Posts in category "chicagoland"

Johnny Rodgers Rocks Chicago's Piano Bar Scene

Winter Solstice is here. The shortest day of the year means the longest night of the year. So leave the stress of holiday preparations behind by unwinding with the phenomenal singer/pianist Johnny Rodgers at Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret. Rodgers will perform in Davenport’s front room (the bar) tonight, December 21, from 7:30 p.m. to... Read more »

Last chance to catch John White photo exhibit is Saturday

‘Faith, Focus, Flight: A John H. White Retrospective” at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago ends Saturday, December 20, 2014. The legendary White, a Chicago photojournalist since 1969, spent most of his career at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper. He has won hundreds of professional awards including a 1982 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. The above... Read more »

Dinah Washington Now Has A Street in Chicago, Part 2

The following photos illustrate the festive quality of the Dinah Washington street sign naming in Chicago, which I wrote about in Part 1 here:

Dinah Washington Way is Now a Street in Chicago, Part 1

A Chicago street was named in honor of Dinah Washington on August 29th, which would have been her 90th birthday. The signing celebration was held at the northeast corner of Phillips High School, her alma mater. Right there at 38th and Prairie Ave. The event, hosted by Al Carter Bey and emceed by vocalist Senabella,... Read more »

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 »