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Treasures of the Art Institute of Chicago

Program Number: 1423RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/11/2014 - 5/16/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/26/2014; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014; 3/22/2015 - 3/27/2015; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/19/2015 - 4/24/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015; 6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,199.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Immerse yourself in the history of Chicago's artistic founders and the world-renowned collection at the Art Institute. As a leading art school and museum for almost 130 years, the Art Institute has amassed a collection spanning 5,000 years of human expression. Learn from expert curatorial staff and professional museum education art historians as they lead you through gallery walks and discussions in the museum galleries.




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.
• Examine ideas, techniques and achievements from Ancient Egypt to modern America.
• Includes an expert-led exploration of the Art Institute’s new Modern Wing and Marc Chagall’s recently reinstalled “America Windows,” plus admission to all special exhibitions.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile. Portable canvas stools used for gallery lectures. Wheelchairs available.



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Date Specific Information

5-11-2014, 6-21-2015, 7-12-2015

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9-21-2014, 10-5-2014

This program includes an exclusive guided visit before public hours of the blockbuster exhibition "Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938," the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images.



3-22-2015

This week will be limited to a Small Group size of 24. Rediscover the Art Institute’s renowned collection of modern art, including 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.
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3-29-2015

This week will be limited to a Small Group size of 24. Rediscover the Art Institute`s renowned collection of modern art, including 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.
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4-19-2015, 6-14-2015

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.
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5-3-2015

The Art Institute of Chicago is globally known as having one of the foremost collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, with works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, van Gogh and others. Join us on a week devoted to Impressionism as you learn from curatorial staff, conservators and art historians as they lead you through galleries, slide lectures and discussions on the world’s greatest art.
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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 5 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: 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 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. Please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at 312-917-4967.
  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. Please call Elizabeth Hein, Director of Reservations, directly at 312-917-4967.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
You may check in to your guest room beginning at 3pm. Program registration, reception, and orientation begins at 4:30pm. You will be staying at Palmer House Hilton Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes at the Art Institute at approximately 11:15am with time to revisit your favorite galleries or explore more on your own. Remain to enjoy the 12pm and 2pm 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 $62/24hrs. Self parking without in/out $42/24hrs. 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:

 

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. Additional fees: $2 airport departure or arrival tax; $1 extra for the first additional passenger ages 13-64; $0.50 for each additional passenger beyond 2 persons; at times a possible $1 surcharge for fuel. There is no extra charge for baggage or credit card use. Suggested tip is 10-20%.

 

Chicago O'Hare or Midway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$27-32
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/

 
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
(Sunday, May 11)
   
 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 6:30. 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.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Free Evening
(Monday, May 12)
   
 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, including the history, architecture, and an orientation of the collection. Explore 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 lecturing staff. Gallery talks throughout the program trace the history and development of world art with a general focus on western civilization. The specific itinerary varies slightly depending on week and which special exhibitions are included, but the itinerary generally includes Ancient Art, Medieval through 18th-century European art, French and American Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, European Modernism, Asian art, and American Art from Colonial through Modernism.

Depending on our schedule, we may unwind and rest our feet at the end of our first full day with a documentary video in the Art Institute. See Day 3 for details.

 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.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Free Afternoon/Evening Free-time Excursion
(Tuesday, May 13)
   
 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 masterpieces with a morning gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff. The specific itinerary varies slightly depending on week and which special exhibitions are included. See Day 2 for a detailed listing of gallery talk topics.
 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: 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). 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.

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: Take advantage of what this great city has to offer. You may wish to attend an orchestra or theater performance or any of a multitude of other choices. The Museum of Contemporary Art is open late Tuesday evenings and has free entry for Illinois residents.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Chicago Architecture Tour/Evening Free-time Excursion
(Wednesday, May 14)
   
 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 masterpieces with a morning gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff. The specific itinerary varies slightly depending on week and which special exhibitions are included. See Day 2 for a detailed listing of gallery talk topics.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café.
 Afternoon: The Chicago Architecture Foundation takes you to see some of the most celebrated architecture in the world! The historic walking exploration of the downtown "Loop" is a favorite among past participants. A visit to Chicago would be incomplete without taking in some of our most famous buildings. The trip lasts approximately two and a half hours.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lockwood Restaurant.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: You have many options in this world class city. During the evening on your own, you could enjoy some musical theater at Broadway in Chicago or the original Blue Man Group. Programs taking place in the summer may also offer the possibility of enjoying an outdoor performance of the Grant Park Music Orchestra in Millennium Park. Information on Chicago's attractions and entertainment opportunities is provided at orientation on Day 1 and included in your preparatory materials.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Early Entry/Gallery Talks and Exhibition Exploration/Public Lecture at the Art Institute
(Thursday, May 15)
   
 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 masterpieces with a morning gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff. The specific itinerary varies slightly depending on week and which special exhibitions are included. See Day 2 for a detailed listing of gallery talk topics.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café.
 Afternoon: Squeeze in the 12:00 public gallery talk after lunch before regrouping to continue our exploration.

The afternoon continues with an exploration of a special exhibition or a private gallery talk led by the Art Institute education staff. Enjoy some free time in the late afternoon to explore on your own with a complimentary audio guide.

 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. Your preparatory materials may also include information on a free-time performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this evening.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Departure
(Friday, May 16)
   
 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 your exciting week with a final private gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff exploring masterpieces in the Art Institute's collection. The specific itinerary varies slightly depending on week and which special exhibitions are included. See Day 2 for a detailed listing of gallery talk topics.
 Afternoon: The program concludes at approximately 11:15am. We encourage you to remain in the Art Institute to enjoy the 12:00 and 2:00pm 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 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
  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 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 Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America


Author: Erik Larson


Description: The history of the Art Institute and the people that helped build its collection are intimately linked to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the Columbian Exposition. Erik Larson imbues the incredible events surrounding the World's Fair with such drama that readers may find themselves checking the book's categorization to be sure that The Devil in the White City is not, in fact, a highly imaginative novel. Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. (Description adapted from Amazon.com)



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.





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And included with all Road Scholar programs:


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