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Art Institute of Chicago Tour

Showcasing iconic highlights and uncovering unexpected delights
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About the Tour
3 hours
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  • Hosted by a local expert, you’ll enjoy a journey through the museum's vast Beaux-Arts complex, which houses over 260,000 works from all over the world
  • Examine iconic works from renowned artists such as van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Seurat, Hopper, Dali, O'Keeffe, Warhol, and more
  • Art Institute of Chicago
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35 Reviews (4.79)

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Sally was wonderful! She taught us so much in such a short span. She gave us great context for impressionism for those of us with no background in art. We loved the historical context, the reinforcement of theme, the selection of paintings chosen and the smooth transition between each one. Even the history or the Art institute and the connection between artists, styles, the fact that painters would paint in pairs and critique one anothers. I wish there was more time, it was great introduction! 3 hours was just perfect. It left us wanting to learn and experience more. Sally was Great!! Would definetly recommend her and be interested in doing other tours led by her.
Sally is a very nice person, however she is certainly not an art historian. My husband and I have used Context Travel all over Europe: Paris, Florence, Venice, London, Madrid and Lisbon. In the past, we have always been pleased by the quality of the docents. Typically, for a tour of a world class art museum, we would expect to get someone with a strong academic background in art history. For instance, when we were in Madrid, in 2019, we had a marvelous tour through the Prado, led by a young and engaging doctoral candidate. Several years earlier, in Venice, all of our tours were led by a a lovely woman who was also a doctoral candidate. Given that we had to pay for a private tour, as there do not seem to be any group tours available in Chicago, I must honestly tell you that we did not feel that we got very good value for our time and money. (By contrast, our architecture tour with William was up to snuff, and my husband will be reviewing that one as he is the architect in the family.)
Sarah is fantastic. She’s very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. We had a great time. Thank you.