FREE FUN: If you just want to visit the Art Institute of Chicago, there will be free admission from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday (Dec 31) instead of the usual free admission from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays due to it being New Year’s Eve and the Art Institute closing at 5 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. this week. Also, keep in mind that the Art Institute will be closed on New Year’s Day (Friday, 1/01).
Located at 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, this is a chance to enjoy the holidays at the Art Institute. Visit the exhibition ‘Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago’ and create a work of art inspired by patterns in the exhibition. The festival includes “Story Time,” a special activity for younger children, gallery walks through the exhibition and a visit by Artie the Lion.” Information: www.artic.edu, (312) 857-7161.