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​Focus on Art: Milwaukee & Chicago

Travel Dates: September 30–October 3, 2021
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Join us in Art City! Milwaukee’s thriving art scene makes it a prominent international art destination. On this trip, explore the Milwaukee Art Museum and the historic Third Ward District; travel to Sheboygan for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and wander through Chicago’s West Loop District full of galleries displaying the visions of local artists and The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Kohler Art Preserve

Kohler Art Preserve 

Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum

Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing interior gallery shown. Many modern paintings on the walls

The Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor at Chicago’s West Loop District

Anish Kapoor, Cloud Gate, Chicago’s Millenium Park

Day-to-Day Itinerary At-A-Glance

(full itinerary and details in travel packet here)

Thursday, September 30: Arrive, Check-in at the luxurious Saint Kate Arts Hotel

Friday, October 1:
Drive to Sheboygan, tour the John Michael Kohler Arts Center's exhibits from the world-renowned Arts/Industry program Artists-in-Residence. Enjoy lunch at the American Club Hotel, then visit the newly opened Art Preserve, the world’s first museum dedicated to long-neglected art environments, which houses 25,000 Kohler Art Center’s art environment collection objects primarily made from by folk and outsider artists using found materials. Optional evening excursion: Join Kleefeld Contemporary director Paul Baker Prindle on a brewery crawl.

Saturday, October 2:
Begin the day with a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum, an iconic building that houses a collection of over 31,000 works and some of the nation's finest American art after 1960; wander forty galleries showcasing American decorative arts, German Expressionist works, folk and Haitian art, and one of the largest collections of works by Georgia O’Keefe. Enjoy lunch centered on locally produced cheese in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward district. Drive along Lake Michigan to the West Loop District and visit a few of the local art galleries. Check in to the Essex Hotel, on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile and take in a rooftop garden overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Sunday, October 3: 
Morning visit to the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, housing one of the largest permanent collections in the US with over 260,000 artworks and artifacts; highlights include Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, early 20th-century European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, Japanese prints, and photography. Don't miss the internationally acclaimed Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano, dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and enjoy lunch at Marisol, featuring an immersive art environment designed by artist Chris Ofili. After lunch tour the one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary museums known for presenting ground-breaking exhibitions of art of our time. Its over 2,000 piece collection features artists such as Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and Alexander Calder, as well as notable holdings of late surrealism, pop art, minimalism, conceptual art, 1980s postmodernism, and contemporary art.

Trip Pricing and Reservations

Trip price: $2,180 per person Single room supplement: $460 (Limited Availability)

Does NOT include: Airfare or luggage charges, drinks above those included, personal insurance for health, baggage, and trip cancellation, items of purely personal nature, and any items not listed.

To reserve your space enclose the completed and signed application form, along with a copy of your passport and a deposit check for $500 (per traveler) made payable to Distant Horizons and mail to: Distant Horizons, 350 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

For additional information, please contact Julie Scott at 800-333-1240 or via email at