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December 2009 - January 2010 Arts and Events

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


Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827, features Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass through Dec. 31. 
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600, presents Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago Nov. 7 through Jan. 31. Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage continues through Jan. 3. Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design runs through Jan. 24. James Castle: A Retrospective continues through Jan. 3. 
Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave., 312-922-3432, hosts Chicago Model City through April.   
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847-835-5440, presents Wonderland Express through Jan. 3. 
Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., 312-527-1000, features Snow Much Fun through Mar. 1.
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630, presents Barbara Crane: Challenging Vision through Jan. 10. Ryan Tepich: Angels continues through Jan. 4. 
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600, presents Bertha Honore Palmer through Jan. 4. Abraham Lincoln Transformed continues through April 12. 
DePaul Art Museum, 2350 N. Kenmore, 773-325-7506, presents The Breathing Factory: A Project by Mark Curran Jan. 14 through Mar. 19. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly runs the same dates.  
Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-9410, hosts The Nature of Diamonds through Mar. 28. 
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave., 773-324-5520, presents Joanne Trestrail: Piecework through Jan. 17. 
Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center,
9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, 847-967-4800, presents Anne Frank: A History for Today through Feb. 28. 
International Museum of Surgical Science,
1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-642-6502, presents Hidden Agenda and The Way of the Flesh through Feb. 19. 
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art,
756 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-243-9088, features Freaks & Flash through Jan. 9. 
Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago,
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, 847-832-6600, presents Pizza: Any Way You Slice It! Jan. 18 through May 24. 
Loyola University Museum of Art,
820 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-6394, presents Art and Faith of the Creche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan and Lost in Venice: Photographs by Sarah Hadley, both through Jan. 17.  
Museum of Contemporary Art,
220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660, presents Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection through Oct. 18. Liam Gillick: Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario continues through Jan. 10. Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008 runs through Feb. 14.
Museum of Contemporary Photography,
600 S. Michigan Ave., 312-663-5554, hosts Reversed Images: Representations of Shanghai and its Contemporary Material Culture through Dec. 23.   
Newberry Library,
60 W. Walton, 312-943-9090, presents With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition through Dec. 19. Honest Abe of the West continues through Feb. 15. 
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum,
2430 N. Cannon Dr., 773-755-5100, hosts National Geographic Crittercam: The World through Animal Eyes through April 11. Seashells: Inspired Form Paintings by Helen Oh runs through Jan. 31. 
The Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis, 773-702-8670, presents photographs by Anna Shteynshleyger Jan. 3 through Feb. 14. 
Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood, 773-702-0200, presents Heartland through Jan. 17. 
Spertus Museum,
610 S. Michigan Ave., 312-322-1700, hosts What Does It Say to You? through Mar. 14. 
Swedish American Museum,
5211 N. Clark, 773-728-8111, presents Breakfast with Tomten, a Swedish pancake breakfast, Dec. 12-13.

American Blues Theater presents It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph through Dec. 27, 2433 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000. 
American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron, 773-409-4125, presents It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play through Dec. 27. 
Arie Crown Theater, Lakeside Center, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, hosts Kevin Hart’s New Year’s Eve Party Dec. 31. 
Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress, 312-902-1500, presents Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah Jan. 16-17.    

Centre East, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, hosts The Nutcracker, performed by the Civic Ballet of Chicago, Dec. 12-13. The Klezmatics: Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah is Dec. 19. Aga-Boom performs Dec. 26-28. Bob Woodward speaks Jan. 30.  
Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier,
800 E. Grand, 312-595-5600, presents Private Lives Jan. 6 through Mar. 7. Short Shakespeare! A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs Jan. 23 through Mar. 6. 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan Ave., 312-294-3000, presents Welcome Yule! Dec. 18-23. 
Chicago Theatre,
175 N. State, hosts Banana Shpeel through Jan. 3, 312-902-1500.
Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis, 773-753-4472, presents The Mystery of Irma Vep through Dec. 13. The Year of Magical Thinking runs Jan. 14 through Feb. 14.
The Dance Center
presents the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Jan. 22-23 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph. Call 312-369-8330 for tickets. 
Eclipse Theatre
presents Democracy through Dec. 20 at the Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336.
Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312-443-3800, hosts A Christmas Carol through Dec. 31. 
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
, 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777, presents Chicago Sinfonietta’s Holiday Celebration Dec. 16. Kathleen Battle performs Dec. 18. Apollo Chorus performs Handel’s Messiah Dec. 20. 
Lookingglass Theatre Company
, 821 N. Michigan, 312-337-0665, presents Icarus through Jan. 24. 
Lyric Opera of Chicago
, 20 N. Wacker, 312-332-2244, presents The Merry Widow through Jan. 16. 
Northlight Theatre,
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-673-6300, presents Souvenir through Dec. 20. Awake and Sing! runs Jan. 21 through Feb. 28. 
Porchlight Music Theatre
presents Miracle on 34th Street through Jan. 3 at Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252. 
Profiles Theatre,
4147 N. Broadway, 773-549-1815, presents The Mercy Seat through Dec. 13.  
A Red Orchid Theatre, 1531 N. Wells, 312-943-8722, presents A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant through Jan. 3. 
Remy Bumppo Theatre
presents The Island Jan. 27 through Mar. 7 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-404-7336.
Victory Gardens Theater,
2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, presents The Snow Queen through Dec. 27. 
Writers’ Theatre,
325 Tudor Ct., Glencoe, 847-242-6000, presents Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead through Dec. 6. Oh Coward! runs through Mar. 21 at 664 Vernon Ave. 

Addington Gallery, 704 N. Wells, 312-664-3406, features oil paintings by Kevin Sonmor through Jan. 30.
Anne Loucks Gallery,
309 Park Ave., Glencoe, 847-835-8500, presents Sandra Russell and Rodger Bechtold: The Language of Color through Jan. 15. 
Black Walnut Gallery,
220 N. Aberdeen, 312-286-2307, presents Entrare L’Inverno, a group show, along with wood sculpture and modern furniture by Robert Wayner through Dec. 30. 
Bryon Roche Gallery,
750 N. Franklin, 312-654-0144, presents metal leaf paintings by Paul Hunter through the end of the year. 
Carl Hammer Gallery,
740 N. Wells, 312-266-8512, presents Snow Crystals: Vintage Photomicrographs by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley through Jan. 30. 
Catherine Edelman Gallery,
300 W. Superior, 312-266-2350, presents work by Lauren E. Simonutti Jan. 8 through Mar. 6. 
David Weinberg Gallery, 300 W. Superior, 312-529-5090, presents Infuse, works by Eric Blum and Hunt Rettig, through Jan. 2.
Gallery KH, 311 W. Superior, 312-642-0202, presents new abstract works by Rick Stevens through Feb. 23. 
Jean Albano Gallery, 215 W. Superior, 312-440-0770, features work by Jules Feiffer through December. 
Josef Glimer Gallery, 207 W. Superior, 312-787-4640, presents Layers, paintings by Mira Hermoni-Levine, through Dec. 31. 
Judy A Saslow Gallery, 300 W. Superior, 312-943-0530, presents Wonders of Winter 2009, an exhibit of art groups in Chicago for adults with disabilities, through January. 
Ken Saunders Gallery,
230 W. Superior, 312-573-1400, presents glass works by Janusz Walentynowicz through Dec. 26.
Linda Warren Gallery,
1052 W. Fulton Market, 312-432-9500, features Dragging the Leash: Juan Angel Chavez Dec. 11 through Jan. 16. 
 Packer Schopf Gallery, 942 W. Lake, 312-226-8984, features Ann Ponce and Maria Ponce’s On TV/Off TV and Karen Perl’s Chicago Monuments, both through Dec. 23
Perimeter Gallery, 210 W. Superior, 312-266-9473, presents Joseph Piccillo’s drawings through Dec. 31. Paintings by David Shapiro are on display Jan. 8 through Feb. 6. 
Printworks Gallery, 311 W. Superior, 312-664-9407, features work by Carole Harmel and Arthur Lerner through Jan. 2. 
Richard Gray Gallery, 875 N. Michigan, 312-642-8877, presents Jim Dine’s Old Me, Now: Self Portrait Drawings through Jan. 16. 
Roy Boyd Gallery, 739 N. Wells, 312-642-1606, hosts Brigitte Riesebrodt’s Metamorphoses through Jan. 5. 
Russell Bowman Art Advisory, 311 W. Superior, 312-751-9500, presents David Smith: Works on Paper through Jan. 2. 
Schneider Gallery, 230 W. Superior, 312-988-4033, features Jamie Baldridge & Sergio Fasola: Magic Realism through Jan. 2. Work by Luis Gonzalez Palma is on display Jan. 8 through Feb. 27. 
Thomas Masters Gallery, 245 W. North, 312-440-2322, presents a group show through Dec. 30. 
Zg Gallery, 300 W. Superior, 312-654-9900, hosts Mesocosmos II, new works by Jackie Tileston, through Dec. 31.

Published: December 22, 2009
Issue: Winter 2009 - Annual Philanthropy Guide


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