Archive for February 2020

Chicago Summer Festivals 2020: Calendar of summer festivals and events

Chicago Summer Festivals 2020: Calendar of summer festivals and events
COVID-19: CHANGES ARE IN THE WORKS FOR THE SUMMER FESTIVAL CALENDAR. STAY TUNED. It’s time to think summer, Chicago. Show Me Chicago’s annual calendar of Chicago’s biggest and best festivals and events for the summer of 2020 is up and running.  Make sure to put your favorites on your calendar and check back for more... Read more »

Lineup for the 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival

Lineup for the 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival
Headliners for 2020 include: Shemekia Copeland, Candi Staton, Eric Gales, Jimmy Johnson with Billy Branch, John Primer, Lurrie Bell and Catherine Russell Check out Show Me Chicago’s Summer Festival calendar for all 2020 Summer Festivals and Music Events The 37th Annual Chicago Blues Festival comes to Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, AND... Read more »

Latest find for Found Kitchen in Evanston: Gold

Latest find for Found Kitchen in Evanston: Gold
Institutions are permanent, which means that they do not end when one person is gone.  I’m not sure if eight years is long enough to call something an institution but, if so, Found Kitchen & Social House definitely meets that definition. If not, it still feels like an institution–in a very good way. Certainly the Morton family of which Found Kitchen proprietor... Read more »
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6 Awesome Restaurant Weeks in Chicagoland: What you need to know to go

6 Awesome Restaurant Weeks in Chicagoland: What you need to know to go
You may have missed Chicago Restaurant Week (January 24-February 9), but no worries, there’s more. Not unlike the Jimmy Buffet song, “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” it seems, if it’s winter in Chicago “it’s restaurant week somewhere. Restaurant Week specials can be a great time to try new spots–often at bargain prices. Here’s five to try running now... Read more »

Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago: A spectacular production

Madama Butterfly at the Lyric Opera of Chicago: A spectacular production
It’s little surprise that the Lyric Opera of Chicago is presenting Giacomo Puccini’s popular 1904 opera, “Madama Butterfly” for the sixteenth time. ‘Madama Butterfly” is one of the world’s most beloved operas and the Lyric’s newest production is near perfection in its execution from its outstanding cast, powerful arias and Humming Chorus. The Story In Nagasaki, a... Read more »

NBA All-Star Weekend 2020: Parties, events and Kanye giveaway

 (L-R) Corey Shapiro, Teheran Jones and Don C celebrate with Moët & Chandon at the annual Jordan All Star Weekend Party on February 14, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Moët & Chandon) (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Moët & Chandon )
A-list athletes, artists, and musicians descended upon Chicago this weekend for the NBA All-Star Weekend. Not since 1988 has this All-Star event come to the city, making this celebration bigger than ever, With tickets to the main event, Sunday’s All-Star game, going for 4-figures, not everyone can go to the game but that is only... Read more »
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Emma comes to life in a new musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Emma comes to life in a new musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater
Artistic Director Barbara Gaines stages a new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel  Jane Austen (1775–1817) did not anticipate that readers would like Emma Woodhouse, the heroine in her 1816 novel “Emma,” saying “I do not expect readers to like the protagonist of Emma. I’m going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” Spoiled, headstrong, self-satisfied, privileged... Read more »

James Beard Awards 2020 to be held in Chicago’s Old Post Office

James Beard Awards 2020 to be held in Chicago’s Old Post Office
The James Beard Foundation announced today that for the first time in Awards history, the Foundation will bring the Beard House to life with a two-day activation at Chicago’s Old Post Office. The Awards House will offer guests attending the awards, members of the industry, and general public a chance to engage in programming that will include... Read more »

Why Parasite is the right choice for best picture at the 92nd annual Oscars

Why Parasite is the right choice for best picture at the 92nd annual Oscars
“Parasite” the South Korean tragicomedy and the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture award in the 92-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), well deserved this honor. The choice, not only speaks well of the the academy, it also reflects on the growing importance of the international world of film.... Read more »
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Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden: a look inside

PLEASE NOTE: The Orchid Show has been canceled due to COVID-19 but the Garden is open The perfect prescription for the winter blues, Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual explosion of color featuring over 10,000 blooms. Here’s a look: Five Takeaways from the Show 1. COLOR. Be prepared to be greeted by a kaleidoscope of colors enhanced by light,... Read more »