Sunday, August 30, 2015

Music Mondays: Come to the Cabaret!!

Although a genuine cabaret can be hard to find in a modern city, Chicago is alive with talent. Nestled on a street corner in the Wicker Park neighborhood is Davenport's, a piano bar known for its varied acts and awesome cocktails. The performers range from Andrea Marcovicci, a sinatra-like singer, to Matt Yee, an ivy educated lawyer turned singer. (You can download his music here.)

Chicago night life has so much to offer, it can often be hard to choose what to do each evening. No matter what it is that you are looking for, Ray's Bucktown B&B is an affordable and friendly option to enjoying your time in Chicago.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chicago Dancing Festival

In 2006, Lar Lubovitch, a Chicago native, and internationally renowned choreographer, joined up with Jay Franke, an esteemed dancer also from Chicago, and decided to gather some performers and put on a show. It was one free performance at Millennium Park, where seven companies from across the country took the stage, and turned out an attendance of eighty five hundred people.

It was the beginning of the Chicago Dancing Festival, which nine years later, is still going strong every summer. This year, there will be more than five companies in attendance including the Lar Lubovich Dance Company, The Kate Weare Company, and The Hubbard Street Dancers.

You can catch the festival in various locations around Chicago starting Tuesday, August 25:

Tuesday August 25: Opening Night Celebration, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 26: Modern Women, Museum of Contemporary Art, 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 27: Dancing at the Harris, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 7:30
Friday, August 28: 2015 Chicago Dancing Festival Gala, Museum of Contemporary Art, 5:30
Saturday, August 29: Dancing Under The Stars, Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, 7:30

Find out more here and here.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Music Mondays: Child Pianists Make Their Mark at Millennium Park

"Music makes life better. It heals, unites and inspires, and it makes us better people."
                  -Lang Lang

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation was started in 2008 by Lang Lang, a Chinese concert pianist who has traveled the world with leading orchestras, but wanted to share his gift with the next generation of musicians. Lucky for Chicago, there will be a free show at the Pitzker Pavilion on August 23, at 4pm, when the Lang Lang International Music Foundation joins up with the Midwest Young Artists for their annual collaborative summer concert. 

This evening of music celebration will not only have a preformance by the Midwest Young Artist Symphony Orchestra, but seven young pianists, hand picked by Lang Lang will preform works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Prokofiev, and more.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bucktown Arts Fest

Buck town Arts Fest is just around the corner! This free, two day festival located on Oakley and Lyndale, is a neighborhood tradition celebrating everything from painting to textiles, jewelry to music, and of course; food! The event is a perfect day to not only get the family together and see some art, but to support the community. All proceeds go straight to fund, develop and support arts education in Bucktown and Wicker Park.

The festival is on August 29 & 30, from 11 am - 7 pm. You can visit the Bucktown Arts Fest website, or check out the Holstein Park website for more information.

Friday, August 14, 2015

When you think of Lobster, Chicago isn't necessarily the place that comes to mind. But on August 15th and 16th if you head down to Navy Pier, you can catch The Great American Lobster Fest! Fresh sea food,  melted butter, and Navy Pier, what more can you ask for? How about live music! The impressive line up includes Band Called Catch, Honey and the 45s, and Cowboy Jukebox with The Original Wailers as the headliner.

Tickets run between $29 - $39, and you can find them on their website:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Broadway In Chicago (AND IT'S FREE!)

When the subject of Broadway comes up, it is often in context of a decadent evening for two, filled with pricey seats and a lavish dinner. But fear not, theater-loving-parent-of-three-on-a-budget! As a celebration of the 15 year anniversary, on Monday, August 17th, there will be a free summer concert showcasing the best Broadway In Chicago has to offer. 

Held at the Pitcher Pavilion in Millennium Park, with cast performances from The Lion King, Newsies, Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story on Stage, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Beautiful-The Carol King Musical, and more, this free, one night exclusive performance is the perfect way to get your Broadway fix without breaking the bank!

Find out more here, here, and here.