SEEING BIG: Detroit & Grand Rapids June 22 – 25, 2017

Chicago Motorcoach Tour between Chicago and Detroit/Grand Rapids


Thursday  June 22, 2017  –  Sunday June 25, 2017

$1,490 per person (based on double occupancy)
$225 single occupancy

Find out how art is helping to revitalize the Motor City and why artists from all over the world are flocking to Detroit.  Travel by luxury coach from Chicago with Artistic Director and painter Joanna Pinsky and painter/sculptor Jill King who will provide an inside view of Detroit’s growing art scene in explorations of the city’s vast and stunning murals, artists’ studios and innovative art venues.  Stay in the recently opened Trumbull & Porter located in the city’s “hot” rejuvenated Corktown neighborhood.  On our return to Chicago, we’ll spend a night in Grand Rapids, Michigan’s burgeoning city, where we’ll visit a private art collection and explore one of the world’s greatest sculpture collections at the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Garden.

  • Tour the Murals of Detroit and witness firsthand how street artists are changing the face of devastated Detroit neighborhoods
  • Experience Corktown, our hotel’s new hip neighborhood.
  • Meet artists in their studios and find out why Detroit is attracting a new generation of artists.
  • Visit the Detroit Institute of Art and explore Diego Rivera’s famous Detroit Industry murals, the inspiration behind the explosion of Detroit’s outdoor murals.
  • Private tour of the Heidelberg Project, an outdoor art environment project that started with artistically decorated homes causing traffic jams of curious onlookers.
  • Explore the outdoor sculpture and gardens of the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, one of the nation’s most significant sculpture and botanic experiences.
  • Enjoy an outstanding private collection and learn about Grand Rapids’ expanding art scene.
  • Visit the Cranbrook Educational Community in the elegant suburb of Bloomfield Hills, a campus of buildings that celebrates the merging together of architecture, design and fine arts.

ITINERARY (Subject to change)

Thursday, June 22

  • Check into Trumbull & Porter Hotel, Detroit  featuring Detroit made art and Michigan made furniture adorning bright white rooms, local craft beer and the best local coffee.
  • Guided Tour of Corktown galleries/studios
  • G.R. N’namdi Gallery and wine reception, a premiere gallery featuring contemporary African American Art.  In addition to the current exhibition, we’ll have a private viewing of their fine collection of African American art.
  • Welcome dinner at Chartreuse Kitchen

Friday, June 23  

  • City & Murals in the Market Tour led by Linda Yellen.  See the many fascinating and beautiful murals in varied installations from buildings to parking garage!
  • Detroit Institute of Art– Discussion of famous Diego Rivera Murals which served as an inspiration for future muralists, and collection highlights in this world renowned museum.
  • Private tour with the Director of MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) – Meet with MODAD’s director to learn about this non-collecting museum that brings together adventurous contemporary visual, literary, music and performing arts.
  • Wine reception at the exciting loft home of private collectors in nearby Royal Oak.

Saturday, June 24

  • The Heidelberg Project  Tour this extraordinary project founded in 1986 by artist Tyree Guyton and his grandfather Sam Mackey. It is now evolving from an outdoor art installation to a thriving arts and culture community.
  • Cranbrook Art Museum  Explore this beautiful museum, designated a National Historic Landmark.  Situated on the Cranbrook Educational Community’s 319 acre campus, its exhibits and collections focus on relevant and transformative moments in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design.
  • Depart for Grand Rapids.
  • Farewell dinner

Sunday, June 25

  • Visit to the home of art collectors to see work from the 2nd half of the 20th century including Motherwell, Larry Rivers, Bob Thompson and Louise Nevelson along with mid-century furniture.
  • The Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park  Visit this extraordinary park which features one of the most comprehensive collection of outdoor sculpture within a variety of natural settings connected by waterways, meandering paths meadows and quiet paths within 30 acres.  We’ll encounter selected large scale works before joining a guided tram tour.  Lunch and further exploring the gardens on your own.
  • Return to Chicago late afternoon.


Accommodations for 3 nights, daily continental breakfast, Welcome and Farewell dinners, all activities described in itinerary, all museum/site admissions, luxury coach transportation for the entire tour including to and from the Chicago area, services of personal escorts Joanna Pinsky and Jill King, behind-the-scenes privately guided tours for several site visits.


Lunches, 1 dinner, alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature, gratuities, porterage, travel insurance

Please note:
Trip cost is based on a minimum of 15 people.
Membership is required ($50 individual, $75 family) and can be handled along with trip registration.
Trip deposit of $500 is non-refundable unless the trip minimum registration is not reached.

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