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‘Van Gogh bedroom’ listed on Airbnb

  • ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO / AP

    A Chicago apartment decorated to look like Vincent van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom in the south of France. The room in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is listed on Airbnb as if the artist himself were renting it for $10 a night.

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CHICAGO >> Art lovers have a chance to spend one starry night in Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom for only $10.

The Art Institute of Chicago decorated a one-bedroom apartment to look like Van Gogh’s painting of his bedroom in the south of France. The room in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is listed on Airbnb as if the artist himself were renting it for cash to buy paint.

Renters also will get tickets to the Art Institute’s “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” exhibition, which opens Sunday and runs through May 10.

Museum spokeswoman Amanda Hicks says February dates for the apartment stays filled within minutes of the promotion being announced Tuesday night.

More openings will be announced on the Art Institute’s social media channels. Another re-creation of the bedroom is in the Van Gogh exhibit.

TSA rules on insect repellent

Travelers heading to Zika-affected areas may want to take notice of the rules on bringing insect repellent on airplanes — or they’ll risk having their precious bug spray confiscated.

Insect repellent is allowed in checked baggage only if the volume is less than 4 ounces, contains less than a 2 percent active ingredient, and is in a container that prevents the repellent from being expelled during transit, the TSA said in an email to The Associated Press.

That size restriction might surprise some travelers who think they can bring larger quantities in checked luggage, the way you can for certain other personal care items like shampoo.

If you’re taking repellent in a carry-on bag, the 3-1-1 rule applies: The item must be in a container that is 3.4 ounces or smaller and fits comfortably in a single, quart-size, clear plastic resealable bag.

The Transportation Safety Administration recommends that passengers purchase insect repellent at their destinations rather than taking them on airplanes. Many travelers attempt to bring the product because of the uncertainty of availability and cost in the destination. If you decide to bring DEET, Off! or some other repellent with you, make sure you’re in compliance.

A variety of repellents packaged in small amounts are available online and at camping stores, such as a Coleman 100 MAX Insect Repellent spray pen, in a .5-fluid ounce dispenser that’s small and easily packed in a carry-on bag.

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