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Anthem Recommended Agenda Online

Through 12/19
Weinberg/Newton Gallery 688 N. Milwaukee, Chicago River West


Work by Bethany Collins, Jaclyn Conley, Eve L. Ewing, Mike Gibisser, Naima Green, Ellen Rothenberg, and Sanaz Sohrabi available on the gallery's website with special portions of the exhibition viewable in the gallery's storefront windows. The exhibition was created with the the 2020 presidential election in mind and is presented in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union. 312-529-5090

Still/Here Recommended Free Agenda The Short List (Theater) Online

Available online anytime through Vimeo


Free Street offers a free streaming version of this 2019 show (subtitled Manifestos for Joy and Survival), in which survivors of an apocalyptic event in Chicago provide memories of the struggles that defined their lives before the catastrophe, including fighting gentrification and racism. The narrative is drawn from interviews conducted with over 400 Chicago community members.

Emotions Go to Work Agenda

Through March 2021: Mon-Fri 9:30 AM-5 PM, Sat-Sun 10 AM-5 PM
International Museum of Surgical Science 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Near North

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Scottish-born artist Zoe Beloff presents an installation at the museum that investigates "how our emotions and feelings have been turned into commodities and instrumentalized by global corporations." 312-642-6502

The Golden Girls, Vol. 4: The Lost Episodes Lockdown! Agenda Online

Through 11/30, daily

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Hell in a Handbag Productions presents a streaming show featuring "Chicago's favorite drag seniors." Written by David Cerda and directed by Spenser Davis. Viewing access provided after ticket purchase.

U-505 Submarine All Ages Agenda

Wednesdays-Sundays
Museum of Science and Industry 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Hyde Park

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A look at the U-505 submarine, the only German submarine in the United States. 773-684-1414

Open 5.0 Free Agenda Online

Ongoing
Slate Arts 3203 W. North, Chicago Humboldt Park


Slate Arts presents their fifth anniversary exhibition online, featuring photography, video, and other visual work by Colin Mosely, Alanna Huck-Scarry, Anthony Sims, Bryan Fielding, Ezra Arsenault, Matthew Lo Re, Sia Serafina, and Skyler Hagner. 847-312-1527

Chicago Architecture Center Online Exhibits Free Agenda Online

Ongoing


The CAC offers three online exhibitions, viewable for free on its website: "Between States: 50 Designers Transform Chicago's Neighborhoods" (a showcase of community-based design solutions to transform underappreciated and underperforming spaces in Chicago), "50 Designers, 50 Ideas, 50 Wards" (design proposals for rebuilding Chicago from 50 local architecture and design firms), and "Chidesign: Designing a Center for Architecture, Design, and Education" (an international competition to imagine a new Center for Architecture, Design, and Education in Chicago).

Chicago Works: Deborah Stratman Recommended Agenda

7/17-12/6

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Chicagoan Deborah Stratman's solo exhibition is centered on the artist’s celebrated film The Illinois Parables, which chronicles the history of the region through 11 chapters addressing everything from the "resettlement" of the Cherokee people, to the invention of the nuclear reactor at the University of Chicago, to the deadly police raid of Chicago’s Black Panther headquarters. For this exhibition, Stratman created an extension of the film in the form of a recreation of Studs Terkel’s WFMT radio booth and an accompanying audio program of the oral historian's interviews. 312-280-2660

A Tale of Today: Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi Recommended Agenda

Through 1/16: Fri 5-7 PM, Sat 11 AM-5 PM, Sun 11 AM-3 PM
Driehaus Museum 40 E. Erie, Chicago River North

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In "A Tale of Today," Chicago-based artists Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi respond to the 1883 Nickerson Mansion's history and design, with a look at the interiors and architecture of the building, as well as an investigation of historical narratives. 312-482-8933

The Long Dream Recommended Agenda

11/7/20-1/17/21

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A group exhibition of more than 70 local artists whose work offers ways for us to imagine a more equitable and interconnected world. Featuring work by Alberto Aguilar, Madeleine Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Jeanette Andrews, Selva Aparicio, Lise Haller Baggesen, Sarah Bastress, Jonas N.T. Becker, Dawoud Bey, Nick Cave, Mariano Chavez, Diane Christiansen and Jeanne Dunning with Steve Dawson, Jessica Christy, Mike Cloud, Bethany Collins, the Experimental Sound Studio, Brendan Fernandes, Julia Fish, Joanna Furnans, Max Guy, Andres L. Hernandez, Paul Heyer, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Jesse Howard, Aaron Hughes, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Manal Kara, Jin Soo Kim, Wesley Kimler, Kirsten Leenaars, Riva Lehrer, Tony Lewis, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Damon Locks, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Derek McPhatter, Miller & Shellabarger, Devin T. Mays, Cae Monāe, Corinne Mucha, Floating Museum with Cecil McDonald Jr., Ryan Nault, Jeroen Nelemans, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, William J. O'Brien, OTV (Open Television), Chris Pappan, Kamau Amu Patton, Nereida Patricia, Ebony G. Patterson, Claire Pentecost, Jefferson Pinder, Cheryl Pope, William Pope.L, Quarantine Times, Eduardo F. Rosario, Jason Salavon, Moises Salazar, Farah Salem, Darling “Shear” Squire, Andy Slater, Edra Soto, Leonard Suryajaya, Selina Trepp, Jina Valentine, Kevin Weil, Rhonda Wheatley, Amanda Williams, Bernard Williams, Sadie Woods, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Santiago X, Guanyu Xu, Debra Yepa-Pappan, Nate Young, and Kiki Jia Qi Zhen 312-280-2660

(A Legacy) On Our Own Terms Agenda

Through 12/6: Fri-Sat 1-6 PM, Sun 1-5 PM
Heaven Gallery 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., second floor, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


A group exhibition curated by Ciera McKissick exploring the ideas of legacy and worth. Featuring work by Alexandra Antoine, Brandon Breaux, Candace Hunter, Nikko Washington, and Yaounde Olu. 773-342-4597

Alien vs. Citizen Agenda

7/17/20-2/21/21

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An exhibition about citizenship, migration, and an individual's value in the United States, featuring work by Monica Bock, Jennifer Bornstein, Stephanie Brooks, Mary E. Carlisle, Enrique Chagoya, Larry Clark, Dora García, Cathy Lynn Gasser, Melissa Goldstein, Ramiro Gomez, Doug Hall, Gabriel Kuri, the group Claire Fontaine, Glenn Ligon, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Kerry James Marshall, Hương Ngô, Christina Quarles, Robert Rauschenberg, Andres Serrano, Sandrine Sheon, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Catherine Smith, Nedko Solakov, Thomas Struth, Hồng-Ân Trương, Gillian Wearing, Carrie Mae Weems, and Eric Wesley. 312-280-2660

Entrecuerpos Agenda

Through 12/6: Fri-Sat 1-6 PM, Sun 1-5 PM
Heaven Gallery 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., second floor, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


Screenprints, sculpture, and paintings exploring the complexity of intersectional identity from a group of artists with a variety of Latinx backgrounds. Featuring work by Vani Aguilar, Juan Arango Palacios, Haylie Jimenez, Sydnie Jimenez, and Moises Salazar. 773-342-4597

What Does Democracy Look Like? Agenda

Through 12/23

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Seven faculty members from various departments at Columbia College Chicago mined the museum's permanent collection of 16,000 objects to create installations that present their own version of democracy. Watch a curatorial tour at the museum's Vimeo, or visit in person (with timed ticketing). 312-663-5554

Atrium Project: Ad Minoliti Agenda

12/7/19-1/3/21

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The Argentinian artist created a new, site-specific mural for the MCA's Atrium project. 312-280-2660

The Blackout Diaries Recommended Agenda The Short List (Theater)

Open run: Sat 10 PM
Lincoln Lodge 956 W. Newport, Chicago North Center


The gregarious Sean Flannery tells stories about adventures he's had inebriated out of his mind. He's joined each week by other comedians and the occasional layman—each with a drunken tale to tell. 773-251-1539

Soul Healing Satsang with Stacy Patrice Recommended Agenda Online

Sundays, 1 p.m.

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Healing artist and soul healer Stacy Patrice offers a weekly online satsang (a convening in the yogic tradition where participants consciously gather to align with goodness). Hosted by the Rebuild Foundation and aired Sundays on their Instagram Live.

Schubas Open Mic Free 21+ Agenda

Mondays, 8 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


an open mic for comedians in Schubas Upstairs Lounge; hosted by Clare Austen-Smith and Naomi Spungen. Doors open at 7:30 PM 773-525-2508

Meshell Ndegeocello presents Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin Recommended Agenda Early Warnings (Music) New Early Warnings (Music) Online

Tue., Dec. 15

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A monthly release of music and visual media by Ndegeocello and guest artists, go to thegospelofjamesbaldwin.com each month to access interactive toolkits and watch visual media created by Ndegeocello and guest artists.

Cole's Comedy Open Mike Recommended Member Picks Free 21+ Agenda The Short List (Theater)

Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Cole’s 2338 N. Milwaukee, Chicago Logan Square


UPDATE: as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:00 PM, this event has been canceled until further notice. A virtual open mike has been scheduled in its place.


Hosted by Carly Kane and Alex Kumin, this scrappy showcase boasts about 50 comics a week. 773-276-5802

Monet and Chicago Recommended Agenda

Through 1/18: 11 AM-6 PM
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

An exhibition of work by the Impressionist, showcasing the Art Institute's holdings alongside works from various Chicago-based collections. Ticket required in addition to the museum's general admission fee; pre-purchasing is encouraged. 312-443-3600

Bisa Butler: Portraits Recommended Agenda

11/16-4/19
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

Bisa Butler's portrait quilts capture personal and historical narratives of Black life. This is the first solo museum exhibition of the Howard University alum's work. 312-443-3600

Jo Ractliffe: Drives Agenda

Through 4/26
Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

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Note: as of November 18, 2020, the Art Institute is closed to visitors due to the governor's COVID-19 distancing directives for the state of Illinois.

The first survey organized of the work of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe includes images of the port city of Durban, video installations, and more. 312-443-3600

The Spirit of Community Recommended Free Agenda

Sat., Dec. 5, 12-3 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 19, 12-3 p.m.
South Side Community Art Center 3831 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Bronzeville

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Local artist and west side native Jesse Howard presents a solo exhibition exploring the Black American community's diversity using charcoal, watercolor, and collage. Timed and ticketed reservations required for entry. 773-373-1026

First Tuesdays: Left vs. Center with guests Peter Cunningham and Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez Recommended Agenda Online

Tue., Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.

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The Chicago Reader's own Maya Dukmasova and Ben Joravsky co-host this monthly political talk show, presented this month online via the Hideout's Noonchorus page.

Maya and Ben will talk to Democratic strategist Peter Cunningham and Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez about the coalition that elected Biden and the future of the Democratic Party.

Lecture in Photography with Mimi Plumb Free Agenda Online

Wed., Dec. 2, 6 p.m.

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The award-winning photographer and author of Landfall (TBW Books, 2018) talks about her work exploring subjects from her suburban roots to the United Farm Workers movement. A Zoom presentation hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago. Registration required. 312-663-5554

Empty Bottle Book Club discussion on Dave Eggers's The Monk of Mokha Free Agenda Online

Sun., Dec. 6, 3 p.m.

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The Empty Bottle Book Club meets via Zoom to discuss Dave Eggers's new book, the true story of a Yemeni American man.

The Balancing Arab Free Agenda Online

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A politically active Arab American and her Irish American personal fitness trainer share their impressions of an event at the Arab American Cultural Center, leading to tensions during the workout session. Silk Road Rising cofounder Jamil Khoury wrote this short video play, directed by Anne Jacques.

JASC Legacy Center presents Susan Uehara Rakstang and Kelly Fumiko Weiss Free Agenda Online

Tue., Dec. 8, 7 p.m.

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The Japanese American Service Committee presents a livestream "evening chat" with these recently published Japanese American authors.

Rakstang is a Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois graduate who worked as an architect before writing her memoir, Cooking For Her Eyes: Transcription of a Sonata.

Weiss published her novel, The Stories We Choose Not To Tell (Windy City Publishers) in May. She is also the co-host of the podcast Women Know IT.