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Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Deborah from Austin, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
I was interested in traveling to Chicago with the intent to visit the city and the Art Institute. When I saw the advertisement, I thought this is a good opportunity to travel on my own to meet up with a new group. It was an incredible experience - art, interesting people, great city!

Johanna from Albuquerque, NM Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
I had been wanting to participate in the trip to the Chicago Art Institute for several years, and finally my dream came true. It was a dream trip: the presentations were fabulous, the accomodations were excellent, the other participants were delightful. Of course the Chicago Art Institute is a dream itself. Couldn't have been better.

Sandy from Huntington, NY Number of programs attended: 17
Date attended: 11/01/15 - 11/06/15
If you are interested in impressionist movement this is the program for you. The collection at the Art Institute is wonderful and the lecturers were excellent.

Faith from New York, NY Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 10/04/15 - 10/09/15
If you love Art, and the city of Chicago, then the Art Institute program is for you.

Mary from Mystic, CT Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/25/15
From start to finish this program is outstanding. It's a great museum in a great city with great people planning and executing the program.

Toni from Cary, NC Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 09/20/15 - 09/25/15
If you are interested in art or are an artist......this program is well worth doing. The Chicago Art Inst. has a huge collection....something for everyone.

Anda from E Stroudsburg, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 08/16/15 - 08/21/15
This was an in-depth look at many of the collections in this world-class museum. The people on the tour were all interested and knowledgeable about art and many other subjects. Our dinner conversations were always stimulating and enlightening for me.

Irene from Scottsdale, AZ Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 07/12/15 - 07/17/15
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Richard from Pleasant Hill, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/03/15 - 05/08/15
This was an excellent experience for me. The Palmer House and the Art Institute go so wonderfully well together. The arrangements were well done, the food was great, the other members of the group were outstanding, it was a great value!

Lois from Fort Myers, FL Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 05/03/15 - 05/08/15
Wonderful way to exercise your mind and experience a deeper meaning of art treasures. As a woman who travels alone, I felt secure and "one of the group." The Palmer House is top notch in amenities and location.

Claudia from Durango, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
This program was my introduction to Road Scholar, and I enjoyed every minute of it. The historic connection between Bertha Palmer and the Art Institute made the Palmer House Hilton the perfect choice for comfortable and convenient accommodations. Lucas Livingston, docents and Road Scholar volunteers were gracious hosts to the participants. The gallery talks gave me a greater appreciation for the art and artists presented, and led to further discoveries. An added bonus was having sufficient time to meet and converse with fellow attendees. This won’t be my last Road Scholar experience.

Dinah from Taos, NM Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
I am a professional artist and came hoping to broaden my knowledge of what "came before". I left wanting more and plan to participate in more art education based programs. The ease of moving through the week with comfort, learning and meeting some exceptional people on the way was outstanding.

Annette from Hayward, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
The Art Institute has wonderfully intelligent folks sharing their knowledge, but the great art captures one's soul. I came for the Japanese Edo period block prints, but my eyes loved so much more! Every person with whom I came in contact was kind. Thank you to all.

Estelle from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
If you're into art museums, this is a trip for you.

Diane from Dearborn Hts, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
Being new to solo travel and Road Scholar (trip #2), I was very pleased with this informative and interesting program. Lucas, our leader, was not only knowledgeable and organized but also friendly and kind. He was attuned to those participants needing wheelchairs and in accommodating their needs without making them feel self conscious. Every docent/presenter was excellent and obviously knowledgeable about his/her specific presentation. A BIG bonus was the special exhibit "Magritte-The Mystery of the Ordinary." Being a Road Scholar, I was able to attend a "members only" lecture and also to walk back through the exhibit at my leisure. The Palmer House was another special treat with hospitality and food in abundance. This trip was worth every penny of the cost! I am looking forward to returning to Chicago for the program focusing on the Impressionist collection at the Art Institute.

Rita from Tucson, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 10/05/14 - 10/10/14
This is a wonderful "survey course" of highlights of the Art Institute including their world-famous Impressionist collection and stellar Modern art collection. There is also ample free time to take a walking tour of architectural highlights, spend an evening at the Chicago Symphony, and even visit the Lyric Opera.

Clara from Cedar Park, TX Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 09/26/14
Learning more about art how been so helpful for me. Even at my age I love to learn and that is why I have been to a lot of Road Scholar programs AND plan to continue to travel with Road Scholar.

Rosemary from Haddonfield, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/06/14 - 07/11/14
If you are stimulated by viewing and discussing art, learning about a beautiful and vibrant city and meeting others with similar interests, go!

Mildred from Delray Beach, FL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
The Chicago Art Institute exceeded my expectations including the help of Lucas Livingston, the volunteers and docents. Most important were the friends I met and connected with. Bravo Road Scholar.

Elizabeth from Victoria, BC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
This experience is great for those who want to learn about the art they see in galleries, particularly to bring it into focus. The hotel used is a mast work of historical architecture itself and adds to the fun. The opportunity to go to a chicago Symphone performance was an added pleasure.

Rosemary from Sacramento, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 04/06/14 - 04/11/14
This is an amazing opportunity to visit one of the best museums- the Chicago Art Institute. A week is not nearly enough. From the first day to the last we were challenged, instructed and made to feel part of a team. Many thanks Road Scholar for such an experience in such a vibrant, exciting city.

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