Posts in category "chicagoland"

DuSable High School's Landmark Status Celebration on May 3 Will Honor the Late Fraser Robinson III (Michelle Obama's dad) And Other Alumni

The DuSable High School Alumni Coalition for Action will celebrate DuSable’s landmark status at the school’s campus at 4934 S. Wabash Ave. on Friday May 3, 2013, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. DuSable High School opened in 1935. DuSable High was built to serve the Bronzeville community that surrounds it. The school was designed... Read more »


Chicago radio station WVON was born 50 years ago on April 1, 1963. WVON was geared toward Chicago’s African-American community, which was otherwise underrepresented on the airwaves. Personalities like Herb Kent “the Cool Gent”, Bill “Butterball” Crane, E. Rodney Jones and others provided sweet, wholesome, soul music to the masses. Their accessible, charismatic and fun... Read more »

CPL Overdue Book Amnesty: No Fines, No Fuss!

No overdue fines will be charged for Chicago Public Library books and/or other materials for the next two weeks (from August 20 to September 7). The library is calling it the “Once In A Blue Moon Amnesty Program.” An opportunity like this one comes along rarely — “once in a blue moon,” as the saying... Read more »

Chicago Korean Festival 2012: This Weekend

Find the 17th Annual Korean Festival in Chicago’s Albany Park Neighborhood, at 3200 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue, today and tomorrow (August 18 and 19, noon to 10:30 pm each day).  The following promo shows the kind of ambiance that fest goers can expect:

Billiken grand marshal today is Strautmanis

President Obama’s deputy assistant, Michael Strautmanis, will lead today’s Bud Billiken Parade. However, the parade itself is the bigger story. Once upon a time, the parade route held so many more positive sights. Now there is a lot of blight, too many food deserts and poverty in too many areas near the parade. The good... Read more »

Buddy Guy: Happy Birthday! 76 Years Young

Today happens to be Buddy Guy’s birthday. The blues legend is now 76. And, of course, there’s going to be a celebration. On Wednesday, August 1, there’ll be a birthday bash at his club, Buddy Guy’s Legends. Toronzo Cannon and the Cannonball Express will perform. Legends staffer Anthony Moser says that Guy will attend, and that a lot of... Read more »

Treme's Donald Harrison: Jazz camp special guest for JIC

Treme's Donald Harrison: Jazz camp special guest for JIC
Donald Harrison, a legendary New Orleans saxophonist who is also consultant to the HBO television series “Treme,” was special guest artist at the 2012 Jazz Institute of Chicago’s “Straight Ahead and Other Directions Jazz Camp,” which wrapped up Thursday. This year’s four-day event, hosted by Columbia College Chicago, offered an expanded curriculum most exemplified by... Read more »

Billiken 2012 Will March On Without Obama

Contrary to previous reports, it is now well known that President Obama’s schedule next month prevents him from acting as Grand Marshal of the 2012 Bud Billiken Parade. However, this year’s parade on Chicago’s South Side will offer the usual bands, floats, personalities, etc. Here are a few videos from past Billiken festivities, including a... Read more »

President Barack Obama: Bud Billiken Parade Grand Marshal, 2012

Barack Obama will lead this year’s Bud Billiken Day Parade as Grand Marshal, according to Stella Foster’s column in the Chicago Sun-Times today. The 83rd annual parade, presented by Chicago Defender Charities, will kick off at 10:00 am on Saturday, August 11. The theme this year is “Education: Built to Last, A Tribute to President... Read more »

It’s Al Green Day, proclaims Illinois Governor Quinn

Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to present soul music legend Al Green with a proclamation today, declaring June 15th as “Al Green Day” in Illinois, according to a Ravinia Festival newsletter. Green, who is making his Ravinia debut tonight, will be joined by The Soul Children’s Choir of Chicago. Quinn isn’t the only politico to... Read more »