Summer with Seurat 

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In 1886, Georges-Pierre Seurat first exhibited his masterpiece, a painting of Parisians enjoying a day in the park, called “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884.” Since then, the painting has become a kind of icon, a cornerstone of the massive collection of The Art Institute of Chicago, and even the basis of a hit musical by Stephen Sondheim.

This summer, the Art Institute has developed a one-time only blockbuster show around the painting called Seurat and the Making of La Grande Jatte. The exhibition presents 130 paintings and works on paper, including 40 works by Seurat related to the painting. Also featured are works by Seurat’s peers, including Monet, Renoir, Pissarro and Signac. The show examines the conception, birth and evolution of Seurat’s masterpiece, as well as its legacy to the Art Institute, and to the history of Modernism.

The exhibit is up through Sept. 19. Special dated timed tickets are required. Call 312-930-4040 or purchase them at the museum. For hotel package information, call 1-877-CHICAGO or visit Tickets are also available online at

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