Best Bets: Museum of Illusions opens in Chicago

  • A Museum of Illusion opens a Chicago location staring Saturday, Nov. 14.

    A Museum of Illusion opens a Chicago location staring Saturday, Nov. 14. Courtesy of Museum of Illusion

  • A Museum of Illusion opens a Chicago location staring Saturday, Nov. 14.

    A Museum of Illusion opens a Chicago location staring Saturday, Nov. 14. Courtesy of Museum of Illusion

  • Chicago actor James Earl Jones II stars in Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a virtual CSO Sessions concert.

    Chicago actor James Earl Jones II stars in Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a virtual CSO Sessions concert.

 
 
Updated 11/14/2020 9:09 AM

Selfie heaven

Be amazed by more than 80 visually startling exhibits when a local branch of the global Museum of Illusions opens its doors Saturday at 25 E. Washington St., Chicago. $21; $18 students; $15 kids 5-12. (312) 722-6780 or chicago.museumofillusions.us. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday starting Nov. 14

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Wheaton native Jeanette Andrews' virtual outdoor art commission "Museums of the Unseen" can be viewed at four Chicago parks.
Wheaton native Jeanette Andrews' virtual outdoor art commission "Museums of the Unseen" can be viewed at four Chicago parks. - Courtesy of Amanda Abernathy
Outdoor galleries

Wheaton native Jeanette Andrews mixes nature with technology for the outdoor exhibit "Invisible Museums of the Unseen," which is part of the Museum of Contemporary Art exhibit "The Long Dream." Four different exhibits are in Chicago parks: "Invisible Museum of Soundwaves" at Winnemac Park, 5100 N. Leavitt St.; "Invisible Museum of Gravity" at Lincoln Park, 2430 N. Cannon Drive; "Invisible Museum of Air" at Washington Park, 5531 S. Martin Luther King Drive; "Invisible Museum of Reflections" at Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive. Free; download a smartphone or tablet app online. (312) 280-2660 or mcachicago.org. Now through Sunday, Jan. 17

Lightscape returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe through Sunday, Jan. 3.
Lightscape returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe through Sunday, Jan. 3. - Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden
Seasonally bright

The outdoor Lightscape exhibit returns for another winter season this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. $24-$30; $12-$17 kids 3-12; $10-$20 parking per vehicle (many dates are already sold out). (847) 835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org. 4:30 to 10 or 11 p.m. daily (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day); runs through Sunday, Jan. 3

Tony Award winner Laura Benanti performs a virtual "Women of Broadway" concert to benefit Northlight Theatre in Skokie.
Tony Award winner Laura Benanti performs a virtual "Women of Broadway" concert to benefit Northlight Theatre in Skokie.
Broadway soprano

Tony Award-winning star Laura Benanti ("The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," "The Sound of Music Live") stars in a virtual "Women of Broadway" concert to support theaters across America including the Northlight Theatre in Skokie. $30. (847) 673-6300 or northlight.org. 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 (concert is available for 72 hours)

Harmonic lads

Hear songs such as "Sherry," "Rag Doll" and more when the Chicago-based act The Four C Notes performs a virtual concert Sunday from the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. $21.50. (847) 634-0200 or marriotttheatre.com. 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 (then on demand through Sunday, Nov. 22)

Erina Yashima conducts Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a virtual CSO Sessions concert.
Erina Yashima conducts Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a virtual CSO Sessions concert. - Courtesy of Todd Rosenberg Photography, 2018
Stravinsky classic

Erina Yashima conducts Igor Stravinsky's "The Soldier's Tale" with Chicago actor James Earl Jones II for a Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert as part of its CSO Sessions virtual series. The performance becomes available starting Thursday. $15. (312) 294-3000 or cso.org/tv. Thursday, Nov. 19; available on demand through Friday, Dec. 18

Jazz vocalist Janice Borla will perform in the virtual concert "Jazz Quilt" being produced by the Rotary Club of Naperville.
Jazz vocalist Janice Borla will perform in the virtual concert "Jazz Quilt" being produced by the Rotary Club of Naperville.
Virtual jazz

The Rotary Club of Naperville gathers artists including Fareed Haque, Janice Borla, Pat Coil and more for a virtual "Jazz Quilt" concert on Thursday. It's a fundraiser for mental health awareness and domestic abuse shelters. Free, but registration is requested and donations are appreciated. jazzquilt.org. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19

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