SAA: Meiji Modern and Asian Art in Chicago

      Chicago, IL, USA

      May 13 - 17, 2024
      Group size: 16 - 20
      SAA: Meiji Modern and Asian Art in Chicago
      Chicago, IL, USA

      May 13 - 17, 2024
      Group size: 16 - 20

      About this trip

      Join us to see Meiji Modern: 50 Years of New Japan (1868–1912), four remarkable decades that propelled the country into the modern era.  This special exhibition, with just three venues, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Art Society of America. With nearly 150 objects it includes paintings, prints, photographs, and sculptural works, in media, such as enamel, lacquer, embroidery, and textiles. Meiji Modern highlights traditional Japanese themes as they are transformed with the introduction of newly imported techniques, materials, and audiences, surprising the viewer with works of technical virtuosity, unexpected scale, and sheer beauty. We’ll enjoy a private tour with the curator and co-organizer of the exhibition.

      Other Highlights 

      · Our visit to the Art Institute of Chicago will feature two curator-led tours including a special exhibition showcasing contemporary women clay artists from Japan, Radical Clay 

      · A private tour at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures (formerly Oriental Institute) with the director and chief curator will cover highlights of the collection 

      · Outstanding private art collections are expected to be confirmed in the coming months

      · We will stay at the four-star Sofitel Chicago, footsteps from the Magnificent Mile and Riverwalk, take a Chicago Architecture River Cruise, and more.  

      · End with a sumptuous French Vietnamese feast in a beautiful setting at Le Colonial

      A final, updated Itinerary will be sent to you two weeks prior to the tour. 

      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        Four nights total, including sales and occupancy taxes, at the Sofitel Chicago, with a choice of a Classic king room or a Superior room with two full beds (350 sq. ft.).
      • Meals
        Full American breakfast daily, one welcome reception with two glasses of wine per person and a cheese-and-charcuterie platter, and one farewell dinner including wine
      • Private Collections
        As indicated in the itinerary
      • Curator and Docent Tours
        As indicated in the itinerary
      • Entrance Fees
        Entrances to the following sites featured in the itinerary: Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures, Chicago's First Lady cruise, Chicago Architecture Center, and Art Institute of Chicago
      • WiFi
        Complimentary WiFi internet access at the hotels
      • Travel Expenses
        To and from Chicago
      • Airport transfers
        To and from the hotels
      • Porterage
        Upon check-in and check-out at the hotel
      • Housekeeping gratuities
        $3 per room per day is suggested
      • Transportation
        From and between sites, as indicated in the itinerary
      • Gratuities
        For hotel staff, local guides and drivers
      • Meals
        Meals and beverages not otherwise included
      • Items for personal use
        Including phone and fax charges, minibar, and laundry services
      • Non-group tickets
        Event and performance tickets arranged on your own
      • Travel Insurance
        Information will be provided upon sign-up

      Available Packages

      Per person, based on double occupancy
      only 2 left
      Per person, based on single occupancy
      only 2 left

      Available options


      Monday, May 13th

      Arrive independently and check-in to the Sofitel Chicago, centrally located in the heart of the Gold Coast historic district.


      Sofitel Chicago – Magnificent Mile

      20 E. Chestnut

      Chicago, IL 60611

      Tel.:  312-324-4000




      Choice of a Classic room with a king bed a superior room with two full beds (350 sq. ft.). All rooms come with a marble bathroom with glass shower and separate tub, safe large enough for a laptop, minifridge, Tivoli sound system, and 55” LCD TV. King Rooms are on floors 6-10; and Superior Rooms are on floors 11-21. WiFi is complimentary, as are unlimited local and long-distance calls within the continental U.S. Two complimentary bottles of water are replenished daily. Access to the 24-hour fitness center is complimentary.

      To upgrade to rooms on higher floors, some with partial views of Lake Michigan, please contact Meg MacDonald at


      Welcome and Orientation at the hotel in the Marseilles Room and Foyer.

      IMAGE:  Exterior of the Sofitel Chicago

      Your Organizer

      Tour Advisor Meg MacDonald at Travel Muse
      Mūse, n. [L. musa; Gr. mousa] 1. In Greek mythology, any of the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne who presided over the fine arts and science. 2. The spirit regarded as inspiring a poet or other artist; source of genius or inspiration. Travel Muse has 30+ years' experience creating tours to inspire, including Director’s and President’s Circle Tours; Connoisseur Tours; and Study Tours. Tours of the highest standard are designed for fine and decorative art organizations, botanic gardens, historic societies, & culinary groups.