Whether I'm playing tour guide or simply looking for something to do on my lunch break, I find that I'm often drawn to the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Avenue. The slightly-over-125-year-old building was a library for decades, which explains the literary quotes carved over doorways, and now plays host to free art exhibits, musical performances, lectures, and various private and public events. That was vague.  I've sat under the Tiffany glass dome for string quartets at noon and wandered around the galleries looking at chandeliers made out of human bones. I happened in there a few weeks ago and discovered Shawn Decker's weird and wonderful Prarie, an "electro-mechanical sculptural sound installation" that mimics the aural ambiance of a sweeping grassland. You never know what you'll find!

Photo via Shawn Decker


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