Wednesday, November 01, 2017

DCASE News & Events - November 2017 ( Chicago,IL.)

Chicago Deaprtment of Cultural Affairs & Special Events news & events  
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Featured Events
Chicago Architecture Biennial

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Through January 7, 2018
Chicago Cultural Center and other venues citywide
The second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB), the largest architecture and design exhibition in North America, showcases the transformative global impact of creativity and innovation in these fields. This year's Biennial features over 140 practitioners from more than 20 countries addressing the 2017 theme "Make New History." For more information, visit
November 17, 2017-January 6, 2018
Millennium Park and surrounding venues
Featuring your favorite seasonal traditions, ice skating, music, exhibitions and family fun, Millennium Park will be the epicenter of holiday fun in Chicago. Enjoy the 104th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting and the opening of the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and Maggie Daley Park Ice Skating Ribbon on November 17. Then, don't miss events like the Wreathing of the Lions, Caroling at Cloud Gate, the Dance-Along Nutcracker, the Do-It-Yourself Messiah, gingerbread house decorating and more. Information at
November Events
Dame Myra Hess ConcertsChicago Architecture Biennial ProgramsMusic For New People
November 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Architecture Biennial Programs
November 1, 8, 16, 17, 21, 28 & 30 
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center & Garfield Park Conservatory
Presented by
Lifeway Kefir
University of Chicago First Friday Lecture SeriesMaxwell Street MarketPeace Yoga
Chicago Cultural Center 
Maxwell Street Market
November 5, 12, 19 & 26
800 S. Desplaines St.
Peace Yoga
November 5 & 12
Millennium Park, Choral Rehearsal Room
Chamber MondaysJazz Links Jam SessionsAndi Pettis _Photo by_ Liz Ligon_
Chamber Mondays
November 6 & 27
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage
Veterans DayMcCormick Tribune Ice RinkChristmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Veterans Day
November 11
Soldier Field, near Gate O
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
November 17, 2017 - March 4, 2018
Millennium Park
Millennium Park
Chicago Children_s Theatre_ Beatrix Potter and FriendsWTTW Community CinemaUniversity of Chicago Works of the Mind Lecture Series
Chicago Cultural Center & Garfield Park Conservatory
Presented by
Lifeway Kefir
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center
Caroling at Cloud GateChicago_s River Edge Ideas LabChicago Architecture Biennial_ Make New History
Caroling at Cloud Gate
Fridays, November 24, December 1, 8 & 15  
Millennium Park
Chicago's River Edge Ideas Lab
Through January 7, 2018
Expo 72
Modern Living
Through January 7, 2018
City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower
Featured News
Cloud Gate in Millennium Park Public Art Plan
Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced Chicago's first public art plan. Chicago has long been a global leader in commissioning and celebrating public art, and the new Chicago Public Art Plan acknowledges that the field of public art is expanding and recognizes that new public art commissions should welcome creativity in all of its forms. The full Public Art Plan is available at

Lead grant support for the Chicago Public Art Plan was provided by Allstate Insurance Company.

Year of Creative Youth Year of Creative Youth
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) have designated 2018 as the "Year of Creative Youth." This will represent an over $2 million investment by the City of Chicago, and will include a Creative Youth Festival across the Millennium Park Campus, performance opportunities for teens at city festivals and partner events, cultural grants and convenings for youth arts organizations and a marketing campaign among other events. For information and updates on the Year of Creative Youth, visit
Members of the Art Institute_s Teen Council explore the Alsdorf Galleries together. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago Grants Announcement
Congratulations to the 2018 IncentOvate grant recipients! As part of the Year of Creative Youth, DCASE is awarding $200,000 to arts organizations organizing creative youth-focused projects including:
- Art Institute of Chicago - Teen Programs
- Chicago Children's Choir - Long Way Home
- Inner-City Muslim Action Network - Beloved Community Ceramic Arts Studio
- Lincoln Park Zoo - Wild Marshall Square Sculpture Project
- National Museum of Mexican Art - Year of Creative Youth Exhibition and Chill Set Series
- Old Town School of Folk Music - Music Moves: An Arts & Community Wellness Initiative

Visit for more information on the Chicago Cultural Grants Program including the IncentOvate grants and the Individual Arts Program grants which are currently accepting applications through December 1.
Free, Free, Free!
The Future of Public Art in Chicago
The Future of Public Art in Chicago
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave.  
Presented by The Department of Museum Education, DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly and others will discuss the future of public art in Chicago. FREE Thursday evenings to Illinois Residents.
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