Friday, August 08, 2014

New Illinois survey shows consumers feeling the pain of identity theft as data breach incidents have increased in frequency

New Illinois survey shows consumers feeling the pain of identity theft as data breach incidents have increased in frequency

Fifty percent of Illinoisans have been a victim or know someone who has, according to a survey by Experian’s ProtectMyID®

 A new online survey conducted for Experian’s ProtectMyID® reveals that while many Illinoisans know some of the dos and don’ts of how to protect themselves against identity theft, they are still victims at a high rate. The survey shows that 50 percent of residents overall and 54 percent in Chicago either have been a victim of identity theft or know someone who has been affected by the crime. This could be attributed to the propensity of data breaches that have occurred across the country and the 16 breaches reported in Illinois so far this year.1

Although some residents are vigilant in taking key steps for protection, such as avoiding sharing their Social Security number unless required (78 percent) or keeping antivirus and antimalware programs up to date on their computers (71 percent), there is room for more proactive measures. Only 40 percent of people check their credit reports regularly for signs of possible identity theft, and a quarter of people add strangers to their social networks.

The statewide study surveyed 1,051 consumers about their knowledge and behaviors related to identity theft. Other behaviors that put residents at risk include not protecting mobile devices with passwords (60 percent) and still receiving paper statements (38 percent).

Though residents are taking a few proactive measures to prevent identity theft, there are always more precautions they can take especially in light of the increase in company data breaches occurring,” said Becky Frost, senior manager of consumer education for Experian’s ProtectMyID. “You never know when a breach may happen, so it is recommended to change passwords on an ongoing basis, check your credit report frequently and limit personal information you provide to the organizations you access.”

Additional survey findings
Some Illinoisans have a solid level of awareness and security habits, but education is still needed to help residents avoid identity theft.

Individuals can be more security focused
  • Fifty-four percent of those surveyed do not keep track of what statements they expect every month in order to notice if any are missing
  • Fifty-one percent do not shred cancelled checks
  • More than 40 percent do not use different passwords for each of their online accounts

There is a lack of awareness about medical identity theft
  • Sixty-six percent of those surveyed have not heard of medical identity theft
  • For those familiar with medical identity theft, 9 percent were either victims of the crime or knew a family member who was
  • Almost 35 percent of those familiar with medical identity theft were not aware that it can affect one’s credit score

Top tips to safeguard your identity
  • Change passwords on a regular basis
  • Avoid sharing personally identifying information, such as your birthday, on social networks
  • Shred financial documents before disposing of them
  • Review credit reports regularly, and watch for signs of fraud
  • If you receive a data breach notification letter from a business, follow the instructions and enroll in its offer of free protection products
  • Have a partner in the fight against identity theft; consider enrolling in identity protection monitoring, and take action if you receive alerts that your identity could be compromised

About the survey
The online survey was conducted by Qualtrics on behalf of Experian from June 10 through 12, 2014, among 1,051 adults ages 18 and older residing in Illinois. This online survey is not based on a probability sample; therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact

About Experian’s ProtectMyID
ProtectMyID is a leading, full-service provider of identity theft detection, protection and resolution. ProtectMyID offers identity theft protection supported by experienced identity theft resolution professionals who deliver personal attention that customers can rely on.® is a Website owned by® Inc., an Experian company. For more information about how ProtectMyID helps consumers protect themselves against identity theft, please visit
About Experian
Experian® is a leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.

Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2014, was US$4.8 billion. Experian employs approximately 16,000 people in 39 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and São Paulo, Brazil.

For more information, visit

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Dylan's Candy Bar Is Coming To CHICAGO!

Iconic Candy Emporium Launches New Location with Signature Sweets

  Dylan’s Candy Bar announced today the Spring 2015 opening of its new concept store in Chicago, with a partial holiday shop opening in November 2014. The opening of Dylan’s Candy Bar Chicago marks the fifth free standing store of the famed lifestyle brand, adding to Dylan’s Candy Bar New York, Los Angeles, Miami Beach and East Hampton, and will serve as the first Midwest location. Located on Michigan Avenue in a historic converted museum space in the glorious landmark Tribune Tower, Dylan’s Candy Bar Chicago will bring its coast-to-coast sugar rush experience to the Midwest. The much anticipated space, at 2 floors and 13,000 square feet, will have its signature lollipop tree, thousands of curated candies from around the world and a full service café and bar perfect for birthday parties to corporate events. The Dylan’s Candy Bar concept store will also feature unique art installations and allow vendors the opportunity to have creative swing shops.

“We are beyond excited to launch Dylan’s Candy Bar Chicago this Spring,” said Dylan Lauren, Founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar. “Opening a store in Chicago, the city where many candy entrepreneurs started companies and experienced the American Dream, is a ‘personal’ dream come true."

Dylan’s Candy Bar is set to officially open in Spring 2015 and will be located at 445 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

About Dylan’s Candy Bar
Dylan’s Candy Bar was founded in 2001 by Dylan Lauren with a mission to awaken the creative spirit and inner child in everyone. Renown for merging the worlds of art, fashion and pop culture with candy, Dylan's Candy Bar is the pioneer in changing the way we see candy. As the largest state-of-the-art sweets emporium and candy lifestyle brand, Dylan's Candy Bar is not your average "candy store."  The modern day candy land is home to over 7,000 candies from around the world, making it the most popular destination for the ultimate sugar rush experience.

Dylan's Candy Bar free standing stores are currently located in New York City, Los Angeles, East Hampton, and Miami and the Dylan’s Candy Bar shops are located in John F Kennedy International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Mohegan Sun Casino Resorts and Grand Traverse Resort. Dylan's Candy Bar plans to continue expanding to major cosmopolitan cities in the U.S. and worldwide. For more information please visit or

About Dylan Lauren
Dylan Lauren, known to many as the “Candy Queen,” is the founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar. Her stores in New York City, East Hampton, Los Angeles, and Miami are the most original candy emporiums on the planet, featuring unique candy from around the world and decades past. Dylan has been credited with changing the face of the candy industry and the way people view candy. As the daughter of legendary fashion icon Ralph Lauren and author Ricky Lauren, Dylan was immersed at an early age in design, art and fashion. After graduating from Duke University with a major in Art History, she traveled the globe in search of the world’s most exciting confectionery creations. By 2001, she realized her childhood dream by opening her first candy store inspired by Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Dylan shares entertaining, decorating and gift-giving ideas for every holiday and special occasion with her chic and colorful signature style in her book “Unwrap Your Sweet Life”. Dylan Lauren and her expert “candy-centric” tips are often featured in press across the country. Dylan plans on continuing to sweeten people’s lives and expanding her candy empire worldwide.


The Boomer List revealed: 19 celebs in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new PBS documentary, Newseum exhibit, book & DVD


Excited to share the full list of 19 iconic boomers -- one born each year of the baby boom from 1946-1964 -- featured in filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' new documentary American Masters: The Boomer List, premiering nationwide Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of the last baby boomers turning 50 this year.

THIRTEEN's American Masters Series Presents Filmmaker/Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' New Documentary, The Boomer List,
Premiering Nationwide Tuesday, September 23 on PBS

Preview video and connect with more than 200 cultural icons at

From the time of its birth, the baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world. 2014 marks an important shift in American culture, as the last boomers turn 50. American Masters: The Boomer List, premiering nationwide Tuesday, September 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), tells the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers--one born each year of the baby boom:  
1946 Tim O'Brien, Vietnam vet / author
1947 Deepak Chopra, M.D., New Age guru
1948 Samuel L. Jackson, actor
1949 Billy Joel, singer-songwriter
1950 Steve Wozniak, co-founder, Apple Computer
1951 Tommy Hilfiger, fashion designer
1952 Amy Tan, author
1953 Eve Ensler, playwright
1954 Julieanna Richardson, founder, The HistoryMakers
1955 Maria Shriver, journalist
1956 Kim Cattrall, actor
1957 Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM
1958 Ellen Ochoa, Director, Johnson Space Center
1959 Ronnie Lott, athlete
1960 Erin Brockovich, environmentalist
1961 Peter Staley, AIDS activist
1962 Rosie O'Donnell, entertainer
1963 David LaChapelle, artist
1964 John Leguizamo, actor

Intimate interviews by filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, The Latino List, The Out List) focus on these individuals' exceptional achievements, struggles and identities, sharing the experiences of these extraordinary Americans and the history they lived through and often created. Subjects illuminate the key movements and changes that shaped the world during the baby boom years, discussing the environment; arts and entertainment; science; civil, LGBT and women's rights; law; politics; public service; sports; the military; technology and media.  

"When I learned about this year's boomer milestone, I came up with the idea for The Boomer List," says Greenfield-Sanders, whose past films include About Face: Supermodels Then and Now and American Masters - Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart. "The film captures the boomer generation's dynamic spirit through 19 distinct 'American Masters' who had a profound effect on our world."

"The Boomer List is a celebration of this generation's impact on American culture. It is impossible to encapsulate in just a few words, but thanks to the talent both on camera and behind the lens, this remarkable film offers an incredible chorus of voices that somehow captures the zeitgeist of this era," says Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters.  

A DVD will be released via Perfect Day Films, and Greenfield-Sanders' 19 large-scale master portraits of the film's subjects will be featured in a companion coffee table book (Luxury Press), both available October 1. His portraits will also be part of an exhibition at the Newseum
in Washington, D.C. "The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders" opens September 26, 2014, and will be on display through June 30, 2015.  

Launched in 1986 by series creator Susan Lacy, American Masters has earned 26 Emmy Awards -- including nine for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series since 1999 and five for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special -- 12 Peabodys, an Oscar, three Grammys, two Producers Guild Awards and many other honors. Now in its 28th season on PBS, the series is a production of THIRTEEN
PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET. WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York's public television stations, and operator of NJTV. For more than 50 years, THIRTEEN has been a partner with the tri-state community, using its rich resources to inform and inspire the passionate people of New York and the world to better understand and address the issues that challenge our diverse communities.

To take American Masters beyond the television broadcast and further explore the themes, stories and personalities of masters past and present, the companion website (
) offers streaming video of select films, interviews, photos, outtakes, essays and other resources. American Masters is also seen on the WORLD channel, a 24/7, full-service multicast channel featuring public television's signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming, broadcast in nearly two-thirds of the United States.

               The Boomer List is a Perfect Day Films production. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is director. Music by Neal Evans. Charlie Watt Smith is editor. Graham Willoughby is director of photography. Betsy Berg, Ingrid Duran, Catherine Pino and Michael Slap Sloane are executive producers. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Tommy Walker and Chad Thompson are producers. For American Masters: Junko Tsunashima is supervising producer, Julie Sacks is series producer and Susan Lacy and Michael Kantor are executive producers.

American Masters is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, Jack Rudin, Vital Projects Fund, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation and public television viewers. Major funding for The Boomer List is provided by AARP as part of its yearlong program, Boomers@50+
, which celebrates this influential generation.

About WNET
As New York's flagship public media provider and the parent company of THIRTEEN
and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS
, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mike Schneider and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. WNET is also a leader in connecting with viewers on emerging platforms, including the THIRTEEN Explore iPad App where users can stream PBS content for free.



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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

U.S. Music Royalties Decoded In New Infographic!

  Interesting new Infographic from the Music Business Association:

U.S. Music Royalties Decoded In New Infographic

Music Business Association Decodes U.S. Music Royalties in New Infographic
Music Biz today released its latest infographic, “Music Royalties USA Quick Start Guide
,” which gives songwriters and performing musicians a simple way to understand the complex framework they must navigate to receive proper payment for their work.

The document illustrates how royalties are handled for songwriters, publishers, and performers in various media, such as Physical Products and Download Sales, Radio & TV, Satellite & Cable Radio, Non-Interactive Streaming Radio, On-Demand Streaming Music Services, and Synchronization – Movies, TV, Games, Etc. The infographic also explains some of the more misunderstood jargon related to royalties and tells songwriters, publishers, and performers exactly which entities they need to register with.

“Because the rules governing music royalties are so complex and differ so greatly from one medium to another, many artists are leaving a significant amount of money on the table without even knowing it,” said Bill Wilson, Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development at Music Biz. “This infographic arms songwriters, publishers, and performers with the knowledge they need to ensure they get everything they are owed, allowing them to get back to what they do best: making music. We’d also like to thank our Affiliate Partners ASCAP, BMI, The Harry Fox Agency (HFA), The Recording Academy, SESAC, and SoundExchange, who all helped review the infographic to ensure it fully captured the process.”

The “Music Royalties USA Quick Start Guide” is the latest in a series of informational infographics that affirm Music Biz’s commitment to the artist community by providing vital information needed to understand how the music industry works and tips to get the most out of the services available to them. Previous entries include the “Global Music Licensing Quick Start Guide
,” “SEO for Music Websites,” the “Artist Website Toolkit,” and more.

The infographic is available for free and can be viewed here


Chicago Film Festival on WTTW11: HIPSTERS on Friday August 8 at 10pm

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary this October 9-23, the Chicago International Film Festival is proud to partner with WTTW11 to present a different film each month from our exciting and diverse history. For the past five decades the Festival has introduced Chicago audiences to new directors, new voices and new visions from around the world. From award winners and audience favorites, to first films by acclaimed directors, this series showcases the outstanding programming that has defined the Festival since 1965.
Chicago International Film Festival 50th Anniversary presents:  

Dir. Valery Todorovsky, Russia, 2008

Friday, August 8 at 10:00pm


Film synopsis:
Moscow, 1955. Soviet uniformity is the order of the day, and most of the city's younger generations are happy to fall in line with the country's imposed ideology. But in the swingin' secret juke joints along the city's "Broadway," the threads are splashy, the cleavage is out, the lips are glossed red, and the pompadours scrape the sky. Meet the hipsters. The hatred of all the grim-faced comrades in Russia isn't going to stop them from showing their true colors. Meanwhile, the straight-laced Mels has been blindly marching along with the young "squares," led by the militantly anti-hipster Katya. That is, until the night he meets Polly during a KGB-style bust-up at the Pompadour Club. A love story wrapped in a period piece wrapped in a musical, Hipsters is both infectiously fun and a fitting reminder that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Russian with English subtitles. 125 minutes.

Shown at the 44th Chicago International Film Festival in 2008, Hipsters won the Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction.

To view the film's trailer, click here.
For upcoming 50th anniversary films on WTTW11, please click here

For additional information about the Chicago International Film Festival, click here


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Early morning car crash on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    photo © 2014 Linda Matlow/PixIntl

Many residents of north Lake Shore Drive near Addison Street were abruptly awakened from their sleep at approximately 2:50am from a car accident that had at least one vehicle completely flipped over. At least one person was taken into an ambulance.

I commend the almost immediate response from the Chicago Fire Department and Police Department for arriving within a blink of an eye.

My next question is,why are all of these people milling around the park and Recreation Avenue at odd hours? Go home,be good and get your beauty rest!

My heartfelt prayers and condolences to anyone that may have been involved in that accident.

If anyone has details,please send a private message.

The above photo is from my window. Canon 6D,iso 5000 Canon 70-200mm f4 IS lens.

R.I.P. Author and Publisher Rohn Engh of PhotoSource

 We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of publisher Rohn Engh. For decades Rohn has published the valuable newsletters geared to photographers looking to market their photos. From his best selling books to different tiers of photo newsletters with tips and photo want lists from publishers Rohn was the 'go to' source for all the photographer and publishing media years before the internet. Back in the 1980s I loved receiving my copy of Photoletter from his sprawling Pine Lake Farm and learned a lot from his sound business advice.

Below is the message we received. Our condolences to Rohn's family and many friends.
On Monday August 4th, Rohn Engh died of a sudden onset of infection causing serious pneumonia and multiple complications.  The doctors and nurses at the VA hospital were excellent and did everything possible for him, never giving up. The infection took Rohn in one week.  He was two months shy of his 85th birthday.
With Rohn's passing also pass the market letters and PhotoStockNOTES.  In recent years Rohn tried to find a buyer in preparation for retirement, but without success. We regret PhotoSource must close and no longer produce PhotoDaily, PhotoLetter, PhotoStockNOTES and PhotoStockNOTES/Plus.
Thank you for your interest in Rohn's marketletters and newsletter.  It was a great pleasure to Rohn over this long and gratifying course to be part of your photo marketing adventures.
Brue Swenson for PhotoSource


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Say "I Do" on 12/13/14 for $121,314 @ Eagle Ridge (Galena,IL)


A Mere $121,314 to Say “I Do” at Wedding of the Century
Couples Can Reserve Entire Eagle Ridge Resort on Rare Date of 12/13/14
   Future brides and grooms are clamoring to claim wedding locations for a  rare date – 12/13/14, or Dec. 13, 2014 –the last sequential calendar date in the 2000s. For those willing to pull out all the stops, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa ( in Galena, Illinois is offering a “Wedding of the Century” package. For $121,314, couples can reserve the entire 80-room Inn and Courtyard for their event and guests from Friday, Dec. 12 through Sun., Dec. 14. The package will not only include accommodations for the wedding couple and all their guests, but every detail of the wedding will be attended to with the utmost detail by the experienced Eagle Ridge staff, from sending out the invitations to sending guests home with personal keepsakes and memories they will never forget.
                  “The next sequential date won’t happen for 89 years, so couples are looking for a spectacular way to say ‘I do,’ on 12/13/14, which just happens to fall on a Saturday,”  said Thomas Ruhs, general manager, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. “The staff is already thrilled at the possibility of planning an unforgettable event like this.”
                  The deadline to book the date of Dec. 13, 2014 is August 31, 2014. The Wedding of the Century package includes too many amenities to list, but a small sampling includes:
  • The entire Eagle Ridge Inn and Courtyard devoted to the wedding.
  • Guest accommodations for two nights (Dec. 12 and 13).
  • Personal wedding consultant to customize the wedding to the couple’s specifications.
  • Friday evening rehearsal dinner.
  • Complimentary food and beverage from Eagle Ridge’s award winning restaurants, from cocktail hours to regular meals to late night snacks.
  • Saturday evening wedding including ceremony, band, flowers, cake, photographer and favors for all guests.
  • Full access to the Nordic Center, Eagle Ridge’s winter headquarters, which includes cross country ski equipment for traversing the miles of trails on the Eagle Ridge property, ice skates for the lake, and sleds for the young-at-heart.
  • All other Inn amenities, including the heated indoor pool, where guests and families enjoy games and activities like movie nights and make-your-own snack.
For more information, couples can inquire about the Wedding of the Century package by calling  (800) 892-2269 with questions or to book the date.

About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is located 150 miles west of Chicago in the heart of The Galena Territory, a 6,800 acre recreational, residential and resort community nestled amid the rolling hills of northwestern Galena, Ill. The resort grounds include 63 holes on four award-winning golf courses, and accommodations that range from quaint Inn rooms to more than 250 villas and distinctive homes. Eagle Ridge has 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space and beautiful conference homes which regularly accommodate corporate groups, banquets and weddings. Other features include award-winning restaurants, the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, and an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 225-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
444 Eagle Ridge Drive
Galena, IL 61036
Toll Free: 800.892.2269 Local: 815.777.5000 Fax: 815.777.4502


Green City Market Fulton Opens Saturday, August 9 (Chicago)

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Green City Market Fulton Opens Saturday, August 9
Green City Market, Chicago's premiere sustainable farmer's market, opens its new additional outdoor Tomatoes photo1 300location at Fulton Market this Saturday, August 9. To be known as Green City Market Fulton, hours are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October at the corners of Halsted and Fulton Market streets in the parking lot at 222 N. Halsted St. There is public parking on the east side of the street at 221 N. Halsted for $6.
Twenty vendors selling organic and sustainable produce, vegetables and other goods are expected at the first market. The growing Fulton Market District/West Loop is one of Chicago's most popular and fastest growing neighborhoods. "The Green City Market board and staff are thrilled and excited to have been recommended in the Fulton Market Innovation District Plan and that we have been invited to pilot a Green City Market in this neighborhood," said Mark Psilos, associate director of the Green City Market. "We're hoping that we can use this as an opportunity to transition into a year-round indoor location in the area."
Peaches Green City Market 3_300"Green City Market is a perfect market partner for the District. We have a 16-year proven history in Lincoln Park. We are excited for the farmers to have an opportunity to increase the flow of local food to the community," said Sarah Stegner and Vi Daley, co-chairs of the Green City Market board.
Confirmed vendors include:
Amazing Shrimp
Bennison's Bakery
Brunkow Cheese
Bushel & Peck's
Ellis Family Farms
Genesis Growers
Green Acres
Heartland Meats
Hillside Orchards
Iron Creek Organics
Leaning Shed Farm
Mick Klug Farm
Mint Creek
Nichols Farm & Orchard
Nordic Creamery
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
River Valley Ranch and Kitchens
The Flower Garden
The mission of Green City Market is to improve the availability of a diverse range of high quality foods, Carrots Green City Market 4_300 connecting local producers and farmers to chefs, restaurateurs, food organizations and the public, and supporting small family farms while promoting a healthier society through education and appreciation for local, fresh, sustainably raised produce and products. 
Green City Market has been a destination for locals and visitors to Chicago since its inception in 1998. Last year, Green City Market's Lincoln Park location broke attendance records, drawing some 10,000 people weekly on Saturdays and 3,000 plus on Wednesdays.
Green City Market has consistently been named in the top 10 of the nation's best farmers markets by national publications such as Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, Forbes, Shape, CNN, Huffington Post and US News, among others. The organization recently published its first cookbook, The Green City Market Cookbook, featuring recipes from chefs, restaurateurs and market customers. The cookbook is available at both Green City Market locations as well as on its website.
For more information, visit Green City Market's website at or call 773-880-1266.
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Celebrate the launch of Seventeen Fashion Collection
with a SearsStyle Glam Session and Seventeen Cover Shot
WHAT:                                             Sears® is kicking off the back-to-school season with cover girl style, hosting a one day event featuring the Seventeen Fashion Collection at select stores nationwide. Attendees will get to choose their favorite style on-site through, then work with a team of hair stylists and make-up artists to get their glam on. A photo of each attendee in her chosen look will be taken and superimposed onto a Seventeen cover—specially designed to be shared across all social channels. The event will feature a DJ spinning the hottest tunes along with a social media takeover with @searsStyle on Twitter, where a live feed will display images of style attendees across all event locations. The unique hashtag #My17Style will be utilized on all social media platforms, including at 
The addition of the Seventeen Fashion Collection to its brand portfolio makes Sears the ultimate destination for teens to get stylish looks—offering editorially curated apparel, accessories and footwear that work together to create the perfect ensemble. Featuring a mix of playful key trends and everyday pieces—from Flirty Boho and Sporty Cool to Pretty Sweet and Girly Prep—the collections include printed leggings, military jackets, quilted fleece and boho dresses, as well as accessories, handbags, jewelry and footwear, all at an extremely affordable price point of under $50.
WHO:                                               Sears® and Seventeen
WHEN:                                             Saturday, August 16th
WHERE:                                           Sears Schaumburg, IL
2 Woodfield Mall
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(847) 330-2356
1:00-4:00pm CT

Monday, August 04, 2014

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events August 2014

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This month, don't miss the 56th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, a special Creatives at Work Music Forum, new exhibitions opening at the Chicago Cultural Center - and music, films and more presented as part of the Millennium Park 10th Anniversary Summer Celebration - all FREE. Stay up-to-date on upcoming DCASE festivals, events and opportunities by joining the conversation on social media.
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Tracie Hall We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tracie Hall, who joined the DCASE team on July 1 as Deputy Commissioner of Creative Arts and Industries (formerly Arts Programming). She will provide oversight of our Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Creative Industries divisions.

Tracie most recently served as the Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at the Queens Library in New York. Her prior posts include working as Chicago Community Investor and prior to that, Strategy Integration Specialist for Global Corporate Citizenship at the Boeing Company in Chicago; Assistant Dean at Dominican University in River Forest; Director of the Office of Diversity at the American Library Association; and numerous positions with other leading universities and libraries across the country.

Please join us in welcoming Tracie Hall!

Chicago Air & Water Show presented by Shell
The 56th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, presented by Shell and the City of Chicago, will return August 16 and 17 along the lakefront from Fullerton to Oak Street, with North Avenue Beach serving as show center from 10am-3pm daily.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have been astounding audiences since 1946 with their gravity-defying flying, commanding presence and supersonic maneuvers in their F/A-18 Hornets. The brave men and women of the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs will inspire spectators as they jump out of an aircraft 12,500 feet above the Earth's surface, racing to North Avenue Beach at speeds exceeding 120 mph, making a perfect landing.
  U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey
Other military demonstration teams joining the Blue Angels, Golden Knights and the Leap Frogs are the U.S. Marine MV-22 Osprey and the U.S. Air Force F-22.

All of your favorite civilian acts and daredevil pilots are also back! Highlights include: AeroShell Aerobatic Team, All Veterans Parachute Team, Sean D. Tucker & Team Oracle, Firebirds Delta Team, Chuck Aaron and the Red Bull Helicopter, Matt Chapman Airshows, Dave Dacy in the Super Stearman Model 70, Warbird Heritage Foundation: A-4 Skyhawk Jet Tac Demo, Aerostars, Team AeroDynamix (NEW 12-plane team), Bill Stein Airshows and the P-51 Mustang.

The show lineup for 2014 can be found at
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or up-to-date performer information join the Chicago Air and Water Show on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE,#ChiAirandWater. Admission is FREE.

Public transporation is the best way to get the show, but if you're driving, take advantage of all-day parking with free shuttle service to and from North Avenue Beach at Millennium Garages
Spend your Labor Day Weekend in Millennium Park at the Chicago Jazz Festival
Terence Blanchard, Photo by: Jenny Bagert
This Labor Day Weekend, celebrate the mainstream of the national jazz scene as well as Chicago's unique contributions to the art form at the 36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28-31 at Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.).  

This year's headliners include trumpeter and noted film music composer Terence Blanchard; vibraphonist and jazz education pioneer Gary Burton; Miles Davis alumnus bassist Dave Holland and his all-star fusion band Prism featuring three of modern jazz's leading lights: Craig Taborn, guitarist Kevin Eubanks (formerly of The Tonight Show Band) and drummer Eric Harland. Jazz's most celebrated new straight-ahead singer in years (and rightly so), Cecile McLorin Salvant, will headline the festival as will Chicago-affiliated bassist Rufus Reid. Trumpeter and now elder statesman and noted mentor Tom Harrell leads a new band Colors of a Dream featuring jazz's biggest breakout crossover star of the last decade, Esperanza Spalding. Finally, the Sun Ra Arkestra celebrates the centennial of Ra's "arrival" on planet Earth from Saturn.  

Produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Ernest Dawkins
Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, the FREE admission Chicago Jazz Festival will officially open with a Tribute to Nelson Mandela by Chicago composer Ernest Dawkins. The Millennium Park performance of Dawkins' Afro Jazz Opera will also be the final concert in this year's Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series. The Sun Ra Arkestra, celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of its founder, a Chicago legend, will close this year's festival, which also marks the 45th anniversary of the Jazz Institute.  

For a complete lineup and schedule, visit
or join us on Facebook (Chicago Jazz Festival) and Twitter, @ChicagoDCASE #ChiJazzFest. We recommend public transportation, but if you drive, you can park right below the fest at Millennium Garages, preferred parking partner for Chicago Jazz Festival 2014!  

John Moulder
Throughout the month of August, enjoy FREE jazz performances in Millennium Park, on Thursdays beginning at 6:30pm. The Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series lineup includes:  

John Moulder's Earthborne Tales of Soul and Spirit * August 7  
Moulder powerfully summons heavenly spirits. That's not only because he's the best jazz guitarist who happens to be a practicing priest - "varying dimensions of one vocation," he says - but also because his sheets of electric sound unleash such a positive force.  

Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile * August 14  
Chicago composer, alto saxophonist and sound artist Roberts plays in her hometown for the first time in years, performing the second chapter of her ambitious American-history-focused epic, Coin Coin. Although Roberts played earlier versions of Mississippi Moonchile here, this will be the first performance since releasing a recording of the piece for Montreal's  Constellation Records last year.  

Fareed Haque - Chicago: Fareed Haque
Crossroads of the World * August 21  
Few jazz musicians embody the polyglot nature of Chicago's populace like guitarist Haque, himself the son of parents from Pakistan and Chile. Haque's multifarious interests have often obscured just how deep and accomplished he is as a hard-charging jazz musician.  

Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins' Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera * August 28 (Opening Night of Chicago Jazz Festival)  
The sounds and images of American jazz musicians from the U.S. were an important influence on the development of political discourse of resistance in apartheid South Africa. American jazz continually refreshes its ties to its African American roots by its ever-present spirit of the blues as does South African jazz draws strength from its roots. This project reflects the determination and spirit that energized the South African freedom movement led by Nelson Mandela by foregrounding the influential women in Mandela's life - Winnie Mandela and Graça Machel - through the powerful voice of Dee Alexander. Bringing together musicians from Chicago, South Africa and London, the ensemble will represent their interconnected histories and mutual influences.  

For more information, visit
or join us on Facebook (Millennium Park) and Twitter, @Millennium_Park #MP10th.

Creatives at Work Music Forums
On Tuesday, August 5 from 6:30-8:30pm, our next Creatives at Work Music Forum will discuss "Music Merchandising and Branding: Revenue and What Merchandise Should Mean To You" at the Chop Shop (2033 W. North Ave). The FREE admission Creatives at Work Music Forums bring together experts from the music industry to talk about the most current and pressing issues relative to working musicians and music business owners. It's a chance to hear from leaders in the field directly and provides a space for dialogue and exchange of ideas among industry peers to stimulate professional growth.  

Panelists this evening will discuss the importance of branding for solo artists and bands, merchandising as an investment in the health and wealth of their brand.  

The event is produced by the DCASE Creative Industries - Music office in collaboration with Chicago Artist Resource, Chicago Music Commission, Dynasty Podcasts and
. For details, visit

Don't Miss:

Individual Artist Grant Workshop for Musicians
  • August 14, 2014 | 6:30-8:30pm | Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
  • August 26, 2014 | 6:30-8:30pm | National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608
The DCASE Cultural Grants Team will offer a workshop for music specific program applicants of our Individual Artists Program grants. This workshop will review updates to grant guidelines and review criteria, and provide tips and guidance to help applicants prepare the strongest, most competitive applications possible. For more information, visit

Exhibitions opening, closing at the Chicago Cultural Center this month
Sabina Ott: there and where and pink melon joy
A new exhibition, Sabina Ott: there and where and pink melon joy, is opening August 30 in the Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor, at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). A preview event is scheduled for September 12, 5:30-7:30pm and the exhibit runs through January 4, 2015.

Sabina Ott's site-specific installation of new works is a transformative psychic journey, turning the Chicago Rooms, three enormous windowed spaces overlooking Millennium Park, into a mysterious and mystical hybrid environment. Suffering, fear, pleasure and transformation is evoked via the interaction with objects, sound and video play with material interpretations of text that describe transformational journeys, such as The World is Round, by Gertrude Stein and Dante's The Divine Comedy.

Additionally, several exhibits are closing this month - so don't miss your chance to see:  
  • Matthew Girson: The Painter's Other Library (Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor), through August 10
  • 100 100s on the One and a Half: Shane Huffman (Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor), through August 24
  • Adelheid Mers: Enter the Matrix (Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor), through August 24
  • AGAIN GONE ~ Miller & Shellabarger (Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor), through August 24

Admission is FREE. For details and hours, visit
or join us on Facebook (Chicago Cultural Center) and Twitter, @ChiCulturCenter.

World Music Festival Chicago returns next month with 11 days of music, 262 musicians from 34 countries, performing in 20 venues citywide
Pablo Mendez
The 16th Annual World Music Festival Chicago is September 11-21 in various locations throughout the city including Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.). The 11-day, 20-venue festival features artists and groups representing 34 countries from around the world. For the complete schedule of performances, visit

This year's striking lineup includes a four-night concert series at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park featuring latin jazz from Pablo Mendez & Mezcla and the boisterous Quebecois fold group, La Bottine Souriante, appearance supported by the Québec Government Office and Tourisme Québec, Chicago. Experience an all-night series of concerts at Ragamala: A Celebration of Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar
Indian Classical Music at the Chicago Cultural Center. Other highlights include the best musical act out of the Balkans, Boban I Marko Marković Orkestar, and former Official Harpist for the Prince of Wales, Catrin Finch along with Seckou Keita.  

All performances are FREE at venues throughout the city. They include: Beverly Arts Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Chop Shop, Constellation Chicago, City Winery, DePaul University Concert Hall, Humboldt Park Boathouse, Indian Boundary Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, Martyrs', Mayne Stage, National Museum of Mexican Art, Northeastern Illinois University, Old Town School of Folk Music, Reva and Logan Arts Center at University of Chicago, Schubas, Chicago SummerDance - Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, Thalia Hall, The Hideout and Willye White Park.  

Join the conversation and get up-to-the-minute festival information on Facebook
(World Music Festival Chicago) and Twitter, @WMFChicago #WMFChi.

Fifth Star Awards
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced plans recently to honor Chicago artists and arts institutions who have made significant contributions in arts and culture, at a free public celebration at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The inaugural Fifth Star Awards will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 7pm, featuring a diverse lineup of performances in tribute to the honorees.  

"This is a celebration of Chicago, for Chicago," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "The Fifth Star Awards honors artists whose work has forever changed and enhanced our city; artists who have made Chicago their muse, their stage and their canvas; artists who have been our ambassadors, bringing Chicago to the rest of the world, and the world to Chicago; and artists who have inspired and mentored new generations of artists who call Chicago home."  
Recipients of the inaugural Fifth Star Awards will be announced soon, as will the full lineup of performances. For details, visit

Red Tape Theatre Mnemonic Red Tape Theatre opens the fall/winter season of DCASE Theater & Dance with the Chicago premiere of Mnemonic by Complicite at Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph St.). Crossing continents and centuries, Mnemonic weaves together the discovery of Ötzi the iceman, a search for an absent father and the longing for love lost in an exploration that questions our reliance on memory, the most subjective of storytellers. Drawing parallels between these stories, this fragmented narrative focuses on the theme of the role of the imagination in recapturing the past. The original production received awards in the UK, France, New York and Sarajevo, including the 2001 Drama Desk Award for "Unique Theatrical Experience." For ticket information, please visit Performance dates and times are September 5 - October 5, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. Previews are scheduled for September 2-4 at 7:30pm.

TUTA Theatre Chicago The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret)
TUTA Theatre Chicago returns this fall to Storefront Theater with The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret). A hauntingly funny new play with original music, TUTA's world premiere collaboration is written and composed by Slovenian artist Martin Marion, and directed by TUTA Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone. The comedy takes us to a small cabaret stage in an undisclosed location, where animals perform with their band against all odds night after night, exploring the universal struggles of power, identity and what it takes to be a human. For ticket information, please visit Performance dates and times are October 17 - November 16, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. Previews are scheduled for October 14-16 at 7:30pm.

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