Archive for February 2015

Chicago is: The Best Choice for the Barack Obama Presidential Library

Chicago is: The Best Choice for the Barack Obama Presidential Library
A tempest is brewing as the country awaits the Barack Obama Presidential Library decision. By the end of March we will know the answer. The competition boils down to five spots, three states and one logical conclusion. All three states have a connection, of sorts, to the President. Hawaii was where he was born. It... Read more »

Vikings Exhibition at Field Museum: Ten Things That You May Not Know About Vikings

Vikings Exhibition at Field Museum: Ten Things That You May Not Know About Vikings
Who were the Vikings? If you are a fan of How to Train Your Dragon or any of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy works: The Hobbit,  The Lord of the Rings (1955), and The Silmarillion (1977), you may think you know the Vikings. Think again. If you really want to know the Vikings, go beyond... Read more »

Who is Doris Salcedo?

Who is Doris Salcedo?
Who is Doris Salcedo and why should we care? Doris Salcedo is one of today’s most influential but least known artists. The first-ever retrospective of her work opened Saturday at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and continues through May 24, 2015. The show, containing pieces from all of Salcedo’s major bodies of work spanning... Read more »
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Chicago Tough: Are You Tough Enough for a Chicago Winter?

Chicago Tough: Are You Tough Enough for a Chicago Winter?
Love it or hate it…Chicago can get cold in the winter.  Chicago’s winter of 2014 was the coldest in 110 years. The winter of 2015 has been a little warmer but we are still breaking records. Yesterday we broke two records. One for the lowest low at 8 below zero and the other for the... Read more »

Oscar Night in Chicago: Viewing Parties for the Academy Awards

Oscar Night in Chicago: Viewing Parties for the Academy Awards
Chicagoans have many choices when it comes to watching the 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday February 22.  Here are a few: GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER Where: Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. When: Sunday, February 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. The 87th Academy Awards® Telecast begins at 7:30 p.m. The... Read more »

Review: Marie Antoinette at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago

Review: Marie Antoinette at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago
Marie Antoinette, perhaps best known for being beheaded or as the “teen queen,” opened Sunday at Steppenwolf Theatre on the Upstairs Stage. The stranger than fiction story of the once beloved celebrity royal–who had it all until she lost her head–is a story for the ages. The 1700’s Marie was a confection created by a... Read more »
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Chinese New Year 2015: Guide to Chicago Citywide Events

Chinese New Year 2015: Guide to Chicago Citywide Events
Chinese New Year is big in Chicago.  With one of the largest Chinatowns in North America and a city that loves to party, Chicago has put together two event-filled weeks to kick off “The Year of the Sheep.” Chicago’s Chinese New Year celebrations tend to be especially festive and colorful and are a welcome respite... Read more »

Abraham Lincoln: 18 Things You May Not Know About Our 16th President

Abraham Lincoln: 18 Things You May Not Know About Our 16th President
Today is the 206th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (1809–April 15, 1865). This year, 2015, is also the sesquicentennial of his assassination. Lincoln, our 16th president, is best known for guiding the country through the Civil War and helping end slavery. Especially in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, reminders of this great man live on... Read more »

Escape to the Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

Escape to the Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show
The Chicago Botanic Garden is offering a great winter escape sans the air fare at their second annual Orchid Show, Saturday, February 14 through Sunday, March 15. The 10,000 exotic, fragrant and vibrant blooming orchids of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple and blue offer a balmy oasis to greet visitors at the Garden’s Regenstein Center... Read more »
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Chicago Favorite Foods: Eight Foods That Say Chicago

Chicago Favorite Foods: Eight Foods That Say Chicago
With Chicago Restaurant Week winding down, you may be ready for a more traditional taste of Chicago. Below are eight foods that shout CHICAGO. They are us.  The foods that capture the real Chicagoan–aggressive, filled with braggadocio, swaggering, yet stumbling–humbled by their “second city” image while underneath their tough exterior beats a heart of gold... Read more »
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