After a hard-fought battle by preservationists, Prentice Women’s Hospital won’t be saved from the wrecking ball. On Thursday, the Northwestern University News issued a press release saying the Chicago Commission on Landmarks rejected giving the shuddered Streeterville building landmark status. According to the Tribune, the Bertrand Goldberg-design did in fact meet the necessary criterion. Prentice's owner, Northwestern University, now has the official green light to continue with its plans of building a new medical research facility.
If you bank with Bank of America or Merrill Lynch, you're in luck this weekend. As part of Museums on Us, a Bank of America initiative that encourages its clients to participate in the arts, you can receive free admission at Adler Planetarium, The Art Institute, the Chicago History Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday Feb 2 and Sunday Feb 3. Just present your debit or credit card and a photo ID.
Prepare to dig a little deeper into your pockets if you plan on going to the MSI or Art Institute this winter. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, admission fees will increase at both museums. MSI admission for Illinois-residing adults will be $15, up from $13, starting on January 23, and as of February 1, the Art Institute will charge $23 ($18 for Chicago residents and $20 for Illinoisans), up from $18 ($16 for Chicago residents). The Art Institute is also raising student/senior admission fees to $17 ($12 for Chicagoans and $14 for Illinoisans). Admission remains free for children 13 and under.
Basically, now you really need to start taking advantage of the Art Institute's free-for-Illinois-residents-on-weekdays promotion running through February 13. The MSI is also free on weekdays for Illinois residents until the end of January and Wednesdays are free in February.
On Wednesday evening, the Art Institute announced changes to its free hours, effective February 14: Admission will be free to Illinois residents, Thursdays 5–8pm, instead of the first and second Wednesdays of each month.
We fudged this list a little. Based on ratings alone, the four Museum of Contemporary Art shows to which TOC gave five stars would have dominated the rankings, but we limited the MCA to our favorite—"This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s"—to free space for more of the city's strongest institutions and galleries, ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago to Alderman Exhibitions. Click on the image to read the story or review.
They don't reiterate the fact on songs as some rappers do; yet Adele, Kenny Rogers, Chicago's own Ramsey Lewis and megastar Barbara Streisand once resided in public housing. The notable musicians, along with other recording artists like Diana Ross, Elvis and Mary J. Blige are some of the big-name draws featured in the National Public Housing Museum's latest exhibit, "The Sound, the Soul, the Syncopation." Presented in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the interactive installation spotlights more than 50 artists—pop, hip-hop, jazz, funk, gospel and country—who hail from government-subsidized housing worldwide.
"[The exhibit] tells the dual story of the role of music in the creation and development of community and the role of community in the creation of music," according to NPHM executive officer Keith L. Magee. While the exhibition doesn't provide an in-depth look at the role, photos and quotes help to convey public housing and its residents in a rare positive light.
The skateboard mounted on a faux ramp underneath a hanging portrait of Chicago-bred Lupe Fiasco is a bit hammy and the chain-link fence planted on concrete blocks is almost random. But other highlights make up for the slight design missteps: Visitors can make their mark by writing the name of their favorite song on a chalkboard wall. There's a wide range of vintage concert poster art including Diana Ross, Frankie Valli and Elton John. For your listening pleasure, tune in to the iPad run app designed by Chicago-based Groovebug to hear a catalog of music from featured artist-residents.
The National Public Housing Museum is set for construction in Fall 2013. "The Sound, the Soul, the Syncopation" is on display at off-site space, Expo 72 through March 15, 2013.