Experience transformative architecture and design from around the world at the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. All exhibits are free and open to the public from September 16, 2017 to January 7, 2018.
As the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, the Biennial showcases the global impact of creativity and innovation. This year’s theme, Make New History, will feature over 140 practitioners from more than 20 countries.
The Biennial unites a main presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center with off-site locations at project and community anchor exhibitions throughout the city. Over 100 local and global cultural partners will host performances, talks, and more.Community Anchor Sites
SC Johnson offers free bus tours to Biennial visitors of the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright–designed architecture at the company’s global headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.
To participate and explore the Biennial, visit ChicagoArchitectureBiennial.org for more information.
Have you ever walked by a building and thought, I wish I could see what’s inside? Now you can. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is proud to present the seventh annual Open House Chicago on October 14 and 15, 2017. Open House Chicago is a free festival that offers behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings across the city.
Explore hidden gems in Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods that will make you fall in love with Chicago all over again. Tour repurposed mansions, opulent theaters, exclusive private clubs, and more breathtaking spaces.Don’t miss these sites:
On October 14 and 15, gather your friends and family and see Chicago like never before! For the full list of sites, hours, and more, visit openhousechicago.org.
Welcoming the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis for Two Days of Concerts—October 13 & 14
Currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is made up of 15 musicians who are widely recognized as some of today’s finest jazz soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers.
On October 13, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis officially opens the 2017/18 Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series with an 8 p.m. program featuring a diverse set of big band selections. The group returns to the stage October 14, at 11 a.m., for its family-friendly Jazz for Young People program, “Who is Count Basie?” That night, Marsalis and the ensemble are joined by Jon Batiste, the talented keyboard, multi-instrumentalist and current bandleader for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
On October 14 at 8 p.m., Marsalis, Batiste, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform a set inspired by their collaboration on the critically acclaimed 2017 release The Music of John Lewis. The recording, which was dedicated to the influential late leader of the Modern Jazz Quartet, was praised by Revive Music saying “…they do what they do best and present this music in its purest form.”
For information and tickets, visit cso.org or call the Symphony Center Box Office at 312-294-3000.
This fall, Chicago will be one of only two North American cities to host the must-see opera event of 2017, when the Harris Theater presents the U.S. premiere of Monteverdi 450, a celebration of opera’s first master composer 450 years after his birth.
Monteverdi 450 is the vision of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, an icon of early music scholarship and one of the world’s greatest living conductors. The trilogy of operas – L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and L’incoronazione di Poppea – are the only three Monteverdi masterpieces to survive intact.
In Gardiner’s words, Monteverdi 450 will “take audiences on a voyage, from the pastoral world to the court and the city, from myth to political history, from innocence to corruption, from a portrait of a man to the whim of the gods [Orfeo], to a hero imprisoned by his human condition [Ulysses], and finally to a dual portrait of mad lovers [Nero and Poppea], uncontrolled in their ambition and lust.”
Performed on period instruments and brought to life by an international cast of soloists, the semi-staged concert performances have garnered rave reviews and sold-out houses throughout Europe this summer. Chicago audiences have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the genius of Claudio Monteverdi conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, only at the Harris.
Illinois Holocaust Museum has brought a pivotal era of rock music history to life with its newest exhibition, Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. Exploring the extraordinary life of rock impresario Bill Graham (1931-1991), who helped launch and promote the careers of countless artists, including the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Who, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. It also traces the indomitable spirit of a man brought to the U.S. as an eleven-year-old Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazis, fueling a lifelong passion and advocacy for social justice.
The exhibition takes visitors on an electrifying trip through the 960s-1980s with an abundance of memorabilia, archival concert footage, historical and new video interviews, and psychedelic art.
“Bill Graham changed the way popular music was presented, and in doing so he gave true artists a stage that they might not otherwise have had,” said Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan. “And so it is my pleasure to lend support for this exhibit, for so much of what Mr. Graham did paved the way for so many.”
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is open through November 12 at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie.
Learn more at ilholocaustmuseum.org/billgraham
The Joffrey Ballet launches its 2017-18 season with the Chicago Premiere of Lola de Ávila’s visionary adaption of Giselle.
This take on the classic Romantic-era ballet is set to composer Adolphe Adam’s original score and tells the tale of passion beyond the grave. When a young peasant girl, Giselle, discovers her lover is betrothed to another, she dies of grief only to be enlisted by the vengeful Wilis, a ghostly army of maidens who haunt the forests, dancing to death any male mortal who crosses their path. When her beloved wanders into their grasp, Giselle carries out the ultimate act of love to free him from his fate. An ethereal descent into madness, desire, and sublime beauty that will leave you breathless.
For tickets visit joffrey.org/giselle or call 312.386.8905.
At the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, tap into your inner curiosity through 14 acres of hands-on science exhibits and experiences. Discover the physics of a tornado while inside a four-story-tall vortex in Science Storms. Learn how future technologies come to life with a 3-D printing workshop in the Fab Lab. Steer, play, and pet robots from around the world inside Robot Revolution, the Museum’s latest exciting exhibit that teaches guests how robots and humans are working together to push boundaries of innovation.
Robot Revolution features nearly 40 robots guests can interact with, including a tic-tac-toe playing robot, a therapeutic robotic seal, ‘bots that compete against each other in a soccer game, and many more! The exhibit is home to an unprecedented collection of cutting-edge robots secured from some of the most innovative research labs, universities and robotics companies from around the world.
Robot Revolution is supported by Google.org with additional major support from The Boeing Company.
While at MSI, take your curiosity to new heights inside Brick by Brick. This exhibit celebrates engineering and architecture through the world’s most iconic structures, built entirely out of LEGO® bricks, including a 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge, a dazzling recreation of Cinderella’s Castle, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and more. Get inspired and build your own world wonder using build stations inside the exhibit, then test structures against earthquakes and whipping winds.
Brick by Brick is sponsored by ArcelorMittal.
Plan your visit to Robot Revolution and Brick by Brick at MSI now! To plan your trip and to purchase tickets, visit mschicago.org.
An 11-foot river otter. A 13-foot eel. Shedd Aquarium’s new limited-time special exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, features these amazing animals and more—all made from plastic trash washed up on our beaches. Making its Great Lakes debut September 23, this stunning traveling exhibit features larger-than-life sculptures of your favorite marine life. Entry is included in Shedd general admission—come see what’s Washed Ashore!
Looking to dive into holiday fun? On Friday, October 27, families with kids ages 5-12 can get into the Halloween spirit at Shedd’s Spooky Seas overnight—guests can spend the night or head home after an evening of fun. In November, Shedd decks the halls with colorful wreaths created entirely from recycled materials for our Wreath-Cycled Classroom Challenge. The aquarium’s annual holiday breakfasts also return December 9, 10 and 16, including a 4-D version of a beloved holiday movie and a visit from Santa.
Finally, December 31 will be your last chance to visit Shedd’s Amphibians special exhibit. Whether it’s your first or fifteenth trip, you’ll find the more than 40 amphibian species, from frogs and toads to newts and salamanders, absolutely ribbiting.
For information, visit www.sheddaquarium.org.