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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsJanuary 2016

Museums
Culture, History, Science

Installation view of the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Author and screenwriter Ben Hecht Photo: Courtesy of the Chicago History Museum

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

Through 2017 Chicago Authored. This multimedia exhibition housed in a new café-style reading room examines the city’s rich literary history.
Through 2018 The Secret Lives of Objects. Get a glimpse of Ann Landers’s typewriter, Charlie Chaplin’s bamboo cane, and more historical paraphernalia. $12–$14. 1601 N. Clark. chicagohistory.org

FIELD MUSEUM

Through 4/10 The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great. Admire more than 500 Hellenic artifacts from 21 Greek museums in this new exhibition exploring the country’s ancient past. Child friendly. General admission $13–$18 (free for children under 3); all-access passes $21–$31. 1400 S. Lake Shore. fieldmuseum.org

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

Through 1/3 Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. More than 50 volunteer-trimmed trees celebrate the city’s diverse cultural identities, with the museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree looming above them.
Through 1/3 Robot Revolution. Interact with 40 world-class robots at this new nationally touring exhibit supported by Google.
Through 1/31 Materials Science. Metals, plastics, magnets—see how scientists probe the possibilities of the materials that make up our world. Take a peek at the impressive atomic probe field ion microscope, too.
Child friendly. $9–$11, plus general admission. 5700 S. Lake Shore. msichicago.org

SHEDD AQUARIUM

Through 1/2 Holiday One World. Dolphins, penguins, sea lions, and beluga whales perform amid world music and a seasonal light show. Child friendly. $5–$40. 1200 S. Lake Shore. sheddaquarium.org

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