditions. Defining the heart of Chicago's downtown Loop, the Palmer House forms an architectural nexus among the historic and modern skyscrapers of Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Mies van der Rohe.

Contact info:
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603 USA
phone: 877-865-5321
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/palmer-house-a-hilton-hotel-CHIPHHH/

Room amenities: The Palmer House offers spacious guest rooms featuring complimentary wired Internet access exclusively arranged for Art Institute Road Scholar participants, in-room hairdryer, iron/ironing board, valet laundry service, adjustable thermostat, and clock radio with mp3 connection.

Facility amenities: With its recent renovation of the public area and guest rooms, the Palmer House offers many contemporary luxuries in the grandeur of an historic setting, including complimentary Wireless Internet in the hotel lobby. Dine in Lockwood Restaurant, a critically acclaimed restaurant rooted in French and Italian traditions. Enjoy Potter's Lounge, for sophisticated, yet relaxed, conversation over drinks. The Lobby Bar features cocktails and light fare -- perfect for before dinner or the theater. Additionally, enjoy the complimentary Indoor Pool & Jacuzzi, Health Club & Fitness Center, On-site Valet Parking, and Valet Laundry Service. The Street Level offers convenient retail stores and cafes with indoor access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Please see comments below.
If you would like to arrive before your program begins or stay after it ends, we have negotiated discounted rates with the Palmer House Hilton. Please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at 312-917-4967.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Thursday, May 29 - Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Millennium Park and Mode...
Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Millennium Park and Modern Wing Architectural Tour

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: GALLERY TALK: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. Continue our exploration of the Art Institute's world class modern and contemporary art collection with an Art Institute lecturer or a curatorial staff member of the Art Institute's Contemporary Art Department or of another curatorial department represented in the Modern Wing.

Lunch: Get to know your fellow Road Scholar participants and Art Institute staff and volunteer representatives better over lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café.

Afternoon: Squeeze in the 12:00 public gallery talk after lunch before regrouping for our art and architectural field trip.

The afternoon continues with an in-depth exploration of Millennium Park and the Modern Wing led by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Find out how top architects, artists and engineers collaborated with Chicago’s movers and shakers to transform an ugly railway and parking lot into a place that has thrilled millions and become the envy of cities throughout the world. Chicago Architecture Foundation docents explain the inspiration for Anish Kapoor’s huge reflective Cloud Gate sculpture, nicknamed the “Bean,” and Jaume Plensa’s ever-changing high-tech Crown Fountain. We explore the art and architecture of Frank Gehry’s exuberant Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion and sculptural BP Bridge. Discover the many ways that Kathryn Gustafson’s Lurie Garden symbolizes Chicago history and see how the Park has become the world’s largest roof garden. See how the Modern Wing, designed by Renzo Piano, continues and expands the contemporary landscape of Chicago's lakefront, adjoining and connecting with Millennium Park with the graceful, slender, 620-foot Nichols Bridgeway. Learn how the Modern Wing is a model of design, technology, and green architecture, incorporating several elements, including artificial and natural lighting elements and the unique sunshade "flying carpet" rooftop.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Enjoy this opportunity to explore Chicago's many excellent and historic eateries, such as Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill, Russian Tea Time, Ada's Famous Deli, 17/west at the Berghoff, the Art Institute's new Modern Wing rooftop restaurant Terzo Piano, and more. A list of recommendations will be provided. Eat on your own time and pace to take advantage of the evening programs at the Art Institute.

Evening: Return to the Art Institute this evening to explore on your own or attend the public programs. The Art Institute is open until 8:00pm Thursday evenings.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Four: Friday, May 30 - Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Departure
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: GALLERY TALK: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. Conclude the program with a morning gallery talk led by the Art Institute education staff on one of the Modern Wing's newly installed collections, including Modern art, Contemporary art, Photography, and Architecture. Specific arrangement of discussions throughout the program is subject to change; see above for a list of sample artists and topics.

Afternoon: The program concludes at approximately 11:15am. We encourage you to remain in the Art Institute to enjoy the afternoon public gallery talks, revisit your favorite galleries, or explore on your own. And if you have the time, be sure also to visit our Artist-in-Residence, Tom Burtonwood, to explore the world of 3-D scanning and printing from 2:00-5:00 in the Ryan Education Center.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Chicago, Illinois
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy CenterThe first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere.
For additional information, visit: www.adlerplanetarium.org
Andy's Jazz ClubLocated at 11 E. Hubbard, just a short cab ride from the hotel, Andy's is one of Chicago's best-known jazz establishments, featuring a musical menu of Chicago's top jazz artists. Go online or call 312-642-6805 for performers, times, & cover charge.
For additional information, visit: andysjazzclub.com
Art Institute of ChicagoWith one of the world's greatest collections of Impressionist paintings, the Art Institute stands out among the rest. Enjoy Chicago's premiere museum of art encompassing a magnificent panoply of global heritage and aesthetics. Visit the Art Institute's online calendar to browse a listing of public lectures and performances offered during your Road Scholar program. Take special note of possible Thursday evening offerings, when the museum is open until 8 p.m.
For additional information, visit: www.artic.edu/aic/calendar
Blue ChicagoLocated in the River North entertainment district at 536 N. Clark St. just a short cab ride from the hotel, Blue Chicago features some of the best of Chicago blues music. Visit the website or call 312-661-0100 for performers, times, & cover charge.
For additional information, visit: bluechicago.com
Blue Man GroupInternationally-recognized comedy, pantomime, and industrial-rock musical performance. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood in the Briar Street Theatre at 3133 N. Halsted.
For additional information, visit: blueman.com/tickets/chicago/
Broadway in ChicagoA collection of theaters in the downtown theater district and around town featuring some of the most popular musical theater smash hits!
For additional information, visit: broadwayinchicago.com
Buddy Guy's LegendsLocated at 754 S Wabash, just a short cab ride from the hotel, Buddy Guy's features Cajun soul food, a major archive of Blues memorabilia, and some of the finest blues music in Chicago. Go online or call 312-427-1190 for performers, times, & cover charge.
For additional information, visit: buddyguy.com
Chicago Cultural CenterA brief walk from the hotel, this stunning landmark building is home to Chicago's Visitor Information Center, the world's largest Tiffany glass dome and free music, performances, films, lectures, and art exhibits. Located at 78 E Washington.
For additional information, visit: chicagoculturalcenter.org
Chicago Symphony OrchestraThe Art Institute is often able to offer a special group rate during your Road Scholar program. Before purchasing tickets, please contact your Art Institute group leader or look for details in your preparatory materials.
For additional information, visit: cso.org
Goodman TheatreJust a short walk from the hotel, the internationally-renown Goodman Theatre is Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater. 170 N. Dearborn St., dark Monday and Tuesday nights, 312-443-3800.
For additional information, visit: goodmantheatre.org
Grant Park Music Festival Enjoy the nation's only remaining free, municipally-supported, outdoor, classical music series set against the backdrop of Millennium Park's new state-of-the-art Jay Pritzker Pavilion designed by internationally renowned architect Frank Gehry.
For additional information, visit: grantparkmusicfestival.com
Green Mill Jazz ClubSteeped in the heady sounds of the early '30s and '40s and Chicago's notorious prohibition-era mobster history, the Green Mill speakeasy has an atmosphere that's sure to delight. Located a cab-ride away at 4802 N. Broadway Ave., 773-878-5552.
For additional information, visit: greenmilljazz.com
Jazz ShowcaseIn the historic Dearborn Station building at 806 S. Plymouth Ct, just a short cab ride from the hotel, Jazz Showcase offers nightly sets at 8 and 10 p.m., 312-360-0234.
For additional information, visit: jazzshowcase.com
John G. Shedd AquariumExplore the beauty of the aquatic world.
For additional information, visit: www.sheddaquarium.org
Museum of Contemporary Art220 E Chicago Ave. One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibits of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. Open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays.
For additional information, visit: mcachicago.org
Museum of Science and IndustryThe last remaining major structure from the 1893 World's Fair, the Musem of Science and Industry will delight visitors of all ages. Visit the newly reopened U-505 submarine. The Museum of Science and Industry offers continuously changing exhibits and the Omnimax Theater.
For additional information, visit: www.msichicago.org
The Field Museum of Natural HistoryTaking center stage on Chicago's "Museum Campus," the Field Museum boasts a world-class collection of biological and anthropological objects assembled for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Home of Sue the Tyrannosaurus Rex.
For additional information, visit: www.fieldmuseum.org
The Second CityDelighting audiences for over 50 years, The Second City resident theatre troupes write and perform original sketch and improv comedy revues. Located in the historic Old Town neighborhood at 1616 North Wells St.
For additional information, visit: secondcity.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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