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Apsáalooke Women and Warriors Recommended All Ages

Through 4/4/2021: Thu-Mon, 9 AM-5 PM
Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Museum Campus

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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

First Name Basis: 40 Years of Portraits by Dmitry Samarov Recommended Free All Ages Agenda

8/21-10/18: Tue-Sat 10 AM-6 PM or by appointment
Firecat Projects 2019 N. Damen, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Drawings and paintings by Reader contributor Dmitry Samarov, with an opening reception scheduled for Friday 8/21 from 7-10 PM. Attendance will be limited; please contact the gallery for more information. 207-249-9486

"First Name Basis: Forty Years of Portraits" Recommended Free

Friday 8/21 - Tuesday 10/13
Firecat Projects 2019 N. Damen, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

Chicago Reader contributor Dmitry Samarov will be presenting drawings and paintings from the last four decades of his life. There will be an opening reception on Friday 8/21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Appointment only. Email or call 207-249-9486. 207-249-9486

. . . And I Am Not Afraid Recommended Free The Short List (Theater)

Available anytime through Prop Thtr website


Prop Thtr presents a free streaming version of this production from fall of 2019, presented then under the title I Am Going to Die Alone and I Am Not Afraid. Devised by the ensemble and directed by Anna Gelman, with music by Alec Phan, the play uses the Holocaust and its legacy as a lens for exploring bravery and tenacity in the face of violence and oppression. Reader critic Dmitry Samarov wrote "In a time when so many societal forces are hell-bent on dividing us along tribal lines, this powerful piece of theater shows how sharing the tribulations of one people must give all people pause."

The Other Art Fair : AMFM Recommended Free All Ages


The Other Art Fair's Online Studios is a digital hub for artists meant to exhibit in the 2020 Spring fairs. The Other Art Fair has launched an online exhibition of 10 artists curated by AMFM's founder Ciera McKissick. Free, up until further notice.

Zoe Beloff: "Emotions Go to Work" Free

8/14 to 1/17/2021
International Museum of Surgical Science 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago Near North

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Scottish-born artist, Zoe Beloff, will be opening up her exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science which explores technologies influence on emotion. An opening reception will be held 1/15 of next year from 6-8pm. 312-642-6502

“This Bucket Ain't For Ice!” All Ages

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-4 p.m.

An exhibition of blues music photography by Eric Kriesant. 312-808-1286

Chicago Architecture Center Online Exhibits Free Agenda


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).

Soul Healing Satsang with Stacy Patrice Recommended All Ages

Sundays, 1 p.m.

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.

Windows to the World Recommended Free All Ages

Through Oct. 30
6018 North 6018 N Kenmore, Chicago Edgewater

6018North has been working with curators, artists, and neighbors on how to respond to COVID-19, institutional racism, police brutality, and economic inequality. Curators Wisdom Baty, Ciera McKissick, Caroline K. Ng, Ji Yang, and S.Y Lim worked on the street-facing "Windows to the World" exhibition that features work in the gallery's windows and exterior spaces by Rohan Ayinde, Jane Georges, Efrat Hakimi, Jiwon Ham, Mashaun Ali Hendricks, Tshab Her, Audra Jacot, Angela Lopez, AJ McClenon, Dorian Sylvain, and Sadie Woods.

Viewers can stop by 6018North and view the works from the sidewalk or yard. Masks and social distancing are required.

"Petite Mort" Opening Reception Recommended Free 18+

Thursday 9/1 - Thursday 9/29
Aspect/Ratio 864 N Ashland, Chicago West Town/Noble Square

Artist Iris Bernblum began approaching folks through social media during COVID asking if she could paint them nude. Now, her monochromatic watercolors, will be exhibited at Aspect/Ratio virtually on their website. On view until 9/29.

WOMANISH Opening Recommended All Ages

9/3 -10/4 11 AM - 9 PM
WOMANISH Warehouse 114 S. State, Chicago Loop

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Due to COVID, WOMANISH postponed their five-floor opening of interactive and interdisciplinary exhibition. But on Sept 3rd, the warehouse will open with a variety of visuals for a walk-through experience. Throughout the month-long exhibition will also be accompanying "After Hours" events each evening. Tickets are $35; the space is ADA accessible and the time limit is 2 hours.

"Artists Run Chicago 2.0" Recommended Free

Thursday 9/1 - Sunday 11/1
Hyde Park Art Center 5020 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago Hyde Park

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"Artists Run Chicago 2.0" is the second installation of this exhibition, which first appeared in 2009. On Tuesday 9/1, the Hyde Park Art Center will reopen to the public and celebrate the work of 50 artist-run spaces. Time slots are limited for the exhibition, masks are required, and RSVPing for timed tickets is recommended. 773-324-5520

SOAR Farmer's Market Free All Ages Agenda

Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28

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The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents has organized this farmers' market on the front plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago since 2015. 9 AM-10 AM is reserved for seniors. Vendors include local farmers and producers offering fresh produce, cheeses, drinks, plants, baked goods, and more.

Second Friday Member Picks Free All Ages

Second Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.

More than 30 art spaces in the Chicago Arts District around 18th and Halsted host receptions, open houses, and artists' talks. Maps available at 1821 S. Halsted. 312-738-8000, ext. 112

Open 5.0 Free Agenda


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.

"Anthem" Opening Exhibition Recommended Free

Friday 9/11 to Saturday 2/19
Weinberg/Newton Gallery 688 N. Milwaukee, Chicago River West

Weinberg/Newton Gallery is presenting their exhibition, "Anthem," which will present works by Bethany Collins, Jaclyn Conley, Eve L. Ewing, Mike Gibisser, Naima Green, Ellen Rothenberg and Sanaz Sohrabi in an online exhibition as well as in the storefront windows. The exhibition will coincide with the 2020 presidential election and is presented in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). On view until 12/19. 312-529-5090

Balkrishna Doshi: "Architecture for the People" Recommended

Wednesday 9/9 through Saturday 12/12, noon-7pm
Wrightwood 659 659 W. Wrightwood, Chicago Lincoln Park

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Wrightwood 659 is exhibiting the work of Indian architect and visionary, Balkrishna Doshi, in the new multi-media and immersive installation that focuses on 23 of the architect's projects. Each visitor will have 60 minute timed reservations to ensure proper social distancing. Reserve your spot to see the exhibition. 773-437-6601

Being: Welcome to Humanity Recommended Free

through 11/06: by appointment
Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S. Morgan St., Chicago Bridgeport

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Co-Prosperity Sphere is opening a new exhibition,"Being: Welcome to Humanity," which will feature seven emerging Chicago artists and their reflections on mental health and emotion. The gallery is also hosting a slew of events in conjunction with the exhibition that will be available on Twitch and YouTube. Schedule your viewing time to see the work. 773-862-1232

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

Reservations are required
Driehaus Museum 40 E. Erie, Chicago Loop

Chicago-based artists Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi respond to the 1883 Nickerson Mansion's history and design in the exhibition, "A Tale of Today." The artists look at the interiors and architecture of the building, as well as investigate the historical narratives. Reserve your spot for the opening virtual panel at 2:30 PM on 9/26. The panel will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Pancakes and Booze Art Show 21+ Agenda

Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Reggies’ Rock Club 2105 S. State, Chicago Near South Side

Cito, Longe, Tarde Recommended Free

By appointment or Sat noon–5 pm and Tues, 5–8 pm: On view through 11/22
Haynes 3050 S Haynes Ct, Chicago Bridgeport

Located in the garage of a former bakery in Bridgeport, Haynes is a new exhibition space that welcomes international and local artists to display their work. "Cito, Longe, Tarde," is the inaugural exhibition inviting artists Jenine Marsh and Alva Mooses, Ally Almore, Daniel Baird, John Divola, Matt Hanner, and Julia Phillips. The works in the show will look at how the pandemic has effected folks and what it means to shelter-in-place alone or to work alongside others. There will be an opening reception 10/3, 3-5 pm.

YOU BE MY ALLY Recommended Free

On view through 11/22.

Jenny Holzer will be displaying a new text-based public artwork at the University of Chicago accompanied by an augmented reality app for remote engagement. This work will be Holzer's first AR project where she will feature 29 experts from UChicago core curriculum readings. On 10/05, viewers can launch the free AR app to animate the text on significant UChicago buildings.

"Forget Me Not, Forgive Me Not" Recommended Free

Saturday 8/29 - Friday 10/30 in storefront windows
Roots and Culture 1034 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square

Viewed completley through Roots & Culture's storefront windows, "Forget Me Not, Forgive Me Not" is a two-person show with artists Caroline Liu and Moises Salazar. Curated by AMFM founder, Ciera Alyse McKissick, the exhibition explores identity and loss. On view thru October. 773-235-8874


Art Institute of Chicago 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

This major solo exhibition of Barbara Kruger’s work will look at the last four decades of the artist’s practice. Kruger is one of the most significant artists of our time, commenting on consumerism and pop culture through text, stereotypes, humor, and empathy. 312-443-3600