Bright Lights, Second City
To those native Chicagoans who dismiss the Riverwalk as a tourist destination, or take their daily background scenery for granted, take heed. Starting April 1, Art on theMART is certain to capture your attention. The largest digital art projection in the world is back, casting its brilliant displays across theMART’s 2-and-a-half acre façade (for reference, that’s roughly the size of two football fields). The free public art project gives everyday pedestrians access to the work of celebrated contemporary and classic artists. This year includes a collaboration with Arts of Life (a nonprofit community for artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities), along with iconic artworks by Claude Monet in alignment with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition Monet and Chicago. Projections are visible from Wacker Drive and along the Chicago Riverwalk and are scheduled to run seven nights a week, one hour per night, beginning at 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit artonthemart.com.
A First-Class Upgrade
March is the ideal time for a spontaneous spring fling. But before you pack your bags, consider updating your luggage. TUMI’s Latitude line is made with a specialty SRPP BALLISTIC material for ultra-durable hardside cases that flex and bend while resisting scratches. They’re available in a range of sizes and colors, from blush to black, and are designed with a new wheel system for smooth maneuvering. The Latitude International Carry-On is the perfect piece for a quick getaway. The brand likes to tout that at just a little more than six pounds, the bags are “lighter than a newborn”—with all that extra weight to spare, we expect you to haul some souvenirs back from your jaunt. Available at Kaehler Luggage and Travel Goods, 28 East 1st Street in Hinsdale, worldtraveler.com.
Relax and Say “Maaah”
You’ve seen it on social media and in lifestyle blogs; maybe you’ve even traveled to a farm outside of town to try it. Now it’s being herded into Hinsdale. On Tuesday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m., Strong Self(ie)—a subscription box company whose mission is to empower girls—will host a mother-daughter Goat Yoga session at The Community House. The 30-minute class will lead participants through a series of movements while baby goats roam the grounds. Be prepared—some may even climb on top of you while you’re mid-pose. Admission includes snacks, photo ops, and playtime with the animals. For more information, visit strongselfie.com.
Catalan Culture On Your Coffee Table
After reading about Dustin O’Regan’s recent visit to Spain, perhaps you’re longing for a little Spanish flavor in your life. The next best thing to booking your own journey is procuring a copy of Gaudí: The Complete Works by Rainer Zerbst (TASCHEN). It’s a thorough review of the famed architect’s works—from Casa Vicens (the first house he designed) to the Sagrada Família, the majestic basilica (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) where he is buried. Originally published in 1985, this 2020 hardcover release is updated with brand new photography, plans and drawings by Gaudí himself, and historical photos. Consider is a glorious visual trip from the comfort of your couch. To purchase, visit taschen.com.