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111 Cool Places in Chicago

When ever I travel anywhere,  I see a  few of the big tourist  things  but then  I ask  around, talk to locals,  about  what they like  to do.  So I love books like this!

111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss (111 Places in …. That You Must Not Miss)

    • The ultimate insider’s guide to Chicago, fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs!

Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides!

This book is great  for locals and tourists!

Chicago. City of the Big Shoulders. What started off as a small fur-trading settlement is today a bustling metropolis. Once considered the “hog butcher of the world, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler”, Chicago’s colorful past remains hidden in the nooks and crannies of this wonderful windy city.

Adventures await, from the glamorous to the gritty. Sip dirty martinis in an elegant, underground, 1920’s bank vault. Paddle a kayak down the infamous Bubbly Creek of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. While away an afternoon in a salt cave, or smoke a classic cigar in the oldest family-run tobacco shop in the U.S. Snorkel a 32-acre, limestone sheet shoal, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Midwest. Dine outdoors in a 23rd floor Beaux-Arts cupola overlooking the Chicago River.

Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a diehard Chicago dweller who thinks you’ve seen it all, these 111 hidden places are waiting for you to discover them.

Author: Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri is a freelance writer specializing in family fun and travel, a Chicago public schools world language teacher, and an avid reader. She lives with her two kids – a tween boy and a toddler girl – in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Follow Amy and her adventures in Chicago and beyond on her personal blog, AmyWrites312.com.

Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL – Ice Show

Cirque du Soleil Fuses Excitement, Breathtaking Artistry and

Unique Creativity with Ice in     Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience

 

Opening in Chicago on Thursday, November 16, 2017- 4 Days ONLY!

 

Chicago (October 4, 2017) – Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to venture into uncharted territory with its brand-new creation, Crystal by Cirque du Soleil, exploring the artistic attributes of ice for the very first time. Specifically created for arenas, the state-of-the-art production will create a fresh innovative experience, pushing the boundaries once again by combining outstanding skating and sliding, remarkable aesthetics and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Crystal will perform at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL in six performances only, November 16-19, 2017. Tickets for Crystal start at $30.00.

 

Crystal, the show’s main character, sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered.

 

Crystal is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways. Discovering one’s individuality and uniqueness requires venturing out on thin ice.

 

Show Schedule: November 16 – 19, 2017

  • Thursday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m.and 5 p.m.

 

Crystal is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has over 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

 

Forsythe Technology is the Official Sponsor of Crystal in the United States

 

Tickets                      cirquedusoleil.com/crystal.

 

Social Media          Facebook:           facebook.com/CrystalbyCirqueduSoleil

                                    Twitter:                @Cirque, #CRYSTAL

Instagram:          @cirquedusoleil, #CRYSTAL

 

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SOFA Art and Design November 2-5, 2017

 

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events company.

Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design. SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago’s major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending. Sales at the fair are estimated at 15-20 million dollars per show.

With a strong educational emphasis, SOFA CHICAGO includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits exploring the artworks on view and surveying new trends in the art world. A VIP program includes exclusive events tailored to high-profile gallery clients and collector/museum groups.

SOFA has evolved into a dynamic international marketplace and community – a confluence of perspectives where art, design and people intersect.   BUY TICKETS ONLINE!

Chicago Food Marathon October 8th

Running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon is the pinnacle of achievement for elite athletes and everyday runners alike. On race day, runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will set out to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line in Grant Park.

As the  Chicago Marathon weaves its way through 29 diverse neighborhoods, participants and spectators experience the history, culture, renowned architecture and vibrant spirit that make Chicago great. –  I  HOWEVER  WILL NOT BE THERE!  I hate  big  crowds!

Instead,  I will be in East Lakeview  at  Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse  for  Brunch!

Join Us for a $24     Bottomless Mimosas Brunch   8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Their superb Mimosa Brunch is enjoyed by both individuals and family groups.  Bottomless Mimosa Brunch includes unlimited Mimosas and an entree from their brunch menu. They have an extensive Brunch menu which includes chilaquiles, skillets, omelettes and lots of Mexican favorites.  All Breakfast items are made to order and freshly prepared.

 

Revolucion, also in the neighborhood,  is simply perfect for any occasion.

So bring over all  of the runners after an exhausting  run for mimosas & brunch.

 

Walk-ins are welcomed, reservations are appreciated.

773-661-9893

To Reserve Click Here 

 

***AFTER  BRUNCH –  head  over to the  West Town Food Truck  Social.  It’s  going to be a gorgeous afternoon  weather  wise.  What better way to eat and drink all day.

Noble & Chicago Avenue
Held in conjunction with the West Town Art Walk, this food fest brings together some of the city’s finest culinary vehicular traffic including 5411 Empanadas, Happy Lobster, Jerk, and Pierogi Wagon.
Cost: $20 for six-truck sampler ticket

***MORE  FOOD  AND  DEMOS –  Taste  Talks Chicago –  till  10pm.  Various locations

Chef talks and cooking demonstrations, plus a “fam-to-table” dinner at Fulton Market Kitchen, plus an outdoor cookout at Palmer Square, plus cool opening and closing parties equal your weekend done right.
Cost: $49-$299

Mexican Folk Art and Holiday Sales!

SHOPPING!

Meet Mexico’s finest folk artists and watch live art demonstrations at the 12th Annual Folk Art Festival. Artists will come from all corners of Mexico, each with his or her own unique techniques, subject matters, and mediums. However, they all share the same passion for Mexico’s rich folk art traditions.
Folk Art Festival:
October 13 – October 22, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sugar Skull Demonstrations:
September 22nd – November 4th, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Featured Folk Artists
  • Miguel & Daniel Paredes, Ceramic Day of the Dead Figures from Puebla
  • Jacobo Ángeles Ojeda, Wood Carving from San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca
  • Audias & Mariana Roldán, Amate Paintings from Xalitla, Guerrero
  • Pedro Montaño Lorenzo, Weaving (Oxaca)
  • Alejandra Nuñez Guevara, Talavera Pottery from Puebla
  • Pascuala Vázquez, Back Strap Loom Weaving, Zinacantán, Chiapas
  • Mondragón Family, Sugar Skulls from Toluca, Estado de México
Friday, October 13 – October 22, 2017 – 10:00am – 4:00pm
Mercado Navideño- Christmas Market
Start your holiday shopping off at the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Mercado Navideño!
Friday, November 24th through Sunday, November 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
From Christmas ornaments and nativity scenes to t-shirts and jewelry, there will be something for everyone at the holiday market. Don’t forget, members of the National Museum of Mexican Art receive a 30% discount on all merchandise during the mercado. Not a member yet? Sign up now, or when you come to the Mercado.

Day of the Dead Chicago Events 2017

The National Museum of Mexican Art unveils this years Day of the Dead exhibit!
The Day of the Dead is one of the most stunning and important living traditions in Mexico, classified in 2003 by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Mexican community north of the US/Mexico border conserves and participates in the traditions of Day of the Dead by gathering in cultural spaces such as the Museum to honor and remember loved ones no longer present. Fine art and folk art are integrated into this exhibition to bring to life a Mexican celebration that bridges borders. This year more than 100 artists are represented in the exhibition via 10 ofrendas, The Xoloitzcuintle Project, folk art, and fine art pieces. This exhibition is curated by Dolores Mercado.
The exhibition will continue through December 10, 2017.
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Day of the Dead: Xicágo
Join the National Museum of Mexican Art for the annual Dí­a de los Muertos Xicágo celebration on Sunday, October 29th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Bring your friends and loved ones to celebrate Día de los Muertos as we transform the Museum and surrounding area into a beautiful work of art. To commemorate this special day, guests will enjoy face painting, art activities, ofrenda (altar) demonstrations, live musical performances, and Pan de Muerto (traditional Day of the Dead Bread). This year we are thrilled to be joined by Fernando Sic (Rimiyoho), who will create live animations projected on the Museum’s exterior.
Additionally, families and individuals are invited to participate by creating their own ofrenda (Day of the Dead altar) or sharing a photograph of a departed loved one as part of the large illuminated ofrenda. Read more about the event and how you can contribute.

Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Masquerade
The National Museum of Mexican Art’s Auxiliary Board cordially invites you to join us for a special celebration that honors life and the spirits of los muertos.
Save the Date!
Saturday, November 4th, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the National Museum of Mexican Art

Enjoy a spectacular fall event complete with live musical and DJ entertainment, delicious culinary treats, and cocktails, all in support of the Museum’s programs.

More details to come! But early birds can purchase tickets now and take advantage of discounted pricing.

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National Museum of Mexican Art
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE every day!

Tony N Tina Still Going Strong!

Presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works, one of Chicago’s longest running, smash hit shows, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, has officially announced that they are extending their performances indefinitely, due to popular demand, and are officially “here to stay”! Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding played an incredible 16 years in Chicago, and, during that time, entertained more than one million audience members of all ages.

“It’s back, and it’s a blast!” raves the Chicago Tribune. This new production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, “a guaranteed good time” according to the Chicago Reader, is presented by the original New York producers, in conjunction with Chicago Theater Works.  Its previous run was one of Chicago’s longest-running, smash hit shows.

Directed by Paul Stroili, a cast member in the original Chicago production, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is a hilariously interactive production that is guaranteed to make guests feel like they are truly friends and family of the bride and groom.

The evening starts with the wedding at Resurrection Church, 3309 North Seminary Ave. immediately following the ceremony, guests are invited to Vinnie Black’s Coliseum (Chicago Theater Works), 1113 W. Belmont Ave, for a flashback 80’s reception.  From the wedding ceremony to the high-energy reception, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate alongside this larger-than-life couple and the large cast of 23 of Tony n’ Tina’s closest family and friends.

Tickets are $75 for the two-part event, which includes the ceremony and reception, featuring an Italian-style buffet dinner, dancing to 80’s hits and a champagne toast. Tickets for premium seating closest to the stage and dance floor are $85.  Additionally for 2017, a new opportunity is available to sit in the VIP section with members of the family for $99 per ticket. Discounts are available for groups of 16 or more by visiting GroupTix.net or by calling 773.327.3778. Seating is limited at each show so make your plans now.  For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://tonylovestina.com/.

Flip FabriQue October 7th

“Flip FabriQue projects an irrepressible spirit of fun and, yes, it’s catching.”
–The New York Times   (Photo by Benoit Lemay)

In the mood to party with friends? Then join Flip FabriQue for their stunning, gravity-defying show Catch Me! Leave your troubles behind and settle in for an astonishing, lively show that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Spectacular acrobatics, a one-of-a-kind trampowall and humor are all part of the spellbinding fun.

The company was created in 2011 by graduated students of Quebec City Circus School. They performed extensively with esteemed companies around the world such as Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize.

The company adopts a creative and collaborative approach developed entirely by its artists and director. This approach spotlights each performer’s qualities and strengths to create pure magic on stage.

The identity of the troupe comes from the true emotions behind each artist’s eyes. They are all true friends that journey in the same direction. Their show is about their friendship and the feelings they have for each other. The public can still feel their raw emotions even when they perform very high acrobatics and hard circus skills during their performances.

Flip FabriQue wants to promote joy, playfulness and friendship.

Tickets: $30 General Public
$25 Seniors, Staff
$15 Students

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Diversity Night at Six Flags Sept. 9th

Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America

Returns in 2017 for Year 6!

 

A Private Night in the Park to Celebrate Diversity

Presented by MINI Cooper Chicago & BestGayChicago.com

That Will Help Benefit Howard Brown Health

Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from 7:30PM to 12AM

 

Out In The Park is an annual private diversity fundraising event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides (with much shorter than usual lines! The park is only 35% full!) with a portion of all ticket sales each year help benefit various non-profits. “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBTQ community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with shorter lines and without homophobic or bigotry from anyone. It’s like a Fall Pride Celebration!”

 

This event started in 2012, as an LGBTQ night. In 2015 there was a huge shift in the public’s opinion on Marriage Equality and Equal Rights. (Joe Biden says Will & Grace was a huge influencer for the shift in public opinion!) Friends and allies “came out of the closet” as the showing of support more than doubled. It is for this reason, we chose to change the theme to a Celebration of Diversity. People of any color, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are all welcome. Bullies and Bigotry will not be tolerated.

 

It’s important to us that everyone—no matter who you are, how you identify, or where you’re from—feel comfortable and confident. Our message is simple: You are welcome here.

Singer, model, author SIR JET will do a meet and greet in the parking lot at 7pm, as we await the gates to open for the evening. Then he will perform live at 1:30am, at Charlie’s, the host of the Official After Party! 3726 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60613. $5 cover.

In an interview with ChicagoPride.com: “We are very excited that this private night for charity continues to grow every year and we have gifted over $40,000 to various groups,” said Derrick Sorles, Snell’s husband of 18 years and business partner,

 

 

“We are honored that some of our peers including GRAB Magazine, ChicagoPride.com as well as Our Lives Madison and QUEST Magazine in Wisconsin also help us by donating advertising space for this event! It’s truly a community event where everyone comes together for the greater good!” says Derrick Sorles.

 

Advance $42 tickets can be purchased NOW at www.CelebrateDiversityChicago.com

Attendees get FREE parking for this special event! September 5th the price goes up to $47.

$52 at the gate, IF AVAILABLE.

This event is capped at only 5,000 tickets, to ensure lines stay short for the rides.

Season Passes cannot be honored for special events. All ages event.

Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+

Cirque du Soleil Mural for Chicago

Cirque du Soleil  recently announced a partnership with Columbia College Chicago and the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC) that will add a new public mural downtown in honor of the city’s Year of Public Art. Local artist Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes is creating the mural, commissioned by Cirque du Soleil and inspired by its highly acclaimed production LUZIA, currently playing a limited engagement in Chicago through Sept. 3.

 

The Cirque du Soleil-commissioned mural is an addition to WAC’s 40+ murals in the South Loop neighborhood. It will also kick off this year’s public art exhibition Street Level, which will unveil eight new murals that will be presented at street level and highlight a diverse range of artists at the local, national, and international level.

 

The mural was  unveiled  this week,  on the western façade of Columbia’s 33 E. Congress Parkway.

 

“We are happy to give this artistic gift to Chicago for its Year of Public Art,” said Claudine Rivard, Company Manager of Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA. “This is a way for Cirque du Soleil to thank the city and its residents for all of their support, not just for LUZIA, but for embracing our artists and crews for over 17 productions across 28 years.”

 

Having started as a troupe of street performance artists 33 years ago, Cirque du Soleil is always looking for ways to give back to the local communities it visits, either through its social action programs or through art. The LUZIA mural project in partnership with WAC and Talamantes will permanently add the signature joy and color of Cirque du Soleil to Chicago’s greatest concentration of street art.

“Chicago is one of the top destinations in the world for public art,” said DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly. “It is fitting that acclaimed international arts organization Cirque du Soleil has commissioned one of Chicago’s own artists for the Year of Public Art. This new mural brings additional vibrancy to the growing Wabash Arts Corridor.”

 

“Chicago’s dedication to public art is deeply rooted in the city’s history,” said Neysa Page-Lieberman, WAC’s Chief Curator and the Executive Director of Columbia’s Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces. “Columbia and WAC continue the tradition each year in producing, supporting, and engaging Chicagoans and visitors with vital arts and programming. The scope of Chicago’s public art will flourish from the recognition and support by the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.”

 

About the mural

Artist Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes’ style of work suits the project perfectly, and in creating the mural, she combines inspiration from LUZIA with her Mexican heritage.

“I created wispy butterfly wings that carry flowers adorned with motifs inspired by my roots and culture,” said Talamantes. “The design inspiration comes from my family heirlooms, carpetas tejidas, the delicate and intricate original crocheted designs of my grandmother and great grandmother. After watching some of LUZIA, I reflected on the massive red papel picado that was used in one of the scenes; it immediately made me think of the many designs that make up my grandma’s doilies.”

The dripping effect at the bottom of the mural is a direct reflection of the water scenes in LUZIA, the first Cirque du Soleil show to incorporate water into artistic and acrobatic scenes.

“I wanted to create a subtle resemblance to the water while keeping it connected to my graffiti roots,” said Talamantes. “Drips are common and often the most enjoyable parts of ink tags and natural spray paint abstracts when doing stylized letters. It is important for me to stay true to my Mexican and Graffiti culture, for the two have been an integral part of my life and visual art.”

 

About LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil

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. In a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA invites audiences to escape on a surrealistic journey through a sumptuous and vibrant world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

 

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.

FINAL  DAYS!!

LUZIA is now playing in Chicago through Sept. 3, 2017, under the Big Top in the United Center parking lot. For show and ticket information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/luzia.

 

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