Archive for May 2011

Rahm Emanuel Inauguration Day: Preview of Inaugural Address and the Who's Who of Prominent Leaders in Attendance.

Rahm Emanuel about to become Chicago’s 46th mayor. Chicago, Monday, May 16, 2010.  The sun is shinning and the skies are blue as Rahm Emanuel prepares to take the oath of office becoming the 46th mayor of Chicago.  Here is an excerpt from his Inaugural address and a list of the notables who will be... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel Inauguration 2011: Full Schedule of Events.

Chicago begins a new era…Hello to Mayor Emanuel, goodbye to Mayor Daley. Chicago, Friday, May 13, 2011.  After 22 years, Chicago is about to get a new mayor.  The Inaugural celebration for Rahm Emanuel kicks off tomorrow at 9:00a.m. with a City-wide day of service plus an afternoon of free family activities followed by a... Read more »

Chicago Greeter Tours: The Best Way to See and Experience Chicago.

The Hyde Park, Kenwood, Obama Greeter Tour. Chicago offers a wonderful service to make visitors from around the world feel at home in the Windy City.  The service is ‘Chicago Greeter’.’ ‘Chicago Greeter’ is a free program provided by the Chicago Office of Tourism that matches visitors with well-informed personal tour guides who volunteer their... Read more »

Bike the Drive 2011: Show Me Chicago's Guide to the Popular Annual Event.

Bike the Drive 2011 pedals off from Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive at 5:30a.m. (through 9:45a.m.) on Sunday, May 29.  The ride offers an opportunity for bikers to navigate Chicago’s famous Lake Shore Drive car-free. Nearly 20,000 participants of all ages and expertise are expected for this year’s Bike the Drive which will be held... Read more »

Chicago Summer 2011: Free Family Activities and Performances at Millennium Park's Family Fun Festival.

The Family Fun Festival 2011, featuring daily interactive activities and performances, kicks off June 13 at Millennium Park.  Every day, from June 13 through August 21 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., family performances and hands-on activities will take place in the Family Fun Tent, located on the Park’s Chase Promenade North. Activities in the... Read more »

Whoopi Goldberg's Ground Breaking 'White Noise' to Stream Live on May 11.

White Noise (l. to r.) Morris, Padgett, Mauzy, Murney Chicago, Friday, May 6, 2011. Recently, I asked the question, Does Whoopi Goldberg’s ‘White Noise’, now playing at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre, have what it takes to get to Broadway?  You can judge for yourself at a live broadcast concert on Wednesday, May 11 at 3:00pm... Read more »

A TWIST OF WATER Rises Again at Chicago's Mercury Theater.

“Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning…” “Bareheaded, shoveling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding…” From ‘Chicago’ by Carl Sandburg. Stef Tovar stars in Route 66 Theatre Company’s production of A TWIST OF WATER at the Mercury Theater. Photo by Brandon Dahlquist.... Read more »

Shaw's 'Heartbreak House' at Writers' Theatre Marries the Old with the New.

PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL BROSILOW. George Bernard Shaw. Chicago, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. The times they are a changing but in many ways remain the same.  Although life was very different in George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House”–a 1919 piece first presented after World War I–than today, human nature remains intact.  Shaw–the master of wit and social... Read more »

'Next to Normal' Brings the Broadway Experience to the Chicago Stage.

Jeremy Kushnier, Alice Ripley & Asa Somers in the National Tour of Next to Normal. Photo by Craig Schwartz. Next to Normal, the unlikely rock musical about a family dealing with bipolar disease, addiction, and electroconvulsive therapy is currently playing a limited engagement at Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. The Tony and Pulitzer prize winning... Read more »

Osama bin Laden Dead: What's Next?

Photo credit: Monday, May 2, 2011. Nearly 10 years ago life, as Americans knew it, changed in an instant.  In Chicago, it was a beautiful blue sky day.  Callie (my dog) and I had just returned from a long walk. I flipped on the television and saw that a plane had hit one of... Read more »
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