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Whenever the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is in Chicago, the first place he stops is the northeast corner of Michigan and Monroe. When he arrives there this week, it will be to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Millennium Park and his famed Crown Fountain—and to attend the openings of a pair of exhibits of his head sculptures in the park and at Richard Gray Gallery. Over the phone from Germany, where two solo shows of his work are being held this summer, Plensa describes the urge to visit Crown Fountain as a sort of impulsive pilgrimage of reassurance. "I feel every time I have to go check to see if it's still there," he says. "to make sure that it wasn't just a dream." Plensa's lingering insecurity a decade after the debut of a piece of public art that has since been cemented, along with Anish Kapoor's adjacent Cloud Gate, as a neo Chicago icon stems from the fact that his vision easily could've gone unrealized. At the dawn of the planning for Millennium Park, years before hordes of children began cooling themselves in the spit of the twin 50-foot towers of glass brick and LEDs, it seemed the only person who completely believed in Jaume Plensa's concept for Crown Fountain was Jaume Plensa. Almost as soon as the artist submitted his first sketches, the work became a source of uncertainty for the project's stakeholders. Cloud Gate, as a neo Chicago icon stems from the fact that his vision easily could've gone unrealized. At the dawn of the planning for Millennium Park, years before hordes of children began cooling themselves in the spit of the twin 50-foot towers of glass brick and LEDs, it seemed the only person who completely believed in Jaume Plensa's concept for Crown Fountain was Jaume Plensa. Almost as soon as the artist submitted his first sketches, the work became a source of uncertainty for the project's stakeholders. Continue reading >>">Continue reading >>

Millennium Park (map)
Michigan and Randolph
Loop
phone 312-742-1169
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After Today

5/8-8/8

A group show that features artists' takes on Chicago's social, political, and economic conditions. Reception Fri 5/8, 5-8 PM.

Gallery 400 (map)
400 S. Peoria St.
West Loop/Fulton Market
phone 312-996-6114

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Alex Bradley Cohen and Kelly Lloyd

6/5-7/25

Paintings by the local artists. Reception Fri 6/5, 6-8 PM.

Carrie Secrist Gallery (map)
835 W. Washington Blvd.
West Loop/Fulton Market
phone 312-491-0917

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American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration

Ongoing

The National Hellenic Museum celebrates its one-year anniversary with the opening of an exhibit chronicling the history of Greeks in America.

National Hellenic Museum (map)
333 S. Halsted
Greektown
phone 312-655-1234

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The Ancient Americas

Ongoing

Artifacts from North and South America highlighting 13,000 years of survivor skills utilized by the early Pueblo communities of the American southwest, the Incas of South America, and other New World cultures.

Field Museum (map)
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-922-9410

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Antisocial Media

5/8-6/27

New work by Brian Dettmer. Reception Fri 5/8, 6-9 PM.

Packer Schopf Gallery (map)
942 W. Lake St.
West Loop/Fulton Market
phone 312-226-8984

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

3/6-8/31

A collection of paintings by the Harlem Renaissance-era artist. Reception Fri 3/6, 5:30-9 PM.

Chicago Cultural Center (map)
78 E. Washington St.
Loop
phone 312-744-6630

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The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery

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Like many of us, Ted Geisel felt unfulfilled by his day job. Does it matter that, as Dr. Seuss, Geisel produced some of the world's most beloved picture books and introduced generations of children to the pleasures of reading? For the sake of his young audience, Dr. Seuss had to keep his drawings simple and his color palette limited. But before he'd gone to work as a commercial illustrator, Geisel had trained as a fine artist. So late at night, he painted. He experimented with color and style and more adult themes. He hung his "midnight paintings" in his house in La Jolla, California, but didn't want them released into the world while he was still alive. Continue reading >>

Water Tower Place (map)
835 North Michigan Avenue
Other North The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery

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Artwalk

Second Saturday of every month, 1-3 p.m.
phone 312-733-2787

Guided tour of ARC, Intuit and Woman Made galleries. Leaves from Love’s Snack Shop, 770 N Halsted.

Between the Lines, Poland 1974-1990

5/16-6/30

An exhibition of Polish photojournalist Stanisław Kulawiak's black-and-white images depicting everyday life in Poland. Reception Sat 5/16, 6 PM. $10

Polish Museum of America (map)
984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
West Town/Noble Square
phone 773-384-3352

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Biophilia

5/29-7/3

Paintings by Jaime Foster. Reception Fri 5/29, 6:30-9:30 PM.

Elephant Room, Inc. (map)
704 S. Wabash Ave.
South Loop
phone 708-369-4742

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Blind Man's Bluff

4/17-6/13

Tom Torluemke's surreal multimedia work. Reception Fri 4/17, 6-9 PM.

Linda Warren Gallery (map)
327 N. Aberdeen
West Town/Noble Square
phone 312-432-9500

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Bus, boat, train, and walking tours

Ongoing

See chicagohistory.org for schedule and details.

Chicago History Museum (map)
1601 N. Clark St.
Lincoln Park
phone 312-642-4600

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Called to the Challenge: The Legacy of Harold Washington

Ongoing

An overview of Washington's life and projects as mayor. Harold Washington Exhibit Hall, 9th floor.

Harold Washington Library Center (map)
400 S. State St.
Loop
phone 312-747-4300

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