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Experience Chicago

The ultimate guide to museums, culture, & entertainment attractions in Chicago

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise led by CAF-certified docents.

Looking to host a unique private event space? Chicago’s First Lady Cruises also offers one-of-a-kind event space aboard a private, open-air yacht. For more information, please visit cruisechicago.com or call 847.358.1330.

One-of-a-kind private event space

Sunrise Stretch Yoga Cruise

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

Chicago has so much to offer both residents and visitors, but nothing compares to a tour of the city’s stunning architecture aboard a Chicago’s First Lady Cruises vessel. We invite you to experience a fascinating tour with the official Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Chicago’s number one tour based on TripAdvisor reviews. Celebrating its 25th year, the tour offers breathtaking panoramic views of Chicago’s riverfront architecture and unmatched cruise commentary led by passionate CAF-certified volunteer docents.

The 2018 cruising season begins Saturday, March 31, and ends Sunday, November 18, with multiple daily departures. For a complete schedule, ticket pricing and group sales information, please visit cruisechicago.com or architecture.org. If you are looking for family fun, consider Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline. For a complete schedule and ticket pricing, please visit mercurycruises.com.

2018 Cruise Highlights

Capture Chicago Photography Cruise

Designed with the photographer in mind, move freely about the boat while a highly-trained CAF docent points out architectural highlights. The tour will pause three times giving prime opportunity to capture the city’s architecture. Summer weekends at 9:00 a.m.

Twilight River Cruise

Our popular CAF River Cruise at twilight! Witness the city transition from day to night as its architecture takes on a whole new life in the setting sun. Select summer evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Sunrise Stretch Yoga Cruise Series

Voyage down the Chicago River for a remarkable and relaxing yoga session aboard our top deck. This cruise features a one-hour yoga class taught by a certified instructor followed by a 30-minute leisure boat ride complete with refreshments. Summer 2018

Exhibits and Events

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

Through August 12, 2018

The Speakeasy: Explore Prohibition-era Cocktails

March 9, 2018 • 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Family Day: Create a Spring Hat

March 24, 2018 • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Musical Chairs: A Concert & Discussion on The Art of Seating

April 9, 2018 • 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


Visit driehausmuseum.org for information about our current events and programs.

the Richard h. Driehaus museum

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is housed within the meticulously restored Nickerson Mansion, renowned as Gilded Age Chicago’s “Marble Palace.” Originally completed in 1883, the mansion-turned-museum is located just steps from the Magnificent Mile. The museum explores the art, architecture, and design of the late 19th-century with a focus on the Gilded Age. The architecture and surviving furnishings are complemented by decorative art pieces of the time period.

The current exhibition is The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, featuring 37 exceptional examples of American chair design. Stressing the formation of an American aesthetic the exhibition includes chairs by designers George Hunzinger, the Herter Brothers, the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, and Frank Gehry, among others.

The Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Guided tours are given at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

Mugham vocalists Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova. Photography: (Mugham vocalists) courtesy of David O’Connor; (Morris) Amber Star Merkens

Dates and times

Layla and Majnun

Mark Morris Dance Group

Silk Road Ensemble

Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova, mugham vocalists

March 16, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.

March 17, 2018 • 2:00 p.m.

March 17, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.

Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Experience master choreographer Mark Morris’s “most ambitious work in a decade” (The New Yorker). In March, the Harris Theater presents Layla and Majnun, featuring Mark Morris Dance Group, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, and the internationally acclaimed mugham vocalists Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova.

Described by Morris as “an enlightening tragedy” with themes as universal as Romeo and Juliet, yet steeped in a richly specific cultural history, Layla and Majnun is one of the oldest and most enduring tales of being possessed by love. First recorded as early as the 7th century, the tale has been recreated in tapestries, poems, ballads, films, and other forms of art throughout South and Central Asia.

The current production is based on the opera of the same name by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov, which is considered the first mugham opera and a cornerstone of Azerbaijani culture. Layla and Majnun features Alim Qasimov (a living national treasure of Azerbaijan) and his protégée and daughter Fargana Qasimova—two of the foremost exponents of mugham, a UNESCO “Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

Mark Morris

A chamber version of the opera was created through a collaboration between Alim Qasimov and Silk Road Ensemble’s Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, and later choreographed by Morris.

The combination of the impassioned singing of Qasimov and Qasimova, Morris’s inspired choreography, Silk Road Ensemble’s trademark combination of traditional Asian instruments and Western strings, and stunning sets painted by the late Howard Hodgkin amount to one of the most ravishing retellings of this timeless story.

Find out why Layla and Majnun was named on the list of the New York Times’ Best of Dance 2017. With three performances over two days, this production will not only speak to dance and music lovers, but will broaden perspectives on world history and love itself.

Anonymous, Sudan, 2000

Van Jones, United States, 2000

ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM & EDUCATION CENTER

2017 was a banner year for Skokie’s Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, with two temporary shows named among the top ten exhibits in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune.

The opening of the world’s first interactive, holographic Survivor Stories Experience in the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, Take a Stand Center, drove record-breaking attendance and five-star reviews from visitors on sites like TripAdvisor:

“My favorite part was the hologram show where you actually get to ask questions of a Holocaust Survivor’s hologram. Never seen anything like this.” – Martin S., Illinois

“Can’t really put into words how important this Museum is. It should be on everyone’s list to see.” –Mar L., Chicago

The award-winning museum plans to keep the momentum going in 2018 with a full slate of new exhibits.

Open now is Speak Truth to Power, a collection of stunning black and white portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Eddie Adams. Eddie’s arresting photographs of courageous leaders force visitors to ask what role they are playing, or want to play, in the global fight for justice.

Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, spent several years interviewing human rights activists from around the world for her book Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World. The exhibit is based on her book and is open through June 24th.

With the Museum’s mission to use the history and lessons of the Holocaust to transform the future, seven exhibits throughout the year, including Speak Truth to Power and the Take a Stand Center, empower visitors to take a stand for humanity.

The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings until 8:00 p.m. Learn more at www.illinoisholocaustmuseum.org.

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