Your perfect weekend
Friday, Jan 22
Wondering how long we’ve been considered the Second City? Well, at least since James Henry Breasted’s 1919 tour of the Middle East: The U. of C. scholar trekked through war-torn lands to carry home hundreds of important antiquities that might help seal Chicago’s global reputation. (And here we thought the Olympic-bid upset confirmed our inferiority complex.) The Oriental Institute, which Breasted founded as an archeology school, uncovers the master archeologist’s travels in the exhibit “Pioneers to the Past” (Oriental Institute, 1155 E 58th St, 773-702-9520, oi.uchicago.edu; 10am–6pm. Free with suggested donation of $7, kids under 12 $4).
This winter, North Siders added one more rec activity to their plethora of play-places. The Rink at Wrigley (3600 N Clark St, 2–11pm; admission $10, kids $6, skate rental $10) opened to much fanfare in mid-December as Ryan Dempster christened the new attraction with a pitch. Stop by, strap on some skates and enjoy the view from the Friendly Confines’ parking lot. The rink closes at the end of February.