Guided Tours

Guided Tours with purchase of General Admission Tickets

We are pleased to offer guided tours of EXPO CHICAGO, led by museum educators and other arts professionals. Guided tours will orient visitors to the fair's layout and highlight our 2019 exhibitors, top artists and artworks, and provide information about site-specific commissioned artworks situated throughout EXPO CHICAGO. Tours are 60 minutes in duration.

  • Friday September 20 - 1:00pm, 3:00pm
  • Saturday September 21 - 1:00pm, 3:00pm
  • Sunday, September 22 - 1:00pm

Tours depart from the Information Desk, located just inside the main entrance of EXPO CHICAGO.

To reserve your spot in advance, simply purchase the 'Guided Tour of EXPO CHICAGO' ticket (includes one-day admission) via the EXPO CHICAGO ticketing page. 

Guests may also purchase tour tickets on-site, visit the Information Desk just inside the main entrace of EXPO CHICAGO to check for availability.   

VIP guests of EXPO CHICAGO recieve $10 off public tours. Present your VIP card and valid photo ID at the Information Desk, just inside the main entrace of EXPO CHICAGO to purchase. VIP guests may purchase tour tickets in advance, simply login to the EXPO CHICAGO VIP portal to retrive your discount code, NOTE: VIP card and valid photo ID must be presented at the time of the tour.


Private tours give you more personalized access to gallery owners and representatives, a customized overview of fair offerings, and tailored information about site-specific artworks and exhibitions. Private tours may be customized based on your interests, including highlights or a focus on galleries with a particular geographic emphasis, medium (such as painting or photography), or along other cultural criteria. NOTE: private tours do not include admission to EXPO CHICAGO.

  • 60 minute private guided tour, up to 15 guests: $225
  • 60 minute private guided tour, up to 25 guests: $300

For groups larger than 25 guests, two guides will be assigned, additional charges may apply. Please contact our tour coordinators for more details and to book. Tour options include, but not limited to:

  • Fair Highlights — Explore noteworthy work across the vast footprint of EXPO CHICAGO and gain insights into current market trends.
  • Emerging Artists in EXPOSURE — Consider the work of emerging artists in order to spot the newest talent and trends and understand this cultural moment.
  • Photography and New Media — Follow the thread of photography, film and video to discover galleries that specialize in or have brought significant works in these media. (Note: this tour could also be designed around painting, sculpture or other techniques and media.)
  • Focus on Place —Discover the myriad of international work at EXPO CHICAGO or focus on a particular city such as Chicago or New York.
  • IN/SITU — Explore in greater depth the site-specific commissioned works that are distributed in surprising locations throughout EXPO CHICAGO.
  • Identities and Cultures —Discover works and galleries associated with a specific identity affiliation, such as those by or represented by women, African-Americans, or Latin Americans.
  • Contemporary Art 101 — Allow EXPO CHICAGO to be the classroom for gaining a deeper appreciation for contemporary art.

To book your private guided tour, please contact Cynthia Noble at | 773-680-7823


Prior to starting an arts consulting practice in 2017, Susan J. Musich was an educator and lecturer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for almost 20 years. She gave talks and tours, conducted research on artists and exhibitions, managed and trained the volunteer docents, produced public programs, and created interpretive materials including wall texts and brochures. Musich currently serves as Executive Director of Homeroom, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative arts organization.

Cynthia Noble, M.A. leads Noble Art Tours, offering custom guided visits of art venues in Chicago and beyond. She is concurrently Executive Director of Art on theMART and Adjunct Lecturer and Study Leader for member travel at the Art Institute of Chicago. Previously, she held faculty and staff positions at the Solomon R. Guggenehim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Block Museum at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Columbia College Chicago. Cynthia is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and French.