Art Institute of Chicago Decks the Halls with Festive Throne Rooms, Gingerbread Houses, Caroling Teas and Holly Days


Miniature Thorne Room decked in Holiday Style.

Create an Artful Holiday Heedless of the Wind and Weather.

A Holiday Outing at the Art Institute of Chicago is an annual event for many people from Chicago and around the country.  Here are some highlights of this year’s Home for the Holiday’s events.

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly.


Miniature Thorne Room.

Visit six Miniature Thorne Rooms Dressed in Holiday Style. 
The Thorne Rooms have been one of the many delights at the Art Institute of Chicago since their installation in the 1940’s.  The rooms, constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, feature European interiors from the late 13th century to
the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s.  This year six of the 68 miniature rooms have been chosen to receive the holiday treatment with precise historic detail.   Most elaborate is the English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period.  Other ornamented rooms include the English Great Hall of the Tudor period with a wassailing bowl, yule log, and an essential part of the costuming for that period’s singing-dancing revelers–a mummer’s mask; the Virginia Entrance Hall with mistletoe, wreath, and garland; the French Provincial Bedroom with shoes, or sabots, lined up before the fireplace, a crèche, and puzzle; and the modern-era California Hallway with an Otto Natzler mid-century menorah and box with a dreidel.

Tis the Season to be jolly as fast away the old year passes at the Art Institute’s Holly Days.
Ring out the season with Holly Days from December 27 through the 30. 
Drop in any time between 10:30a.m. and 3p.m. for festive activities
including story time, gallery walks, an opportunity to create a miniature
scene of your family’s holiday celebrations and a special visit by
Artie the Lion on December 27.  Free with Museum admission.


Fa La La La La.  
Build Your Own Gingerbread House.
Create your gingerbread dream house to bring home for the holidays while sipping holiday  beverages in the Millennium Park Room.  Reservations 312 553 9672.  December, 4, 11, 12, 18 and 19.  10:30a.m.-4p.m.  Members: $25 for a family of four;  Nonmembers: $35 for a family of four; each additional person.  Includes one gingerbread house kit.  Food drinks and additional kits may be purchased.

Troll the ancient Yule tide Carol at the 29th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party.
Play games in the galleries, create a work of art to take home and join the holiday fun Sunday, December 5 at 10:30a.m., noon or 1:30p.m.  877 307 4242.  

Sing we joyous all together at a Caroling Tea.  
Sing holiday songs in the festive atmosphere of the historic Stock Exchange Trading Room.  Light foods and beverages are included along with a cash bar.  Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25; Children 12 and under: $15.  Reservations 312 553 9675.  December 4, 11, and 12 from 2 to 4p.m.


Follow Me in merry measure Under the Mistletoe.
Steal a kiss under the Art Institute’s giant ball of mistletoe hanging above the Grand Staircase–or take a picture.  All month.

Visitor Information.
The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue, at the intersection of
Michigan and Adams. Visitors can enter the museum via the Michigan Avenue entrance or the
Millennium Park entrance on Monroe Street. The museum is open 362 days a year–every day
except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. General hours are 10:30 am to 5:00 pm from Monday through Friday (until 8:00 pm on Thursday) and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $18.00 for adults and $12.00 for children, students, and seniors. Chicago residents receive a $2 discount. Children under 12 are admitted free. Members are always free. Thursday evenings are free year round.
There are two cafés and one fine-dining restaurant, Terzo Piano.

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