Archive for February 2016

Leap Day: 10 Fun Facts

Leap Day: 10 Fun Facts
Hello all you “leapers” and happy birthday. Today is February 29th—a date that occurs only once every four years. But why? The additional calendar day is based on some tricky mathematical formula with the end result keeping the vernal equinox (the day in spring when we have equal hours of day and night) on or... Read more »

How well do you know Chicago neighborhoods?

1. We're starting out with an easy one...they get harder.
How well do you know Chicago? With 77 unique neighborhoods, Chicago offers a kaleidoscope of architecture, art, and culture. See if you can identify the first 10 uncaptioned photos in the gallery. The next 10 photos reveal the whereabouts of each. Subscribe to Show Me Chicago by email If you would like to keep in... Read more »

Field Museum launches new beer based on ancient traditions

Field Museum launches new beer based on ancient traditions
Something exciting is brewing at Chicago’s Field Museum. Starting March 7, visitors to the museum’s Field Bistro will be able to partake in the museum’s latest creation–a new beer called Wari Ale. This is the second beer launched by the Field. In 2013 the museum, in partnership with Off Color Brewing, introduced its Tooth and... Read more »
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Chicago's Best Wings: The winners are

Chicago's Best Wings: The winners are
Deep in the heart of winter, Chicago goes on a comfort food binge. Yesterday was no exception. It was the Seventeenth Annual WingFest. The hot ticket fest held in Bailey Auditorium in the in the equally hot West Loop neighborhood brought together almost 2000 of Chicago area wing lovers in a quest to find Chicago’s... Read more »

Review: The Flick at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre

Review: The Flick at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre
The Flick—a play that truly nudges the art form in new directions or a long and boring show signifying nothing?  To see or not too see, that is the question. The show, by respected playwright, Annie Baker, opened Sunday making its Chicago premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre. The Flick got mixed reviews the first time around... Read more »

Broadway In Chicago announces new season

Broadway In Chicago announces new season
Broadway In Chicago has just released its line-up for next season. Tickets for the previously announced highly anticipated Broadway musical blockbuster “Hamilton” will go on sale March 1st along with the rest of the scheduled shows for the 2016-2017 season. In addition to “Hamilton,” the line-up features the North American tour premiere of Disney’s “Aladdin,”... Read more »
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Writers Theatre: a sneak peek inside the new theatre

Theatre exterior. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer
Two years in the making and even longer in the planning, dreaming and fundraising, the $34 million, 36,000-square Writers Theatre Center has come a long way since its inception in 1992 as a 50-seat space in the back of the Books on Vernon bookstore. Here is a sneak peek inside the state of the art... Read more »

Van Gogh’s Bedrooms get a closer look at Chicago's Art Institute exhibition

Van Gogh’s Bedrooms get a closer look at Chicago's Art Institute exhibition
The fascination with Vincent van Gogh’s paintings of his Arles bedroom continues nearly a century and a half after their creation with the Art Institute of Chicago’s mounting of a major exhibition titled, “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” which opens, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day. The exhibition is the first ever dedicated to the Bedroom paintings. For the... Read more »

Dressing Downton: an inside look at the world of Downton Abbey

Dressing Downton: an inside look at the world of Downton Abbey
The Downton Abbey fashion exhibition at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago provides a fascinating look at the Gilded/Edwardian era, even if you’re not a fan of the hugely popular drama series. If you are a fan, the Dressing Downton exhibition should definitely be on your radar. Upon entering the Dreihaus Museum one is... Read more »
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Strandbeests a new species invade Chicago

Strandbeests a new species invade Chicago
Not since Cows on Parade has Chicago seen such an invasion of lovable beasts. Only, instead of the static cows, the new species of Strandbeests are not only much larger–but they are on the move. The kinetic sculptures, created and built by Dutch artist Theo Jansen have become a global phenomenon. In total, there are... Read more »
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