Thank you to Jeanne Sadlik, Associate Director of Loyola University Health Sciences Library, for her helpful post on Chicago Culture!
Chicago is a wonderful city to explore and enjoy whether you like museums, theater, or music. There are so many choices and options for everyone.
The Art Institute, a short walk from the Hyatt Regency, is a world renowned museum with many treasures. See Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on the Grande Jatte”, along with pieces by Picasso, Matisse, and Georgia O’Keefe. There is a great exhibit “When the Greeks Ruled Egypt” with over 75 pieces of art that reveal the influence of foreign rule on ancient Egypt’s culture which runs through July, 2014. For more information go to www.artic.edu.
Did you read Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, set in Chicago during the planning and execution of the 1893 World’s Fair? The Fair comes to life in the Field Museum’s exhibit Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair (www.fieldmuseum.org ). Some of the “Firsts” at the World’s Fair include the Ferris Wheel, a moving walkway, Cracker Jacks, Juicy Fruit gum, and Quaker Oats. You can take a ride on Chicago’s Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier (http://www.navypier.com/) which is modeled after the original Ferris Wheel at the Fair; it is 150 feet high and allows for amazing views of the Chicago skyline and lakefront in a seven minute rotation.
TheaterinChicago.com is a great site to explore if you enjoy going to plays. Blue Man Group is a classic that combines music, art, science and vaudeville at the Briar Street Theatre. The national tour of the Broadway hit, Motown The Musical is at the Ford Oriental Theatre and delves into people who made the Motown sound famous including Smokey Robinson and Diana Ross. Check the website in April/May to see what other events are playing during MLA.
Looking for a way to unwind at the end of the day? Chicago is famous for its jazz clubs. In fact, according to the Chicago Historical Society’s Encyclopedia of Chicago, Chicago has played a vital role in the evolution of jazz. Chicago Jazz Magazine’s website (www.chicagojazz.com) can guide you to some great locations to hear jazz. Andy’s Jazz Club http://www.andysjazzclub.com is located at 11 E Hubbard Street, just a few minutes away from the hotel. It is ranked as one of the 8 best jazz clubs in Chicago by Chicagoist.com. Andy’s is a great place to have dinner or relax with friends after a day of meetings.
Another style of music for your enjoyment is Chamber music. The International Chamber Artists are performing May 18 & 19th with their Sounds of Imagination tour. For more information go to http://www.icamusic.org/#!may-18-2014/c1emy and explore their “Sounds of Spain” program.
The Chicago Cultural Center (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenter.html is housed in a landmark building. It was built in 1897 as Chicago’s first central public library. According to their website “the building was designed to impress and to prove that Chicago had grown into a sophisticated metropolis”. The building itself is worth a visit with two amazing stained glass domes that are described on their website “On the south side of the building, is the world’s largest stained glass Tiffany dome ? 38 feet in diameter with some 30,000 pieces of glass which was restored to its original splendor in 2008. And on the north side of the building is a 40-foot-diameter dome with some 50,000 pieces of glass in an intricate Renaissance pattern, designed by Healy & Millet.” The Chicago Cultural Center hosts free exhibitions, concerts, theatrical and dance performances, and films at the cultural center and throughout the city. Check out their website for events during your visit.