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What's The Buzz? 5 Chicago Newcomers Worth The Visit

Melanie Medrano | February 11, 2021 | Lifestyle

Uncover Chicago’s see-and-be-seen spots.

Yvette Mayorga, “A Vase of the Century 1 (After Century Vase c. 1876)” (2019, acrylic piping on canvas) at DePaul's LatinXAmerican exhibition
Yvette Mayorga, “A Vase of the Century 1 (After Century Vase c. 1876)” (2019, acrylic piping on canvas)

SEE

Get a new perspective of the Latin experience with DePaul University’s LatinXAmerican exhibition, a recently debuted virtual expo that offers a 360-degree tour of the space and a celebration of the work of nearly 40 up-and-coming Latinx artists from Chicago and beyond. “Our hope is that the museum’s exhibition provides a platform for these voices to be heard,” says Laura-Caroline de Lara, interim director. Through Aug. 17, 935 W. Fullerton Parkway, artmuseum.depaul.edu

Grapes & Grains’ New York Sour with Woodford Double Oaked
Grapes & Grains’ New York Sour with Woodford Double Oaked, demerara, lemon and red wine

EAT

Take a trip back to the 1920s with new Fulton Market spot Grapes & Grains, an ode to classic Chicago that dishes out the most natural pairing of all: spirits and charcuterie. Here, all wines, Champagne and whiskeys have been handpicked to be served alongside cheese boards, olives and other tempting light bites. Takeout and delivery, 858 W. Lake St., ggwestloop.com

A kaleidoscopic vision at the Museum of Illusions
A kaleidoscopic vision at the Museum of Illusions

PLAY

Immerse yourself in a world of trickery and trompe l’oeil at the Museum of Illusions. Located a quick stroll from Millennium Park, the buzzed-about adventure offers over 80 mind-bending illusions and exhibitions. Get the size of things in the Ames Room, then test your balance in the surprisingly challenging Vortex Tunnel. 25 E. Washington St., chicago.museumofillusions.us

Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossom” in life-size form at Immersive Van Gogh at Lighthouse ArtSpace
Van Gogh’s “Almond Blossom” in life-size form at Immersive Van Gogh at Lighthouse ArtSpace

EXPERIENCE

One of the great masters comes to life in the heart of the Gold Coast with Immersive Van Gogh, a traveling exhibit making its U.S. debut with a mesmerizing blend of film, visual arts and performance. Projected in grand scale, Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom in Arles” and “The Starry Night” are featured works that, when combined with a pure and ethereal score, deliver an immersive moment “under the stars.” VIP Flex tickets are available for priority access, 108 W. Germania Place, vangoghchicago.com

Slowear Venezia's new Chicago outpost
Slowear Venezia carries a range of men’s ready-to-wear, from the Montedoro gray Shetland wool blouse to Incotex trousers.

SHOP

Chic Italian brand Slowear Venezia has opened its first Midwestern location in the West Loop, serving up a range of uberstylish, high-quality outerwear, blazers and more, as well as its signature Incotex trousers. On our radar this winter season: the Montedoro gray Shetland wool blouse, an of-the-moment coat-meets-flannel “shacket.” 918 W. Randolph St., slowear.com



Photography by: Photos by Dietz Studio; by David Turner Photography; by Collection of DePaul Art Museum, Art Acquisition Endowment Fund, 2020.1/courtesy of the artist; courtesy of Immersive Van Gogh; courtesy of Slowear