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"Sweet Home Chicago" at The John Crerar Library
The Crerar Library’s plentiful holdings of unique ephemera show Chicago’s role in the chocolate industry.
"The Working-Class Eye of Milton Rogovin" at Gage Gallery
A 101-year-old photographer’s life is exposed.
"Egoyomi: Japanese Picture Calendars" at the art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago displays 40 egoyomis, which, appropriately, hang in a quiet, dimly lit corridor of the new Japanese Galleries.
"Paved in Gold? The Road to Maxwell Street"
A time both romanticized and known for formidable hardship, 1880–1924 marked the second wave of Jewish immigrants relocating to Chicago. Escaping persecution, Eastern European Jews packed into the Near West Side until the average block teemed with 10,023 residents
The Lost Panoramas: Chicago and the Illinois Valley a Century Ago
In the late 1800s, the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago undertook an impressive engineering project to reverse the flow of the Chicago River
Best of shows
Around Town editor Madeline Nusser remembers her favorites of 2010, and bigger was not better.
Thanks to Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, we’ve been keeping ever later (or earlier, depending how you see it) hours this season. The Adler Planetarium has another excuse for you to be nocturnally inclined: the total lunar eclipse
The Art Institute's massive mistletoe ball invites kissing and questions.
"Approaching the Mexican Revolution"
It’s a bit difficult to follow this bilingual exhibit of books, ephemera and maps at the Newberry Library Galleries if you’re not well versed in the Mexican Revolution. That said, displays of books—the most interesting are bound letters from U.S.
How do you like your holidays? As old-fashioned as a carriage ride or as new as a Barbie Dream Townhouse complete with pop-up plasma TV? Whatever your desire, we've got an option.