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Vincent Van Gogh's Bedrooms at the Art Institute of Chicago: 6 Ways to Experience the Exhibit

Van Gogh's Bedrooms at The Art Institute of Chicago

Vincent van Gogh's painting of his bedroom in Arles is one of the most iconic paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago's collection. But did you know that Van Gogh made three distinct versions of the painting, all depicting the bedroom of his Yellow House in France? Now, for the first time in North America, all three versions of the painting will be together in an exhibition titled Van Gogh's Bedrooms at the Art Institute of Chicago.


A Hyde Park Itinerary

Oriental Institute Chicago

Hyde Park might be most known as President Obama's neighborhood and the home of the University of Chicago but this eclectic enclave has a lot more going on beyond these landmarks. From the leafy streets to the bohemian residents, this South Side community stands out from other Chicago hoods. Check out these highlights for a taste of Hyde Park.


7 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Kid-Sized Sweethearts in Chicago

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago

Looking for a spot to celebrate Valentine's Day with the entire family? Thankfully Chicago has you covered with fun events and activities that celebrate that thing called love this February. Here are seven ways to enjoy the sweetness of Valentine's Day with your kid-sized valentines.


Monkey See Monkey Do: The Insider's Guide To Chinese New Year

Macy's on State Street | Chicago Chinese New Year
 
Chinese New Year celebrations inspire excitement and festivities all over the globe and Chicago honors the holiday with a wealth of colorful events. February 8, 2016 marks the year of the red fire monkey, or the 4713th year in the Chinese lunar year. According to Chinese astrology, the monkey represents a year of fast-paced intensity and optimism as well as unpredictability. Here are some insider activities to usher in the Chinese New Year of the Monkey.

Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at Chicago's Driehaus Museum

Downton Abbey at The Driehaus Museum Chicago

British period drama television series Downton Abbey has been dazzling U.S. audiences since it premiered in 2011. Set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate, the series transports viewers to the post-Edwardian era, depicting the tumultuous lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants. This February, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum will be bringing Downtown Abbey to Chicago via its much anticipated exhibition, Dressing Downton™: Changing Fashion for Changing


Top 10 Theatre Week Must-Sees

Broadway in Chicago presents Cabaret

Dramas, and comedies, and tragedies. Oh my. For the super-cheap price of $15 or $30, you can nab tickets to over 120 different shows from February 11-21, when ChicagoTheatreWeek.com celebrates the city's stages from Skokie to South Shore. The sheer amount of shows is overwhelming. How to pick when the field is so crowded? Here are our picks for the Top Ten Theatre Week Must-Sees.


Explore The Wild and Wonderful World of Pop Art and Design at the MCA

Pop Art Design, MCA Chicago
If you think Andy Warhol's "Soup Cans" represent all there is to pop art, think again. Thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art's revelatory exhibits, The Street, The Store and The Silver Screen: Pop Art From The MCA Collection and Pop Art Design, the broad scope of the 60s and '70s era movement is on vivid display. Yes, Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell soup cans are featured but so are a host of striking images positioned as "an attack on the privileged world of fine

Dive Into Pageantry and Tragedy at Goodman's Another Word For Beauty

Goodman Theatre presents Another Word For Beauty

In popular culture, the South American country of Columbia has long been associated with images of drug trafficking, beauty pageants and political strife. Its a one-dimensional trope that keeps haunting Columbia, especially with media spectacles like the recent Miss Universe debacle. Academy Award-nominated director Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries)  borrows from real life and manages to cram all of these elements into the multi-faceted musical Another Word For Beauty,


Celebrate the Year of the Monkey: Kid-Friendly Guide to Chinese New Year in Chicago

Chicago Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Chinese New Year falls on Monday, February 8, 2016. We can expect lots of playfulness this year — it's the year of the monkey! One of the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year is Chicago's one-of-a-kind Chinatown, where the sights, the sounds and the (mouthwatering!) smells will transport you directly to China, but you'll find plenty of festivities around town. Here are eleven ways to kick off the Year of the Monkey in Chicago.


Fun, Kooky & Kinky... 13 Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago

Dirty Dancing Party

Whether you're making a special trip to Chicago or you're a local looking to make plans for an unforgettable date; whether your single, or celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary, Valentine's Day is all about celebrating that thing called love. Here are thirteen unique ways to enjoy Valentine's Day in Chicago.


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