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The Art of Empires at the Art Institute of Chicago

Program Number: 21015RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/19/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price starting at: $1,180.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism; History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

How do artists respond to the imperial aspirations of great nations? What roles did art and artists play in the civilizations of the ancient world? Explore these and other questions with lecturers and curators from the renowned Art Institute of Chicago, with original treasures of the art world serving as primary documents. Through expert talks, before-hours access to the museum and admission to special exhibitions, delve into the development of Classical, Asian, Mesoamerican and African kingdoms; the artist's response to the French Revolution, Napoleonic era and British colonialism; and the ideas and aesthetics of American expansionism, all while learning novel approaches to looking at, interpreting and discussing art.




Highlights

• Gain access to the museum before it opens to the public for gallery talks led by the Art Institute art historians.
• In a private meeting with a museum curator, discuss collection and conservation practices and hear behind-the-scenes information about the museum’s operation.
• 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 on even surfaces in museum galleries. All areas accessible by elevator or ramp.




Date Specific Information

9-14-2014

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.



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
Historic Palmer House Hilton, a five-minute walk from the Art Institute of Chicago.
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: No
  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 afternoon 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. If a "Field Trip Form" specific to your program is included in your preparatory information, it 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/

 

Chicago O'Hare

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Train
CTA Blue Line Train

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 from O'Hare; $2.25 return
Prices are subject to change.

   

Follow signs in the airport to "CTA Trains" or "Trains to City." You can walk from the baggage claim to the train in under ten minutes from terminals 1, 2, or 3. The O'Hare CTA station is fully accessible. Exit at Monroe subway stop at the corner of Monroe and Dearborn streets. Go up escalator and walk 1.5 blocks east on Monroe to the Palmer House at 17 E. Monroe Street. For elevator, exit at Jackson. For additional information visit http://www.transitchicago.com/airports

 

Midway

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Train
CTA Orange Line Train

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

The Midway Airport CTA station is fully accessible. Orange Line train service operates from Midway to downtown via elevated tracks. (In the downtown Loop, Orange Line trains travel clockwise making all stops.) Disembark at Adams/Wabash (no escalator!) Walk half a block north to the Palmer House. For an elevator, exit at Harold Washington Library on Van Buren and take a short cab ride to the Palmer House. See map at end of packet. For additional information visit www.transitchicago.com/airports

 
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 & Check-in, Registration, Welcome Reception, Orientation, Light Dinner
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Early Entry to the Art Institute of Chicago, Introduction to the Buildings & Collections, Gallery Talks, Free Evening to Explore On Your Own
(Monday, September 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Free Afternoon/Evening Free-time Excursion
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Evening Free-time Excursion
(Wednesday, September 17)
   
 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.
   
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, September 18)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Departure
(Friday, September 19)
   
 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 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.

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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 and Wilson McBee, Foreword by Douglas Druick


Description: This revised and expanded edition of the Essential Guide features 330 works of art, over fifty of them new additions to the book. The entries represent some of the finest pieces from—and were selected with the assistance of—the museum’s eleven curatorial departments: African Art and Indian Art of the Americas, American Art, Ancient and Byzantine Art, Architecture and Design, Asian Art, Contemporary Art, European Decorative Arts, Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture, Photography, Prints and Drawings, and Textiles. Each work is reproduced in full color and discussed in a brief and lively entry. This convenient volume offers the reader a generous sampling of the celebrated works of one of the country’s most highly esteemed museums. 352 pages with 330 color illustrations. Softcover. 6" x 9". http://www.artinstituteshop.org





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