Year of Mercy Art Tour

“Each particular Church should encourage the use of the arts in evangelization, building on the treasures of the past but also drawing upon the wide variety of contemporary expressions so as to transmit the faith in a new ‘language of parables.’” (Evangelii Gaudium , par. 167)

Year of Mercy inspired Tour at the Art Institute

The Archdiocese of Chicago is very pleased to invite you to participate in the Year of Mercy Art Tour created in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.  The tour will run from October through December 2016.

This tour includes seven works of art which will pull you through the Art Institute and two millennia. These works reflect the seven Spiritual Works of Mercy – those acts of compassion we offer to help our neighbors with their spiritual and emotional needs.  It is our hope that these beautiful works of art will allow those who attend to encounter the living Christ and experience God’s mercy.

Tour Information:

All are welcome to take the tour at the Art Institute at any time. Hand cards are available at both entrances of the Art Institute. In addition, you can download your copy in English, Spanish and/or Polish. Check the Art Institute hours and plan to attend!

For groups of 15 or more, you will want to book your tour directly through the Art Institute at These group tours offer discounted rates, a docent-led option, as well as the ability to offer a lunch or other food options. For more details download our information sheet.

For more details about pricing (the various free or discounted rates), hours, and how to book your tour, download our information sheet.

Tools for your use:

  1. Promoting the Tour:  Please download an 8.5” x 11” poster about the tour to encourage attendance (English, Spanish and Polish).
  2. Hand Cards: If you book a group tour, the Art Institute will send you a tour hand card for each member of your group. In addition, these hand cards are available at each entrance of the Art Institute. If you would like to download a copy now, you can do so here (English, Spanish and Polish).
  3. Reflection Guide: We have created a downloadable Reflection Guide (available in English, Spanish and Polish) to help you experience the tour as a prayerful encounter. In this Guide, you will find a scripture reference, a short reflection, and questions for you to consider while taking the tour or afterwards, as an individual or as a group.

If you have any questions or need assistance in booking your tour, please contact Krystle Frey, Senior Event Coordinator, at

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