Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Department of Cultural Affairs has announced the lineup of musical acts that will perform at the 2013 Taste of Chicago. Read on for the full list.
It looks like a little something for everyone at this year's Taste of Chicago. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the list of performers that will be taking the stage at the Petrillo Music Shell during this summer's Taste of Chicago. “We are thrilled to announce the headlining talent for this year’s Taste of Chicago,” Emanuel said, in a news release. “The Taste draws hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to downtown Chicago and we are excited to offer attendees such a variety of recognized, energized and award-winning quality entertainers while enjoying a taste of Chicago’s culinary scene.” Tickets for the seating area will cost $25 while lawn seats are free. Tickets will go on sale at …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The company's free, one-day festival is returning this summer to the heart of Lincoln Park. Cultivate Festival showcases the importance of fresh food, recycling and sustainability, overall. Initial details were released Monday.
Chipotle's free, one-day festival of food and music is returning to Lincoln Park for the third consecutive year. Company representatives announced the summer's plans Monday, which include sustainability fests, known as "Cultivate Festivals" in Denver, San Francisco and Chicago. The local soiree will be held in the heart of Lincoln Park on Sept. 8. Although the Chicago event's site wasn't yet finished on Monday, the company did release some lineup details. Watch a video of the 2012 Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park. "In addition to live music and on-site chef demonstrations, each Cultivate event will include six interactive experiences focused on sustainable food—including experiences from the California Avocado Commission and Tabasco …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Construction was under way this week on a significant expansion to Lincoln Park's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The business permit for the renovation was issued March 5.
Workers filed in and out Wednesday of Halsted's old Ethan Allen building, where work is under way on a giant expansion to the adjacent Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The company plans to issue up to $17 million in bonds to refinance existing debts and expand into the former furniture showroom, according to Crain's Chicago Business. The publication reports: The rest of the bonds will be used to refinance loans at lower interest rates, including $6.1 million in bonds issued in 1998 and a mortgage obtained last year when it paid about $6.4 million for the site … The expansion will create “a learning lab” for theatergoers, said David Schmitz, managing director of Steppenwolf, which had revenue of $13.8 million in the fiscal year that ended Aug…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Leigh Gallery on North Halsted is dishing up art for the stars, with her main client these days being the crew at Chicago Fire.
Chicago Fire may be filming in Bucktown and Lincoln Park, but when it comes to snagging props for their show, they’re on the hunt in Lake View. The Leigh Gallery, located at 3306 N. Halsted St. serves up more than 80 artists' work to the production. Owner Jean Leigh, who opened the gallery eight years ago, says getting the unique gig was kind of a stroke of luck. “The way it happened was one of my artists had been utilized by TV companies in the past when filming in Chicago,” Leigh said. “They went to him, but they needed much more. They used a couple other galleries in the city, but he told them to come here, and when they did, they went nuts.” Leigh says she’s been working with the entertainment industry to be Chicago’s curator to the …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Shelley Young, the owner of The Chopping Block, is auditioning for the new host of hit culinary show, 'Check Please!'
The search is on for the new face of "Check, Please!", the show featuring restaurants that add flavor to the Chicago food scene. In January, decade-long host Alpana Singh said she was leaving the WTTW-Channel 11 show to focus on her River North restaurant, the Boarding House. Applicants had to submit a two-minute video that "shows what makes you special," according to the show's website. More than 700 people have submitted auditions, with 300 coming in just before the March 1 deadline. Among those candidates is Lincoln Square's Shelley Young. Young owns The Chopping Block, a retail store and recreational cooking school with locations on Lincoln Avenue and Merchandise Mart. Young, who has been on numerous TV shows and technique videos, …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The show reunites some of the prints, drawings and paintings from the a 100-year-old show that artists say "introduced a stunned America to avant-garde European art."
Saturday, March 9
A century after The Armory Show made a sensational splash on the Chicago art scene, the DePaul Art Museum is re-examining the historical moment. Entitled “For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100,” the April 4 exhibition reunites some of the prints, drawings and paintings from the original show that "introduced a stunned America to avant-garde European art," said Louise Lincoln, director of the DePaul Art Museum and curator of the exhibition. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 5 at the museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave. in Lincoln Park, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. The museum is free and open to the public every day. The exhibition, which runs through June 16, is made …
Saturday, March 2, 2013
This weekend, and every first weekend of the month for the rest of the year, all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders are eligible for free admission to Chicago's top museums.
Good news for all Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders. Your respective financial institutions would like to add some culture to your life. That’s why they’re offering free admission to various Chicago museums to cardholders every first full weekend of the month throughout the rest of the year. They’re kicking it off this weekend, March 2 and March 3 in honor of National Women’s History Month. Just show your bankcard and an ID to the museum admission desk for free access. The deal applies to cardholders, exclusively. Anyone without a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch card will have to pay. The following museums are participating:
Thursday, February 28, 2013
If you didn't look closely, you likely missed a Lincoln Park chemistry student's recent moment in the spotlight. He was among those handling trophies at this past week's Academy Awards show. Watch the attached video to see what earned him the spot.
If you were searching during Sunday's Oscars ceremony for the models who typically hand off the show's shiny trophies to presenters, you didn't find them. Instead, you saw aspiring filmmakers—one of which was a DePaul University student. Six of the country's college students, including Abe Diaz, won a contest to help present the statuettes this year, according to a Yahoo News story. Diaz, 18, is studying chemistry at the Lincoln Park university, but says film has always been a passion. He and the other five winners earned the 2013 Oscar-handling honor via 30-second videos and essays about their aspirations in the movie industry. Watch the attached video, which won Diaz his time in the limelight. Yahoo reports: "This tradition of the …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Amundsen orchestra students are partnering with Chicago musicians across the city and teaching elementary school kids how to play with a revamped program.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Concerts and a love interest have beckoned Lady Gaga to the North Side. Specifically, she's been spotted in Avondale, Lincoln Park and Wicker Park, among other communities. Read on to find out where residents have seen her.
Lady Gaga is no stranger to the North Side—especially these days. Sadly, the superstar canceled her "Born This Way Ball" tour just hours before her slated appearance at the United Center Wednesday, according to Live Nation. She'll need some down time for surgery on her hip, but Gaga has one thing bringing her back to Chicago. Her new squeeze, Chicago Fire's Taylor Kenny, has been filming in the city since last year. Much of that filming has been right here in Bucktown. READ: Chicago Fire Cast Returns to Lottie's or PHOTOS: Chicago Fire Stars Spotted During Bucktown Filming Chicago Magazine compiled a list earlier this month of 10 places to spot the fame diva, several of which are in our neck of the woods. She's been seen, most recently, …