Logan Square: Video game fans will want to head over to Chicago Gamespace, located at 2418 West Bloomingdale Avenue in Logan Square, for the Cyberpunk 2077 exhibit. Every Sunday from 1 to 5 pm, visitors can check out the unique conceptual artwork created for the hit video game, Cyberpunk 2077, developed by Poland-based CD Projekt Red. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time for this free event that runs now until Sunday, December 20th. Find more info here.
Virtual: If your musical tastes lean towards the avant-garde, The Quarantine Concerts series, presented by Experimental Sound Studios, has you covered with live streams of acts ranging from experimental jazz to electronic soundscapes and anything else that is way left of center. Friday, November 13th, features Kioto Aoki & the Reduction Trio. On the 14th, you can listen to live performances by Sunik Kim, Wendy Eisenberg, and Still House Plants. The concerts all stream on Twitch, and a $10 donation is suggested. You can also check out archived performances on the Experimental Sounds Studio website. Find more info here.
Loop: With the weather getting colder, it’s that time of year once again to break out the skates and head to the Loop for ice skating at Maggie Daley Park. Located at 337 East Randolph Street, visitors can hit the ice amidst the backdrop of beautiful downtown Chicago while showing off their moves (or hanging on for dear life) atop the frozen landscape. This year will be different due to COVID-19, so make sure you make the required reservations to skate the rink. This ensures that social distancing is upheld. The best part? No lines and no crowds! As expected, masks are required. Admission is $5 if you bring your own skates and $16 if you need to rent. Find more info here.
Virtual: The 37th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival kicks off on Friday, November 13th and runs until Sunday, the 22nd. This virtual presentation is only one of two Oscar-qualifying children’s film festivals. With 19 features films and 81 short films spanning the globe, there is something for every kid (and adult) to enjoy and learn new things. The movies are organized by age and grade range. Passes are $15 for a single ticket, $50 to watch any four films throughout the festival, and $250 to watch all the films until the festival ends. Find more info here.
River North: Beginning November 12th, Art on the Mart returns to Chicago, just in time for the holiday season. The world’s largest digital art projection brings unique and breathtaking displays that will adorn the 25-story face of the Merchandise Mart, located at 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza. Incredible moving images from The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker and the Art Institute’s “Monet and Chicago” and “Bisa Butler: Portraits” exhibits will be featured during the 30-minute shows, accompanied by classical music. A new feature entitled “City Circle Heart” will display incredible images created by five artists with physical and intellectual disabilities. The 34 digital projectors will present these moving projections every night at 7 and 7:30 pm from the 12th until December 30th. You can also catch the sights from home on Art on the MART’S Facebook page. Find more info here.
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