Friday, May 30, 2014

National Macaroon Day is May 31. Celebrate at Delightful Pastries! (Chicago)

National Macaroon Day is May 31. Celebrate at Delightful Pastries and Enjoy Chicago's Best, including its news Boozy Coconut Macaroon with Vodka and Chocolate Buttercream. 

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Delightful Pastries has been named as one of the top locations in Chicago to enjoy traditional French Macarons (Chicago Now, March 12, 2013). If you haven't already experienced a Delightful macaron, May 31 is the perfect day to try. It's National Macaroon Day. 

There are two distinctively different kinds of macaroons, thus the spelling difference. Delightful happens to excel at both. Their French Macaron will save you the trip to Paris. Rivaling the best that the City of Lights has to offer, Delightful Pastries offers a variety including chocolate, black currant, marzipan, passion fruit, raspberry, hazelnut, pistachio and mango, $30 per pound or about $1 each. 

For the traditional Italian coconut Macaroon, Delightful has two large and worthy varieties, plain and one dipped in dark Belgium chocolate for $1.75 each. They recently added a new boozy coconut macaroon which features a macaroon base and a vodka and chocolate buttercream, $30 per pound.

Macaroons always are available at Delightful Pastries but National Macaroon Day is a good excuse to indulge. Pickup a selection at all three Delightful Pastries locations: Old Town at 1710 N. Wells St., (312) 255-0724; Jefferson Park at 5927 W. Lawrence, (773) 545-7215, and Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton, (312) 234-9644. Visit
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Photo by Cindy Kurman

Thursday, May 29, 2014

GreatValueVacations Offers Luxury Ireland Vacation Package At 25% Savings For Travel This Fall

GreatValueVacations Offers Luxury Ireland Vacation Package
At 25% Savings For Travel This Fall
Package Includes Round-Trip Airfare,
Accommodations In Four- And Five-Star Hotels, And Rental Car
Rockville Centre, NY (May 27, 2014) — Consumers in search of the ultimate travel bargain for a 2014 vacation will not be able to pass up GreatValueVacations
' Luxury Ireland Vacation Package priced from $1,199 for 6 nights.  This special savings is available for a short time only, for bookings made through June 13, 2014.
This luxurious trip includes incredible 4- and 5-star hotel accommodations in some of the most popular areas as well as some that are a little more off the beaten track for those who want to explore deeper into the countryside.
With a rental car at their disposal for the duration, travelers will have total control over where they go and what they see.  The first nights will be at the 5-star Heritage Resort & Spa in County Laois — a gorgeous resort just a short drive from Dublin’s city center where they can see several internationally recognized monuments and enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
Next stop is the Cahernane House Hotel in Kerry, an interesting city with a wonderful balance of picturesque countryside and city action.  The Ring of Kerry, the Muckross House and Gardens, and the Killarney National Park are all scenic spots to visit while the actual town of Kerry is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and pubs just begging to be experienced.
Travelers will have two nights at the 5-star Glenlo Abbey in Galway.  While in Galway, it's time to stroll through the unique town and visit the many art galleries and artisan shops that are sprinkled along the cobblestoned streets.  The Kylemore Abbey and the Dunguaire Castle are both breathtaking sights just waiting to be investigated.
Finally, this amazing Irish vacation will conclude in County Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland” at the Druids Glen Resort.  There is a great golf course on-site and the property is surrounded by the spectacular nature of Wicklow for those who enjoy hiking, photography, and communing with nature.
  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Dublin (DUB)
  • Manual shift economy size car rental for duration
  • 1 night at the Heritage Resort, Laois (room only) 
  • 2 nights at the Cahernane House Hotel or Similar, Kerry (room only)
  • 2 nights at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel or Similar, Galway (room only)
  • 1 night at the Druids Glen Hotel or Similar, Wicklow (room only)
This package is priced from $1,199 from New York, $1,528 from Atlanta, $1,287 from Boston, $1,199 from Charlotte, $1,342 from Chicago, $1,496 from Los Angeles, $1,386 from Orlando, $1,502 from San Francisco, and $1,620 from Washington, DC, based on travel on select dates in October and November 2014. Prices are per person, double occupancy, based on 7-day advance purchase and effective for bookings through June 13th.
Other departure dates and origins are available at slightly higher rates.  Prices include round-trip economy class airfare including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees including the September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees.
There is also a $99 upgrade per person (actual $150 value) available for this package which includes:
  • Breakfast daily
  • Admission to Cliffs of Moher
  • House of Waterford Crystal Tour and the Guinness Storehouse
For additional information on all of GreatValueVacations' Luxury Ireland Vacation Package, click here
or call 800-896-4600
About GreatValueVacations
GreatValueVacations is changing the way consumers travel by creating expertly designed, high-quality, air-inclusive vacations to compelling destinations at affordable prices.  With so many online resources to find air, hotels, transportation, and more, consumers can spend many hours doing research trying to put it all together.  GreatValueVacations takes the guesswork out of planning the perfect vacation by doing all of the legwork and packaging upscale travel products that have been vetted by destination experts.  GreatValueVacations also offers advice and recommendations on what to see and do in each locale, and provides customer support every step of the way. Additionally, GreatValueVacations' state-of-the-art technology offers the ability to book complicated vacations in just a few clicks. 
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Smash Hit Comedy BUYER & CELLAR Enters Final Three Weeks In Chicago



  BUYER & CELLAR, starring the original New York star Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), enters its final three weeks at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut).  The first national tour for BUYER & CELLAR launched in Chicago and the six week engagement will end June 15, 2014 before continuing on its National Tour across North America.  Producers Darren Bagert (“Of Mice and Men,” “The Glass Menagerie”), Dan Shaheen (“Peter and the Starcatcher,” “The Fantasticks”), Ted Snowdon (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “Spring Awakening”) and Daryl Roth (“Kinky Boots,” “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”) brought this hilarious new comedy to Chicago.
The critically-acclaimed hit comedy BUYER & CELLAR and Michael Urie continue to wow the press in Chicago: 
“Laugh-out-loud fun and a smart and hilarious comedy.”
-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“Too Good to Pass Up! A Wickedly Funny Fantasia on Barbra Streisand.”
-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“A Show that Can’t Be Missed! Come for Babs; stay for Michael Urie”
-Hank Mendheim, Windy City LIVE
“Michael Urie is a Tour-De-Force.”
-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago
Alex More has a story to tell.  A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the mall in Barbra Streisand's Malibu basement.  One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play.  It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs?  BUYER & CELLAR is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs.
BUYER & CELLAR had its world premiere in April 2013 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, where it received rave reviews and played a sold-out, extended run before transferring to the Barrow Street Theatre where it opened June 24, 2013 and continues to break box office records starring CBS’ “NCIS: Los Angeles” star Barrett Foa.  The play recouped its initial investment faster than any Off-Broadway show and recently won the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show.
“A triumph!  I tell you to GO. The most talked about new comedy of the season.  It goes down as easily and tastily as lemon sorbet, and the only pain in your stomach it creates is the kind that comes from laughing too hard.”
The New York Times
“Hilarious! Beyond brilliant. This show will go down like butta.”
Entertainment Weekly
“The show is a crowd-pleaser.”
New Yorker
“It’s a Funny-Girl Babs inspired comedy”
New York Post
“A delectable treat…uproariously funny.”
The Huffington Post
“A Smash Hit!”
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (No 6 p.m. performance June 1)
Please note: Ticket prices and performance schedule subject to change.

Tickets for BUYER & CELLAR are on-sale now.  A select number of premium tickets are available for many performances. Groups of 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at

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Tiki Gods Take Over The Monthly Tokio Pub Beer Dinner


(Schaumburg, IL)- Grab your Hawaiian shirt and your grass skirt and get ready to kâholo at the biggest Luau to hit the Northwest suburbs ever! On Monday, June 30th, Tokio Pub is celebrating its monthly beer dinner Luau-style, complete with ukuleles, marimbas, a whole roasted Kalua pig, and libations! Guests can also expect hula dancers and surprise entertainment for $45 per person plus tax and gratuity. The best part of all: everyone attending will get leied! Reservations are required and can be made by calling 319.438.2722 and asking for Erin. 

The menu for the evening includes:

Course One
Poke-Style Tartare & Togarashi Pork Rinds

Course Two
Big Island Fish Tacos with Honeymoon Guacamole

Course Three
Kalua-Style Roasted Pig with Jicama & Tropical Fruit Slaw

Course Four
Molten Lava Cake with Passion Fruit Ice Cream

Plus, a surprise course will be added the day of the dinner!
Tokio Pub specializes in fresh Japanese cooking, served in a richly-hued dining room with lively music, friendly service & an edgy atmosphere. Located adjacent to Shaw's Crab House in Schaumburg's Streets of Woodfield, Tokio Pub is open for lunch, dinner & cocktails.

East Asian classics are blended with flavors from Japan & Latin America to create a unique pub menu. Try specialty Sushi, Tacos & our signature Hot Rock, along with Japanese Stir Fry, House-made Ramen & Tokio Pub's famous chocolate filled Beignets. 

Tokio Pub is open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, and on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Valet parking is available for $5 per vehicle, four season patio for 40 diners is available and all major credit cards accepted. For more info, call 847.278.5181, visit the website at, tweet at @Tokio_Pub, join the Mobile Club (text Tokio to 30364) or keep up on Facebook at

                        1900 E. Higgins Rd.
                        Schaumburg, IL  60173



Chicago Artists Resource-Jobs & Calls + Regional Grants & Prizes + Literary Video


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City of West Lafeyette (IN) Public Art

$5,000–9,000 for sculptural or environmental public art.
DUE: June 27, 2014

Graham Foundation

$20K grants for projects focused on space and architecture.
DUE: September 15, 2014

Frieze Magazine

For new art critics. Winner gets assignment and £2,000.
DUE: July 21, 2014

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New Articles: On Curation and Editing

We often focus on how to make art and how to make a living at it. What we sometimes overlook is that second set of eyes—the editors, curators and producers—that help shape our work and hone our focus.
From a writer grappling with time cycles to a painter who comes around on a curatorial mistake, performances in homes to community art in Minnesota, this month we present a sampling of the curatorial process at work across disciplines and around the Midwest.

Singlepage: Laura Krughoff

Video: Laura Krughoff Reads The History of a Hunting Accident
In The History of a Hunting Accident, Laura Krughoff elevates a small-town rumor to a different type of fiction, and tells us about a difference of opinion with her editor that sharpened her resolve.
Singlepage invites authors to read a page of their work and discuss their writing process. Have a story to share?

Click to read about Chicago Home Theater Festival
by Victoria Bradford
The Chicago Home Theater Festival curates places more than performances to create new networks of audiences across neighborhoods.

Click to read "Blue Mountain Clues"
by Vicki Milewski
A misunderstanding at the Terra Museum uncovers a lost thread in this artist's artistic research that changes the course of her practice.

Click to shop the fifth-annual community-supported art at Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts Launches 5th-Annual C.S.A.
Shares in the fifth-annual community supported art
program at Springboard for the Arts go on sale today, Wednesday, May 28. Get work from a pool of ten Minneapolis-based artists. First come, first served!
Interested in curating your own C.S.A.? Join over 40 organizations nationwide who have done the same. Springboard's Creative Exchange offers a toolkit
for a $45 donation.
"We created the Creative Exchange because of our belief that artists are vital contributors to their communities," says Carl Swanson, the director of movement building for Springboard. "Creative Exchange is an exciting, artist-led artist-driven space for people to share what they've learned to make their communities better. The toolkits have been real-world tested and are easily adapted to new communities and challenges."

Upcoming Events

Art Festivals & Fairs: From Inception To Execution
A.B.C Art.Business.Create

Monday, June 30, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.
$15 for general public, $10 for CAC Members, free for residents
For this workshop, organizers of film, music, performance and theater festivals and fairs will share the experience gained and lessons learned as they built successful city-wide and international arts festivals.

Chicago Artists Month

"Crossing Borders" application deadline is June 16, 2014.
The 18th-annual Chicago Artists Month
will take place this October. Artists, arts organizations and community organizations in all creative genres are encouraged to participate by producing events that fulfill the criteria and respond to the theme "Crossing Borders."

Last Chance: Click for discounted tickets to Starving Artist

CAR is funded in part by grants from The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Joyce Foundation and Leveraging Investments in Creativity, Inc. (LINC).

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