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  • Rosemont students, Chicago artist partner to create mural of Mexican culture Jul 28, 2014 5:38 PM
    A group of young Rosemont artists and a Chicago muralist are bringing some color, and pride, to the sides of formerly drab brick industrial buildings near the Rosemont Recreation Center. The 15-by-300-foot mural is a reflection of Mexican culture.

  • In Chicago, colorful Pilsen broadens its palate Jul 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Today, a stroll through the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen brings a wondrous sense of cultural whiplash, both artistic and culinary. Creativity thrives here, especially between 6 and 10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, when most small businesses — plus studios and galleries — stay open late. While here, explore the expanded National Museum of Mexican Art and Thalia Hall, where you can sip a punch cocktail in the basement bar, eat in the ground-floor restaurant and enjoy live music upstairs.

  • Geneva Arts Fair: an interactive gallery Jul 23, 2014 3:15 PM
    If you want to know the story behind a piece of artwork before purchasing it, the Geneva Arts Fair offers many such opportunities.The fair, which runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, in downtown Geneva, will provide a venue for more than 155 artisans to sell their original work to thousands of art enthusiasts, while allowing patrons to meet and talk to the artists.

  • Palatine hosts Arts in the Park on Saturday Jul 23, 2014 3:59 PM
    While another part of downtown Palatine rocks this weekend with the annual Rockin’ the Blocks fest, residents seeking a calmer cultural experience can head to nearby Towne Square for Saturday’s Arts in the Park event.

  • Out of character: Chinese calligraphy at the Met Jul 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Large public exhibits of ancient Chinese calligraphy are rare in the United States, as are major shows that can be appreciated by kids as well as adults, novices as well as experts. “Out of Character” is both. It’s the first public showing of highlights from the extensive Chinese calligraphy collection of former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki. “It’s meant to be fun and casual,” Yang said of the exhibit, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Aug. 17.

  • Naperville parade mural shows 'happy people, family values' Jul 21, 2014 2:13 PM
    Scenes of happy people enjoying a parade will be lingering in downtown Naperville long after the city's Labor Day parade wraps up. "Naperville Loves a Parade," a mural depicting townspeople watching floats go by, will be dedicated after the parade. “We wanted to convey the smiles and the joy of the parades we have in Naperville,” lead artist Dodie Mondero said.

  • Carol Stream photographer turns tree into something almost Gothic Jul 16, 2014 11:01 AM
    Angela Cichosz, a graduate student at Aurora University, captured the surreal image with a bit of serendipity. “I’ve developed a habit of trying to bring my camera along everywhere,” she said. “And the conditions that day were perfect.” An unusually wet June made for lush environs on the Aurora campus, and the fog rolling in made for an eerie and spooky scene.

  • Going to extremes at a mountaintop weather museum Jul 15, 2014 5:00 AM
    How do you rebuild a weather museum atop a mountain known for some of the world’s worst weather? Very carefully. Extreme Mount Washington sits on the top of the Northeast’s highest peak, in New Hampshire. The museum recently underwent a $1 million transformation from a modest collection of artifacts behind glass to a modern facility packed with hands-on exhibits.

  • Blackhawks guest at Trickster Gallery Saturday Jul 11, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Trickster Art Gallery, located at 190 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg, welcomes the Chicago Blackhawks to the opening of two new art exhibitions from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12 with an arts and live Native music celebration. A surprise guest from the Blackhawks will be in attendance from 2 to 4 p.m.

  • Crowds still flock to Buffalo Grove art fest Jul 12, 2014 6:04 PM
    Raindrops, raincoats and umbrellas. Despite all that, crowds still flocked to the 13th annual Buffalo Grove Art Festival, which hosts more than 160 juried artists from around the globe. Located on the main drive of Buffalo Grove Town Center, the popular festival offered fine art of all media.

  • Artists with special needs find spot in Buffalo Grove show Jul 9, 2014 3:27 PM
    One of the best-loved art festivals of the summer is back in Buffalo Grove this weekend. The Buffalo Grove Arts Festival is Saturday and Sunday at the Buffalo Grove Town Center.

  • Not falling down: London bridges inspire new show Jul 8, 2014 5:45 AM
    London is a city of bridges, but it’s not a City of Bridges. A new exhibition wants visitors to look again, peering on, under and even inside the structures spanning the River Thames. Without bridges, the show argues, London as we know it would not exist. “Bridges can often make a city what it is,” said Lucinda Grange, an adventure photographer who sneaked inside London Bridge and took images that appear in the exhibition of artworks at Museum of London Docklands.

  • Oakton museum hosts new sculpture exhibit Jul 8, 2014 4:56 PM
    Oakton Community College will host a reception Thursday for the opening of an exhibition featuring the works of sculptor Egon Weiner. The exhibition, “Egon Weiner: Pillar of Human Emotions,” runs through Sept. 19 at Oakton’s Koehnline Museum of Art in Des Plaines. It will feature sculptures from the museum’s collection, as well as recently discovered bronze, metal, and wooden pieces.

  • Hanover Park's arts coordinator retires Jul 8, 2014 3:22 PM
    More than 30 years ago, park district commissioners in Hanover Park applied for an artist in residence for their newly established Art Studio and Gallery. That artist, Susan Matthews, came to them fresh out of school with her master's degree in fine arts, and she has never left. “I was lucky enough to find my way here,” she said shortly before her June 30 retirement.

  • Sunday picks: Blues Traveler plays Under the Sun Jul 7, 2014 6:07 AM
    Blues Traveler joins the Under the Sun Tour with Sugar Ray and Uncle Kracker at RiverEdge Park. More than 100 artists display and sell their work for the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival. And many festivals, including Eyes to the Skies, RibFest, Frontier Days and Mount Prospect Lions Club Village Fest, will be wrapping up the holiday weekend today.

  • Weekend picks: Fests, bands and Paul Reiser Jul 5, 2014 6:00 AM
    “Mad About You” comedian Paul Reiser returns this Saturday to do standup comedy at Zanies in Rosemont. Catch Smash Mouth amid the rides and carnival games at the Northwest Fourth-Fest Saturday night at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. The Mount Prospect Lions Club hosts its annual Village Festival in Melas Park this weekend. The Eyes to the Skies Festival promises a carnival, fireworks and its famous array of colorful hot air balloons.

  • Mundelein utility boxes become canvas for public art project Jul 3, 2014 4:23 PM
    Lake County’s latest public art program launched this week in Mundelein with the completion of three painted utility boxes. Local artists decorated the metal boxes, each with different designs and themes. Costs were covered by the village.

  • Jeff Koons’ whimsy takes over NYC museum Jul 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Jeff Koons has taken over the Whitney Museum of American Art. The contemporary artist’s oversized toy-like sculptures and other works spanning a three-decade career now fill nearly the entire museum, in an exhibit that runs through Oct. 19. Some pieces were completed just days before the opening, including a 10-foot-high sculpture called “Play-Doh.”

  • JFK Library spotlights family’s summers on Cape Jul 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Never-before-displayed artifacts from the Kennedy family’s summers on Cape Cod are now on display at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. The library, located next to the University of Massachusetts-Boston campus, opened a special exhibit Friday featuring the golf cart Kennedy used to get around the family’s Hyannis Port compound, among other items the museum has not previously showcased.

  • ‘Girl with Pearl Earring’ comes home to Holland Jul 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    “The Girl With a Pearl Earring” has come home. After a two-year global tour that drew record crowds in Japan, Italy and the United States, Johannes Vermeer’s 1665 masterpiece and other works from the Netherlands’ 17th-century Golden Age have returned home to the newly renovated Mauritshuis museum in the Hague. Both the museum, which reopened June 27, and the collection have been changed by their time apart.

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