Here are Newcity’s “big eleven” events for fall. See links below for each of the artistic genres with their own fall previews.

Photo: Ann Oleinik

World Music Festival
Eight days, twenty venues, more than forty countries represented—the World Music Festival takes its international beats citywide for the thirteenth year in a row.
September 15-22 at various locations. See

Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention
The Art Institute opens a new exhibition focused on the work of Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg, best known for designing Marina City. The exhibition features more than one hundred original architectural drawings, photographs, models and examples of his lesser known furniture design. Opening along with this exhibit in another gallery is “Inside Marina City: A Project by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson,” a photographic study of Marina City’s current residents.
Opens September 17 at the Art Institute

The Alternative Press Multiple Originals Project
The Multiple Originals Project is the first exhibition opened by the Poetry Foundation in its new home, presented concurrently with an online multimedia feature about the Alternative Press. The exhibit displays postcards created by poets Robert Creeley, Alice Notley, Ted Berrigan, Joe Brainard and others in collaboration with Ken and Ann Mikolowski.
Opens September 21 at the Poetry Foundation.

Restoring Earth
The Field reopens Abbott Hall of Conservation with a new permanent exhibition on the museum’s efforts to conserve wilderness and biodiversity abroad and here in Chicago.
Opens October 4 at the Field Museum

Chicago International Film Festival
The longest-running competitive film festival in North America returns this fall, bringing more than 150 movies from more than fifty countries to venues in Chicago.
October 6-20 at various locations. See for tickets and complete schedule.

Chicago Marathon
Two-time defending champion Liliya Shobukhova competes for her third consecutive win this year at the Marathon, an as-yet unaccomplished feat. Olympian Ryan Hall and U.S. women’s soccer stars Hope Solo, Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan will run with Shobukhova and 45,000 other participants.
October 9. See

Folk Art Festival
The National Museum of Mexican Art hosts their Folk Art Festival this October, bringing some of Mexico’s finest folk artists to Chicago for the sixth year running. Attendees will have an opportunity to view and purchase work from over fifty artists as well as watch demonstrations of weaving, wood carving and the creation of sugar skulls.
October 14-23 at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Chicago Humanities Festival
This year’s theme of “tech•knowledge” brings artists, writers and thinkers to Chicago to discuss the problems and solutions of technology. Distinguished guests include Jared Diamond, author of “Guns, Germs, and Steel;” plastic surgery anthropologist Michael Taussig; and Umberto Eco. Stephen Sondheim, recipient of the 2011 Tribune Literary Prize, will lecture, and Tribune Heartland Prize winners Jonathan Franzen (fiction) and Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction) will give readings.
October 16 and 23 and November 2-13 at various venues. See

Fashion Focus Chicago
Celebrate Chicago’s fashion industry in this week long festival of shows, shopping and seminars. Headlining shows include the designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator, Inspiredesign featuring five Chicago fashion lines, the third annual Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show and the Art of Fashion.
October 17-23 at various locations. See

Charles James: Genius Deconstructed
The Chicago History Museum opens a new exhibit on fashion designer Charles James, described as the greatest couturier of his time by the Parisian design world. The exhibit features fifteen of his best known designs.
Opens October 22 at the Chicago History Museum.

SOFA Chicago Art
Chicago’s largest and longest continually running art fair again shares its space with the Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art. Highlights include demonstrations of glass blowing as well as curated exhibitions on jewelry, metal and glass, and fiber arts.
November 4-6 at Festival Hall, Navy Pier.

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