Abandon your regular lunchtime smoke break, nap, or illicit tryst for something a bit classier. Join the Chicago Chamber Musicans as they present First Monday, a monthly lunch-hour concert series. This month features cafe music by Astor Piazzolla and Paul Schoenfield. —Jamie Keileshttp://chicagochambermusic.org
In its early days, photography was often confined to the studio, where subjects posed stock-still for as long as it took an image to be fixed on a glass plate. When film cameras became portable and, later, handheld, the medium easily moved outdoors, keeping pace with dramatic urban growth. But documenting that change wasn't always the focus; some shooters used the form for contemplation as they wandered on foot, their work the visible transmission of their musings. The photographer became the flaneur, that traditional walker alert to all the city's paradoxes.
"Of Walking," curated by associate director Karen Irvine, explores the connections between pedestrians and profundity. Several large works by the Japanese artist Sohei Nishino dominate the main-floor gallery. Part of an ongoing project, they're collages of hundreds of black-and-white 35mm location shots that Nishino took in his rambles through a chosen city. In each, a central artery—the Thames in Diorama Map London (2010), a railway line in Diorama Map Tokyo (2004)—leads the viewer on a circuitous route across urban sprawl, following Nishino's footsteps and sensory memory. Continue reading >>
Open studios and galleries, plus live music and theater.
Founding Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist and his psych-funk band play.
Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho imagine a techno-dystopic future in this spooky multidimensional installation. One of our visual arts recommendations for fall.
The annual market offers a variety of German-made holiday goods from nesting dolls to cuckoo clocks. And then there's the food: schnitzel, potato pancakes, sausages, currywurst, and more. Plus: plenty of German beer, of course.
An overview of Washington's life and projects as mayor. Harold Washington Exhibit Hall, 9th floor.
This family-friendly festival offers art workshops inspired by current exhibits, not to mention a visit from the museum's mascot, Artie the Lion, and guided gallery walks.
A group exhibit focusing on still life, landscape, and portrait. Reception Fri 12/6, 5-7 PM.
This week a representative from Marx-Saunders Gallery will lead the tour to Stephen Daiter Gallery, Printworks Gallery, Jean Albano Gallery and Marx-Saunders Gallery. Meet at the Starbucks at Chicago and Franklin.http://chicagoartdealers.org
Violin, cello, and piano.
Group show featuring work by local artists. Reception Fri 12/6, 5-8 PM.