LUZIA Cirque Du Soleil in Chicago

LUZIA official photos!

Photo credit : Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil

A clown parachutes into the big top, turns a giant key et voilà: a new world is revealed, one populated by giant butterflies, hoop-jumping hummingbirds and a garden of real marigolds tended to by tin robots. Welcome to Cirque du Soleil’s vibrant new big-top show, Luzia!

 

Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, Luzia provides us with a glimpse into a dream-like Mexico that is simultaneously traditional and modern.

 

THE STAGING – AMAZING  AS ALWAYS!

 

 

Luzia’s design, by the numbers:

  • The opening scene begins in a field of 5,000 marigolds.
  • In all, 1,115 different costume elements were created for the show.
  • Each performance requires 140 pairs of shoes.
  • The artisans in the costume workshop developed 6 crocodile heads, 1 iguana shawl, 1 cockroach, 1 grasshopper, 1 armadillo, 1 snake, 5 swordfish heads and 3 tuna heads.
  • With its two revolving rings and central platter, the stage floor has 94,657 holes through which the water drains into a 3,500-litre basin hidden underneath.
  • Integrating the element of water inside the big top represented a huge technical challenge on several fronts. All electrical and mechanical systems have to be waterproof. In addition, the water must be recycled, disinfected and kept at 28 Celsius for the comfort of the artists.
  • The two giant treadmills weigh 3,630 kg apiece and are powered independently by 28 automobile-type batteries.
  • July 21, 2017 – September 3, 2017,  UNITED CENTER  Parking Lot K.
  • GET  TICKETS – Starting at just  $35 while supplies last!

Fogo de Chao Fights Childhood Hunger

From Internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão

 

DINE AT FOGO, MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

HELP END CHILDHOOD HUNGER

 

Receive a $25 Dining Card by Visiting any Fogo de Chão Restaurant through July 23 and Donating $5 to No Kid Hungry

 

 

Fogo de Chão invites everyone to dine at any of its U.S. and Puerto Rico locations this July 10 – 23 and receive a $25 dining card (which can be applied to the purchase of two dinners upon future visit) with every $5 donation made in-restaurant to No Kid Hungry, a non-profit organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America.

 

Every dollar counts, and each $5 donation can provide up to 50 meals to the children who need it most (each dollar connects a child with up to 10 healthy meals). Learn more at nokidhungry.org. There’s much work to be done as one in six kids struggles with hunger every day in the United States.

The $25 dining card is only valid with the purchase of two dinners and can be redeemed from July 24, 2017 – October 1, 2017.

 

WHEN: NOW thru Sunday, July 23, 2017

 

WHERE: All locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico (click here for details)

 

Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 37 years in fire-roasting high-quality meats utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Fogo offers guests a wide variety of simply seasoned meats that are carefully fire-roasted to expose their natural flavors. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are currently 48 locations throughout Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, including locations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Mexico City.

 

Additionally, Fogo offers a gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar, which includes seasonal salads, soup, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew with rice, fresh orange and yuca flour), and much more. Southern Brazilian side dishes such as pão de queijo (warm cheese bread), crispy hot polenta, and caramelized bananas are served family style. To further complement the dining experience, the restaurant offers an award-winning wine list, tempting dessert menu, and creative and classic cocktails. Guests may also choose between lighter seafood selections, or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option. For more information, visit Fogo.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

 

 

Northalsted Market Days 2017

 

Prince Poppycock

 

Northalsted Market Days Brings Bevy of Entertainment Options

 

The Northalsted Business Alliance brings a bevy of entertainment options to this year’s Market Days, set for August 12 and 13. The Boystown bash, known for its five stages of entertainment, features a veritable bazaar of shopping and food options in addition to the live music.

The sheer diversity in entertainment guarantees there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From national headliners like Jody Watley to local favorites, from cabaret style singers to funk and beyond, Market Days delivers on its reputation as a must-do fest in the Midwest.

Northalsted Business Alliance Executive Director Chad Honeycutt expands on the appeal of the festival. “To host one of the biggest and longest running festivals in Chicago in such a vibrant neighborhood, naturally draws people from all over the city, state, country and beyond. It’s truly a welcoming and wonderful weekend to experience a fantastic array of music and enjoy the area and all of our offerings.”

Northalsted Market Days/Saturday, Aug 12th

North Stage

1:30P-3:30PM Drag Show

345P-4:30PM Prince Poppycock

4:45PM-5:30PM Inaya Day

5:40PM-7:30PM Drag Show

7:45PM-8:30PM Linda Clifford

845P-930PM Jody Watley

Jody Watley

Steve Grand

7-11 Stage

1PM-2PM DJ

2PM-2:45PM Steve Grand

2:45PM-3:15PM DJ

3:15P-4PM TIFFANY

4PM-445PM DJ

445P-5:30PM Brian Justin Crumb

5:30-7PM DJ

7PM-7:45PM ROBYN S

7:45-9PM DJ

9PM-945PM Maxine Nightingale

Maxine Nightengale

Belmont Stage

2PM-3PM KC Ortiz

3PM-3:30PM DJ

3:30P-5PM Michael McBride & Friends

Michael McBride

5PM-5:30PM DJ

5:30P-7PM Wedding Banned

7PM-7:45PM DJ

745PM-945PM Satisfaction

Jazz Stage (Aldine)

130PM-3PM Joe Policastro Trio

330PM-5PM Whiskey & Cherries

530PM-730PM BMR4

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NORTHALSTED MARKETDAYS 2017/Sunday, Aug 13th

Big Freedia

North Stage

115P-3PM Drag Show

3:15-4PM BIG FREEDIA

4-6PM Drag Show

615P-755PM Rod Tuffcurls

8PM-8:30PM DJ

835P-955PM Purple Xperience

Belmont Stage

130P-230PM Girl Power Night

2:30-3:15PM DJ

3:15PM-4PM Cece Peniston

Frenchie Davis

4:15-5PM Frenchie Davis

5-6PM DJ

6P-7:30PM Boy Band Review

7:30-8:15PM DJ

815PM-9:45PM Catfight

7-11 Stage

1:15PM-2PM Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

2:15P-3:30PM Don’t Speak

3:30PM-4PM DJ X-Tasy

4P-515PMJC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

5:15PM-6PM DJ X-Tasy

6PM-720PM 10,000 Maniacs

7:20PM-7:50PM DJ X-Tasy

7:50P-9:50PM 16 Candles

Jazz Stage (Aldine)

130PM-3PM The Winchester Sound

330PM-5PM The Flat cats

 

About the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA)

Formed in 1980, NBA represents more than 100 businesses along the Halsted Street corridor. The organization hosts major events throughout the year including Chicago Pride Fest, Pride Prom Northalsted Market Days, the Halloween Parade, Frost Fest and the Legacy Live Series. For information about NBA visit www.northalsted.com.

Sugar Factory Chicago

With locations in some of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, including Las Vegas, New York City, Bahrain, Chicago, Miami, Dubai, Orlando and Manila, Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory. Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops. Sugar Factory’s loyal celebrity following has received widespread media attention from People Magazine, the Daily Mail, US Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, Extra and more.

 

The food at Sugar Factory American Brasserie is a treat for all, offering guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience, serving decadent and tasty fare to satisfy any craving. Created by a team of world-class chefs, the signature menu offers everything from pancakes and sweet and savory crepes to salads, burgers and pizzas, all available throughout the day. Sugar Factory also offers spiked adult beverages made with premium spirits, including Sugar Factory’s signature 36-ounce alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets, all of which are available without alcohol for the kids.

 

 

The menu can be a bit overwhelming with so many pages of  fantastic choices!  Check it out online before you go.  Food  ran  $15-$30. But a lot of  $15  choices. If you don’t drink, the food prices are typical  for  downtown  anywhere.

We started  with a deconstructed  goat cheese  Flat  bread  for  $8.  Great item,  great  price.

Also tried Three grilled  mini burgers $18  very  filling
and  Calamari. $14, very large portion.  Loved  it!

Dinner  we had a great Mediterranean Chicken  Pasta  dish  for  about $16.

Also  had a  Peppercorn  Burger, it was  3 little patties  cooked to perfection  and  tasted  delicious. $16

I had a great Chicken dish – l think it was called  Lemon Pepper Brick Chicken? Very juicy and delicious. $27.

One person  splurged and ordered the Rib Eye.  The waiter mentioned that it  did not come with any sides,  and  did he want to add something  on?  So  my friend opted  for 2 sides, figuring we could all get a taste.  Sides were $7. He  did  the Twice Baked Potato and the Lobster Mac & Cheese. – OMG –   they came and they were huge!   Plenty  to  share among 4 people.

For dessert we had an assortment of chocolate martinis!  YUM!!

The shakes looked fantastic, as did the 20+ some scoop Massive, Sparkling KING KONG SUNDAE!

We have eaten here twice. It has  a   loud  party  festive atmosphere on Saturday night.  Great place to celebrate something festive for sure! – If you don’t want the party atmosphere, go on an off night, (or go for lunch)  we went back on a Wednesday night and the energy level is more toned down. In summer,  they also offer patio seating which is more intimate and great people watching. Open from 11am – 11pm – and they  have a great assortment of food to choose from for any time of day.

 

From the LAS VEGAS, NV location- Recording artist Jay Sean dines at the Sugar Factory American Brasserie at the Paris Las Vegas on March 22, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)

55 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
312-946-2002

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Taste Fest of Chicago July 5-9, 2017

July 5-9, 2017 • Grant Park • FREE Admission

Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm

Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.

 

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What is the city’s recipe for a fantastic food festival? Chefs and musicians, combined with entertainment for all ages and several thousand tasting servings of favorite Chicago bites.

Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic local dishes, to specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants, to inspired chef creations — at the annual lakefront festival Taste of Chicago. Then top it off with musical talents every evening.

The quintessential summer event, Taste (as it’s known to the locals) appeals to all of your senses: Smell and Taste the best of Chicago’s booming restaurant scene; See culinary experts share their secrets at daily cooking demos; and Hear music artists as they take to the big stage of Petrillo Music Shell.

There are plenty of NEW additions for 2017 to enjoy. Walk through the Street Art & Graffiti Alley featuring live painting by local artists. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will showcase performances by local dance companies. Watch a daily procession of The March of the Puppets. On July 6, Sabor de Chicago will celebrate the culture of Chicago’s Latino community throughout the day with dining, dancing, music performances at the Petrillo Music Shell and Bud Light Stage and much more.

Iconic Buckingham Fountain, dazzling Lake Michigan and the magnificent skyline form the backdrop to the five day event in Grant Park, July 5-9. Plan your trip today, and be sure to bring an appetite!

For the latest updates, visit tasteofchicago.us.

 

Beginner’s Guide to Rhinoplasty

The Beginner’s Guide to Rhinoplasty

It’s one of the most prominent features you have: your nose. And many people would prefer theirs be, well, a little less prominent.

Nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, has been popular for decades – and around for much longer. An article on  The Atlantic website says one of the first recorded rhinoplasty procedures was performed in ancient India in the 6th century B.C. The patient had a patch of skin removed from their cheek to sculpt a new nose.

Thankfully, rhinoplasty surgery has evolved since then. Those who want to change the size or shape of their nose now have access to more refined (and safer) surgical techniques and much better results.

If you’re unhappy with the look of your nose, you’ve likely considered this common procedure. But before you bite the bullet and change your appearance for good, it’s important to do a little homework. That’s why we’ve put together your beginner’s guide to rhinoplasty.

 

What It Can Do

The goal of rhinoplasty is fairly straightforward: It’s used to change the size, shape and overall appearance of your nose. Many people are hoping to make their nose smaller, thinner, or straighter, while others want a more defined nasal tip.

According to the website of Dr. Thomas Mustoe, a plastic surgeon in Chicago,  rhinoplasty  is commonly used to:

  • Narrow a wide nasal bridge
  • Alter the angle or shape of the nasal tip
  • Smooth and straighten nasal humps or indentations
  • Reshape nostrils that are wide, large, or upturned

But that’s not all. Dr. Mustoe notes that rhinoplasty can also improve the function of your nose, as well as the appearance. Breathing problems, congenital defects, or damage caused by illness or prior injury can all normally be improved with nose surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can also correct a prior nose job gone wrong.

 

Who It’s For

While it’s easy to think of rhinoplasty as a luxury reserved for the Hollywood elite, it’s actually a very common surgery. Last year, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® reported that  nose surgery was up 2%  from 2015, with 223,018 procedures performed.

Those who are the best candidates for nose surgery are people who want to improve the look or function of their nose (or both), and who have a healthy self-image and realistic expectations. There are a number of circumstances in which a  plastic surgeon won’t operate – including when a patient suffers from a psychological disorder, such as body dysmorphia. But as long as you want what can realistically be achieved, and you have a stable self-image, rhinoplasty should be a good option.

 

How It’s Done

Each surgeon has his or her own preferred techniques for surgery, but typically, rhinoplasty can be performed using an open or closed approach.

Closed rhinoplasty involves incisions inside the nose. This is advantageous because it results in a faster recovery and less scarring, but it also does not allow the surgeon full visibility into the nose during surgery. This can make surgery more difficult for the surgeon, and may not allow for more precise changes.

An open approach allows the surgeon to see the structures of the nose much more clearly because an additional incision is made along the columella, or tissue between the nostrils. Of course, this could result in a visible scar (although not always, if you choose a skilled surgeon), and may require a longer recovery. The benefit of open surgery is that the surgeon can make more exact changes, often down to the millimeter, because more of the nasal structure is visible.

Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages, but a skilled surgeon should be able to give you the results you want using the best technique for your anatomy.

 

What to Expect after Surgery

Don’t anticipate immediate improvements after your rhinoplasty. In fact, expect the opposite. Swelling, bruising, and soreness will persist for several weeks after surgery. You will likely wear a nasal splint for 1-2 weeks to help stabilize your new nose and hold it in place for proper healing. If you are trying to be discreet, you may not want to schedule any social gatherings for 2 to 3 weeks after your procedure.

Ultimately, it may take up to a year or longer to see your final results. This is because it takes time for all post-surgical swelling to subside and for the final shape of your nose to emerge. However, most people are happy with their results within a few months.

To learn more about the techniques used for rhinoplasty procedures in his practice, be sure to call Dr. Thomas Mustoe at (312) 788-2560 or visit his office at 737 North Michigan Avenue #1500, Chicago, IL.

 

 

 

Chicago Mariachi Festival June 24 – 25

3rd Annual Chicago Mariachi Festival
June 24-25
 
Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Colima
¡Orgullo de la Tierra Mía!
Saturday, June 24, 7:30pm
Making their Chicago debut, under the direction of legendary Mexican choreographer and sculptor, Rafael Zamarripa, Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Colima presents ¡Orgullo de la Tierra Mía!  Presented by the Mariachi Heritage Foundation and the National Museum of Mexican Art .

 

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
50 E. Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605

Purchase tickets online.        

Box Office312.341.2300
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3rd Annual Chicago Mariachi Festival
Sunday June 25, 2:00pm
The Chicago Mariachi Festival is the largest mariachi event in the U.S. attracting more than 22,000 patrons to Millennium Park.  This year’s headliners include Mariachi Los Camperos (Los Angeles, CA), Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA), Mariachi Aztlán of the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley (Edinburg, TX), and Mariachi Herencia de Mexico (Chicago, IL). Presented by the Mariachi Heritage Foundation, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

 

Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60602FREE ADMISSION
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Did you know that the arts generate $22.3 billion in federal, state, and local government revenue? For more than 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts has kept the arts accessible for Americans across the country by awarding grants in every Congressional district throughout all 50 states. The NEA is a long-standing supporter of arts organizations like NMMA, and the funds truly benefit us as we continue our mission of presenting the best in Mexican arts and culture to our community.
If you believe in the power of the arts, take two minutes to contact your members of Congress and join the #SAVEtheNEA campaign.
 
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National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608
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Nutella cafe Chicago Opens

The Nutella Cafe  in Chicago, is the first U.S. restaurant from Ferrero, the maker of Nutella. Whether you’re grabbing a quick coffee on the way to work or looking for a new lunch spot, the Nutella Cafe offers an array of all-day dishes designed to take your taste experience to new and delicious heights, all with a side of happy. While there have been many eateries with Nutella-inspired fare around the country, this is the first permanent cafe owned and run by Ferrero U.S.A.  7am – 9pm. 189 N. Michigan  Ave.

City Living with Dogs and Cats

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BRUNCH Run Walk June 17th 2017

GET YOUR BRUNCH ON!
Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk
​Saturday, June 17, 2017​

This is not your ordinary 5K!

 

The Brunch Run is a 5K with a reward worth running (or walking) for. Because when you reach the finish line, you will be treated to an amazing brunch from Chicago’s award-winning Blue Plate Catering.
​And that’s not all – every participant receives:

​On-Course Gourmet Surprises
Ice Cold Beer at the Finish
Mimosa Bar (must be 21 years old or older)
Iced Coffee Station
Lifestyle T-Shirt (gender specific)
Signature Brunch ​

REGISTER TODAY!