If you like art expos, then you’re going to love Chicago this year. There are some really great events happening. Here’s what you need to know.
Getting a Good Hotel
Get a good hotel that’s close to the exhibit you’ll be visiting. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. But, these Chicago hotels will give you an idea of what’s available near Lake Michigan. From there, you can either rent a vehicle or take public transportation.
The Vikings Exhibit
Who doesn’t like a little Viking action? The Field Museum is showcasing its latest exhibit, sans the violent imagery that’s usually associated with this culture. But, just because they’ve stripped out the gore doesn’t mean they’ve stripped out the fun.
There are still some swords and helmets contained within the nearly 500 artifacts on display, but most of the items are more commonplace items, like jewelry, combs, coins, and musical instruments.
This will give you a better idea of what life might have been like, not just during a battle. Vikings were more than just warriors, and the graves of both males and females show that they had differing professions including farming, warrior, peasants, and aristocrats.
Price for admission is $18, but seniors and students get in for $15. Kids from 3 to 11 will set you back $13 and there are discounts for residents. The exhibit runs from April through October.
2 For 2
This exhibit celebrates its two-year anniversary with a group show, which features a lineup of artists from all over the world. Each artist will contribute two original works, and the admission is free at the Vertical Gallery on April 3rd.
The Imaginary Landscapes exhibit is a group exhibition that explores the uncertainty of physical space and history. It asks important questions about time and space, knowledge, and the effect of time on memory. The artists use photographic theory to manipulate and reconstruct symbols, forms, language and systems. Admission is free as the Chicago Urban Art Society, Mana Contemporary 4th floor on April 4, from 6 to 9PM.
Lake FX Summit + Expo
The Lake FX Summit and Expo is the regions largest free conference for artists and creative professionals, including entrepreneurs. It’s a 4 day event that hosts thousands of individuals and businesses. There will be keynotes by industry leaders and professional development panels and workshops.
It’s free on April 16 through the 19th, and held at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Immortality and Vulnerability
This exhibit is a group exhibit curated by Sergio Gomez and Didi Mendez. Poets have been asked to reinterpret the ideas of immortality and vulnerability in personal, psychological, or social manners, and provide the audience with a contemporary look into these age-old ideas. Admission for the exhibit is free to the public and held at the Zhou B Art Center on April 17th from 7PM to 10PM.
This exhibit is about reinvention and artists are challenged to reimagine and reconstruct new life, function and beauty from recycled items. Admission is free, and it will be held at the Jackson Junge Gallery on April 22, from 6PM to 9PM.
Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design
This is one that’s happening from April through June and it showcases 18th century Irish art. Historian Desmond Fitzgerald proposed this exhibit to showcase a period in time when Ireland came into its own as a commercial and cultural force.
There will be more than 300 items on display through 10 distinct galleries. You’ll find plenty of pastoral paintings, decorative items, paintings of aristocrats, intricate silver and mahogany work, including furniture and other luxury items which were traditionally made entirely by hand.
You’ll learn about the country’s natural beauty and commercial trade routes. The only downside might be the lack of focus, as it’s almost all inclusive, lacking cohesion. At the same time, there won’t be a shortage of things to see.
The exhibit will be available from Monday to Wednesday from 10:30AM to 5PM, Thursday 10:30AM to 8PM, Friday-Sunday 10:30AM to 5PM. Price for admission is $23 for adults, $17 for seniors and kids 14 and over. Kids 13 and under are free, and there’s a $5 discount for residents Illinois residents get a $3 discount.
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