Chicago History Museum's Crossroads exhibit

The Chicago: Crossroads of America exhibit at Chicago History Museum, which is participating in Chicago Museum Week. (Photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum.)

This weekend, explore a new (or favorite) museum, enjoy a winter wonderland with your kiddos, sample the best craft beer around, and more.

Chicago Museum Week

5 Things to Do: Art Institute of Chicago (grand staircase)

The Art Institute of Chicago. The Woman’s Board Grand Staircase. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jan. 18-26

Chicago is home to some of the best museums in the world, so get out and explore everything from the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art to Adler Planetarium and The DuSable Museum of African American History during this week of celebration. Guests will enjoy discounted admission, giveaways, and more.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland at Kohl Children's Museum

Photo courtesy of Kohl Children’s Museum.

Jan. 19

Make the most of winter weather at this annual Kohl Children’s Museum event. Kids will love kiddie train rides around the museum’s outdoor Habitat Park exhibit, a children’s concert with Wendy & DB and Geoff “The Bass,” appearances by Elsa and Anna of “Frozen” and Paddington, and more family-friendly fun.

River Roast Cooking Classes

5 Things to Do: River Roast cooking classes

Photo courtesy of River Roast.

Begin Jan. 20

River Roast will begin a series of cooking classes on Jan. 20 when Chef Tony Mantuano and Executive Chef John Hogan will share tips, tricks, and recipes for braised meats. Then, on Feb. 17, don’t miss a class on Classic Bourbon Cocktails before reserving your spot in the Brunch Classics class on March 24.

Chicago Ale Fest

5 Things to Do: Chicago Ale Fest
Jan. 20

The winter edition of this craft beer festival will take place at Navy Pier with more than 150 American craft beers, food trucks, and a DJ.

Gertrude Abercrombie: Portrait of the Artist as a Landscape

5 Things to Do: Elmhurst Art Museum's Gertrude Abercrombie exhibit

Gertrude Abercrombie, “Two Ladders,” 1947, oil on masonite, 12 x 16 in. Illinois State Museum, Illinois Legacy Collection, museum purchase. Photo: Illinois State Museum

Opens Jan. 20

This exhibit of more than 40 paintings by Chicago-based artist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), called “the queen of the bohemian artists,” will open at Elmhurst Art Museum this weekend and run through March 4. Special programming like Music at the Museum/Elmhurst College Jazz Trio (Jan. 26 and Feb. 16) and Family Day (Feb. 3 and March 3) will take place throughout the exhibit’s run. The museum will also open the exhibit “In This House” in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House, next to the museum, on Jan. 20.


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Anna Carlson writes the weekly 5 Things to Do column and monthly Recommended Events. A graduate of Glenbrook South High School and the University of Missouri, her work has been published in Chicago Parent, Inside Columbia Magazine and Central California Parent Magazine. She is a proud supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital






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