Thursday, February 25, 2021

The Great Andersonville Puzzle Exchange, part of the neighborhood’s month-long Hygge Fest celebration (Chicago, IL.)



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The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce Hosts


Saturday, February 27 from 11:30 am – 1 pm


Part of Andersonville’s Month-Long Hygge Fest Celebration


WHOThe Andersonville Chamber of Commerce


WHAT…invites you to its first-ever The Great Andersonville Puzzle Exchange, part of the neighborhood’s month-long Hygge Fest celebration.


WHENSaturday, February 27 from 11:30 am – 1 pm.


WHERE:  Northeast corner of Clark St. & Farragut Ave.




  • ACC is hosting Andersonville’s first ever jigsaw puzzle swap – bring a puzzle, take a puzzle! Participants are asked to drop off puzzles between 11 – 11:30 am. Bring a new or gently used puzzle, 500+ pieces for adults or any size for kids, secured in a resealable plastic bag in its original box with no missing pieces. To avoid crowding, participants are asked to sign up in advance here. Masks are required and folks are expected to maintain a socially-distanced line to review puzzle selections. 


  • The Puzzle Exchange of is part of ACC’s month-long Hygge Fest celebration. The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hue-gah) has been around for ages. It refers to the ritual of embracing life’s simple pleasures. Feeling relaxed, cozy and surrounded by the warmth of family, friends, community and fire all encompass the idea of Hygge. For a full list of events, visit the Andersonville Hygge Fest page.


  • Since there’s nothing more “Hygge” than cozying up to do a puzzle at home with a warm drink in hand, ACC will be also be selling “The Missing Piece” mystery grab bags for $30 featuring surplus items from last week’s Coffee & Cocoa Crossover. Enjoy a variety of coffee, tea and cocoa products from local businesses in Andersonville, Lincoln Square and Ravenswood. Payment via Venmo only to @avillechamber



EXPO CHICAGO >> Panel Discussion Monday | "On Repatriation"

Panel Discussion: On Repatriation
Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1PM CST
Register Here

Join the DePaul Art Museum and EXPO CHICAGO this upcoming Monday afternoon for a live-streamed discussion with Claudia Peña Salinas (Artist), Gala Porras-Kim (Artist), Patty Gerstenblith (Professor of Law and Director at Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law | DePaul University) and Morag Kersel (Archaeologist and Director of the Museum Studies Minor | DePaul University).

This panel “On Repatriation” is in conjunction with Claudia Peña Salinas’ Quetzalli, a site-specific installation at DePaul Art Museum that centers on the Aztec headdress, Penacho de Moctezuma, an object that has become a symbol of national identity for both Mexico and Austria. Quetzalli highlights the issues around the provenance of ancient artifacts and the role museums play in formulating cultural identities. Peña Salinas is joined by artist Gala Porras-Kim, who is featured in DPAM’s current LatinXAmerican exhibition and has treated “symbolic repatriations” through deep research in various museums. Prof. Patty Gerstenblith is a Professor of Law at DePaul University and Director of its Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, and Prof. Morag Kersel is an Archaeologist and DePaul’s director of the Museum Studies Minor. Both Gerstenblith and Kersel have lectured widely on the protection of antiquities and cultural heritage. This program is generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Presented by DePaul Art Museum in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO. 

Image: Courtesy of Claudia Peña Salinas and Embajada Gallery



Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Big Animals Expedition Updates 2021 & 2022

Hi Everyone,

As the Spring approaches and the world becomes safer for travel, I'm looking forward to making my way out into the wild again. I hope you will be joining me.

Big Animals Expeditions will be running trips again as soon as it's safe, and in the interest of safety, we've had to cancel many trips over the past Fall, Winter, and Spring as conditions around the world failed to stabilize. We've also had to make many schedule changes to trips happening over the Summer and beyond. As most of you know, our situation is not unique; we are indeed, all in this together.

Now, we still have some great opportunities to travel this Spring and Fall. Please check out the highlights below or make your way over to our website.

We're also still working out the final details of our Blue Whale Project, as well as a very exciting two-week expedition to Galapagos in 2022—we'll be sharing more details very soon.

I wish you all the best, and look forward to that time when we can all be together again.

– Amos

Snorkel Among the Ray Clouds

San Carlos, Mexico
May & June, 2021
and 2022
7 Days
4 guests per trip

Click for Mobula Rays

Face the Beautiful Striped Marlin

Baja Mexico
October, 2021 and 2022
8 Days
4 guests per trip

Click for Striped Marlin

Swim With Sperm Whales

Sperm Whales
October/December, 2021 and 2022
7 Days
4 guests per trip

Click for Sperm Whales

Discover More Expeditions

Polar Bears in Svalbard
Sardine Run
Striped Marlin
Costa Rica Dome
Two Weeks in Galapagos

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