By Kacie Whitman By Kacie Whitman | February 2, 2022 | Lifestyle Feature
From a new speakeasy to a reimagined ballet classic, here’s what Chicago has in store this month.
Artist Kaveri Raina’s work “The Wonder in Us” is featured in the National Indo-American Museum’s debut exhibition at its new home in Lombard.
VISIT Newly opened in Lombard, the National Indo-American Museum has unveiled an inaugural exhibition combining art, education and digital technology to honor the contributions of Indian Americans to our nation’s culture. On view through March 27, E/Merge: Art of the Indian Diaspora showcases contemporary works from nine emerging Indian American artists whose stories shed a light on their travels across international borders to live in the United States. “Works in the exhibition challenge the preconceptions of what and how diasporic artists represent themselves and investigate the notions of origin, narratives of dispersal and cultural conditions of globalism,” says curator Shaurya Kumar. 815 S. Main St., Lombard, niam.org
Immerse yourself in the compelling world of Frida Kahlo starting this month.
EXPERIENCE After the critically acclaimed success of the Immersive Van Gogh exhibition, the Lighthouse Immersive creative team announces the Chicago arrival of its next experiential art installation, Frida: Immersive Dream. Expect to see beloved 20th century Mexican painter Frida Kahlo’s most compelling works brought to life for audiences to explore and examine her powerful story in a new light. Bold with color and raw with emotion, Frida’s portfolio has maintained a timelessness with viewers, who intimately connect with the brilliant artist and her unflinching authenticity. Feb. 24-May 28, Lighthouse ArtSpace at Germania Club, 108 W. Germania Place, immersive-frida.com
Expect ultrasophisticated tipples at José Andrés’ new speakeasy, Pigtail.
TASTE Tucked beneath his River North hot spot Jaleo, chef José Andrés’ posh new speakeasy, Pigtail, boasts vibrant Spanish flavors complemented by a unique cocktail list. Expect tempting menu items like dry-cured ibérico pork bites with bespoke concoctions like a savory consommé offering, a fresh Med Martínez infused with Spanish gin and a showstopping Shadow Chaser cocktail with cedar smoke and an intriguing floral scent. With a black and pink color palette and chic upholstery from Spanish company Sancal, it’s a subtly glam space ideal for intimate conversation. 500 N. Clark St., pigtailcocktail.com
Megan Morrison has unveiled Love, Charlie, a chic new women’s boutique in Roscoe Village.
BROWSE New to Roscoe Village, meet Love, Charlie, a new women’s boutique offering a wide range of on-trend apparel suited for any silhouette alongside curated accessories and gifts. Expect an assortment of Citizens of Humanity denim, Jenny Bird jewelry, Lush products, EMO Candles and more. With the concept inspired by her late grandfather, boutique owner Megan Morrison sprinkles her personal touch into Love, Charlie’s collections while ensuring each piece is fresh, relevant and inclusive of her clientele. 3352 N. Paulina St., lovecharliechicago.com
Framebridge aims to change the way consumers think about framing.
SHOP With the goal of revolutionizing the world of custom framing, Framebridge has opened its doors in River North, Southport and the West Loop to deliver its quality craftsmanship in-person. Searching for a personalized present this season? This framing company ensures its unique design options are affordable, high-quality and built to last. Framebridge has designed over a million custom-framed pieces. 617 N. State St.; 3453 N. Southport Ave.; 920 W. Randolph St., framebridge.com
Photography by: FROM TOP, PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE ARTIST; BY MICHAEL BROSILOW; BY REGAN BARONI; BY BRAD DANNER; COURTESY OF FRAMEBRIDGE