360° room for all colours, 2002, © 2009 Olafur Eliasson
360° room for all colours, © 2009 Olafur Eliasson

The Museum of Contemporary Art and their free admission Tuesdays have been a longstanding enjoyable way to spend the afternoon and evening, wandering through some of the most fresh and innovative works in modern art that come through Chicago.

If you haven’t visited the museum or have been putting off stopping by again, Tuesday June 2nd may be the day you want to set aside to check out some art. Besides the visually stunning exhibit Take your time: Olaf Eliasson (pictured above), Chicagoist pointed out that artist Chris Uphues (an SAIC grad) will be at the museum as part of the Works in Progress series, where you can actually discuss and talk to the artist while looking at their work. Uphues work is whimsical and blatant throwback to childhood pop culture iconography.

And after chatting with Uphues, head over to the kickoff of the popular weekly summer series, Tuesdays on the Terrace with live jazz until 8pm. Every Tuesday until September the museum showcases free live jazz concerts, and patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket and lounge on the garden lawn while enjoying jazz and a cocktail or two. The seasonal event opens with Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson.

Visually stunning art, laid back jazz music, and the setting summer Chicago sun. Sounds like the perfect Tuesday evening. And it’s totally free, so you can save up for the weekend and still enjoy a night out during the week.

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