Thursday, May 02, 2019

Lakeview is Blooming this Mother’s Day! Flowers for Mom & Dedication of Artist Ouizi’s Mural “Urbs in Horto” to Take Place May 12th (Chicago, IL.)

Lakeview to Pass Out Flowers to Moms in Celebration of Mural’s Completion
  Bright, beautiful chrysanthemums, roses and echinacea are in full bloom along the Southport Corridor thanks to a brand new, 2,000 square foot mural by Detroit-based artist Louise Jones, also known as Ouizi. Her mural kicks-off a series of approximately 15 new public art installations from various artists that will adorn the neighborhood in 2019 as part of the Lakeview Public Art Program, an effort led by Lakeview Special Service Area 27 and its non-profit partner Friends of Lakeview.
Ouizi’s creation incorporates bold and colorful flowers found throughout the Midwest in her design and features Chicago’s official city flower, chrysanthemums. It was inspired by the City of Chicago’s official motto, “Urbs in Horto,” which means “City in a Garden.” In the Lakeview mural, Ouizi draws inspiration from the Japanese art movement ukiyo-e and traditional Chinese painting style “guóhuà” to illustrate a floral history of Chicago. Her delicate and sweeping floral murals are blooming across the world from China to North Carolina and New York to Detroit.
Ouizi’s mural is sponsored by SSA 27 and Southport Neighbors Association and will be officially dedicated on Mother’s Day, May 12, 2019. As part of the dedication, SSA 27 will pass out flowers to mothers who visit the mural beginning at 10:30 AM.
“The response to Ouizi’s mural has been amazing. From children to adults, her artwork has already begun to stir our community’s creative feelings, which is one of the goals of the Lakeview Public Art Program,” said Dillon Goodson, Community Development Director at the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. “We are making an unprecedented commitment to bring public art to every corner of our community and we can’t wait for more people to experience the artwork firsthand as we welcome the start of spring in West Lakeview.”
“We are incredibly excited to see Ouizi’s ‘Urbs in Horto’ spring to life on the Southport Corridor,” said David Genc, president of the Southport Neighbors Association. “Neighborhood residents played an important role in selecting Ouizi for this project, and we think her vibrant, colorful design will be a special showpiece on the Corridor. We thank the Lakeview Special Service Area (SSA) 27 for partnering with us on this beautification project.”
WHAT   Dedication “Urbs in Horto”, by Louise “Ouizi” Jones
WHEN: May 12th, 2019 11:00 AM
Flowers distributed to Mom’s in honor of Mother’s Day, beginning at 10:30 AM
WHERE: 3637 N. Southport Ave., Chicago
WHO: Louise “Ouizi” Jones, artist; representatives from Lakeview Special Service Area 27 and Southport Neighbors Association
The inspiration for a mural at 3637 N. Southport Ave. is rooted in the 2011 Lakeview Area Master Plan, which prioritized the need for “more regular and district-wide public art.” As part of the Lakeview Public Art Program, SSA 27 and Friends of Lakeview will sponsor approximately 15 new murals throughout the neighborhood, with artists to be announced soon. For more information, visit
About Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, SSA 27 and Friends of Lakeview:
The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization whose mission is to support a resilient local economy and high quality of life for the benefit of businesses and residents in Chicago's West Lakeview community, through neighborhood promotion, business development, advocacy, and public space enhancements. Its service area is from Diversey Pkwy. on the south to Irving Park Rd. on the north, and from Ravenswood Ave. on the west to Racine Ave. on the east. The Chamber works in partnership with Special Service Area (SSA) 27 and the 501(c)(3) Friends of Lakeview, all sharing a common mission. Together, these three partners leverage private funding, government resources and programs, and support from more than 250 Chamber members to help their local community thrive.
About Southport Neighbors Association:
Southport Neighbors Association (SNA) is a not-for-profit organization serving the Southport Neighborhood from Addison Street north to Irving Park Road and Clark Street west to Ashland Avenue. The Association encourages compatible residential and business development; initiates and supports beautification projects; and provides the residents with neighborhood forums on timely issues and neighborhood concerns including but not limited to quality of life issues and historic preservation. For more information, visit

Chicago's Famous Beef + 5K


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Join us on Saturday, May 18, 2019 for the Italian Beef 5K and Kids Dash at Montrose Harbor! All beef lovers will receive a race shirt, Beef-shaped finisher medal, and your choice of a beef sandwich from Buona or Al's at the Finish Line.

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Chicago's 2019 Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 25 (Chicago, IL.)



The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) are honored to announce the Grand Marshal for Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 25. The Wreath Laying Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). The parade will then step off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street and Major General Marion Garcia, Commanding General, 200th Military Police Command, United States Army Reserve, will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

During the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, the City of Chicago honors fallen heroes and Gold Star family members who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, Gold Star Lapel Pins and the Next of Kin Lapel Pins are presented to families not as an award, but as symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and their ultimate sacrifice.

Parade Grand Marshal
Maj. Gen. Marion Garcia, Commanding General, 200th Military Police Command, United States Army Reserve will serve as the Grand Marshal. Maj. Gen. Garcia graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1987 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. She has served in a wide variety of staff and leadership assignments as well as during multiple deployments including: Rear Battle Plans Officer with the 14th Military Police Brigade during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm; Commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 720th Military Police Battalion during Operation Provide Comfort Somalia, Commander of the 324th Military Police Battalion with a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq; and, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her numerous awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Parachutist Badge and German Armed Forces Efficiency Badge (Bronze).

Major General John A. Logan Patriot Award
The late Ron Salazar, a City of Chicago employee from 2000 to 2019 will be honored as the recipient of the Major General John A. Logan Patriot Award for his dedication, patriotism and selfless devotion to Chicago’s citizens, veterans and our nation’s military. Throughout his time with (DCASE), Ron took great pride in working as the event designer for the Memorial Day’s Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade. At the time of his unexpected passing in January, he was hard at work on plans for this year’s ceremony to honor fallen soldiers and Gold Star Families. His love for the city was only matched by his passion to share it with everyone. Ron also had a keen eye for the beauty around him and within the people he encountered along the way

Cadets of the Year Award
The mission of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is to motivate young people to be better citizens. Each year the City of Chicago acknowledges the outstanding contributions of our cadets to our community by honoring JROTC students with the Cadet of the Year Award. Lydia Johnson of Lindblom Math and Science Academy and Stoykof Nunez of Phoenix Military Academy will be honored for their stellar academic records and leadership. Each cadet will receive a scholarship for future academic endeavors awarded by Tom Day and his organization Bugles Across America.

History of Memorial Day in Chicago
Memorial Day has a rich history, beginning shortly after the Civil War ended when Maj. Gen. John A. Logan proclaimed that the 30th day of May be designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of soldiers who died during the conflict. First observed on May 30, 1868as “Decoration Day,” our modern day event has been expanded to honor all of our soldiers and service members who have fallen in the line of duty.

Chicago’s Memorial Day parade is one of the largest in the nation. Participants include area high school marching bands, drum and bugle corps, as well as many veterans’ groups, 6,000 JROTC cadets and current members of our armed forces. Visitors and residents are encouraged to visit the Daley Center and Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) to view the Illinois Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall on Daley Plaza on Saturday, May 25, and The Portrait of a Soldier Exhibit on display from Monday, May 20 to Friday, May 31, in the east lobby of the Daley Center.

Chicago Cultural Center Veterans Exhibition
National Veterans Art Museum Triennial: On War & Survival
May 2–July 29, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor
With a focus on the visual, literary, performative and creative practices of veterans, the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) Triennial explores a century of war and survival,  and challenges the perception that war is something only those who have served in the military can comprehend. Throughout history, art has provided a means to express the complicated experiences of war, as well as seek justice and reconciliation. The NVAM Triennial draws on this history to connect today’s veteran artists with the history of veteran creative practices and their impact on society over the past century. For more information, visit

The Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony are presented by the City of Chicago. For more information about the Illinois Gold Star, visit For more information regarding the ceremony and the parade, please visit

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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr. to Attend 2019 Siskel Gala June 15 (Chicago, IL.)

Robert Downey Jr. To Interview Favreau at Event
   The Gene Siskel Film Center today announced that it will honor acclaimed director, producer, screenwriter and actor Jon Favreau with its 2019 Renaissance Award on Saturday, June 15 at the Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware.  “Marvel, Movies, and More: Honoring Jon Favreau in Conversation with Robert Downey Jr.” will bring the honoree together with one of his most frequent collaborators, Robert Downey Jr., for an on-stage conversation chronicling Favreau’s career, creative process and biggest influences.
The evening will culminate with the presentation of the award by SAIC President Elissa Tenny and GSFC Advisory Board Chair Ellen Sandor.
“Jon Favreau, who last attended this event in 2009 to honor George Lucas, is a longtime friend of the Film Center, and supports its mission of celebrating the work of diverse, trailblazing directors, international cultures and classic cinema,” said GSFC Executive Director Jean de St. Aubin.  “Since getting his start at Chicago’s improv theaters, he has become one of Hollywood’s most prominent figures, and his most recent accomplishment was serving as the executive producer of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ which, this past weekend, shattered all previous box office records world-wide.  He is also an accomplished actor, a gifted director and superb cinematic storyteller.”
Each year, the GSFC celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances the art of cinema. Past Renaissance Award honorees have included some of the most respected actors and directors working in the film industry today, such as Michael Mann, Nicole Kidman, George Lucas, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Ethan Hawke.
The benefit is co-chaired by longstanding GSFC supporters and Advisory Board members Roopa P. Weber and Anita Liskey. All proceeds support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s year-round curated film programming as well as educational initiatives including a lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers. This programming provides the opportunity for students and the Chicago community to experience the best in film presentation. The annual fundraiser is the primary event that ensures that the GSFC can continue to present the highest quality films and film-related events in Chicago.
Jon Favreau is one of the most prominent and respected figures working in contemporary film.  He has directed some of the most popular films released in recent years, including “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” and “The Jungle Book,” and his current directing projects include upcoming Disney film “The Lion King.” He also directed the beloved holiday classic “Elf.” He has executive produced numerous films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise and is the executive producer of “The Mandalorian” which will debut on Disney’s new streaming service.  As an actor, he is known for roles in films such as “Rudy,” “Swingers” (which he also wrote), “Very Bad Things,” “The Break-Up,” and “Chef” (which he also wrote and directed) and will be seen in the upcoming “Spiderman: Far from Home.” 
Robert Downey Jr. is a two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner who has appeared in more than 80 films, having become one of the industry’s most sought after and respected actors. He is best known for his performance as Tony Stark in the now iconic blockbuster franchises “Iron Man and “Avengers.”  He most recently starred in the last installment, “Avengers: Endgame,” which shattered box office records and now holds the title of the largest opening bringing in $1.2 billion worldwide. Downey Jr. will next star in the title role of the anticipated global new franchise “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” which is set to release in January 2020. He is also in pre-production on the third installment of the Sherlock Holmes franchise, which comes off the success of his Golden Globe-winning performance in the first film, “Sherlock Holmes,” and its equally successful sequel. Both films, along with numerous other television and digital projects, will be produced through Team Downey, the production company Downey Jr. started with his wife, Susan. 
Tickets and More Information
The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago proudly presents the Renaissance Award Gala in honor of Jon Favreau at The Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware. Single tickets range in price from $500 to $1,000 (VIP). Table sponsorships range in price from $10,000 to $50,000. Call (312) 846-2076 for tickets, tables or more information.
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 that has grown to more than 100,000. 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 more than 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 to learn more and find out what’s playing today.
About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For more than 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 consistently ranking among the top programs in the nation 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, Jeff Koons and LeRoy Neiman.
The Gene Siskel Film Center and SAIC are part of The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information about the Art Institute please visit

The Conservation Center >> Conservation for the Sol: Sol Lewitt and Other Projects (Chicago, IL.)



Aside from the two unexpected snowfalls this month, we are loving the warmer weather and beautiful tulip blooms here in Chicago! This month has been as busy as ever, and we are happy to share three very different pieces and treatments in this month's newlsetter. Scroll down to find articles on Sol Lewitt, Jean Dubuffet, and an 18th-century Chinese screen!

Scroll down to see  CEO Heather Becker's recent feature in Crain's Chicago Business!
Good for the Sol: Conserving a Lewitt Sculpture
"1 2 3 4 5 (Vertical)" by Sol Lewitt
A minimalist sculpture with a not-so-minimalist treatment.

The Delight of a Dubuffet
"Paysage a trois personnages" by Jean Dubuffet

The treatment of a classically unique piece by the famed Art Brut founder. 

A Screen Sneak-Peak!
Imperial Screen of Emperor Qianlong
Our Furniture Department is thrilled to be starting a complex, multi-step treatment of a rare 18th-century screen owned by a Chinese emperor.
Congratulations to Heather Becker, The Center's CEO, who was mentioned in Crain's 2019 Notable Women Executives Over 50!
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