Archive for September 2017

A View from the Bridge extended at the Goodman Theatre

A View from the Bridge extended at the Goodman Theatre
“He was as good a man as he had to be” … Alfieri describing Eddie at the beginning of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.” It couldn’t have been an easy life for Brooklyn longshoreman Eddie Carbone (Ian Bedford). He worked hard to provide for his wife and orphaned niece. He was a proud... Read more »

Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 things to love

Chicago Architecture Biennial: 10 things to love
It’s official the 2nd annual Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is now up and running. It opened to the public on Saturday, September 16, 2017 and continues through January 7, 2018. If you thought the 2015 CAB was good, you’re going to love 2017. But you better get started–there’s so much to see. Curated by Sharon... Read more »

Video: 2 nights and a day @ Chicago Gourmet

Video: 2 nights and a day @ Chicago Gourmet
Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet, perhaps the nation’s most respected culinary event, turned 10 this year. To celebrate its first decade, the planning team pulled out all the stops with some pretty cool events–almost all of which SOLD OUT–a pretty big deal with price tags ranging from $40 plus to near $2000 for travel packages for... Read more »
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Review: James Thierrée’s The Toad Knew at Chicago Shakespeare's The Yard

Review: James Thierrée’s The Toad Knew at Chicago Shakespeare's The Yard
“I do not make theater to explain what shakes our inner workings, but rather to roam them.” James Thierrée As the curtain fell at the conclusion of The Toad Knew, now on stage at Chicago Shakespeare’s The Yard, I overheard the man sitting behind me say to his friend, “You can explain all this to... Read more »

Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens The Yard: Here's a look

Chicago Shakespeare Theater opens The Yard: Here's a look
The Yard, Chicago Shakespeare (CST) innovative new theater on Navy Pier opened yesterday after months of planning and construction involving more than 200 architects, engineers and designers, and 400 construction workers. The large-project construction incorporated 2,500 tons of concrete, 375 tons of steel and 15 miles of electrical conduit. Eighteen 95-foot-long micropiles were driven into... Read more »

The Heavens are Hung in Black brings history alive

The Heavens are Hung in Black brings history alive
“The war might well be a divine punishment for the evil of slavery.”  From Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural address, March 4, 1865. John Hay, Walt Whitman, Jefferson Davis, William Seward, Edwin Booth, John Brown, Billy Brown, Dred Scott, Uncle Tom, Stephen Douglas were among the figures from the past that were on stage at Shattered Globe’s... Read more »
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Stevie Nicks wows the crowd at Ravinia Festival

Stevie Nicks wows the crowd at Ravinia Festival
Perhaps the hottest ticket of the summer at Ravinia Festival, Stevie Nicks was on fire last Saturday night. She eased into the evening creating smoke right from the start with her voice strengthening and the energy building as the night progressed. The SOLD OUT show had people clamoring for their piece of lawn sitting so... Read more »

Fall Theater preview 2017: Highlights of Chicago's unique theaters and upcoming shows

Fall Theater preview 2017: Highlights of Chicago's unique theaters and upcoming shows
Unless you are among Chicago’s hardcore theater-goers or the Chicago Theater community, it is hard to keep up with all of the outstanding productions cranked out by the city’s more than 250 producing theaters. You probably know about Broadway In Chicago’s Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK, Broadway sensation WICKED, the 2016 Tony Award®-winning Best Play THE HUMANS and LOVE NEVER... Read more »

Stars of Lyric Opera perform free concert at Millennium Park

Stars of Lyric Opera perform free concert at Millennium Park
The Lyric Opera kicks off its 2017 season this Friday, September 8th with a free “Stars of Lyric Opera Concert” at Millennium Park. Sir Andrew Davis will be conducting an array of top stars of the Lyric Opera such as Andriana Churchman, Anthony Clark Evans, Dmitry Korchak, Emmett O’Hanlon, J’Nai Bridges, Eric Owens, Matthew Polenzani... Read more »
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Gladys Knight and Michael Bolton rock Ravinia Festival

Gladys Knight and Michael Bolton rock Ravinia Festival
As the days of summer dwindle down to a precious few there’s no time for the waiting game when it comes to spending an evening at Ravinia Festival. Late summer, early fall may just be the best time to head to the festival. The evenings are crisp, the kids are back in school, the flowers are... Read more »