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Get off to a healthy start with Peter Blume?s Vegetable Dinner, a moody Jazz Age painting that should put you in the mood for...
Peter Blume. "Vegetable Dinner," 1927. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase. Art © The Educational Alliance, Inc./Estate of Peter Blume/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
...a quickie lunch from our new favorite invention: Chicago’s first-ever salad vending machine, now up and running in the Loop.
After you see this gorgeous Haviland & Co. oyster plate designed by Theodore Russell Davis in 1879, make a beeline for...
Designed by Theodore Russell Davis. Made by Haviland & Co., Limoges, France, founded 1842. Oyster Plate, designed 1879, produced 1880/87. Through prior gift of Joseph L. Block, Leigh B. Block, Mrs. Oscar Serlin, and Mrs. Daniel Saidenberg in memory of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Block, Chicago; American Art Purchase Fund.
...one of our all-time favorite cocktail spots in River North, Pops for Champagne, where oysters are $1 every Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m.
Diner staples--a steak sandwich, a bowl of cornflakes, bottles of beer--are depicted in Tom Wesselmann?s Still Life #4. This painting got us all nostalgic for the meat-between-bread wonders at...
Tom Wesselmann. "Still Life #4," 1962. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Art © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
...Eleven City Diner, an old-school gem with a huge menu that covers all the classics. Now there are two locations, the original in the South Loop and a new spot in Lincoln Park. Tip: Get the French dip.
This 1960 Wayne Thiebaud painting, titled Salad, Sandwiches and Dessert, couldn?t be more specific. To gorge on incredible versions of all three...
Wayne Thiebaud. "Salad, Sandwiches and Dessert," 1960. Lent by the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NAA?Thomas C. Woods Memorial. Art © Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
...go to Floriole in Lincoln Park, where a to-die-for spinach salad with house buttermilk dressing, a grilled cheddar-cheese sandwich and, say, a dark-chocolate pot de crème topped with whipped cream should cure what ails you.
Next week, you’re going to eat more calories on one day than pretty much any other day of the year. Face it. Embrace it. And psych yourself up by seeing “Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine” at the Art Institute.
The new exhibit is a smorgasbord of more than 100 paintings, sculptures and decorative pieces that show how artists have used food in their work to celebrate and critique everything from diet trends to politics.
Maybe it’ll get you thinking--but more likely it’ll get you hungry.
Watch our slideshow to find out where to go and what to eat when the so-good-you-can-almost-taste-it visuals touch off a craving you need to satisfy now.
The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.; 312-443-3600 or artic.edu
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