For the Weekend: Sketches & Muppets

The weekend is nearly upon us. What are you going to do?

If you live in Chicago or happen to be visiting the Windy City this weekend,  this is your lucky day because I have two suggestions for you. One for daylight enthusiasts and the other for those who prefer nighttime outings since it so much more acceptable to be drinking after dark, and luckily, almost any evening event can be manipulated to include a cocktail. Especially the one I have in mind.

  1. You have until Sunday January 23 to catch “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World” at the Museum of Science and Industry in Hyde Park. Sure, you have had since September to do so, but some of us are procrastinators, and that is OK. If you ever loved a Muppet—even just for a moment—you should probably make it a priority, because it is super fun and oh-s0-educational. Tons of drawings, story boards, videos (interviews, commercials, Sesame Street, Muppets and earlier work), puppets and Muppets, props from the Dark Crystal and more. For younger participants there is a puppet theater and an area to create your own characters using huge felt pieces on a wall. Speaking of walls, several are covered in bright monster fur, felt and other pleasingly tactile Muppet-y materials. The podium where visitors queue up to enter? Completely covered in shag. If you want to take in everything, the exhibit can be a bit text heavy, but less compulsive museum visitors will be well-satisfied by the wealth of visual stimuli (you know, I studied exhibit design in graduate school, please hire me). Word to the wise: buy your tickets beforehand online, because the timed-entry tickets sell out very early in the day. We had to buy tickets and then go back the next day. Another hot tip? Find cheap metered parking along the lake front just to the north of the museum. Much more reasonable than the underground lot. Afterward, I suggest you magically find parking on 57th street and get pizza dinner at Edwardo’s—but that’s just me.
  2. Starting this evening and through Sunday and again next Thursday through Sunday, it’s Chicago Sketchfest, yay! I have never gotten my act together to go, and in fact have probably generally been back in Boston or New York by now. I guess this is my lucky year. Now my move back to Chicago suddenly all makes sense. Wow; clarity.

Go forth.


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