Friday, November 17, 2017

Gene Siskel Film Center to present "On Location" screenings at partner venues Dec. 3-10 during renovations (Chicago, IL.)


GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER
OF THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
PRESENTS OFF-SITE SCREENINGS IN DECEMBER AS

GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER ON LOCATION

Gene Siskel Film Center’s theaters will be closed
for renovations and technical upgrades December 1- January 4

The Film Center will reopen to the public on Friday, January 5

Taking the feedback of its loyal patron base to heart, the Gene Siskel Film Center is investing in the comfort of moviegoers to make upgrades, the first time since the facility opened at 164 N. State St. in 2001. It will shutter its doors for approximately one month from Friday, December 1, 2017, through Thursday, January 4, 2018.

The Gene Siskel Film Center will be closed for renovations as the 17-year-old seats and carpeting in both Theater 1 and Theater 2 will be replaced and wiring will be installed to improve hearing for patrons with cochlear implants. To maintain a presence with its world-class programming, movies and Film Center staff will travel off-site to various cultural centers around Chicago to present four films as Gene Siskel Film Center On Location from December 3 through 10.

“The Gene Siskel Film Center is known and celebrated for serving various communities in Chicago through film so it’s only fitting that we give back by bringing highlights from the past year to select venues around the city. While our theaters will be closed during our December programming cycle, continuing to present movies elsewhere is essential to maintaining our presence and brand while on hiatus, and to remind film lovers that we aren’t going away,” said Jean de St. Aubin, Executive Director.

The architecture firm responsible for managing the renovation project is Gensler, the same company that designed the Film Center’s original buildout when it relocated in June 2001 to its current State St. location. Pepper Construction is the general contractor that will install the seats, carpeting, and enhanced assisted listening technology.

Films presented in Gene Siskel Film Center On Location:

I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan
Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60 St., Chicago

I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan is a portrait of the beloved author and illustrator of over 50 children’s books, including such classics as Beautiful Blackbird and Dancing Granny, and has also created collages, puppets, and stained-glass windows, all deeply rooted in spirituality and the Black experience. While the ebullient 94-year-old seems part-child himself, he is far from naïve as he was a stevedore in World War II, experiencing racism in the then-segregated Army and landed on bloody Omaha Beach on D-Day which influenced him to commit his life to spreading joy and beauty through is work. I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan had its Chicago premiere at the Film Center during the 23rd Annual Black Harvest Film Festival in August 2017.

Time to Die (Tiempo de morir)
Monday, December 4, 6:00 pm
Instituto Cervantes, 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago

The first film by the Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, revisionist western Time to Die's original screenplay was written by Gabriel García Marquez while the dialogue was adapted by celebrated Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes. After 18 years in prison, Juan Sáyago returns to his hometown to settle down only to encounter the hotheaded son of the man Juan killed in self-defense. Time to Die was last presented at the Film Center during its Recently Restored series in September 2017.

Swim Team
Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, IL

Swim Team is a documentary that looks at autistic competitive athletes who form a swim team after New Jersey parents Maria and Mike McQuay observed that their young son became calm and focused in the family pool. A multicultural group of boys on the autism spectrum were recruited and a decade later the now co-ed team thrives as a unique confidence-building program that produces a remarkable range of social and therapeutic benefits to the swimmers, including some who have become champions in the Special Olympics. Swim Team had its Chicago premiere at the Film Center in July 2017.

Kedi
Sunday, December 10, 3:00 pm
Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Kedi is a loving portrait of the cherished street cats in the atmospheric city of Istanbul—purring mascots that have roamed the ancient capital for millennia, protected, admired, and honored for their beauty and their skills as mousers. Kedi had its Chicago premiere in January 2017 as part of the series Stranger Than Fiction: Documentary Premieres. Patrons will have the opportunity to adopt felines following the screening through representatives from Tree House Humane Society and Hyde Park Cats, noting that live animals will be present. If patrons aren’t in the position to adopt, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel will be accepting cat and dog food donations at the screening, allowing Tree House and Hyde Park Cats to feed furry friends in need during the holiday season.

Note that screenings may include post-show discussions. For updates, please visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org/onlocation.

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The Gene Siskel Film Center will reopen to the public on Friday, January 5, 2018. Films slated to open that day will be the new Kartemquin Films release Keep Talking, a documentary that looks at four Alaska Native women fighting to save the endangered language Kodiak Alutiiq, currently spoken by less than 40 fluent native elders, and Tom of Finland, a biopic about the late Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen whose homoerotic fetish art made a transformative impact on late 20th century gay culture.

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Tickets to each screening are $11/general admission, $6/Film Center members, and
$5/students with current I.D. Advance tickets are available online and at the Film Center box office (until November 30), hours of operation: 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Thursday; 1:00 to 8:30 pm, Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm, Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Gene Siskel Film Center main office, hours of operation: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. General admission, member, and student tickets are available through the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/tickets. There is an online surcharge of $1.50 per ticket.

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A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening! Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). They also make a great holiday gift for the movie lover in your life! For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visitwww.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/membership.

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 www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

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About the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Since 1972, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has presented cutting edge cinema to an annual audience of 85,000. The Film Center’s programming includes annual film festivals that celebrate diverse voices and international cultures, premieres of trailblazing work by today’s independent filmmakers, restorations and revivals of essential films from cinema history, and insightful provocative discussions with filmmakers and media artists. Altogether, the Film Center hosts over 1,500 screenings and 200 filmmaker appearances every year. The Film Center was renamed the Gene Siskel Film Center in 2000 after the late, nationally celebrated film critic, Gene Siskel. Visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org to learn more and find out what’s playing today.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at saic.edu.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Skate at Millennium Park, starting Friday (Chicago,IL.)

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Imagine, for a moment, spending one year at the bottom of the world, in 100-below-zero temperatures. One couple chose to not only imagine it, but to also live it, and they've written a riveting account of their unforgettable experiences.
In One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, scientist John Bird along with writer and composer Jennifer McCallum take readers along on a journey like no other, as they fly to the middle of Antarctica and live under the dome for a year with 50 other researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
The book's title is a nod to the six-month-long "day” of 24-hour sunlight and the six-month-long "night” of perpetual darkness. The nonfiction narrative provides a candid, first-hand account of the challenges the couple faced as they tried to adapt — both physically and emotionally — to a year of isolation in the unforgiving environment.
One Day, One Night also immerses readers in the station's incredible microcosm of scientific discovery, where researchers study not only the mysteries of climate change that lie frozen beneath them but also the astrophysics of the heavens above through the famous South Pole Telescopes.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is where world-class science happens against a backdrop of spectacular natural phenomena and where the extreme conditions prove that the human body's ability to adapt is nothing short of miraculous.
Author Jennifer McCallum holds an M.A. in music composition and has composed chamber and choral works. While living at the South Pole, she wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled "Poetry at the South Pole,” and she also wrote a feature-length cover story for Musicworks, a magazine circulated among the Canadian and American experimental music scene. Musicworks also distributed a sound recording of her chamber work, "Continuus Line,” which describes barren landscapes.  
As an atmospheric scientist, author John Bird spent several winters at a remote observatory near the North Pole studying the ozone hole, prior to his posting at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He holds a Ph.D. in space science and has taught at several universities, including Imperial College in London. He climbed the Matterhorn and Denali mountains, and broke the world altitude record for hang gliding by descending from a helium balloon at 35,000 feet. He has trained with NASA astronauts both underwater and in zero-g aircraft to develop experiments. He has published over 70 magazine articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is the author of The Upper Atmosphere, published by NASA.
One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole was awarded Honorable Mention from the New York Book Festival and was a finalist in the New Generation Indie Book Awards.
For more information, please visit www.portraitsofthesouthpole.com.

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MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY LOS ANGELES 2018

10th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

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Month of Photography Los Angeles is accepting submissions from photographers for the MOPLA Group Show, Host Space Exhibitions, and Photo Book Exhibition.

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2017 

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Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) was established in 2009 and exists to celebrate photography through a variety of events and programs that inspire and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional and collector. MOPLA’s two-fold mission is to advance dynamic programming designed to engage and stimulate the photography community, as well as to present a comprehensive resource of exhibitions and events.
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2018 Schedule of Programs for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND SPECIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCES 2018 PROGRAM DATES
New 2018 initiatives include the “Year of Creative Youth” and a Creative Youth Festival in Millennium Park; events celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2018 include Kids and Kites Festival, Blues Festival, Air and Water Show, Jazz Festival, World Music Festival and Christmas Tree
 
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is pleased to announce the 2018 dates of its marquee festivals, events and exhibitions (highlights only, subject to change). Throughout the year, many programs will highlight the emerging talent of young artists – and the organizations that support them – as part of the “Year of Creative Youth” designated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. A new Creative Youth Festival will showcase the creativity and talent of young artists in dance, theatre, music, spoken word, the visual arts and more in a full day of programs at Millennium Park.
 
Admission to all events is FREE. For information and updates, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE)
 
NOTE TO MEDIA: Media requesting credentials to cover our music festivals, Millennium Park summer music series, the Chicago Air and Water Show and Taste of Chicago must submit requests in advance, no later than two weeks prior to the event. Please visit the press room at cityofchicago.org/dcase to select the festival you wish to cover.
 
NEW 2018 INITIATIVES
Year of Creative Youth
January–December 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the “Year of Creative Youth.” The $2 million investment by the City of Chicago 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.
Citywide
 
Creative Youth Festival
September 22, 2018
As part of the “Year of Creative Youth,” Chicago's first Creative Youth Festival will showcase youth artists in dance, theatre, music, spoken word, the visual arts and more. Through performances and activities, all ages will discover and celebrate the creativity and talent of emerging local artists – and those helping to inspire and unlock every child's creative potential.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
LAKEFRONT FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
May 5, 2018
Up, up and away. Kids of all ages will get swept up by this timeless spring tradition. Free kite kits are provided for children to build, decorate and fly (while supplies last) along with other family activities such as professional kite flying demonstrations, face painting, balloon artists and the Big Kite Candy Drop (weather permitting).
Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Lake Shore Dr. and Montrose Dr.)
 
Chicago Memorial Day Parade
May 26, 2018
The City of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade honors all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.
State St. from Lake St. to Van Buren St.
 
3rd Annual Chicago House Party
May 26, 2018
DJs and live performances showcase the various sounds and styles of house music, the musical form born in Chicago that has gone on to revolutionize dance music internationally. 
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival
June 1–2, 2018
Celebrating the great influence of the music genre born in this city 80 years ago, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival features local and national artists from traditional choirs to contemporary urban styles at the largest free, outdoor gospel music festival of its kind.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
 
35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival
June 8–10, 2018
With a diverse lineup celebrating the Chicago Blues’ past, present and future, the Chicago Blues Festival features the live music performances of over 100 national, international and local artists celebrating the city’s rich Blues tradition while shining a spotlight on the genre’s contributions to soul, R&B, gospel, rock hip-hop, rap and more.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
Millennium Park Summer Music & Film Series
June–August, 2018
Grab a seat in the pavilion or bring a picnic for the Great Lawn and enjoy the free outdoor movies and concerts at Chicago’s architectural gem, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
22nd Annual Chicago SummerDance
Thursdays–Sundays, June 28–August 25, 2018
Swing, waltz, cha-cha...or simply enjoy the music at the largest outdoor social dancing series in the United States. Dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in introductory, one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors followed by live music and dancing in Grant Park and other Chicago Park District locations. The series culminates at the SummerDance Celebration highlighting the city’s diverse dance community in Millennium Park on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) and other Chicago Park District locations
 
38th Annual Taste of Chicago
July 11–15, 2018
A cultural experience for all your senses, Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier free outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining scene, alongside a smorgasbord of cooking demonstrations, music concerts, dance performances, art activations, family activities and more.
Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)
 
60th Annual Chicago Air and Water Show
Presented by Shell Oil Products US
August 18–19, 2018
Featuring military and civilian flight aerobatics, historic aircraft, simulated water rescues and parachute teams, the Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the largest and longest-running free admission events of its kind.
North Avenue Beach (1600 N. Lake Shore Dr.)
 
40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival
August 30–September 2, 2018
A favorite Labor Day weekend tradition, the world class Chicago Jazz Festival showcases four stages of live performances by Chicago’s vast jazz talent alongside national and international jazz legends and artists. The festival is produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
 
20th Annual World Music Festival Chicago
September 7–23, 2018
Enjoy global grooves by award-winning artists from around the world at the city-wide, multi-venue World Music Festival Chicago featuring 50 artists and ensembles representing over 20 countries and regions of the world.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
 
Creative Youth Festival
September 22, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
105th Annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Celebrations
November–December 2018
Celebrate the holiday season at the official Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting, sing holiday favorites at Caroling at Cloud Gate on Friday evenings and glide across the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
FAMILY EVENTS
Year of Creative Youth
January–December 2018
See information above.
Citywide
 
Juicebox
1st & 3rd Fridays (Chicago Cultural Center) and 1st & 3rd Saturdays (Garfield Park Conservatory), 11 a.m.
Winter, Spring & Fall
With engaging music and dance performances in a kid-friendly setting, the free Juicebox programs are geared for the stroller set, but enjoyable for the whole family.
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) and occasional special events
 
20th Annual Chicago Kids and Kites Festival
May 5, 2018
See information above.
Cricket Hill in Lincoln Park (Lake Shore Dr. and Montrose Dr.)
 
Chicago Riverwalk Summer Programming
Late May–October, 2018
From daytime fishing to evening fireworks, the Chicago Riverwalk offers a full slate of free summer fun along the 1.25-mile active waterfront environment and cultural destination in the heart of the city. The Chicago Riverwalk is presented by the City of Chicago with programming produced by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management, Choose Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the vendors and boat tour operators along the Chicago Riverwalk. 
Chicago Riverwalk, Lake Shore Dr. to Lake St.
 
38th Annual Taste of Chicago
July 11–15, 2018
See information above.
Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)
 
Creative Youth Festival
September 22, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
105th Annual Christmas Tree and Holiday Celebrations
November–December 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
Dance-Along Nutcracker®
December 2, 2018
Sugar plum fairies and mouse kings of all ages and abilities are invited to point their toes to the familiar music of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic. The Dance-Along Nutcracker, created in 1985, is the property of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the world’s first openly gay musical organization.
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
 
EXHIBITIONS AND VISUAL ARTS
Year of Creative Youth
January–December 2018
See information above.
Citywide
 
Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
February 10–May 6, 2018
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Nina Chanel Abney emerged as a major force in contemporary art in the early 2000s. Inspired by twentieth century masters such as Matisse, Stuart Davis and Romare Bearden, Abney takes on recent issues of racial politics with startling directness. Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush is organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
 
Keith Haring’s Murals for the Chicago Public Schools
March 3–September 23, 2018
Having rocketed to worldwide fame in the 1980s, graffiti artist Keith Haring worked with 500 Chicago Public School students to paint murals in Chicago's Grant Park in 1989.  This is the first exhibition of many of these works by the artist known for his incisive draftmanship and unsettling cast of symbolic characters (atomic baby, barking dog). Haring died tragically of HIV-AIDS in 1990.
Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery (78 E. Washington St.)
 
Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle
June 2–October 1, 2018
This multi-faceted project explores the past, present and future of North America’s Great Lakes – one of the world’s most emblematic and ecologically significant ecosytems.  Painted in Rockman’s signature, meticulous but visionary hyper-realist style, the works in the exhibition are anchored by five mural-sized (72” x 144”) oil paintings, each exploring a theme that emerged during Rockman’s field research and engagement with lake experts. Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Chicago Cultural Center, Exhibit Hall (78 E. Washington St.)

African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race
October 27, 2018–March 3, 2019
Featuring work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in this major hub of American advertising/consumer culture. African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms (78 E. Washington St.)
 
FILMS
Millennium Park Summer Film Series
Tuesdays, June–August, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
MUSIC
3rd Annual Chicago House Party
May 26, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
33rd Chicago Gospel Music Festival
June 1–2, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
 
35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival
June 8–10, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
Millennium Park Summer Music Series
Select Mondays & Thursdays, June–August, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
22nd Annual Chicago SummerDance
Thursdays–Sundays, June 28–August 25, 2018
See information above.
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) and other Chicago Park District locations
 
38th Annual Taste of Chicago
July 11–15, 2018
See information above.
Grant Park (Jackson St. & Columbus Dr.)
 
40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival
August 30–September 2, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.)
 
20th Annual World Music Festival Chicago
September 7–23, 2018
See information above.
Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.), Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) and other citywide locations
 
Caroling at Cloud Gate
Fridays, November 23–December 14, 2018
Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics as local choral groups lead hundreds of celebrants in song at these festive part concerts, part sing-alongs.
Millennium Park, Cloud Gate aka “The Bean” (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
THEATER, DANCE AND PERFORMANCE
OnEdge
January 12–February 11, 2018
The OnEdge performance series spotlights experimental dance, theater and genre-defying performances from Erica Mott, Rosy Simas, Project Tool and Temporary Distortion.
Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St.) and other citywide locations
 
22nd Annual Chicago SummerDance
Thursdays–Sundays, June 28–August 25, 2018
See information above.
Grant Park, Spirit of Music Garden (601 S. Michigan Ave.) and other Chicago Park District locations
 
 RECREATION
Millennium Park Summer Workouts
June –August, 2018
Jump start your day with tai chi, yoga, Pilates and Zumba® classes on Millennium Park’s Great Lawn. Grant support provided by the McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment, managed by the Millennium Park Foundation.
Millennium Park, Great Lawn (201 E. Randolph St.)
 
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Mid-November 2018–Mid-March 2019
Swish, twirl and glide at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, a Chicago winter tradition for over a decade that draws over 100,000 skaters annually. Skating is free, with skate rentals available for a fee. Free skating lessons are offered throughout the season. Grant support provided by the McDonald’s Active Lifestyles Endowment, managed by the Millennium Park Foundation.
Millennium Park (Michigan Ave. between Washington St. and Madison St.)
 
MARKETS
Chicago City Markets
May–October, 2018
Daley Plaza Farmers Market opens May 10, 2018
Across Chicago at locations downtown and throughout the city’s neighborhoods, the markets managed by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) sell fresh fruits, vegetables plants and flowers. Some neighborhood markets also feature music programming, prepared foods and local artisan (non-food) vendors.
Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) and citywide locations
 
Maxwell Street Market
Sundays, Year Round
A Chicago tradition of bargains and bargaining with an international flavor, the Maxwell Street Market offers an eclectic mix of merchandise – from tools to tires, plus fresh produce, furniture, clothing, rare find and collectibles – plus some of the best Mexican and Latin street food in the city.
800 S. Desplaines St.
 
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For information about programs presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase, like us on Facebook (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@ChicagoDCASE)