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The Art of Ferris Bueller



1 mi.

90 min


Get up close with art from Ferris Bueller's Day Off on this walking tour at the Art Institute of Chicago

Calling art enthusiasts and Ferris Bueller fans!

Get ready to step into the iconic world of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on our 90-minute walking tour, aptly named The Art of Ferris Bueller

Led by a passionate Ph.D. guide, this immersive experience will take you through the hallowed halls of the Art Institute of Chicago, where a memorable portion of the 1980s teen comedy unfolds.

As you enter the Modern Wing, the adventure begins. Marvel at the same masterpieces that Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron admired during their legendary day off. 

Your guide, armed with a wealth of knowledge and a flair for storytelling, will regale you with little-known anecdotes and behind-the-scenes facts that will deepen your appreciation for both the art and the movie.

On The Art of Ferris Bueller, you'll traverse three floors of the museum, covering a distance of about 1.5 miles. Along the way, you'll discover 16 carefully selected pieces of art, each with its own unique connection to the characters, director, and storyline of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ever wondered why Cameron fixated on that Seurat painting? Prepare to have your curiosity satisfied!

Ideal for Gen-X—and all ages, of course!—this immersive experience promises to reignite your love for Ferris Bueller's Day Off while deepening your appreciation for the treasures housed within the Art Institute of Chicago.

So, grab your tickets for The Art of Ferris Bueller, gather your friends, and get ready for a journey through art, cinema, and nostalgia that you won't soon forget! 

NOTE: Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is not included in the public walking tour. (Private tours include 3 free tickets to the museum.)

Movies/TV Highlighted

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

If you're interested in exploring more than one film with us, check out our full list of guided walking tours.

Tour Specifics

Start/End Points

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.

Museum Admission

NOTE: This tour does not include the price of admission to the Art Institute. For ticket prices, please refer to the museum's ticketing chart. Admission to the Art Institute is free for members and children under 14.


Guests must initial a digital general waiver of liability with Chicago Movie Tours when they book. 


By Car: The Millennium Garages are located underground, below the parks adjacent to the museum. Public Transit: The Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, and Purple 'L'train lines all stop above ground at Adams/Wabash, one block west of the museum. The Red and Blue lines stop underground at Monroe, just a few blocks away.


Elevators are located throughout the museum for access to all levels. 

What to Bring

Checkrooms are currently open and free for all visitors. Bags and backpacks larger than 13 x 17 x 4 inches are not allowed in the galleries and must be checked. Water bottles are allowed, but they must be stowed in a bag when guests are in spaces that house art.


Restrooms are located throughout the museum on each level.


Guests ages 10 and up can attend.


Non-flash photography is permitted in all permanent galleries. Tripods, selfie sticks, and video are not permitted.

Cancellations and Refunds

You may cancel or amend your reservation 48 hours or more before the tour departs. Read more Tour Terms and Conditions.

Private Tours

Yes, you may book this tour as a private or group tour!

The private tour price listed below is a flat fee for up to 10 guests. If you have more than 10 in your party, please contact us so we can accommodate you.

What's Included

  • Expert tour guide commentary, including little-known facts, stories, quotes, and theories about the 1986 teen comedy

  • Visual and audio media to enhance your experience

  • Solid overview of the world-famous museum 

  • Plenty of Instagram opportunities 

  • Mini (Ferris-themed) goodie bag!



average rating is 5 out of 5

January 20, 2024

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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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December 9, 2023

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I did one of the Ferris Bueller's Day Off tours and found it an absolute delight. Clearly a lot of research has been put into crafting this tour; despite claiming not to be an art expert, she did a very credible job of relating the history of the paintings and how their use in the film helps to further character development. Though the tour touches on everything from Chicago history to fine art to film, the delivery is fun and enjoyable, with something for everyone. It's the best type of tour where you learn a lot, but you don't FEEL like you're learning. Note that there IS a lot of standing/walking and you move through the museum fast. However, she was extremely conscientious about the needs of her guests and was constantly checking not just on our comfort, but also to make sure that she moved her group through the museum without blocking/annoying any other patrons. I had a great time and will be back to check out her other tours!
average rating is 5 out of 5

January 20, 2024

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We loved this tour and we LOVED Kelli! It was my daughters' first trip to the Art Institute and since Ferris Bueller's Day Off is a family favorite of ours we thought we'd try it! We learned so much about the movie, the art, and the Art Institute! The size of the group was perfect, Kelli was very knowledgeable and a wonderful tour guide! Thank you for offering this experience, definitely a memory we will never forget!
average rating is 5 out of 5

November 10, 2023

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Don't think twice--Just book this tour!!! My husband and I were planning to visit the Art Institute of Chicago during our trip to downtown Chicago. We came across a listing for The Art of Ferris Bueller tour, and as big fans of the movie, we thought it would be an excellent add on for our museum visit. What a great decision as the tour was fantastic! We learned so much and had a blast! The reason this tour is unique is because Kelli, the tour guide, is not your average part-time guide who has learned a script. She is educated in the humanities and has a PhD in Film Studies. The way she interwove scenes from the movie (on her handy dandy tablet) with the art on display and her own insights into filmmaking was incredible. On this tour you not only learn things about Ferris Bueller's Day Off that you didn't know, but you also get a very insightful lesson on relevant art history. We absolutely loved how Kelli achieved all this in such an entertaining and engaging way. This tour is perfect for a range of ages and whether this is your first visit to the Art Institute or you have been many times before. We suggest giving yourself an hour or so before the tour begins or planning to stay after to enjoy other areas of the museum as well. I have to stop now...I need to go sign up for more Chicago Movie Tours. We're hooked!
Sophie and Elliot
average rating is 5 out of 5

December 31, 2023

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Amazing tour guide! Very informational and entertaining, the guide is great at engaging her audience and extremely nice. I learned lots about the movie and the city!
average rating is 5 out of 5

October 29, 2023

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Really enjoyed the tour. Kelli was very knowledgable and full of interesting information. And very nice to spend time with, too!

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