Vivian Maier exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center
As an accomplished street photographer, the late Vivian Maier discreetly chronicled life in Chicago's Loop and surrounding districts for decades. Born in New York to Austrian and French immigrant parents, and spending some of her formative years in France, she eventually ended up in Chicago as a nanny to wealthy North Shore clients, but her passions ran much deeper. More than 100,000 negatives and 3,000 prints of her massive body of work were discovered in an estate auction shortly before her death in 2009. While not much is known about Maier herself or her reasons for keeping her photographs hidden, this first exhibition of her work reveals a keen eye for observing the people and fashions of Chicago in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.
Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show returns to McCormick Place, February 11-20. Now in its 103nd year, the nation's largest auto exposition showcases a full range of more than 1,000 domestic and imported vehicles, including experimental and concept cars, collectors' antiques and numerous auto-related accessories and exhibits.
Chicago Restaurant Week
Enjoy great food at a great price! Please your palate and your pocketbook during Chicago Restaurant Week, when more than 150 restaurants serve up special 3-course lunches for $22 and dinners for $32. This runs February 18-27.
Whirl and twirl in Millennium Park! Chicago Winter Dance features free events and programs on the ice and onstage all throughout February. Enjoy ice dancing and skating lessons at the rink, or social dancing and dance lessons on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage.