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.
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Program No. 1423RJ
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6 days
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13 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Registration, and Orientation
Chicago, Illinois
D
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Afternoon: Entrances to the Palmer House are on Monroe, Wabash, and State Streets. 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 p.m. Upon receiving your room key card, the front desk staff will inform you of the location for the Road Scholar Program Registration and Orientation. Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come to the Road Scholar may be] to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. We will then gather for a reception to begin meeting our fellow Road Scholars. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will have an introductory presentation on the history of the Art Institute and its collection, including the unique historic relationship between the Art Institute and the Palmer House. We will also distribute meal vouchers for the Palmer House. Be sure to bring the appropriate voucher for each meal. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. in the Lockwood Restaurant at the Palmer House, we’ll have a plated and served 3-course meal with choice of entrée. Unless indicated otherwise, all dinners will be here. (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: In the Lockwood Restaurant, the breakfast buffet offers numerous choices (that may vary by day) such as eggs prepared to order, omelettes, breakfast meats, French toast, pancakes or waffles, potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will gather with an Art Institute representative for our 9:30 a.m. early entry to the Art Institute before the general public. During an introductory gallery walk, we’ll learn about the history, architecture, and collection. We’ll also 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 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: In the Art Institute's Museum Café, choose what you like from the broad range of selections with sustainable, local, and seasonal ingredients from 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 homemade treats.

Afternoon: After lunch, you are welcome to browse the museum galleries independently. We’ll then gather for a full afternoon of multiple gallery talks led by Art Institute lecturing staff. Gallery talks throughout the program will trace the history and development of world art with a general focus on western civilization. The specific itinerary will vary depending on which special exhibitions are included at the time each Road Scholar program but will generally include 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.

Dinner: Lockwood Restaurant. The chef's philosophy is "cooking by hand" with as much made in house from scratch as possible.

Evening: At leisure. Chicago has many cultural and historic attractions including an outstanding reputation for blues and jazz. You might like to stroll through Millennium Park to admire the lights and art, visit the Gene Siskel Film Center, the Second City comedy improve, or simply relax with the hotel with its many amenities.

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will again gather with an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. We will continue our exploration of the Art Institute's masterpieces with a morning gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff.

Lunch: Art Institute Museum Café.

Afternoon: In the Art Institute, we will view a PBS documentary video that discusses the collection and its masterpieces we have seen or will see as a group and introducing other areas in the museum to explore on your own. (Depending on our schedule, this video may be presented the prior afternoon.) The remainder of the afternoon is free. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to attend 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. You may also take advantage of your complimentary Art Institute audio guide ticket (or save it for later). Or, take this opportunity to visit another of Chicago's many museums, cultural venues, and historic neighborhoods.

Dinner: Lockwood Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. 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 & The Loop
Chicago, Illinois
B,L,D
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will again gather with an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. We will continue our exploration of the Art Institute's masterpieces with a morning gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff.

Lunch: Art Institute Museum Café.

Afternoon: With a Chicago Architecture Foundation expert, we will take a walking field trip to see and learn about some of the most celebrated architecture in the world in Chicago's downtown Loop. We will take a virtual trip back in time to the late 1800s and learn 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, with 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: Lockwood Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. 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.

DAY
5
Early Entry, Gallery Talks & Walks, Art Institute Lecture
Chicago, Illinois
B,L
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will begin another session with an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry. We will continue our exploration of the Art Institute's masterpieces with a morning gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff. You might like to Squeeze in the 12:00 p.m. public gallery talk before or after lunch before regrouping to continue our exploration.

Lunch: Art Institute Museum Café.

Afternoon: We will continue our learning adventure with a full afternoon of multiple gallery talks led by Art Institute lecturing staff. There will also be free time in the late afternoon to explore on your own and take advantage of your complimentary Art Institute audio guide ticket.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Chicago has many excellent and historic eateries including the Art Institute's new Modern Wing rooftop restaurant Terzo Piano.

Evening: At leisure. You may return to the Art Institute to explore independently or attend the public programs. The Art Institute is open until 8:00 p.m. Thursday evenings. There are also many free evening events such as movies and concerts in the parks. Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and departure after our final session in the morning.

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

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We will meet an Art Institute representative at 9:30 to walk to the Art Institute for early entry and end our rewarding week with a final private gallery talk by the Art Institute education staff. This concludes our program. You are welcome to remain in the Art Institute to enjoy the afternoon public gallery talk, revisit your favorite galleries, or explore on your own. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on another rewarding program in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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