Category: Music/ Dance
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the full line-up of World Music Festival Chicago 2013, taking place Thursday, September 12 – Sunday, September 22. The citywide, 11-day festival will feature more than 70 free performances in more than 20 venues from acclaimed musicians and groups representing 34 countries from around the globe. The ambitious line-up includes five concerts in Millennium Park, an all-night celebration of Indian music at the Chicago Cultural Center and performances from Malian artists as part of the Festival au Desert – Caravan for Peace helping to make the 2013 festival one of the largest and longest running to date.
“World Music Festival Chicago will bring a diverse, international lineup of celebrated musicians to the people of Chicago for its 15th year, said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “The 2013 festival will extend its reach into … Read More »
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 »
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.
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The Daily Method in Bucktown is hosting a special night for moms called “All About She! The A-Z of Fertility” for staying healthy and sharp!
Join The Dailey Method® Sharp Mamas and Shine Chicago for an evening all about you and your journey as a mom. Whether it’s preparing for baby or if you’re already a mom this event brings together the best resources Chicago has to educate, enlighten and empower women through all stages of motherhood whether it be infertility, pre-natal and post-partum health (as seen on their website). Click to register!
Thursday, July 17th
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Wow! Did you know that the beautiful Chicago Botanical Gardens has free concerts for the public to picnic while enjoying the beautiful scenery? We didn’t either! All summer long there are summer evening concerts Monday – Thursdays usually starting at 7:00 p.m.!
Some of our favorites are the Carillon Concerts of maestros playing the bells on the bell tower. Their website reads that the tower was crafted in Holland, and it’s bronze bells have a range of four octaves as one of the few hand-played carillons in the nation. These concerts run on Mondays through September and have a free pre-concert tour of the Carillon. See the list of Carillon Concerts by clicking here.
We also love the Tuesday night option of Music on the Esplanade and Cocktails! On Tuesday the 25th, Hector & Mari Fernandez, along … Read More »
Night of Summer Light: Brazilian Blowout will be the second annual benefit held by the Junior Committee of The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation in Chicago. All proceeds from A Night of Summer Light will benefit the Foundation’s work in fostering awareness and understanding of Bipolar Disorder among Chicago-area high school students, parents and faculty.
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation is dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding and research for early-onset Bipolar Disorder. The Foundation is on a QUEST FOR THE TEST™ to find an empirical test for Bipolar Disorder so that early detection becomes a reality.
The Foundation was founded in memory of Ryan Licht Sang who passed away at the age of 24. For more information please visit: www.questforthetest.org
The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation
875 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Shemekia Copeland, Queen of Blues, is headlining at Blues Fest on Thursday night at Millennium Park in the Pritzker Pavillion. She will be performing with blues guitarist and Buddy Guy apprentice, Quinn Sullivan. This is the 30th annual Chicago blues fest and, when the weather cooperates, is one of the best free music events in the city.
Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201. E. Randolph St.)
6:30–6:50pm – Fernando Jones’ Blues Kids of America
7:10–7:40pm – Jamiah On Fire & The Red Machine
8–9pm – Shemekia Copeland with special guest Quinn Sullivan
Click here for a complete listing of Blues Fest.
Memorial Day Parade
Sat., May 25th Noon
Lake Street to Van Buren Street
Approximately 10,000 people attend every year. The Chicago parade is one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Since 1870, Memorial Day parades have graced the streets of Chicago.
This year’s parade features Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency as Grand Marshal. The parade will step off at noon on Saturday, May 25 and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.
From USAToday website: http://traveltips.usatoday.com/memorial-day-weekend-activities-chicago-25065.html