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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!

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.

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.

 

Seating Tickets for the Petrillo Music Shell Concerts

On Sale Now!

Tickets for Celebrity Chef du Jour On Sale Now!

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.

 

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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Stand up for the arts
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.
 
Take action here
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE every day!
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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!

How Many Neighborhoods in Chicago?

Chicago Neighborhoods. Chicago is made up of 77 community areas that are often grouped into 9 districts or “sides.” The community areas are well defined and do not overlap. Each community area has one or more neighborhoods in it.

WIKIPEDIA  SAYS – There are more than 200 neighborhoods in Chicago, but there is no official list of the city’s neighborhoods or their boundaries. Neighborhood names and identities have evolved over time due to real estate development and changing demographics.

The City of Chicago is also divided into 77 community areas which were drawn by University of Chicago researchers in the late 1920s. Chicago’s community areas are well-defined, generally contain multiple neighborhoods, and are less commonly used by city residents. More historical images of Chicago neighborhoods can be found in Explore Chicago Collections, a digital repository made available by Chicago Collections archives, libraries and other cultural institutions in the city.

Discover the unique vibe of Chicago’s communities with the handy alphabetical list below of all of our featured neighborhood guides. Then explore further with the interactive maps, business listings, events and itineraries. LOOK   HERE!

Free Cooking Ideas For Mom! May 13th

If you want to prepare a special meal for your mom or special woman in your life, Chef Chris of My Private Chef is your man.

One of Bloomingdale’s favorite chefs returns to show you how to prepare a gourmet style treat for that wonderful woman MOM!

Chef Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef will give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste!

The free demonstration will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store at Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago. Culinary Kitchen on 1.

 

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

$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?

 

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.