Illuminations at Morton Arboretum
In early December, Bro was in town for his second annual holiday visit. Just like last year, we visited multiple Chicago tourist venues.
There were a couple I especially want to mention ASAP, because if you don’t get to them by January 4, you will have missed your chance.
at the Chicago History Museum
Recreation of a 1968 living room*
I wanted to see the limited-run 1968 exhibit ever since I found out it was happening. We finally made it there in early December. Wasn’t sure what to expect. There would definitely be something about the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and probably about the protests that marked the year in general.
DNC welcome sign*
I figured I’d like it. I liked it about three times more than I expected to—maybe ten times more. If you lived through the era, or even if you have an interest in it, you will not be disappointed. It was a total immersion in the politics, music, decor, pop culture—everything you could think of that would saturate you in the era. The exhibit went month by month through a turbulent year and brought it to life via photos, a military helicopter, films, broadcasts, recordings, clothing, furniture, housewares, and other objects.
Loved, loved, loved it. I desperately want to get back before it’s over. If you have even a mild interest, and can get there by January 4, do it. DO IT!
David Bowie Is
at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Album cover shoot for Aladdin Sane, 1973
Design: Brian Duffy and Celia Philo; make up: Pierre La Roche
Photo: Brian Duffy
Photo: Duffy © Duffy Archive and the David Bowie Archive
This special exhibition, a retrospective of David Bowie’s amazing career runs from September 23, 2014–January 4, 2015. I was not a huge fan of Davie Bowie before this exhibit, but I just may be now. I was amazed at the range of his talent. What struck me most about him as an artist is the combination of his fearlessness and his hard work.
The show includes 60 costumes, storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores, and diary entries. Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art is the only planned U.S. venue for the exhibition, which was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
More Holiday Fun
We enjoyed several other time-sensitive events, like the Holiday Express at Chicago Botanic Garden and Illuminations at the Morton Arboretum and the Neapolitan Creche and Holiday-decorated Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute. However, those are annual holiday traditions, so they’ll be around next year if you miss them this year.
If you have only limited time, get to David Bowie Is or 1968 first.
Next post will be about one of the best Chicago tourist days in recorded history. Bro gave it a grade of 98%.
*Photos by Bro