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Best Winter 2014-15 Art Events In Chicago

Are you planning to stay inside this winter? While it's tempting to camp out on the couch and binge-watch your favorite TV shows, there's a whole wide world of art out there that you can explore. This winter, bundle up and check out a number of art events in Chicago that include David Bowie and art by children. Here's a preview of what you can see in Chicago's art scene this winter.

'David Bowie Is'
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2660

Date: Through Jan. 4, 2015

This winter, make some time to catch the retrospective exhibit "David Bowie Is" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Visitors to the exhibit can peruse more than 400 items from the iconic musician, including handwritten lyrics and album artwork. Items in the exhibit stretch back to the musician's childhood, too, allowing fans to see a different side of the music legend and see the creative process behind some of Bowie's works. Consider purchasing your tickets to the exhibit in advance.

'All The Names: Patricia Rieger'
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-3315

Date: Through Jan. 4, 2015

The next time you are wondering what to do during your lunch break, consider stopping in to the Chicago Cultural Center and taking a look at the exhibit "All The Names: Patricia Rieger." The acclaimed artist uses both sculptures and paintings in this exhibit to examine what the Chicago Cultural Center calls "the poetics hidden in the mundane and everyday." This exhibit is free, and a gallery talk is scheduled for December 9, 2014 at 12:15 p.m. While you're in the Chicago Cultural Center, check out the other exhibits on display.

'From Past To Present'
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-5522

Date: Dec. 7, 2014 through Jan. 25, 2015

If you're looking for an art exhibit with an interesting twist, then consider checking out "From Past to Present" at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. The exhibit, which is on display for a short period of time, features the works of children living in Chicago alongside works from children in Ukraine. The works include the use of paint, photographs and more. The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is located in Chicago's Ukrainian Village and is near several public transportation options.

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'Holiday Thorne Rooms'
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 443-3600

Date: Through Jan. 6, 2015

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, then a visit to the renowned Art Institute of Chicago should be on your to-do list this winter. In what has become a beloved tradition, the Thorne Miniature Rooms are once again decorated especially for the holidays. The "Holiday Thorne Rooms" include festive decorations — in miniature, of course — in some of the rooms in the permanent exhibit. Visitors will find Christmas trees, wrapped presents, wreaths and plenty of other decorations throughout the rooms. The Art Institute is also displaying its Neapolitan Crèche this holiday season through January 11, 2015, making this exhibit a must-see event for both Chicagoans and out-of-town visitors.

'Maker & Muse: Women And Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry'
The Driehaus Museum
40 E. Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 482-8933

Date: Opening Feb. 14, 2015

If you've ever drooled over the jewelry worn on the TV show "Downton Abbey," then "Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry" at The Driehaus Museum is for you. The exhibit includes jewelry from the late Victorian era all the way to WWI and will give visitors a glimpse into the styles of those eras. The pieces in the exhibit come from all over the world, too, allowing visitors to see the different artistic influences and designs. Guided tours, self-guided tours and audio tours of the exhibit are available, as are private tours. The Driehaus Museum is located just a quick walk west of the Magnificent Mile; after touring the exhibit, why not head to Chicago's top shopping destination and pick up a few baubles of your own?

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Megan Horst-Hatch is a runner, reader, baker, gardener, knitter, and other words that end in "-er." She is also the president of Megan Writes, LLC. Her work can be found at


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