Kris is senior associate editor of Time Out Chicago, covering theater, comedy and LGBT issues. He can give you the best CTA route to every theater in the city, and you can probably find him at one of them tonight. Follow him on Twitter at @krisvire.
Today was supposed to be the opening day of wndr museum, a pop-up experience in the West Loop that hosts one of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms. Yesterday, the organizers behind wndr museum announced that the attraction's debut has been pushed back five weeks—according to an Instagram post, a leaky roof is the cause of the last-minute delay. The leak was reportedly discovered after a VIP preview event at the venue on Wednesday night, where attendees were able to step inside the Infinity Mirror Room, sample flavored vapors and bat at balloons in a "zero-gravity ball pit." Organizers promptly announced the delay and apologized for the last-minute scheduling change, promising to reach out via email to anyone who had already purchased tickets. Ticket holders have been automatically reassigned passes for a date exactly five weeks from the day they were originally purchased for. The attraction will issue full refunds to those who are no longer able to use their tickets and offer those guests first access when sales begin again. Tickets are not currently being sold through the wndr museum website, and organizers have not announced when they plan to resume sales. In the meantime, there are plenty of other pop-ups to check out around Chicago. You'll be snapping selfies in a mirror-filled room in no time. There has been a very unfortunate change of plans — Due to unexpected construction delays (full disclosure: a surprise leaky roof), we've pushed
Itching to refresh your wardrobe in time for fall? Score deep discounts on designer clothes and accessories at Rent the Runway's first-ever Chicago sample sale, which kicks off on Saturday, August 18 and runs through Saturday, August 25. The week-long shopping event will be hosted on the fifth floor of Water Tower Place and is open to shoppers from 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday. The sale is free to attend and features designers like Badgley Mischka, Diane Von Furstenberg, Elizabeth & James and more at up to 90 percent off the retail value. Guests will be able to sift through retired dresses, blouses, skirts, tops, handbags and jewelry—anything you can rent through Rent the Runway's online market. The sale aims to find forever homes for previously rented garments, which is good news for your closet and the environment. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Has is been a while since you've visited one of Chicago's best museums? While there are plenty of free museum days sprinkled throughout the year, most of them take place on weekdays, which means that you might have to skip work to get in on the gratis fun. On Saturday, September 22, Smithsonian magazine will celebrate Museum Day, offering free admission to institutions throughout the country. In Chicago, you'll be able to score free tickets to places like the National Writers Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Adler Planetarium and the DuSable Museum of African American History. Want to get your free passes? You can claim one (which will admit you and a guest) by visiting the Smithsonian website and browsing the list of participating institutions. Once you've made your selection, you tickets will be emailed to you—you're limited to one free ticket per email address, so choose wisely! Here's the complete list of Chicago museums offering free admission on Smithsonian's Museum Day: National Writers MuseumMuseum of Contemporary ArtAdler PlanetariumPeggy Notebaert Nature MuseumNational Hellenic MuseumIntuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider ArtGlessner HouseSmart Museum of ArtSwedish American Museum Association of ChicagoNational A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.