Showing posts from August, 2016

Shedd Celebrates Seniors in September

Shedd Aquarium celebrates seniors during Senior Days at Shedd. Each Wednesday and Thursday, September 7 through September 29, 2016, guests who are at least 65 years old will receive a complimentary pass allowing access to exhibits, reserved seating at the aquatic presentation, special lunch pricing, and shopping discounts. Tours and animal encounters will also be available (see the schedule below for dates and times).
Free Admission
Dates: September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29
Hours: Arrive between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to request the pass. Shedd Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


A complimentary Shedd Group Pass Plus is available to the first 3,000 seniors (at least 65 years old), plus one accompanying adult partner per person and group leaders (with registered groups).
Individual passes are available at the aquarium (no online or phone reservations will be taken).
Groups of 15 or more seniors require reservations (call 312.692.3333 and request the Senior Days at Shedd program…

Chicago Racing Events | September 2016

As you review the events below, be sure to visit the charity websites to learn more about the organizations benefiting from your registration fees, donations, and fundraising efforts.

In addition, check the event’s website to see how the charity partner is benefiting. Are 100 percent of the event proceeds given to the charity? Does the charity receive promotional benefits only? Does the charity receive a certain number of race entries in return for providing event volunteers? A charity may benefit from an event in many different ways. The answers can usually be found on the event’s FAQ, Charity, or About page. Each event should also have an email address or online contact form for any additional questions you might have.

Enjoy exploring this month's events, and have a great September!
September 8, 2016
Run 10 Feed 10
Location: Macy's State Street, 111 North State Street, Chicago
Start Time: 6 p.m.
Event Beneficiary: Donations are made to FEED and funds are then distributed via Feedin…

2016 Chicago Jazz Festival

The 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival runs from Thursday, September 1, through Sunday, September 4, and admission is free. Performances begin at the Chicago Cultural Center at 12 noon on Thursday and then move to Millennium Park Thursday evening for the remainder of the festival.

Jazz groups from Chicago-area schools will be performing on Saturday. Be sure to stop by the Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace and support these young musicians.

The festival will close on Sunday with a performance celebrating percussionist and 2008 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Candido Camero's 95th birthday. If you would like to learn more about Candido Camero, please review the NEA biography and 2008 interview and DRUM! magazine's 2011 article, available online.

For the complete festival lineup, please see the schedule below. Enjoy your 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival!

Thursday, September 1

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, Chicago
Claudia Cassidy Theater
12 noon | Dan Trudell Trio

2016 Chicago Air and Water Show

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When and Where Is the Chicago Air and Water Show?
The Chicago Air and Water Show is Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21. The show begins at 10 a.m. each day and will finish around 3 p.m. Admission is free! Announcer Herb Hunter will be calling all the action from North Avenue Beach. He has been giving Chicago Air and Water Show audiences the play-by-play for nearly 30 years.
What Is the Best Way to Get to the Show?
Bike. Ride your own bike or use a bike from Divvy, Chicago's bike-sharing system. Divvy riders will have access to Divvy’s free Valet Service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Theater on the Lake (Lake Shore Drive and Fullerton Parkway), Lake Shore Drive and North Avenue, and Michigan Avenue and Oak Street, Montrose Harbor, and Shedd Aquarium stations. The Streeter Drive and Grand Avenue (Navy Pier) station will have Valet Service available from 12 noon to 8 p.m. W…

Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert

My husband and I went to the Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Monday, August 15, 2016. Chicago's theater fans are dedicated! The seating area was scheduled to open at 5:15 p.m. for the 6:15 p.m. concert. Though it was raining intermittently, people were waiting in line well before 4:30 p.m. I recommend arriving early. It was nice to find out that even if the line goes all the way to the end of Millennium Park's Great Lawn (on both the east and west sides), you will still get a good seat.

Video highlights and live performances provided a preview of ten upcoming Broadway In Chicago shows: Fun Home (at Oriental Theatre November 2-13, 2016), STOMP (at Broadway Playhouse November 16, 2016–January 1, 2017), Finding Neverland (at Cadillac Palace Theatre November 22–December 4, 2016), The Phantom of the Opera (at Cadillac Palace Theatre December 14, 2016–January 8, 2017), The Bodyguard (at Oriental Theatre January 31–February 12, 2017…

Chicago Dancing Festival Celebrates Ten Years in 2016

In 2016, the Chicago Dancing Festival celebrates ten years of presenting audiences in Chicago the opportunity to view dance performances by exceptional dance companies. This year's festival runs from Tuesday, August 23, through Saturday, August 27.
For the first time in its history, the festival will have an evening of dance performances at Navy Pier. Four Chicago-based dance companies, Forward Momentum Chicago, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and Natya Dance Theatre, will present a program with a global focus.
Making Chicago Dancing Festival debut performances in 2016 are Pennsylvania Ballet, Joshua Beamish, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, and Forward Momentum Chicago. To learn more about the above dance companies, please visit their websites via the links provided below.
All performances are free. No tickets are required for outdoor performances. For indoor performances, tickets are required and must be reserved in advance. For indoor performances tha…

Lincoln Park Conservatory 2016 Summer Tropical Show

Whether you are fascinated by the individuality of variegated leaves, enthralled by colorful blooms, or intrigued by the exotic nature of tropical plants, you will want to stop by the Lincoln Park Conservatory's annual Summer Tropical Show, which runs through September 25, 2016.

When my husband and I went to the conservatory in July, Jacob's Coat, Lily of the Nile, Matchstick Plant, Panama Hat Palm, Pelican Flower, Rock Rose, and Spider Lily were some of the plants on display. If you would like to see photos of some of these plants, you can view the photo album I created on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to look at the photos).

The conservatory staff members regularly remove plants that are past their prime and replace them with new plants, so feel free to visit more than once. You will likely see something new each time!

Located at 2391 North Stockton Drive in Chicago, Lincoln Park Conservatory is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 365 days a year, and admission is free.