Chicago Cultural Immersion

Bright Lights, Windy City


Explore the Galleries of the Art Institute only two hours away from Notre Dame, the beautiful and vibrant city of Chicago makes the perfect destination for a culture-packed visit. During the spring semester, the Glynn Family Honors Program sponsors a weekend trip to Chicago and three of its most famous cultural treasures.

Encounter more than 300,000 artworks from 5,000 years of cultural history from all continents on a specially arranged guided tour of the Art Institute, one of the leading museums in the world.

Be Enchanted at the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony

The Lyric Opera is a Top-10 opera house. On past trips to Chicago, Glynn students have been entranced by Bizet’s Carmen and enthralled by Götterdämmerung, the final installment of Wagner's Ring Cycle. Some years, the Lyric Opera offers Broadway shows. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has long held a place in the "Big Five," a group of the greatest and most excellent U.S. symphony orchestras.

Experience the Magnificent Mile

Chicago is famous for the shops, restaurants, and parks located in the heart of downtown along Michigan Avenue. Between our tour of the Art Institute and the performance at the Lyric Opera, you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of this global metropolis.

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Typical Itinerary


Glynn scholars, faculty and staff leave Hesburgh Library Circle by 10 a.m. on a chartered bus. The early afternoon is spent at the Art Institute of Chicago. After checking into the hotel, the late afternoon is spent in self-guided tours to downtown attractions. In the evening, we attend a performance at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. 


On Sunday we check out of the hotel, store our luggage on the bus, and have additional free time to explore the city, until a matinee performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the afternoon.  Immediately after the concert, we board the bus for the return trip back to campus.