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11 Free Things to Do in Chicago Right Now!

The Bean in Millennium Park

March in Chicago means that spring is here and summer is right around the corner. As the weather warms up, there are more and more FREE things to do around Chicago. Read on for some top picks to finish out the month.


February Dance Highlights: Tradition & Innovation Fuel Dance This Month in Chicago

The Joffrey Ballet

February is jam-packed with a roster of exciting and varied dance events, with the blurring of genre lines as modern meets tradition. The Shen Yun Show highlights ancient Chinese tradition at the Harris Theater, while challenging programming from The Joffrey Ballet's "Game Changers" sends us to the cutting edge in contemporary ballet at the Auditorium Theatre. Kick the winter blahs, get out of the house, and See Chicago Dance!


Feel the Pulse of Chicago's Creative Community at MCA's Prime Time: Ascend, Featuring Live Music + Art + Food

MCA Prime Time

If you think Chicago music is just about Kanye and R. Kelly, then you should check out the Museum of Contemporary Art's Prime Time after-hours series, which explores the pulse of the city's creative community. The interactive program features live music, performance art and film screenings for evenings of cultural highlights and discourse.


Weekend Alert November 11-13: A Comedy Fest, New Shows and Exhibits + 4 Things Free

Family Day at MCA Chicago

It's finally the weekend and we've got some really cool things for you to do! We've already highlighted the recent opening of a major tattoo exhibit at The Field (yes, you can actually watch people get tattooed live!) and the colorful showcase from author/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are at MSI. But you can also get in the holiday spirit this weekend at Charlie Brown and friends, or join a FREE workshop during the Chicago Book Expo.


2 Live Summer Music Series: Jazzin' at the Shedd & Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Jazzin' at the Shedd

Summer in Chicago is all about enjoying the great outdoors! Picnics, patios and parks beckon as the city comes alive under the summer sun. Here are two unique, weekly outdoor events featuring live music at the Shedd Aquarium and Museum of Contemporary Art that you won't want to miss.


Kerry James Marshall's "Mastry" Exhibit at the MCA is a Game Changer

Kerry James Marshall - School of Beauty, School of Culture

If you've never heard of pioneering artist Kerry James Marshall, his jaw-dropping retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago guarantees that you will never forget his name or work. Mastry spans 36 years of Marshall's vivid and thought-provoking paintings, which re-imagine the portrayal of African American images and experiences.


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

Major Developments at Museum of Contemporary Art | Preview of Doris Salcedo Exhibit

Museum of Contemporary Art

Fresh off the overwhelming success of the internationally acclaimed David Bowie Is exhibit, the Museum of Contemporary Art is powering into the future with a slew of exciting updates.

On Friday, the MCA unveiled a new multi-million dollar Vision Campaign, which includes major renovations and additions to the museum's existing space. The Vision Campaign was created to support the museum's highly acclaimed programming and to make the museum even more visitor-friendly than before.


David Bowie Is Opens at the MCA Chicago Tomorrow

David Bowie Is

It's hard to imagine the entire city of Chicago being whipped into this much of a frenzy over a single art exhibit but if there's one subject that could do so it's the widely admired, enigmatic David Bowie. 


Art in Chicago: Museum Exhibits Opening in September

'David Bowie Is' lead

Autumn in Chicago - cooling temperatures, changing trees, football, and museums?

When thinking about fall in the city, art might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but September is one of the busiest and active months for museums - almost all major museums are opening a new exhibit this month.

Learn about five of the exhibits opening during the month of September, as well as two exhibits not to miss before they close.


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