A Day at the Art Institute of Chicago
Enjoy an unforgettable day of art and gardens. Plan your approach while on the bus, with tips, options, maps of the Art Institue and nearby gardens, and friendly staff hosts. Upon arrival, start with a guided tour of the Art Institute's well-known Impressionist collection of works by Monet, Degas, Renoir and others. Then take an audio tour that encompasses a variety of galleries, or use it to investigate the special exhibition, Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist. Learn about his sources of inspiration, his stylistic innovations, his unique approach to materials and his unusual and unexpected works. Don't forget to save time for other areas of the Art Institute's extensive collections that may interest you, from African masks to modern American paintings.
Take a break for lunch at Cafe Moderno or wander outdoors to nearby Millennium Park, where you will find food trucks and concession carts. Described as a new kind of town square, it includes a Frank Gehry-designed music pavilion, sculptures by Anish Kapoor, Jaume Plensa and Chakaia Booker (all represented in Meijer Gardens' own collection), and five acres of gorgeous gardens. Just beyond is Buckingham Fountain, one of the largest fountains in the world, presenting 20-minute long water shows.
Whether you have savored the whole day at the Art Institute or enjoyed the neighboring gardens, relax over dinner at The Berghoff, a Chicago icon featuring classic German and American cuisine.
Expect a fair amount of walking and a delightful day!
The fee includes transportation, a morning snack en route, museum admission, guided tour and audio tour, dinner and gratuities. Lunch is on your own. For more information, call 616-975-3148 or 616-975-3147
Member Cost: $150
Non-Member Cost: $170