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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.

 

 

 

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.

 

Uptown Chicago Tent City Starter Kits

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From Alderman James Cappleman –

I have worked hard to encourage the City of Chicago to adopt a housing first model to reduce the number of people living with homelessness after noticing its success in other parts of the country. This strategy works best when two components are in place: a sufficient amount of subsidized housing coupled with wrap-around services. The most difficult piece to this model is having a dedicated source of funding to make an investment for long-term cost savings. I’m working with Mayor Emanuel to have a steady stream of funds available so that we can remain focused on housing. Some of this funding will be through a 4% surcharge for a new Airbnb Ordinance and there will be some additional funding coming from the Clarendon-Montrose TIF development.

Our pilot program to get 70 people living under the viaducts along Lake Shore Drive directly into housing is now underway. We have had a number of meetings with housing advocates, the folks living under the viaducts, city departments, and other community leaders to create a plan that will work. After all of these individuals without homes are in their new apartments, the Dept. of Family & Support Services (DFSS) will assess what worked well with this project and where improvements can be made. Afterwards, DFSS will select more areas throughout the city where people are living outside in encampments to implement this housing-first strategy.

 

How You Can Help

 
I’ve asked Inspiration Corporation to help me with a “New Home Starter Kit” drive. This starter kit will provide these 70 individuals going into new apartments with some of the needed supplies to start life in their new homes. To organize this process of purchasing this starter kit, my office has created a registry with Target. If you’re able to help, please click here to go to the registry and purchase needed items that will assist these individuals start their new life in an apartment. Inspiration Corporation will host a day at their Uptown headquarters where you will be invited to help put these starter kits together so that they can be distributed.

A substantial number of people living on the streets have told me that they became homeless right after they were released from Cook County Jail with no employment or disability in place and no family available to help them start over again. Without these necessary supports in place, it’s no wonder why we have such a high recidivism rate in our prisons. Later this month, I will be meeting with Cook County Sheriff Dart’s Office, DFSS, and the Dept. of Public Health to discuss how a more effective transition could be made when people are released from jail.

I am pleased that so much is coming together to help those in need. It’s a very complex process, but lasting solutions require thoughtful planning with everyone working together.

Best,

Renaissance Hotels – Business Unusual

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The Renaissance Hotel in Chicago was the site for a new short film, “Business Unusual”.

The 12-minute film, shot throughout Chicago and on location at the newly transformed Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, boasts an impressive cast including Yoshua Sudarso (“Power Rangers Dino Charge”), Jason Gerhardt (“General Hospital,” ABC’s “Mistresses”), Grant Bowler (“Defiance,” “True Blood,” and “Ugly Betty”), Tia Carrere (“Wayne’s World”) and Brian Poli-Dixon (artist, actor, and former NFL receiver). Featured cameos from Chicago natives include Ozzie Guillen (former White Sox player), The O’My’s (Chicago-based band) and the world’s best parkour athletes and dancers from Substance Over Hype. A custom soundtrack that features local Chicago artists including The O’My’s will also accompany the film.

“Brands must stop interrupting what consumers are interested in and become what they are interested in, and short films driven by storytelling vs. advertising are just one of the many ways we are engaging with next generation travelers,” said David Beebe, Vice President, Global Creative + Content Marketing, for Marriott International and its portfolio of 19 brands. “Not only do the short films and other projects from the Marriott Content Studio engage an audience, they inspire them to travel, and drive revenue for our hotels, and we’ve found the right recipe for mixing art and commerce together to win the hearts, minds, and wallets of travelers globally.”

“Business Unusual” centers around two ad executives and former colleagues, having just arrived in Chicago to compete against each other in a pitch. A pompous character, Chip, delivers the first pitch and receives extremely positive feedback from the clients. Following Chip’s seemingly successful presentation, David, (a less seasoned entrepreneur) nervously begins to present his pitch– when the client is suddenly called away to an emergency and is asked if he can finish the next day. David agrees and returns to his hotel. As he is anxiously preparing to revamp his pitch, the Navigator (Renaissance Hotels’ local concierge) persuades him to join other guests for an evening of discovery through beverage, food and local music in the hotel’s bar. Here he has a chance platonic encounter with a kind, wise, and successful woman named Ella. David finds his groove and is inspired to create an exceptionally fun and clever campaign, focused on the use of a Rube Goldberg machine that ultimately lands him the account. The Rube Goldberg machine in the film was designed by “America’s Got Talent” quarterfinalist Steve Price.

 

“Renaissance Hotels is designed for the today’s business travelers, who see travel as an opportunity to experience something new and unexpected, so they come away with a new perspective — whether that’s from experiencing the local neighborhood around our hotel or simply stumbling into a live performance, a mixology demonstration or an art exhibit in the programmed public spaces,” said Dan Vinh, Vice President Marketing, Renaissance Hotels. “‘Business Unusual’ incorporates cameos with strong Chicago ties to demonstrate the importance of Renaissance Hotel’s passion for incorporating unexpected, indigenous and local elements into the guest experience.”

Zoo Pride @ Brookfield Zoo June 25th

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The Chicago Zoological Society is committed to diversity and values the benefits and advantages of a diverse workforce. One of its core values is Diversity, valuing differences and the respectful involvement of all people, employing and leveraging the gifts, talents, and experience from each person’s culture, perspective, and background to create value for the organization and help make it even more successful.

Now they are stepping forward  to launch an officially sanctioned  Celebration of LGBTQ Pride at the Zoo!  There will be  LGBTQ Day & Night events! This is only the 2nd Zoo in the country to celebrate Pride in a big way!

DAYTIME EVENT INFORMATION

During the day from 10am-5pm, the Zoo will be open to the public but with an Officially sanctioned PRIDE Day at the Zoo. Rainbow flags will be flying and there will be  entertainment and a presentation in the afternoon!  $15  advance tickets.

During the day, there will be will a LGBTQ vendor expo with gay and gay-friendly businesses showcasing their business and/or products. There will also be a program  with speakers and entertainment.

 

NIGHTTIME EVENT INFORMATION

Then From 7-10 p.m., a very special evening cocktail party will take place in the Pavilions area.  21+  over.

TALK TO THE ANIMALS!

A portion of the zoo will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., including camels, zebras, addax, giraffes, African painted dogs, bison, lions, tigers, (no bears unless you bring one), leopards, and dolphins.

Curators and docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the exhibits.

Most of the excitement will happen in the Pavilions  area!  We’ll be able to sip cocktails (open bar) and enjoy delicious outdoor fare food and sweets.

Here, we will Lounge with the Animals and Talk to the Animals! Curators create a very special experience, by bringing out numerous animals for us to have an up close and personal meet and greet, and learn more about them.

Lounge music will set the tone as the Dj’s of Scarlet Bar Chicago

There will also be a silent auction with cool animal items from artists and local businesses.

Tickets are   $60  includes  drinks, food and a phenomenal experience.

 

Limited Number of VIP  Tickets $100 – you will get a personalized PRIVATE  VIP TOUR  of The Living Coast, where you can get up close and touch PENGUINS!  The leader penguins love to come out and mingle with small groups and show off. How cool is that? A professional photographer will be on hand to capture your experience.

 

All the details  at  ZooPrideChicago.com

Coffee with Chicago Cat Adoption

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Tree House Humane Society and Veterinary Clinic is heading to 7225 N. Western Ave. in West Rogers Park.

Groundbreaking on the $7 million facility could happen in April, DNAinfo reported.

Their Cat’fe, is where patrons and cat-lovers will be able to hang out with cats and drink coffee and tea drinks as well as munch on snacks, will be located in the facility’s first-floor lobby and waiting area. The space could accommodate 25-30 people a day, and it will also serve drinks to go.

 

Oprah’s Big Auction

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I want this table!

Oprah may have had a difficult time in trying to ditch her spacious 56th floor Water Tower Place unit, but the media mogul is now unloading the contents of the 9,600 square foot pad to raise funds for her education foundation; South African girls school.

Oprah will be auctioning off 571 lots in a big one day event on April 25. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers announced the sale, which will be conducted at its Chicago salesroom.

“People love Oprah,” Hindman said. “There’s something for everyone. There’s things that are $100 and things up to $100,000.”

Slowly but surely, Oprah has been cutting ties with Chicago over the last few years, selling two other units along Lake Shore Drive, a farm in Indiana and her Harpo Studios campus in the West Loop.

Oprah also recently announced that she plans on shutting down Harpo’s Chicago operations for good.

If you plan on attending Oprah’s ginormous garage sale, be sure to bring a pile of cash as many of the items being sold are valuable antiques and artwork.

The Homestretch – Movie on Homeless Youth

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“The Homestretch”

follows three homeless teens, one of them LGBTQ, as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.

Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Roque, Kasey and Anthony – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

As their stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

Watch the trailer here: www.homestretchdoc.com/trailer

A free-will offering to benefit The Night Ministries will follow the screening, which is co-sponsored by Berry United Methodist Church and the Gay Liberation Network. The film is a co-production between Spargel Productions and Kartemquin Films.

 

The free screening of this new film will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, November 13

at Berry United Methodist Church, 4754 N Leavitt St, Chicago.

 WATCH THE TRAILER

Virgin Hotel Comes to Chicago 2015

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There has not been significant innovation in the hotel industry since the rise of the boutique hotel segment. Innovation has been relegated to pillow fluffiness and nightclub vibe…

 

Virgin Hotels is going to change all that. “We are in it to provide something new, fresh and meaningful to the guest. Virgin has re-invented the upper class flight experience, created award winning clubhouses, developed superior entertainment systems that put control in our consumers’ hands, and built a reputation for brilliant service.

 

VIRGIN’s Richard Branson said, “I Enjoyed a visit to what will soon be our first Virgin Hotel in the US. It is an historic Chicago building filled with character – you can see the view from the roof above.

Walking around it on a crisp, blustery Windy City day left us with tremendous inspiration to see it transformed into a beautiful new hotel.

I could already envisage how it could soon be turned into one the friendliest, most stylish hotels around. We are starting work on it in the next month and it should be open within 15 months. Meanwhile,hear what people are saying about it alreadyand send us your own#virginrumors.

While in Chicago we also raised more than $800,000 for good causes with Virgin Unite, and took part in some interesting Q&A discussions that really involved the audience. Loved hearing answers from others, they often answer far more eloquently than I could ever do.

In a stroke of genius, Virgin started crazy rumors about themselves. Like, “I heard the shampoo smells like Beyonce’s hair.”

Virgin Hotels are now printing those rumors–on doormats–and dropping them off at other competing hotels in Chicago!

Here is a couple of shot of the upcoming hotel’s cheeky brand awareness campaign.

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Honey Bee Swarm at O’hare Airport

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I had no idea!

O’Hare Airport was buzzing Sunday and not just with returning Fourth of July travelers.

A swarm of honeybees clustered around a staircase railing outside United Airlines gate B7. As a precaution, United shut down gates B6, B7 and B8 and called in John Hansen, an experienced beekeeper who oversees the 75 beehives at the O’Hare apiary. ( I did not even know O’Hare had such a thing!) In May 2011, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) installed an apiary of 28 beehives at O’Hare International Airport. With over 1 million bees, the apiary at O’Hare is the largest apiary at any airport in the world and the first major on-airport apiary in the U.S.