The Art Institute of Chicago is free every day in February 2010 so if you have been waiting to check out the new Modern Wing, then make plans now! Maybe make a lunchtime visit from your downtown job. It is all free this month, including free gallery talks, free lectures, and free readings. They’re all free! Grab your family and kids and enjoy this wonderful thing to do in Chicago in February 2010. It’ll probably take you all month to see everything!
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404
Thursday, 10:30–8:00 (Free Admission 5:00–8:00)
In addition to our daily programming, enjoy these exciting (and free events) in February:
Exhibition Overview of Heart and Soul: Art from Coretta Scott King Award Books
February 9 at 12:00
Family Festival: Behind the Lions Day
February 20, 10:00–3:30
A day of exploration, art making, storytelling, and performances for the whole family
500 Ways of Looking at Modern
This month has even more opportunities and more ways to explore the meaning of modern.
- Reading: Disturb the Universe—The Avant-Garde and Modernism
February 4 at 6:00
- Lecture: How Chinese Art Became “Contemporary”
February 11 at 6:00
- Lecture: African Art and the Modernist Eye
February 18 at 6:00
- Symposium: Modern Constructions—Creating Architecture and Design Collections
February 20, 10:30–4:30
- Performance: HS2 Installed
February 20 at 11
- Lecture: August Wilson—A Retrospective
February 25 at 6:00
Valentine’s Day Specials
Adopt a Dot
These popular splashes of color are back! Pick out a vibrant dot bouquet for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day Brunch
Before or after you and your valentine enjoy free admission to the museum’s encyclopedic collection, indulge in some the city’s most decadent dishes with a special Valentine’s Day brunch at Terzo Piano.
Love’s in Store!
The museum’s main shop has a wide selection of gifts just perfect for your special someone. Save 25% on all in-store purchases of regular-priced scarves, ties, and amber jewelry through February 14.
Daily Programming in Free February
Gallery Talks (45–60 minutes)
Daily at 12:00
Express Talks (30 minutes)
Wednesday at 12:00
Thursdays at 5:30
Fridays at 2:00
Highlights Tours (60 minutes)
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00
Sundays at 12:00
Thursdays at 7:00 (30 minutes)
Modern Wing Highlights Tours (60 minutes)
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 2:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and select weekdays
Always Free at the Art Institute
- Children under 14
- Target Free Thursday Evenings, 5:00–8:00
- Admission to the Ryan Education Center
Art Institute Trivia:
What are the names of the lions in front of the Art Institute?
The two bronze lions that flank the Michigan Avenue entrance were made for the Art Institute’s opening at its current location in 1893. They were a gift from Mrs. Henry Field. They have unofficial “names,” which were given by their sculptor Edward Kemeys that are more like designations. You’ll notice that the lions are not identical, and thus are named for their poses: The south lion “stands in an attitude of defiance,” while the north lion is “on the prowl.”