Friday, June 12, 2020

Cruise the River from Your Own Couch, Sat 6/13

We have lots of virtual experiences to choose from this weekend! Our “Cruise from Your Couch Virtual Boat Tour” has been covered by Block Club, Time Out, Thrillist, NBC Chicago, and more. Join Amanda tomorrow, June 13, at 6pm for a deeper look at our famous waterway. Using 360-degree Google Street View, Amanda will lead your couch-boat down the South and North Branches to share sights glossed over by architecture cruises, like a converted cold storage building, Goose Island, and Ping Tom Park. Tickets are only $8.

  • TONIGHT, Fri, June 12, 6pm - “Historic Bars of Logan Square” Amanda
  • Sat, June 13, 1pm - “Neighborhood Detour: Old Irving & Kilbourn Park” Amanda
  • Sat, June 13, 2:30 pm - “LGBT Chicago History in 1893” Marie - SPECIAL EVENT- $8
  • Sun, June 14, 1pm - “Secret Pasts of Ravenswood Buildings” Marie
Thanks for continuing to support our small business. Donations of $5-$25 allow us to keep offering the free virtual tours. Any little bit helps! 

Kind regards,
Amanda and the Chicago Detours Team

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Chicago IANDS News - June 2020

Coming Back!
Hi Everyone,
It's been a long, interesting time, hasn't it? We have missed our monthly meetings since February, 2020, and look forward to a time when we can continue spreading the word about Near-Death Experiences and related subjects.
Most people know that my guides choose most of our speakers. Last Fall, when I discussed with them the need for more speakers for 2020, I found that whereas speakers usually just fell into place, there were no speakers appearing until September of 2020. So, even though the pandemic hadn't yet gotten underway, my sense was that we were in for a long rest and wouldn't be resuming until Fall of 2020.
It is still not completely certain when we can resume regular meetings, so we have been in discussion about restarting in September as an online series, until we get the all clear for an onsite meeting at Frank Auditorium in Evanston Hospital.
So stay tuned, more info is coming. We will keep you informed. But it is likely that we will begin again, somehow, this September.
Many Blessings,
Diane Willis, President

Chicago IANDS is now a part of an exciting new organization, Spiritual Awakenings International (SAI). Please visit the new web site and learn about this organization.
You might remember iSee (International Society for Extraordinary Experiences), which we started almost ten years ago, but didn't use.
Well, it has now changed from iSee to SAI :
Please take a look. Individuals and groups can join. There will be no charges for anything for the rest of this year.
This is a great opportunity to become part of a new organization which will move forward to help educate the human world about the spiritual world.


In September, Chicago IANDS meetings will be back on the Second Saturday of every month. Keep checking our web site and watching for our emails for the latest information.


We exist because of volunteers like YOU! Have fun and JOIN OUR TEAM!  
*** Please contact Marcia,, 847.778.4688



1.Please keep in mind that although we are not having meetings, we still are incurring expenses which must be paid to keep us going. Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to: Chicago IANDS, PO Box 732, WIlmette, IL 60091.
2.We need someone to help with setting up a new web site. Please contact Diane: 847.251.5758
3.We can only continue to exist with the help of volunteers. Please contact Marcia,, if you can help. We need a graphic artist to continue to do the flyers. And someone to help with secretarial work.
4 You can visit our online gift store with almost 100 Chicago IANDS gift items......T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, keychains, posters, sweatshirts, etc. Take a look!
5.The Afterlife Conference is expected to be returning to Chicago, live, in June of 2021. And if all goes well, Terry Daniel will come as a speaker in Spring 2021.
6.We raised over $400 for Shanti Children's Foundation through Diane's Birthday fundraiser so far. We are still collecting if you want to contribute through Facebook.

Advertisement: This is not a Chicago IANDS event...just related to us by love, mission and community...a natural "overlap" to our concerns.
The Church of the Spirit is continuing weekly online services on Saturdays, at 6:15 pm. ....all are welcome. Free Intuitive messages are given to all people in attendance every Saturday.
Go to: for info (meeting # and password) to access the Saturday service on Zoom, beginning on Thursday of each week.


"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose, there are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."
                                                                                         Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Chicago Detours >> Tonight’s free talk: 5 Outsider Artists

Every Wednesday we now share “People’s Stories” with free talks on five fascinating Chicagoans. True to our mission of “sharing stories and places even locals don’t know,” we focus on people from the overlooked margins of history. Tonight you’ll hear about self-taught artists who expressed their talent outside the mainstream art world.
  • TONIGHT, Wed, June 10 - “Five Chicago Outsider Artists” Marie
  • Thurs, June 11 - “Chicago’s Earliest Buildings, from Wigwams to Taverns” Alex
  • Fri, June 12- “Historic Bars of Logan Square” Amanda
Your support means so much! Donations of $5-$25 allow us to keep offering these free virtual tours. Any little bit helps! 

Kind regards,
Amanda and the Chicago Detours Team

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Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Free Japanese Father's Day Fun Films Stramed by Asian Pop Up Cinema June 19-21



 Non-profit pan-Asian film organization Sophia’s Choice today announces Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s last online program in anticipation of the end of stay-at-home order with more cities in the States opening up! 
Father’s Day Cheer celebrates multiple phases of fatherhood, and fills the void of Japanese cinema missing on mainstream channels. Three films are exclusively offered to Asian Pop-Up Cinema for a one-time only stream in the U.S. between 2:00pm -10:00pm CDT on June 19-21.
Each father-themed movie will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles. This will be Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s last FREE streamed program before Season 11 (Sept 10 - Oct 10) and limited to 300 viewers per movie. Advanced registration is required on a title by title basis. More info:
Friday, June 19
The Hikita’s are Expecting!  (Chicago Premiere)
Director: Toru Hosokawa
Starring: Gaku Hamada, Shiro Ito, Keiko Kitagawa
2019 | 102 minutes
A 49-year-old writer and his wife are happily married without children. One day, his wife decides she wants a child and after numerous attempts to conceive, nothing happens. In frustration, they go to the hospital to get tests and answers. What they discover is not what was expected.
“We do not see many movies about a man’s perspective on what he goes through when trying to conceive a child with his wife. I am extremely pleased to be able to premiere this online for American audiences to enjoy!” Sophia Wong Boccio, curator of Asian Pop-Up Cinema. 
Saturday, June 20
My Dad and Mr. Ito
Director: Yuki Tanada
Starring: Juri Ueno, Lily Franky, Tatsuya Fuji
2016 | 119 Minutes
Thrown out of his son’s home, an aging father moves in unannounced with his 35-year old daughter, Aya, and Mr. Ito, her boyfriend who is 20-years older than her. At 54,
Mr. Ito is right in the middle of the father and daughter’s lifespans, leading to awkward hilarity.
“Both funny and searing, the film addresses issues of family and the plight of Japan’s aging, unwanted generation.” —Rob Schwartz, Metropolis
Sunday, June 21
Survival Family
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
Starring: Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa, Wakana Aoi
2017 | 117 Minutes
Winner of Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s Season IV’s Audience Choice Award, Survival Family revolves around a family living in Tokyo struggles to survive in a world where all electricity has suddenly stopped.  When Dad decides to escape from Tokyo with his wife and two tech obsessed teenagers are in search of electricity, hilarious chaos ensues and surprising tactics are revealed.
“…a family drama with thinly veiled morals and plentiful fish-out-of-water humor to boot.” - The Hollywood Reporter
Asian Pop-Up Cinema, a semi-annual Asian Film Festival, is the brainchild of Sophia Wong Boccio, founder of Sophia’s Choice, a Chicago-based 501 C (3) not-for-profit incorporated in 2015 with the multi-pronged mission of cultivating an interest in and understanding of Asian cultures via a diverse offering of Asian films; connecting the Asian film industry with local Chicago film professionals, educators and students; and promoting Chicago as a destination for international visitors.
Father’s Day Cheer is supported in part by the Japan Foundation in New York. 


Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events >> New, Reimagined Summer Events

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New, Reimagined Summer Events
Toronzo Cannon Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and DCASE have announced an upcoming slate of new and reimagined summer events including at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts, farmers markets and community meals - in lieu of summer festivals. Some highlights include:  

- Millennium Park at Home - Music, arts and recreation programming moves online for Chicagoans and visitors to enjoy from home.
- SummerDance in Place - This at-home version of the summer tradition invites residents to connect online for a 30-minute dance lesson followed by 60 minutes of music on Wednesday evenings in July  
- Taste of Chicago To-Go - Taste will continue to showcase the diversity of Chicago's dining scene, support local nonprofits and frontline workers and delight our fans through new and reimagined events  
- Club Concerts - Beginning in June, in collaboration with local music venues, DCASE will host live events featuring Chicago musicians performing at neighborhood clubs and other unique locations for broadcast  

Year of Chicago Music Extended
Music In The Key Of Chicago Many of Chicago's new, reimagined summer events support the local music industry during the Year of Chicago Music - now extended into 2021.

DCASE has also partnered with Do312 to launch a new listing of Year of Chicago Music Virtual Concerts to highlight the local music venues and musicians sharing "Music in the Key of Chicago" digitally. If you're hosting a virtual concert or music event, please send information and an image to  

Chicago City Markets 
Chicago City Markets Considered essential businesses, most of Chicago City Markets will open in June and July to increase neighborhood access to fresh and healthy food. DCASE will take necessary precautions to encourage social distancing and protect the safety of customers and vendors. Regrettably, Maxwell Street Market will continue to be postponed through Labor Day weekend (Sunday, September 6).
Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center & other DCASE venues
Millennium Park Millennium Park will reopen in mid-June with limited in-person programming and in accordance with Public Health safeguards and best practices.
The Chicago Cultural Center, the Clarke House Museum, Expo 72 and the City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower will remain closed to the public until further notice.
Arts for Illinois Relief Fund
Arts For Illinois Relief Fund The COVID-19 outbreak is having an enormous economic impact on our local arts community. The City of Chicago and DCASE are proud partners and contributors to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund - providing financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. Please also visit DCASE's COVID-19 Arts Community Resources - a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.    

DCASE Team Supports City's COVID-19 Response 
DCASE Team Supports City COVID-19 Response Did you know over 40% of DCASE staff have been deployed to assist with the City's COVID-19 response? While working diligently to provide supports for the arts community and at-home cultural programming, we've also been helping with food distribution, volunteer management, media response and more.    

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, 78 E. Washington St., 4th Fl., Chicago, IL 60602