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‘Northwestern Night at the Art Institute’ is Oct. 27

Art Institute of Chicago holds private tours for Northwestern community

  • Students, faculty and staff welcome to bring guests for two free, guided tours
  • Free shuttles scheduled to transport students to and from Art Institute of Chicago
  • All attendees will receive special discounts in museum shops and cafes

EVANSTON - The Art Institute of Chicago, recently ranked among the best museums in the world by TripAdvisor.com, will open its doors to the Northwestern community Thursday, Oct. 27, offering free, guided tours during this fall’s “Northwestern Night at the Art Institute.”

Art Institute curators will lead a 6 p.m. tour of the Modern Wing and an additional 7 p.m. tour of various other art pieces. Attendees are also welcome to tour the museum at their leisure throughout the event, and they will receive special discounts at museum shops and cafes.

Students, faculty and staff with valid WILDcard IDs are invited to bring guests to the event, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Art Institute, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Check-in is at the Art Institute’s Modern Wing entrance on Monroe Street. Pre-registration is not required.

Student Organizations & Activities will sponsor free transportation for students to and from the event. Buses will leave from Cahn Auditorium (at Sheridan and Emerson), in Evanston, between 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. 

A second “Northwestern Night at the Art Institute” will take place this spring. The date has not yet been set.

Northwestern undergraduate students unable to attend the event can visit the museum for free year-round when they show a valid WILDcard at the ticket counter. The partnership between Northwestern and the Art Institute of Chicago is sponsored by Shirley Welsh Ryan ’61.

Current exhibitions at the Art Institute include “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present;” “Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 years of Major Acquisitions;” “Abstract/Object” and several others. Full information is available on the Art Institute’s website.

The Art Institute’s permanent collection includes world-famous pieces by Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Georgia O’Keeffe, Piet Mondrian, Rene Magritte and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as galleries of decorative arts, photography, Ancient/Byzantine art, African art, textiles, Asian art and miniatures.

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