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Monica Eng
Oct 19, 2021 - Things to Do

"The Office Experience" brings Scranton to Chicago

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Monica pretends she's Pam from "The Office" at the new interactive Office Experience exhibit in Chicago. Photo: Alexandra Jukubiak

In the wake of the popular "Friends Experience" last summer, Chicago now welcomes "The Office Experience."

Why it matters: The new exhibit fills vacant downtown real estate with an attraction likely to bring tens of thousands to the central business district.

Monica Eng
Oct 19, 2021 - Things to Do

"Any Given Day" doc explores mental illness probation in Cook County

Two women on street in Chicago.
Filmmaker Margaret Byrne followed three subjects, including Angela (right), for years to make "Any Given Day," premiering Wednesday at the Chicago International Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Beti Films

On an average day, 25-30% of those locked up in Cook County Jail suffer from mental illness.

  • "Any Given Day," premiering Wednesday at the Chicago International Film Festival, looks at one attempt to address the issue: a special mental health probation program.
  • How it works: Detainees with mental illness who have pleaded guilty to a non-violent offense can be released on voluntary probation if they agree to treatment and regular status check-ins.

Why it matters: The success or failure of the program affects thousands of Chicagoans and their loved ones. And statistics don't tell the whole story.

Monica Eng
Oct 15, 2021 - Things to Do

Tony Fitzpatrick's last museum show ever

Tony Fitzpatrick sits in front of his painting.
Scrub Jay is a drawing and collage by Tony Fitzpatrick pictured (right). Photo by Ray Vegter. Collage courtesy of Tony Fitzpatrick.

This Saturday artist Tony Fitzpatrick opens "Jesus of Western Avenue," his last-museum show ever.

Why it matters: Fitzpatrick is one of Chicago's most celebrated visual artists, not to mention an actor, poet and writer. His decision has also sparked big questions about the role of art and museums.

Open House Chicago lets you crash Chicago's best

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The Sky-Line Club in Chicago's Loop. Photo courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers and Open House Chicago

Over 100 significant buildings and homes in 30 different neighborhoods will open their doors this weekend for the annual Open House Chicago.

Why it matters: The festival gives Chicagoans a chance to peek behind the curtain at some of the best architecture and design in the city. It's one of the largest architectural festivals in the world.

Chicago's theater icon Robert Falls on why he's stepping down

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Robert Falls. Photo: Flint Chaney/Goodman Theatre

Last week, Tony Award-winner Robert Falls announced he was stepping down as artistic director of the Goodman Theatre after a 35-year career there.

  • We talked to him about his time at the helm of one of the most influential theaters in Chicago.

Why now: "After 35 years at the Goodman, and 10 before that as artistic director of a small theatre on Howard St. called Wisdom Bridge, I simply felt, 'Well…that's 45 straight years of running theater companies — that's enough.'"

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