I’m often asked whether I’m able to attend so many events by getting in free (no) or being paid to attend (hell no). I do spend a great deal of time researching the intersections of interest and opportunity with regard to goings-on in my area, and people are surprised by how accessible cultural events often are. In the interest of saving you time and spurning exploration, I’ve started a series on free local events. Continue reading
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If you haven’t noticed, Chicago is dressed in holiday style. While we love reveling in the city’s seasonal splendor, it’s easy to be distracted by frenzy of shopping, travel, and ugly sweater appearances. Don’t let the most wonderful time of the year come and go without enjoying some of the city’s holiday events.
Read the full event roundup on Chicagoist.
What are your favorite Chicago holiday traditions?
For Further Exploration
Break the Ice and Skate This Winter – Chicago Ice Rink Schedule
A Winter’s Tale: Chicago City Hall Holiday Concert Series
A Winter’s Tale: Ice Skating in Millennium Park
A Winter’s Tale: Lincoln Park ZooLights
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“I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.” - Swami Vivekananda
On September 11, 1893, Swami Vivekananda expressed his message of unity and tolerance in an address at First World Parliament of Religions. Held in what is now the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall, the Parliament was held in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Steps away from where his speech was delivered, Vivekananda’s words are memorialized in Public Notice 3, an art installation by Jitish Kallat.
Kallat’s work displays the text of the speech in LED displays on the steps of the magnificent Woman’s Board Grand Staircase. As a juxtaposition to the transcendent message of Vivekananda’s address and a reflection on the events of September 11, 2001, its text is displayed in alternating colors of the Department of Homeland Security alert system.
Today is the closing date of Public Notice 3, which has been on display since September 11, 2010. The Art Institute will also offering visitors a place for reflection on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in Fullerton Hall, the site of the Parliament and its message of religious respect worldwide. As we remember the anniversary of 9/11, let Kallat’s powerful installation be a reminder that while there is much ground to be covered in the path toward tolerance, the first steps must begin with us.
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