Ferris Bueller Movie Tour: Art Institute Exploration
10 Ratings
Experience the iconic movie 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' like never before on this unique art tour in Chicago. Explore the Art Institute and discover the connection between the film and the artwork. Sign up now!
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • The Art Institute of Chicago - You’ll start with a 5-minute history of the Art Institute of Chicago. Then, you’ll spend the rest of your tour moving in and out of galleries, looking at the artwork featured in the movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ and hearing facts, stories, and quotes about the 1986 American teen comedy. In total, you’ll visit 3 floors of the museum, see 16 pieces of art, and leave with an appreciation of the works, their relationship to characters, and their placement in the camera’s frame. NOTE: This tour does not include the price of admission to the Art Institute.
What's Included
  • Solid overview of the world-famous museum
  • Plenty of Instagram opportunities
  • Visual and audio media to enhance your experience
  • Expert tour guide commentary, including little-known facts, stories, and theories about the film
  • Mini goodie bags!
What's Not Included
  • Adult Ticket to Art Institute - $20-25
  • Seniors (65+) Ticket to Art Institute - $14-19
  • Student Ticket to Art Institute - $14-19
  • Child (14-below) Ticket to Art Institute - Free
Additional Information

This is the only Chicago-based tour that offers a unique view on the film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ through the lens of art. This unique walking trek is the only one which involves you in the authentic artworks showcased in the popular 1986 teen movie. During this tour, you will explore 3 levels of the museum, appreciate 16 art pieces, and gain a profound understanding of the artworks, their relevance to the characters, and their orientation in frame.

Participants are required to sign a digital general liability waiver. For participants under 18, their guardians would need to sign the waivers.

NOTE: The tour kicks-off near the stairs located at the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, in Griffin Court.

159 E Monroe St
East Monroe Street
The tour starts in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago, Griffin Court, by the staircase/chairs. This is NOT the Michigan Ave. entrance with the lions. Please arrive about 10 min. before the tour begins. NOTE: This tour does not include the price of admission to the Art Institute.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Mar 9, 2024
Great School Trip - A really great tour that opened up a Chicago spot (the Art Institute) through the lens of film. It made the movie more Highly recommend for film buffs or art students or anyone who just wants a fun in-road into the city's history.
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Jan 20, 2024
Great way to make a century's worth of art approachable - What a great way to learn about art through the perspective of character development and narrative flow. Kelli uses her gift of teaching to great advantage. Her meticulous research and knowledge of a beloved film gave us a memorable way to take in an iconic home of art. No overwhelm, just a great afternoon at the Art Institute.
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Dec 24, 2022
Fantastic! Very memorable! If you have kids that love Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, this is a must do! - If you have kids. That love this movie, they will love this walking tour! I went with my sister and 15 year old son and we all learned something about how this 2 minute scene was so significant in the movie and to the Director. Do not miss this if you are in Chicago. It brings everything about this movie to a new experience level and a better understanding. Bravo!
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Oct 23, 2022
Great Tour of Ferris and friends at The Art Institute of Chicago - Great Tour - well researched and enjoyable - I highly recommend for anyone who loves this movie and John Hughes.
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Sep 4, 2022
Great tour. - Had friends in from out of town. Chose this tour because we all lived the movie. Great tour guide. Really knew a lot about the art and the film.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 17, 2022
Unique Experience Combining Art and Film in Chicago - I really enjoyed the Ferris Bueller tour at the Art Institute! I am a long-time museum member but this was a unique experience, linking specific works of art to scenes in the movie. The multi-media (iPad) was hugely helpful, especially since I hadn't seen the movie in a very long time. I loved hearing all the behind-the-scenes tidbits from Kelli and actually watched the movie on Netflix later that night!
Review provided by Tripadvisor
Jul 9, 2022
For fans of Ferris B, John Hughes, Chicago, and the arts. The best walking tour I have been on in a while! - I took The Art of Ferris Bueller tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. I give it my highest recommendation. I am telling all my friends and family to take it (and other Chicago Movie Tours)...and soon! I have seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off dozens of times, but after taking this tour, I was inspired to go right home, watch it again, and look for all the things Kelli taught me about it. Kelli is one of the best tour guides I have ever seen. Taking a tour with her is like having a conversation with one of your smartest, most observant friends and/or your favorite college professor. She uses a lot of clever techniques to keep her guests engaged too. On this tour you will learn about some of Chicago milestones, art history, and all about the choices film directors make when creating their art. I loved it!
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Jun 21, 2022
You Don't Have to Be a Ferris Bueller Fan to Take This Walking Tour - The tour operator is an expert film guide for the locations and background details on this iconic movie. The famous paintings depicted in the movie were so well explained for theme, color scheme,symbols, and many other fascinating bits of information. She shared many more facts about the director and actors, and discussed not only the scenes in the Art Institute. The guide uses her tablet to support the lecture when showing film scenes. I look forward to future events with ChicagoMovieTours.com
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up to 10 guests
1 Adult
April 2024