Best Chicago Museums

Best Chicago Museums

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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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100 Of The Best Vines Of All Time

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Not to be dramatic, but the Vine app was the best thing to ever happen to me.

The Vine app truly understood me and my extremely odd sense of humor. When it was shut down, I felt like a part of me shut down with it. Luckily, I still have the ability to reflect on the good times that I had with Vine. Although there aren't any new Vine videos keeping my spirit alive, the Vine videos from the past are enough to keep me going.

This is way overdue, but here are the 100 best Vines to ever exist (in no particular order).

1. You better stop.

2. Come get y'all juice.

3. WTF is up Kyle.

4. That is NOT correct.

5. Mr. Postman.

6. Good evening.

7. This is your space, this is your area.

8. Honestly not sure what to title this one, but it's great so.

9. Someone help Elmo.

10. Pst...what?

11. Can I get a waffle?

12. Welcome back to Jesus Christ Hotline.

13. Oooooh, my boy going to school.

14. Lebron James.

15. #1 Dad.

16. Two bros chillin' in the hot tub.

17. Iz the fourth of July.

18. You have to say that you're fine and you're not really fine.

19. Tweaka Tweaka.

20. Hi, welcome to Chili's.

21. What up, I'm Jared.

22. If you wanna be a dog, RUFF.

23. When you think you look fresh, but your fish disagrees.

24. Rat in Walmart.

25. I'm dying... without me?

26. White ppl will turn anything into a casserole.

27. So you just gonna bring me a birthday gift on my birthday to my birthday party on my birthday with a birthday gift.

28. You want a french fry? Eat a french fry.

29. ifyoulikemakingloveatmidnight.

30. Ms. Keisha.

31. Girl you're thicker than a bowl of oatmeal.

32. My cinnamon apple.

33. Two shots of vodka.

34. Whoever threw that paper.

35. Wow.

36. Do the math.

37. Rip your face off.

38. Fed up teacher.

39. You can't kill me.

40. Look at me now snake.

41. Walking a duck.

42. No matter when you pause this one, it's hilarious.

43. I don't even understand this one.

44. I dropped my hot pocket.

45. I thought you were American.

46. I can't swim.

47. I wanna be a cowboy.

48. I look like Mona Lisa.

49. Look at this graph.

50. Yungman.

51. Squidward dabbing

52. Living with Nicholas Cage.

53. If Tinder had video profiles.

54. Why you always lying.

55. Chicken wing ch-chi-chicken wing.

56. Uh my chicle.

57. Love the Nickleback version.

58. Any excuse to nae nae.

59. I want to be famous.

60. That's my opinion.

61. There she goes.

62. I have to restart my potatoes.

63. And they don't stop coming.

64. Cat horn.

65. Who is she.

66. The bob.

67. Summertime.

68. Do I look like.

69. Nice Ron.

70. Mom hearing 'Only' by Nicki Minaj for the first time.

71. Happy fourth of July.

72. I'm washing me and my clothes.

73. Nickel the creatorback.

74. Give me your money.

75. U stoopid.

76. Shrek at school.

77. Patricia honey can you be quiet.

78. No baby.

79. You've got a big storm coming.

80. Out shopping with my coven.

81. Extreme makeover home edition.

82. They were roommates.

83. White girl trying to remember the day she was born.

84. xoxo, gossip girl.

85. Big time rush.

86. Scared grandma throwing milk.

87. Suicide fairy.

88. Zoey 101 microwave.

89. When you leave your makeup on after a night out.

90. Crazy skateboarding tricks.

91. Noodle head.

92. Under all that makeup.

93. Marriage goals.

94. Boy putting on lipstick.

95. When you walk past your friend's class.

96. Clear elevator jamming.

97. #RunningManChallenge

98. T-T-T-T-Target.

99. We all have a lot of laughs.

100. High school musical.

Honestly, I still can think of 100 more of the greatest vines of all time... but I guess I should stop now.

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13 Female Characters Who Deserve More Love From Every Human EVER

Move over and give them some limelight, am I right?

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There are so many great female characters across media that I feel don't get their proper time in the limelight or in the heart of fans. Here's just a few of them:

1. Chani Kyenes. 

"Tell me of the waters of your homeworld, Usul."

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Chani Kyenes from Frank Herbert's "Dune" makes the list because she has only been immortalized in the film twice, once in the "Dune" miniseries and once in the laughably bad film adaption. Chani is a warrior hardened by the desert, but she also exhibits a much softer side in her role as a partner to the Emperor. Despite that, she is more than a love interest, she is a fierce warrior, a loving daughter, and a protector of her tribe.

2. Elizabeth Swann. 

"The Brethren will still be looking here, to us, to the Black Pearl to lead. And what will they see? Frightened bilge rats aboard a derelict ship? No. No, they will see free men! And freedom!"

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Elizabeth Swann often sneaks under people's radars as an interesting character. She is strong willed, leaves behind a rather privileged life to become a pirate, and ends up becoming the King of all Pirates. With a rousing speech, she leads the rest of the pirates into battle and its a shame we didn't get to see much of her in the most recent addition to the franchise.

3. Claire Temple . 

"I am no one's sidekick."

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I don't think Marvel fans realize important she is. Claire appears in all of the Marvel "Defenders" Netflix shows at least once. Claire Temple is the nurse that stitches together the Defenders, without her, the team probably wouldn't have been alive to save the day, let alone meet each other. Claire is the Night Nurse and spends her time giving medical aid to the vigilantes who can't go to the hospital. Not only is she a healer, she's a darn good fighter and I wouldn't want to be on her bad side.

4. Claire Underwood. 

"My turn."

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The loyal wife to Frank Underwood in "House of Cards," Claire stays by his side for years and sacrifices her own wants, needs, and ambitions in order to see his through. She knows how to play the game just as well as he does, however, and I can't wait to see what she does that it's her turn in the seat of power.

5. Sansa Stark. 

"My skin has turned from porcelain, to ivory, to steel."

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Sansa Stark has gotten quite a bad rap from fans of George RR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. That's unfair. The hate boils down to Sansa's behavior as an adolescent girl with a really really really really terrible crush.

I mean, Joffery makes Justin Bieber look like a Catholic Saint.

Sansa has lived through more than anyone should have to and all because of a misguided crush. She may not be an assassin like her younger sister, but if anyone knows how to play the "Game of Thrones" its Sansa.

6. Scarlett O'Hara. 

"Great balls of fire. Don't bother me anymore, and don't call me sugar."

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Scarlett O'Hara makes it onto the list because, although she is often regarded as a bit of callous woman, she has a spirit in her that some wish they could have. Scarlett is told to be softer and gentler to men by her mother, in a time where that was expected of women and she refuses. Scarlett is loud, opinionated, and marries multiple men for their money and the security of it. But she is wickedly smart as well. She ends up running her own business when one of her husbands is too stupid to do it and she even has the ingenuity to make a dress out of the window drapes when all else fails.

7. Martha Jones. 

"I spent a lot of time with you thinking I was second best. But you know what? I am good."

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Martha Jones is the Doctor's second companion, a black female on her way to becoming a doctor. As such, she deals with horrific prejudices when she goes back in time with him. She even has to deal with the Doctor's harshness towards her, a result of his heartbreak over Rose Tyler. But once Martha realizes that he will never return her feelings, she recognizes that she deserves better and leaves his side. The ultimate sign of strength, in my opinion.

8. Padme Amidala. 

"I call this aggressive negotiations."

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Padme Amidala is regulated to a love interest in the "horrible" prequels by many. However, she was elected Queen of Naboo at the age of 14 (let's not get into how many things are wrong there) and forced to deal with the genocide of her people unless she signed an unfair trade treaty.

Can you imagine yourself doing that at 14? Yeah. Not only does she manage to stop the assault on her people when her time as a queen is up, she continues to serve them as Senator, even while pregnant to the twins that will save the Rebellion.

9. Mulan. 

"You said you trust Ping. Why is Mulan any different?"

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Like other women on the list, when presented with the traditional role of femininity, Mulan doesn't feel like she belongs. Yet, she still tries. So when her disabled war veteran father is called to serve in another war, this time, Mulan takes up the mantle. She cuts her hair with a swipe of the sword and rides off into the night on her father's horse. And in the end, she does not save China as Ping, but as Fa Mulan. Why isn't there to love about that?

10. Colleen Wing. 

"There are people who run away from the fire, and people who run into it."

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Colleen Wing earns her place here because she reminds us that Asian women can be love interests while at the same time being independent, fierce, and karate masters of their own. When it comes down to it, when Collen is in distress, she does not wait for the Iron Fist to save her. She saves herself, defeats the man who betrayed her and even manages to take the higher road. A role model we should all look up too.

11. Maeve Millay. 

"At first, I thought you and the others were Gods. Then I realized you're just men. And I know men."

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Maeve begins the story as a madame in a brothel for the AI world of Westworld, with no free will of her own. Alongside Dolores, she begins a journey to finding her free will. In a surprise twist, she is given the plotline most often given to the white female protagonist and therefore the one that viewers assumed would go to Dolores. But no, it is Maeve who begins the journey of leading other androids into the promised land.

12. Leslie Knope. 

"What I hear when I'm being yelled at is people caring really loudly at me"

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Leslie Knope is special and beloved to me for so many reasons. I could talk about her for hours on end. But one of the most beautiful things is that unlike many other female characters in power, she cares. Leslie Knopes genuinely wants to see the Pawnee Parks Department Flourish under her care and she shows her friends the same generosity and love. I wish I could have a Galentine's Day with her.

.13. Princess-GeneraL Leia Organa. 

"Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy."

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Princess turned General Leia was the first woman that I really wanted to grow up and turn into. A clever politician who had a glamorous fashion sense, just like her mother. Leia proved her worth time and time again, saving her own rescue mission multiple times and then becoming a General in the Resistance against the First Order. She even strangled Jabba to death with the chains he had enslaved her with. You could only hope to be so cool.

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