You and Sue the T. rex are on a first-name basis at the Field. You can basically man the Science and Industry’s mine yourself. And you know the actual number of dots in Seurat’s Sunday Afternoon. It's time to venture out. 

Here are six new exhibitions that are totally worth planning a whole day around.

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Art Institute of Chicago

“Van Gogh’s Bedrooms”

You’ve seen his work before, but this is the first time that all three of the one-eared artist’s bedroom paintings will be displayed together in North America. This is a no brainer for art history buffs.

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600 or artic.edu. Exhibition runs February 14 to May 10.

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Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

Half the fun of keeping up with the Crawleys is seeing what amazing clothes they’re wearing. In a perfect pop-culture-meets-history mash-up, the Driehaus Museum’s exhibit features more than 35 of the show’s incredible costumes displayed in a 19th-century mansion, no less--and yes, there will be tea and scones.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St.; 312-482-8933 or driehausmuseum.org. Exhibition currently running through May 8. 

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Museum of Contemporary Art

Pop Art Design

Forget soup cans and multiple Marilyns for a second. Instead, check out Pop Art’s influence on furniture, architecture and design. Side effects may include a midcentury-sofa craving.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; 312-280-2660 or mcachicago.org. Exhibition currently running through March 27.

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Field Museum

“THE GREEKS: FROM AGAMEMNON TO ALEXANDER THE GREAT”

Greece has been on your travel list for forever and a day. But before you make the 13-hour flight, take a much shorter trip to the Field Museum’s epic--literally--exhibit running through April 10. Think Greek vases, golden death masks and sculptures of the gods.

The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.; 312-922-9410 or fieldmuseum.org

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Smart Museum

“MONSTER ROSTER: EXISTENTIALIST ART IN POSTWAR CHICAGO”

Does anything really matter? The collection might make you question the point of life, but before you fall down an existential hole, at least check out the work by the group who established Chi city’s very own style.

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave.; 773-702-0200 or smartmuseum.uchicago.edu. Exhibition currently running through June 12.

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DePaul mseum

“DIANNA FRID & RICHARD REZAC: SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY”

Both contemporary art geeks and proud bookworms will enjoy this duo’s unique vision. Each work of art is displayed with either a rare book or object from one of DePaul University’s very special collections. This one will set the brain gears in motion.

The DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-325-7506 or museums.depaul.edu

 

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