Chicago has a lot to offer in its museums, and Loyola students can visit many of them for free. With many free museum days coming up and student discounts available, there are opportunities to explore unique exhibits. Here are the PHOENIX’s top picks.

Loyola Art Museum

The Loyola Museum of Art (LUMA), located at 820 Michigan Ave., featured a variety of exhibits, including works by Chicago artists. In “Everyday Englewood,” Englewood native activist Tonika Lewis Johnson shows the true colors of one of Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods through photographs of the community and its residents. The striking photos show candid scenes of Englewood businesses, homes and residents.

Johnson said her photograph shows a different portrait of Englewood and she wants to encourage honest dialogue.

“It provides a platform to discuss the fact that images like mine haven’t been shared in the public space or are absent from mainstream media and to really think about ‘Why is this? ‘” Johnson said.

Johnson will attend the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on February 9 at LUMA. The reception will also feature artists Gregory Beals and Della Wells.

Beals‘ photography highlights the refugees in ‘They Came Last Night’ and well‘ images examine contemporary issues of race and gender.

Admission to LUMA is free for Loyola students.

Museum of Modern Art

Chicago Artist by Paul Heyer exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art offers visitors an immersive multisensory experience with sound, painting and sculpture. This is Heyer’s first solo exhibition, and is part of MCA’s Chicago Works series featuring local artists.

His paintings are surreal; vivid scenes are interrupted by large circles drawing you in. Other images make the viewer meditate on the universe and its possibilities. In the center of one room is a large metal mattress and another sculpture reinvents the universe in the form of brooms. A dreamy and hypnotic soundtrack adds to the surreal visions.

Heyer said his art is inspired by rave and club culture, where the rules don’t always apply.

“At the most basic level, you can dress however you want, you can dance however you want, you can be whoever you want,” Heyer said. “But on a broader level, a lot of the rules that we live by day to day are just made up, and so I’m asking [visitors] not to take them for granted, but also to use the muscle of your imagination to push the limits of what is possible.

The exhibition is now open and lasts until July 1.

Admission for students is $8 and free for Chicagoans on Tuesdays.

The field museum

Opening March 16, modern technology will bring an in-depth look at how ancient Egyptians lived in the “mummies.” The exhibit has traveled across the country and returns to the Field Museum with new rare artifacts such as Peruvian beer jugs. According to a press release provided to The PHOENIX, three-dimensional and computed tomography scans reveal what the mummies looked like when they were alive, and they come to life with realistic renderings.

The exhibition is offered with a discovery pass at $28 or an all-access pass at $33. It runs from March 16 to April 21, 2019.

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker’s Brick by brick” brings architectural wonders to scale with Legos. Tucker showcases more than a dozen Lego renderings and brings visitors up close to designs for structures such as the Colosseum, Golden Gate Bridge and the International Space Station. The exhibition is interactive and visitors have the opportunity to discover the mechanisms of architecture while building their own Lego sculptures.

“Brick by Brick” runs now until April 1.

Free days for Chicago museums can be found here.

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