National Hellenic Museum: The Greek Monsters & The Street is My Gallery

I’ve been crazy obsessed with Greek mythology since I was a kid, so when I saw there was an exhibit at the National Hellenic Museum in Greektown called “The Greek Monsters,” I had to go. “The Greek Monsters” runs until May 2015 and is a must see. Each exhibition is accompanied by a poem depicting the ancient Greek monster on display. Hanging figurines, sculptures, stenciled images and even audio are used to capture these monsters of Greek mythology. Check out a couple of my favorite pieces below: gk7

Medusa is my spirit animal
Medusa is my spirit animal

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Who else remembers these three from Disney's Hercules?
Who else remembers these three from Disney’s Hercules?

gk3 gk2 gk1Also at the museum is “The Street is My Gallery,” a super dope exhibit full of graffiti, mostly from Athens. Through these various works of street art you can feel how Greeks have responded to the economic crisis that hit the country a few years back and what recovery in Greece means to these artists. A lot of these pieces show themes of racism, violence, environmental and other social issues. st8 st7 st5 st4 st2st1 The National Hellenic Museum is located at 333 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661. The hours are M-W-F: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Th: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat-Sun: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tue: Closed. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students. Xo, Caity

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