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Shoreline Sightseeing Classic Lake Tours

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
05-01-2017 to 09-30-2017 - Shoreline Sightseeing's Classic Lake Tours offer a dramatic panorama of Chicago's famed skyline accompanied by a narration on the city's dramatic history and world-famous landmarks. These 40-minute tours offer day and evening departures from Shoreline's dock at the west end of Navy Pier daily from May 1 through September 30.
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Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline Urban Adventure Cruise

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-28-2017 to 10-09-2017 - The Urban Adventure Cruise ®, Mercury Cruises’ signature tour, dazzles guests with stunning views of legendary skyscrapers and bridges while sailing along the main branch of the Chicago River, through the Chicago River Lock and into the downtown harbor of Lake Michigan. The 90-minute narrated cruise is a family favorite and offers a picture post-card view of the famous Chicago skyline.
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Candida Alvarez

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-29-2017 to 08-06-2017 - The first major career survey of the work of Chicago-based artist Candida Alvarez, this exhibition will focus primarily on the artist's painting, from 1975 to the present. Born in Brooklyn and based in Chicago since 1988, Alvarez has been involved with both abstraction and representation in her work for more than 30 years. Emerging from a home life that immersed her in the traditions of Puerto Rico, her parents' birthplace, from the outset Alvarez incorporated narrative and ritual into her work.

This exhibit is located in the Exhibit Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Night Out in the Parks

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-01-2016

Night Out in the Parks brings over 1,000 cultural events to neighborhood parks each year. Chicagoans and visitors alike, enjoy the breadth of world-class events in every one of the city's 77 community areas. From traditional performances and concerts, to peace rallies, community workshops, nature-based programs, dance performances, festivals, and more, there is something for everyone happening in the parks!

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THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: I Still Know What You Did Last Spring

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-24-2017 to 05-22-2017 - 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 poignant – the collection of short sketches is equally entertaining for adults and children. The line-up of the long running, critically acclaimed revue changes each week by audience vote, so no two shows are ever the same.
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The Formation of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-22-2017 to 07-23-2017 - 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 graces the Japanese print gallery at the Art Institute, purchased several prints from Frank Lloyd Wright for his personal collection in 1911. This 2017 exhibition comprises Japanese prints originally purchased from Frank Lloyd Wright, photos of the 1908 exhibition, as well as presentation drawings by Wright and his studio.
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Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-15-2017 to 07-30-2017 - Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones first ever major exhibit, delivered by DHL, allows you to experience the incredible journey of the most influential rock ‘n' roll band in the world from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

With the full participation of Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, this highly immersive and interactive exhibition is the largest of its kind at nearly 18,000 square feet. Including over 500 rare items from the band's private archive, Exhibitionism spans their influence on fashion, film, recording, and art and design.

From their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio, Exhibitionism culminates in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.

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Ben Shahn: If Not Now, When?

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-09-2017 to 08-27-2017 - Spertus Institute presents 30 works by artist and activist Ben Shahn, who exposed injustice and inspired social change through his art. Throughout his career, Shahn explored themes of inequality, immigration, antisemitism, ethnic identity, fair labor, and urban life. These themes were critical in the decades he worked—from the early 1930s through his death at the end of the 1960s—and their relevance resonates just as much today.
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Spies, Traitors, and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-08-2017 to 11-26-2017 - 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 of securing the nation without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded.
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The Second City Training Center Performances

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
06-01-2011

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 and Judy's Beat Lounge.

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Laugh Out Loud Theater Chicago

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
01-01-2016 See a variety of improv shows almost every night of the week in North Center! Featuring family-friendly shows, drinking games for adults, storytelling and more, there's something for everyone at Laugh Out Loud Theater Chicago.
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Zhang Peili: Record. Repeat.

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
03-30-2017 to 07-09-2017 - 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 an American museum—traces the development of Zhang’s practice from his earliest experiments with video in the late 1980s to new digital formats in the 2000s.
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Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-01-2017 to 10-08-2017 - Named one of the top 10 tours in the United States by TripAdvisor reviewers, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offer locals and visitors breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago’s riverfront architecture with unmatched cruise commentary led by CAF-certified volunteer docents.

Departing from Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive set in the beautiful Riverside Gardens along the vibrant Chicago Riverwalk, guests enjoy open-air seating on the luxurious vessels complete with a state-of-the-art sound system, a temperature controlled interior salon deck, full service bar and marble and granite restrooms.

The 90-minute tour is brought to life by CAF-certified volunteer docents who share their passion for and knowledge of more than 50 significant buildings along the cruise route. The cruise travels along all three branches of the Chicago River offering unparalleled photo opportunities.
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Stomping Grounds

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-03-2017 to 06-02-2017 -

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 performances and education programs April 3–June 2. Showcasing African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese and American cultural traditions, this multi-performance event is a celebration of the rhythmic arts that connects diverse communities through rhythm.

STOMPING GROUNDS is a series of free events in six distinct communities showcasing six percussive dance companies. The five primary companies host “Performalogues” and present lecture-demonstrations, master classes and teacher training programs in 10 to 12 Chicago Public Schools throughout the spring. In addition, special guests GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai perform a solo concert.

Each “Performalogue” includes performances by a host company, a featured company and a guest company, along with dialogue between the artists and audience throughout the evening, food trucks and visual arts exhibitions.

The Schedule

  • April 3, 6 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.): kickoff event featuring all five companies discussing the rhythmic arts, with each performing a duet
  • April 8, 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.): Mexican Folkloric Dance Company, host company; Trinity Irish Dance, featured company; Muntu Dance Theatre, guest company
  • April 15, 7:30 p.m., DuSable Museum of African American History (740 E. 56th Pl.): Muntu Dance Theatre, host company; Chicago Human Rhythm Project, featured company; Ensemble Español, guest company
  • April 29, 7:30 p.m., Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave.): Trinity Irish Dance, host company; Chicago Human Rhythm Project, featured company; Ensemble Español, guest company
  • May 2, 7:30 p.m., Studebaker Theater (410 S. Michigan Avenue): Special ticketed ($15-35) guest performance. Special guests GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai perform; tickets are on sale March 9
  • May 13, 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center (2407 W. 111th St.): Muntu Dance Theatre, host company; Trinity Irish Dance, featured company; Mexican Folkloric Dance, guest company
  • May 24, 6 p.m., Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.)—celebrating National Tap Dance Day (May 25): Ensemble Español, host company; Chicago Human Rhythm Project, featured company; Mexican Folkloric Dance, guest company
  • Grand Finale: June 2, 7:30 p.m., Studebaker Theater (410 S. Michigan Ave.): As the culminating event of STOMPING GROUNDS, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Ensemble Español, Mexican Folkloric Dance, Muntu Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance present an evening of mixed repertory including new and existing works.
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Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
04-01-2017 to 10-29-2017 - 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 the First Chicago School of American Architecture. Enjoy close-up views and amazing photo opportunities on this 75-minute Chicago River Tour. Architecture River Tours depart daily from two locations: Polk Bros Park at the southeast corner of Navy Pier, and from the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.
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Statue Stories Chicago

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
03-01-2017 to 08-31-2017 - 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 to scan the sign’s QR Code or type the text in your web browser, and presto—you get a call back from John C. Reilly as Abraham Lincoln, Shonda Rhymes as Miró’s Chicago or Steve Carell as a man clutching a giant fish by the Shedd Aquarium. Each has a story to tell. Together they tell Chicago’s story.
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Seadog River & Lake Architectural Tours

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
03-25-2017 to 10-01-2017 -

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 views of Chicago’s unique architecture and famous landmarks.

You'll Enjoy:

  • A 75-minute cruise through the historic Chicago Locks and up the Chicago River
  • Up-close views of all the famous bridges of the Chicago River
  • Entertaining narration with amusing stories and facts on Chicago’s history
  • Fascinating stories about some of Chicago’s most famous buildings including the Tribune Building, Willis Tower, Lyric Opera and the -Merchandise Mart
  • An exciting speedboat ride along the lakefront featuring views of Chicago including Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park, Chicago Harbor, Chicago’s Museum Campus and more!
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Stand Up for Landmarks! Protests, Posters & Pictures

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
02-25-2017 to 09-04-2017 - 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.
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The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and Legacies

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
02-25-2017 to 07-30-2017 - 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 and John Coltrane to Marcus Garvey and Ossie Davis, The Wall of Respect received national critical acclaim when it was unveiled in 1967 on the side of a building at 43rd St. and Langley Ave. The Wall was positioned as a critical extension of the Civil Rights Movement and came on the heels of March on Washington, the assassination of Malcolm X, and the emergence of Black Power. The Wall was ultimately painted over and virtually forgotten after damage by a fire in 1971. Today, however, the Wall has reemerged as one of the most significant projects in Chicago's storied public art history. Part of the City of Chicago's Year of Public Art.

This exhibit is located in the Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North at the Chicago Cultural Center.

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Classicisms

May 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
02-16-2017 to 06-11-2017 - Classicism, as an aesthetic ideal, is often associated with a conventional set of rules founded on supposedly timeless notions such as “order,” “reason,” and “decorum.” As a result, it can be understood as rigid, outdated, or stodgy. But classicism is actually far from a stable concept — throughout history, it has given rise to more debate than consensus, and at times has been put to use for subversive ends. This exhibition traces the shifting parameters of classicism from antiquity to the early 20th century.
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