Events, History, Museums
The Great Chicago Fire, 150 Years Ago
On the Sunday night of October 8, 1871, in a hay-filled cow barn the Great Chicago Fire started. The fire ran and grew, swept by a strong wind from the southwest, eating its way north and toward downtown and beyond. The city awoke Tuesday to find more than 18,000 buildings destroyed. In the aftermath of the fire, the great city rose almost immediately from the ashes, with architects and others arriving to help rebuild better, bigger, and newer.
The Chicago History Museum will open a new exhibit on October 8th called City on Fire: Chicago 1871, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the fire. This is designed for families to learn, explore, and discover the impact the Great Chicago Fire had on the city and the people who lived here. For more information on the exhibit, please visit About — City on Fire (chicago1871.org)
HELMUT JAHN: LIFE + ARCHITECTURE
Pictures Courtesy: Chicago Architecture Center
CUI recommends and honors Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture, a new exhibit now opened at the Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Wacker Dr. The exhibit is opened daily since July 23rd running through October 31st. The hours are 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $15.00 for public, free for CAC members. CAC Exhibit Voucher | Events | Chicago Architecture Center. Info@architecture.org.
Museums, We Recommend
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute will reopen its doors on February 11th to visitors with limited capacity.
The Monet and Chicago exhibition is now extended through June 14th and Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibit will also be available for viewing through September 6th. Both exhibits were recent additions when the museum closed in November due to state mitigations.
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Driehaus Musuem is reopening
Welcome back to the ‘Haus!
The Driehaus Museum will reopen for our members on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 and it will reopen to the general public on Saturday, August 29.
Don’t forget to bring you mask!
Members may visit the Museum on Saturday, August 22 from 11 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, August 23 from 11 AM – 3 PM.
Members are strongly encouraged to reserve their free tickets for the preview in advance. Due to reduced capacity limitations, reserving tickets in advance will secure your preferred date and time.
All galleries are open to view as well as the special exhibition, PAN: Prints of Avant Garde Europe, 1895-1900. As always, our museum guides will be on hand to answer any questions as you explore the galleries and current exhibitions.
Museums with Free Admission
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan
Open to the Public Starting Friday, July 30th:
Saturday – Monday | 11 am – 6 pm & Thursday -Friday | 1 pm – 8 pm
The Art Institute of Chicago welcomes guests to come and explore their exhibits next Friday. Illinois residents are able to reserve for free admissions from Friday, July 30th to Monday, August 3rd. Advance ticket purchases and reservations are required for the public.
Please note: There are member only hours which are on Mondays, Saturday, and Sunday from 10 am – 11 am as well as Thursday thru Friday 12 noon – 1 pm.
Chicago History Museum
1601 North Clark Street
Monday – Saturday | 9:30 am -12:30 pm & 12:30 pm -3:20 pm
Sunday | 12 noon – 2:30 pm & 2:30 pm – 4 pm
Take a stroll down Chicago’s memory lane. Chicago History Museum is offering free general admission now until July 31st. Reserve your tickets in advance as they will be timed-entry. The museum has made some changes including stylus pen for touchable screen interaction and new exhibits!
Please Note: Join in on August 15th for a virtual event about dressing America’s favorite doll! Ticket can also include a Barbie Brunch box filled with Cat-eye sunglasses, cookies, Rose and more.
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Ave
Starting Friday, June 24th:
Open: Friday thru Sunday | 11 am – 6 pm
MCA reopens this Friday with free admission through the end of August. Enter in through Person Street, follow to blue arrows through exhibits, look for the blue lanyard Visitor Experience Associates for any assistant and exit from the Museum Store.
Please note: The time frame 11 am – 12 noon daily has been to set aside for those more susceptible to the virus.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
Opening August 1st:
Open: Wednesday -Sundays | 9 am – 4 pm
To celebrate opening their doors, MSI is offering free entry from Saturday, August 1st through Friday, August 14th. Tickets must obtained prior to arrival in order to discover over than 14 acres of exhibits and interactive experiences.
Please Note: Throughout the month of July, the annual Member open house can be enjoyed at home. Tune in to celebrate your inner scientist. This July, MSI is MS-You.
History, Museums, National & International
History of La Conciergerie
At the end of 17th century, La Conciergerie was transformed into the prison for the wealthiest criminals. Of all the prisoners, the most famous would be Marie-Antoinette. During her imprisonment she entrusted her palace keys to a concierge warren ; who would secretly deliver letters to and from the palace.
The La Conciergerie has played several roles over its lifetime, from being a part of parliament, imprisoning the richest, and political criminals to imprisoning Marie-Antoinette and it’s in final role as an art gallery museum classified as a National Historic Monument. As La Conciergerie transformed, so did the concierge role. Overtime, the role of concierge grew from residentials to hotels in France, then expanded across Europe and by 1976 arrived to the USA. In 1982, Concierge Unlimited International became the birthplace of the private and corporate industry.
Though the role of a concierge may have expanded into new territory in the business world. The root vales still hold same as it did in the 17th century. An honor, we vow to continue to embrace in our roles as a concierge. An integrity to be our clients “keeper of the keys”, while providing a one of a kind services to our clients and to our queens.
Events, Museums, Music
05/14 – 8pm – Live From the Drawing Room – Driehaus Museum
LIVE From the Drawing Room
Thursday, May 14, 8 PM, CDT It’s prime time, Gilded Age-style !
Allow the stunning interiors of the Driehaus Museum to once again transport you to another time and place – now, from the comfort of your own living room.
Celebrated local musician Patrick Donley will play a wide-range of selections from the period on the Driehaus Museum’s exquisite Chickering & Sons piano along with some discussion about the music and the instrument.
From Schubert to Joplin, Donley’s joyful playing along with a cocktail demonstration and curatorial insights will provide plentiful after-dinner entertainment.
Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again – October 20, 2019
This major retrospective—the first to be organized by a US institution in 30 years—builds on the wealth of new research, scholarship, and perspectives that has emerged since Andy Warhol’s early death at age 58 in 1987. More than 400 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that he anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.
– Member only previews of the Andy Warhol exhibit start October 17-19
– The exhibit itself is open to the public October 20-January 26
Hamilton: The Exhibition
Whether you spend an hour or an afternoon – Hamilton: The Exhibition is an adventure of your own making. Featuring interactive games, lifelike projections, full-scale statues and Instagram worthy art installations, this museum takes visitors deeper into Alexander Hamilton’s life and the American Revolution.
January 30, 2019- April 18, 2019
The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, New York
Baritone Peter Mattei and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni star as opera’s notorious seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece of dark comedy. Based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, this opera blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural awe.
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Concierge Unlimited International