You survived 2019 and another Chicago NYE party, congrats! So what does 2020 hold for you? If you are too tired from NYE to figure that out yet, here are some suggestions for the weekend to help you relax!


1. Wired to Wear

  • When: Until Thursday, April 30th.
  • Where: Museum of Science and Industry; 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637.

Why this is fun: Try on the next generation of wearable technology at this exhibition devoted to clothing and augmentations that improve upon the capabilities of the human body. You’ll see more than 100 inventions on display, including a flying Jet Suit made by Gravity Industries, Nike’s self-lacing shoes from Back to the Future Part II and Dainese’s D-Air Racing Suit, which monitors the speed and position to determine if embedded air bags need to be deployed. Guests can also try on the SpiderSense Vest (which uses vibrations to allow you to feel your surroundings) or the Electric Dreams headset (which reads brainwaves and translates them into colored fiber optics lighting).

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2. Queen!

  • When: Sunday January 5th – Sunday January 26th.
  • Where: Metro Chicago; 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613.

Why this is fun: In the city that served as the birthplace of house music, the weekly Queen! party carries on the genre’s inclusive and subversive spirit. In January, the party moves out of Smart Bar’s subterranean confines and into Metro, where residents Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini and Garrett David spin deep grooves while drag performers strut across the foggy dance floor. For serious dance music fans, the trek across town to spend a night at Queen! is a pilgrimage worth making.

For more details, visit the website


3. Lightscape

  • When: Until Sunday, January 5th.
  • Where: Chicago Botanic Garden; 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, IL 60022.

Why this is fun: The Chicago Botanic Garden hosts a new display of festive lights, giving guests a host of shimmering reasons to visit the forest preserve during the holiday season. Set along a one-mile path, the after-dark experience features a series of installations to explore, including the a 110-foot tunnel made up of 100,000 lights and a group of trees festooned in blubs that “sing” holiday songs.

For more details, visit the website


4. Chicago Architecture Biennial

  • When: Until Sunday January 5th.
  • Where: Chicago Cultural Center; 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602

Why this is fun: Every two years, Chicago becomes the center of the world of architecture and design during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Taking place over the course of nearly four months, the programming encompasses exhibitions, installations, forums and more events that explore the state of modern architecture and urbanism. The Chicago Cultural Center serves as the event’s hub, where visitors can explore a large model of a traditional Chicago worker’s cottage, experience a multi-channel video installation and learn about the architecture present in cities such as São Paulo, Vancouver and Johannesburg. Venues like the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and the National Public Housing Museum also host Biennial programming, in addition to partner programs at a variety of local institutions.

For more details, visit the website


5. Fantastic Bug Encounters!

  • When: Until Sunday, April 19th.
  • Where: The Field Museum; 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605.

Why this is fun: There are far more bugs than humans on the planet, and the Field Museum’s latest exhibition gives you an opportunity to learn more about the tiny, multi-legged creatures that largely go unnoticed in our day-to-day lives. “Fantastic Bug Encounters!” features larger-than-life models created by Weta Workshops (the folks behind the Lord of the Rings movies) that allow guests to see insects like bees and praying mantises in extreme detail. Interactive stations let you test your reflexes against those of a mantis, send origami butterflies into a wind tunnel and perform bug brain surgery. There’s even a bug zoo where you’ll be able to get your hands on a dozen live bug species.

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