Ready Set Chicago has taken the time to outline some of the greatest options the city offers up for entertainment while visiting our fine city. This is the first in a series of posts showing all you can do when you’re not hustling around McCormick Place.
Whether you’re a history buff, sucker for a live performance, avid shopper or creature of the night, Chicago has something for you.
For those of you coming early or staying late, check out any or all of these exciting museum exhibits happening around the show.
At the Art Institute of Chicago, Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France reveals the expansion and creative energy that resulted from Charles VIII’s and Louis XII’s time on the throne. This exhibition brings together tapestries, exquisite manuscripts for private devotion, monumental sculpture, and more to show the visual richness of this moment.
Also on display will be John Marin’s Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism. By evaluating the way Marin developed his modernist “tool kit” through the overlapping disciplines of printmaking and watercolor, this exhibition and catalogue elucidate the important intersections between media, artistic vision, and art politics.
And if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the Modern Wing, the 264,000 square foot home for the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century art.
You can also head to Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), which offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video / film, and performance.
Check out the unique exhibit Susan Philipsz: We Shall Be All, which is an exhibition of sound featuring strategically placed audio speakers that transmit songs in a given space. Also, explore the Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character exhibition. This retrospective is the first major presentation of his work in over a decade and highlights his spare line drawings and rich, detailed paintings.
For more information, on Chicago’s museums, please visit our microsite at choosechicago.com/housewares
Don’t forget to book your stay through the IHA!
So many shopping, dining and entertainment options may leave you overwhelmed, but don’t let it. All Housewares official hotels are conveniently located within steps of all that Chicago has to offer. Even better, they all offer daily shuttle service to McCormick place. See for yourself on the Housewares hotel reservation website.
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