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Fiesta Del Sol

Thu-Sun 7/31-8/3

Fiesta Del Sol (billed as the largest Latino festival in the midwest) celebrates the art, food, and culture of Pilsen with carnival rides, live music, and local vendors right in the heart of the neighborhood. Word to the wise: you might want to fill up on churros and enchiladas after you ride the Tilt-a-Whirl.

http://fiestadelsol.org

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Destination Solar System

Ongoing

Take a tour of the Milky Way and beyond in this live show.

Adler Planetarium (map)
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-922-7827

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Architecture to Scale: Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture

7/10-9/14

Chicago is practically a museum of Stanley Tigerman's architectural endeavors. The 83-year-old worked with modernist greats at Keck & Keck and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in the 1940s and 50s, spearheaded the Chicago Seven group of postmodern architects in the 70s, and founded Archeworks, the socially conscious River North design school, in the mid-90s. The Art Institute's "Architecture to Scale" showcases the contributions of the bad-boy architect, whose designs include everything from the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie to an Indiana vacation home that looks like a penis and testicles. The other half of the show is dedicated to Los Angeles-based Zago Architecture, represented by XYT: Detroit Streets, an installation comprising ten short digital films. True to the exhibition's name, the architectural process is presented in both micro (sketches and pint-size models) and macro (the panaromas of XYT: Detroit Streets fill the length of an exhibition hall, as close to life-size as can fit indoors). Continue reading >>

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
Architecture to Scale: Stanley Tigerman and Zago Architecture

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Sharp, Clear Pictures: Edward Steichen’s World War I and Condé Nast Years

6/28-9/28

A retrospective of work by the European photographer, painter, and museum curator.

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600

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Saul Steinberg: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of His Birth

7/4-10/12

Saul Steinberg was behind one of the most famous magazine covers ever: the March 29, 1976, issue of the New Yorker, which featured his depiction of big, bustling Manhattan against a background of fly-over country. And yet the cartoonist once said, "I don't quite belong to the art, cartoon, or magazine world, so the art world doesn't quite know where to place me." The current Art Institute show commemorating the 100th year of the artist's birth supports Steinberg's statement. Shoved into a corner of the Prints and Drawings Gallery, the display includes only five of the 54 works on paper recently bequeathed to the museum by the Saul Steinberg Foundation. But track it down and you're in for a treat. Continue reading >>

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
Saul Steinberg: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of His Birth

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Chicagoisms

4/5-1/4

When Alexander Eisenschmidt moved to Chicago in 2007, the German-born architectural theorist was disturbed by how the city talks about its buildings. Sipping a glass of rosé in the cafe at the Art Institute's Modern Wing, he describes a kind of "museum-ification." ¶ Take, for example, the time architect Rem Koolhaas proposed that his student center at IIT incorporate the Mies van der Rohe–designed Commons Building—it sparked public outrage that the new structure attacked the "purity and simplicity" of the existing architecture. "Preservationists have instilled this attitude in policy makers and politicians," Eisenschmidt says. "If we don't look out, [architecturally] we will be very quickly forgotten." Continue reading >>

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
Chicagoisms

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The Kates

First Friday of every month, 7 p.m. and Last Saturday of every month, 7 p.m.

Stories, monologues, and more by this all-female comedy troupe and recent Best of Chicago winners. $10 suggested donation

http://bookcellarinc.com
Book Cellar (map)
4736 N. Lincoln Ave.
Ravenswood
phone 773-293-2665
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Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography

4/5-8/10

One of the standout images in "Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography" is of a lone, faceless rail man—back to the camera, his all-denim outfit stamped with grime—as he leans over to throw a switch at Chicago's vast Proviso Yard, a couple dozen sets of vacant tracks stretching into the background. Then shot epitomizes the magnitude of Chicago's railway system in the mid-20th century, when its reputation as a crucial hub for the railroading industry was undeniable. But most importantly, it depicts the grind. Continue reading >> $14, $12 students and seniors

Chicago History Museum (map)
1601 N. Clark St.
Lincoln Park
phone 312-642-4600
Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography

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Black Harvest Film Festival

Fri 8/1-Thu 8/28: times and dates vary, see website

A collection of movies that chronicles the "stories, images, heritage, and history of the black experience in the U.S. and around the world." The celebration kicks off tonight with "A Black Harvest Feast," a special program of four short films. $11, $25 for Black Harvest Feast

Gene Siskel Film Center (map)
164 N. State St.
Loop
phone 312-846-2600

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Lollapalooza

8/1-8/3: 11 AM - 10 PM

Early bird, general admission, and VIP tickets to this behemoth have long been sold out. But don't fret. A platinum pass will only set you back $3,600 dollars. The lineup includes Eminem, Outkast, Skrillex, Lorde, Chance the Rapper and many, many more.

http://lollapalooza.com
Grant Park (map)
S. Columbus Dr. & E. Jackson Dr.
Loop
phone 312-744-3315
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Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

3/29-9/28

Work by the Chicago nanny and acclaimed photographer whose work remained largely unknown until after her death. The Vivian Maier Mystery screens in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium on 4/24.

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The Beast

4/13-8/2

John Preus had a detailed plan for The Beast, his installation that opens this week as part of the Hyde Park Art Center's 75th birthday celebration, but he threw it away. "A plan with no room for intuitive decision-making becomes boring to me," says Preus, perhaps best known for his work as lead fabricator for the artist Theaster Gates. As of two weeks ago, all he knew was that The Beast was going to be a large (30 by 60 feet) structure, built from two-by-fours, that would use up most of the space in the HPAC's main gallery, including the catwalk above the first floor and the five garage doors that open the gallery to the outside, and contain within it furniture repurposed from some of the Chicago public schools that were shut down last year. (Preus has a relationship with the company CPS contracted to remove the furniture; his collection, stashed in a storefront on the south side, includes lots of desks and tabletops and a rocking chair.) The structure would have to be strong enough to bear a lot of weight, both physical and ideological. It would also be in the shape of a steer. Continue reading >>

Hyde Park Art Center (map)
5020 S. Cornell Ave.
Hyde Park
phone 773-324-5520
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In Search of Darkness

7/18-8/17

Long-exposure photography by Scott Mason. Reception Fri 7/18, 6-8 PM.

Lillstreet Art Center (map)
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Lincoln Square
phone 773-769-4226

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Galería Sin Fronteras

1/16-8/17

Work by local artists from the personal collection of Notre Dame professor Gilberto Cárdenas.

National Museum of Mexican Art (map)
1852 W. 19th St.
Pilsen/Little Village
phone 312-738-1503

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Cirque Shanghai: Warriors

5/21-9/21: Wed and Sat 2, 6, and 8 PM; Thu 2 and 8 PM; Fri 2, 7, and 9 PM, Sun 2 and 4 PM

Every year this troupe of energetic Asian acrobats, contortionists, and martial artists comes to Chicago and delivers essentially the same show under a new name (and in new costumes). It hardly matters—the acts still thrill, the production still dazzles. The show does seem a little more amped up this year, packing a lot into a mere 70 minutes. In fact, if you let your mind wander for even a couple seconds, you're likely to miss something spectacular. And when it's all over, you may well find yourself hungry for more. They may call themselves warriors, but really these troupers are showbiz to the core. —Jack Helbig $19.50- $39.50

Navy Pier (map)
600 E. Grand Ave.
Near North
phone 312-595-7437

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