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Chicago’s Magnificent Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago, Illinois.

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I am a Travel Junkie who loves to travel around the world. I can’t resist taking pictures of  beautiful fountains; I find them so intriguing.

One of the most magnificent fountains in Chicago is the Buckingham Fountain. The fountain was designated as a Chicago landmark on August 30, 2000.

Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

It is located at the intersection of Congress Parkway and Columbus Drive, just west of south Lake Shore Drive in Grant Park. Grant Park is a popular venue for Chicago Festivals like Jazz Fest and the Windy City Wine Festival.

The park was an integral part of Daniel Burnham‘s 1909 city planning efforts that involved integrating a series of projects into Chicago’s  lakefront.  He envisioned Chicago as a “Paris on the Prairie” with French-inspired public works projects and beautiful fountains.

Burnham’s magical vision generated our horizontal kingdom with gorgeous skyscrapers. Chicago’s magnificent skyline, monuments and sculptures are a result of the convergence of vision and technology.

 

Grant Park’s Sculptures

Daniel Burnham

Buckingham Fountain

Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. Any time of the day or night, people converge upon the fountain to take pictures. It’s a favorite spot for newlyweds.

Chicago Wine Festival at Buckingham Fountain

The pink marble fountain was designed by beaux-arts architect and city planner Edward H. Bennett who was also involved in Burnham’s Plan of Chicago and the construction of Grant Park.

Bennett’s office was located in the penthouse of the Santa Fe building (pictured below) with the large “Santa Fe” logo on the roof, at 80 E. Jackson in Chicago. From his eagle’s nest view, he could supervise the construction of Grant Park. The 17-story office building is located on the Historic Michigan Boulevard District. The Santa Fe building has distinctive round porthole  windows along the cornice.  The center of the building features a  lightwell that was covered with a skylight in the 1980s.

Buckingham Fountain and the Santa Fe Building

From Bennett’s penthouse office, he could also supervise the construction of   the Buckingham Fountain and the original ornamental Peristyle. A reproduction of the Peristyle majestically crowns  Millennium Park.

Peristyle in Chicago

The Peristyle (pictured above), is a replica of the curving row of paired Greek columns that were originally on the corner of Grant Park near Michigan and Randolph from 1917 to 1953. The statues (pictured below), were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The whimsical sea-horses depict mid-western states.

Buckingham Fountain Sea-horse Statues

The fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927 and was constructed at a cost of $750,000.  Water streams through the fountain’s 193 jets. The design looks like a wedding cake and it was inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles. The central structure allegorically represents Lake Michigan and it is surrounded by four sea-horses. Each sea-horse represents the states that surround Lake Michigan: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

The fountain is operational from April to October with interesting water shows  every hour on-the-hour that last for 20 minutes. During the show, water spews from the central jet. The center jet shoots up vertically up to 150 feet.  There are lovely evening light shows.  After dusk, these shows are choreographed with lights and music. The last show begins at 10:00 p.m. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with holiday lights.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Get Tickets for Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park 2015 before they Sell Out

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Illinois, US, and originally intended to celebrate the second millennium. It is a prominent civic center near the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline that covers a 24.5-acre (99,000 m2) section of northwestern Grant Park. The area was previously occupied by parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots.[1] The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. As of 2009, Millennium Park trailed only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction.[2] In 2015, the park became the location of the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting.

Planning of the park began in October 1997. Construction began in October 1998, and Millennium Park was opened in a ceremony on July 16, 2004, four years behind schedule. The three-day opening celebrations were attended by some 300,000 people and included an inaugural concert by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. The park has received awards for its accessibility and green design.[3] Millennium Park has free admission,[4] and features the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions. The park is connected by the BP Pedestrian Bridge and the Nichols Bridgeway to other parts of Grant Park. Because the park sits atop a parking garage and the commuter rail Millennium Station, it is considered the world’s largest rooftop garden.

Some observers consider Millennium Park to be the city’s most important project since the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893.[4][5] It far exceeded its originally proposed budget of $150 million. The final cost of $475 million was borne by Chicago taxpayers and private donors. The city paid $270 million; private donors paid the rest,[6] and assumed roughly half of the financial responsibility for the cost overruns.[7] The construction delays and cost overruns were attributed to poor planning, many design changes, and cronyism. Many critics have praised the completed park.

Features

Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in Millennium Park, with Daley Bicentennial Plaza behind, seen from Willis Tower in 2007

Millennium Park is a portion of the 319-acre (1.3 km2) Grant Park, known as the “front lawn” of downtown Chicago,[9] and has four major artistic highlights: the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, and the Lurie Garden.[38] Millennium Park is successful as a public art venue in part due to the grand scale of each piece and the open spaces for display.[39] A showcase for postmodern architecture, it also features the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink, the BP Pedestrian Bridge, the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Wrigley Square, the McDonald’s Cycle Center, the Exelon Pavilions, the AT&T Plaza, the Boeing Galleries, the Chase Promenade, and the Nichols Bridgeway.[40]

Millennium Park is considered one of the largest green roofs in the world, having been constructed on top of a railroad yard and large parking garages.[41] The park, which is known for being user friendly, has a very rigorous cleaning schedule with many areas being swept, wiped down or cleaned multiple times a day.[42][43] Although the park was unveiled in July 2004, some features opened earlier, and upgrades continued for some time afterwards.[44] Along with the cultural features above ground (described below) the park has its own 2218-space parking garage.[7]

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

English: Millennium Park location in Chicago Loop

English: Millennium Park location in Chicago Loop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Fran...

English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Frank Gehry – Pritzker, from across Michigan Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker ...

Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Cen...

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millenium Park, Chicago(Illinois), USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square in M...

The Millennium Monument in Wrigley Square in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Get tickets for Chicago’s Premier culinary event!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-gourmet-2015-presented-by-bon-appetit-tickets-14325033561

This weekend epicurean affair showcases more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs,  renowned wineries, spirit makers and premium breweries. It also features dozens of live cooking demonstrations, gourmet tastings, wine seminars and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and winemakers.

Chicago Gourmet

September 25 – 27, 2015

Chicago Gourmet is a premium food and wine event with 100 chefs, cooking demonstrations, beer and food pavilions, and wine tastings in Millennium Park.

Specific questions regarding ticket sales may be directed to info@chicagogourmet.org.

Chicago Gourmet
September 25-27, 2015

CHEFS

Rodelio Aglibot, Yum Cha Dim Sum Parlor
Louie Alexakis, Avli Estiatorio
Jimmy Bannos, Heaven On Seven/The Purple Pig
Jimmy Bannos Jr., The Purple Pig
Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO
Duncan Biddulph, Kinmont
Greg Biggers, Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Robert Blanchard, Norman’s Bistro
Mark Brand, 720 Bar & Grill
Jeni Britton Bauer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Aaron Browning, Tavernita
Karyn Calabrese, Karyn’s Fresh Corner/ Karyn’s Cooked/ Karyn’s on Green
Niall Campbell, Firefly Grill
Homaro Cantu, Moto/iNG Restaurant
Billy Caruso, III Forks
Arturo Carvallo, Hash House a Go Go
Edgar Castaneda, Taco Joint Urban Taqueria & Cantina
Tony Castillo, Longitud 315
Kostas Chaidaropoulos, Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi
Sandy Chen, Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge
John Chiakulas, Beatrix
Steve Chiappetti, J. Rocco Italian Table and Bar
Christine Cikowski, Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Peter Coenen, The Gage
John Coletta, Quartino
Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice
Shaun Connelly, LUXBAR
Judy Contino, Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe
Fernando Coppola, IPO
Luca Corazzina, 312 Chicago
Abel Cortes, e.leaven Food Company
Timothy Cottini, FORK
Chris Cubberely, Cité
Thai Dang, Embeya
Jess DeGuzman, Sunda New Asian
Peter DeRuvo, Francesca’s Restaurant
Frederick Despres, Arami
Rohini Dey, Vermilion
Adam Dittmer, Bistro Campagne
Lamont Donley, Uncommon Ground on Clark
Joseph Doppes, Bistro Margot
Puje Dorlig, Jellyfish
Amanda Downing, Rockit Bar & Grill/Rockit Burger Bar
Stephen Dunne, Paramount Room
David Dworshak, Takito Kitchen
Mitch Einhorn, Twisted Spoke/Lush Wine & Spirits
Graham Elliot, graham elliot/g.e.b.
Gregory Ellis, 2 Sparrows
Nelson Erazo, Adamus
Jaysen Euler, Davanti Enoteca
Sophie Evanoff, Vanille Patisserie
Joe Farina, Rosebud Restaurants/Rosebud Steakhouse/Joe Fish
Paul Fehribach, Big Jones
Dirk Flanigan, Il Coniglio
Jonathan Fox, Firecakes
Jo-Marie Frigo, Nonna Santi’s Biscotti
Dirk and Terry Fucik, Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop
John Gatsos, Tavern on Rush
Chris Gawronski, Henri
Carlos Gaytan, Mexique
Tim Graham, Travelle
Mark Grosz, Oceanique
Mike Hernandez, ZED451
Sandra Holl, Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Tony Hu, Lao Sze Chuan
Riley Huddleston, I|O Urban Roofscape at the Godfrey Hotel Chicago
Stephanie Izard, Girl & The Goat/Little Goat
Eric Jorgensen, Little Market Brasserie
Paul Katz, Old Town Pour House
Tom Kenny, Mike Ditka’s Chicago
Brian Key, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago
Jeremy Kiens, Nana
Ryan Kikkert, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap
Shigeru Kitano, SUSHISAMBA rio
Michael Kornick, MK The Restaurant/Ada Street/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar
Josh Kulp, Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Thomas Lents, Sixteen
Chris Macchia, The Florentine
Eric Mansavage, Farmhouse Craft Tavern
Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia/Terzo Piano/Bar Toma/River Roast
Joshua Marrelli, The CHOP SHOP
Jeff Mauro, Sandwich King
Shawn McClain, Green Zebra/ Sage Restaurant
Steve McDonagh, Spritz Burger
Michael McDonald, Mercadito Hospitality/Tavernita
Terese McDonald, Candyality
Charlie McKenna, Lillie’s Q
Kevin McMullen, Brixton
Gray McNally, The Tortoise Club
Masaharu Morimoto, Japonais by Morimoto
Cory Morris, Mercat a la planxa
Sam Netter, Real Urban Barbecue
Megan Neubeck, Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago
Victor Newgren, SideDoor
Martial Noguier, Bistronomic/Troquet River North/Brasserie by LM
Mitsu Nozaki, Henri/ The Gage
Leigh Omilinsky, Café des Architectes at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
Terry Opalek and Michael Frontier, Terry’s Toffee
Oscar Ornelas, Cité
Dan Pancake, Autre Monde Café & Spirits
Beth Partridge, Autre Monde Café & Spirits
Donald Penza, MUNICIPAL BAR + DINING CO.
Ryan Pitts, RL Restaurant
Tony Priolo, Piccolo Sogno/Piccolo Sogno Due
Doug Psaltis, Bub City/Three Dots and a Dash
Adam Puskorius, Eddie V’s
Devon Quinn, Paramount Events Chicago
Jose Ramirez, Kinzie Chophouse
Tigist Reda, Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
Kennon Reed, Cantina Laredo
Cardel Reid, The Signature Room at the 95th
Michael Dean Reynolds, Bread & Wine
Mark Rimkus, Flo & Santos
Matt Riordan, Saigon Sisters
Evan Rondeau, Uncommon Ground on Devon
Joseph Rose, Lockwood Restaurant & Bar
Patrick Russ, The Dawson
Arun Sampanthavivat, Arun’s Thai Restaurant
Patricio Sandoval, Mercadito/Mercadito Counter
Jonathon Sawyer, Trentina
Zoë Schor, Ada Street
Tony Scruggs, Old Crow Smokehouse
Nathan Sears, The Radler
Mindy Segal, HotChocolate
Tommy Sheean, The Drawing Room
Michael Sheerin, CICCHETTI
Patrick Sheerin, Trenchermen
Bruce Sherman, North Pond
Dan Smith, Spritz Burger
Joaquin Soler, Smalls. Smoke Shack & More
Jose Sosa, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville
Travis Strickland, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Kristine Subido, Pecking Order
Michael Tsonton, MH Fish House
Jared Van Camp, Nellcôte/Old Town Social/Leghorn
Tom Van Lente, TWO Restaurant & Bar
Chico Vilchez, Nacional 27
Paul Virant, Perennial Virant/Vie
Randy Waidner, Gibsons Restaurant Group
Scott Walton, Howells & Hood
John Wayne Formica, E + O Food and Drink
Roger Waysok, South Water Kitchen
Christine Welch, The Coffeecake Connection Co.
Jared Wentworth, Longman & Eagle/Dusek’s Board & Beer/Punch House
Justin White, SmallBar Division
Erick Williams, MK The Restaurant/DMK Burger Bar/Fish Bar
Marc Wuenschel, Hutch
Alvaro Zamudio, Kinzie Chophouse
Jose Zetina, Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana
Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia
Bob Zrenner, Hubbard Inn

 

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the ...

English: From top left: Downtown Chicago, the Willis Tower, the Chicago Theater, the Chicago “L”, Navy Pier, the Field Museum, and Millenium Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Chicago Gourmet 2012 Dine Around Receipt Holder

WHEN: Chicago Gourmet 2014 will be hosted in Millennium Park, Sept 26-28, 2014

For more information visit:

http://www.ChicagoGourmet.org
http://www.twitter.com/chicago_gourmet
http://www.youtube.com/CHIGourmet

English: Harris Theater (left) and The Heritag...

English: Harris Theater (left) and The Heritage at Millennium Park (right) from Randolph Street. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nomi chef

312 Chicago's Chef Luca Corazzina

312 Chicago’s Chef Luca Corazzina

Quartino Restaurant in Chicago

Quartino Restaurant’s Chef in Chicago

Chicago is an international culinary mecca for foodies. There are many rising stars like Jimmy Bannos Jr. , a third generation Chicago restaurant owner and Chef. Here’s a video of the 2011 Chicago Gourmet Festival http://youtu.be/LiB0O2Y_A_g

Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. of The Purple Pig in Chicago

I love the Millennium Park venue that was dedicated by Mayor Richard Daley in July of 2004 as a gift to the people of Chicago. We take every opportunity to use this incredible open-air facility!

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Chicago Gourmet 2011

The extraordinary event promotes Chicago’s impressive world-class food and wine community. Last year there was a Grand Cru Wine event at the Harris Theater Rooftop.

Chicago Gourmet 2011 Grand Cru Event

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Forget about dieting during the weekend event or between August 20th until the event begins. There will be 140 chefs participating in the three-day event with plenty of wine-tasting opportunities; as well as a “Dine Around” promotion. Some of the restaurants in my “Rush Street” video  participate in “Chicago Gourmet“.

Here’s a short Video of some of my favorite restaurants on Rush Street

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT858R6N2gw.

Some of the participating movers and shakers include Chicago’s culinary gurus, Chicago chefs, master sommeliers and extraordinary wine makers.

Chicago Gourmet 2011

The Chicago Gourmet Event “aims to highlight the city as an international culinary destination via its unparalleled epicurean talent”.

Chicago Gourmet 2011

Chicago’s Michelin Chefs

Chicago Gourmet 2011

I LOVE Dine around!!

Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around

The Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants. From Tuesday, August 20, 2013 through Friday, September 20, 2013, special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event.
Please check back for more information about 2013 redemption instructions.

Earn a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet

From August 20th through September 20th, dine in five participating restaurants, save your receipts, and redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet ticket at registration. Enjoy the special prix-fixe meal, or dine from the regular menu; either receipt is valid toward the free ticket if the meal total is a minimum of $35.
Rules and detailed redemption information are coming soon. This offer is NOT applicable to the Hamburger Hop.

2013 participating Dine Around restaurants:

2 Sparrows Restaurant

312 Chicago Allium at The Four Seasons

Argent Restaurant

Autre Monde Cafe

Avli Estiatorio

Balena

Big Jones

Bistronomic

Bittersweet Pastry Shop

Browntrout

Bull & Bear

Café des Architects at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Courtright’s Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca

Deca Restaurant & Bar at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago

E+O Food and Drink

Embeya Epic

Firecakes

Firefly Grill

Francesca’s Restaurant

Frontier Green Zebra

Harry Caray’s Restaurant Hearty

Henri

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Chicago

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House Naperville

Ill Forks

Keefer’s Restaurant

Kinzie Chophouse

Lao Sze Chuan

Le Colonial

Level 2 Restaurant at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile

Little Market Brasserie LM Restaurant Group

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar

Markethouse Restaurant & Bar
May St. Cafe
Mercadito
Mercat a la Planxa
Mexique
Nacional 27
Nellcôte
NoMI Kitchen
Oceanique Restaurant
Old Town Social
Pazzo’s Cucina Italiana
Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
Piccolo Sogno
Piccolo Sogno Due

Prasino – Wicker Park
Prosecco
Public House
Q-BBQ
Quartino
Quay Restaurant & Bar
Real Urban Barbecue
Rickshaw Republic
RL Restaurant
Rushing Waters Fisheries & Trout House
Saigon Sisters
Siena Tavern
South Water Kitchen
Tavern on Rush
Telegraph
The Berghoff
The Bristol
The Florentine
The Gage
The Grill on the Alley
The Metropolitan Club
Uncommon Ground on Clark
Uncommon Ground on Devon
Untitled
Zocalo

The Bon Appétitand Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city’s best restaurants. From August 20th to September 20th, 2013, special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating Dine Around restaurants, offering guests a unique dining experience as well as a chance to earn a free ticket to the event.

Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012

Dine Around Receipt Holder for Chicago Gourmet 2012

Go get your special receipt folder and and start “Dining Around” today. Dine in 5 participating restaurants from the list and save your receipts in your special folder. The folder has a list of all participating restaurants. Then redeem them for a complimentary one-day Chicago Gourmet Ticket at the “Dine Around Redemption” Registration Booth on the day of the event.

This offer is not applicable to the Hamburger Hop. Last year, we started our Dine Around Journey at Gibson’s on Rush and ordered the Salmon and Filet. We love dining outside at this popular Rush Street Restaurant.

Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson's on Rush in Chicago

Filet with Bernaise Sauce at Gibson’s on Rush in Chicago

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson's on Rush Street

Salmon with mash potatoes and broccoli at Gibson’s on Rush Street

We also went to Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush and ordered the incredible antipasto platter with some linguini with clam and an order of ravioli with pesto sauce. I had a margarita that was out of this world. Then we had a bottle of Frog’s Leap wine. I am never disappointed at this restaurant!

Linguini at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Antipasto at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Ravioli at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Fabulous Margarita at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Frog's Leap Cab at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Frog’s Leap Cab at Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

Excellent WIne List at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush

Chicago Gourmet Map 2011

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Buon Appetito!

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Grant Park Music Festival 2015

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker ...

Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barber and Menotti

Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center continues its long successful collaboration with the Grant Park Orchestra in an evening showcasing works of contemporary American opera.

http://www.grantparkmusicfestival.com/the-music/2015-season

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Ward Stare, Conductor
Artists From Lyric Opera’s Patrick G. And Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center

Laura Wilde, Soprano
Anthony Clark Evans, Baritone
Annie Rosen, Mezzo-Soprano

What

Higdon: Fanfare Ritmico

Cuomo: The Boy’s Nature from Doubt

Menotti: The Telephone
Cuomo: Doubt Sermon

Barber: Symphony No. 1

Program Notes PDF

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume leads the Grant Park Orchestra in works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Bizet.

Conductor Emmanuel Villaume leads the Grant Park Orchestra in works by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, and Bizet.

Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto

Guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume conducts Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto with pianist Andrew von Oeyen, along with Mozart’s Paris Symphony and more.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Dvořák's beautiful Sixth Symphony.

Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Dvořák’s beautiful Sixth Symphony.

Dvorák Symphony No. 6

Thomas Wilkins conducts the Sunday Symphony by the prolific William Grant Still, the “Dean of all African-American composers.” The evening concludes with Dvořák’s beautiful large-scale work, his Sixth Symphony, which recalls the Czech folksongs of his native Bohemia.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Thomas Wilkins, Guest Conductor

What

Goldsmith: Fireworks
Still: Symphony No. 3, Sunday Symphony
Dvořák: Symphony No. 6

Program Notes PDF

Conductor Christoph König leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Bruckner's Symphony No. 6.

Conductor Christoph König leads the Grant Park Orchestra in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6.

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6

Guest conductor Christoph König makes his Festival debut, leading the Grant Park Orchestra in Bruckner’s noble and dignified Symphony No. 6, indoors at the Harris Theater.

Pianist Inon Barnatan plays one of Mozart's most popular piano concertos.

Pianist Inon Barnatan plays one of Mozart’s most popular piano concertos.

Mozart Piano Concerto

A true poet of the keyboard, Inon Barnatan presents his insightful interpretation of the shining star of Mozart’s piano repertory. The evening also includes works by George Antheil and Randall Thompson.

The Grant Park Chorus joins renowned soloists and the Grant Park Orchestra for Hadyn's Harmoniemesse.

The Grant Park Chorus joins renowned soloists and the Grant Park Orchestra for Hadyn’s Harmoniemesse.

Haydn Harmony Mass

Haydn’s rarely-performed Harmoniemesse, his last major work, showcases the esteemed Grant Park Chorus and four brilliant guest soloists. Carlos Kalmar pairs this ephemeral piece with John Adams’ score that praises and parodies lush Romantic harmony.

Join Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling for an evening of love songs from around the world.

Join Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling for an evening of love songs from around the world.

An Evening with Kurt Elling

Chicago legend and Grammy® Award-winning jazz vocalist, Kurt Elling, joins the Grant Park Orchestra in Passion World, a tour-de-force concert of internationally famous ballads of love and loss.

Who

Grant Park Orchestra
Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Kurt Elling, Vocalist

Gary Versace, Piano
Clark Sommers, Bass
John Mclean, Guitar
Kendrick Scott, Drums
John Wojciehowski, Tenor Saxophone
Orbert Davis, Trumpet

What

Elling: Passion World

Program Notes PDF

Natasha Paremski returns to play Schoenfield's show-stopping Four Parables.

Natasha Paremski returns to play Schoenfield’s show-stopping Four Parables.

Strauss Ein Heldenleben

After an impressive Festival debut in 2014, the award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski returns to perform the ferociously technical Four Parables. Strauss’ monumental tone poem completes the program.

Star violinist James Ehnes returns to play Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Star violinist James Ehnes returns to play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Grammy® Award-winner and violinist extraordinaire James Ehnes returns for a fiery performance of Beethoven’s exquisite Violin Concerto in what promises to be a truly stunning evening.

Internationally renowned soprano Erin Wall joins the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus for Elgar's The Kingdom.

Internationally renowned soprano Erin Wall joins the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus for Elgar’s The Kingdom.

Elgar The Kingdom

The Festival’s 2015 season comes to a thrilling close with Elgar’s epic oratorio The Kingdom, featuring the Grant Park Chorus and an all-star line-up of vocalists.

 

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Wed, Jul 22, 6:30pm

Barber and Menotti

Fri, Jul 24, 6:30pm

Saint-Saëns and Mozart

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English: A night at the Grant Park Music Festival

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Summer Concerts 2015 in Chicago at Millennium Park

English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Fran...

English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Frank Gehry – Pritzker, from across Michigan Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Head over to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion  in Millennium Park designed by architect Frank Gehry this summer. It serves as the summer residence of the  Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation’s only remaining free outdoor classical music series.

English: Pritzker Pavilion looking north at ni...

English: Pritzker Pavilion looking north at night. This was scanned from a 120mm color film positive. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This magnificent venue hosts a wide range of music series and annual performing arts events.

 

Millennium Park is part Grant Park. The pavilion has a capacity of 11,000.

 

The popular Downtown Sound series is expanding to showcase contemporary/new music and electronic artists (formerly Loops and Variations) and world music artists in addition to its eclectic mix of cutting-edge indie rock, pop bands and rock veterans. Concerts are now scheduled Mondays and Thursdays, June 1–July 23 at 6:30pm (except where noted) and headliners include San Fermin, Poi Dog Pondering, Matthew Sweet and King Sunny Ade.

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Composite image of four views of Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz presents commissioned projects by Steve Coleman, Juli Wood and Caroline Davis, Greg Ward and a salute to the AACM’s 50th Anniversary. Concerts are Thursdays, August 6-27 at 6:30pm and each begins with a short set by young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools as part of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Ensembles. The Made in Chicago lineup will be announced soon. All performances are FREE, at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

 

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Pritzker Pavilion - December 12, 2008

Jay Pritzker Pavilion – December 12, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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Millennium Park Chicago Summer Schedule 2014

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Cen...

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Fran...

English: Band shell in Millennium Park by Frank Gehry – Pritzker, from across Michigan Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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English: Chicago Children’s Choir backstage at Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Map of Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

 

Ongoing Programs and Exhibitions

 

Lurie Garden Self-guided Tours, 6am-11pm

 

After School Matters (Weekdays, June 23–August 8) 9am–1pm

 

Target Family Fun Festival (June 23-August 24) 10am-3pm

 

Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits

 

Millennium Park: An Anatomy in Photographs

 

One Night Only Series in Millennium Park:

 

May 25-Sept. 19 (select dates): a series of one-night only performances showcasing music, dance, opera and theater.(all performances are free, at the Millenium Park Pritzker Pavilion)

 

  • Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on Sunday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Series – Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m.

  • Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Tour to China Send-off Concert – Sunday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.

  • Rhythms of China 2014 presented by the Chinese Fine Arts Society on Sunday, Aug. 10

  •  Annual Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert –  Monday, Aug. 18 at 6:15 p.m.;

  •  A special Chicago Dancing Festival by Harris Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.;

  • A live performance of the Chicago Dancing Festival Celebration of Dance on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 7:30 p.m.;

  • The Sones de México Ensemble 20th Anniversary Concert on Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.

  • A Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.;

  • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Concert for Chicago on Friday, Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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All events are free unless otherwise noted

 

(schedule is subject to change)

 

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English: View of Millennium Park from the Will...

English: View of Millennium Park from the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower) in 2007, before Legacy Tower was built. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in the park are clearly visible, as well as part of Lurie Garden at right and the McDonald Cycle Center in the left hand corner. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is behind Millennium Park, both are part of the larger Grant Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Entertainment Line-Up 2012

English: 2007 Chicago Jazz Festival at Petrill...

English: 2007 Chicago Jazz Festival at Petrillo Music Shell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have celebrated every Labor Day weekend since 1979, in  my Windy City Chicago with an incredible Jazz Festival. This year’s 34th Annual The Chicago Jazz Festival 2012 offers another year of sublime “Vino con Vista” opportunities to listen to legendary jazz performances.

Chicago Jazz Festival 2011

Entertainment Line-up for Chicago Jazz Festival 2012:

                                                            Dianne Reeves                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1, |                                                   8:30 – 9:30 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                 

Is Dianne Reeves the last of the great female jazz divas? If you take diva to mean a singer with awesome vocal skills, electrifying presence, remarkable range, and the unfailing ability to lift listeners, the answer may be yes.

Allen Toussaint

Cover of Allen Toussaint

                                                            Allen Toussaint                                                           

                                                  Sept, 2 |                                                   8:30 – 9:30 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                  

The New Orleans native Allen Toussaint grew up in a shotgun house learning his piano style at a young age and inspired by some of greats including Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Ray Charles and Huey” Piano” Smith. Leave it to the pianist, to brilliantly re-invent himself, personalize songs such as “West End Blues” and “Dear Old Southland” and garner a Grammy nomination for his efforts.

                                                            Roy Haynes – Fountain of Youth                                                           

                                                  Aug, 31 |                                                   8:00 – 9:30 PM                                                   Jay Pritzker Pavilion                                                 

At this point in Roy Haynes’ illustrious career, it’s gotten a little boring to recite all the jazz legends with whom he has played drums, live and on record. The amazing list (deep breath) includes Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker. Bud Powell, Lennie Tristano, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Chick Corea…well, you get the idea. The man is a walking repository of modern jazz history.

                                                            Jerry Gonzalez Y El Commando De La Clave                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   7:10 – 8:10 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                 

Most attempts to combine jazz and Latin music result in a stylistic wash: not enough jazz and not enough Latin. Jerry Gonzalez, the Bronx-raised trumpeter and conga player known for his groundbreaking Fort Apache Band, handily avoids that trap with his superb new quartet, El Commando De La Clave.

                                                            Steve Coleman and Five Elements                                                           

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   7:10 – 8:10 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                  

Steve Coleman, proclaimed the Wall Street Journal, is “the most influential jazzman of his era.” Said the great young pianist Vijay Iyer, a longtime associate of Coleman’s, the Chicago native has “affected more than one generation, as much as anyone since John Coltrane.”

CALJE                                                           

                                                  Aug.31 |                                                   6:30-7:30 PM                                                   Jay Pritzker Pavilion                                                 

Co-led by pianist Darwin Noguera, a native of Nicaragua based in New York, and Chicago trumpeter Victor Garcia, who has made a mark here in all kinds of settings, CALJE has been a standard bearer for Latin jazz in the city since its formation in 2006.

                                                            Exquisitely for Ella: A Songbook Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald                                                           

                                                  Aug. 30 |                                                   6:30 PM                                                   Jay Pritzker Pavilion                                                 

In honor of what would have been Fitzgerald’s 95th birthday, three of Chicago’s best-loved singers – cabaret queen Spider Saloff, freewheeling jazz singer Dee Alexander and swinging traditionalist Frieda Lee – will join forces with Jeff Lindberg and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and a 17-piece string section in a survey of Ella’s songbook albums.

                                                            Resonance Ensemble                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   6:00 – 6:55 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                 

In 2007, Marek Winiarski, who runs the Polish jazz label Not Two, invited Ken Vandermark to Krakow to record a large-scale project. The eternally deadline-pressed Vandermark was offered the irresistible opportunity to spend a full week writing for this hand-picked 11-piece band.

                                                            Pierre Dørge and New Jungle Orchestra                                                           

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   6:00 – 6:55 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                  

The personnel of Denmark’s New Jungle Orchestra has changed during its 30-plus years together, and so have its creative outposts. Having traveled to such places as the Middle East and China for inspiration, the NJO recently booked passage on the Trivandrum Express for its latest recording, Sketches of India.

                                                            Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee                                                           

                                                  Aug. 31 |                                                   5:00 – 6:00 PM                                                   Ganz Hall – Roosevelt University                                                 

Imagine idolizing a musician as a teenager and not only getting to play with that musician  years later, but also forging a close association with him. In 1996, Vandermark brought McPhee to the Empty Bottle for his first-ever performance in Chicago. The rest is history.

                                                            Sarah Marie Young Quartet                                                            

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   5:00 – 6:00 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                  

Chicagoan Sarah Marie Young is one of those natural talents you know can go in any direction she chooses. If she wants to follow the path of the classic jazz singers, she has the skill and sophistication to do that.

                                                            Billy Hart                                                           

                                                  Sept 1. |                                                   5:00 – 5:50 PM                                                   Petrillo Music Shell                                                 

It’s not often that an artist of drummer Billy Hart’s stature – he’s accompanied such greats as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock and Charles Lloyd – achieves an artistic breakthrough in his seventies. But that’s precisely what Hart has done with his 2012 album, All Our Reasons, easily his best recording under his own name.

                                                            Marlene Rosenberg Quartet                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   3:30 – 4:30 PM                                                   Jazz and Heritage Stage                                                 

Long one of Chicago’s go-to bass players with her impeccble time feel and natural, deep- in-the-wood sound, Marlene Rosenberg has accompanied a long list of jazz greats, including Joe Henderson, Cedar Walton and Ed Thigpen.

                                                            Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts                                                            

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   3:30 – 4:30 PM                                                   Jazz on Jackson Stage                                                 

Matt Wilson is one of jazz’s great free spirits. During a recent performance at the Green Mill, he abandoned his drum set to play a wood flute from inside the men’s room next to the stage, kicking the door open in time with the music. As funny as the ploy was, it worked in the context of the song.

                                                            Ambrose Akinmusire                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   3:30 – 4:30 PM                                                   Jazz on Jackson Stage                                                  

It’s not as though Ambrose Akinmusire has come out of nowhere. The 30-year-old Oakland, Cal., native did win the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. But the swiftness with which this wonderfully understated trumpeter joined jazz’s “A” ranks in the past year was still mighty impressive.

                                                            Tito Carrillo                                                           

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   3:30  – 4:30 PM                                                   Jazz and Heritage Stage                                                 

Trumpeter Tito Carrillo has been making his bones, as they say, in a full range of settings, backing everyone from pianist Willie Pickens to saxophonist Paquito d’Rivera and playing in the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. With his strong recent debut album, Opening Statement, he asserts himself as a leader.

                                                            Frank D’Rone                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   2:20 – 3:20 PM                                                   Jazz on Jackson Stage                                                  

Would it be okay if we used that old econium, “singer’s singer,” to characterize Frank D’Rone? That’s usually empty praise. But being that’s how Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra have described D’Rone, it couldn’t mean more.

                                                            Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break Quartet                                                           

                                                  Sept 2. |                                                   2:20 – 3:15 PM                                                   Jazz on Jackson Stage                                                 

Keeping up with Ken Vandermark’s new bands is a little like keeping up with the Chicago weather: Turn your head and you may miss a new development. The Made for Break Quartet is one of his most far-reaching projects.

                                                            Jim Gailloreto’s Jazz String Quintet                                                           

                                                  Aug. 30 |                                                   2:00-3:00 PM                                                   Preston Bradley Hall – Chicago Cultural Center                                                 

Employing classical-style strings in an improvisational jazz setting usually works better on paper than in actual performance. Too often, the strings function as additive sweetener rather than integral swinging component. But since 1997, Chicagoan Jim Gailloreto has been perfecting his singular string concept.

                                                            Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   2:00 – 3:00 PM                                                   Jazz and Heritage Stage                                                 

Few contemporary artists are doing as much to advance the art of the saxophone-drum duo as Artist in Residence Ken Vandermark, whose trap set opposites have included British great Paul Lytton, Chicago ace Tim Daisy and Paal Nilssen-Love, a hard-hitting Norwegian with impeccable credentials.

                                                            Jeff Newell’s New-Trad Octet                                                           

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   2:00 – 3:00 PM                                                   Jazz and Heritage Stage                                                 

Jeff Newell’s New-Trad Octet was formed in 1994 as a Mardi Gras band, but things “got out of control,” said the leader. We’ll say. While you certainly can feast on the band’s brassy second line sound and a songlist including New Orleans favorites like “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue,” tradition gets subverted at every turn by Newell’s rampant post-modernism.

                                                            Japanesque                                                            

                                                  Aug. 30  |                                                   1:45-2:45 PM                                                   Claudia Cassidy Theater – Chicago Cultural Center                                                 

Japanesque with special guest Dee Alexander

When singer-pianist Yoko Noge formed her band Jazz Me Blues in the early ’90s, some people looked upon it as a gimmick. A woman from Osaka, Japan singing and playing Chicago blues? She was ahead of her time in her embrace of ethnic crossover, and has proved to be one of the most durable attractions on the local scene.

                                                            A Tribute to Jodie Christian                                                           

                                                  Aug. 30  |                                                   1:30-2:30 PM                                                   Randolph Cafe – Chicago Cultural Center                                                 

With the death of Jodie Christian early this year, Chicago jazz lost one of its most beloved artists. Though his modesty kept him from attaining the fame he deserved. South Side keyboard veteran Ken Chaney, versatile leader of such popular Windy City bands as the Awakening and the Xperience, knew Christian well.

                                                            Jason Stein Quartet                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   1:10 – 2:05 PM                                                   Jazz on Jackson Stage                                                  

Okay, time to take a special jazz festival listener’s poll. Name your favorite bass clarinetist who leads his own band and has a terrific album to show for it. There’s a catch: It can’t be someone who doubles on the instrument. It has to be a full-time bass clarinetist. The top voter-getter (and, OK, the only vote-getter) is Chicago’s own Jason Stein.

                                                            Jeremy Kahn Sextet                                                            

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   1:10 – 2:05 PM                                                   Jazz On Jackson Stage                                                 

At last year’s Chicago Jazz Festival, rain forced the early suspension of Jeremy Kahn’s set, a tribute to the late Pepper Adams. And then the release of  Kahn’s latest album of Adams compositions was delayed. Let’s hope pushing the reset button produces happier results on both fronts.

                                                            Stu Katz and Willie Pickens                                                           

                                                  Aug. 30 |                                                   12:30-1:30 PM                                                   Preston Bradley Hall                                                 

Thirty-one years ago, Stu Katz and Willie Pickens teamed up at the Chicago Jazz Festival as a piano duo. Today, they’ll reunite as a duo, but in a different format, with Pickens on piano and Katz on vibes, his second instrument (on which he is featured on A Family Affair, his fine 2011 album with Sullivan).

                                                            Caroline Davis Quartet                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   12:30 – 1:30 PM                                                   Jazz and Heritage Stage                                                 

Is Caroline Davis the most interesting young saxophonist in Chicago? If not, she’s off to a good start in making a case for herself. She was born in Singapore to European parents, schooled in Texas, has a PhD in Music Cognition from Northwestern University and has recorded a radical vocal version of Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me.”

Edwin Sanchez Project                                                           

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   12:30 – 1:30 PM                                                   Jazz and Heritage Stage                                                 

Pianist Edwin Sanchez, a Chicagoan with Puerto Rican roots, grew up in Humboldt Park, where he absorbed a continual stream of Latin, soul and jazz from the radio and the neighborhood.

                                                            Damon Short Quintet                                                           

                                                  Aug. 30, |                                                   12:15-1:15 PM                                                   Claudia Cassidy Theater                                                 

Since the release of his 1987 debut album, Penguin Shuffle, Damon Short has been one of the unsung heroes of Chicago jazz as a drummer, composer and bandleader. Short has gone from recording Thelonious Monk tunes early in his career to making highly personal music that reflects the influence of his drumming heroes – including Elvin Jones and AACM great Steve McCall.

                                                            Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan                                                           

                                                  Sept. 1 |                                                   12:00– 12:55 PM                                                   Jazz on Jackson Stage                                                  

Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday celebrations have come and gone. But for true Djangoheads like hot-wired guitarist Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan, which headlined the dazzling Django centennial concert in Millennium Park two years ago, every day is a good day to pay tribute to the legendary gypsy guitarist.

                                                            Chris Madsen Bix Quartet                                                           

                                                  Aug. 30, |                                                   12:00-1:00 PM                                                   Chicago Cultural Center – Randolph Cafe                                                 

More than 100 years after his death at 28, Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke may be a forgotten legend in some parts of the country. What would Bix have sounded like had he lived to embrace ’30s swing styles like Louis Armstrong? Chris Madsen’s distinctive brand of Bixology will provide a few clues.

                                                            Milton Suggs Philosophy                                                           

                                                  Sept. 2 |                                                   12:00 – 12:55 PM                                                   Jazz on Jackson Stage                                                 

Milton Suggs started out as a pianist – no accident considering Chicago piano great Willie Pickens is his godfather. He was, still concentrating on piano as a graduate student at DePaul University when, the story goes, visitor Wynton Marsalis heard him sing and encouraged him to keep at it. Suggs took his advice, and is he ever glad he did.

                                                            Ken Vandermark                                                           

                                                  Aug 31, Sept 1, Sept 2 |                                                  

Saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark as its Artist in Residence for this year’s festival.  The Chicago Jazz Festival exclusively names Chicago artists for its Artist in Residence program, now in its tenth year, commissioning large-scale compositions and presenting multiple performance opportunities over the course of the four day festival.

To get updated information from Twitter: Follow @ChiJazzFest

Last year I enjoyed listening to legendary vocalist Cassandra Wilson under the stars in Grant Park.

Cassandra Wilson at the Chicago Jazz Festival

Saxophonist David Sanchez and trumpeter Roy Hargrove also appeared at the 2011 Jazz Festival in Chicago.

Orbert Davis at the Chcago Jazz Festival

The Friday night in Millennium Park, the 2011 “Saxophone Summit” started at 8:00 p.m. The Jay Pritzker Pavillion featuring Joe Lovano, David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane.

Saxophone Summit

Then on Saturday and Sunday, Grant Park‘s four stages came alive with more blockbuster entertainment for Jazz Enthusiasts!

Listen to this audio demo http://jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest/audio/.

Visit www.jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest for more information.

For the Official Entertainment Schedule for Chicago’s 33rd annual Jazz Festival on September 1-4 visit www.jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com. Follow us on Twitter for Blog updates.

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I-Go “Chicago Shares Celebration” 2011 at the Merchandise Mart

Celebrate the Spirit of Sharing with I-GO!

IGO staff explaining the benefits of car sharing

Image by Center for Neighborhood Technology via Flickr

Hobnob with fellow members and Chicago’s leading sharing institutions at
I-GO’s “Chicago Shares Celebration!”

Amid festive entertainment, get a sneak peek of I-GO’s exciting plans for 2012,
our 10th anniversary! New to the party this year, a Sharing Fair provides you with
the opportunity to expand your knowledge of the many facets of Chicago’s
emerging sharing economy.

Enjoy savory eats, responsibly crafted drinks, and amazing raffle prizes.

 As always, attendees will receive FREE entry to the Mart’s One of a Kind Show and Sale.

Bring your friends, family, and colleagues who want to join I-GO: The first 10
people to join at the party pay only a $25 application fee ($50 savings) and
receive a bonus, $50 of driving credits!

The I-GO Team

I-GO Car Sharing is dedicated to creating a robust and seamlessly integrated transportation system that is ubiquitous, convenient, and affordable for individuals, and provides the region with expanded economic development opportunities and exemplary environmental performance.

Since its inception in 2002, I-GO has worked to catalyze a set of transportation innovations that make it feasible and desirable for Chicago residents to get around conveniently and economically without having to own a car and, at the same time, reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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4 Fashion Focus Events during Chicago Artists Month

The Art of Fashion

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The City of Chicago celebrates the Art of Fashion with a 7th annual event that highlights our thriving local fashion industry. Chicago’s ultra-chic  fashion designers will be offering runway shows during Chicago Artists Month. The fashion events will be held in Millennium Park and at various locations around the city. For more information about “Fashion Focus Chicago” and events related to the fashion industry visit http://www.chicagofashionresource.com.

Chicago will host 31 days of art events during the 16th annual Chicago Artists Month. There will be more than 200 events including:  art exhibits, studio tours and gallery walks.

The week-long fashion celebration starts on Monday, October 17 and continues through Sunday, October 23. These events offer a preview of the Spring 2012 collections from Chicago’s hottest designers. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased in advance at the following websites:

1. Designers of the Chicago Fashion Incubator (CFI) presented by Macy’sTuesday, October 18, 7:30pm

 
This event is a fundraiser for CFI and supports new and emerging Chicago designers. Regular admission is $35; VIP admission is $80 which includes an exclusive pre-party at 6:00 p.m. and VIP seating for the show. Buy Tickets @ http://chicagofashionincubator.tix.com.

2. Inspiredesign presented by Mario Tricoci:  Wednesday, October 19, 7:30pm

Five Chicago fashion lines will be showcased: Imaginary People, J.Cheikh, Michelle Tan, Narcisse Designs and Reddoll. This is also the conclusion of the 4th annual “Make Me a Model” contest. General admission $35. Buy Tickets @ www.mariomakemeamodel.com.

3. Conscious Living TV  3rd Annual Vert Couture Eco-Fashion Show: Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm

This charity event will highlight Chicago’s sustainable, fair trade fashion movement. General admission $35; VIP tickets are $95 with access to a “Sexy and Sustainable” cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. with gift bags and reserved  seating. Buy tickets @ www.VertCouture.com.

4. The Art of Fashion 2011 by StyleChicago.com:  Friday, October 21, 7:30pm
This event previews the Spring 2012 collections of: Nade Baer, Nora del Busto, Lara Miller, Borris Powell, Eva Pazola, RÜCH, Squasht by Les, Shernett Swaby, Sylwia Wilczynska and Zamrie. General admission $35; VIP tickets are $95 and includes a cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 p.m. and a StyleChicago.com gift bag. Buy Tickets @ www.StyleChicago.com.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Cloud Gate and Chicago’s 40th Anniversary Soul Train Concert at Millennium Park on Labor Day

Soul Train

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Cloud Gate is a Height: 13.4 metres (44 ft) public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture and AT&T Plaza are located on top of Park Grill, between the Chase Promenade and McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink. Constructed between 2004 and 2006, the sculpture is nicknamed The Bean because of its shape. Made up of 168 stainless steel plates welded together, its highly polished exterior has no visible seams. It measures 33 by 66 by 42 feet (10 by 20 by 13 m), and weighs 110 short tons (100 t; 98 long tons).

Kapoor’s design was inspired by liquid mercury and the sculpture’s surface reflects and distorts the city’s skyline. Visitors are able to walk around and under Cloud Gate’s 12-foot (3.7 m) high arch. On the underside is the “omphalos” (Greek for “navel”), a concave chamber that warps and multiplies reflections. The sculpture builds upon many of Kapoor’s artistic themes, and it is popular with tourists as a photo-taking opportunity for its unique reflective properties.

The sculpture was the result of a design competition. After Kapoor’s design was chosen, numerous technological concerns regarding the design’s construction and assembly arose, in addition to concerns regarding the sculpture’s upkeep and maintenance. Various experts were consulted, some of whom believed the design could not be implemented. Eventually, a feasible method was found, but the sculpture’s construction fell behind schedule. It was unveiled in an incomplete form during the Millennium Park grand opening celebration in 2004, before being concealed again while it was completed. Cloud Gate was formally dedicated on May 15, 2006, and has since gained considerable popularity, both domestically and internationally.

Reception

A large white tent sits on the roof of a cafe building set in front of a skyscraper and blue sky.

A tent was erected to cover Cloud Gate while it was being polished in 2004 and 2005.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley declared the day of the sculpture’s dedication, May 15, 2006, to be “Cloud Gate Day”. Kapoor attended the celebration, while local jazz trumpeter and bandleader Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic played “Fanfare for Cloud Gate”, which Davis composed.[43] The public took an instant liking to the sculpture, affectionately referring to it as “The Bean”.[44] Cloud Gate has become a popular piece of public art[8][45] and is now a fixture on many souvenirs such as postcards, sweatshirts, and posters.[46] The sculpture has attracted a large number of locals, tourists, and art aficionados from around the world.[47] The sculpture is now the piece by which Kapoor is most identified in the United States.[48]

Time describes the piece as an essential photo opportunity, and more of a destination than a work of art.[8]The New York Times writes that it is both a “tourist magnet” and an “extraordinary art object”,[47][49] while USA Today refers to the sculpture as a monumental abstract work.[50] Chicago art critic Edward Lifson considers Cloud Gate to be among the greatest pieces of public art in the world.[43] The American Welding Society recognized Cloud Gate, MTH Industries and PSI with the group’s Extraordinary Welding Award.[51] Time named Millennium Park one of the ten best architectural achievements of 2004, citing Cloud Gate as one of the park’s major attractions.[52]

The Chicago-based legendary Soul Train television show had an anniversary concert on Labor Day in Chicago at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago with more than 20,000 attendees.

Soul Train 40th Anniversary In Chicago

Don Cornelius, the founder and host of the former nationally syndicated show was the honored guest. He is a Chicago native and started the show in Chicago.

Watch some Soul Train videos to get you in the groove for what the concert was like http://soultrain.com/videos/. We listened to the classic sounds of legendary R & B soul artists like Jerry Butler, the Chi-Lites, The Impressions and the Emotions. The “Vino con Vista” concert started at 6:30 at the Pritzker Pavillion. Many loyal Soul Train fans waited in line for hours to get a seat in front of the stage. Others sat in their lawn chairs eating snacks and drinking wine as they gazed at the gorgeous Chicago Skyline.

Chicago Skyline

The festivities started with a pre-concert Dance Party at  Cloud Gate  on Millennium Park’s Chase Promenade from 4-5:30 p.m hosted by Herb Kent. The “King of the Dusties”  was spinning  hit records from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Admission to both the concert and the dance party were FREE. The dancers could see their reflection in the “Bean”.

Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago

On Sunday, Don Cornelius was available for questions following the screening of “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America” at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The Soul Train Photo Exhibition, which includes more than 55 rare photographs from the show’s stage, has been extended through Oct. 2. Mr. Cornelius was awarded an Honorary Street Sign at the Corner of Halsted and Madison.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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