There aren’t enough hours in the day to check out every noteworthy art event in Chicago. Here are our can’t-miss picks for November.

Iain Baxter&: Works 1958-2011

What: Conceptual art, photography, and installation art)
When: November 5-January 15
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
Why: Baxter& breaks down the boundaries between art and life

Steppenwolf’s 7th Annual First Look Repertory of New Work

What: Developmental productions of new plays and free readings by emerging playwrights
When: Through November 20
Where: The Steppenwolf Garage, 1650 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
Why: See them before they’re famous

Timothy O’Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs

What: Images of the West in the 19th century
When: Through January 15
Where: Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL
Why: A walk back in time

Angela Strassheim, Evidence #11 (credit:

Crime Unseen

What: Artists recreate crimes through a lens
When: Through January 15
Where: Museum of Contemporary Photography, 600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL
Why: Don’t pass up a chance to see Corinne May Botz’s work

Rudolf Sikora, Exclamation Mark, 1974, photo collage, paper, 19

Unfree Freedom: An Exploration of Identity in Central Europe

What: Blacklisted artists respond to communist restraints
When: Through December 10
Where: Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, 1104 S Wabash Avenue # 2, Chicago, IL
Why: Art can change the world

Amy Cavanaugh, CBS Chicago