Top 5 Chicago Shows of 2012 / Hyperallergic

Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” and some Chicago skyscrapers (photo by Andrew E. Larsen, via

CHICAGO — Let’s get one thing straight, East and West Coasters: Chicago is not just that city of corrupt politicians, huge gusts of wind, lake effect snow, too much beer, deep-dish pizza, da Bears, the forever-losing Cubs, the Renzo Piano Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago, and that stopover between New York City and Los Angeles. Chicago is all of that and so much more.

From the EXPO Art Fair, Chicago’s art fair comeback attempt, to the artist-run-not-art-fair-art-fair MDW, Chicago is an art mecca for the Midwest and beyond.

And get this: we don’t have to worry about earthquakes or hurricanes! A Wizard of Oz-like tornado and another Chicago fire are more likely in this part of the country. To further enhance Chicago’s reign of awesomeness, and to fulfill my duty as one of two Chicago correspondents for Hyperallergic, I’ve assembled this quick top five Chicago art shows from 2012 list.

Here’s to looking at more great art in 2013.

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