Road Scholar : Home
Monet to Modern at the Art Institute of Chicago

Program Number: 17465RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/6/2012 - 11/9/2012; 5/11/2015 - 5/14/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $761.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover the Art Institute of Chicago’s world-class modern and contemporary art collections in their new home, the stunning Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano. Explore favorite Post-Impressionists like Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, and modern artists like Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Dali and O'Keeffe. Learn about contemporary innovators like Warhol, Pollock, Paschke, Eva Hesse, Cindy Sherman and more.




Highlights

• Enjoy early access to the museum each morning before it opens to the public, and expert-led discussions before original works of art without the crowds.
• Discover the Modern Wing from the outside, examining its architecture and the spectacular surroundings of Millennium Park.
• Includes an expert-led exploration of the Art Institute's new Modern Wing and admission to all special exhibitions.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile, sidewalks, galleries. Portable stools used for gallery lectures. Wheelchairs available.




Date Specific Information

11-6-2012

A guided exploration of the Art Institute's new Modern Wing and the reinstallation of Marc Chagall's famed "America Windows," plus admission to all special exhibitions and the newly renovated Asian galleries are also included.



5-11-2015

Rediscover the Art Institute`s renowned collection of modern art, including as Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Dali and others. The modern art collection has recently returned after an extended loan, now featuring new acquisitions and loans and a new interpretive program. Admission to all special exhibitions is included. Click here to see the most up-to-date exhibition information.



Coordinated by the Art Institute of Chicago.




Chicago

From charming old neighborhoods to late-night music clubs and a bustling pier on Lake Michigan, Chicago has a tempo that lures visitors and permanent residents alike. Home to the northern blues and jazz scene, world-class art collections, a renowned symphony orchestra and fine cuisine, Chicago has a bit of everything for everyone.



Accommodations
The historic Palmer House hotel, the longest continuously operating hotel in North America and just steps from the Art Institute.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Lucas Livingston

Lucas Livingston is assistant director, senior programs at the Art Institute of Chicago and directs all Road Scholar programs at the museum. He received his bachelor’s from Notre Dame in ancient civilization and German, his master’s from the University of Chicago’s Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World and has also studied at Universität Innsbruck and the American University in Cairo. Lucas’s previous roles at the Art Institute were in the Ancient Art Department and Asian Art.
 
Annie Morse

Annie Morse is a senior lecturer in museum education and liaison to the academic community at the Chicago Art Institute. An adjunct lecturer since 1996, she joined the Department of Museum Education in 2005. Annie works with museum education summer interns, coordinates the annual graduate student Seminar, and curates the Art Institute's Chicago-area artist lecture series. She is also an independent curator who has worked with the Contemporary Arts Council and the Hyde Park Art Center.
 
Margaret Farr

Dr. Margaret Farr earned her Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she specialized in 19th-century French art. A senior lecturer in the Art Institute’s Department of Museum Education, Dr. Farr previously worked as the assistant director of education at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also worked as a freelance lecturer, editor and evaluator.
 
Kate Kelley

Kate Kelley is the Museum Education Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to coming to the Art Institute in November 2008, she worked as the school and family programs coordinator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and held positions in education at various other art institutions. Kate also served as the Art Institute's Woman's Board Fellow and Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellow in Museum Education.
 
David Stark

Dr. David Stark is the director of adult programs, administration, and interpretive media, and is the interim Woman's Board endowed executive director of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago. David received his Ph.D. in art history from Ohio State University, and his essays on social realism in 19th century Belgian painting have appeared in Europe and the U.S. David has also served as assistant professor at the University of Minnesota.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Palmer House Hilton Hotel
  Chicago, Illinois 3 nights
 Palmer House Hilton Hotel
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: www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/CHIPHHH-The-Palmer-House-Hilton-Illinois/index.do
  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 allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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. To make those reservations, please call 312-917-3271.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 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. To make those reservations, please call 312-917-3271.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
If staying at the Palmer House, you may check in to your guest room beginning at 3:00 p.m. Program registration, reception, and orientation begins at 4:30 p.m. You will be staying at Palmer House Hilton Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:15 a.m. after the our final gallery talk with time to revisit your favorite galleries or explore more on your own. Remain at the Art Institute to enjoy the 12:00 and 2:00 public gallery talks. You will be staying at Palmer House Hilton Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. The Field Trip Form specific to your program dates must be returned to the Program Coordinator at the Art Institute by the date indicated on the form. Concerns or questions, contact 312-857-7641 or seniorprograms@artic.edu. A major credit card and valid photo ID such as a driver's license are required for incidental charges at the hotel.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking at Palmer House with in/out privileges $51/24hrs. Self parking without in/out $38/24hrs. Rates subject to change. Also underground parking beneath Millennium Park. See map on back cover of booklet. Visit millenniumgarages.com for rates.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chicago, Illinois
  Nearest city or town:  Chicago, Illinois
  Nearest highway: I-94
  Nearest airport:  O'Hare International Airport (ORD), Chicago, IL.
  From End of Program
  Location: Chicago, Illinois
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Chicago O'Hare or Midway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Go Airport Express
phone: 888-284-3826

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$22-27
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

   

The Go Airport Express shuttle service offers convenient door-to-door service between both airports (Midway and O'Hare) and the Palmer House hotel. No reservation is necessary before arrival in Chicago. You will find the Go Airport Express shuttle kiosk located in the baggage claim areas of the airports. One-way or round-trip services are offered. Go online for rates and more information: www.airportexpress.com/

 

Chicago O'Hare or Midway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $40
Prices are subject to change.

   

Most taxis charge flat rates to and from the airports. This rate is usually posted in the taxi. All taxis in Chicago are required to use their taximeter and payment is due upon reaching the destination. There is an extra $1 charge for the first additional passenger ages 13-64, and $0.50 for each passenger after that. Chicago has also instituted a $1 surcharge for fuel. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use. Suggested tip is 10-20%.

 
Driving Directions
  From Indiana via I-80/94 Driving west on I-80/94, stay on I-94 (Bishop Ford Freeway) going north. Continue north on I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway). Exit at I-290 "Congress Parkway/Chicago Loop" (Eisenhower Expressway); it becomes Congress Parkway. Going east on Congress Parkway, turn left (north) on State Street. Turn right (east) on Monroe Street. The Palmer House is on your right between State and Wabash at 17 E. Monroe Street. Monroe Street is one-way going east.
  From the North/O'Hare Airport Take I-90 East (Kennedy Expressway) and exit at Ohio Street. Turn right (south) onto Clark Street. Proceed a few blocks south. Turn left (east) on Monroe Street. The Palmer House is on your right between State and Wabash at 17 E. Monroe Street. Monroe Street is one-way going east.
  From the South Proceed north on I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway). Exit at I-290 east (Eisenhower Expressway); it becomes Congress Parkway. Going east on Congress Parkway, turn left (north) on State Street. Turn right (east) on Monroe Street. The Palmer House is on your right between State and Wabash at 17 E. Monroe Street. Monroe Street is one-way going east.
  From the Southwest/Midway Airport Take Cicero Avenue north to get to I-55 north (Stevenson Expressway). Take I-55 to exit #292A, I-90/94 west (Dan Ryan Expressway, direction Wisconsin). Exit at I-290 "Congress Parkway/Chicago Loop" (Eisenhower Expressway); it becomes Congress Parkway. Going east on Congress Parkway, turn left (north) on State Street. Turn right (east) on Monroe Street. The Palmer House is on your right between State and Wabash at 17 E. Monroe Street. Monroe Street is one-way going east.
  From the West Take I-290 East (Eisenhower Expressway) into downtown as it turns into Congress Parkway. Turn left (north) on State Street. Turn right (east) on Monroe Street. The Palmer House is on your right between State and Wabash at 17 E. Monroe Street. Monroe Street is one-way going east.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival, Registration, and Orientation
(Tuesday, November 6)
   
 Afternoon: 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 Chicago 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.
 Dinner: Please join us at 4:30 at the hotel for registration and enjoy a brief reception with your Art Institute host and your fellow participants. Enjoy a relaxed orientation and overview of the program, the Palmer House, the Art Institute, and Chicago. An introductory video to the Art Institute's collection and history may also be shown. Following orientation and the video, a light dinner will be served at approximately 6:30. Dinner is usually held Lockwood Restaurant in the Palmer House lobby. Your Art Institute host will provide you with meal vouchers for the Palmer House. Please bring an appropriate voucher to each meal at the Palmer House.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Free Evening
(Wednesday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Greet each morning and your companions at the hotel’s deluxe continental breakfast buffet.
 Morning: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. Enjoy an introductory gallery walk of the Art Institute with an in-depth focus on the architecture, development, 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: Enjoy a full afternoon of multiple gallery talks led by Art Institute lecturing staff. Our first discussion in the gallery leads you through the Art Institute's newly renovated and reinstalled galleries of Post-Impressionism, exploring artists like Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, taking you 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 newly 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, like 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 like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning; and contemporary artists Jeff Koons, Cy Twombly, Eva Hesse, Jeff Wall, Gerhard Richter, and more.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: During your free time take this opportunity to explore the many cultural attractions Chicago offers, including Chicago’s outstanding reputation for blues and jazz, the lights and art of Millennium Park, or simply relax with the many amenities at the hotel. Information on Chicago's attractions is provided at orientation on Day 1 and included in your preparatory materials.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Millennium Park and Modern Wing Architectural Tour
(Thursday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. Continue exploring the Art Institute's Modern and Contemporary art collection with an Art Institute lecturer, or enjoy a private forum with a curator of Modern or Contemporary art.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café.
 Afternoon: The Chicago Architecture Foundation takes you on an in-depth exploration of Millennium Park and the Modern Wing that is sure to enhance your knowledge and experience. 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 Garden Restaurant, 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: Free time excursions may include Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Millennium Park outdoor concert, theater, or the Museum of Contemporary Art.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Departure
(Friday, November 9)
   
 Breakfast: Deluxe continental breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. Enjoy a morning gallery talk with the Art Institute lecturing 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 selected sample of represented artists and topics.
 Afternoon: Program concludes at approximately 11:15 with time to revisit your favorite galleries or explore more on your own. Remain at the Art Institute to enjoy the 12:00 and 2:00 public gallery talks.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Chicago, Illinois Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Center
The first planetarium built in the Western Hemisphere. For additional information, visit www.adlerplanetarium.org
  Andy's Jazz Club
Located 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 Chicago
With 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 Chicago
Located 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 Group
Internationally-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 Chicago
A 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 Legends
Located 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 Center
A 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 Orchestra
The 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 Theatre
Just 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
  Green Mill Jazz Club
Steeped 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 Showcase
In 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 Aquarium
Explore the beauty of the aquatic world. For additional information, visit www.sheddaquarium.org
  Museum of Contemporary Art
220 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 Industry
The 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 History
Taking 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 City
Delighting 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: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Essential Guide


Author: Edited by Robert Sharp, Elizabeth Stepina, and Susan Weidemeyer


Description: The third edition of the Art Institute's Essential Guide. The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the richest collections of any museum in the United States. This concise guide to the museum's holdings features 285 full-color reproductions accompanied by authoritative entries. True masterpieces are rare in any museum, but the Art Institute is fortunate to have examples that span much of the history of art.





You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.


As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.



Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

View the Daily Schedule to see more

And included with all Road Scholar programs:


© Road Scholar 2014 | Call toll-free: 1-800-454-5768