1423
Illinois

Treasures of the Art Institute of Chicago

Enjoy special access to the Art Institute of Chicago, where you’ll hear engaging lectures, speak with curators and learn the story behind this world-renowned collection of art.
Program No. 1423RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5 B 4 L 4 D
DAY
1
Arrival, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Chicago, Illinois
D
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

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 4:00 p.m. Road Scholar Orientation, where you will be greeted by your host from the Art Institute. PROGRAM REGISTRATION & RECEPTION: Please join us at 4:00 pm 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 Coordinator 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 6:00. 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.

DAY
2
Early Entry, Gallery Talks, Free Evening
Chicago, Illinois
B,L,D
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

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 9:30 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.

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 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: 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.

DAY
3
Early Entry, Gallery Talk, Free Time
Chicago, Illinois
B,L,D
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

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 of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art through a private gallery talk led 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: INDEPENDENT LEARNING: 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 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: 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.

DAY
4
Early Entry, Gallery Talk, Architecture Tour, Free Time
Chicago, Illinois
B,L,D
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

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 of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art through a private gallery talk led 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! A visit to Chicago would be incomplete without taking in some of our most famous buildings. The trip lasts approximately two hours. The walking exploration of "Historic Treasures of Culture and Commerce" is a favorite among past participants, exploring the great 19th and early 20th century architectural landmarks of Michigan Avenue and State Street, ranging from museums to department stores, skyscrapers to concert halls, including the Reliance Building, the Sullivan Center and the Chicago Cultural Center. After the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, Chicago was determined to become a great cultural—as well as commercial—metropolis, and this tour is a testament to that era's ambitions. See buildings by Burnham, Sullivan, Holabird and Roche and other noted architects. Hear about the city's architectural gems and the men and women who inspired them. The tour also touches on Millennium Park, Chicago's exciting 21st century design that's at once park, outdoor gallery, garden and music venue.

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.

DAY
5
Early Entry, Gallery Talks, and Studio Art Activity
Chicago, Illinois
B,L
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

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 of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art through a private gallery talk led 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. STUDIO ART ACTIVITY AND GALLERY TALK: Your full afternoon continues with an expert-led art-making activity in the museum galleries inspired by the original works of art. After a short break, regroup for 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, 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 during free time this evening to explore on your own or attend the public programs. The Art Institute is open until 8:00 pm Thursday evenings.

DAY
6
Early Entry, Gallery Talk, Program Concludes
Chicago, Illinois
B

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 of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art through a private gallery talk led 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.

Afternoon: The program concludes at approximately 11:15 am. We encourage you to remain in the Art Institute to enjoy the afternoon public gallery talks, revisit your favorite galleries, or explore on your own.






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