The Water Tower Arts District is a coalition of cultural organizations, within walking distance of the historic Chicago Water Tower, that brings synergy to the group’s creative efforts, strengthens the cultural vigor of the community, and encourages citizens and visitors to enjoy and explore the multitude of diverse cultural opportunities in the District.
Inspired by the resilience of the Chicago Water Tower—built in 1869 and one of the only buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871—the Water Tower Arts District extends the legacy of the area which thrived in the early twentieth century as Towertown, an epicenter of the arts.
City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
Stand Up for Landmarks! Protests, Posters & Pictures
Saving landmarks in Chicago has always been a lively challenge. Over the years, public activism, outreach campaigns and governmental legislation have produced notable graphic designs and striking photographs. This exhibit features images, artifacts and ephemera relating to this seldom-told story.Exhibition Free
JUL 23, 2019–JAN 6, 2020
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago Works: Assaf EvronExhibition
SEP 16, 2019–JAN 11, 2020
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio: Unraveling Modern Living
Mexico City-based architecture office Tatiana Bilbao Estudio presents and immersive installation that transforms a former domestic space to explore new forms of collectivity.
Featuring a collaboration with Sweet Water Foundation and projects by Archeworks, Colectivo 1050˚, Cultural Reproducers, Fieldwork Collaborative Projects, Stefan Gruber, Nance Klehm of Social Ecologies, and The Weaving Mill, among others.
Tatiana Bilbao founded her eponymous studio in 2004, where her work analyzes its immediate context, creating architecture through a multidisciplinary perspective. The studio’s work ranges from masterplans to an affordable sustainable house typology. She has taught as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Architecture, Harvard GSD and Columbia GSAPP.
Tatiana Bilbao Estudio’s architectural work includes: the Culiacán Botanical Garden; the Pilgrimage Route in Jalisco; the Biotechnological Center; the Sustainable House, the social housing prototype displayed at the 2015 Chicago Biennial that costs under $8,000. Tatiana’s work has been recognized internationally with awards such as the Kunstpreis Berlin in 2012 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2014 and published in A+U, GA Houses, Domus, and The New York Times, among others.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial.Exhibition Free
SEPT 20–DEC 31, 2019
The Newberry Library
What is the Midwest?Exhibition Free
NOV 9, 2019–JAN 5, 2020
Broadway in Chicago
Emerald City Theatre’s beloved production of Corduroy returns to Chicago just in time for the holidays! In this sweet adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic book, a small bear’s quest for a missing button leads to the friendship of a lifetime. After the lights are dimmed and the doors locked, the department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy. It’s up to Corduroy to outsmart the Night Watchman as he waits for his new pal Lisa to return with her mother. Along with exciting scenes of clowning and mischief, the story teaches the importance of empathy and unconditional love. Tailored for young imaginations, this playful adventure will delight ages three and up!
CORDUROY is recommended for ages 3+Performance
DEC 7, 2019–MAR 8, 2020
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Eternal Light: The Sacred Stained-Glass Windows of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Eternal Light looks without sentiment at the ecclesiastical windows of the Tiffany firm as rich reminders that America is ever-changing. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s masterpieces tell stories of American entrepreneurship, of places of worship as community incubators, of our country’s evolving relationship to religion. Eternal Light is not only about beautiful objects exceptionally crafted; it is also about the ideas and stories behind the windows: progressive technologies, designers, and patrons.
At the heart of the exhibition are eleven outstanding, religiously themed windows made between 1880 and 1925 that demonstrate the signature designs, working methods, techniques, and production styles of Tiffany and his workshops.Exhibition Other
DEC 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
Co-presented With The Lurie Garden: Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet OudolfFree Other
DEC 13,2019 – DEC 27, 2019
Porchlight Music Theater
The Ruffians’ “Burning Bluebeard”
Porchlight Music Theatre plays host to a fast-growing Chicago holiday tradition for a strictly limited engagement! Burning Bluebeard, created and performed by the critically acclaimed theatre troupe The Ruffians, has been touted as “a show you won’t quickly forget and that you could only see in Chicago” by the Chicago Tribune, and NewCity says the production is “filled to the brim with irreverent humor, riveting dance sequences and enough charm to fill a bucket…” Told with music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance, “Burning Bluebeard,” is a physical-performance phenomena inspired by the true story of Chicago’s former Iroquois Theatre and the unforgettable events that resulted in tragedy for 600 theatergoers at Christmastime in 1903. A holiday tradition for many since its debut in 2011, each performance excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago’s rich history and leaves the audiences with an unforgettable experience.Performance
DEC 14, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Anna Martine Whitehead With Seth Parker Woods And Shawné Michaelain Holloway: Force Open Rehearsal / Jam SessionPerformance Workshops
Jan 9, 2020, 6:00 P.M.
Sweet Water Foundation: Emmanuel PrattLecture