Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Department of Cultural Affairs has announced the lineup of musical acts that will perform at the 2013 Taste of Chicago. Read on for the full list.
It looks like a little something for everyone at this year's Taste of Chicago. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled the list of performers that will be taking the stage at the Petrillo Music Shell during this summer's Taste of Chicago. “We are thrilled to announce the headlining talent for this year’s Taste of Chicago,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, in a news release. “The Taste draws hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to downtown Chicago and we are excited to offer attendees such a variety of recognized, energized and award-winning quality entertainers while enjoying a taste of Chicago’s culinary scene.” Tickets for the seating area will cost $25 while lawn seats are free. Tickets will go on…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The NBC TV show is once again filming in Bucktown, here’s where residents won’t be able to park Wednesday.
NBC’s “Chicago Fire” returns to Bucktown on Wednesday, filming in a neighborhood that’s become a regular character on the show. Parking restrictions will be in effect from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parts of Damen, Cortland and Winchester avenues will also be closed throughout the day. There will be no parking on the following streets, according to a notice to residents: Join Patch for more neighborhood news and follow us on Facebook! Read more:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The company's free, one-day festival is returning this summer to the heart of Lincoln Park. Cultivate Festival showcases the importance of fresh food, recycling and sustainability, overall. Initial details were released Monday.
Chipotle's free, one-day festival of food and music is returning to nearby Lincoln Park for the third consecutive year. Company representatives announced the summer's plans Monday, which include sustainability fests, known as "Cultivate Festivals" in Denver, San Francisco and Chicago. The local soiree will be held in the heart of Lincoln Park on Sept. 8. Although the Chicago event's site wasn't yet finished on Monday, the company did release some lineup details. Watch a video of the 2012 Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park. "In addition to live music and on-site chef demonstrations, each Cultivate event will include six interactive experiences focused on sustainable food—including experiences from the California Avocado Commission and …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Reporters recently sat down with Mark Domitrovich, owner of Lottie's Pub in Bucktown, to discuss how he and his customers have reacted to the bar serving as a backdrop for NBC show, Chicago Fire.
Lottie's owners say they're enjoying their time in the spotlight—as long as it doesn't last forever, according to reports. NBC 5 staff recently sat down with bar owner Mark Domitrovich to chat about how he's dealing with his business' brush with fame. Lottie's, 1925 W. Cortland St., is featured prominently on NBC's hit show, Chicago Fire. In the series, firefighters squelch a fire there and later decide to buy the bar and make it their own. "It's been fun for the visibility and the novelty factor and it's fun to see it on TV," he told NBC 5. "If it went on for years it would probably be an issue, but for now we're enjoying it." Lottie's will be featured in up to nine episodes this season, the report says, and shooting has typically taken …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
What would Bucktown and Wicker Park taste like? Ten local mixologists are taking on the challenge in Wicker Park Bucktown Mixologist Mash-up Thursday.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Construction was under way this week on a significant expansion to Lincoln Park's Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The business permit for the renovation was issued March 5.
Workers filed in and out Wednesday of Halsted's old Ethan Allen building, where work is under way on a giant expansion to the adjacent Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The company plans to issue up to $17 million in bonds to refinance existing debts and expand into the former furniture showroom, according to Crain's Chicago Business. The publication reports: The rest of the bonds will be used to refinance loans at lower interest rates, including $6.1 million in bonds issued in 1998 and a mortgage obtained last year when it paid about $6.4 million for the site … The expansion will create “a learning lab” for theatergoers, said David Schmitz, managing director of Steppenwolf, which had revenue of $13.8 million in the fiscal year that ended Aug…
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Leigh Gallery on North Halsted is dishing up art for the stars, with her main client these days being the crew at Chicago Fire.
Chicago Fire may be filming in Bucktown, but when it comes to snagging props for their show, they’re on the hunt in Lake View. The Leigh Gallery, located at 3306 N. Halsted St. in Boystown, serves up more than 80 artists' work to the production. Owner Jean Leigh, who opened the gallery eight years ago, says getting the unique gig was kind of a stroke of luck. “The way it happened was one of my artists had been utilized by TV companies in the past when filming in Chicago,” Leigh said. “They went to him, but they needed much more. They used a couple other galleries in the city, but he told them to come here, and when they did, they went nuts.” Leigh says she’s been working with the entertainment industry to be Chicago’s curator to the …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Springtime doesn't disappoint at Bucktown's Gorilla Tango Theatre. Read on to learn what you can expect there for about $5 per show.
Gorilla Tango Theatre in Bucktown is proud to present numerous off-night performances in March. From DJ Bouncy Castle's "Hump Day Thump Day" spin set on March 20 and 27 to a staged reading of the cult classic masterpiece Speed, weekday nights at the theater are sure to be an adventure, coordinators say. Featuring the talents of local artists—AJ Miller in Fresh Sketch Show; Joseph Schupach in Wildcat;, DJ Bouncy Castle in Hump Day Thump Day; Plucky Rosenthal in It’s Been Swell, Plucky Rosenthal; Brendan Stallings in PLAYDATE!; Mary Tilden in Former Roommate Presents All Growm Up: A Sketch Revue; Nick Hart in Inferno Lost; and Zoe Schwartz in Wrestling With Ursula, among many more. All performances will be at Gorilla Tango Theatre Bucktown, …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The show reunites some of the prints, drawings and paintings from the a 100-year-old show that artists say "introduced a stunned America to avant-garde European art."
A century after The Armory Show made a sensational splash on the Chicago art scene, the DePaul Art Museum is re-examining the historical moment. Entitled “For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100,” the April 4 exhibition reunites some of the prints, drawings and paintings from the original show that "introduced a stunned America to avant-garde European art," said Louise Lincoln, director of the DePaul Art Museum and curator of the exhibition. An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 5 at the museum, located at 935 W. Fullerton Ave. in Lincoln Park, just east of the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. The museum is free and open to the public every day. The exhibition, which runs through June 16, is made …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Shelley Young, the owner of The Chopping Block, is auditioning for the new host of hit culinary show, 'Check Please!'
The search is on for the new face of "Check, Please!", the show featuring restaurants that add flavor to Chicago's food scene. In January, decade-long host Alpana Singh said she was leaving the WTTW-Channel 11 show to focus on her River North restaurant, the Boarding House. Applicants had to submit a two-minute video that "shows what makes you special," according to the show's website. More than 700 people have submitted auditions, with 300 coming in just before the March 1 deadline. Among those candidates is Lincoln Square's Shelley Young. Young owns The Chopping Block, a retail store and recreational cooking school with locations on Lincoln Avenue and Merchandise Mart. Young, who has been on numerous TV shows and technique videos, …