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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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Itinerary for Sep 14 — Sep 19, 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: No
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: Sunday, September 14 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Recepti...
Arrival & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Reception, Orientation, Light Dinner

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 Coordinate 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 5:45. 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: No
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: Monday, September 15 - Early Entry to the Art Institute of Chicago, Intr...
Early Entry to the Art Institute of Chicago, Introduction to the Buildings & Collections, Gallery Talks, Free Evening to Explore On Your Own

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: Introduction and Orientation to the Collections. 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 explaining the history and architecture of the Museum and School of the Art Institute, as well as an orientation to the collections.

We will explore the Art Institute's new addition, the magnificent Modern Wing, with an exclusive look at the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center. We'll also take a close look at Marc Chagall's iconic "America Windows," recently conserved and presented in their original vibrant beauty. Weather permitting, we will visit the rooftop Bluhm Family Sculpture Terrace for breathtaking views of Chicago's historic architectural legacy, contemporary skyscrapers, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan.

Lunch: Lunch is 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; entrée specials; an Italian pizza station; and a dessert station with a full array of tasty treats. Dine 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: Led by Art Institute educational staff, the gallery talks throughout the program explore the art and artists of the world's mighty civilizations from ancient through modern times. The specific itinerary and arrangement of gallery talks may vary, but the stage is usually set with the ancient traditions of EGYPT AND GREECE How does Ancient Egyptian art reflect the ancient culture's faith, values, and world-view? What stories do the Art Institute's glittering golden masks and linen-wrapped mummies tell?

Get an insider's look at the Art Institute's galleries of GREEK, ROMAN, AND BYZANTINE ART, which are newly renovated and quadruple in size. See how artists of the emerging Ancient Greek civilization readily adopted and adapted Egyptian and Near Eastern subjects for its own cultural context, and discuss the imperial aspirations of Classical Athens in the wake of the Persian War.

We conclude the afternoon in the dazzling Roman and Byzantine galleries. Explore the bold and the beautiful in Imperial Roman portraiture and trace the evolution and convolution of pagan and Christian art, symbols, and ideas during the Byzantine Empire.

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: No
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: Tuesday, September 16 - Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Free Afternoon/Evening ...
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30am to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. Begin this morning with an Art Institute lecturer leading us on a private tour before public hours of the blockbuster special exhibition MAGRITTE: THE MYSTERY OF THE ORDINARY, 1926–1938. Seeking to make "everyday objects shriek aloud," or make the familiar unfamiliar, Belgian artist René Magritte created some of the 20th century's most extraordinary—and indelible—images. This exhibition, the first major museum show to focus on the artist’s most profoundly inventive and experimental years, features over 100 paintings, collages, drawings, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work, that trace the birth of the themes and strategies Magritte would go on to use throughout his long, productive career—and which make his paintings so unforgettable today.

We will enjoy additional free time in the exhibition after our guided visit to revisit the works and themes on our own and then regroup for a slightly later lunch today.

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: GALLERY TALK: Continue our exploration together this afternoon with the greatness, tenderness, and playfulness of HINDU AND BUDDHIST ART of India and the Himalayas. Gilded gods and sacred scenes of South Asia express traditions as ancient as civilization itself. A rich language of symbolism, iconography, and belief is expressed in the fine contours of stone and bronze and the soft fabric of painted textiles in the Art Institute’s collection.

JOURNEY ALONG THE SILK ROAD at the crossroads of faith and civilization and follow the spread of Buddhism into China. One of the world's most ancient extant civilizations, China has continuously sought to define itself through artistic expression. Survey Chinese art from the early dynasties to contemporary traditional practices exploring a variety of media and traditions from throughout China's history, including jade carving, cast bronze, sacred and secular sculpture, ceramics, and painting.

The Art Institute of Chicago has been a leading collector of Asian art since the Art Institute's inception over a century ago, with pivotal contributors the collection's growth, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Martin Ryerson, and Charles Buckingham. The collection continues to grow today with new acquisitions of ancient, antique, and contemporary Asian art.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lockwood Restaurant. Enjoy a different dessert with dinner each night and keep a lookout for "Bertha's Brownie." The Palmer House invented the brownie, introducing this all-American favorite treat at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Bertha Palmer, President of the Board of Lady Managers of the World's Columbian Exposition and Palmer House owner, asked the chef of the Palmer House to create a confection for ladies attending the Women's Pavilion at the fair. It should be, she said, smaller than a piece of cake, though still retaining cake-like characteristics and easily eaten from boxed lunches.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Take advantage of what this great city has to offer. You may wish to attend a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a Millennium Park outdoor concert, theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or any of a multitude of other choices.

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: No
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 Four: Wednesday, September 17 - Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Evening Free-time Excur...
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: GALLERY TALKS: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30am to walk to the Art Institute for early entry.

Begin this day inside the Art Institute with the ART OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE. Explore the various interpretations of British expansion and colonialism as seen in the art of this period. As "the sun never sets on the British Empire," how are romantic notions of the indigenous peoples of the world interpreted in art? From the ashes of defeated Napoleonic France in the early 19th century, we also explore Romantic movement as a reaction to the encroaching confines of the Industrial Revolution and an escape from the scientific rationalization of the Age of Enlightenment.

Lunch: Lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Build on what you've learned and explore the museum on your own. Unwind with a documentary video in the Art Institute. This PBS production discusses the collection and history of the Art Institute, exploring masterpieces that we will see as a group and introducing you to other areas in the museum to explore on your own. Depending on our schedule, this video may be screened the prior afternoon instead.

You may also wish to enjoy the Art Institute's 12:00 and 2:00 public gallery talks, visit the many special exhibitions, marvel at Thorne Miniature Rooms, or research your passion in the Art Institute's world-class art history library. Take advantage of your complimentary Art Institute audio guide ticket (or save it for later).

Or, enjoy this opportunity to visit one of Chicago's many cultural venues, historic neighborhoods, and other museums. Information on Chicago's attractions is provided at orientation on Day 1 and included in your preparatory materials.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lockwood Restaurant.

Evening: FREE EVENING: You have many options in this world class city.

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: No
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 Five: Thursday, September 18 - Early Entry/Gallery Talks and Exhibition Explorat...
Early Entry/Gallery Talks and Exhibition Exploration/Public Lecture at the Art Institute

Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: GALLERY TALKS: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30am to walk to the Art Institute for early entry.

Begin this morning inside the Art Institute as we continue our exploration together with the ART OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEONIC ERA. Explore the impact of Napoleon's imperial aspirations and how this is expressed through artists' eyes. See the foundation lain for the Academic tradition of the art of the French Salon and discover the Impressionist revolution as a rebellion against artistic tradition.

Lunch: Lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café

Afternoon: GALLERY TALKS: After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the Art Institute and its special exhibitions. We will then regroup for a private gallery talk on the ANCIENT ART OF THE AMERICAS AND KINGDOMS OF AFRICA.

For thousands of years, the southwestern portion of what is now the United States and the Mesoamerican and Andean regions had been inhabited by great civilizations preceded only by the cultures of the ancient Middle East and China. The Art Institute’s holdings of ancient American art from 2000 BCE to 1492 CE are widely recognized for their exceptional quality. The collection includes sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles created by Native Americans, the inhabitants of Teotihuacan, and the Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs of ancient Mesoamerica.

Following our exploration of the ancient Americas, feel the contemplative galleries of African art come to life in a whirl of dance, costume, song, and community. The Art Institute’s African art collection, widely recognized for its fine quality, features noteworthy examples of wood sculpture, masks, ceramics, furniture, textiles, and beadwork from ancient civilizations and contemporary cultures. Among the African continent’s most acclaimed artistic heritage, and prominently represented in the Art Institute's collection, are the spectacular brass and sophisticated ivory royal sculptures and regalia from the West African Kingdom of Benin.

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Enjoy this opportunity to explore Chicago's many excellent and historic eateries. Some of the most popular are 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; recommendations 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. Your preparatory materials may also include information on a free-time performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this evening.

Lodging: Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Six: Friday, September 19 - Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Departure
Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: GALLERY TALKS: Conclude a fulfilling week of discovering the art of empires with AMERICAN aspirations for expansion and conquest. View interpretations of the vanishing frontier through the eyes of artists such as Frederick Remington, Elbridge Ayer Burbank, William Victor Higgins, and Ralph Albert Blakelock. Discover the American response to the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism, and interpretations of the Industrial Revolution, Manifest Destiny, and America's history of conflict and slavery in the works of artists such as Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Frederic Edwin Church, George Inness, Thomas Cole, and John Quincy Adams Ward.

Afternoon: The program concludes at approximately 11:15am. You are welcome to remain at the Art Institute to enjoy the afternoon public gallery talks, revisit your favorite galleries, or explore on your own.

We trust you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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 FestivalEnjoy 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

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