Lakeview: For those who have grieved the loss of the cinematic experience, we have great news! The historic Music Box Theater, located at 3733 North Southport Avenue, is reopening this Friday, February 26. Catch a screening of Night of the Kings, the gripping French prison drama centered on a new inmate who must tell a story to the other prisoners before the red moon sets or lose his life if he fails, at 7:30 pm this Friday. You can also catch The Vigil, a Jewish horror film centered on mysticism and demonology, at 4:30 pm Friday. Tickets for each film are $11 and must be purchased via the Music Box’s website. As expected, masks are required except for eating and drinking. Find more info here.
Streeterville: The Museum of Contemporary Art, located at 220 East Chicago Avenue, opens its “The Long Dream” exhibition on Tuesday, March 2. Over 70 local Chicago artists utilizing paintings, sculptures, performance, video, and sound art contribute to this display that looks at how the global pandemic and racial inequality have affected us and what a more interconnected and just future would look like. General admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students and teachers. Find more info here.
Virtual: The annual Chiditarod is different this year with no bar crawl in West Town. However, individuals and teams were invited to film their own Chiditarod journey focusing on the event’s fundraising efforts. The results of all this creative, hard work will culminate in the free Chiditarod film festival taking place on Twitch on March 6 at 7 pm. The best entries will receive awards, and there will be opportunities to fundraise to provide food to those in need, as well as laughs, dance breaks, and special guests. Find more info here.
Hyde Park: The Mighty Marvel superheroes will take over the Museum of Science and Industry, located at 5700 South Lake Shore Drive, beginning Sunday, March 7. The Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features over 300 artifacts from Marvel’s rich comic and film history, including original comic book pages, interactive displays, and props from numerous blockbuster Marvel films. Get lost in Dr. Strange’s mirrored room or check out all the tech in Tony Stark’s, aka Iron Man, laboratory. Visitors will also learn how these amazing characters have changed with the times throughout the years. The exhibit runs until October 24. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for children age 3 to 11 years old. This price does include the regular museum admission. Find more info here.
West Loop: The WNDR Museum, located at 1130 West Monroe Street, reopens to the public on Friday, February 26, with brand new art installations as well as many of the museum’s favorite exhibits. Whether it’s your first visit or not, be sure to check out Chicago’s only Infinity Mirror Room created by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. New to the museum is a multi-sensory experience utilizing sounds, visuals, artificial intelligence, and scent from S̶A̶N̶T̶IA̶G̶O̶X, and the I Heard There Was a Secret Chord installation that lets guests take part in a virtual choir. Tickets are $30, and the usual social distancing and mask requirements will be enforced. Find more info here.
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