Art Institute of Chicago: Free Admission on Thursday Evenings – Jan 14, 21, 28

Come on out for free Thursday evenings at the Art Institute of Chicago. As one of our greatest community treasures, the Art Institute provides free admission to make this wonderful, world-class museum more accessible to those who cannot afford it.  Visitors enjoy free admission from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday thanks to Target Free Thursday Evenings.  So get some friends, and plan an evening downtown — this is something great to do with friends after work on January 14, January 21, or January 28 this month.

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL

Be sure to see the Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago. One of the most politically progressive and aesthetically compelling artistic movements of modern times, the Arts and Crafts movement sprang from a rebellion against industrial life and mass-produced objects yet eventually united hand and machine in the service of beauty. Through 187 handcrafted, organic works by the movement’s most notable practitioners, Apostles of Beauty traces the movement’s origins in Britain to its blossoming in Chicago’s ripe reform environment. Highlighting a wide range of objects, including ceramics, furniture, metalwork, paintings, photographs, and textiles, the exhibition—the first to explore Arts and Crafts in over three decades—allows visitors the rare opportunity to see the movement unfold in the city where it reached its full manifestation and where many of its treasures still reside.

The collections within the Art Institute of Chicago cover cultures from around the world and contains more than 260,000 works of art.  Today, the Art Institute of Chicago museum is most famous for its collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American paintings. Included in the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection are more than 30 paintings by Claude Monet including six of his Haystacks and a number of Water Lilies. Also in the collection are important works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir such as Two Sisters (On the Terrace) and Henri Matisse’s The Bathers, Paul Cézanne’s The Basket of Apples, and Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair. At the Moulin Rouge by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is another highlight, as are Georges Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Gustave Caillebotte’s Paris Street; Rainy Day. Non-French paintings of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection include Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles and Self-portrait, 1887. Among the most important works of the American collection are Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.



Additional Info:
– Free every Thursday evening from 5pm to 8pm
– Prohibited items: food, drink, flowers, balloons

Museum Hours

Monday–Wednesday, 10:30–5:00
Thursday, 10:30–8:00 (Free Admission 5:00–8:00)
Friday, 10:30–5:00
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00–5:00

Please note that the museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days.

Visitors enjoy free admission from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Thursday thanks to Target Free Thursday Evenings.

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