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February 2017 events calendar for Chicago

Pack your February with the best things to do in Chicago for Valentine's Day, the Chinese New Year and more

Photograph: Anthony Soave
The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade capped off a week of celebrations, February 14, 2016.

February can be a rough month in Chicago. The magic of the holidays is long worn off, you’ve been buried in your winter coat for months, and to top it all of, you’ve got to deal with Valentine’s Day. Seems cruel, no? But as always, we’re looking out for you, Chicago! Whether you’re in the mood for ice skating under the skyline, or jonesing to cozy up with a hot cocktail at a bar with a fireplace, we’ve got dozens of ways make the shortest month of the year the sweetest. 

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Featured February 2017 events

Chinese New Year parades and celebrations in Chicago

We're already a few weeks into 2017, but those of you looking for an excuse to get a fresh start on your resolutions are in luck. From Chinatown to Uptown, we've got a whole slate of fantastic ways to ring in the Year of the Rooster.

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By: Nick Kotecki

The best things to do on Valentine's Day

Whether you’re single or all bae’d up, making plans on Valentine’s Day is a total pain in the ass. How do you find that sweet spot that shows you put in effort without going over the top or outweighing your partner’s plans? Well, we’re here to help. We’ve assembled a list of great things to do on V-Day, from nights out at comedy clubs to cozying up at the most romantic restaurants in the city. As for what happens after the date? Well, that’s on you.

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By: Grace Perry

Neighborhoods of the World

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Every Sunday at Navy Pier, Neighborhoods of the World showcases Chicago's most vibrant cultural communities with live music, authentic cuisine, dance performances and art. This year's nine-week series kicks off with Chinese New Year, then explores the traditions of Africa, Mexico, Greece and more. 

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Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens , Streeterville Sunday March 5 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017

Retro Ski Lodge Block Party

Get all gussied up in your best retro ski digs and trek through Gold Coast on this winter bar crawl. Ski goggles, fuzzy ear muffs and leg warmers and spandex are all recommended. Participating bars and restaurants include Butch McGuire's, Coconutz, Hopsmith Tavern, The Original Mother's, McFadden's and The Hangge Uppe.

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Until Sat Feb 4

Cupid's Undie Run

Dash through Wrigleyville in your unmentionables to raise dough for the Children's Tumor Foundation. Participants can raise funds to earn prizes, including shirts, undies and engraved flasks. There's also an afterparty at John Barleycorn where you can rub shoulders with people who have already seen you half-naked.

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Until Sat Feb 11

Handmade Market Chicago

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Handmade Market Chicago returns to beloved Ukie Village club The Empty Bottle for an October–April market. More than 30 sellers will ply their homemade arts and crafts for this monthly celebration of the local and artisanal.

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Empty Bottle , Ukrainian Village Saturday March 11 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017

Ice Skating in Millennium Park

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The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is open to the public for skating with one of the best views of the downtown skyline. Experience one of the city's finest winter traditions from November 18 (the same day as the city's 103rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration) to March 5. Check the website for daily hours of operation. Admission is free with free skating lessons Friday through Sunday one hour before the rink opens.

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Millennium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink , Millennium Park Until Monday March 6 2017

Neighborhoods of the World

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Every Sunday at Navy Pier, Neighborhoods of the World showcases Chicago's most vibrant cultural communities with live music, authentic cuisine, dance performances and art. This year's nine-week series kicks off with Chinese New Year, then explores the traditions of Africa, Mexico, Greece and more. 

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Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens , Streeterville Sunday March 5 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017

The Girl Talk

DNAinfo deputy editor Jen Sabella and activist Erika Wozniak join forces for their monthly conversation series, The Girl Talk. Self-described as "The monthly show featuring Chicago's most influential women," Sabella and Wozniak host a Monthly Squad of guests to discuss local feminist activism and highlight grassroots organizing happening in Chicago.

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Hideout , River West/West Town Wednesday March 22 2017 - Wednesday May 24 2017

Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

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Stave off the winter blues inside the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center, where the greenhouses and gallery will be packed with more than 10,000 in-bloom orchids, featuring an array of hybrids. On Saturday and Sundays, the Orchid Marketplace allows you an opportunity to purchase the plants.

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Chicago Botanic Garden , Suburbs Until Sunday March 26 2017

BeadQuest

The folks behind TBOX present another seasonally-themed excuse to drink in Wrigleyville with their annual Mardi Gras pub crawl. BeadQuest participants bounce between over 20 bars, while collecting beads, getting photos taken in event-specific "frames" and partaking in a number of drink and food specials. If you're the kind of person who like to knock back hurricanes while listening to brass bands, you'll feel like you've died and gone to Bourbon Street.

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Until Sat Feb 18

Frost Fest

Embrace the bitter weather at the second annual Frost Fest. Stoic attendees will be able to sample more than 40 craft beers from local breweries in a gigantic, outdoor heated tent during two separate three-hour tasting sessions. Live music and food trucks contrast and compliment the cold suds.

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25 Feb 2017

Randolph Street Market Festival

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More than 200 vendors hawk their antique housewares, furniture, ephemera, clothing and more at this indoor-outdoor festival. Stop in for vintage clothes and jewelry, a vinyl swap meet, a fancy food market and global goods bazaar or bring your own items for appraisal. This event typically occurs on the last weekend of each month. During the warm-weather months of May–September, the market adds an outdoor area, offering even more vintage shopping and a beer garden.

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Beaux Arts Plumbers Union Hall Building , West Loop Saturday March 25 2017 - Sunday December 17 2017

Music in February 2017

Drive-By Truckers

Playing behind their latest record, American Band, alt-country stalwarts Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley unpack the experience of living in a politically and economically divided nation. Eclectic Portland singer-songwriter Kyle Craft opens the show.

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Until Thu Feb 2

Talib Kweli + Styles P + K' Valentine

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Since emerging in 1998 to link up with Mos Def and form Black Star, socially conscious MC Talib Kweli has made a name for himself as a solo artist of true integrity. Kweli hasn't released a proper solo album since 2013's Gravitas, but his recent compilation Awful People Are Great at Parties features fresh, impactful verses from the rapper and showcases artists signed to his Javotti Media label. Styles P and K' Valentine open the show.

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Until Thu Feb 2

Circuit des Yeux

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After playing more than 300 shows in support of her 2015 album In Plain Speech, Haley Fohr (best known as Circuit des Yeux) presents a special retrospective hometown performance at Constellation. Over the course of an extended solo set, the singer-songwriter will dig into her back catalog of turbulent folk songs, blending 12-string guitar with her striking baritone vocals.

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Until Fri Feb 3

Future Islands + Digable Planets + Noname

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House of Vans celebrates the grand opening of its Chicago location with a free concert. The lineup is topped by Baltimore electro-pop outfit Future Islands, best known for the raspy growl and meme-worthy dance moves of frontman Samuel T. Herring. Recently reunited '90s hip-hop icons Digable Planets and local rapper Noname round out the bill. You'll need to RSVP for a chance to receive tickets.

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Until Fri Feb 3

Cate Le Bon + Tim Presley

Folksy Welsh songstress Cate Le Bon delivers spooky avant-pop that oscillates between punk and organ-driven psych-rock on her latest album, Crab Day. At Lincoln Hall, she's joined by Tim Presley, best known for his recordings under the name White Fence and his collaboration with Le Bon as part of the duo Drinks.

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Until Sat Feb 4

Nosaj Thing

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LA-based Jason Chung crafts synthetic, ambient hip-hop as Nosaj Thing, though you might know him for producing tracks for the likes of Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar. Here, the producer gets behind the decks at East Room for an all-night DJ set—expect the selections to fluctuate between the woozy ambiance of his solo work to chopped and screwed club bangers.

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Until Sat Feb 4

Noname + Ravyn Lenae

As a teenager, Fatimah Warner was part of the same Chicago Public Library arts program that mentored artists like Chance the Rapper and Saba. The Bronzeville native's background as a poet shines through in the stark yet beautiful lyrics that populate her debut mixtape, Telefone, delivering verses that confront her preveived shortcomings and insecurities with low-key candor. She launches her first tour at Metro with support from young singer-songwriter Ravyn Lenae.

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Until Thu Feb 9

Cloud Nothings

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Cloud Nothings frontman Dylan Baldi channels some quarter-life angst on the group's new LP, Life Without Sound, but he seems more concerned about the world at large than his own inner turmoil. Lead single "Internal World" he admits "I’m not the one who’s always right," amid a fuzzy pop punk arrangement—a fairly shrewd assessment, considering the current political climate. It's a far cry from the lo-fi basement recordings that launched Baldi into indie rock stardom, but desperate times call for more powerful songs.

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Until Fri Feb 10

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, perhaps best known for its contributions to Paul Simon’s Graceland, celebrates more than 50 years of exposing audiences to its distinctive vocal harmonies.

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Until Sat Feb 11

Dave Douglas Quintet

Progressive trumpeter, composer and record label owner Dave Douglas takes a break from his numerous side projects and collaborations to bring his quintet to Constellation. Douglas's most recent records have found him blending jazz structure with electronic flourishes, but his work with young musicians Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh and Rudy Royston is generally more straightforward and accessible.

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Until Wed Feb 15

Japandroids + Craig Finn & the Uptown Controllers

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Melding punk rock energy with arena rock bluster, Vancouver duo Japandroids makes music that is unabashedly triumphant. Five years after the release of the acclaimed Celebration Rock, the pair marks its return with a new record, Near to the Wild Heart of Life. If the rest of the album is nearly as triumphant as its title track, you're in for an evening of fist pumping and high-fiving strangers. The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and his backing band, the Uptown Controllers, open the show.

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Until Wed Feb 15

Hamilton Leithauser + Lucy Dacus

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No, not that Hamilton. With the Walkmen on indefinite hiatus, frontman Leithauser teams up with former Vampire Weekend instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, exploring doo-wop, soul and country music on the duo’s new album, I Had A Dream That You Were Mine. While there's a bit of Leithauser's familiar garage-soul howling and bespoke crooning on the record, it seems like a calculated attempt to branch out—thankfully, it hits the mark. Wise beyond her years singer songwriter Lucy Dacus opens the show.

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Until Wed Feb 15

Tove Lo + Phoebe Ryan

Rising Swedish pop star Tove Lo (pronounced “TOO-veh loo”) stepped into the spotlight with her unflinching breakup-aftermath anthem, “Habits.” Her latest album, Lady Wood, is equally explicit (accompanied by a NSFW short film, naturally), filled with confessional anthems that deal with sexuality and relationships, backed by dark synth melodies and muted beats. Electro-pop singer-songwriter Phoebe Ryan (who provides the vocals on the Chainsmokers' "All We Know") supports.

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Until Thu Feb 16

Dunn Dunn Fest

Local promoter Donnie Biggins (better known as Harmonica Dunn) puts together his annual roots and rock-oriented musical festival, Dunn Dunn Fest. Spread out across venues like Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Subterranean, Hideout, Beat Kitchen and Tonic Room, the three-day festival is packed with local bands and beloved touring acts. Highlights of the lineup include bar band Low Cut Connie (Lincoln Hall, Feb 17), Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty (Lincoln Hall, Feb 18) and Latin jam band Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta (Hideout, Feb 18).

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Until Sat Feb 18

Run the Jewels + The Gaslamp Killer + Spark Master Tape + Cuz

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El-P and Killer Mike continue their hip-hop bromance, firing off another barrage of quick-witted tracks on their new album, Run the Jewels 3. Fueled by a year of political and societal turmoil, the record might well be the pair's most impassioned and self-righteous effort to day, enlisting assistance from Detroit emcee Danny Brown and L.A. saxophonist Kamasi Washington. L.A. beatmaker the Gaslamp Killer, indie rapper Spark Master Tape and Arkansas emcee Cuz support.

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Until Fri Feb 17

Mavis Staples

Septuagenarian gospel legend Mavis Staples has only become better with age, radiating joy and positivity with her comforting vocal presence. After recording two LPs with fellow Chicago-native Jeff Tweedy, Staples latest, Livin' on a High Note, finds her teaming up with M. Ward on a collection of songs written specifically for her by artists like Justin Vernon, Neko Case and Nick Cave. Expect a career-spanning set at this special Symphony Center performance.

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Until Fri Feb 17

Dan Deacon

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Best known for the raucous (but, above all, respectful) dance parties he leads at summer music festival, Baltimore's bespectacled, classically trained electro wunderkind Deacon airs the upbeat weirdtronica of his prolific catalogue. At this Red Bull Sound Select show, he's joined by experimental Minneapolis synth outfit Marijuana Deathsquads and local hip-hop duo Air Credits.

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Until Sun Feb 19

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

Winter is coming, and with it, an arena tour centered around Ramin Djawadi’s stirring score for Game of Thrones, featuring an orchestra, a choir and dragons projected on gigantic LED screens. For an encore, might we suggest some selections from Djawadi's equally wonderful Westworld score?

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Until Wed Feb 22

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

There's a reason Donald Glover decided to channel Parliament-Funkadelic on his latest Childish Gambino album—the group's political lyricism and taut funk arrangements are more relevant than ever before. 75-year-old frontman George Clinton brings the group's Mardi Gras Madness Tour to Thalia Hall, which promises an evening of interstellar funk, soul and disco that is guaranteed to get your body moving.

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Until Sun Feb 19

Wilco

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One of city's most beloved bands comes home to the Chicago Theatre, staging a four-night stand that marks the group's first appearance at the historic venue. Wilco's tenth studio album, cheekily titled Schmilco, acts as a companion to 2015's Star Wars—a more subdued collection of succinct pop songs that is remincent of frontman Jeff Tweedy's 2014 solo release, Sukierae. If these shows are anything like past hometown appearances, you can expect the band to dig deep into its back catalog (and avoid repeating songs night-to-night), in an effort to placate diehards screaming "Cars Can't Escape" from the balcony.

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Sunday February 26 2017

Sinkane

Sudan-born multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallad toured with Caribou, Of Montreal, and Yeasayer, before striking out on his own under the name Sinkane. He specializes in indelible hooks, anthemic choruses and Afrobeat flourishes, harnessing a silky smooth falsetto that floats through each track on his new album Life & Livin' It.

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Until Thu Feb 23

Ne-Hi

The jangling refrains of Chicago indie-rock quartet Ne-Hi traffic in pre-mature nostalgia, wistfully looking back on (relatively) recent youthful dalliances on the band's latest single, "Stay Young." Here the group celebrates the release of its sophomore LP, Offers, serving up a bittersweet soundtrack to cracking open beers with a friend as the sun sets on a beautiful summer day. More than any other promising young band in the city, Ne-Hi captures a very specific feeling and finds its nuances amid reverberating guitars.

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Until Fri Feb 24

Meat Wave

Nevermind the digusting-if-you-think-about-it name, Meat Wave is a local band done good. Made up of Chicago punk scene vets, the trio signed to SideOneDummy in 2015 to release Delusion Moon, a frantic post punk album that marries heavy riffs with zealous lyricism. Expect to hear some tracks from the group's new soon-to-be-released record at this hometown show.

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Until Sat Feb 25

Thundercat

LA bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat embraces yacht rock on his latest single, "Show You The Way," featuring guest vocals from Kenny Logins and Michael McDonald. Though its likely an outlier on his latest album, Drunk, it's a natural progression for the frequent Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar collaborator, who has embraced cosmic soul, funk and R&B as a solo artist.

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Until Sat Feb 25

Lee Fields & The Expressions

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Veteran singer Lee Fields cut his first single in 1969 and is still a consumate performer, thanks to four decades spent plying his trade on stage and in the studio. Assisted by his backing band the Expressions, Fields combines elements of classic soul and R&B to create music that sounds like its been dug out of a dusty crate of records and reinvigorated for a new era.

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Thalia Hall , Lower West Side Tuesday February 28 2017
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Art events in February 2017

“Art AIDS America”

Billed as the first major exhibition to examine the impact of the AIDS crisis on the American art scene, “Art AIDS America” comes to Chicago on the final leg of its national tour. Artists represented include the likes of Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Kia Labeija, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tino Rodriguez and Chloe Dzubilo; newly added for Chicago are works from locally connected names such as Roger Brown, Danny Sotomayor and Michael Qualls. Admission is free, but advanced reservations are highly recommended.

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Alphawood Gallery , Lincoln Park Wednesday March 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

"MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls"

The MCA's latest exhibition in its ongoing DNA series confronts the gender inequality that still haunts the art world. Named after the ‘90s feminist punk movement, "Riot Grrrls" showcases paintings by notable female artists like Mary Heilmann, Charline von Heyl and Judy Ledgerwood. The exhibition also features work by younger artists, including Molly Zuckerman-Hartung and Amy Feldman.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

“Chicago Works: Chris Bradley”

The latest exhibition in the MCA's "Chicago Works" series focuses on local sculptor Chris Bradley, who replicates everyday objects and places them in new contexts. An ordinary bag of ice is a creative challenge for the artist, achieved by casting cubes out of glass (so that it will never melt). The objects he creates are approached with a sense of humor—why else would a flower pot and a ladder be found affixed to the blades of a ceiling fan?

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017

"Above, Before & After"

A painter may insist on hanging their canvases on a gallery wall, but some artists prefer to blur the line between their work and the environment in which it is presented. In "Above, Before & After," the MCA assembles a collection of two- and three-dimensional works that exploit the relationship between art and the viewer, including intricate mobiles by Alexander Calder and lightbox sculptures by Alfredo Jaar.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017

"Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings"

Egyptian artist Basim Magdy is a painter, photographer and filmmaker who creates surreal imagery that is based on his observations of reality. "The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings" is his first US museum survey, collecting works from throughout his career, including pieces which demonstrate his "pickling" process, in which he applies household chemicals to analog film.

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Museum of Contemporary Art , Streeterville Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday March 19 2017

"L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters"

Immortalized on the walls of cafés, bistros and dorm rooms across the nation, vintage French posters are a decorative staple that date back to the late 1800s. The Driehaus Museum's latest exhibition presents 45 turn-of-the-century French posters from its collection, celebrating the affichomania (the "poster craze") that inspired art collectors to acquire these impressionistic creations from the streets of Paris.

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Richard H. Driehaus Museum , River North Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday January 7 2018

"Classicism"

Art historians have long debated the exact meaning of the term "classicism," which typically denotes a reverence for Ancient Greek and Roman art. The latest Smart Museum exhibition explores how interpretations of classicism have evolved, assembling more than 70 paintings, sculptures and replicas that draw inspiration from ancient art forms.

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Smart Museum of Art , Hyde Park Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

"Robert Grosvenor"

Made with materials like cinder blocks, steel and Plexiglass, Robert Grosvenor's sculptures have a workmanlike quality that makes them feel like fragments of uncompleted architecture. Centered around an untitled sculpture from 1989-90, the Renaisaance Society presents a collection of Grosvenor's work that examines the scale and subtle beauty of industrial forms.

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Renaissance Society , Hyde Park Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday April 9 2017

"Kader Attia"

Growing up between the Algeria and the suburbs of Paris, Kader Attia always felt culturally out of place. His collages, sculptures and installation confront his search for identity, exploring the differences between Western and non-Western approaches to history and tradition. His latest exhibition at the Block Museum is centered around newly commissioned work informed by Attia's research in the collections of Northwestern University’s Herskovits Library of Africana Studies.

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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art , Evanston Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday April 16 2017

"Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language"

Ahead of the Fall 2017 opening of the Art Institute's permanent display of architecture and design works, the museum exhibits examples of postmodern design in the 1970s and ’80s, including colorful pieces by Italian group Memphis and architectural firm Coop Himmelblau.

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Art Institute of Chicago , Grant Park Until Sunday June 25 2017

“Vostell Concrete, 1969–1973”

Best known for encasing a Cadillac in concrete, German artist Wolf Vostell adopted the material as a motif, using it to demonstrate permanence, urban renewal and unrest. "Vostell Concrete" collects 45 of the artist's sculptures, films, collages and prints, examining the motivation behind his use of materials and what they signified.

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Smart Museum of Art , Hyde Park Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

"Four Saints in Three Acts"

Named after a 1920s opera by Virgil Thomson, this group exhibition features works that appropriate religious iconography in an effort to explore each artist’s respective relationship to faith and spirituality. "Four Saints in Three Acts" contains works by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Jeni Spota C., Kehinde Wiley, Nate Young and Andrea Büttner.

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DePaul Art Museum , Sheffield & DePaul Wednesday March 1 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017

"If You Remember, I’ll Remember"

Reflect on the past at this group exhibition, which gathers works by contemporary artists such as Kristine Aono, Shan Goshorn, Samantha Hill, McCallum & Tarry, Dario Robleto and Marie Watt. The work on display invites visitors to reconcile with the persistence of war, racism and xenophobia throughout history, through pieces that depict humanity's worst impulses.

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Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art , Evanston Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday June 18 2017

"Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium"

Though his career was relatively brief, Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica made huge contributions to the development of contemporary art, especially in Latin America. "To Organize Delirium" presents a retrospective of his output, filled with the elegant prints that dominated his early work and the ambitious, maze-like installations that were designed to encourage interactions between artworks and viewers.

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Art Institute of Chicago , Grant Park Until Sunday May 7 2017

"The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and Legacies"

As part of Chicago's Year of Public Art, the Chicago Cultural Center pays tribute to the Wall of Respect, a seminal mural that inhabited the side of a building at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue in 1967. Exhibit curators Romi Crawford, Abdul Alkalimat and Rebecca Zorach examine how the Organization of Black Arts and Culture designed and gathered artists to paint the mural, which depicted black leaders and icons.

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Chicago Cultural Center , Loop Until Sunday July 30 2017

Theater in February 2017

Hamilton

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Let’s not mince words, since we’ve already spilled so many of them: Hamilton, writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biography of Alexander Hamilton as refracted through a hip-hop, pop and R&B lens, is a sprawling, stunning, singular achievement. By filtering the story of the American Experiment’s beginning into modern, meticulously rhymed vernacular and populating the stage with performers of color to play the likes of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, Miranda and his regular collaborators (director Thomas Kail, music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) make the founding fathers feel fresh and, miraculously, human. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Hamilton Chicago Weeks out from the country’s naming its 45th president, Hamilton’s new Chicago company arrives to remind us our democracy has always been messy, political, personal, and worth fighting for. Kail and Blankenbuehler fill designer David Korins’s spare set—which suggests that, like the country, it’s still under construction—with movement as thrilling and dense as Miranda’s lyrics. (The few moments of stillness are also used to great counter effect.) The nearly all-new Chicago cast (ensemble member Emmy Raver-Lampman is the sole transfer) easily lives up to the originals while finding their own new moments and shades. Miguel Cervantes is a rather more grounded Hamilton than the more frenetic Miranda, who originated the role, but Cervantes conveys the man’s vital, fatal

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The PrivateBank Theatre , Loop Tuesday February 28 2017 - Sunday September 17 2017

A Disappearing Number

Nick Bowling helms the Chicago premiere of this 2007 work devised by the British theater company Complicité, exploring mathematics and human connection in a series of vignettes set both in the present and a century earlier.

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TimeLine Theatre Company , Lake View Wednesday March 1 2017 - Sunday April 9 2017

Diamond Dogs

Set in a distant future, in an even more distant star system, Diamond Dogs (adapted by the playwriting collective Althos Low from science fiction author Alistair Reynolds’s novella) opens on a disgraced scientist named Swift (John Henry Roberts). He’s standing in a darkened tomb and intoning the story of his aristocrat parents’ death at the hands of a shady, quasi-governmental institute. That this long, info-dumpy story—the first of many to come—ends up having little to do with the rest of the play that follows it is telling. Suddenly, so suddenly in fact that it’s really quite awkward, Swift is interrupted by old friend Roland Childe (Chris Hainsworth), long thought dead in the same incident that killed Swift’s parents; instead, Childe pops out of the darkness, still quite alive and with an offer to make. On the surface of a distant planet sits a mysterious, alien tower, and Childe wants Swift to help him get to the top of it—which, given the tower’s penchant for murdering all who enter it, is a bigger ask than it might seem like initially. Swift readily says yes. He’s not the only person that Childe has brought into the fold. Also along for the ride are Swift’s ex-wife Celestine (Katherine Keberlein), a brilliant mathematician, the memory of whom he’s had suppressed, and the creepy, robo-domed Trintignant (Joey Steakley), who can best be summed up as the Dr. Mengele of cybernetics. (There are two other crew members, both characters of color, whose retrograde portrayals re

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Chopin Theatre , River West/West Town Thursday March 2 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

Cupid Has a Heart On

This long-running, lovey-dovey musical sketch show has found the perfect home in Stage 773's cabaret theater. It's refreshingly raunchy for date night, although its quaint take on dating in the age of social media feels a little rusty and outdated at times.

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Stage 773 , Lake View Saturday March 4 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017

Beowulf

Beowulf and Grendel’s Mother are condemned to live out their battle over and over again in Red Theater Chicago’s two-actor adaptation of the Old English epic.

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The Den Theatre , Wicker Park Until Saturday March 11 2017

I Saw You

Bruised Orange Theater Company’s long-running weekly show mines Chicago personal ads for dramatic (and comic) interpretation.

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Town Hall Pub , Lake View Wednesday March 1 2017 - Wednesday December 27 2017

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