Christopher Wool

Spring brings more than just warm weather to Chicago: a handful of new exhibits have debuted at museums across the city in the past few weeks, and now is the perfect  time to check them out.

Christoper Wool at the Art Institute

Through May 11, 2014

Another artist born and raised in Chicago, Christopher Wool gained fame from his stencil paintings in the 80s. This retrospective showcases nearly 90 paintings, photographs, and works on paper that span the artist's career.

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics at the Field Museum

Through Jan 4, 2015

Biomechanics Field Museum

Many people know the cheetah is the fastest land mammal, but they don't know it has an aerodynamic snout and and a curled spine that acts like a loaded spring, propelling the animal forward. The Field Museum's newest exhibit explores the mechanical processes-radiators, springs, pumps and motors-within living things that enable them to survive and thrive. Visitors will get to pump a model of a giraffes heart, see a robot that mimics the way humans walk, and learn how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal. The exhibit also includes examples of how natural engineering has inspired man-made mechanisms, including Velcro, chainsaws and wind turbines.

Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey at the Loyola University Museum of Art

Through June 15, 2014

Gorey

This traveling exhibit has finally made it's way to the city where Gorey was born and raised. The exhibit joins another centered on the artist, G is for Gorey-C is for Chicago: The Collection of Thomas Michalak, to provide an in-depth look at Gorey's delightfully macabre work. Hundreds of original drawings, illustrations and artifacts from his life are on display.

Flight of the Butterflies at the Museum of Science and Industry

Through February 19, 2015

Ever since he was a boy, Dr. Fred Urquhart has wondered where butterflies go each winter. His curiosity has fueled him on a 40-year quest to study the migration of butterflies. This film follows the creatures as they migrate between Mexico, the United States and Canada, and then back again, to their overwintering site perched 10,000 feet high in the mountains of Mexico.