Archive for 2011

Taste of Chicago 2012: Changes Announced.

Taste of Chicago 2012: Changes Announced.
Chicago, December 28, 2011.  With 2012 just around the corner, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is getting into gear for summer. And it looks like they’ll be some changes made. The Taste of Chicago is back in the hands of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs after a scaled down, somewhat... Read more »

Penelope Review: Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Hits a Homer with Penelope.

Penelope Review: Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Hits a Homer with Penelope.
If you left Steppenwolf Theatre after watching Enda Walsh’s Penelope thinking “it’s Greek to me,”  (incomprehensible) you wouldn’t be alone.  Steppenwolf’s second main stage offering of the 2011/12 season, an innovative take on Homer’s Greek poem “The Odyssey”, features four Speedo-clad men drowning in their desires and lost hopes at the bottom of Penelope’s bloodied,... Read more »

Celebrate Winter Solstice 2011 in Chicago.

Celebrate Winter Solstice 2011 in Chicago.
Chicago, December 21, 2011. These December days may be dark and dreary, but on the bright side, after today, the days will start to get progressively brighter, up until the Summer Solstice in June.  Today at 11:30p.m. CST, we mark the arrival of the Winter Solstice.  This day, often referred to as the shortest day... Read more »
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Christmas 2016 A Parody: Twas the Week Before Christmas.

Christmas 2016 A Parody:  Twas the Week Before Christmas.
Twas the Week Before Christmas in 2016. (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) Twas the week before Christmas, when all through Chicago, Nary a creature was stirring, not even a RAT, Long ago, Mayor Emanuel had taken care of that. I’d traveled many miles for one special reason, To see for myself what was happening... Read more »

Chicago Holiday Season 2011-12: Ten Great Holiday Ideas That Kids Will Love.

Chicago Holiday Season 2011-12: Ten Great Holiday Ideas That Kids Will Love.
With Winter Break just around the corner, here are 10 quick ideas for family fun that the kids and their grown-ups are sure to enjoy throughout this holiday season. 1. Macy’s Walnut Room.  Check out the holiday windows along State St. then take the elevator or escalator up to the 7th floor of Macy’s flagship... Read more »

The National Hellenic Museum Chicago: Opens Doors to New World-class Greek Cultural Institution.

 The National Hellenic Museum Chicago: Opens Doors to New World-class Greek Cultural Institution.
Beginning Saturday, December 10, Chicagoans can discover the latest and greatest thing in ancient history with the grand opening of the National Hellenic Museum’s new building. The National Hellenic Museum, the only major institution in the U.S. dedicated to the Greek and Greek American journey, showcases the story of Greek history, culture and arts from... Read more »
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Visit the Art Institute of Chicago's Holiday Thorne Rooms: Start a New Holiday Tradition.

Thorne Room caretaker Lindsay Mican Morgan puts finishing touches on a holiday room.
For the second year in a row, the Art Institute of Chicago is offering a special holiday treat with their decked out Holiday Thorne Rooms. This year eight of the rooms in the 68 room collection are dressed in their holiday best and open for viewing.  The entire collection, created from 1934 through 1940, features... Read more »

Chicago's Christkindlmarket: Ten Things You Need to Know.

Chicago's Christkindlmarket: Ten Things You Need to Know.
Daley Plaza is once again aglow with twinkling lights and filled with red and white striped huts as the Christkindlmarket welcomes Chicagoans and visitors to the 2011 holiday season.  The Christkindlmarket has become so popular that it is no longer just a German tradition–it is a Chicago tradition.  Although, the market seems like it has... Read more »

Chicago's One of a Kind Show 2011: Here are a few of my favorite things.

Artist John Flemming from, where else but, New Orleans has been creating sculptural leather, masks and accessories since the1970's.  His creations have appeared in Cirque du Soleil, at Mardi Gras and many other places. See his work at booth 2088 or online at www.johnflemming.com.
Chicago, Friday, December 2, 2011.  At yesterday’s press preview for the 11th annual One of a Kind Show, I was able to browse the work of over 600 amazing artists. This show, one of Chicago’s favorites, offers something for everyone from beautiful works of art, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, stationary, holiday ornaments and ceramics, to mouth-watering... Read more »
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An Overview of the One of a Kind Show at Chicago's Merchandise Mart.

An Overview of the One of a Kind Show at Chicago's Merchandise Mart.
Chicago, Wednesday, November 30, 2011. A unique shopping opportunity awaits visitors to the 11th annual One of a Kind Show at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart kicking off at noon tomorrow through Sunday, December 4, 2011. Over 600 artists will be exhibiting hand-made, one-of-a-kind items in a range of categories and price points including accessories, ceramics, fashion,... Read more »
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