Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It's got a red-hot food scene, dozens of
cutting-edge galleries, and—coming this fall—the largest architecture
exhibition to hit this side of the Atlantic: the Windy City just might be the
most exciting metropolis in the country right now (with apologies to the rest
of America). Artists' Scene The once-gritty South
Side neighborhood of Bridgeport—best known as the home of the White
Sox—has emerged as the city's latest creative hub. Co-Prosperity
Sphere presents film screenings, secret supper clubs, and community-built
installations in a converted department store. The sprawling Zhou B Art
Center (above) supersizes the open-studio concept, with more than 50
artists working in various disciplines. And woodworkers, sculptors, and
fashion designers abound at the Bridgeport Art Center, a timber-framed loft
space where they create and exhibit their work. Architectural Greats
The city that gave the world its first skyscraper is back in the architectural
spotlight. Kicking off October 3, the three-month-long Chicago Architecture
Biennial will celebrate works by 70 studios from 30 countries, with
interactive exhibits, full-scale installations, specially designed kiosks on
Lake Michigan, lectures, and more—it will be the largest event of its kind
ever held in North America. "We're hoping to prove that Chicago is not just
a living museum of 20th-century architectural history, but also a nexus of
21st-century innovation," says co–artistic director Sarah Herda. Among
the issues the show will tackle: sustainable housing solutions, public work
spaces, and how technology can shape the cities of tomorrow.
Tara Donne Three More Events Worth the
Trip: Randolph Street Market Festival (monthly): Chicago's best flea
market brings together vintage-clothing vendors, antiques obsessives, jewelry
artisans, and other purveyors of handcrafted goods. There's also a pop-up
beer garden.
Expo Chicago (below; Sept. 17–20): Collectors, dealers, and art
aficionados flock to Navy Pier to browse and buy works from more than 140
leading galleries around the world.
"Making Place: the Architecture of David Adjaye" (Sept. 19–Jan. 3):
The first U. S. retrospective for the trailblazing African-English architect
(whose upcoming projects are rumored to include the Barack Obama presidential
library) will bring more than 50 of his sketches and models to the Art
Institute. Dan Rest More
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got a red-hot food scene, dozens of cutting-edge galleries, and—coming this
fall—the largest architecture exhibition to hit this side of the Atlantic:
the Windy City just might be the most exciting metropolis in the country right
now (with apologies to the rest of America).

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