1423
Chicago
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.
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DAY
1
Arrival, Registration, and Orientation
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 4:00pm 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 6:00. 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 9:30am 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.

DAY
3
Early Entry/Gallery Talks/Free Afternoon/Evening Free-time Excursion
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 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: 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 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: 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/Chicago Architecture Tour/Evening Free-time Excursion
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 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! 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. 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 hours. Step back in time to the late 1800s and explore how Chicago went from a city devastated by a great fire to a leader in skyscraper engineering and design. Chicago is not only the birthplace of the skyscraper, it's also where most innovations of skyscraper design originated. Take a step back in time to learn the stories behind some world-famous early skyscrapers. Highlights include Burnham and Root's Rookery Building (1888), with its Moorish revival exterior and restored Frank Lloyd Wright interior; Adler and Sullivan's Auditorium Building (1889), a masterpiece of engineering, design and acoustics; Holabird and Roche's Marquette Building (1895), an outstanding example of the Chicago School of design; and Holabird and Root's Chicago Board of Trade Building (1930), one of the city's most glamorous Art Deco skyscrapers.

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.

DAY
5
Early Entry/Gallery Talks and Exhibition Exploration/Public Lecture at the Art Institute
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 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, 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. Take advantage of Chicago's many free evening events such as movies and concerts in the parks.

DAY
6
Early Entry/Gallery Talk/Departure
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. 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 afternoon public gallery talk, revisit your favorite galleries, or explore on your own.