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1.5 hrs

1 mi.

10 guests


Get up close with art featured in the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" on this unique 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 popular 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 renowned 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. As with all of our guided movie tours, your experience here will be enhanced with clips, photos, soundbites, and screenshots.

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. 

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.

Public Tour Dates


Jun 29, 2024

4:30 PM


Jul 13, 2024

4:30 PM


Jul 27, 2024

4:30 PM

Private Tours

Book this tour as a private or group tour! The private tour price listed below is a flat fee for up to 8 guests. If you have more than 8 in your party, please contact us to see if we can accommodate you.

NOTE: The Art Institute of Chicago closes Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so we cannot run this tour on those days.

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

Admission to the Art Institute of Chicago is NOT included in the public walking tour. For ticket prices, please refer to the museum's ticketing chart


Guests must initial a digital general waiver of liability with Chicago Movie Tours when they book. Guardians must sign waivers for children under the age of 18.


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 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. If you plan to check bags, please arrive early as there may be a line. 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.

What's Included

  • Immersive experience exploring Ferris Bueller's Day Off inside the Art Institute of Chicago

  • Solid overview of the world-famous museum (three floors, covering about 1 mile)

  • Tour guide commentary from a passionate Ph.D. in film  

  • Small groups to enhance engagement and foster a more personalized experience

  • Visual and audio media to enhance your museum experience

  • Little-known anecdotes, stories, and theories about the 1986 teen comedy

  • Plenty of Instagram opportunities

  • Mini (Ferris-themed) goodie bag!



Art of Ferris Bueller

average rating is 5 out of 5
Unforgettable!! Book this tour! 5 stars isn’t enough! I took my 2 teen boys to meet Kelli at the Art Institute for the Ferris Bueller tour and it was better than we could have imagined! Kelli is an engaging instructor and my boys and I were instantly intrigued and entertained. Kelli has so much knowledge of and insight into Ferris and the mind of John Hughes. We learned about Hughes’ connection to the Art Institute and the art within it. We even took some pics with certain pieces that mimic iconic scenes from the movie. I’ve been inspired to read more on John Hughes and revisit many of his movies that shaped my adolescence. Book this tour! It’s arguably the best thing we did in Chicago.

June 20, 2024


Art of Ferris Bueller

average rating is 5 out of 5
Excellent! Such a fun way to see the Art Institute! Kelli did a great job teaching us all about the movie and the art that was featured. And she got us thinking too! Her use of an iPad enhanced the experience. I highly recommend this tour!

June 2, 2024


Art of Ferris Bueller

average rating is 5 out of 5
Great tour and an amazing guide! 10/10 would recommend to anyone.

May 12, 2024


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