Grant Park: With the Art Institute reopening, what better time to explore their excellent “Monet and Chicago” exhibition after being cooped up for so long? The Art Institute was the first to purchase the master’s paintings in America and host his debut solo show near the end of the 19th century. With such a shared history, it makes sense that the museum once again hosts Monet’s works, ranging from his popular classics to seldom seen sketches. The exhibit runs from February 11 until June 14 with a virtual exhibition line ensuring social distancing as you wait to enter this can’t miss event. Tickets are $7 in addition to general admission. Find more info here.
Virtual: For the truly daring, Cupid’s Undie Run is happening this year, albeit as a virtual experience. Yes, you can still run in your undies if you can brave the cold while raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s fight to end neurofibromatosis. Unlike years prior, participants won’t be meeting at Slugger’s in Wrigleyville for the post-run celebration. Instead, there is a virtual shindig online with dancing, drinking, and live entertainment taking place on February 13 at 3 pm. Registration is $30, and participants can run, bike, or walk on their own time. Find more info here.
Virtual: While we wait for live music to come back in full swing, the New Philharmonic brings their “A Night of Broadway and Opera” to music lovers virtually. The event features acclaimed artists Alisa Jordheim (soprano), Kate Tombaugh (mezzo-soprano), Jesse Donner (tenor), and Bill McMurray (bass/baritone), delivering many quintessential Broadway tunes. Selections include Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” Saint-Saëns’ “Samson and Delila,” Berlin’s “This is the Army,” Rogers and Hart’s “Allegro,” and Herman’s “Hello, Dolly,” among many others. This streaming event takes place until February 28, with tickets running $40. Order a viewing through Valentine’s Day using the code ROSE20 for 20% off tickets. Find more info here.
Virtual: In keeping with the spirit and longing for live music from the previous entry, the Fulton Street Collective continues to roll out its jazz performances featuring local musicians throughout the month. This free streaming concert series on YouTube kicks off today, February 11, at 8 pm, with a set by the Chris Greene Quartet. On Valentine’s Day, February 14, tune in at 8 pm for the Myles Hayes Quintet with special guest Amanda Wolff. Follow it up the next night on February 15, with the great sounds of the Paul Mutzabaugh Trio. There’s no shortage of great music to enjoy from the comfort of home courtesy of the Fulton Street Collective. Find more info and dates here.
Virtual: If Valentine’s Day brings to mind gangsters more than lovers, we have the perfect way to spend V-Day with the Virtual Tour: Gangsters of Chicago (St. Valentine’s Day & Beyond!). Presented by Mysterious Chicago and hosted by acclaimed local author and tour guide Adam Selzer, take a deep dive into the gangster-ridden streets of early 20th century Chicago with true stories told via live narration over video and photos. This free event (donations suggested) occurs virtually on Sunday, February 14, at 10 am via Facebook Live on the Mysterious Chicago Facebook page. Find more info here.
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