Friday, April 19, 2019

Chicago Skyline to "Light Up Red" for Red Cross

 
Chicago Skyline to Light Up Red in Honor of
American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast and “Sound the Alarm” Events
 
 
Join the social conversation by following #redcrossheroes & #endhomefires on Twitter and Facebook
 
 The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois is launching its Light Up Red Campaign on April 26 where businesses and organizations in Chicago will light their buildings red in collaboration with two major Red Cross initiatives; the Annual Heroes Breakfast and our life-saving campaign to install free smoke alarms, “Sound the Alarm.” Buildings will remain lit April 26- May 3.
 
The Red Cross will kick off “Sound the Alarm” on April 27 in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood with a goal of installing 450 smoke alarms. Red Cross workers also provide home fire safety education information to home owners. Having a working smoke alarm reduces your chances of dying in a home fire by nearly 50%. “Sound the Alarm” will continue in North Lawndale on May 18 and with other events throughout northern Illinois.
 
On May 1, the Red Cross will celebrate individuals and groups for acts of bravery, dedication and service to the community at the organization’s annual Heroes Breakfast at the Chicago Hilton.
 
Among the landmark buildings and organizations slated to participate in lighting the Chicago skyline red April 26- May 3 for the Red Cross include: 
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Building (featuring #RED CROSS on the front of the building) 
  • Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
  • 875 N Michigan Avenue, formerly known as the John Hancock building
  • Chase Tower
  • The Wrigley Building Clock Tower
  • One Prudential Plaza
  • Two Prudential Plaza
  • 625 W Adams St
  • 333 S Wabash
  • 151 N Franklin
  • 155 N Wacker
  • Lightscapes on State St, between Lake St. and Van Buren St. 
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Chicago designated the Chicago Red Cross as the charity to support April 26- May 3 through the Illuminate Chicago Lighting program. For more than a century, the Chicago Red Cross has assisted those in need before and during times of emergency across the region. When there is no disaster in the news, the Chicago Red Cross is still working to help families who are impacted by various emergencies such as home fires and other disasters. 
HOW TO HELP: The Red Cross depends on financial donations to provide immediate disaster relief. Help people affected by severe storms, fires and flooding by visiting redcross.org or calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.
DONATE BLOOD: The Red Cross also has a critical need for blood and platelet donations to help meet patient needs. The Red Cross asks eligible individuals to make an appointment today by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
 
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties in Northern Illinois including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter at @ChicagoRedCross.
 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

2019 Chicago Gospel Music Festival Lineup - May 31-June 1 FREE Admission - Millennium Park + Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, IL.)

  



34th CHICAGO GOSPEL MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES CITY’S MUSIC LEGACY IN MILLENNIUM PARK AND THE CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER, MAY 31 & JUNE 1, SHOWCASING WINNERS OF THE STELLAR AWARDS

The free admission festival will feature Ricky Dillard & New G and a tribute to Aretha Franklin on Friday, May 31; and a Stellar Awards Celebration with artists Hezekiah Walker, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Koryn Hawthorne, Tasha Page Lockhart and Maranda Curtis on Saturday, June 1; among many others

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to announce the lineup for the 34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The free admission festival will take place May 31 and June 1 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. New this year, a partnership with The Stellar Awards on June 1 will feature local and national Stellar Award winning artists celebrating the genre’s roots in Chicago as the home of modern gospel music.

Chicago is the birthplace of the gospel music, house music, the urban blues and more. In 2019 over three consecutive weekends, DCASE will celebrate the city’s music legacy at the Chicago House Music Conference and Festival (May 23-25), the Chicago Gospel Music Festival (May 31 and June 1) and the Chicago Blues Festival (June 7–9) on stage in Millennium Park, at the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as in music venues and clubs throughout the city. Chicago is an arts powerhouse and a global destination for music lovers.

“Gospel music is the inspiration for so many music genres including the blues, soul, R&B, pop and jazz,” said Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “We look forward to celebrating the music that started here in Chicago more than 80 years ago and are honored to be partnering with the Stellar Awards. This is one of the most ambitious rosters of artists that we have presented in years.”

The Gospel Music Festival will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) from noon to 4 p.m. and in Millennium Park from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and will continue in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) on Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with music beginning at noon. Stellar Award winning artists on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage in Millennium Park will perform from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.

For the complete schedule, visit ChicagoGospelMusicFestival.us

Millennium Park Performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
On Friday, May 31, the evening’s performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Praise Party featuring All Nations Worship Assembly Praise Team. At 6:10 p.m. local and national artists will come together for “Amazing Grace,” Celebrating the Music of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The set will feature Chicago musicians that performed with Ms. Franklin along with a choir directed by Pastor Angie Spivey, Cynthia Nunn, and Janet Sutton. The set will feature special guests performing some of her greatest hits.

The Music of Percy Bady & Percy Gray will feature more than 30 years of Gospel music by the famed producers and songwriters at 7:05 p.m. From the church house to concert halls, they have produced some of Gospel music’s greatest hits, including:  “God is my Everything” by Chicago Mass, “Clap your Hands” by Joshua’s Troop, “Everything is Gonna Be Alright” by Shirley Caesar, “Love Has No Color” by the The Winans, “Love Said Not So, Hold Up The Light” by BeBe & CeCe Winans and countless others.

Opening night’s final performance will feature Chicago Gospel music artist and choir director, Ricky Dillard & New G (Reunion Choir). They are best known for their electrifying performances. With the release of the 2017 hit album 10, Dillard’s flair and New G’s energy solidified the group as one of the top urban choirs in the country. The festival is excited to welcome them back once again.

A very special evening on Saturday, June 1 with the Stellar Awards will present a celebration honoring Black Music Month and the National Museum of Gospel Music beginning at 5 p.m. with a lineup of Gospel Music superstars and emerging artists.

Bishop Hezekiah Walker, the Stellar and GRAMMY® Award winning gospel music artist, founder and leader of the Love Fellowship Choir will once again return to the festival stage. For more than 30 years, Hezekiah Walker has delivered music that serves as anthems of hope and inspiration, garnering him national and international acclaim.

Songwriter, arranger, and vocalist Anthony Brown stepped forward in 2012 with the Stellar Award winning group, Anthony Brown & group therAPy with their self-titled debut album. In 2016, Anthony Brown & group therAPy won ten Stellar Awards for Group/Duo of the Year, Contemporary Male of the Year and Music Video of the Year for their hit single “Testimony.” In May, 2019, they are set to record Second Wind Live Experience during a live concert.

Singer and songwriter Koryn Hawthorne has been on a whirlwind ride since being a finalist on season eight of The Voice. Her debut studio album, Unstoppable, arrived at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Tasha Page Lockhart won the gospel singing competition, BET’s Sunday Best during season six. She saw her first studio albumHere Right Now, topped the Billboard charts, The Billboard 200 and the Top Gospel Albums. Maranda Curtis is known for her melodic tones and her natural flow. From Miami, Florida, Curtis is a leading voice in the gospel music industry where she has worked on various projects with other artists and as lead vocalist.

Additional Stages
On Saturday, June 1, in Millennium Park the North Promenade Tent will feature young artists, youth choirs and emerging artists celebrating Chicago’s Gospel music legacy at the Spirit Stage beginning at noon. Performers throughout the day include VJ McCoy and Worship Experience and Stars of Heaven, the two groups that won the ChicagoMade Gospel Music A&R Audition earlier this year on March 16. The festival will also offer family activities, including arts and crafts for kids, face painting in the Kids Activity Zone and a Health and Wellness Oasis with information and expert talks on healthy eating, exercise and preventative screenings and care from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Chicago Cultural Center Performances
On Friday, May 31, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival will open at the Chicago Cultural Center in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North, beginning at noon until 4 p.m. Performers throughout the day include: Dave Martin & GSM, Delagraentiss, Angel Sharkey, Travis D. Crockett & The Powerful Voices of Praise and many more. 

Gospel Music Professional Development Event at the Chicago Cultural Center
As part of the professional development series of opportunities presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, gospel music artists and industry professionals are invited to a conversation with industry experts on Tuesday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center in Randolph Square, 1st Floor North. The evening’s discussion will be moderated by Producer and Composer, Percy Bady and will feature the following: Jamal Kimbrough, award-winning producer and owner, Keyemup Music; Walter Thomas, CEO, Agency 22 Entertainment; Jonathan McReynolds, award-winning singer-songwriter; Sonya Blakey, radio host, Inspiration 1390; Debra “Snoopy” Hanna, Owner, Mighty Dominion Entertainment Radio Promotions and Marketing. The panel will discuss their dynamic careers and how to navigate the music business. The event is presented in partnership with The Recording Academy® Chicago Chapter

Chicago Cultural Center Exhibition
In conjunction with the music festivals, celebrating Chicago’s music legacy, DCASE will present the exhibition “Bronzeville Echoes: Faces and Places of Chicago’s African American Music” at the Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibition explores the legacy of Chicago’s African American music scene from Ragtime to the contemporary genres through the unexpected stories of legendary musicians and places where they performed. Seldom-seen original artifacts will be on display, such as sheet-music, rare 1920s records with quirky period graphics  and even the original 1932 telephone booth from the old Sunset/Grand Terrace Café that will play music from the time period.

Gospel Music Workout, Millennium Park, Great Lawn
On Saturday, June 1, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., join fitness instructors and a DJ for a special gospel music edition of the Millennium Park workouts. Summer Workouts are produced by DCASE with grant support provided by McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment, managed by the Millennium Park Foundation. For a full workout schedule, visit millenniumpark.org.

The Chicago Gospel Music Festival is presented by the DCASE and is sponsored in part by Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Chicago Tribune Inspiration 1390 AM and K-LOVE 97.9FM Chicago.

For complete details on the Chicago Gospel Music Festival including artist information, visit chicagogospelmusicfestival.us, like us on Facebook at Chicago Gospel Music Festival or follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @ChicagoDCASE (#ChiGospelMusic).

34th Chicago Gospel Music Festival Schedule
Schedule & Times Subject To Change

Friday, May 31
Chicago Cultural Center – Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Noon–12:20 p.m.                    Dave Martin & GSM
12:25–12:45 p.m.                    Mechelé Burtley
12:50–1:10 p.m.                      The Bournés
1:15–1:35 p.m.                        Delagraentiss
1:40–1:50 p.m.                        Angel Sharkey
1:55–2:15 p.m.                        Providence St. Mel School Choir
2:20–2:45 p.m.                        Leanne Faine & Favor
2:55–3:20 p.m.                        Travis D. Crockett & The Powerful Voices of Praise
3:30–4 p.m.                             Jonathan Traylor

Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5:30–6 p.m.                             Praise Party featuring All Nations Worship Assembly Praise Team
6:10 –6:55 p.m.                       “Amazing Grace,” Celebrating the Music of the Queen of Soul,                                                            Aretha Franklin
7:05–7:50 p.m.                        The Music of Percy Bady and Percy Gray
8–9 p.m.                                  Ricky Dillard and New G (Reunion Choir)

Saturday, June 1
Millennium Park
North Promenade Tent
11 a.m.–5 p.m.                        Kids Activities  and Vendors

Spirit Stage
Noon–12:10 p.m.                    Celestial Ministries Drum Line
12:15–12:35 p.m.                    Min. Shannon T. Lowe featuring FYRE Choir and Jr. Vessels of                                                                        Victory Apostolic Church
12:40–12:55 p.m.                    Musical Arts Institute Jubilate Ensemble
1–1:15 p.m.                             A4L
1:25–1:50 p.m.                        Bridgette Hurt
2–2:25 p.m.                             Tone Ross & INSPIRED
2:35–3 p.m.                             Ron Poindexter
3:10–3:50 p.m.                        ChicagoMade featuring the Stars of Heaven and VJ McCoy and                                                                      Worship Experience
4–4:30 p.m.                             Pastor Daniel X. Smith & NSMIC

Millennium Park–Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5–9 p.m.                 
The Stellar Awards will present a celebration honoring Black Music Month and the National Museum of Gospel Music the Stellar Awards featuring Hezekiah Walker, Anthony Brown & group therAPy, Koryn Hawthorne, Tasha Page Lockhart and Maranda Curtis.

Planning Your Visit to the Chicago Gospel Music Festival
Continuing this summer season, Millennium Park will implement additional security measures designed to improve the visitor experience at the park. Outside alcohol will be prohibited at the six Jay Pritzker Pavilion events with the highest attendance, including the Chicago House Music Festival on May 24–25; the Chicago Blues Festival on June 7–9; the Chicago Mariachi Festival on June 30; the Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute on July 4; the Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert on August 12; and the Chicago Jazz Festival on August 29–September 1.

Visitors will have additional food and beverage options at various price points available for purchase inside the venue at the events where outside alcohol is restricted. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events in Millennium Park.

Visitors are encouraged to take CTA to Millennium Park. To plan your route, visit transitchicago.com. For those parking, Millennium Park Garages are located at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. Pre-purchase parking at millenniumgarages.com and save up to 50 percent off drive-up rates.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media credential requests for the Chicago Gospel Music Festival must be submitted by email to DCASEPR@cityofchicago.org, by Friday, May 24, 2019, and acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Submission of a request does not guarantee admission. Credentials only provide working media access to media seating and photo pit and do not include back stage access. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography credential as space is very limited. Visit the pressroom on the website at this for details.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.


 
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL - Illinois 60602, United States

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Art on theMart to Project Seven Nights a Week Starting May 13 (Chicago, IL.)

 
ART ON theMART TO PROJECT SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK STARTING MAY 13
 
Expansion to Nightly Projections Timed with Spring Program Additions and Preview of
Summer Work
 
theMART, with the City of Chicago, today announced that Art on theMART, the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, will expand from five nights a week to seven nights a week from May 13 through September 29, 2019. The nightly program will kick off with additional new work that supplements the current spring projections.
 
About the Program
 
On May 13, John Boesche will present new acts to 7 soliloquies, a multi-part projection piece that premiered March 13, highlighting seven significant Chicago theater artists in brief solo performances. In addition to performers, the work features prominent composers, sound and scenic designers, puppeteers and visual artists, including Sandra Delgado, Blair Thomas, Mike Nussbaum and more.
 
The program will also feature a preview of a collaboration between scenic designer John Musial and Lucky Plush Artistic Director Julia Rhoads that will premiere in June. The work utilizes fragmented choreography and script from Julia Rhoads' work with Lucky Plush, a Chicago-based dance and theater ensemble, reimagined within John Musial's layered and evocative projection design. The source material draws from Lucky Plush's Rooming House, in which varied interpretations of personal and mythic storytelling leads down a rabbit hole into the lives of everyday people who do extraordinary things.
 
Both works align with the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, a city-wide celebration of Chicago’s theater community spearheaded by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres.
 
About 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre
Art on theMART is proud to be part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, presented by the City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. Home to a community of creators, risk-takers, and big hearts, Chicago theatre is a hotbed for exciting new work and hundreds of world premieres every year. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s always a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at ChicagoPlays.com.
 
About Art on theMART
Art on theMART is the largest permanent digital art projection in the world, projecting contemporary artwork across the 2.5 acre river-façade of theMART. This expansive permanent piece of public art continues Chicago’s legacy of providing both residents and visitors with exceptional art that is both free and accessible to all. Projections are visible to the public from Wacker Drive and along the Chicago Riverwalk two hours a night for ten months of the year (March – December), beginning approximately 15 minutes after sundown. The projections are regularly on view five nights a week from Wednesday – Sunday, with expanded nightly viewing from May 13 – September 30, 2019.
 
The program content rotates every season and is selected with the assistance and expertise of the Curatorial Advisory Board. The City of Chicago and theMART work in partnership to manage and curate the projected artwork over the course of a 30-year agreement. Privately funded by Vornado Realty Trust, owner of theMART, Art on theMART marks the first time a projection of its size and scope will be completely dedicated to digital art with no branding, sponsorship credits or messaging. The permanent projection system illuminates theMART with 34 state-of-the-art projectors totaling almost one million lumens.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebration, May 13-19, 2019 (Chicago, IL.)

 
  
 
 
CITY OF CHICAGO CELEBRATES THE 2019 SEASON OF CHICAGO RIVERWALK
MONDAY, MAY 13–SUNDAY, MAY 19

Experience Chicago’s second waterfront during a preview of summer programming including Art on theMART, new works of public art, fireworks, tours, kayaking, Fishing at the Jetty, great food, live music, Year of Chicago Theatre programs and much more

The City of Chicago will highlight the Chicago Riverwalk’s free summer programming during a public celebration running Monday, May 13, through Sunday, May 19. Activities include Year of Chicago Theatre themed programs, Art on theMART, walking tours led by the Chicago Architecture Center, Fishing at the Jetty led by the Chicago Park District and a pyrotechnic display off of the south drive of the Merchandise Mart on Monday, May 13. For complete details, visit ChicagoRiverwalk.us

"With this summer season of Riverwalk upon us, it is easy to see why the Chicago River is the city’s next recreational frontier,” said Mayor Emanuel. “From kayaking, to fishing, to live music and great food, there is an exciting activity for visitors and residents across Chicago to enjoy this summer along the Riverwalk.”

The Chicago Riverwalk has transformed Chicago’s downtown waterfront into an active, pedestrian friendly environment and a cultural destination for both residents and tourists alike. It has emerged as a must-visit destination in the heart of our city offering dramatic views of the “River Canyon” of iconic architecture and beautiful bridges and a uniquely Chicago experience with bustling bars and restaurants, cultural events and public art. The Department of Fleet and Facility Management is wrapping up a $12 million improvement project on the east end of the Chicago Riverwalk, including a new path, landscaping, updated lighting and seating to enjoy the view of the Chicago River.

New to the Chicago Riverwalk in 2019 is the Community Marketplace. 2FM conducted a public solicitation encouraging minority and women-owned vendors to operate concessions on the Chicago Riverwalk. There is a pool of twenty-three qualified vendors who will be eligible to operate on the Chicago Riverwalk for the next three years. 2019 will have nine new vendors operating later this summer. Vendors will be announced later this spring.

During the opening week celebration and throughout the summer season, various activities, entertainment and specials will be offered at Chicago Riverwalk vendors and tour operators including the Community Marketplace vendors, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Brewhouse, Chicago Cycle Boat, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises-Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline, Chicago Water Taxi, City Winery, Downtown Docks, Island Party Hut and Boat Charters, McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum, The Northman Beer & Cider Garden, O’Briens Riverwalk Café, Sweet Home Gelato, Tiny Tapp and Café, Urban Kayaks and Wendalla Sightseeing.

For a complete listing of special programming and events offered by Chicago Riverwalk vendors and partners, visit ChicagoRiverwalk.us.

2019 Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebration Programming Highlights

Monday, May 13
Public Art Installations
Public Art will continue to enliven the Chicago Riverwalk with a new commissioned work by Ebony G. Patterson. Known for her drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures and installations that involve surfaces layered with flowers, glitter, lace and beads, the Kingston-born multimedia artist is creating a series of five intricate and colorful banners titled …between the below… The banners will adorn the Chicago Riverwalk on Wacker Drive just east of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, above the Chicago First Lady dockside ticket booths.

Robert Burnier’s Black Tibernius will remain throughout the 2019 season. The large-scale work, specifically commissioned for the western Confluence section of the Chicago Riverwalk between Franklin and Lake Streets, features three geometric structures made of steel, nylon mesh and rope. Responding to structural constraints imposed by the narrow strip of land that curves around the riverbend where Wacker Drive turns from west to south, Burnier’s suspended forms hang over the lawn and are visible from Upper Wacker as well as the river level. 

7–8pm Year of Chicago Theatre Performances and LUMA8’s Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession
The Confluence between Franklin and Lake Streets
As part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, designated by the City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres, theatre performances will take place in the western part of the Chicago Riverwalk known as the Confluence.

7:45pm LUMA8’s Arts in the Dark on the Riverwalk Lantern Procession
Procession begins at Wabash Avenue heading west to the Confluence between Franklin and Lake Streets
LUMA8 presents an Arts in the Dark Lantern Procession honoring Broadway In Chicago. Spectacular lanterns created by artist Heather Killian will illuminate iconic elements of famed productions Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, Aida, The Lion King, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Alladdin. This inaugural procession is sponsored by Millennium Park Garages and will be the first of several presented this season as part of the Second Tuesdays at the Chicago Riverwalk program.

8:15pm Art on theMART
Starting Monday, May 13 and running through September 30, 2019Art on theMART will expand to nightly showings of the largest permanent digital art projection in the world. The 2-hour projection program rotates seasonally, currently featuring a commission in alignment with the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre by renowned media designer John Boesche. Several new “Acts” of his multi-part projection piece 7 soliloquies will debut on May 13. Boesche’s work is presented alongside a new commission by Istanbul-based video mapping group Ouchhh Studios for the spring program. Ouchhh Studios uses data gathered from musical compositions by famed Chicago-based jazz musicians to create a real-time audio and visual experience.
The projections begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset and are visible to the public from Wacker Dr. and along Chicago Riverwalk. For the special May 13 presentation, speakers will be placed in the Jetty and Confluence areas.

8:30pm Fireworks Display from theMART

Tuesday, May 14
Second Tuesdays on the Chicago Riverwalk
Come out to the Chicago Riverwalk on the second Tuesdays (May 14, June 11, July 9 and August 13) for live entertainment, discounts and special programming from vendors including Tiny Tapp and Café, Chicago Brewhouse, City Winery, O’Brien’s Restaurant and Island Party Hut.  Upcoming second Tuesdays in June, July and August will also feature LUMA8’s Arts in the Dark Lantern Processions on the Riverwalk featuring local theatre companies in honor of the Year of Chicago Theatre. Processions start at 8:30 p.m. just east of Columbus Street and move west to the Confluence area between Franklin and Lake Streets.

Chicago Architecture Center at the Confluence
Join CAC docents to hear their favorite stories about the larger-than-life characters who made the Chicago River the nation’s crossroad of commerce then transformed it into a cultural destination and a unique urban landscape lined with architectural masterpieces. Meet at the Confluence on the Riverwalk at Lake Street and Wacker Drive.  Reservations required ($3 fee) at architecture.org/Riverwalk2019.

Thursday, May 16–Sunday, May 19
11:30 a.m. & 1 p.m. Choose Chicago InstaGreeter
FREE one hour walks with a city wise local volunteer highlighting the history, architecture and life along the Riverwalk.  Meet a Greeter at the Plaza in front of the Bridgehouse Museum, Michigan Ave and the Riverwalk.  Walks are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. No one knows Chicago like a Greeter!

Friday, May 17
Noon–6 p.m. Fishing at the Jetty with the Chicago Park District
Returning for its third year, the Chicago Park District will share a preview of their popular Fishing at the Jetty. As they fish outdoors, children learn about the ecosystem and the role the river plays in Chicago’s history and future. The Chicago Park District’s free public programming will expand this season, with three days (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays), weekly from June 27 to August 17, of hands-on, spontaneous activities on the Chicago Riverwalk.

Saturday, May 18
Chicago Architecture Center Walking Tours
Enjoy FREE CAC docent-led mini-walking tour along the Riverwalk and learn about the Riverwalk’s history and design. Meet at the Vietnam War Memorial at State Street and Wabash Avenue. Reservations required ($3 fee) at architecture.org/Riverwalk2019.Times: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Vietnam War Memorial at State Street and Wabash Avenue.

WWII Submarine Memorial Dedication
A group of Navy veterans have developed a submarine memorial for the Chicago Riverwalk to Honor, Educate and Inspire. Twenty-eight submarines were manufactured in Wisconsin after the attack on Pearl Harbor and traveled through the Chicago River to get to the Gulf of Mexico, via the Mississippi River on through the Panama Canal and ultimately to the war effort in the Pacific. The new memorial includes a submarine door and seating and will be located near the updated Field Drive Plaza on the east end of the Riverwalk. The time for the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

The Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebration is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management, Choose Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the vendors and boat tour operators along the Riverwalk.

Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebration activites are free unless otherwise noted. The Riverwalk is open to the public from 6 a.m.–11 p.m. throughout the year. For more information about the Chicago Riverwalk and a complete schedule of events, visit chicagoriverwalk.us and join the conversation on social media using #ChiRiverwalk.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

About the Chicago Riverwalk
The City of Chicago’s award-winning Chicago Riverwalk, a 1.25-mile promenade through the heart of downtown, has quickly become one of the city’s most popular destinations for art, music, dining and the enjoyment of natural habitats, beloved by Chicagoans and visitors alike.  The Riverwalk is managed by the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management with programming support from the Access to the space is free and open to the public daily from 6 a.m.–11 p.m. 

2019 Year of Chicago Theatre
The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theatres have designated 2019 as the ‘Year of Chicago Theatre.’ This citywide, year-long focus on theatre is the first of its kind in the U.S. The initiative includes performances and special events throughout the city – including theatre-themed events in all 77 community areas, as part of the Chicago Park District’s ‘Night Out in the Parks’ series. The City of Chicago and its partners will also launch a marketing campaign; provide additional financial grants to theatre projects; encourage dialog around inclusion and equity; and call on civic, philanthropic, arts and business leaders to support the theatre community. To truly fall in love with Chicago, you must go to our theatres. This is where the city bares its fearless soul. From Broadway musicals to storefront plays and improv, there’s a seat waiting for you at one of our 200+ theatres. Book your next show today at ChicagoPlays.com.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Macy's - Upcoming Events in the Chicago Area (Illinois)

 

 
 
 
CHICAGO AREA EVENT LISTINGS
 

Customer Information:  Visit
www.macys.com/events                                                   
 
BUNNY BRUNCH
Saturday, April 20, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.
Macy’s State Street – Walnut Room
Macy’s Oakbrook – Signature Kitchen
Families are invited for an exclusive brunch with the Easter Bunny at Macy’s. Enjoy a buffet brunch, Easter fun, and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself! For event details and to make reservations, visit: www.macysrestaurants.com.
 
MACY'S CARDHOLDER EXCLUSIVE TREATS DURING FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE
Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
Macy’s State Street –  1st Floor, Handbags Department

Customers will enjoy 30% off storewide selections* and complimentary treats while they shop Macy’s Friends & Family Sale! Guests who flash their Macy's Credit Card at the Star Rewards station starting at 2PM will receive complimentary sips & sweets**!
 
Event subject to change or cancellation. *Exclusions apply. **Must be a Macy's Credit Cardholder to receive and have card present to qualify. While supplies last and time permits. Offer non-transferable, one offer per household, and not for resale. Employees are not eligible.
 
WATERFORD SIGNING EVENT WITH VINCENT RELLIS
Friday, May 3, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Macy’s Woodfield– Lower Level, Crystal Department

Join Macy’s for the launch of the Copper Coast collection, which draws inspiration from the rugged Irish coastline. Stunningly crafted using skills perfected over decades, the Copper Coast collection embodies the Irish tradition for bringing people together making everyday moments special with outstanding crystal design. Vincent Rellis, master craftsman and spokesperson for Waterford, will teach guests how the collection is handmade in Ireland at the House of Waterford Crystal, and he will sign any purchases made.
 
For more information, please call: 847.706.6000 Event subject to change or cancellation. Event also occurring at Macys.com. Customers are able to go online and order Waterford pieces to be signed.
 
MOTHER’S DAY SHOPPING PARTY
Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.
Macy’s State Street – 3rd Floor, Women’s Department
Customers can find the perfect gift for Mom at Macy’s with personalized gifts in cosmetics, home, jewelry and more. With any $100 purchase in the jewelry department, guests will receive a $25 gift card to a local restaurant. In addition, when customers buy a dress at the event, Macy’s will cover the cost of basic alterations for the first 25 customers to sign up with Macy’s in-house tailor.* Plus, the first 25 cardholders to flash their Macy's credit card at the Star Rewards station will receive one complimentary deluxe box of chocolates with any Macy's purchase at the event.
 
All events are subject to change or cancellation. Promotions are while time permits and supplies last. Exclusions apply; click through for individual event details. *Limited to the first 25 customers to sign up with Macy’s in-house tailor. See tailor for list of basic alterations. Valid on Saturday, May 4th from 1PM-3PM at Macy’s State Street only.
 
WATERFORD SIGNING EVENT WITH VINCENT RELLIS
Saturday, May 4, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
Macy’s Oakbrook– 3rd Floor, Crystal Department

Join Macy’s for the launch of the Copper Coast collection, which draws inspiration from the rugged Irish coastline. Stunningly crafted using skills perfected over decades, the Copper Coast collection embodies the Irish tradition for bringing people together making everyday moments special with outstanding crystal design. Vincent Rellis, master craftsman and spokesperson for Waterford, will teach guests how the collection is handmade in Ireland at the House of Waterford Crystal, and he will sign any purchases made.
 
Event subject to change or cancellation. Event also occurring at Macys.com. Customers are able to go online and order Waterford pieces to be signed.
 
ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENT
Thursday, May 9, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.
Macy’s State Street – 1st Floor, Handbags

Macy’s celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by shining a spotlight on the contributions of comedy actors and writers of Asian and Pacific Island heritage. Macy’s will proudly honor the art of comedy through a conversation, Q&A, and meet-and-greet* with comedian Joel Kim Booster!
 
Event subject to change or cancellation. *One photo per person, while time permits. No selfies. Pictures will be taken by customer’s phone/camera by Macy’s personnel.
 
SUMMER FASHION
Saturday, May 18, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.
Macy’s State Street – 3rd Floor, Women’s  Department


Explore all that summer has to offer with interactive displays of Macy’s IT List items.  Check out our vignette inspirations throughout the event to be in the know about the latest trends for all your summer celebrations-- from graduation to vacation to home entertainment! Enjoy live music, sweet treats and be one of the first 25 Cardholders to flash your Macy’s Credit Card at our Star Rewards station and receive* a complimentary travel kit during the event!
 
Event subject to change or cancellation.   *Must be a Macy’s Credit Cardholder to receive and have card present to qualify. While supplies last and time permits. Offer non-transferable, one offer per household, and not for resale. Employees are not eligible.