Best Chicago Museums

Best Chicago Museums

And memberships!
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The holidays are here. It is a time to get together with friends and family. But let's face it -- most of our holiday get-togethers are focused around eating and drinking. If you want to break out of this pattern, and get a head start on your 2018 healthier self, here are some unique ideas that go beyond your favorite restaurant and bar.

Check out the American Alliance of Museums

American Alliance of Museums will change your life if you are a museum-goer and art enthusiast! This incredible membership is easy to apply for online with a one-time payment of $50 for students, and $100 for non-students. The museum card allows year-round access to nearly all art museums in the United States. It is an amazing deal, well-worth the $$$. - So if you're late on your Christmas shopping, this makes an excellent and thoughtful gift (and no shipping required!)

Outside of the Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), there are plenty of notable galleries to check out in the city of Chicago that are absolutely free - with or without the AAM membership.

Here are a few ideas of places to check out this Holiday season!

Smart Museum of Art

David & Alfred Smart Museum of Art - University of Chicag

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

Conversations with the Collection: Building/Environments, showing works by Michael Rakowitz, Boris Fedorovich Rybchenkov, and Mark Rothko.

DePaul Art Museum

DePaul Art Museum

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

Closed for installation - Winter exhibition opens January 11

Gallery 400

University of Illinois Chicago Gallery 400

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

"Traduttore, Traditore," roughly translating to "translator, traitor," brings together a group of artists from around the world who employ processes of translation to expose, question, and challenge global circuits of economic and cultural capital.

LUMA

Loyola University Museum of Art

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

LUMA has four shows on exhibit - Beam It Out/Bring It In, The Craft of the Crèche: Materials and Techniques, Art and Faith of the Creche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan, and Gilded Glory: European Treasures from the Martin D’Arcy, S.J. Collection.

National Museum of Mexican Art

National Museum of Mexican Art

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

Now on display: Nuestras Historias: Stories of Mexican Identity, Placemaking & Landmarks: The Creation of Mexican Spaces in la Dieciocho (Pilsen), Chicago Gallery,Day of the Dead: Tilica y flaca es la calaca, Main Gallery, Luis Tapia: Sculpture as Sanctuary, Rubin & Paula Torres Gallery.


MoCP

Museum of Contemporary Photography

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

The MoCP is currently closed for installation.

National Veterans Art Museum

National Veterans Art Museum
Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden


Above & Beyond is currently on view at Harold Washington Library Center in downtown Chicago.

Intuit

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive & Outsider Art

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

Now on Display: In the Land of Pasaquan: The Story of Eddie Owens Martin, Henry Darger's Orphans and the Construction of Race, Winter Scenes from the Intuit Collection.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art

Art Museum/Center/Sculpture Garden

Curated by Roman Hrab, CIM is an exhibition that plays on the notion of the collective, and what cultural and ethnic topographies bind first and second generation Ukrainian-American and Ukrainian born artists from the New York City area.

Cover Image Credit: @artinstitutechi

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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5 Christmas Movies You Have To Watch This Christmas Season

It's never too early or too late to watch Christmas movies

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No matter how you feel about the holiday season, no matter how you feel about when the right time is to have Christmas season start Y'all need to watch these five movies regardless.


1. Miracle on 34th Street

It's a classic, I mean it did air in 1947 but it's worth it I promise.


2. The Santa Clause

And of course the others, but we all know that nothing compares to the O.G. (I mean who wouldn't freak out if you woke up one day and you were Santa Claus)


3. The Christmas Story

Let's be real, Fragile will always be pronounced FRA-GEE-LEEH now. #iconic


4. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

I mean baby grinch was kinda adorable, also as a psych student, I feel bad for him. (p.s. naming a town Whoville? I'd prolly get outta there too.)


And of course, I saved the best for last...


5. Elf

"The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear."

"Bye, Buddy I hope you find your dad."

"We Elves try to stick to the four main food groups: Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and SYRUP."


It's Christmas Season, so get cuffed up, and get some hot chocolate (peppermint is the way to go) and curl up next to a fire and watch these five movies, and go see Christmas lights!!!

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