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Art Institute of Chicago Private Tour with Wine

A private guided tour, including a complimentary glass of wine, led by a real art historian.

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Private, Personalized Tour at the Art Institute of Chicago

Take a private, guided tour through the expansive collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Led by a real art historian, not a docent; your tour guide will be able to answer all of your questions and give you the best possible experience. Based on the information you provide us with, you tour can be customized to fit the interests and passions of each member of your group. At the beginning or end of the tour your guide will join you and your group at one of the Art Institute’s upscale restaurant bars, where you can relax and chat about all things art and culture. You will have the option to purchase treats and beverages a la carte.

What to Expect on Your
Private VIP Tour at the Art Institute of Chicago

When you complete the booking process you will receive an email that contains details about where to meet your guide. According to the information you provide us, we will create a tour to fit your group’s preferences and interests. During the tour, we’ll use our signature conversational style that keeps everything fun and fresh, even as you are learning and exploring.

Along the way you may see:

  • Masterpieces by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh
  • Highlights of the Thorne Miniature Rooms. This unique collection offers a view of European residences from the 16th century through the 1930s and American homes from the 17th century to 1940, all in miniature format
  • Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Pollock, and Warhol in the Modern Wing
  • René Magritte, Time Transfixed
  • James Whistler’s Mother
  • Grant Wood’s American Gothic
  • Seurat’s Sunday on La Grande Jatte
  • Medieval and Renaissance Arms & Armor Collection


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Pricing Questions

Private tours for 1 - 4 people in your group booked online* are $190 per hour (a 5% discount over tours booked via email or phone). All tours have a two-hour minimum. Additional people and/or additional time have an additional fee. Museum admission needs to be added for each person. This is added during your booking. We will get your tickets ahead of time for you. So you can skip the lines.

* For those who need a bit more service via email and phone, our pricing is $200 per hour for 1 – 4 people. Larger groups are $50 per adult, $25 per child.

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