There are 74 onstage deaths in the works of William Shakespeare — 75 if you count the black ill-favored fly killed in Titus Andronicus. From the Roman suicides in Julius Caesar to the death fall of Prince Arthur in King John; from the carnage at the end of Hamlet ... Read More
This year marks the 30th annual Day of the Dead exhibition in Chicago. Three decades ago when the Museum first initiated this artistic tradition, few Chicagoans were familiar with the life-affirming holiday. Today, the ancestral rituals involved in honoring deceased loved ones have become part of the popular culture ... Read More
Tis the season to celebrate everyone’s favorite Peanuts pals as they dig past the commercialized gimmicks of presents and decorations to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas. Through a pageant and a spindly tree, Charlie Brown and friends bring the holiday spirit back to life for families once again! ... Read More
Take off on a journey to Above and Beyond, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago’s new temporary exhibit. Above and Beyond offers guests the opportunity to explore innovations in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to space travel, through hands-on experiences and virtual simulations. The exhibit ... 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.
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
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.
Stand among larger-than-life soldiers in The Field Museum's newest exhibition, China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors. Tasked to guard Qin Shihuangdi's tomb for eternity, archers, infantrymen, and armored officers hold watch over a striking underground model of China's first empire. Explore the life of the ruler who vanquished ... Read More
One of the most timeless Christmas celebrations takes place within the quaint Main Market Square of Nuremberg, Germany. The Christmas Market is a lively and bustling village of stalls in which more than two million come to enjoy the holiday spirit. Thanks to Chicago's international communities, you can enjoy ... Read More
A holiday favorite also returns to MSI this November, Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. Guests can celebrate festive traditions from around the globe with a forest of beautifully adorned trees, each one decorated by local volunteers from cultural organizations and Chicago's diverse communities. Looking for the ... Read More
Creating Shakespeare is an exhibition exploring Shakespeare’s creative process as well as the countless ways in which he and his work have been re-created, re-imagined, and re-invented over the past four centuries. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare—and the beginning of his illustrious ... Read More
See the DaVinci Machines Exhibition at Water Tower Place through December 31, 2016. The exhibit displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs brought to life the creations by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo DaVinci as well as his Masterpieces digitally remastered for an up ... 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
Enter the whimsical world of insects with a cast of creepy crawly characters, and laugh away the trials of being a young bug in school. Through musical genres such as rap, hip-hop, pop, and Broadway standards, this choral comedy humanizes the life cycles of insects to celebrate and accept ... Read More
Fool Me Twice, Deja Vu takes you on an uproarious exploration of intuition. Have you been here before? Should you do anything different? Or are mistakes what make us grow? In this ever changing world there are still significant transformations to be made. Take a gleeful glance into funny ... Read More
Leap into the amazing and colorful world of frogs when the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum opens the awe-inspiring ex-“ribbit” Frogs: A Chorus of Colors. Get eyeball to eyeball with 70 vibrant and vocal frogs from around the world, including delicate tree frogs, fat bullfrogs, ... Read More
In 2016 Chicago's cultural community is celebrating The Great Migration Centennial. The Great Migration, a long-term movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, transformed Chicago between 1916 and 1970. Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood became home to a tremendous number of African Americans during the Migration. ... Read More
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is 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!
Festivals, Fairs & Special Events, Millennium Park
Millennium Park will be home to numerous holiday celebrations this season! Santa Claus will set up shop in Millennium Park this holiday season. Santa's Midwest headquarters will be open to children of all ages where they can visit and have their picture taken with Santa Claus throughout the holiday ... Read More