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OPENLY CREATIVE An art a cionado’s answer to the pub crawl, Evanston Made’s studio tour (evanstonmade.com) sends you on a trip around the city to visit artists’ lairs. Lisa Degliantoni , attached to an artist herself, was surprised when she arrived in Evanston six years ago to nd that there was no such event in a town that is swimming in creativity; it boasts one of the highest concentrations of artists among similar-sized cities in North America. Degliantoni, now co-chair of the Evanston Arts Council, remedied that with the founding of June’s Evanston Made, a monthlong celebration of local artists that features public exhibits, studio tours and pop-up shops. “I like being surrounded by creatives,” explains Degliantoni. “As a visual-arts advocate, my goal is to promote Evanston as a cultural pit stop. And though I do not make things myself, I make things happen by serving as a conduit.” e rapid attention and growth in this annual event—now in its fourth year— validates her e orts. Evanston Made is unique in that it is not a juried event, and even emerging artists are encouraged to participate if they live or work within city limits. Over 150 pieces are on exhibit throughout the city, kicking o with a traditional art opening June 2, from 6 to 9 at Evanston Art Center (expect wine, cheese and maps). e studio tour follows on June 3, from noon to 5 , with over 75 artists’ workspaces open to the public. Participating businesses turn the city into a gallery by showcasing art on their walls through June 30, and the pop-up shop o ers treasures for sale at Evanston Art Center. And to include the kids, June 17, there is a free day of activities for your budding mini-Monet. –CR “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.” Feel the same? Check out this year’s The Shermer Club: A John Hughes Fest. Beloved and missed but definitely not forgotten, legendary ’80s film writer and director John Hughes gets a four-day summer celebration. The team behind last year’s Ferris Fest, which marked the beloved film’s 30th anniversary, has planned a summer ode to the film’s creator, John Hughes. The Shermer Club: A John Hughes Fest will take place in Lake Forest from June 22 to 25 at the John & Nancy Hughes Theater located inside Gorton Community Center. Hughes’ cult-classic films like The Breakfast Club , Sixteen Candles , Weird Science and Pretty in Pink will be screened, in addition to Q&A sessions with actors and a bus tour of local filming locations. Andrew McCarthy, who played Blane McDonough in Pretty in Pink , and Lea Thompson, who played Amanda Jones in Some Kind of Wonderful , are set to headline this not-to-be-missed star-studded summer event. Tickets $25-$350, theshermerclub.com –AMS MOVIE MAGIC READERS’ CHOICE ARTS & CULTURE Our readers love these three distinct museums, each one contributing to our area’s cultural enrichment. Enjoy your visit. Whether you’re a teacher searching for stimulating classroom materials or a young explorer, there’s a good chance you’ll nd everything you need at the Kohl Children’s Museum . e hands-on atmosphere fosters a cultural foundation for lifelong learners. 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, kohlchildrensmuseum.org Believing that remembering the past can transform the future, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center uses its exhibitions to preserve the legacy of the fallen while advocating for justice and equality. 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, ilholocaustmuseum.org A Kader Attia exhibit is currently at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. On the campus of Northwestern University, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art remains an acclaimed resource with frequently changing exhibits that present art across time, culture and medium. 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, blockmuseum. northwestern.edu 84 NS S P R ING 2 0 1 7 | M O D E R N L U X U R Y . C OM KADER ATTIA, CULTURE, ANOTHER NATURE REPAIRED (2014), INSTALLATION VIEW, MIDDELHEIM MUSEUM, ANTWERP, BELGIUM. PHOTO BY SIMON VOGEL. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST, GALERIE NAGEL DRAXLER AND LEHMANN MAUPIN, NEW YORK AND HONG KONG; FERRIS BUELLER PHOTO BY NATIONAL NEWS/ZUMAPRESS.COM

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