What's Happening at The Art Institute of Chicago

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Works of art are the gifts that keep on giving. From paintings to sculptures, art can inspire people across many generations. The Art Institute of Chicago has no shortage of breathtaking artwork and makes a great weekend getaway this winter. After taking in everything the Institute has to offer, The Willows Hotel, located just 15 minutes up the coast is the perfect place to spend the night.


Many upcoming exhibits are sure to intrigue guests making their way to the Institute this Winter. Running through Tuesday January 3rd, the Open Something Greater exhibit is a great choice for novices and art experts alike. The Neapolitan crèche is making its return this holiday season. Get the Naples art experience without leaving the country thanks to this 18th century exhibit. Traditional nativity scenes are combined with the profane aspects of 18th century Neapolitan life with lively tavern scenes and bustling street activities.


Truly a site to see, the Holiday Thorne Rooms are worth the trip themselves. The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms feature European interior decorating from the 13th century to the 1930s, and are all decked out for the holidays. These rooms were painstakingly crafted to capture every detail from floors to furniture to foyers.


Running congruent to these exhibits is the Gifts to the City Mini-Tour. Each year, hundreds of gifts are generously donated to the museum, and what better time to display them than during the holidays? The most remarkable works will be on display throughout the entire museum and includes paintings, pottery and statues from around the world.


To get your tickets to the Chicago Institute of Art, click here.


Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

When: Now through January 8th, 2017

Admission: Starting at $29


Where to Stay

Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.