Saturday, October 06, 2018

Design Museum of Chicago Debuts Bike Exhibit "Keep Moving" in New Space (Chicago, IL.)

Design Museum of Chicago Debuts Bike Exhibit “Keep Moving” in New Space

 On September 12, 1895, a suntanned woman riding a Chicago-made men’s bicycle and men’s riding suit rode into the city and claimed a $10,000 prize. Annie Londonderry had just completed a 15-month journey and won a high-stakes bet to become the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world. 
Londonderry’s triumph is just one of the stories being told in “Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture,” the Design Museum of Chicago’s latest exhibition opening at the Expo 72 (72 E. Randolph St.) on October 27 and closing on March 3.
The exhibition focuses on the history of bicycle manufacturing in Chicago and the city’s role in shaping the bicycle as an American symbol, as well as Chicago’s contemporary cycling culture. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore model bicycles, stereoscope images, archived magazines, catalogs and advertisements, and will hear from current Chicago cyclists and community members in a series of curated events.
“‘Keep Moving’ is organized around two narrative principles: innovation and cultural symbolism,” explained Lauren Boegen, Design Museum of Chicago executive director of operations and collections and curator of the exhibition. “We’ll talk about how form, function, manufacturing and sales design from Chicago shaped the American bicycle industry. We’ll also talk about how bikes permeated American culture through the lenses of gender, class, community and freedom.”
The multidimensional show will examine the influence of Chicago-based companies like Arnold, Schwinn and Co.; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; and Western Wheel Works. It will also highlight community-led organizations like Blackstone Bicycle Works, and feature local clubs and groups like Active Transportation Alliance and West Town Bikes in events and programming. 
“Scrappy, quietly persistent, and proud,” said Boegen when asked to describe the Chicago cycling community. “Not coincidentally, these are also words I'd use to describe Chicago and Chicagoans.” 
“Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture” is part of Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Support for the exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Additional exhibition sponsors include The Chicago Community Trust and SRAM with support from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. 
Expo 72 is located at 72 E. Randolph St., directly across from the Chicago Cultural Center. The exhibition will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Programming will include the following events, among others:
Chicago Cycles: 150 Years of Bicycle Design and Innovation 
Presented by Christopher Sweet, bicycle historian and associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University
3:30 p.m. November 3, 2018
Beauty and the Bike: The Impact of Recreational Changes on Park Designs
Presented by Julia Bachrach, author and urban planner
6:00 p.m. December 6, 2018
From Bloomers to Pedal Pushers to Rompers: Riding Bikes in Style
Presented by Petra Slinkard, curator of fashion and textiles at the Peabody Essex Museum, and Lauren Boegen, Design Museum executive director of operations and collections
1:30 p.m. December 15, 2018

About the Design Museum of Chicago
Formerly known as the Chicago Design Museum (ChiDM), the Design Museum of Chicago was founded in 2012 with a mission to strengthen design culture and build community. Through education, experiences, exhibitions and outreach, the design museum works to foster critical conversations and position Chicago’s rich design history and dynamic creative networks within an ongoing global context, celebrating both the city’s individualism and its role in an interdependent, international discipline. The museum is located in the Expo 72 building at 72 E. Randolph St. in downtown Chicago, directly across from the Chicago Cultural Center. For more information please visit
Founding sponsors of the Design Museum of Chicago include Cards Against Humanity, Block Thirty Seven, Leo Burnett, 50,000feet and Simple Truth.
About Art Design Chicago
Art Design Chicago is a spirited celebration of the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy with more than 30 exhibitions and hundreds of events in 2018. Support for Art Design Chicago is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and Presenting Partner, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Additional funding for the initiative is provided by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation. The Chicago Community Trust, Leo Burnett, Polk Bros. Foundation and EXPO CHICAGO are providing in-kind
About Terra Foundation for American Art
Since it was established in 1978, the Terra Foundation for American Art has been one of the leading foundations focused on the historical art of the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, it is committed to fostering exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of American art among national and international audiences. To further cross-cultural dialogue on American art, the foundation supports and collaborates on innovative exhibitions, research, and educational programs. The foundation also provides opportunities for interaction and study through the presentation and ongoing development of its own art collection in Chicago, recognizing the importance of experiencing original works of art. Implicit in such activities is the belief that art has the potential both to distinguish cultures and to unite them.

Friday, October 05, 2018

Top Ten Real Estate News >> Saturday Night Fever & America's Most Expensive Home!

The "Saturday Night Fever” house where super fans can relive film history, and America's former most expensive mansion are for sale and featured this week at

“Saturday Night Fever House”
Recently celebrating its 40th anniversary of the film’s release, the Brooklyn home where the movie-classic “Saturday Night Fever” was filmed is for sale. Still caught in its nostalgic time warp, the main floor is almost wholly unchanged from the scenes where Tony Manero (John Travolta) lived. It is now for sale at $2.249 million.
Based on a 1976 “New York Magazine” story, “Tribal Rights of the New Saturday Night,” Manero was caught in a vice between his stern Catholic Italian parents and a dead-end job as a hardware store clerk with no hope of becoming anything more than the black sheep of his dysfunctional family. His only relief was going to the local club on Saturday night with his pals dancing the night away to the new genre of disco music. His dancing skills garnered him the first real approval of his lifetime.
“Saturday Night Fever” was a turning point for disco music that swept around the world like a musical tsunami, sprang Travolta from a teen television character in ABC's “Welcome Back Kotter” to a major movie star and reinvigorated the Bee Gees' career with the movie's soundtrack selling over 40 million copies. In 2010, it was recognized by the Library of Congress and added to the National Film Registry. Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and the film was nominated for the Golden Globe and Writers Guild.
Today, “Saturday Night Fever” fans have the opportunity to own and live in the original setting where the movie was filmed. The exterior of the 1920’s Tudor has undergone a facelift but the first-floor interior main rooms where filming took place are still exactly as they were in 1977. Measuring in at 2,472 square feet, the home has four bedrooms, four baths, original moldings, fireplace and mantle, built-in china cabinets and flowery wallpaper in the dining room. Updates made in 2005 include granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, Jacuzzi and floor-to-ceiling windows. The master suite, which takes up much of the upper floor, has a quaint wood stove that adds to the home’s antique character.
The “Saturday Night Fever” house where super fans can relive film history is for sale, priced at $2.249 million. Co-listing agents are Anthony Muratore and Wendy Jones of Ideal Properties Group, Brooklyn, New York.

“America's Most Expensive Home Going To Auction”
At one time Le Palais Royal, now re-named Playa Vista Isle, in Hillsboro Beach, Florida was the most expensive home on the U.S. market at $139 million while still under construction. With construction completed in 2018, it was re-listed at $159 million and will now go to auction on November 12th with no reserve.
Modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, Playa Vista Isle is located on the Atlantic Ocean, about halfway between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale’s beach condos - a wealthy enclave of ornate mansions that the locals refer to as “Millionaire’s Mile.” A special feature unique to the town is that homeowners can swim and sun in their oceanfront backyards and then walk a few feet out their front doors to their yachts docked across the ritzy street on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Playa Vista Isle originally went on the market in 2014 as Le Palais Royal with the $139 million price tag, selling unfinished. After a year with no takers, the owner pulled it off to complete it and make additions both in land and amenities. Completed in 2018, the additions included another 1.5 acres of land, two 3,000-square-foot guest houses with their own pool and a subterranean entertainment complex with an ice-skating rink, go-kart track, nightclub and a bowling alley.
The 58,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts mansion with 30,000 square feet of living space is on over four acres between 465-feet of Atlantic Ocean beachfront and 492-feet of the Intracoastal near the picturesque Hillsboro Lighthouse. Although the South Florida beaches are public, this one is hard to access behind the street of mansions and thick landscape, thereby affording the home additional privacy from gawkers. The main house has a 30-car subterranean garage and 11 bedrooms and 22 baths, which include three master suites and a presidential room with a plunge pool on its outdoor terrace. There is also a 180-seat IMAX home theater with a 50-foot-wide screen. Grounds include a putting green, a 26-foot, three-tier fountain, a 4,500-square-foot infinity pool, LED-lit double-loop waterslide, and a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi suspended over the swimming pool, white sand beach and large private pier on the Intracoastal. Some of the world’s best deep-sea fishing and the Florida Coral Reef are just minutes away by boat via the Hillsboro Inlet.
One of the most expensive and luxurious mansions in the U.S., listed at $159 million with almost 500 feet of beachfront, is co-presented by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Concierge Auctions. Auction date begins November 12th and ends November 15th.
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Tickets On Sale! James Beard Foundation Celebrates Women Shaking Up Chicago's Beverage Scene | October 25 (Chicago, IL.)

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Thursday, October 25, 2018
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One of a Kind Holiday Show >> Save the date: Dec 6-9 (Chicago, IL.)




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