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Chicago fully embraces Warhol madness with cocktails, tasting menus and exhibits

Zach Long
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Zach Long

The enormous retrospective exhibition “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” goes on display at the Art Institute of Chicago on Sunday, October 20, with more than 350 works for viewers to explore that include examples of ubiquitous Pop Art creations in addition to lesser-known forays into performance art, television and publishing. While you'll probably have a lot to process after seeing work from every era of Warhol's career, your celebration of the artist's output doesn't have to end when you exit the museum. Over the next few months, you'll be able to see intimate photos of Warhol's New York townhouse, see his famous Marilyn Monroe print projected on the side of a 25-story building and sample dishes and cocktails inspired by his work. 

Terzo Piano Warhol

Photograph: Neil John Burger

Taste a Warhol-inspired menu at Terzo Piano

The Art Institute's in-house restaurant is whipping up a Warhol-inspired menu to feed the crowds that come to see the museum's marquee exhibit. Open for lunch from 11am to 3pm Monday through Saturday, the offerings at Terzo Piano include a double angus beef patty Warhol burger, a Debbie Harry chocolate milkshake topped with cotton candy that comes with a side of fries for dipping and a spicy tequila Bloody Mary served in a Campbell's soup can.

Spot gigantic Warhol works at Art on theMart

Beginning on Thursday, October 17, gigantic renditions of Andy Warhol’s Liz #3 [Early Colored Liz], Flowers, Shot Orange Marilyn, and Cow Wallpaper [Pink on Yellow] will be projected on the side of Merchandise Mart during Art on theMart. Beginning 30 minutes after sunset from Wednesday through Sunday, Warhol's images will be interspersed throughout two hours of programming that includes visuals from artists Charles Atlas and Petra Cortright.

Photograph: David Gamble, Andy Warhol’s Living Room, East 66 Street NYC 1987

See photographs of Warhol's home at a River North gallery

Warhol rarely let anyone inside of his townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side, but photographer David Gamble gained permission to document the artist's home shortly after his death in 1987. You can see these photos (which have been embellished with colorful screen-printed depictions of Warhol) on display in “Andy Warhol's House” at the Hilton-Asmus Contemporary gallery in River North. Take a peek inside Warhol's living room and even his medicine cabinet before the exhibit closes on November 12. 

Sip a "POPart" cocktail at the Albert

Head to the Albert, the restaurant inside of the art- and science-themed Hotel EMC2, to try a drink inspired by the bold colors of Warhol's most famous creations. The "POPart" ($14) is made with vodka, rose, tea and wild raspberry, featuring a purple ice cube that contrasts with the pink liquid in the glass. If you're feeling creative, you can stop by the Albert's Paint & Sip Pop Art Event on October 29 from 6 to 9pm, where a $60 ticket allows you to make your own Pop Art while enjoying wine and small bites. Plus, anyone who presents a physical Art Institute of Chicago ticket will get 10 percent off their check at the Albert through January 26, 2020.

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