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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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