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Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-642-4600

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
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

MCL Chicago
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657

Music & Comedy
4/24/2017
MCL Chicago is the first theater dedicated to the art of music comedy. It houses productions featuring music improv, musical sketch, as well as new original musicals. Performances happen nearly every night of the week with some staple shows like MINt: Music Improv Night performing year round, and seasonal ... Read More

Instituto Cervantes
31 W. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60654

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
Instituto Cervantes of Chicago presents the exhibition Rooted featuring photographs by artist Pierre Gonnord. Rooted is comprised of portraits of Asturian miners that invite the viewer to connect with the strength of the human condition.

Seadog Cruises
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
888-345-3880

Tours & Attractions
4/24/2017
Seadog's River and Lake Architectural Tour is the only tour that takes you from the lakefront, through the locks and along the Chicago River, all the way to the famous Willis Tower and back! Departing from Navy Pier, this 75-minute narrated cruise is the best way to get up-close ... Read More

Shoreline Sightseeing Company
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611

Tours & Attractions
4/24/2017
A Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour is a not-to-be-missed Chicago experience! Shoreline's expert, entertaining guides will share the inside stories behind Chicago's world-famous landmarks. Find out how Chicago rose from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1871 to become the birthplace of the skyscraper and the home of ... Read More

Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
312-642-4600

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
The Chicago History Museum's newest exhibition provides historic perspective on nine major events when America’s sense of security felt threatened by those within its borders. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of government and public opinion, U.S. counterintelligence and homeland security efforts, and challenges visitors to consider the difficult task ... Read More

City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
806 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
Saving landmarks in Chicago has always been a lively challenge. Over the years, public activism, outreach campaigns and governmental legislation have produced notable graphic designs and striking photographs. This exhibit features images, artifacts and ephemera relating to this seldom-told story.

Tours & Attractions
4/24/2017
Statue Stories Chicago is a city-wide public arts initiative that brings 30 of Chicago's statues to life. Chicago’s most celebrated writers, actors and comedians were commissioned to create monologues for some of the city’s famous statues. Pass a talking statue, look for the nearby sign, and use your smartphone ... Read More

Theater & Performing Arts
4/24/2017
The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), in collaboration with Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Trinity Irish Dance Company, spotlights Chicago’s exceptionally diverse percussive dance community with the third annual citywide STOMPING GROUNDS, a series of free community ... Read More

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Tattoos have a storied and diverse past, with practices dating back at least 5,000 years. Indelibly marking one’s skin has signified passage into adulthood, a sense of community, healing, art, punishment, and personal identity. The new exhibition at The Field Museum, Tattoo, examines myriad and ... Read More

The Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

Theater & Performing Arts
4/24/2017
Get out of the house and enjoy the outside world again after a long Chicago winter at Barrel of Monkeys’ newest revue, featuring stories written by Chicago Public School students and adapted for the stage and performed by Barrel of Monkeys Company Members. Clever and funny – touching and ... Read More

The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Music & Comedy
4/24/2017
Come see where it all began! The Best of The Second City features some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from their fifty-two year history performed by The Second City Touring Company. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more, ... Read More

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
In Partnership with Art Institute of Chicago. Frank Lloyd Wright lent Japanese prints to the Art Institute consistently, but his most important exhibition was a large show of prints he mounted at the museum in 1908 with an installation of specially designed frames and furniture. Clarence Buckingham, whose name ... Read More

The iO Theater
1501 N. Kingsbury St.
Chicago, IL 60642

Music & Comedy
4/24/2017
Widely considered to be the premier venue for long-form improvisational performances and classes, the iO Theater (formerly known as the ImprovOlympic Theater) was founded in 1981 by Charna Halpern and the late great improvisational teacher and director, Del Close. After almost 20 years in Chicago's Wrigleyville neighborhood, Charna Halpern ... Read More

The pH Comedy Theater
1515 W. Berwyn Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

Music & Comedy
4/24/2017
See a live comedy show at The pH Comedy Theater, featuring improv, sketch and stand-up!

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
Planning and creating public art can be a risky enterprise. For over 200 years, Chicago has been putting art in public places. Sometimes it's loved. Sometimes it's hated. To further complicate matters, times change - and so do people and tastes. See for yourself in this exhibition of stories ... Read More

The Second City Training Center
230 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Music & Comedy
4/24/2017
The Second City Training Center is home to four stages featuring up-and-coming comedic talent as well as local comedy vets! Featuring sketch comedy, improv, stand-up and more, their schedule of rotating shows provide a night of big laughs! Stages include The Blackout Cabaret, de Maat Studio Theatre, Donny's Skybox ... Read More

UP Comedy Club
230 W. North Ave., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60614

Music & Comedy
4/24/2017
The legendary Mick Napier directs Chicago's finest improvisers in an evening of unscripted and unequaled improvisational comedy in this highly interactive, hilarious, and thoroughly original show.  Photo credit: UP Comedy Club  

Adler Planetarium
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
Adler Planetarium's newest exhibition teaches you all about the Universe. Featuring various multi-media interactive stations, The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time is a mix of fun and education. As you walk through, you'll first learn about the history of the Universe.  You're invited to explore the big ... Read More

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
The Wall of Respect chronicles how the Organization of Black Arts and Culture - a collection of 14 designers, photographers, painters and others - designed and produced a seminal mural for and within Chicago's Black South Side communities. Featuring the images of leading black icons ranging from Sara Vaughn ... Read More

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
312-443-3600

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
Conceived as a study in tonal harmonies, James McNeill Whistler’s Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist’s Mother) became enshrined in popular culture as an icon of motherhood. Examine the history and fame of “Whistler’s Mother” with this focused installation featuring paintings, prints, drawings, posters, ... Read More

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
4/24/2017
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have declared 2017 as the "Year of Public Art" in Chicago with a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more. The ... Read More

Zanies Comedy Club
1548 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Music & Comedy
4/24/2017
See the best stand-up comedy every week at Zanies Comedy Club! Photo courtesy of Zanies Comedy Club

Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
312-443-3600

Museums, Galleries & Exhibitions
4/24/2017
Pioneering Chinese artist Zhang Peili’s distinctive videos transform repetitive acts like breaking and repairing a mirror, washing a chicken, reading, and dancing into disorienting scenes, ultimately upending our understanding of the roles of art and entertainment in contemporary life. Record. Repeat.—the first major survey of the artist’s work in ... Read More

AMC River East 21 Theatres
322 E. Illinois St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Festivals, Fairs & Special Events
4/25/2017
The Festival will present 71 feature-length and 42 short films from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States. The Festival opens Friday, April 20 with the Chicago premiere of the Argentinian comedy 'One Night of Love' directed by Hernán Guerschuny and starring Sebastián Wainraich and Carla Peterson and ... Read More

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