Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Greater South Loop Association’s Neighbor’s Night Out at Vice District Brewing October 27

Do you have suggestions on how to improve transportation access to museum campus, as well as
transportation on the campus itself? Whether you drive, walk, bike, or take transit to/from museum campus, we want to hear your thoughts.

Join the greater south loop association and the mayor’s museum campus transportation study task force for a planning open house on Monday, October 27, at Vice District Brewing, 1454 S. Michigan Ave. Stop by, share your thoughts, meet your neighbors, the task force members, and learn more about how you can be a part of shaping the south loop and museum campus for years to come. While you’re at it, try one of Vice District’s great new south loop brews. The format of the evening allows for you to stay as little or as long as you like.

Share your ideas on the Web site.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What is the State of the South Loop? Find out October 21, 2014 at East-West University

Title: State of the South Loop

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: Reception 5:30 p.m. – Light Refreshments
Talk: 6 p.m.
Venue: Riaz H. Waraich Auditorium, 4th Floor
Student Life Center, East-West University
829 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605

State of the South Loop: the story of one dynamic neighborhood, from where it’s been to where it’s going. Chicago’s South Loop reporter Lizzie Schiffman Tufano maps the growth and evolution of one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Lizzie is the Downtown, River North and South Loop reporter for Chicago, the city’s number one resource for neighborhood news.

Before joining DNAinfo, Lizzie was the Associate Editor of the Huffington Post’s Chicago section. A local since birth, Lizzie studied at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and now lives in Uptown with her husband and their unpredictable cat.

For additional information, call Joel Inwood at 312.939.0111 x 1820

Monday, October 13, 2014

Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” to screen October 14, 2014 at Daystar Center

When: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street

A Personal Favorite
Considered Alfred Hitchcock’s personal favorite of all his films, Shadow of a Doubt (1943), is also the only film he ever shot entirely on location. Hitchcock picked Santa Rosa, CA, because it exemplified, at least it did in 1942, the ideal American town. Film critic Bosley Crowther said in his review of the film, “The flavor and ‘feel’ of a small town has been beautifully impressed in this film by the simple expedient of shooting most of it in Santa Rosa, Calif.”

No Prima Donnas
One of the reasons Shadow of a Doubt was Hitchcock’s favorite was due to the cast. Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotton, although movie stars, weren’t prima donnas. The director was impressed with Wright’s professionalism and preparation for her role. Cotton thought Hitchcock was one of the easiest directors he ever worked with. The two hit it off from the start and remained great friends for the rest of their lives. The rest of the supporting cast, Henry Travers, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn, and MacDonald Carey were all pros, with Cronyn, prior to this film, a stage actor, made his movie debut in Shadow of a Doubt. He too, along with his wife, Jessica Tandy (Tandy would  appear in The Birds some 20 years later.) remained friends with Hitchcock for the rest of his life.

Teresa Wright
Idolizing Uncle Charlie
When Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotton) travels west to visit his sister and her family, the sleepy town of Santa Rosa is never the same. Handsome and debonair, Uncle Charlie is idolized by his young niece Charlene “Charlie” Newton (Teresa Wright) who has become disenchanted with her small-town life. Uncle Charlie represents glamour and excitement to young Charlie and she craves his attention.

Word of Mouth
As word spreads about a man they call the Merry Widow murderer, Charley suspects that he and her beloved uncle to be one in the same. But when a government agent investigating the case befriends her, Charley is faced with some tough choices. Does she cooperate, putting her uncle at risk, and upsetting her mother? By getting closer to her uncle, does she put her own life in jeopardy?

Where Evil Lurks
With the help of playwright Thorton Wilder (Our Town) and screenwriter Sally Benson (Meet Me in St. Louis), Hitchcock created a truly suspenseful film. Shadow of a Doubt demonstrates one of Hitchcock’s favorite themes: evil can lurk in the most unlikely and innocent of places…within our own towns or cities and in the midst our own families.

Joseph Cotton
Have some Joe and Enjoy the Show!
Before the movie, grab a cup of coffee from Overflow Coffee Bar, located within the Daystar Center. You can bring food and beverages into the auditorium; we even have small tables set up next to some of the seats.

Join the Chicago Film club; join the discussion
fans. Once a month we screen a classic film and have a brief discussion afterward. For more information, including how to join (it’s free), click here. To purchase your ticket in advance, click here. The Venue 1550 is easily accessible by the CTA. Please visit Transit Chicago for more information on transportation options.

Backstory: Teresa Wright was nominated for Academy Awards for her first three film roles. It’s a record that stands to this day. She won for her performance in Mrs. Miniver (Best Supporting Actress). Shadow of a Doubt was only her fourth film where she was top billed. Wright was a legitimate stage actress, understudying for Martha Scott who was the original Emily in Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. She originated the role of Mary Skinner in the Broadway production of Life With Father, the role Elizabeth Taylor played on the screen.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

2014 Chicago Marathon

Winner runs through the South Loop
Eliud Kipchope won the 2014 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:04:11. For winning the race, Kipchope gets $155,000, which includes a time bonus. Rita Jeptoo won the women’s championship with a time of 2:24:35, successfully defending her Chicago title from the year before. American Amy Hastings came in fifth among the women, with a personal best time of 2:27:03.

45,000 runners made their way through the streets of Chicago today as part of the 37th Annual Chicago Marathon. Beginning and ending at Grant Park, the marathon travels around Chicago for 26.2 miles.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Overflow Coffee Bar Makes Best Coffee Shops To Work from Home List

Overflow Coffee shop located at 1550 S. State St.
Overflow Coffee Bar, 1550 S. State St., was noted as one of the best independent coffee shops in Chicago to work from home list, published at CBS Chicago. The post noted that “coffee shops are the new home office with just enough caffeine, treats and mellow atmosphere to get your work done…”

Author Jacky Runice mentioned Overflows friendly staff and “nice” prices. Also noted were the abundance of outlets for computers, tablets, and phones. In addition to the great coffee, Overflow contributes part of their profits back into its South Loop neighborhood.

Do you “work from home” at Overflow Coffee Bar? If you do, what makes Overflow such a great place to get your work done?

Overflow’s Mission Statement
Overflow Coffee Bar is more than a typical coffee shop. For starters, we give our profits back into the community for non-profit activities. Next, we have a mission that’s more than just selling coffee. Our mission is to give South Loop residents, students and workers the opportunity to change the world. We accomplish our mission through four priorities.

1. Providing High-Quality Organic and Fair/Direct Trade Products – Our products, from t-shirts to salads to coffee, make a real different in the lives of farmers who grow the raw materials, in the lives of the workers who assemble them and for the environment. Our products are also top of the line in terms of quality. We promote fair-labor and environmentally-friendly practices that benefit the entire world.

2. Building Community – We help neighbors get to know each other. We bring South Loopers of all different backgrounds and life-stages together and empower them to make their community and the world a better place for generations to come.

3. Inspiring Volunteerism – We help South Loopers give back to their community and the world by promoting volunteer activities with non-profits conducting activities locally.

4. Promoting Local Artists – We love showcasing local artists through having visual art on our walls, hosting poetry readings, producing theatrical productions, being a venue for musical performances and having open-mic nights.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Art Walk & Wabash Arts Corridor CRAWL Friday September 19

The WAC CRAWL will include a stunning array of new, large-scale street and public art, an
expansive cultural program ranging from the Joffrey ballet to blues, jazz and hip-hop performances, tours of historic and new architecture, some twenty gallery openings, and special food and drink offerings from local restaurants and bars. The WAC CRAWL takes place from 4 – 9 p.m.

The WAC CRAWL in its first year was nominated by friends of downtown for “best event” as part of their 2014 “best of downtown” awards. In its second year, the WAC CRAWL is expected to emerge as one of Chicago’s major cultural events.

The Wabash arts corridor crawl unleashes the unbridled talent and energy of the Wabash arts corridor and its partners.

The South Loop Art Walk
Visit artist spaces, enjoy food and drink specials on a walk through the South Loop. All are welcome to use the WAC trolley until 11th St. Cost for the Art Walk is $5.

At Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation, take a self-guided tour hosted by Marie Dixon and highlighting Blues photo gallery of Terry Abrahamson from his book, In the Belly of the Blues. For more information on the Art Walk, visit GreaterSouthLoop.Org.

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