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What is…What Are Those things in Lake Michigan?

Is that a cruise ship out there?

Is that the new Cirque du Soliel out there?

Water cribs are offshore structures that collect water from close to the bottom of a lake to supply a pumping station onshore.

The name crib is derived from the function of the structure—to surround and protect the intake shaft.

Cities supplied with drinking water collected by water cribs include Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Oregon, Ohio; Toledo, Ohio;and Monroe County, Michigan.

 

 

The water cribs in Chicago are structures built to house and protect offshore water intakes used to supply the City of Chicago with drinking water from Lake Michigan. Water is collected and transported through tunnels located close to 200 feet beneath the lake, varying in shape from circular to oval, and ranging in diameter from 10 to 20 feet.

The tunnels lead from the cribs to one of two water purification plants located onshore, the Jardine Water Purification Plant (the world’s largest) and the South Water Purification Plant, where the water is then treated before being pumped to all parts of the city as well as 118 suburbs.

The city has had nine permanent cribs of which six are still standing and two are in active use.

$20 Cooking Class with Chef Tong

If you like to cook or like to try new things, this is a FUN evening! We have been to several of these. You buy a bottle of wine from downstairs and enjoy a 2 hours cooking class and tasting from the wonderful Chef Tong! JOIN US!

Chef Chris returns to Whole Foods Market to present some delicious dishes with a tropical flair. Chef Chris will provide tips on shopping for the finest ingredients. And, everyone gets a taste.

Chef Tong’s menu features:
-Brazilian Coconut Soup with Shrimp and Cilantro
-Grilled Tuna served with Avocado-Jicama Salad, Mango Chipolte
-Passion Fruit Mousse

The cooking class is on the mezzanine level in the on-site cooking classroom at the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, 1550 N. Kingsbury, Chicago. It will be held on Tuesday, April 25 from 7pm-9pm. The cost is $25.00. (BYOB allowed).

Advance registration is required to reserve your place in the class. To register, call Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park at 312.587.0648 or sign up at the customer service desk. Credit cards or cash payments will hold your place in the class.

We hope to see you there! Facebook Page HERE

WHATS IS That Cartoon Bear Art Around Chicago?

We call  this  category   WHAT  IS?  

People  are always  asking  WHAT IS  THIS?   WHAT’S  UP  WITH THAT?

If you live in Chicago, I’m sure you have passed by a mural at some point that involves a bear eating pizza or  wearing boxing gloves. If you haven’t, then you most likely never leave your neighborhood (and in that case you might as well live in LA). Regardless of where you reside or what you see in your ‘hood, we can all learn a little something from the Bear Champ today.

Chicago-based artist JC Riverais behind them. What I found the most fascinating about JC is that he’s not trying to hide his identity (unlike many street artists) as all of his work is commissioned. No illegal wall tagging for this guy!

 

Few images in Chicago’s street art scene are as instantly recognizable as JC Rivera’s “Bear Champ.” This enormous bright yellow bear appears in a variety of street murals throughout the city.

 

The bear seems cute and cuddly at first, but also projects a bit of a rugged, streetwise vibe — the perfect representation for life in Chicago.  Rivera has been painting in and around Chicago for a decade. His work is most known for its bright, colorful and uncluttered look.

JC says, “The character is about the everyday struggle. Keep rolling with the punches. Fight for what you believe in.”

Merchandise Mart Art Projection Project

Plan to light up Chicago’s Merchandise Mart is moving forward full speed ahead!

 

The iconic riverfront building’s exterior facade will be transformed into a massive projection screen

Home to wholesale decorating showrooms, art galleries, and a technology incubator, Chicago’s 4 million square foot Merchandise Mart is preparing to take on yet another role as a giant projection screen. According to the Chicago Tribune, the iconic 1928 Art Deco building will host projected, multimedia art along its nearly three-acre, river-facing southern facade beginning in 2018.

The possibility of utilizing the Merchandise Mart as an artistic canvas was first revealed back in 2014 as part of a preliminary study conducted by the Mayor’s Office and Choose Chicago to light the Chicago River and boost tourism. Known as the Lighting Framework Plan (LFP) initiative, the document also looked at creative ways to illuminate other waterfront structures such as Chicago’s bridges, Civic Opera House, and Lower Wacker Drive.

New York based architecture firm A+I and creative partner Obscura Digital are currently evaluating lighting options for the building’s 25-story river frontage. Obscura has previous experience with similar lighting projects including St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and New York’s Empire State Building.

While next year’s lighting of the Merchandise Mart compliments the city’s commitment to invest more in public art, the Tribune reports that the project will be funded through private—rather than public—channels.

CAVALIA – ODYSSEO in Chicago April 2017

 

ODYSSEO BY CAVALIA RAISES ITS COLOSSAL

WHITE BIG TOP AT SOLDIER FIELD SOUTH LOT
THE WORLD’S LARGEST TOURING PRODUCTION

MAKES FIRST VISIT TO THE MIDWEST; OPENS IN CHICAGO APRIL 1

 

The most impressive and immense big top on the planet – part of the largest touring production ever created – has been raised today at Soldier Field South Lot in Chicago, in preparation for the much anticipated Midwest debut of Odysseo, the latest theatrical adventure by Cavalia. Following the Montreal company’s original and eponymous production Cavalia, which enjoyed a very successful run in Chicago in 2009, the new $30 million theatrical production imagined by Normand Latourelle will begin its run April 1 with matinee and evening performances through April 23. Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live entertainment that marries the equestrian arts, stage performances, and high-tech theatrical effects in never-before-seen ways.

Tickets are now on sale at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

 

Standing 125 feet tall and covering a surface area of 58,397 square feet – the size of the adjacent Chicago Bears’ football field – Odysseo’s exceptional White Big Top is twice the size of the one that housed Cavalia. The giant tent is a mix of art, technology and advanced engineering. In order to break through the limitations of standard big top tents, allow for more flexibility in the performance area, and to give the horses the space they need to express themselves in all their beauty, Normand Latourelle, Cavalia’s artistic director and founder, partnered with specialized companies in Europe and Canada to create this high-tech structure. By removing the usual supporting masts from the stage and shifting the weight of the structure from the masts to three arches above the tent, this specially designed White Big Top is the best environment for the horses and acrobats to perform breathtaking numbers and for the creative team to design immense staging.

This unprecedented ‘traveling theatre’ is also composed of several exceptional features including its grandiose stage – larger than the United Center ice rink – that enables large-scale, cutting-edge creative performances. Surrounded by bleachers with 2,074 seats, the 17,500-square-foot stage requires 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand to create so that it offers a vast space of freedom where 65 horses and 48 artists can display their intimate collaboration.

 

To help immerse the audience in the magical world of Odysseo, images of the most beautiful landscapes from around the world are projected throughout the show onto an 8,400-square-foot screen. Its technical grid, worthy of the largest permanent installations in Las Vegas, New York or London, can support 80 tons of equipment for the stage needs of the show, including a majestic life-sized merry-go-round.

 

Never afraid of using unparalleled technical, visual, and sound infrastructure, the Odysseo creative team has invented a feast for the eyes, a multi-dimensional spectacle with staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery. During the breathtaking finale, a vertiginous virtual waterfall overhangs a lake made possible by an underground drain system that releases 40,000 gallons of recycled water onto the stage, in which horses, riders, and artists join to frolic, leaving behind them the traces of their splashes—and an astonished audience.

The White Big Top you see right now  at  Soldier  Filed, is just one part of a larger community; the Odysseo village will take shape over the next few weeks and consists of five tents: the White Big Top, the stable tent, the Rendez-Vous VIP tent, the warm-up & artistic tent, and the kitchen tent serving the 200 employees. In total, 110 semi-trailer trucks will be required to transport the world’s largest touring production to Chicago. THIS WILL BE HUGE!

 

TICKETS – Adult tickets are priced from $34.50 to $144.50 (no service charge). Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). For an extra special outing, the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous VIP package prices range from $144.50 to $269.50 (no service charge).

 

ABOUT CAVALIA INC. Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With its headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia Inc. is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage, and the largest Canadian-owned cultural enterprise. Its expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences. Its first show, Cavalia, has been seen by more than 4 million people across North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia since its 2003 debut. Odysseo, the company’s second show, has toured to rave reviews and public acclaim since its 2011 premiere. Follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia. #OdysseoCHI

Free Cooking demo Feb 4th

Delicious Soups for a Winter Day with My Private Chef
at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Downtown Chicago

Chef Christopher Tong, of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef, returns to Bloomingdale’s to present a winter soup cooking demonstration.

Chef Tong will shake off the winter blues with some favorite hot soup creations that will delight your family and friends.

It’s a great way to face Chicago in February.

Chef will serve some of his favorite bowls of comfort and a special dessert:

  • Boston Clam Chowder
  • Tunisian Tomato Soup with chickpeas, lentils, Greek yogurt and mint
  • The “Elvis”-Caramelized Bananas, Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream, maple-glazed Applewood bacon

Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

Chef Chris will appear on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Demo kitchen on 1.

For more information about this free Bloomingdale’s event, please call 312.324.7678
My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.
Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining.
My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.

Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!

Cirque du Soleil LUZIA Chicago 2017

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Cirque du Soleil is excited to bring its magic back to Chicago next summer with its latest soul-touching production, LUZIA. From July 21 to August 20, 2017, audiences will be invited to a redesigned white-and-gold Big Top at the United Center parking lot (1901 W. Madison Street) to escape to an imaginary Mexico – a beautifully intricate world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Rich in visual surprises, LUZIA delights audiences of all ages by incorporating water into acrobatic and artistic routines, a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

 

Tickets are available online exclusively to Cirque Club members starting today. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com. Public tickets for Chicago performances of LUZIA will be available beginning Friday, December 9, 2016 at www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia. Tickets start at $35.

 

LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico

LUZIA takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

 

Freely inspired by Mexico, LUZIA is a poetic and acrobatic ode to the rich, vibrant culture of a country whose wealth stems from an extraordinary mix of influences and creative collisions – a land that inspires awe with its breathtaking landscapes and architectural wonders, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of its people.

 

The tableaux of LUZIA weave an intricate, contemporary mosaic that awakens your senses and transports you to a place suspended between dreams and reality. Featuring a cast of 44 performers from diverse artistic backgrounds, LUZIA surprises with acrobatic performances breaking down the barriers, such as incorporating water into contemporary circus disciplines.

 

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

To watch a preview video of LUZIA, visit http://cirk.me/LuziaPreview.

 

Follow LUZIA on social media

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LUZIAbyCirqueduSoleil

Twitter: @Cirque #LUZIA

Instagram: @cirquedusoleil #LUZIA #cirquedusoleil


Prestige VIP Packages

Various Prestige VIP Packages giving access to the best seats and a delectable culinary pre-show experience are available for selected performances of LUZIA. The exclusive VIP tent extends the show’s experience in a unique, surprising and playfully inventive setting evoking the colors, the flavors and the effervescence of Mexico. For more information about individual packages and corporate hospitality opportunities, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

 


Official partner

Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank MÉXICO, an affiliate partner of LUZIA.

 

Cirque du Soleil

LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.

Free Thanksgiving Meal Chicago

A Church 4 Me MCC will be hosting a free community Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving day, November 24. located in Rogers Park at 7366 N. Clark St.

 

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ART AIDS AMERICA in Chicago Dec – April

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Art AIDS America Chicago

This groundbreaking exhibition underscores the deep and unforgettable presence of HIV in American art. It introduces and explores the whole spectrum of artistic responses to AIDS, from the politically outspoken to the quietly mournful, surveying works from the early 1980s to the present.

 

Uncomfortable, wistfully beautiful,
and vitally important… — Advocate.com

 

Art AIDS America will culminate its national tour at the new Alphawood Gallery, established for this presentation by the Alphawood Foundation, at 2401 North Halsted Street (at Fullerton Avenue). The exhibition – opening on World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1, and continuing through Sunday, April 2, 2017 – will be free and open to the public.

Tino Rodriguez (born 1965), Eternal Lovers, 2010. Oil on wood, Overall: 18 × 24 inches.

Private collection.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

 

Chicago’s WORLD OF CHOCOLATE Dec. 1st

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The biggest and best way to kick off the holiday season!
On Thursday, December 1, Revel Fulton Market is the place to be. Transcending traditional boundaries, World of Chocolate 2016 commands full sensory attention. This year, prepare to awaken your spirit as you discover the pleasures of FIRE and ICE.

From classic confections to surprising savories, 20 of Chicago’s best chefs are offering their talents at Chicago’s premiere World AIDS Day event. Admission grants you more chocolate than in your wildest dreams; an open bar with cocktails that will warm your spirits; and music to get you in the holiday groove—all the makings of an unforgettable night.

Purchase your general admission ticket for $135 or join us for premium tastings in the VIP Lounge for $235.