Wow Worthy: April
This month, we hit a wall
Art was everywhere we went in April, from a stunning display in a new restaurant to an exhibit about groundbreaking fashion. Our most-clicked stories this month were all about hanging out--on a wall, that is. Here's where you can find art as...
A hotel lobby exhibit
Browse a collection of 30 photos celebrating the career of French model, actress and activist Brigitte Bardot; the exhibit is in the lobby of the Sofitel Chicago now through May 26. With a subject who exudes style as current as anything in the surrounding Gold Coast boutiques, the images capture the spirit of a bombshell for the ages.
An interior statement
The farm-fresh food you'll try at the new Wicker Park restaurant Storefront Company is exciting enough in itself (we loved the duck with Parisian gnocchi and warm blackberries), but it's the room-spanning, deconstructed black-and-white flower mural by Chicago artist Gary Weidner that will really stop you in your tracks.
A look-twice phenomenon
A sweater knitted from metal yarn? Perfume that sprays on blue? Browse the elegantly edgy ideas explored in the Art Institute's "Fashioning the Object" exhibit, an assembly of clothing, accessories and artifacts from three European designers who teach us to expect the unexpected--especially from a brimming-with-creativity industry.
A proving ground for design ideas
When you ooh and ahh your way through the 2012 Merchandise Mart DreamHome--a nine-room display of all-out creativity from a group of Chicago's top interior designers--don't miss our favorite part: the ethereal teal-and-gold-flowered wallpaper in an alcove off the bedroom.
An unprecedented lending program
You'll never find a better way to ease into collecting than to try the free art-lending program at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, which provides an opportunity for anyone to find out--temporarily, at least--how far hanging an original work of contemporary art can go toward elevating the cultural conversation in your home.