Fresh start for ancient art
Art 4,000 years old from the ancient Mediterranean will be on display at the Art Institute of Chicago in new digs. The new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine Art will exhibit some of the Art Institute's oldest and most significant objects. The inaugural display Of Gods and Glamour tells the story of lives led in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world. Among more than 550 works, see life-size marble sculptures of goddesses, portraits of emperors and empresses, ancient Greek pottery, jewelry and silver tableware. The unveiling of the galleries also includes an inaugural exhibition of 51 works of late Roman and early Byzantine art loaned by the British Museum, many of which have never before traveled to the United States.
10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Exhibit opens Sunday, Nov. 11. Admission is $18 for adults; $12 for children 14 and older; and free for students, seniors and children younger than 14. (312) 443-3600 or artic.edu.
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Your port for sport
For those who want to witness the excitement of Chicago sports, the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is offering a cool fan experience through its "Catch the Game, Score Big" hotel package. Just three miles from Soldier Field, the hotel offers a limited-time package, which includes overnight accommodations, Goose Island beer and soda package, a sports blanket of your choice upon check-in and a $25 gift card to Michael Jordan's Steak House.
Package available through Feb. 28 at 505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Rates start at $259. (312) 944-4100 or icchicagohotel.com.
As the holidays approach, Branson, Mo., could be the next best place to the North Pole (minus the arctic air) for seasonal cheer. Take in holiday shows, a special festival at Silver Dollar City, holiday lights and the 24th annual Ozark Mountain Christmas. Dozens of shows include Andy Williams' Christmas Show, which incorporates a video performance and tribute, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers along with Debby Boone, Tony Orlando's Great American Christmas, Christmas in Hollywood and The Bellamy Brothers Tropical Christmas. The Branson Area Festival of Lights drive-through will delight visitors with its 175 displays.
Through Dec. 30 in Branson, Mo. (877) 272-6766 or visit ExploreBranson.com.
Kris Kringle visits Racine
Enjoy a day of holiday shopping in nearby Racine, Wis., then stay around for a holiday parade featuring live reindeer, colorful floats, carolers, marching bands, elves and Santa himself. Follow the parade to Monument Square to witness the lighting of the 30-foot Christmas tree. Shops are open all day with holiday specials.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in downtown Racine. (262) 634-6002 or racinedowntown.com/d_holidayparade.html.