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December 2008 - January 2009 Arts and Events

Your Chicago guide to the best museums, galleries, and events in Chicago.


Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600, presents Drawn to Italian Drawings: The Goldman Collection through Jan. 18. The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestry runs through Jan. 4.

Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario, 312-787-3997, presents work by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers through Dec. 19.
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., 312-922-3432, hosts Shanghai Transforming through Jan. 9.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847-835-5440, presents Wonderland Express through Jan. 4.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630, presents Made in Chicago: Photographs from the Bank of America LaSalle Collection through Jan. 4. Gauri Gill: The Americans runs through Dec. 28. Hidden Treasures: The Lane Tech Murals continues through Dec. 31.
Chicago History Museum
, 1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600, presents Catholic Chicago through Jan. 4. Chic Chicago: Couture Treasures from the Chicago History Museum runs through July 26.
DePaul University Art Museum
, 2350 N. Kenmore, 773-325-7506, presents Reverence Renewed: Colonial Andean Art from the Thoma Collections runs Jan. 15 through Mar. 20.
Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-9410, hosts Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters through Jan. 4. The Aztec World: A Unique View of a Mighty Empire runs through April 19.
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, presents Mark Booth: Spanish Still Life or A Large List of Merged Animals through Jan. 4. Omar Vera: Cold Eels and Distant Thoughts runs through Jan. 11. Elke Claus: As Above, So Below continues through Feb. 1.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-642-6502, presents Sculpture as Medicine: Fetishes, Physiological and Healing Actions and CORPOreal, both running through Jan. 9.
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, 756 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-243-9088, features Sunday Painters: Discarded Paintings by Gifted Amateurs through Jan. 3. Finding Beauty: The Art of Lee Godie runs through the same date.
Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago
, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, 847-832-6600, presents Let’s Play Railway through May. 4.
Loyola University Museum of Art, 820 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-6394, presents On the Same Map: Hope is a Human Right through Jan. 4. Dreamscaping: The Therapeutic Photomontages of Nancy Gershman runs through the same date. 
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
, 40 Arts Circle, Evanston, 847-491-4000, hosts Magdalena Abakanowicz: Reality of Dreams through Dec. 14. Polaroids: Mapplethorpe runs Jan. 13 through April 5.  
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St., Evanston, 847-475-1030, presents Transcending Boundaries: American Indian Traditional and Contemporary Art from the June and Bernard Kleban Collection through Dec. 24. On the Plains: The Art of Potawatomi Artist Woody Crumbo runs through Dec. 24.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, presents Jenny Holzer: Protect Protect through Feb. 1. Joseph Grigely St. Cecilia runs through Feb. 22. USA Today continues through Mar. 15.
Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 S. Michigan Ave., 312-663-5554, features Michael Wolf: The Transparent City through Jan. 31. Work/Place runs through the same date.
Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414, hosts Smart Home: Green + Wired through Jan. 4.
Newberry Library, 60 W. Walton, 312-943-9090, presents Artifacts of Childhood: 700 Years of Children’s Books through Jan. 17.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., 773-755-5100, presents Cranes & Conversations, a photo exhibition, through Jan. 18.
Renaissance Society
, 5811 S. Ellis, 773-702-8670, hosts the first solo Midwest museum exhibition of the work of Francis Alÿs through Dec. 14. Jim Lutes runs Jan. 4 through Feb. 15.
Smart Museum of Art
, 5550 S. Greenwood, 773-702-0200, presents Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art through Jan. 25.
Spertus Museum
, 610 S. Michigan Ave., 312-322-1700, hosts Twisted Into Recognition: Clichés of Jews and Others through Jan. 18. 
Swedish American Museum
, 5211 N. Clark, 773-728-8111, presents Julmiddag: Old Fashioned Swedish Family Christmas Dinner Dec. 21.

American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, 773-409-4125, presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play through Dec. 28.
Artistic Home, 3914 N. Clark, 866-811-4111, presents Look Homeward Angel through Dec. 21. 
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress, 312-902-1500, presents Batsheva Dance Company Feb. 7-8.
Chicago Chamber Choir
performs a holiday concert Dec. 20 at Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church and Dec. 21 at Unity Lutheran Church. Call 312-409-6890 for information and tickets.
Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago, 312-633-0630, presents How I Became an Interesting Person Jan. 15 through Feb. 22.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier
, 800 E. Grand, 312-595-5600, presents Macbeth Dec. 31 through Mar. 8. The Investigation runs Jan. 21-31.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
, 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000, presents Welcome Yule Dec. 14-23.
Chicago Theatre
, 175 N. State, hosts Harry Connick Jr. Dec. 10-11. Call 312-902-1500.   
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, 773-753-4472, presents The Wild Duck Jan. 15 through Feb 15.
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago
, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., 312-344-6600, hosts Japan Dance Now Feb. 5-7.
DePaul University hosts Christmas at DePaul,
a musical retelling of the birth of Christ, Dec. 12 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1010 W. Webster, 312-362-8458.
Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook, 630-530-0111, presents Mame through Dec. 21. Miss Saigon runs Jan. 8 through Mar. 8.
Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut, 312-642-2000, presents Meet Me in St. Louis through Jan. 4.
Eclipse Theatre presents Lillian Hellman’s The Autumn Garden through Dec. 21 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336.
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, features A Christmas Carol through Dec. 31. Greasy Joan & Co. presents Chekhov’s Life in the Country through Dec. 21 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336.
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777, presents Fantasia Holiday Dec. 20. Handel’s Messiah is Dec. 21.
Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, 773-761-4477, features Mariette in Ecstasy Feb. 13 through April 5. Snowflake Tim’s Big Holiday Adventure runs Dec. 13 through Jan. 4.
Lookingglass Theatre Company, 821 N. Michigan, 312-337-0665, presents Our Town Feb. 11 through April 5.
The Neo-Futurists
, 5153 N. Ashland, 773-275-5255, presents A Very Neo-Futurist Christmas Carol through Dec. 23.
Next Theatre Company, 927 Noyes St., Evanston, 847-475-1875, presents Well through Dec. 14.
Northlight Theatre,
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, presents Grey Gardens through Dec. 28.    
Paramount Theatre,
23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 630-896-6666, features Wynonna: A Classic Christmas Dec. 20.
Pegasus Players, 1145 W. Wilson, 773-878-9761, presents the 23rd Annual Chicago Young Playwrights Festival Jan. 12 through Feb. 1.
Profiles Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, 773-549-1815, presents The Thugs through Dec. 14.
Redmoon Theater
, 1463 W. Hubbard, 312-850-8440 x111, features Winter Pageant Redux through Dec. 21.
Remy Bumppo Theatre, presents The Marriage of Figaro through Jan. 4 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336.
Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Rd., Rosemont, 312-559-1212, presents Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller Dec. 26-27.
Saint Sebastian Players presents Picasso at the Lapin Agile Feb. 13 through Mar. 8 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey. Call 773-404-7922.
Silk Road Theatre Project, Historic Chicago Temple Building, 77 W. Washington, 888-745-5849, features Pangs of the Messiah Feb. 19 through April 5.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
, 1650 N. Halsted, 312-335-1650, presents The Seafarer through Feb. 8. Dublin Carol runs through Dec. 28. 
Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-528-9889, presents The Cherry Orchard Feb. 21 through Mar. 28.

Victory Gardens Theater
, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, presents The Snow Queen through Dec. 28.  

Vitalist Theatre
presents Anung’s First American Christmas through Jan. 4 at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252.

WNEP Theater
presents Soirée Dada: Schmückt Der Hallen through Dec. 21 at the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph. Call 312-742-8497.           
Writers’ Theatre
, 325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe, 847-242-6000, features A Christmas Carol Dec. 13-23. The Maids runs through April 5 at 664 Vernon Ave., Glencoe.

Addington Gallery, 704 N. Wells, 312-664-3406, features work by Thomas Monaghan through Jan. 6.
Ann Nathan Gallery, 212 W. Superior, 312-664-6622, presents work by Yoko Tanaka, Bob Burdette and Juan Carlos Macias through Dec.
Carl Hammer Gallery, 740 N. Wells, 312-266-8512, presents work by Stephen Palmer, watercolor and pen on paper, Dec. 12 through Jan. 31.
Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior, 312-266-2350, presents Julie Blackmon’s Domestic Vacations through Jan. 3.  
David Weinberg Gallery
, 300 W. Superior, 312-529-5090, presents alleverythingthatisyou through Jan. 3.
Flatfile Galleries
, 217 N. Carpenter, 312-491-1190, presents Apparent Horizon, Beyond the Curve, Espace Vert, Seemingly Weightless and Man/Woman/ Cat/Dog through Dec. 19.
Gallery KH
, 311 W. Superior, 312-642-0202, presents work by Henry Coe through the beginning of January. 
Habatat Galleries
, 222 W. Superior, 312-440-0288, features cast glass sculpture by Daniel Clayman through Dec. 20. A group show of gallery artists runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 28.
Jean Albano Gallery, 215 W. Superior, 312-440-0770, features work by Margaret Wharton through the end of Dec.
Judy A Saslow Gallery
, 300 W. Superior, 312-943-0530, presents Wonders of Winter: An Exhibit of Art Groups in Chicago for Adults with Disabilities through Jan. 10. Wonder Women runs Jan. 17 through March.
Kasia Kay Art Projects Gallery, 1044 W. Fulton Market, 312-492-8828, presents work by Claudia Hart through Dec. 27.
Linda Warren Gallery
, 1052 W. Fulton Market, 312-432-9500, features Somewhere, Elsewhere, a group landscape show, through Jan. 3.
Marx Saunders Gallery
, 230 W. Superior, 312-573-1400, presents Jon Kuhn’s Spectrum through Dec. 27.
Packer Schopf Gallery
, 942 W. Lake, 312-226-8984, features Lisa Krivacka’s Home for the Holidays and work by Tom McDonald through Jan. 3.
Perimeter Gallery
, 210 W. Superior, 312-266-9473, presents work by Neil Goodman through Jan. 6.
Printworks Gallery
, 311 W. Superior, 312-664-9407, features Anne Abrons and David Sharpe: New Etchings and Monoprints through Dec. 31. 
Roy Boyd Gallery, 739 N. Wells, 312-642-1606, features Vadim Katznelson: New Work Dec. 12 through Jan. 13. New paintings by William Conger are on display Jan. 16 through Mar. 3.
Russell Bowman Art Advisory
, 311 W. Superior, 312-751-9500, presents Charles Steffen through Jan. 10.
Schneider Gallery
, 230 W. Superior, 312-988-4033, features work by Jowhara AlSaud and Preston Wadley through Dec. 13. In Focus: Argentina runs Dec. 16 through Jan. 6.
Vale Craft Gallery
, 230 W. Superior, 312-337-3525, hosts a holiday group show thorugh Jan. 3. 
Thomas Masters Gallery
, 245 W. North, 312-440-2322, presents work by Jon Langford through Dec.
Zg Gallery
, 300 W. Superior, 312-654-9900, features Infrastructure through Jan. 3.
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, 325 W. Huron, 312-944-1990, presents work by David Kroll Dec. 12 through the end of January.

The 13th Annual Christkindlmarket, a traditional German holiday market, continues through Dec. 24 in Daley Plaza.
The One of the Kind Show and Sale runs Dec. 4-7 at the Merchandise Mart.
Chicago Public Library, 400 S. State, hosts a discussion with Neil Harris,
author of  The Chicagoan: A Lost Magazine of the Jazz Age, Dec. 10. Visit chicagopubliclibrary.org.

Published: December 07, 2008
Issue: Winter 2008 - Annual Philanthropy Guide