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.
INTRODUCTION TO THE ART INSTITUTE: Meet your fellow participants and an Art Institute representative at 9:30 am 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 concentrating on the masterpieces of our Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection and the museum founders who helped build 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 Learning 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.
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.
GALLERY TALKS: Enjoy a full afternoon of multiple gallery talks led by Art Institute education staff. Gallery talks throughout the program trace the history and development of the French Impressionist artistic revolution. The itinerary may vary slightly depending on week and which special exhibitions are included, but the itinerary generally includes an exploration of the French Academic tradition of the Salon and Beaux Ideal, the influences and development of the Impressionist movement, pastoral settings and the Parisian city as expressed through art, American Impressionism, and Post-Impressionist developments, such as the art of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Seurat, the Symbolists, and more. Maximize your learning by squeezing in today's noon public gallery talk on the Art Institute's collection before regrouping for our afternoon exploration. This is a good opportunity to go beyond this week's concentration on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
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.
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.