Even though in Chicago the weather has been a bit rainy and grey, the holidays are approaching and bringing a new year; we know the snow will be here soon enough!
Chicago Gallery News is excited and ready to celebrate the New Year with our upcoming January-March issue, packed with events and openings in 2012! Grab your copy soon, and visit our website to check for the winter openings schedule, to be posted soon.
You don’t have to wait until January to get out and about though, and December’s not over yet. CGN has a list of things to do to keep you busy for the next couple of weeks when, hopefully, you have a little free time to enjoy the city.
See a movie
at the Gene Siskel Film Center
Regular movie theaters will be noisy and crowded this season, so why not venture to another theater like the Gene Siskel Film Center? December offers opportunities to see anything from Le Havre, a feel good film where a shoeshine man shields an African illegal immigrant child from the law, to The Interrupters, directed by Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams, in collaboration with the author of There Are No Children Here and more.
Visit siskelfilmcenter.org for schedules.
Stop by a gallery
Roots and Culture is presenting an exhibition of international artists through January 8, with a Q+A session December 18 at 2pm to mark the occasion of International Migrant’s Day.
• 1034 N. Milwaukee
65GRAND exhibits Bob Jones through December 31st in a show called Mountains and matte. The work featured is in between sculpture and painting.
• 1369 W. Grand
Devening Projects and Exhibitions presents Mark Booth: The Sea is Represented by an Irregular Shape until January 29th. Booth is a Chicago based artist and received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
• 3039 W. Carroll
Hear Holiday Music
Stop by the Harold Washington Library downtown to hear holiday concerts throughout the month. December 15 at 2pm in the library’s grand lobby the Chicago Bar Association Symphony and Chorus performs.
• 400 S. State
At the Poetry Foundation on December 16 at 7pm Kenneth Goldsmith, poet, DJ, essayist, and UbuWeb founder, will be presenting “My Career in Poetry or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Institution,” a talk about poetic community, ambition, and his new book Uncreative Writing.
• 61 W. Superior
Hop on the Holiday Express
At the Chicago Botanic Garden, from 10-6 until January 1st visit the 10,000 sq foot miniature train that winds through Chicago landmarks including Navy Pier, Soldier Field, The Art Institute and Chinatown. The Joutras Gallery will also feature a gingerbread house display. See thousands of festive lights decorating the gardens inside and out! On select days hear carolers and participate in family activities. Visit chicagobotanic.org for more details and to purchase tickets.
Don’t miss the last opportunity of 2011 to shop at the Farmers’ Market at the Botanic Garden. On December 18 from 10-2 the gardens host a winter farmers’ market with local vendors. It’s a perfect opportunity to purchase some green friendly holiday presents, stock up on your local favorites for the winter, or pick up a few ingredients for your holiday dinner. Expect to see a range of items from free-range meat to veggies, baked goods, handmade pottery, flowers, and soaps!
Learn more about all of these events and more at chicagogallerynews.com