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Chicago's Year of Public Art rolls on with an exciting addition to the already amazing diversity of programs, talks, and of course, compelling new public art installations. Kerry James Marshall, the celebrated contemporary artist is bringing a massive new piece to the Chicago Cultural Center over the coming weeks — and at 132 by 100 feet — it will be nothing short of epic.

What makes a great public transit facility, you ask? I'd say it is a well-lit space to wait for the next train, combined with compelling architecture, public art, and easy access for people with physical handicaps.

Such a station now graces the eastern side of the Loop 'L' trains, as the stunning Washington/Wabash Station opened for use by visitors and Chicagoans on August 31, 2017. It’s the first new station in the Loop since 1997, and rave reviews continue to come in from architectural magazines, transit wonks, and a range of other outlets.

If you haven’t heard, 2017 is the Year of Public Art in Chicago, and there are hundreds of fascinating exhibits, talks, public programs, walks and more going on until the end of the year in neighborhoods around the city, from the far Northwest Side to Hegewisch. Not surprisingly, the Chicago Cultural Center is the nerve center of many programs, including several rotating exhibits, public conversations and other events for locals and visitors.

Since 2009, The Queer Film Society (QFS) has been bringing LGBTQ-focused film entertainment to Chicago. The QFS is proud to announce the Cinema QVI film series, taking place on three consecutive Fridays (May 5, 12, and 19) at 6:30 pm in the Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center [78 E. Washington Street].

The trio of films scheduled is focused on the fictional and non-fictional representation of activism on film.

The Peninsula Chicago Chinese New Year

With one of the biggest Chinatowns in North America, Chicago welcomes Chinese New Year with a host of celebrations during the end of January and beginning of February. Officially starting on January 28, the Year of the Rooster will be commemorated with parades, dinners, special packages and events all over the city. Many of the festivities are FREE, so mark your calendars to join in some of these cultural celebrations!

Adler Planetarium

It's the first weekend of 2017 and we've already got some amazing Chicago events and activities you won't want to miss, many of which are free! Get ready to laugh at 180 shows at the Sketch Comedy Fest, tour some of Chicago's famous attractions, check out spectacular flower displays and go wild at Navy Pier's indoor fun zone: 170,000 square feet of rides and slides. It's time to make weekend plans... here's your guide.  

Wired Fridays at Chicago Cultural Center

In Chicago, the weekend doesn't wait until sundown. Start your party early at the Chicago Cultural Center's bi-monthly Wired Fridays series. Celebrate the city's status as a House music mecca and groove to guest DJ beats in the middle of the day, on the first and third Friday of the month.

Mecca Flats Blues

Only a few days are left to experience the "Mecca Flat Blues" exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center. Let's look at this exhibit through an architectural lens. Through May 25th, you can see the contrast of two very important Chicago buildings, both significant to Chicago architectural history and built on the same site in Bronzeville. 

Stunning Stained Glass of Chicago

Sunday, March 2, 2014 12:00 AM by Amanda Scotese

Chicago Cultural Center ceiling

So often we think we need to hop on a plane to appreciate architectural details like stained glass window, but actually you don't need to go to Rome or Paris to see breathtakingly beautiful works of stained glass. America has had many stained glass masters, the most famous of which was Louis Comfort Tiffany. Tiffany became so known because he was an innovator in making glass with new colors and textures, and his windows eventually eliminated the lead outlines to make glass panels comparable to paintings. For a stained glass tour of Chicago, here are a few of my recommendations, most of which are free to visit. 

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