By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: We’re heading to Chicago next month and would like to catch some connections with president Barack Obama. Please send along any tips.

A: Chicago’s Tourism Centre at 72 East Randolph Street is the site of a free event titled Officially Unofficial: Inspired Art for Obama Exhibition now showing until May 15, 2009. This exhibition curated by Chicago designer Scott Thomas, who is the former design director of the Obama Campaign has included official campaign material as well as independent work by artists and designers from Chicago and across the country. See Ray Noland’s “GoTellMama!” poster series and Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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