For this year’s National Plan Your Vacation Day, plan on exploring the sites close to home. Support local and regional hotels, restaurants, museums and attractions that make cities like Chicago and smaller towns worthwhile destinations.
With museums reopening and indoor dining resuming, there are some safe, easy and convenient getaways to enjoy upcoming holidays like Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Spring Break or just a fun weekend escape.
Below is a run down of the kinds of experiences waiting to be had on a trip this winter and spring:
Chicago’s Cultural Escapes:
Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, a new venue within Chicago’s recently renovated landmark Germania Club Building, will open Thursday, February 11, 2021 with the U.S. premiere of the blockbuster art experience Immersive Van Gogh. From the creators of the successful show at Atelier des Lumières seen by over 2 million visitors in Paris, the U.S. premiere of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit will bring the art of Vincent to life – in Chicago!
The FRIENDS Experience: The One in Chicago will be reopening in March 2021, offering fans of the popular TV show, FRIENDS, an interactive space featuring 12 nostalgia-packed rooms with set recreations, original props/costumes, a retail store and more!
The Art Institute of Chicago is officially opening February 11, 2021. Tickets will go on sale the week of January 25 – all days/hours remain the same. AIC will reopen with Monet and Chicago open until late Spring and Bisa Butler: Portraits through Summer.
Following a two-month closure due to COVID-19, the Field Museum is now open to members and the general public. On Monday, January 25 and Thursday, January 28, general admission will be free for Illinois residents. The museum will maintain its safety precautions from the summer and fall, including mandatory mask usage, social distancing, and reduced capacity.
Chicago’s Museum of Illusions Chicago is reopening on Friday, January 29, 2021, is a one-of-a-kind “edutainment” destination featuring highly visual, engaging and hands-on exhibits that tease the senses and challenge the mind. Serving as a place where you can “experience the impossible”, the Museum of Illusions will challenge guests to see things differently as it unveils the mechanics behind its mind-bending illusions.
Shedd Aquarium is preparing to safely reopen its doors with member-first days on from Wednesday, January 27 through Friday, January 29, followed by general public admission beginning on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Tickets are now available for purchase on the aquarium’s website.
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography has reopened for Reproductive: Health, Fertility, Agency! Which explores the psychological, physical, and emotional realities encountered in the years leading up to, during, and after fertility. The exhibit, which runs until May 23, 2021, features artists such as Laia Abril, Candice Breitz, Elinor Carucci, Krista Franklin, Doreen Garner, Candy Guinea, Joanne Leonard, and Carmen Winant, who consider a range of topics including birth, miscarriage, pleasure, the lack of access to abortion, trauma, and the loss of fertility. (All visitors must have a timed reservation in order to enter the museum.)
Dive into Chicago’s Hyde Park Neighborhood:
With February being Black History Month, discover the neighborhood that is home to the country’s first institution dedicated to African American history and culture, the DuSable Museum.
Make the most out of your time exploring Hyde Park by staying at the luxurious Sophy Hotel, steps away from the University of Chicago’s campus and the future home of the Obama Presidential Library. While in the area, be sure to make a reservation to dine at Virtue Restaurant, where Chef Erick Williams is melding his background in fine dining and his love of southern cuisine.
Plan Out A Year of Travel:
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