JANUARY 2018 – It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life … and you’re feeling good! Well, you may not feel so good you want to sing about it like Ms. Nina Simone, but seeing as it’s a new year and instead of letting the post-holiday blahs get you down, we say take 2018 by the horns and have yourself a little fun. Yeah, it’s cold, but it’s not deterring us from getting out and having fun in our city. Join us, won’t you?
Holiday Flower Show ‘Fire & Ice’
What: No matter the time of year, it’s always tropical in here, so head to the West Side to warm up while you peruse a variety of flowers like conifers, poinsettias and more. And there are beautiful plants, trees and more to check out in the Palm Room, Fern Room, Desert House and elsewhere inside the vast glass-enclosed conservatory.
When: Through Jan. 7
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory
Cost: Free with a suggested donation
Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
What: When you need just a little bit more of the holidays, head down to Hyde Park to see Christmas trees from more than 50 global cultures — including the main 45-foot-tall Grand Tree decked out with 30,000 lights that serves as the centerpiece. The exhibit includes people dressed in their local garb to make this festive 75th anniversary romp feel even more authentic.
When: Through Jan. 7
Where: Museum of Science and Industry
Cost: Included in museum ticket fee
Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
What: Back for its 17th year, Sketch Fest, the largest comedy festival of its kind in the country, will draw comedians and comedy troupes from all over including GayCo.; Hot Thespian Action; and Fratwurst. Don’t wait to get tickets as this festival often sells out, and if that happens, you’ll cry instead of laugh. Now which would you rather do?
When: Jan 11-20
Where: Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont)
Cost: Individual show tickets start at $15. Weekly passes cost $125; full festival pass costs $250.
2018 Cubs Convention
What: Die-hard fans don’t care the Cubbies didn’t make it to the World Series two years in a row, they’re still going to line up to root for their boys at the annual convention. The 33rd annual gathering will feature meet-and-greets with players, panel talks, interactive exhibits and more things that will make you want to Fly the W!
When: Jan. 12-14
Where: Sheraton Grand Chicago (301 E. North Water St.)
Cost: Weekend passes cost $120
St. Vincent Fear the Future Tour
What: The artist also known as Annie Clark hits the stage at Chicago Theatre for what will no doubt be an engaging, gorgeous night of music. St. Vincent’s newest release, Masseducation, mixes whip smart lyrical observations with electro-pop and rock edge.
When: Jan. 12
Where: Chicago Theatre
Cost: Ranges depending on location in theater
We Are Here
What: To celebrate the museum’s 50th anniversary, it’s showcasing its major works in the form of a three-part exhibit — I Am You; You Are Here; and We Are Everywhere — featuring the likes of Marisol, Francis Bacon, Huang Yong-Ping, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.
When: You Are Here and We Are Everywhere close Jan. 28; I Am You is open through April 1.
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art
Cost: Museum admission is $15 for adults; $8 for students and seniors. Free for all Illinois residents each Tuesday.
Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite 1968-1975
What: Barbara Jones-Hogu, a Chicago artist and a central figure in the Black Arts Movement (not to mention a founder of the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) holds her first solo exhibit at the museum. The show will include works on paper, woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and screen prints.
When: Jan. 11 to March 25
Where: DePaul Art Museum (935 W. Fullerton)
Cost: Free admission