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The City Lost and Found

10/26-1/11

A look into the architecture and urban planning of Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s.

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
The City Lost and Found

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Neapolitan Creche

11/22-1/11

An 18th-century Neapolitan creche depicting the Nativity.

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

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Richard Koppe

9/6-1/11

Cubist paintings, prints, and drawings by the late Chicago artist.

Elmhurst Art Museum (map)
150 S. Cottage Hill Ave.
Other Suburbs West
phone 630-834-0202

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Winter WonderFest

12/5-1/11

Navy Pier transforms into an indoor winter amusement park complete with a Ferris wheel, zip line, and ice-skating rink. $5

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

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Paintings and Prints

12/7-1/16

A solo exhibition of Gabriella Boros's work. Reception Sun 12/7, 2-5 PM.

Old Town Triangle Art Center (map)
1763 N. North Park Ave.
Old Town
phone 312-337-1938

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DIY/XX

10/23-1/17

An exhibition of self-published graphic novels, comics, and zines created by women. Reception Thu 10/23, 5-6:30 PM.

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Pericles

Through 1/16: Tue-Sun, various times, see website

You've got to give credit to the folks at Chicago Shakespeare Theater: they take their mission seriously enough that they'll attempt even this miserable contrivance, only partly written by the Bard and extant only in a corrupt quarto that scholars suppose was pieced together from memory. The editors of the First Folio couldn't justify including Pericles in their collection, but CST is willing to give it a try. The story is reminiscent of The Winter's Tale in that it concerns a king who spends years separated from his wife and daughter. But where the estrangement in The Winter's Tale is caused by the king's reckless behavior, here it's just another damned thing that happens. Best known for musicals, director David H. Bell tries all kinds of tactics to make something silky of his sow's ear. Now it's a comedy with metatheatrical winks. Now it's a fantasia a la Mary Zimmerman. Now . . . dancing! Nothing works. And Bell is further hobbled by his poorly cast leading man, Ben Carlson, whose Pericles resembles an accountant in a jerkin. At least we've got Nan Cibula-Jenkins's sumptuous costumes and Scott Davis's cunning sets to look at. —Tony Adler $58

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (map)
800 E. Grand Ave.
Other Central
phone 312-595-5600

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The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware

11/11-1/19

The November 10 cover of the New Yorker features a drawing by renowned cartoonist and Oak Park resident Chris Ware. It's an illustration of a health clinic at a Walmart-style big-box store: a clinician walks out of a door into the waiting area looking down at a clipboard he's holding; seated are mothers with children on their laps. Aside from superb color choice and hyperprecise lines, what stands out are the gestures: the children all reach out for one another while their mothers, looking askance, pull them away. A line of gallery text in the Art Institute's charming, maddeningly brief "The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware" offers the best description I've read of what makes the artist's work so special: Ware, it says, has command of "a unique visual language engineered specifically for the way the human mind inherently processes pictures in sequence into something understood as narrative." Continue reading >>

Art Institute of Chicago (map)
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Loop
phone 312-443-3600
The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware

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They Came Between Dreams

12/26-1/20

Burned wood engravings by Amy Ventura. Reception Fri 12/26, 7-10 PM.

Firecat Projects (map)
2124 N. Damen Ave.
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-342-5381

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Floaters and Fins

12/12-1/24

Work by Chicago Imagist Ed Flood (1944-1985). Reception Fri 12/12, 5-8 PM.

Corbett vs. Dempsey (map)
1120 N. Ashland, third floor
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-1664

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Shio Kusaka

11/21-1/24

A collection of the artist's ceramics. Reception Fri 11/21, 6-8 PM.

Shane Campbell Gallery (map)
673 N. Milwaukee Ave.
River North
phone 312-226-2223

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Limited Speech Holds Endless Misunderstandings

12/12-1/24

Experimental videos from Orr Menirom. Reception Fri 12/12, 5-8 PM.

Aspect/Ratio (map)
119 N. Peoria St., Suite 3A
West Loop/Fulton Market

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Clare E. Rojas

11/22-1/24

A solo exhibition featuring Rojas's geometric abstraction. Reception Sat 11/22, 4-7 PM.

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Some

12/12-1/24

Lui Shtini's paintings.

Corbett vs. Dempsey (map)
1120 N. Ashland, third floor
Wicker Park/Bucktown
phone 773-278-1664

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Race: Are We So Different?

10/12-1/25

Work and artifacts exploring racial and cultural identity.

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