Saturday, September 01, 2012



Chef Joho will host the first annual No Kid Hungry Dinner – Chicago at Everest on September 19, 2012. This spectacular seated dinner features Chef Joho alongside Chef Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres Chocolate in New York.  Together the chefs will prepare a multi-course meal with a cause: ending childhood hunger in America. This event is chaired by Ken Pelletier and Amanda Lao, who are committed to the cause of ensuring all children have the nutritious food they need to learn, grow and thrive. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in auctions that include one-of-a-kind culinary, travel and lifestyle items, including dinner for two at Eiffel Tower Restaurant, dinner for six at Everest, a reception at Paris Club, and a hotel room stay at Hôtel du Palais Biarritz.
Since 2005, No Kid Hungry dinners have raised nearly $5 million to support the No Kid Hungry campaign, ensuring that kids across the U.S. have access to the nutritious food they need to lead healthy, active lives. In March 2012, Share Our Strength, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the Illinois Commission to End Hunger, and Governor Pat Quinn joined forces to form the Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign. The campaign works to increase enrollment among eligible children in Summer Meals and School Breakfast programs.

“From the first day we met I have always embraced my friend and colleague Jacques Torres,” says Chef Joho. “This is a collaboration between two French chefs working in two different American cities who are coming together for one special evening in Chicago. I hope this first annual dinner will have an enormous impact for Share Our Strength and help fuel the fight against childhood hunger.”

“As a chef, spending so much time cooking for others, food and nutrition are near and dear to my heart,” said Chef Jacques Torres. “I believe no child should live with the stress of hunger and support the No Kid Hungry Campaign so children across the country will have access to the nutritious meals they need.”
The cocktail reception starts at 6 p.m. with dinner seating at 7 p.m. Tickets are $500 per person with table hosting opportunities available starting at $5,000. Make reservations at 202-478-6528 or visit
About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® Seated Dinners 
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® dinners are hosted by the nation’s finest restaurants, with renowned chefs joining together to prepare a multi-course meal with a cause: ending childhood hunger in America. Guests enjoy legendary meals, learn more about the No Kid Hungry campaign in an intimate setting, and have the opportunity to participate in auctions that include one-of-a-kind culinary, travel and lifestyle items. Funds support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America.  Learn more about No Kid Hungry seated dinners

About Everest
440 S. LaSalle Street, 312-663-8920
Located in an unforgettable setting on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest allows you and your guests the opportunity to take in the glittering skyline while enjoying Chef/Proprietor J. Joho’s world-renowned French cuisine, consisting of the finest seasonal fare, local specialties and organic ingredients. Our luxurious private dining rooms come alive with attentive service and fulfilled requests including personalized menus, customized décor, music, audio-visual presentations and displays. As the only Chicago member of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux, Everest accommodates any size affair, from an intimate dinner to a 175-guest soirée. Reservations can be made by calling 312-663-8920 or visiting

Thursday, August 30, 2012



The Gene Siskel Film Center celebrates its 40th Anniversary throughout 2012 and continues to honor its mission to present significant world cinema in a non-commercial context that sets aesthetic, critical, and entertainment standards.

Film/Lecture Series American Cinema of the 1950s (August 31-December 11) features 14 programs with weekly Tuesday lecture/discussions by Fred Camper, artist and longtime art and film critic for the Chicago Reader and many other publications. Films by a wide variety of the greatest Hollywood filmmakers--including John Ford, Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, and Orson Welles--will be accompanied by experimental and independent films to illuminate key themes of the period: the family, the Bomb, corruption, materialism, and cinema itself for lived experience. September titles: Welles’ Touch of Evil, Ford’s The Searchers, Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly, an archival print of Hitchcock’s Vertigo (rare IB Technicolor print of the original 1958 release), and Hawks’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

A Tribute to Film Movement (September 8-October 3) salutes the 10th anniversary of the New York-based distribution company which has launched more than 125 innovative foreign films by distribution in theaters and in the home market via its monthly video club. Featured in the series will be the Chicago premieres of Teddy Bear and The Piano in a Factory.

Landscapes: A Tour of Recent Turkish Cinema (September 9-October 3) is a series of eight films sampling the latest trends in one of the world’s most vital national cinemas in which both areas of commercial and art-house have been productive representing a country which is viewed as a cultural/geographical bridge, linking Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Asia, creating “a certain cultural schizophrenia…both coolly aloof and jarringly expressive” according to film critic Bilge Ebiri. The series will be presented in conjunction with the 10th Chicago Turkish Festival, September 9-12, in Daley Plaza.

Organized by SAIC’s Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation,  Conversations at the Edge (September 13-November 15) is a dynamic weekly series of screenings, artist talks, and performances by some of the most compelling media artists of yesterday and today, including in September and early October: Wu Tsang with landmark Los Angeles Latin/LGBT bar portrait Wildness; curators Lori Felker and Mark Toscano with the two-engagement program Special Warning: Robert Nelson; Brenna Murphy with her exploration of physical and virtual psychedelia in Brenna Murphy; and In Free Fall: Hito Steyerl featuring video essays presented in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition focus: Hito Steyerl.

First Chicago run! Following the Oscar-nominated Dogtooth, director Yorgos Lanthimos tackles yet another darkly comic story in Alps (September 7-14) in which his characters conjure up a bizarre alternate world where they hire themselves out as unorthodox grief counselors moving in with bereaved families and impersonating the deceased.

Take This Waltz (September 7-13), the follow-up to director Sarah Polley’s acclaimed debut Away from Her, again looks at the messiness of love in a story which concerns a Toronto travel writer (Michelle Williams) in a comfortable marriage to a cookbook author (Seth Rogen) and the lure of a passionate affair with a handsome neighbor (Luke Kirby).

New print! Lost late New Wave masterpiece We Won’t Grow Old Together (September 14-19) is receiving its first U.S. release in 40 years after it opened in France. Maurice Pialet’s autobiographical film tracks the extended fade-out of a six-year, on/off, won’t-die-easy affair between a married filmmaker and a younger lower-class woman.

World premiere! Director in person! Band of Sisters (September 14-20) follows the journey of Catholic nuns in the 50 years following Vatican II of the 1960s from sheltered “daughters of the church” swathed in medieval dress to activists on the front lines of such causes as civil rights and immigration, increasingly finding themselves on a collision course with the conservative elements of their own church. Director Mary Fishman will be present for audience discussion on Friday, September 14; Saturday, September 15; Monday, September 17; and Thursday, September 20. She will be joined by the following sisters, listed by date: Friday: Pat Murphy and JoAnn Persch, Sisters of Mercy (Justice Ministers for the Sisters of Mercy); Saturday: Kathleen Desautels, Sisters of Providence
(staff member, 8th Day Center for Justice); Thursday: Lillian Murphy, Sisters of Mercy
(CEO, Mercy Housing).
New restored print! Shirley Clarke’s groundbreaking The Connection (September 14-20) is a fusion of New Wave, cinema verité, the Beat movement, improv jazz, and postmodern reflexivity. This dynamically cinematic extrapolation of the legendary 1959 Living Theater production of Jack Gelber’s play of the same title features real-life junkies and jazz musicians waiting for the pusher man in a Manhattan loft as documented by filmmakers.

Chicago premiere! Detropia (September 21-27) is an evocative look at the ailing metropolis, the omnipresence of desolation of empty buildings overgrown with weeds, and citizens from UAW workers to artists who speak out about what went wrong and what could still go right in the Motor City. Co-director Heidi Ewing will be present for audience discussion on Friday, September 21, at 8:30 pm and Saturday, September 22, at 8:00 pm.

In To Rome with Love (September 21-27), Woody Allen continues his career-revivifying European tour with this effervescent valentine to the Eternal City featuring a mind-boggling cast and the magical work of Midnight in Paris cinematographer Darius Khondji.

Chicago premiere! Director Steve James in person! Head Games (September 28-October 4), by acclaimed documentary director James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), tackles the controversial issue of traumatic head injuries in football, soccer, hockey, wrestling, and other sports. Inspired by the book Head Games by former Harvard football player and pro wrestler Christopher Nowinski, the film examines the mounting medical evidence that even mild concussions yield permanent brain damage and steps squarely into the debate on safety in sports at the amateur and professional levels. James will be present for audience discussion on Friday, September 28, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 30, at 5:15 pm.

Limited Engagements
Chicago premiere! Filmmakers in person! California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown (September 8) is the inside story of the life and dynasty of a man who became one of the most influential and powerful political leaders of the 20th century from when he was a young man who couldn’t afford college through a career that culminated in two terms as governor of California. Director/writer Sascha Rice, executive producer Hillary Armstrong, and Kathleen Brown (1994 gubernatorial candidate and daughter of Pat Brown) will be present for audience discussion.

Chicago premiere! Director Peter Navarro in person! Death by China (September 10), based on Navarro’s book of the same title, takes a hard-hitting look at the disastrous trade imbalance that has brought Americans a never-ending stream of cheap consumer goods at the cost of American jobs. Navarro will be present for audience discussion.

Chicago premiere! Side by Side (September 15, 17, 20) details how movies are currently undergoing their most drastic upheaval since the coming of sound in 1929 raising the question, does the digital revolution spell doom or new horizons for the medium? Clips and such film industry heavies as Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and George Lucas will be featured.

Chicago premiere! Director Eva Soltes in person! Lou Harrison: A World of Music (September 29 & October 1) is a look at perhaps the most-neglected giant of American music. A colleague and peer of John Cage, Virgil Thompson, and Charles Ives, Harrison was a forerunner of world music and pioneered the fusion of Eastern and Western influences and instruments, and was also an outspoken activist involved in pacifist and gay causes. Director Soltes will be present for audience discussion at both screenings.

Greek Film Festival! Opening Night! Unfair World (October 4): A dead body, a dubious murdered, and a snoopy cleaning lady with a suspicious wad of cash are all ingredients in this droll policier.

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All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening--unless stated otherwise--are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787,
, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.

Please note the following:
Lecture series discount: Gene Siskel Film Center members pay discounted admission of $4 to any screening in the series American Cinema of the 1950s.

Saturday double-bill discount for A Tribute to Film Movement: buy a ticket for the first Film Movement film on any Saturday in September and get a ticket for the second Film Movement film that day at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): $7/general admission; $6/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office).

Sunday double-bill discount for Landscapes: A Tour of Recent Turkish Cinema: buy a ticket for the first Turkish film on any Sunday in September and get a ticket for the second Turkish film that day at this discount rate (tickets must be purchased at the same time): $7/general admission; $6/students; $4/Film Center members. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount rate available only at the Film Center box office.)

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A Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit

Discounted parking is available for $14 for nine hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit

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The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 40 years of presenting cutting edge programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 89,000.

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC's resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit



Great product from an established product line!


It's hard to believe I was at the newly opened H2O+ Plus store on Michigan Avenue photographing actress Mariel Hemingway's appearance for her fragrance line,'Mariel.'
in 1984 and Seventeen years later,the Michigan Avenue H2O at 600 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611(tel: 312.397.1243) is still serving their happy customers.

I thought the Sea Results H2O+ Plus Overnight Perfecting Peel sounded perfect.
The gradient blue pump bottle is 1 ounce($34) and less than a dime size portion will go a long way covering your face a bit below the jaw line.
It stays a bit moist for a few minutes but not greasy or tacky.
Once dry,your skin will feel great,but you won't really notice
your using a major magic serum!

The combination of Glycolic and salicylic acids does not feel harsh like some products with the same two ingredient combination. If you've experienced overly dry skin or breakouts from those ingredients,perhaps the percentage they used was too strong for you.This is much gentler than previous products I've tried.

It took about a week, but the texture of my skin is so much smoother and it's starting to feel human again. Especially after my fiasco with a newer line of horrible drug store products that  I had used.
I have nothing nice to say about that skincare line but will mention,you really are better off buying quality products with a company that has knowledgeable staff and posts their ingredients online.

I did not have the moisturizer to add after using the Perfection Peel  but that could be next on my wish list as a compliment to this wonderful product line!
If they do not have a store in your area,check out their website for locations and online info and ordering:

1 fl oz/30 mL

This gentle liquid peel helps resurface the skin and restore vibrancy without irritation with glycolic and salicylic acids

    •    Glycolic and salicylic acids rapidly exfoliate dull surface cells to fade the look of expression lines, revitalize tone and refine texture
    •    Aloe and provitamin B soothe the skin and promote cellular repair
    •    Anti-aging nori, himanthalia and spirulina smooth and revitalize skin with nutrient-rich moisture

Salicylic Acid: Derived from white willow, salicylic acid is a naturally occurring beta hydroxy acid (BHA). It helps prevent clogged pores by slowing down the rate at which the skin sheds cells. Anti-inflammatory effects calm redness and help reduce pimples or razor burn.

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Anti-Aging Marine Blend: A transformative trio of natural seaweed extracts proven to help skin resist and repair the visible signs of aging.
    •    Nori: Deep reddish algae visibly firms skin that has lost elasticity, and reduces the appearance of surface lines
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Homestead Pig Roast 1pm – 5pm on Sunday, September 9 (Chicago)

Homestead Pig Roast 1pm – 5pm on Sunday, September 9 2012
Ticket price includes 100-pound spit-roasted pound Swabian Hall pig, passed appetizers and sides, three Templeton Rye cocktails, sweets from West Town Bakery & Diner, and more

  Homestead chef John Wayne Formica will throw a Pig Roast on the outside roof deck of Homestead (1924 W Chicago Ave) that will feature a  100-pound spit-roasted pound Swabian Hall pig, passed appetizers and sides, three different Templeton Rye cocktails, sweets from West Town Bakery & Diner, and more from 1pm-5pm on Sunday, September 9.

All guests will receive three Templeton Rye cocktails: Templeton Punch (Templeton Rye infused tea, simple syrup, fresh-squeezed lemon juice), Templeton Kicker (Templeton Rye, ginger beer, fresh-squeezed lime juice), and the No. 4 Homestead cocktail (Templeton Rye, green Chartreuse, Le Sirop lemon-thyme syrup, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, soda water) designed by Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe.  Cash bar will also be available.

All guests will also receive some of the 100 pound Swabian Hall pig from Iowa ( that chef Formica will roast on a spit over Templeton Rye barrels. The pig will be basted in coconut and Templeton Rye and will be served with a creamy gravy and a sweet liverwurst gravy on the side.

Passed appetizers will include Homestead signature dishes Two Way Potato, Mozzarella Roulade and Lamb Tartare with Housemade Chickpea Crisps along with roasted market vegetables and confit-herb roasted fingerling potatoes.

A selection of sweets from West Town Bakery & Diner will also be served.

Tickets are $45 per person. There are only 100 tickets available. Tickets must be purchased online at
For more information please contact Dave Andrews of Good Life PR at and 847.909.5511.

HOMESTEAD: A literal farm-to-table restaurant on a second story of Roots Handmade Pizza and West Town Bakery & Diner, Homestead features 70 seats in an intimate indoor air conditioned setting and 85 seats outside on its rooftop deck with full views of our 1,000 square foot organic food meadow and two massive hanging vertical gardens. Homestead features shareable plates from Chef John Wayne Formica, specialty cocktails from Revae Schneider of Femme du Coupe, an all-Midwestern beer list, an esoteric wine list, and a full liquor bar. Homestead is open from 5pm until 2am daily. More information on Homestead can be found at
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Join us for October After Hours: Drinks and music at Robie House Gather with friends at an icon of modernism

Join us for October After Hours: Drinks and music at Robie House
Gather with friends at an icon of modernism

  The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust will present October After Hours at Robie House, a festive, casual gathering with music and refreshments.  

The gatherings will take place 5-8 p.m. every Friday in October, beginning Oct. 5 and continuing Oct. 12, 19 and 26 at the Robie House, 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

An acoustic jazz combo, featuring guitarist Dave Saenger, will perform. Beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Admission is $30 for Preservation Trust Members and $35 for non-members. Visit
for tickets and further details.

Guests will have the chance to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s quintessential Prairie style home at their leisure. October After Hours allows access to Robie House’s private spaces, which include three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the third floor. Guests can also stroll the Robie House balconies to view the historic University of Chicago campus.

The Robie House is a world-renowned masterpiece and the first structure in the United States to receive landmark status based solely on its architectural merit. Designated as one of the top 10 structures of the 20th century by American Institute of Architects, Wright’s Robie House features an open floor plan, which introduced a new way of American living that reverberates today.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust provides public tours and educational programs at three Wright-designed structures: his Home and Studio in Oak Park, Ill.; the Robie House in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood; and The Rookery lobby in the Chicago Loop.

August 30 At Work Forum: Starting + Strengthening Your Creative Business


Tomorrow! Starting and Strengthening Your Creative Business
Thursday August 30 | 6:00 pm
image courtesy of Methods and Materials
image courtesy of Methods and Materials
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, 5th Floor

What do chainmaille jewelry, art handling and fashion design have in common? They are thriving local creative businesses that have utilized the Women’s Business Development Center.

Learn from Carmella Saraceno (Methods and Materials
), Rebeca Mojica (Blue Buddha Boutique), Chogie Fields (StalkDenim) as they discuss how they started and grew their creative businesses. Bring your questions about your creative business and about mentor / mentee relationships.

About the Panel:
Carmella Saraceno is a sculptor and founder and president of Methods and Materials, Inc., a 20 year-old international fine art / artifact rigging and installation company. Saraceno is currently starting an new business, a corner store for a beach community.

Rebeca Mojica is an author, instructor and award-winning chainmaille jewelry artist. She is the founder of Blue Buddha Boutique, one of the world's largest supplier of chainmaille components for artisans and hobbyists. Rebeca is the author of CHAINED (North Light Books, 2010), the top-rated instructional chainmaille jewelry book on She is a contributing editor to Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazine.

Chogie Fields is the founder of StalkDenim, a Chicago-based fashion line specializing in one of a kind jeans to fit the shapes of curvy women.

Meg Herman is Director of Entrepreneurial Services at the Women's Business Development Center and a Professional Certified Coach. She has coached, trained and outreached to emerging and established businesses for the past 4 years at WBDC. Prior to that she was a free spirited consultant to nonprofits, corporations and career changers for over 20+ years. This forum is produced by the Women's Business Development Center

As always, At Work Forums are free and open to the public. Listen to audio from past At Work Forums here.

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
78 E. Washington Street
Chicago IL 60602



Facebook fans win two tickets weekly to the inaugural chocolate events at Chicago’s Navy Pier on November 16-18 
Chocolate fanatics now have the opportunity to try their luck to win the Golden Ticket Giveaway on Facebook for the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show
taking place on Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show (consumer) will take place in conjunction with the National Chocolate Show
(trade) as the country’s preeminent chocolate events and the only dual consumer and trade shows dedicated to the chocolate industry.
Facebook fans will have the opportunity to win two free tickets to the first Chicago Fine Chocolate Show every Friday now until the show on November 16-18. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show aims to become one of the elite culinary events in the country allowing guests to explore artisanal products in the world of chocolate through tastings and educational demonstrations and conferences. To enter the Golden Ticket Giveaway, Facebook fans must visit here to enter
Even for non-winners, at the affordable ticket price of $25 for adults and $10 for children, guests can enjoy and learn more about the craft of fine chocolate in addition to finding distinct gifts for the upcoming holidays. The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show also provides a retail platform for rising artisan chocolatiers and pastry chefs to gain exposure during the prime holiday gift season.
Entries will be limited to one per day per e-mail address, and the winner will be selected at random. Travel and accommodations must be arranged by the winner. Tickets will be issued to the winners at the door of the event, and preference of attendance on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday must be coordinated prior to the show.
The National Chocolate Show and Chicago Fine Chocolate Show
The National Chocolate Show and Chicago Fine Chocolate Show will premiere as the preeminent chocolate events and the only dual consumer and trade shows dedicated to the chocolate industry in the country on Friday, November 16 through Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Endorsed by a team of elite sponsors in the industry including The French Pastry School, Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA), National Confectioners Association’s Chocolate Council, American Culinary Federation (ACF) –Windy City Professional Culinarians and more, The National Chocolate Show and Chicago Fine Chocolate Show will showcase Chicago as the leader in the chocolate industry, drive advancements in chocolate and educate both audiences through two distinct events. For more information, visit

Oakbrook Center to Host 50th Invitational Fine Art Show During Golden Anniversary Year

Oakbrook Center to Host 50th Invitational Fine Art Show During
Golden Anniversary Year

It’s a classic summer tradition, drawing thousands of visitors and showcasing thousands of works of art every Labor Day weekend. The Invitational Fine Art Exhibition, hosted by Oakbrook Center is getting ready to celebrate its 50th run, coinciding with Oakbrook Center ’s 50th anniversary. Visitors this year can expect a wider variety of art, as Oakbrook Center is combining the show with the popular Invitational Fine Craft Exhibition, previously held in July. 
On display will be paintings in watercolors, pastels, acrylics and oil; photography; pottery; sculptures; jewelry in fine metals and precious stones; works of art in fiber, glass, metal, wood, leather, stone and mixed media. Oakbrook Center will welcome more than 150,000 visitors when the show takes place Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“This show is one of the longest standing and most popular traditions in Oakbrook Center ’s 50-year history,” said Suzanne Cook-Beres, senior marketing manager of Oakbrook Center . “Both artists and visitors come to us from all over, making this one of the most sought-after locations for an art event. Our location – an open-air center with a park-like atmosphere – provides a perfect backdrop for the artwork.”
Oakbrook Center ’s Invitational Fine Art Exhibition showcases work from artists all over the U.S. and Canada . The 130 participating artists are selected through a jurying process.  
“This is my 27th year exhibiting at the Invitational Fine Art Exhibition, and it’s a show that I am honored to be a part of each and every year,” said Steve Brewster of Moon Bay Art in Poteau, Okla. “The response I get from this show is very positive – it’s really helped me to promote my talent as an artist and feel like a vital part of the larger artistic community.”
Admission is free and during the show, restaurants and shops will be open for business.
More information about the Invitational Fine Art Exhibition can be found online at
, as well as on Facebook at and Twitter via @OakbrookCenter.
Oakbrook Center is located in Oak Brook, Ill., on the corner of Route 83 and Cermak Road just off of Interstates 88 and 294. The center features a unique collection of more than 160 shops and restaurants. Shopping hours are: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For complete information, please visit
or call 630/573-0700.

About Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc. a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping regional malls throughout the United States and Brazil .  The Company currently owns, or has an interest in, 150 regional shopping malls comprising approximately 141.7 million square feet of gross leasable area.  The Company is headquartered in Chicago , Illinois , and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.  For further information please visit