Head to Hawaii today
Sorry, we mean virtually, as Chicago’s Theaster Gates joins Ai Weiwei and Homi K. Bhabha on a star-studded lineup for the inaugural Hawai‘i Contemporary Art Summit. It’s free to attend with registration.
Head to Michigan Avenue tomorrow
FILM & TV
Barbara Scharres, retiring as director of programming at the Gene Siskel Film Center after forty-five years, will be feted with a “Tribute Conversation” tonight with Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. Free with registration.
Southside with her
Sisters in Cinema, led by Yvonne Wellborn, broke ground Monday on a media center for women and gender-nonconforming cinema artists at 2310 East 75th, its opening targeted for September. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said “Sisters in Cinema will help grow a film ecosystem and talent base right here in Chicago, all while giving residents from historically excluded groups … resources they need to find success and entry into the industry,” according to Block Club Chicago.
FOOD & DRINK
Dining goes west
Chicago chef Chris Curren (Fulton Market Kitchen, Seven Lions and Blue 13) and his wife Megan are opening The Graceful Ordinary, a 4700-square-foot waterfront restaurant serving “refined rustic fare” in a former BMO Harris Bank building on the Fox River in St. Charles this spring. “We think the suburbs are truly going to have their moment in 2021,” says executive chef-owner Chris Curren.
Dining goes south
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching the inaugural Chicago Southland Restaurant Week, February 21-27. The lineup of south and southwest suburban restaurants is heavy on hearty fare, especially pizza and ribs.
Comic-book convention Wizard World has postponed its annual happening at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont until August 27-29.
ARTS & CULTURE
Block Club Chicago profiles the longtime leader of the Ukrainian National Museum, Jaroslaw “Jerry” Hankewych, who died of the coronavirus in November.