Have derby hats become the new "it" accessory around Chi Town? That, or stores around town are prepping for the arrival of René Magritte's great works for the Art Institute of Chicago's summer exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926 - 1938, on show June 24–October 13. To honor the acclaimed surrealist and his contributions to the art world, 50 retailers on Michigan Avenue, Oak Street, and the Loop have dedicated their window displays to all-things Magritte and are competing in this year's Project Windows design contest.
Here, three walking tours that'll take you past the windows. Vote for your favorites here.
Start at Adelaide, where Magritte's signature clouds are the background to the shop's window display, and end at Marc Jacob's Walton Street location, which offers a minimalistic tribute to the artist.
Our suggested route down Michigan Avenue takes you past Macy's, where stoic eyeballs replace models' heads to honor "The False Mirror."
This coastal route showcases seven contestants, including Robert Morris University and Columbia College.