ART SMART Art Tours in the Windy City
An Overview of Our Broad Range of Chicago Museum and Gallery Tours
From the Navy Pier to the Magnificent Mile, the “Windy City” has much to offer, including a wide variety of museums and galleries for art lovers. If an art tour is on your Chicago bucket list, ART SMART can design a custom private tour for you and yours centered on your group’s interests and passions.
The Loop: Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago
If Chicago were a small town, Millennium Park would be its town square. Your ART SMART art historian can bring the park alive for you and your group, sharing little-known facts about the sculptures, structures, and gardens. (Did you know that because the park is situated on top of a parking garage and train station, it’s considered to be the world’s largest rooftop garden?) We’ll be sure to plan your group outing to focus on any particular pieces or locations that pique your interest—just ask!
Less than a block away from Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) has so much to offer that it might be hard to know where to start. But you don't have to settle for a dry, scripted highlights tour of this museum's collections. Your private ART SMART tour can include traditional impressionist paintings by Monet and Renoir, contemporary work by Jackson Pollock or Eva Hesse, or we can peek into the quirky and unique with installations like the Thorne Miniature Rooms.
To add dining and drinks to your AIC tour, just ask your guide. They can arrange to join you at one of the Art Institute's upscale restaurant bars either before or after you tour the museum.
Streeterville: Museum of Contemporary Art
If you're looking for an edgier Chicago group art tour experience, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Streeterville features cutting-edge work that's sure to get you and your group talking. We can explore "Heaven and Earth," a provocative exhibition featuring the work of Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons, or maybe take some time to study the massive skeletal "Felix" by Maurizio Cattelan. Your expert guide can help you decode even the most abstract works, and can tailor the tour depending on the pieces that most pique your curiosity.
Hyde Park: Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago
Originally founded as an archaeology laboratory for the study of the origins of civilization, the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago houses an intriguing collection of art and architecture from the ancient Near East. Your trained art historian can guide you through papyrus scrolls, cuneiform tablets, monumental sculptures, and other artifacts left as evidence of the world's earliest civilizations in Egypt, Iran, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia.
Bridgeport: Bridgeport Art Center
At ART SMART we know that art is about more than just the finished product, which is why we've chosen to include the Bridgeport Art Center in our tour offerings. Billed as "a unique place for creative minds", this 500,000-square-foot space is home to dozens of working studios for artists and designers, with three galleries and a beautiful sculpture garden for you and your group to explore. Your guide can introduce your group to working artists and help you better understand the process behind the art.
Chicago Art Galleries & Chicago Arts District
If you're ready to see what's current in the art scene in Chicago, we can take you off the beaten path to explore different art venues throughout the city with your group. Just let us know what galleries interest you and we can create a customized private tour of one or more galleries. We can also help you navigate the rich Chicago arts district.
Chicago is a great city for anyone who wants to explore art, and partnering with ART SMART can make your experience seamless and truly unforgettable. Contact ART SMART to plan your next Chicago art tour.