Weekend Events Around Town: 1/16-1/19

Mr. Imagination, International Puppet Theater Festival, and Dave Eggers; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

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This weekend, the 11th annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show will be a source of travel inspiration, expert information, and fun, cultural interaction. The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, and from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Special guests include Travel Channel host Samantha Brown, best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, and CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg. Cost for both days: (in advance) $17 or (on-site) $25.

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival
Various Locations
Chicago, IL
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This year, Blair Thomas will introduce Chicago to the inaugural International Puppet Theater Festival. Spanning 10 days, the festival will feature public performances across the city by artists from abroad and across the nation. It began Wednesday and continues through Jan. 25. Watch Chicago Tonight’s Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival story, and read an interview with Manual Cinema co-artistic director Julia Miller.

Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination
Intuit
756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

Intuit is hosting the first Chicago retrospective for Mr. Imagination, Gregory Warmack. Inspired to enter the world of artistry after a mugging and subsequent coma, his art utilized found and discarded materials. The exhibition debuted last week and runs till April 25. Intuit is open from Tuesday through Saturday. Watch Chicago Tonight’s Welcome to the World of Mr. Imagination story, and read an interview with Intuit co-founder and board member Cleo Wilson.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

To commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Chicago History Museum is putting on a day of free, family-friendly events. The event begins at 10:00 am Monday with artist Sue Romanelli and her kid-friendly crafts and concludes at 2:15 pm with Oba William King’s reenactment of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. For a full list of events, visit the Chicago History Museum website.

Open House With Dave Eggers
826CHI
1276 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622

826CHI celebrates 10 years and a new space on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy refreshments, tours of the new space, live music, and collaborative writing exercises for the whole family. Co-founder and prolific author Dave Eggers is scheduled to appear. 

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