7 – 13 May 2018


Chicago, the ‘windy city’ on the shores of Lake Michigan. With its fantastic skyline and its worldwide reputation for architecture – Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe – is seen as the ‘second city’ to New York in the USA.  From the first French settlers in 1673, Chicago is now the metropolis of the Midwest with the world’s busiest airport and the most important road and rail hubs in the US.  Many names here are indeed synonymous with the US – all based here Nike, McDonald’s, Wrigley’s as well as being the home of Al Capone, Hemingway and Sinatra’s ‘State Street’. With The Loop, the Magnificent Mile, the Lakefront, Sears Tower, Lincoln Park, the Old Town, Wrigley Field Baseball, the Chicago Symphony as well as its art galleries, history and speciality museums and its musical heritage – often claimed to be the ‘home of the blues’ – and not many major cities can boast a pier and beach close to its city centre.


Other Details


Whitehall Hotel****, in the heart of Chicago, 6 minutes from the beach and 4 minutes from the Magnificent Mile (The Mag Mile).


Breakfast at the Whitehall Hotel

Breakfast is not included in our deal. They have a choice of different types at different costs, so it is best to decide there and then what you prefer eating.


Course Cost

£709     per person for double room with matrimonial bed

£769      per person for twin-bedded room (2 matrimonial beds)

£860     single occupation in room with matrimonial bed

inclusive of tuition and airport transfers (airport transfers are only available for the Siragusa Tours Ltd nominated flight).


Travel Insurance

Once tour is viable and if we have booked a flight for you through Travelpack, you can call Lina on 0208 5854010 ext 1008, for an immediate quote (unless you already have insurance).



Ca. £650 scheduled flight to Chicago, with BA or Virgin or Delta


Local Transport

Airport transfers by minivan


Group Size




Jackie Parry MA, is an experienced lecturer and art historian who has led many gallery visits and study tours. She teaches art history at the University of Sussex and the Open University.  She has also lectured for NADFAS, the U3A and the National Trust.  Her interests are mostly based around 18th century art and culture and the development of modernism from 19th century to the present.  Her MA research included issues of gender and critical theory.



Related OU Courses

AA318/A226/General Interest


Itinerary / Study Programme


Day 1, 7th May 2018

Arrival and orientation : City Tour or boat excursion to explore the ‘Loop’ on the Chicago River


Day 2, 8th May 2018

Full day – The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the largest art collections in the world from antiquity to the present day; founded in 1893 (home to Seurat’s ‘Grand Jatte’)


Day 3, 9th May 2018

Full day – Oak Park: a district developed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of architecture, we will visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s house and the Ernest Hemingway Museum


Day 4, 10th May 2018

am: Terra Museum of American Art (Sargent, Cassatt, Hopper, Homer) one of the largest collections in the US

pm: Museum of Contemporary Art


Day 5, 11th May 2018

am: Richard H Driehaus Museum: (19th Tiffany and posters in original setting

pm: Field Museum of Natural History


Day 6, 12th May 2018

(day of departure) There are multiple choices for individual interests: Science Museum. Oriental Museum, Chicago History Museum, Museum of Mexican Art, Centre for Outsider Art, National Hellenic Museum or many places of interest shops, John Hancock Tower etc.


Day 7, 13th May 2018

Arrival in the UK

This itinerary and study programme is provisional and may be subject to change in response to local conditions