UnHighlights Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago


59 USD

See the Art Institute of Chicago in a whole new light with our highly interactive, subversive, fun, non-traditional museum tour!

Duration: 2 hours
    Available in
  • English


  • Enjoy a high energy renegade museum tour
  • Experience the museum in a whole new way
  • Visit the Art Institute of Chicago like never before

Check availability of the tour:


Made for museum lovers and skeptics alike, our Un-Highlights tour of the Art Institute of Chicago will show you a side of the museum you’ve never seen before! Join our renegade tour guides on a high-energy, two-hour group tour through the museum’s hallowed halls with a “tasting menu” approach as you learn the crazy true stories behind a selection of art across the Art Institute’s collection. This is not your grandma’s museum tour.

Read more

What’s included & not included

  • museum admission

Meeting point

Please enter the Art Institute of Chicago through the main entrance, at 111 South Michigan Avenue (the one with the big lions outside). Your guide will have your admission waiting for you.  (111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA)

This operator has 13 reviews for other tours


Amazing Experience
I scheduled the Un-Highlights tour at the National Gallery of Art in Washington as a birthday gift for my wife (a PhD candidate in History). Neither one of us have more than a pedestrian knowledge of art or the art world. Simply put, this tour blew us both away.

Erich, our tour guide, texted us well ahead of the start time to arrange our meeting point. Once we met up, there were some quick introductions and ice breakers and the tour was on its way. Erich led us from gallery to gallery, stopping to discuss both the history behind the subjects of some of the paintings, as well as the story behind how some of the art came to be in possession of the gallery. The tour was interactive, with games and activities that were a total hoot.

The amount of knowledge Erich was able to drop was astounding and it was clear that he's an individual both with a passion for art and an intimate knowledge of the museum. The content was salacious, but always presented in a way that was respectful of both the art and the gallery. I would highly recommend the tour (and Erich as a guide). This will not be our last Museum Hack experience.
Guaranteed to make you enjoy art in a new way!
A great way to cap off our week in DC! The Nat'l Gallery of Art is a dauntingly large place, with mostly European art. My teenager was not thrilled at the prospect of spending 2 hours there. But our tour guide Caroline was speedy and informative, and she kept everyone engaged... there literally was no time for eyes to glaze over or roll. We loved the re-creation activities, and the opportunity to nominate characters in artworks for various superlative awards (best legs, cutest couple, etc.). It helps too that I won a prize for my creative response. It was a terrific way to really enjoy the museum in a new way!
Best decision of our trip
I was in NYC to celebrate my good friends birthday and she really wanted to spend some time at the Met, but we didn't have all day. Thanks to the great reviews on Trip Advisors we decided to book a Museum Hack tour. Best decision of the trip so far. We met up with Frank by the pharaoh and the fun began. Frank dodged the crowds like a native New Yorker, and soon had us standing in front of a beautiful painting by Lorenzo Lotto: Venus and Cupid. Normally I would have looked at this painting, thought "oh beautiful" and moved along. But Frank took the time to explain the subtext in a way that would make the recently departed Hugh Hefner proud. From there we zig zagged through galleries, viewed art and artifacts, played games, and were the envy of all the people on the boring tours. Finally, Frank claimed he was no expert, but I think I learned more about art, having fun, chasing your dream(even if it includes Lion's in Mexico) in two hours than I ever did in my art appreciation course in college. I can't wait to book a tour of our local museum!
Book from 
59 USD
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
  • Pay by credit card or PayPal

Tour operated by: Museum Hack