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Chicago’s City Wide Symphony Orchestra Celebrates its 70th Season Long-standing relationship with Chicago Park District and Jefferson Park Community

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9th May

CHICAGO, March 10, 2017:  The City Wide Symphony Orchestra (CWSO) is one of Chicago’s most unique, historic community orchestras and they will perform a free concert for the public in Jefferson Park on June 11th, 2017 to celebrate their 70th Season.

“It is a privilege to perform this free concert, in appreciation of the seven decades of support from the people of Jefferson Park and surrounding communities. It will truly be a great celebration of two great leaders of the orchestra: our founder, Fanny Hassler, and our long-time music director Chung-Yoon Park.” said Bret Popper, President of the orchestra board.

The concert will take place in the Jefferson Park Fieldhouse located at 4822 N. Long Ave. between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. There will be a reception immediately after with coffee and snacks.

The orchestra plans to perform musical pieces that are historic favorites … Read More »



Spring Cleaning Your Closet and Chicago Consignment Options

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10th March

Trying to spring clean your closet of clothes you’re not wearing anymore? Want to make extra cash while doing it? Instead of going straight to the overflowing clothing bins on the street corner, you could consider a few other options.

First, try check in with a few girlfriends who might be open to swapping some items out with you. A clothing exchange can be a really fun way to get ‘new’ items with a different style than what you would pick out for yourself.  But only share things that are gently used, clean and still have good quality to them- like things that other people would actually want!

Another option is to consign, the idea around consignment is that you are selling items to a second-hand store at a discount rate that they will sell for discount. There are lots of consignment … Read More »



Valentine’s Day Option: La Creperie in Lakeview

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9th February

If you are near the intersection of Clark & Diversey, which is quickly becoming a foodie destination, make sure that trying La Creperie is on the agenda!

This cozy French cabin is located across the street from Landmark Theaters and even has a fireplace to boot! It is incredibly convenient that if you bring in your ticket stubs from seeing a movie you will even get a free chocolate crepe- what could be better?

Serving the neighborhood since 1972, their website claims they are the oldest creperie restaurant in the U.S. It was closed for a brief stint in 2013 after the owner’s son passed away and then reopened quietly again in 2014.

It has the perfect ambiance for a romantic dinner date or just meeting with friends. If you can get the coveted table in front of the fireplace warmth you will … Read More »



Last Call for Art & Appetite

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21st January

Now through Monday, January 27, 2014

Art Institute of Chicago

111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Open daily 10:30–5:00
FREE on Wednesdays all day and Thursday 5:00- 8:00pm

This exhibit celebrates the kitchen with 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts featuring masterpiece “slices” from the 18 – 20th centuries. Some of Chicago’s most prominent chefs like Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot) and Heather Terhune (Sable Kitchen and Bar) have stopped by and contributed recipes to an online cookbook.This is it’s last week on display at the Art Institute and you don’t want to miss this modern journey of true culinary art!

American artists have used food to both celebrate and critique their developing society; express ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, and commerce; and investigate American identity. This exhibition brings together over 100 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts from the 18th through the 20th century, along with … Read More »



Beat the Heat, Before it’s Gone!

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15th August

It’s unanimous that summer in Chicago is nothing to miss! So since we are already in August- gasp! We are?!- Yes, since it’s already August we want to send out a reminder to get your summer on while you still can! If you’ve been so busy with graduations, weddings, family parties, work, etc., do NOT panic! There is still time to enjoy this fantastic season before the wardrobe change begins!

Let’s stick to the basics…

Summer Concerts in the Park: There are eight (8) performances left in the Millennium Park Music Festival between now and August 17th. Times vary and if you can’t make it to an evening concert you can still catch a rehearsal performance usually happening midday on the day prior to the actual concert.

Here is the schedule link for these shows: http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/

Summer Dance at Michigan Ave./Balbo– These events run a … Read More »



Chicago Korean Festival This Weekend! 8/10-11

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9th August

This festival began in 1996 and is the largest Korean event in the Midwest! Happening in the ALbany Park neighborhood, this event is a celebration of Korean culture, food, music, and customs. There will be workshops to make kimchi, an eating contest, and a variety of music and performing acts. The event does not list any entry fee and lasts from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Click here to view website…

Dates: Saturday, August 10 & Sunday, August 11, 10 AM-10 PM

Location: 3600-3850 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625



NOSH Weekly Food Fest in Wicker Park on Saturdays

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7th August

From late June to autumn’s arrival, The NOSH will showcase small-batch, artisan foods prepared and served onsite or prepackaged in the region by Chicago-area food entrepreneurs. An all star and rising star roster of the region’s top food minds, from chefs to artisans, butchers to bakers, makes The NOSH a bona fide culinary wonderland. An equally selective catalog of merchandise for cooking and serving will also be available for market-goers. We give sustainable and socially positive production practices a prized place at our table. Bring your appetites to The NOSH at Wicker Park for new food and a new outdoor market experience. (from the NOSH website)

 

Nosh in Wicker Park: More than 30 vendors

FREE

11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and every Saturday through October.

A.N. Pritzker School, 2009 W. Schiller St.



8/10- Bud Billiken Parade in Bronzeville

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7th August

Location: King Drive from Oakwood Boulevard to Washington Park

Objective: Give underprivileged children an opportunity to be in the limelight

Parade History: Bud Billiken Day was originated in 1929, as the fulfillment of Chicago Defender founder Robert S. Abbott’s wish to organize a day of fun for the youth who sold his newspaper and Bud Billiken Club members. Today, Mr. Abbott’s wish has grown into the largest parade and picnic of its kind in the United States, with more than 50 million children and their families having viewed the Bud Billiken Day Parade since its inception. The parade is produced by the Chicago Defender Charities and has over 300 sponsors and participants. Festivities begin at 10am and end at approximately 4pm.

For more information about Chicago Defender Charities and the Bud Billiken Parade: visit the Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic website.

(from website, click here to view)



7/15- Chicago Downtown Sound: Fatoumata Diawara

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10th July

Fatoumata Diawara, who was raised in Mali and now lives in Paris, has been receiving rave reviews since her new album’s release in the UK and Europe last year. This summer, she returns to North America for a summer-long tour of the US and Canada and Chicago is on her list! One online review states:

“Diawara uses elements of jazz, pop, and funk along with her ancestral Wassoulou tradition in her songwriting and arrangements, accompanying her voice with rhythmical guitar playing and her own percussion work. Her lyrics touch on such serious and personal subjects as female circumcision, a woman’s right to choose her spouse, and the songwriter’s own painful experience with the African practice of being raised away from her parents.”

She is performing on Monday, July 15th in Grant Park’s concert stage at 6:30 p.m. 

Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

FREE



7/13- Bastille Day Chicago Celebrations

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10th July

Celebrate the French National day on Saturday, July 13th 2013 in Daley Plaza!

Daley Plaza, Chicago
From 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
FREE admission!

French pastries and crepes, music concerts, and  all day!

 

There are also celebrations going on at the Chicago French Market that shouldn’t be missed!

Le Bouchon’s head chef, Jean Claude Poilevey and sous chef, Oliver Poilevey will be presenting cooking demonstrations between 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and french folk music performances as well as champagne tastings! Quelle merveille!

Saturday, July 13th- FREE Admission

Chicago French Market: 131 N Clinton St  Chicago, IL 60661

11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year to celebrate the “storming of the Bastille (castle) to end the French Revolution. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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