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Soil, Seed, and Rain

Friday 2/21, 5-7:30pm
Rhona Hoffman Gallery 118 N. Peoria St., Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market


aintings and works on paper by Nathaniel Mary Quinn will be exhibited. 312-455-1990

Something Blue

LVL3 Gallery 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave., third floor, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


he exhibition, "Something Blue" marks 10 years of the artist-run-space LVL3. The show will feature 10 artists who are paying homage to the traditional American 10 year wedding anniversary gift. Opening reception Saturday 2/22, 6-10pm.

Victoria Fu

Document Gallery 1709 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago Near West Side

This will be Victoria Fu's second exhibition at DOCUMENT. An opening reception will be held 2/28, 5-8pm 262-719-3500

Kaveri Raina: Partings, Swaying to the Moon

Patron 673 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square

PATRON welcomes a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Kaveri Raina. Opening reception is Saturday 2/29, 5-8pm. 312-846-1500

Water/Agua Exhibition

Open Center for the Arts 2214 S. Sacramento, Chicago Bridgeport

This exhibition is a collection of 24 prints from artists all over the U.S., Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The opening reception is Friday 3/20, 6-10pm with music from Madera Once. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, this show has been postponed till further notice.

Black Heroes

Friday 2/21, 6-9pm
Gallery Guichard 3521 S. King Dr., Chicago Bronzeville

Featured images are a collection of prominent Black heroes who have made a positive impact on their community. 773-373-8000

Depth of Field: 65 Years of the Washington Park Camera Club

Arts Incubator 301 E. Garfield, Chicago Washington Park

In 1955, a group of South Side photographers formed the Washington Park Camera Club where they documented their neighborhoods, lives, families, and changing landscape. This exhibition shows the recent work of current members. Opening reception 2/28, 6-8pm. 773.702.2787

Excavating Memory

Friday 2/21, 5-8pm


his group exhibition features new work by HATCH Residents Katie Chung and Unyimeabasi Udoh. 312-491-8888

Miller & Shellabarger : Homo-entanglement

Western Exhibitions 1709 W. Chicago, Chicago West Town/Noble Square

In Galleries one and two, married collaborators Miller & Shellabarger look at romance, physicality, duality, and time in their work. Utilizing performance, photography, books, and sculpture, the pair focus on queer identities and experiences. Opening reception 2/29, 5pm. 312-480-8390

What the Constitution Means to Me

3/4-4/12: Tue 7:30 PM, Wed 2 and 7:30 PM, Thu-Fri 7:30 PM, Sat 2 and 8 PM, Sun 2 and 7:30 PM; Wed 3/18 and 4/1, 7:30 PM only; Sun 3/15, 3/29, and 4/12, 2 PM only
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$30-$85

UPDATE Friday, March 13: this event has been canceled. Contact the box office for refunds.

Heidi Schreck's Tony-nominated Broadway hit, which she originally also performed under Oliver Butler's direction, plays in a touring production with Maria Dizzia as "Heidi." The play recounts Schreck's time as a high schooler delivering speeches about the U.S. Constitution to American Legion posts to raise money for college. Along the way, she offers insights into how the document connects with her own family's history, which includes domestic violence and abortion. Dizzia, a vet of Orange Is the New Black and Broadway, is joined in this touring production by Mike Iveson and Rosdely Ciprian, who were in the Broadway run, as well as "student debater" Jocelyn Shek from Los Angeles. 800-775-200

David Heo: Honey & Smoke

Vertical Gallery 1016 N. Western Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


avid Heo present his exhibition which focuses on a series of paintings that represent bars and nightclubs. Opening reception 3/7, 6-9pm. 773-697-3846

Women's Work Opening Reception

Beverly Arts Center 2407 W. 111th, Chicago Beverly

Ceramics by artists Widad Albassam, Lori Bartman, Malika Jackson, Christine Liz LaRue, Dawn Liddicoatt, Charlotte Mays, Mary Cat Tepper, Tran Tran, and Cheryl Williamson will be exhibited. Opening reception is Friday 3/13, 6-8pm and includes one complimentary beverage. 773-445-3838

Jennie C. Jones: "Constant Stucture"


After 30 years since graduating from SAIC, Jennie C. Jones returns to Chicago with "Constant Structure," an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper. Opening reception 3/19, 6-8pm 312-787-3997

Opening Reception of Adláteres and the Unexpected Journey: works by Carmen Chami

Friday 4/3, 6-8pm


dláteres and the Unexpected Journey," opens with works by Carmen Chami who create artworks that reference Mexican Baroque. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum will be closed until 3/29. 312-738-1503


Friday 2/21, 5-8pm


OLT Resident, Tamara Becerra Valdez, will be presenting her deep interest in material culture and human interaction in this exhibition with found objects and assemblage. 312-491-8888

Jessie Edelman: Golden Hour


The solo exhibition,"Golden Hour," presents new paintings and sculptures from artist Jessie Edelman. Opening reception 2/28, 5-8pm 312-404-9188

After all, they sing

Patron 673 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


oah Singer's ceramic project will be on view with an opening reception Saturday 2/29, 5-8pm 312-846-1500

Tony Tasset: The Weight

2/28-4/11 by appointment only
Kavi Gupta Gallery 219 N. Elizabeth, Chicago West Loop/Fulton Market


his solo exhibition by artist Tony Tasset features new sculptures that look at the innermost human psyche through assemblage and assortment. Opening reception is Friday 2/28, 5-8pm

Great Ideas of Humanity: Passing the Torch

Chicago Design Museum 108 N. State, Chicago Loop

This project celebrates globalization and the culmination of ideas, societies, and cultures. The exhibit displays work from students in the Chicago Public Schools.

Ricky McEachern: MOMENT

Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago Wrigleyville

Painter Ricky McEachern presents paintings inspired from photographs taken in Europe and the U.S. from the 1950s until present day. Opening reception is Friday 3/13, 6-8pm. 773-472-6469

My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today

American Writers Museum 180 N. Michigan Ave., second floor, Chicago Loop

Buy Tickets$14

This temporary exhibition looks at the influence of modern immigrant writing in America. Featured writers are Marie Arana, Ilan Stavans, Vu Hoang Tran, Chris Abani, Laila Halaby, Dipika Mukherjee, and special advisor Viet Thanh Nguyen. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the museum will be closed until 3/31. Any tickets will be refunded. 312-374-8790

The Funk Machine

Through May 10
Jackson Junge Gallery 1389 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

This group exhibition looks at 17 Midwest artists who explore all forms of medium—from painting to sculpture. 773-227-7900

LGBTQ Artists Gallery Opening: Rick McEachern + Lou Samson

Center on Halsted 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago Wrigleyville

This exhibition features two artists working with drawing and painting. On the second floor is the work of Rick McEachern and the third floor is Lou Samson. Opening reception is Friday 3/13, 6-8pm. 773-472-6469

"Woman’s Club" by Liz Weinstein


A flag created by Maryam Taghavi will come down and a flag created by Liz Weinstein will be raised to mark the change from Winter to Spring. The flag raising will take place 4/19 at 7pm.

Apsáalooke Women and Warriors Opening

Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Museum Campus

Buy Tickets$40

The Apsáalooke people of the Northern Plains were beaders, artists, mothers, two-spirited people, and warriors. This exhibition features contemporary beadwork and fashion of the Apsáalooke as well as 100-year-old war shields. The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish, with select sections also in Apsáalooke. 312-922-9410

In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration

Friday 2/14, 5-8pm
Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop

Located in Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North, 6018 North will be presenting a multidisciplinary exhibition that focuses on the impact of immigrant artists on Chicago. Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Chicago Cultural Center is closed until further notice. 312-744-6630

NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayon (1967–1999)

Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop

This retrospective is the first in the U.S. for the late Cuban visual artist, Belkis Ayón. Opening reception 2/28, 5-8pm Update: To help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Chicago Cultural Center is closed until further notice. 312-744-6630

Outsider Art: The Collection of Victor F. Keen



ore than 40 works of art from the most well-known outsider artists will be exhibited from the collection of Victor F. Keen. These works operate outside of the mainstream art world. Opening reception 2/5, 5-8pm. 312-243-9088

The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral

Available in streaming format through Patreon any time.


The Neo-Futurists take their signature show, featuring 30 plays in 60 minutes, online during the COVID-19 crisis. The Neos offer five membership levels ranging from $3 ("Elbow Bump"), which comes with a link to a website where you can set your own timer for 60 minutes and watch all 30 plays, to $100 ("An Extended, Almost Uncomfortable Hug"), which brings a full array of perks including a customized play on a subject of your choosing. The menu includes older archival plays as well as new ones that are being created in quarantine by the ensemble.

Chicago Underground Comedy

Open run: Tue 9:30 PM
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Buy Tickets$10; 21+

A benchmark for local stand-up comics takes the form of a slot at Chicago Underground Comedy—a weekly, curated showcase with the occasional former Chicagoan headlining. Think T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, or John Mulaney. 773-281-4444