Theater & Performing Arts, Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
Today, puppetry is a living and thriving art; this Festival is a celebration of its many forms. More than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations have joined together to ignite the spirit of this citywide event, which spans 10 days and features artists from abroad, across the nation, and unique ... Read More
Jane Glover leads the chorus Opera News calls “one of Chicago’s musical glories” in Mozart's "Great" C Minor Mass. With its mighty choruses, sublime solos, and intricate orchestral writing, the Mass is unlike any other church music of its time, looking back to Bach and Handel and offering an ... Read More
Opening this May, this special exhibit will showcase the amazing world of amphibians - featuring 40 species of salamanders, frogs and rarely-seen caecilians - highlighting their amazing diversity, unique adaptations and the serious challenges they face. Within Amphibians, guests will immerse themselves in the changing lives of salamanders, sirens, ... Read More
For over 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.
The 2017 Black Creativity program, an annual tradition at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) kicks off on January 16 with a Family Day event, the annual Juried Art Exhibition and an Innovation Studio experience. The program, which is centered around Black History Month, invites students, teachers, ... Read More
This 7,000-square-foot exhibit, developed and created by MSI, will feature a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge, the International Space Station, St. Louis Gateway Arch, Hoover Dam, Roman Coliseum, and more, constructed by LEGO® Certified ... Read More
CAMP: A Comedy Show is a free, year-round weekly summer camp-themed comedy show. Every Monday night at the Village Tap in their outdoor beer garden, you will see some of the best stand up comedy Chicago has to offer. Samantha Berkman and Tessa Orzech started this show because they ... Read More
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Tours & Attractions
To celebrate Chinese New Year, visit 360 CHICAGO 1,000 feet above The Magnificent Mile. Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with discounted general admission at Chicago's most popular attraction. 360 CHICAGO and its one-of-a-kind attraction, TILT, will bring the spirit of this wonderful celebration to life with spectacular sky-high ... Read More
Millennium Park will unveil six recent sculptures by American artist Chakaia Booker in a new exhibition in the Boeing Galleries - running April 30, 2016, through April 2018. A seventh, site-responsive sculpture (a new work) will be added in September 2016 in the South Boeing Gallery. Ranging in height ... Read More
The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Theater and Dance Residencies give emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project and takes place in the ... Read More
This ongoing exhibition presented by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks features 72 black and white photographs of 24 landmarks and historic districts by Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane, Bob Thall, and Stephen Beal.
With one of the largest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago is the proud home to a vibrant Chinese community. Join us as we celebrate the Chinese New Year-the Year of the Rooster-with special installations, events, and Chinese culinary specialties January 17-February 11, 2017. Highlights Mini-Tour: Fowl Friends Public Tours ... Read More
Destination Solar System is a live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes! From sizzling solar flares on the ... Read More
This exhibition will reunite all 32 doors painted by Eugene Eda for the stairwells of the original, now demolished Malcolm X College. Painted in 1917 by one of the principal artists of the Wall of Respect, the monumental doors are a landmark of the Black Arts movement in Chicago. ... Read More
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit musical Hamilton has revived interest in Alexander Hamilton, one of the most complex and controversial founding fathers. Hamilton’s life and times are richly documented in primary sources here at the Newberry. This small exhibition highlights a few of these invaluable, rare sources. How did the ... Read More
Explore the most eerie and infamous paranormal happenings throughout Chicago's history. The supernatural repurcussions of tragic events from its past still plague Chicago to this very day. See how Chicago is celebrating Halloween in 2015!
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s exhibit, Hunting Charlie: Finding the Enemy in the Vietnam War, explores the United States’ enemy during the Vietnam conflict through rarely seen original art pieces. The exhibit displays a point-and-counterpoint perspective by pairing North Vietnamese propaganda art from 1956 to 1973 with photos, ... Read More
Get ready to glide this winter at Lincoln Park Zoo! Skate past ponies and glide next to goats at the rink at the Farm-in-the-Zoo. Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the Farmhouse. Warm up in the Main Barn with winter drinks and snacks available for purchase. Read More
Journey to Space is a new Omnimax® film that uses visually stunning imagery and commentary from leading space experts to explore NASA's recent adventures and upcoming challenges - exploring deep space and eventually sending a manned craft to Mars. Photo credit: Journey to Space, LLC
Saint Xavier University’s (SXU) Art Gallery will feature the screen printing work of Kyle Baker and will serve as the first exhibit installment of the spring semester. This exhibition entitled, “Silkscreen Gig Posters” will run from Monday, January 9 to Tuesday, February 7 in the SXU Art Gallery on ... Read More
Discover how Abraham Lincoln’s changing views toward slavery transformed America. The exhibition explores this powerful story through five key speeches made by Lincoln between 1858-65. Rare treasures, including Lincoln’s family carriage and the bed in which he died, will be on view, supplemented by an audio program of selected ... Read More
Explore the life and legacy of an enterprising Chicagoan who rose to the heights of the European fashion world at the Chicago History Museum’s newest costume exhibition. Chicago-born Mainbocher established a fashion house serving royalty, Hollywood and the social elite. Featuring thirty garments, fashion illustrations, and photography, this exhibition ... Read More