Event: Attend the Art Institute of Chicago Block Party

Block Party

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Art Institute Block Party
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
In and around the entire museum
Free for members, $10 general admission for Illinois residents with advance registration by midnight on Friday, July 20
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Celebrate the deep and lasting impact of Chicago art and design on American culture with a day of talks, performances, and art making that fill the museum’s galleries gardens, library, and public spaces.

Start the day with hundreds of fellow visitors posing for a photograph recreating the 1893 opening of the museum’s historic Michigan Avenue building. Then head into the museum for a full day of creative exploration. Visit the Ryan Learning Center with family and friends of all ages for art making and demonstrations. Engage with short talks, artist responses, and storytelling in the galleries. Gather at the lively community stage and picnic on the terrace in the Stanley McCormick Court North Garden. Sketch in the Stanley McCormick Court South Garden with a teaching artist, tour public art and gardens around the block with local historians, and meditate on Yoko Ono’s Mended Petal in Pritzker Garden.

This day of delightful surprises and creative responses to the museum’s renowned collection culminates with evening festivities in the Modern Wing—the galleries of modern and contemporary art offer immersive experiences, while poets, musicians, and dancers perform in Griffin Court.

Program Schedule

Museum Hours
Open daily 10:30–5:00
Thursday until 8:00

Free Thursday Evenings
General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. throughout the year.


The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60603-6404

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