Thursday, April 07, 2016

Starving Artist 2016 // The Countdown Begins (Chicago,IL)


Maxwell Street Market is a Chicago tradition, summer season kicks off May 1 2016(Chicago,IL)


Chicago Farmers Markets Schedule Released - Daley Plaza Market opens May 12 (Chicago,IL)


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: Chicago Sinfonietta Ball on June 4 Celebrates the Legacy of Its Founder, Maestro Paul Freeman (Chicago,IL)

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel

SAVE THE DATE: Chicago Sinfonietta Ball on June 4 Celebrates the Legacy of Its Founder, Maestro Paul Freeman
Paul Freeman 300 pixels w borderhi res.jpgChicago Sinfonietta will host its annual Ball on Saturday, June 4 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. This year's theme is "Maestro's Legacy...Today. Tomorrow. Forever." The event will celebrate the legacy of the Sinfonietta's late founder and true pioneer, Maestro Paul Freeman, who founded the Sinfonietta in 1987, retired in 2011 and passed away in 2015 at the age of 79. The event's Corporate Chair is Linda Boasmond of Cedar Concepts Corporation and the Civic Chair is Dr. Greta Pope Wimp. The Honorary Chairs are the Betty and Edward Gardner Family. Cedar Concepts Corporation is the Title Sponsor of the Chicago Sinfonietta Ball.
Each year Chicago Sinfonietta hosts more than 550 guests from among Chicago's top corporations and private supporters to raise much needed critical support for the Sinfonietta's innovative concert season and expansive education outreach programs. Individual reservations for the Ball are $400 per person; sponsorship opportunities range from $1,250 to $75,000.
The ball will feature a cocktail reception, three-course gourmet dinner, a $10,000 raffle, live auction and paddle raise to support education programs and a signature performance by the full orchestra, under the baton of three Freeman Conducting Fellows, with surprise guest artists. The evening will conclude with a post-performance cocktail celebration and dance party.
"We are proud to dedicate this year's annual ball to the life and legacy of Maestro Freeman," said Sinfonietta Ball Civic Chair, Dr. Greta Pope Wimp. "He was a true visionary who changed the landscape of classical music in the United States and beyond. He offered opportunity for a diverse community of musicians and composers to contribute their immense talents to one of the finest and most creative orchestras in the world."
Under the direction of Music Director Maestro Mei-Ann Chen and Executive Director Jim Hirsch, Chicago Sinfonietta has continued Maestro Freeman's mission of providing exciting opportunities for minority musicians while showcasing the range of musical expression that is present in the many symphonic musical traditions of the world.
For more information about the Chicago Sinfonietta Ball and to make reservations or arrange sponsorship, please contact Courtney Perkins, Director of Development and Operations for Chicago Sinfonietta at (312) 284-1559 or by email at For more information, please visit
About the Sinfonietta
Entering its 29th season, Chicago Sinfonietta has pushed artistic and social boundaries to provide an alternative way of hearing, seeing and thinking about a symphony orchestra.  Each concert experience blends inventive new works with classical masterworks, each from a diverse array of voices, to entertain, transform and inspire. Learn more at
Chicago Sinfonietta is grateful to its season supporters including: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Nicor, Pritzker Foundation, Chicago Magazine, Southwest Airlines, the Hotel Arista, the Fairmont Hotel, WXRT 93.1, Chicago Reader, Naperville's SECA fund, Naperville Magazine, the Illinois Arts Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Chicago Sinfonietta is also grateful to its event sponsors Exelon, PWC, Aon, Hyatt, Macy's, Molex, ABC7, and Telemundo.
About Mei-Ann Chen
Innovation, passion and dynamism are the hallmarks of American conductor Mei-Ann Chen. Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, she has infused both orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing their audiences and communities alike. A sought-after guest conductor, Ms. Chen's reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in growing popularity with orchestras both nationally and internationally.
Distinguished orchestras and opera companies with whom she has guested internationally include Sweden's Gothenburg Symphony and Norrlands Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Austria's Grosses Orchester Graz, and Brazil's São Paulo Symphony and Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Denmark's Danish National Symphony and other principal orchestras, Germany's Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Finland's Tampere Philharmonic the Netherlands Philharmonic, Norway's Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Trondheim Symphony, and Taiwan's National Symphony.  North American guest engagements include the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Colorado, Detroit, Fort Worth, Houston, Nashville, Oregon, Pacific, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., among others.
For more information on Chicago Sinfonietta, please visit 


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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY>> Opening Reception: BLAKE WARD * April 7 2016(Chicago,IL)

Radisson Announces New Hotel Opening in Schaumburg,IL



Radisson®, one of the best-recognized hotel brands, today announced the opening of the Radisson Hotel Schaumburg. This newly constructed hotel, located at 1998 N. Roselle Road, features an upscale and modern design with an array of on-site amenities and services.  
“As we continue to expand Radisson across the Americas, we could not be more pleased to welcome this stunning new hotel to our refreshed and growing portfolio,” said Javier Rosenberg, chief operating officer, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. “The hotel’s convenient location just off of I-90 and a short drive to Chicago along with its beautiful, contemporary design make it perfect for both leisure and business travelers. The staff at the hotel are eager to provide an exceptional guest experience guided by our Yes I CanSM service philosophy which ensures the complete satisfaction of every guest.”
The hotel is located near Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Legoland Discovery Center and Woodfield Mall, one of the largest malls in the U.S. Guests can also enjoy dining and entertainment at Medieval Times, located directly across the street or play at nearby GameWorks, catch a movie at AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield Theater or attend a race at the Arlington Park Race Track all within the hotel’s complimentary shuttle radius.
            “We are proud to continue our longstanding relationship with Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and introduce this new Radisson hotel,” said Matt Jacobs, executive vice president, operations, Swift Hospitality Group, the hotel’s operator. “We know this hotel’s design, amenities, location and approach to guest service will create outstanding guest experiences.” 
The hotel offers guests complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor swimming pool and fitness center as well as a business center and Business Class Lounge. There is an outdoor patio and fire pit for guests to enjoy a beverage or breathe of fresh air. A free shuttle service is available to guests traveling to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and within a five-mile radius of the hotel.
Ideal for business and leisure travelers, the hotel has 137 guest rooms and suites. All guest rooms offer comfortable, large work spaces with USB ports, complimentary Wi-Fi, a mini-refrigerator and coffeemaker. The hotel’s 13 spacious suites include separate living areas with a pull-out couch and an additional 50-inch TV, making them ideal for families or a relaxing getaway.
The hotel also features, Business Class by Radisson® which provides guests with upgraded amenities specifically designed with the business traveler in mind. Guests who book Business Class rooms and suites enjoy complimentary breakfast each morning, a complimentary beverage and hors d'oeuvres in the Business Class Lounge each evening as well as 1,000 bonus Club Carlson loyalty points per night.
The hotel’s restaurant and bar offers a casual and contemporary atmosphere and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu provides an array of American classics like grilled steaks, fresh seafood and healthful salads. Room service is also available. A snack shop is located just off of the lobby and is open 24 hours.
Meetings & Events:
Suited for a variety of professional and social events, the hotel features a sophisticated boardroom for up to 12 and a flexible meeting room that can accommodate up to 40. The hotel offers catering services as well as audio and visual equipment.
Guests can enhance their stay by downloading the Radisson iConcierge smart phone app. Radisson iConcierge provides guests with access to a wide variety of hotel services and local information – before, during and after the stay including the ability to order room service, request services and check out.
The hotel’s general manager is Earl Flowers and the hotel is operated by Swift Hospitality Group. For more information and reservations, visit
or call +1 (800) 333-3333.
About Radisson®
® has become one of the best-recognized hotel brands, offering an upscale hotel experience for business and leisure guests. The World of Radisson features solutions that are empathetic to the challenges of modern travel, including the 100% Guest Satisfaction Guarantee. Radisson has more than 150 hotels located in major urban and suburban settings, leisure destinations, airports, and business districts throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean. Every staff member has a passion for Yes I Can! SM hospitality, the signature service philosophy of Radisson, which ensures the total wellbeing and satisfaction of each guest.
Radisson is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, which also includes Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu®, Radisson RED, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. For reservations and more information visit,
. Connect with Radisson on social media: @Radisson on Twitter and
About Swift Hospitality Group
Swift Hospitality Group (SHG) is dedicated to the development and management of select hospitality properties across the country. Striving for excellence in all endeavors, the group focuses on teaming with its partners to create opportunities, invest wisely, and turn multifaceted ideas into profitable projects with strong reputations for quality and service.
SHG is a national development and management company with properties located throughout the United States including Illinois, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. In addition to a strong hotel portfolio, SHG is expanding into office/retail and senior living developments. SHG is consistently named in the Top 100 Hotel Owners and Developers List in Hotel Business® Magazine. Whether as owners, franchisees, developers, or as a management company, they have crafted a distinctive corporate infrastructure to support their growing business and have created a culture of relationship-based success. For more information about Swift Hospitality Group, please visit