Friday, May 17, 2019

Regular Submission Deadline in One Month for 55th Chicago Int'l Film Festival!

One Month Until Regular Deadline
Submit your film now before prices increase!
The Regular Deadline is just one month away! Submit your feature, documentary, or short film by June 17 to be considered for the 55th Chicago International Film Festival!

Presented by Cinema/Chicago, we are North America's longest-running competitive film festival. We screen films from around the world across a wide variety of competitions and programs:
  • International Competition
  • New Directors Competition
  • Documentary Competition
  • Short Film Competitions
  • Out-Look Competition (LGBTQ+)
  • After Dark (Genre)
  • Black Perspectives
  • Cinemas of the Americas
  • ...and more!
In 2018, the Festival showcased 175 short and feature-length films from 58 countries and hosted 200 guests from around the world. We are an Academy Award-qualifying Festival for the winners of our Best Live Action Short and Best Documentary Short competitions. Submit your film today to be considered for our 2019 Festival!

After the the Regular Deadline of June 17, 2019, your last chance to submit will be the Late Deadline on July 8, 2019 at an increased price.

Visit our website for guidelines and requirements and to learn more details about our competitive and non-competitive sections.

The 55th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 16-27, 2019.
About Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a year round non-profit arts and education organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. In addition to the Chicago International Film Festival, Cinema/Chicago's programs include: the International Screenings ProgramCineYouth Festival, and year-round Education Program. Celebrating its 55th edition in 2019, the Chicago International Film Festival is North America's longest-running competitive film festival.

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The Chicago Dogs Host Home Opener and Set Vienna World Record for "Largest Gathering of Wieners in One Location" During Opening Day Friday, May 1

NHL Hall of Famer Chris Chelios To Throw Out First Pitch
WHO: American Association baseball team, the Chicago Dogs, along with 6,300 baseball and hot dog fans…
WHAT: ... welcome fans to its 2019 season home opener where they will set the Vienna world record for the "world's largest gathering of wieners in one location" during the Chicago Dogs' May 17 home opener. Every fan in attendance on opening day will receive a commemorative hot dog costume courtesy of the Chicago Dogs and Vienna Beef. NHL Hall of Famer and Former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios is scheduled to throw out the first pitch. 
WHEN: Tonight, Friday, May 17 against the Gary Southshore Railcats
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. 
Game starts at 7:05 p.m. 
WHERE: Impact Field, 9850 Balmoral Avenue, Rosmont 
Park in the bus lane just past the ticket windows/box office (Impact Field will be on your right).
Additional Details: 
  • The Chicago Dogs will play 50 home games at Impact Field in Rosemont this summer including Saturday, May 18 with a post-game firework spectacular and Sunday, May 19 with $3 bottomless popcorn and soda and pre-game autographs.
  • Single game tickets to the Chicago Dogs home games at Impact Field start at $9. Tickets are available at
  • The Chicago Dogs are members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Named after Chicago’s favorite and oldest culinary tradition, the Chicago Dogs’ logo features the colors and stars of the iconic Chicago flag. Home games are played at the state-of- the-art Impact Field located at 9850 Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont, Ill. The team is managed by former Boston Red Sox Manager, Butch Hobson, who brings more than 30 years of experience to Rosemont. Chicago Dogs games welcome fans of all ages for a one-of-a-kind experience where every day is fan appreciation day.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Taste of Chicago Concert Tickets on Sale Now (Chicago, IL.)

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Monday, May 13, 2019

City of Chicago Announces completion of the 1.25 mile Chicago Riverwalk with the opening of Riverwalk East (Chicago, IL)



Riverwalk East – the Section Between Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive - Opens With New Landscape, Seating, Public Art, Vendor Spaces and Community Market Place;
Opening Kicks-Off Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebrations Through Sunday

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, First Lady Amy Rule, city officials, Riverwalk architects, site designers, artists, vendors and other local partners celebrated the opening of the newly transformed Chicago Riverwalk East from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, completing the 1.25 mile Riverwalk. With the completion of this $12 million investment, every block of this award-winning 1.25-mile promenade and recreational amenity has been modernized or developed for the first time. To mark the completion of the Riverwalk, the City of Chicago is celebrating the Chicago Riverwalk Season with free public programming and vendor specials throughout the week.

“Chicago is reconnecting with the River in a way that improves our quality of life, protects our environment and enhances economic development that is sustainable for future generations,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The completion of Riverwalk East is a major milestone in that journey. We are finally fulfilling Daniel Burnham’s original vision of Chicago as a true two-waterfront city.”

In August 2018, Mayor Emanuel announced plans to improve older sections of the east end of the Riverwalk from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, building upon the success of the Riverwalk and creating even more opportunities for residents and visitors to interact with and enjoy the Chicago River.

The design team, led by Muller and Muller, worked with the landscape architecture firm of Site Design Group to substantially complete this reimagination of Riverwalk East. This design emphasizes the transition from a park-like environment on the east end near Lake Shore Drive to the urban civic space of Michigan Avenue and creates areas of public seating surrounded by landscaping. The new Riverwalk East space includes: 10,000 square feet of “play” space; 94 new LED dark sky compliant light fixtures; three public restrooms; approximately 150 new tree plantings from 35 different species to increase the diversity of the urban tree canopy, and 20 types of furnishings from the Riverwalk palette increasing public seating by over 500 along the Riverwalk.

“I have been designing public spaces in the City of Chicago for the past twenty-five years," said Ernie Wong of Site Design Group. “It is an honor to have worked with Muller 2 and the Department of Fleet and Facility Management on the site improvements for Riverwalk East! The design intent was to take a largely urban hardscape on the west end and transiting to a natural and lush landscaped corridor. The project adds valuable open space, better pedestrian access to the river and seating to view the natural asset in the heart of downtown Chicago.”

In line with the Mayor’s goal of bringing more public art to more public spaces on the Riverwalk and throughout the city, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and and the Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) led a Riverwalk East Gateway Project committee to select a new work of art that will create an iconic visual marker for the south bank of the Chicago River just east of Michigan Avenue. The committee selected Weather Station by the Chicago-based artist team IƱigo Manglano Ovalle and Bill Baker. Manglano-Ovalle is a renowned conceptual and visual artist working across media to create large-scale installations and architectural interventions, and Baker is a structural engineering partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), whose innovative structural engineering design and research have been vital in realizing some of the world’s most recognizable structures.

Scheduled for completion in fall of 2020, Weather Station comprises an array of seven slender, stainless steel towers of varying heights – each culminating in a wind vane and anemometer – collectively rising from the river bank to a height of 117 feet.

“The Chicago Riverwalk has become an escape from the everyday with one-of- a-kind visual art projections at Art on theMART and new works of public art that enhance what is truly a magnificent urban space,” said DCASE Commissioner Mark Kelly. “Once complete, Weather Station will become an iconic public art landmark rising from the banks of the Chicago River with its animated stainless steel towers.”

Additionally, a submarine memorial designed and funded by a group of Navy volunteers is another new addition to Riverwalk East, and will be dedicated on Saturday, May 18.  The memorial commemorates the twenty-eight submarines manufactured in Wisconsin that used the Chicago River to connect through varies waterways to the Gulf of Mexico and on to the war efforts after the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

As part of additional investments in the Riverwalk, Mayor Emanuel, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and 2FM developed the Riverwalk Community Marketplace between Michigan and Wabash Avenues, a new concessions program to highlight existing vendors in the City’s culturally diverse communities. Construction on the marketplace began in the fall of 2018.  This investment includes the expansion of the existing path to create a corridor for the placement of kiosks.

“We are incredibly proud of our work in Mayor Emanuel’s incredible vision to expand on Daniel Burnham’s dream of making Chicago a two-waterfront city and in building a Riverwalk that is the envy of cities around the world,” said Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) Commissioner David Reynolds. “I know I speak for all Chicagoans when I say I can’t wait to enjoy every inch of the new features and amenities of the east end of the Riverwalk, both this summer, and for years to come.”

Following a 2FM public solicitation to identify marketplace vendors that encouraged minority and women-owned vendors to apply, the new Community Marketplace will open in June and will feature the following nine new vendors:
  • Beat Kitchen on the Riverwalk, currently operating in the Lakeview neighborhood, will offer food and beverage items, specializing in tacos, pizzas and salads, including vegan options.
  • Batter and Berries, currently operating in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, will provide soul food inspired dishes, including breakfast.
  • Chiya Chia, currently operating in the Logan Square neighborhood, will provide a variety of chias and interesting curry pies inspired by Nepal.
  • Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream, currently operating in the South Loop and Edgewater neighborhoods, will provide homemade ice cream bars dipped in a variety of toppings.
  • Justice of the Pies, currently a Chicago City Market favorite, will provide a variety of quiches and pies.
  • Luxury Cake will provide a variety of desserts including special orders for birthdays or other occasions.
  • Neighborly will provide retail options from a variety of artists and local makers.
  • Shop Small Chicago will provide retail options from a variety of artists and local makers.
  • Twisted Eggroll will provide interpretations of the traditional eggroll representing American favorites to cultural-inspired dishes
“I founded Justice of the Pies in honor of my late father and have operated in the City Market program for the past few years," said Maya-Camille Broussard. "I am thrilled to be part of the Community Marketplace program and to bring my specialty pies and quiches to the Chicago Riverwalk! This is a great opportunity for a small, minority and woman owned business.”

In conjunction with the completion of the 1.25 million Chicago Riverwalk, DCASE, 2FM and local partners are kicking-off the Chicago Riverwalk Season celebration today with a week of free public programming and vendor specials. The celebration features a new Art on theMART program, pyrotechnic display, lantern procession, public programming, vendor specials and more. Starting today, the Chicago Riverwalk will offer a preview of summer programming including Art on theMART, new works of public art, fireworks, tours, kayaking, Fishing at the Jetty led by the Chicago Park District, walking tours led by the Chicago Architecture Center and Chicago Greeter tours. For complete details, visit

On the evening of August 22, Beam Suntory will host Between Two Bridges: A Jim Beam & House of Suntory Highball Experience on the Jetty. This inaugural ticketed event is a vibrant experience that takes people on a journey of music, art, and food – all highlighting the refreshing highball cocktail featuring Jim Beam® Bourbon and House of Suntory spirits, which include Suntory Whisky Toki™, Suntory Roku™ Gin and Suntory Haku® Vodka. All proceeds from the event will benefit City Colleges of Chicago.

In 2011, Mayor Emanuel tasked 2FM, the Chicago Department of Transportation and leading architects, engineers and designers to expand the Riverwalk from State Street to Lake Street, creating a new connected path system. To create this vision, the Mayor worked with the United States Department of Transportation to identify funding for the continuation of the Riverwalk through a federal program called the Transportation Infrastructure Finance Innovation Act (TIFIA). Nearly $100 million was secured to construct the segment on the Main Branch of the Chicago River from State Street to Lake Street. Designed by a team lead by Sasaki Associates, including Ross Barney Architects, Benesch and Jacobs Ryan Landscape Architects. State Street to LaSalle Drive was completed in May of 2015 and LaSalle Drive to Lake Street was completed in the fall of 2016.
“In 1983, the Chicago Architecture Center (CAC) launched the first architecture river cruise to tell the stories behind the iconic buildings lining the river. In 2019, Chicago has public spaces on the banks that match the design excellence of the skyscrapers above,” said Lynn Osmond, President and CEO of the CAC. “The Riverwalk is Mayor Emanuel’s enduring legacy, but not the whole story. The Riverwalk tops a diverse list of design initiatives that elevate the civic space and public role: co-located libraries and senior housing, Lake Shore Drive pedestrian bridges, mixed income residential projects, awarding the high profile O’Hare Global Terminal project to a thriving, woman-led Chicago architecture practice. Mayor Emanuel’s support has put architecture and design at the center of Chicago’s debates. In 2015, he established North America’s largest architecture and design exhibition, the Chicago Architecture Biennial. In 2018, he was a vocal supporter as the CAC moved to a larger, high profile new home above the Riverwalk where we introduced expanded exhibits and a larger civic role.”

The Chicago Riverwalk Season Celebration activites on Monday, May 13 through Sunday, May 19 are free unless otherwise noted. The Riverwalk is open to the public from 6 a.m.–11 p.m. throughout the year. For more information about the Chicago Riverwalk and a complete schedule of events, visit and join the conversation on social media using #ChiRiverwalk.

About the Chicago Riverwalk
The City of Chicago’s award-winning Chicago Riverwalk, a 1.25-mile promenade through the heart of downtown, has quickly become one of the city’s most popular destinations for art, music, dining and the enjoyment of natural habitats, beloved by Chicagoans and visitors alike.  The Riverwalk is managed by the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management with programming support from the Access to the space is free and open to the public daily from 6 a.m.–11 p.m. 

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 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.