Founded in 1982 with the mission of spreading an understanding of war's impact on the lives of soldiers, the National Veterans Art Museum showcases more than 2,000 works of art created by more than 255 veterans. The museum's oeuvre, which comprises paintings, photography, sculpture, and music, focuses on Vietnam but includes artwork inspired by all of America's wars. In addition to keep a permanent collection, the museum hosts rotating temporary exhibits that honor and remember veterans and keep the subject matter fresh. Visitors and members enjoy an active social calendar, stocked with events that feature live music and plays performed entirely with the NATO phonetic alphabet.
At this month's multimedia "Groupon Presents" showcase, the Chicago Artists' Coalition's gleaming white rafters rumble to the galvanizing beats of Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross while mesmerizing artwork by Jason Brammer fuses with moves from an improvised dance trio. The aural brainchild of 24-year-old producer Dexter Tortoriello, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross possesses a melancholy texture that pulses with danceable energy. On his latest EP, Blow, Tortoriello interweaves ethereal vocals and live instrumentation with the grind of old drum machines and broken synthesizers, adding an element of anachronism to modern style like a robot wearing a monocle. The performance will be complemented by a video of beautifully synchronized visuals, courtesy of artist Alan Jensen. Mixed-media canvases by Brammer further feed into the evening's connection of old and new, juxtaposing future worlds with salvaged hardware and antique fixtures from a time long forgotten. An interpretive dance trio led by improvisational artist JulieAnn Graham rounds out the jubilee with graceful movement and rousing choreography. Throughout the night, guests can venture to Aftermath, the current art exhibition featuring six Bolt residents' interpretations of life following a catastrophic event, or visit the open bar to fill their glasses or chain-mail gloves with bubbly pours of Blue Moon and Peroni provided by Miller/Coors and champagne provided by Wirtz Beverage. Valet parking is available for $10.
LUMA features ten galleries, a lecture hall, a library, and a gift shop. The museum’s mission is to explore, promote, and understand art and artistic expression that illuminates the enduring spiritual questions of all cultures. LUMA is dedicated to helping people of all creeds to explore their faith and spiritual quests.
Veteran clothing connoisseur Christos Garkinos curates decadestwo.1's stock of fine apparel gleaned from the closets of celebrities, stylists, and fashion icons worldwide, and clothing greets its wearers at up to 80% off retail price. At a two-day pop-up sale hosted by stylish general store space519, guests can outfit shopping bags with clothing, accessories, and jewelry by MRE. Class up ears with pieces such as oval drop earrings ($45), or gift fashion-conscious black cats with good-luck-charm necklaces ($75). Carousers can meet rollercoaster height requirements in style with light-green satin and feather-flower heels from Christian Louboutin ($340), and emotional accessorizers can legally wear their hearts on their sleeves with the sterling-silver heart-chain bracelets ($30–$35). The $250 dress section furnishes formalwear for nights on the town and stage re-enactments of the previous night on the town.