Friday, August 26, 2016

“Storytime with Sousa,” free concert Sunday, August 28 at Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens

Sunday, August 28, 2016
2:00pm 3:00pm 
Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens 1801 South Indiana Avenue Chicago, IL

Join Chicago Symphonic Winds for Storytime with Sousa, an interactive musical experience combining the art of narrative with music to create a multi-sensory storytelling concert for kids. Using a narrator to read excerpts from a children’s book on the life of John Philip Sousa, the ensemble will complement the storyline with well-known American wind band favorites in the style of a traditional Sousa concert.

Admission for this concert is free.

This program is presented as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in the neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. For more information about this series and other events in your area, please visit

Sunday, August 21, 2016

"Finding Nemo" free movie in Cotton Tail Park August 9

Finding Nemo, The Walt Disney The Pixar Animation classic will be presented at Cotton Tail Park, 44 W. 15th Street, Monday August 22, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

After his son (Nemo) is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish named Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks) sets out on a journey through the Pacific Ocean to bring him home. Along to help in the journey is Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres), a regal blue tang with short-term memory loss.

Finding Nemo is one of the most popular animated movies of all time, earning more that $900 million at the box office.

G | 100 minutes | 2003
*Closed Captioned
Start time is approximate, all movies begin at dusk.

Movies in the Parks is presented by Bank of America.
Underwritten by The Greater South Loop Association

Check out the trailer below.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Chicago Skyline wants to carry you over the Chicago River

According to DNAinfo, a devloper wants to build aerial gondolas to transport people above the Chicago River. The aerial gondolas could stretch from Navy Pier to Chinatown.

According to the article, the Chicago Skyline could add $330 million more in annual tourism dollars. To see the complete article, click here and be sure to check out the video below.

Would you take a gondola ride over the Chicago river?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

World of Beer coming to the Roosevelt Collection

According to an article on, The Shops at Roosevelt Collection will be the new home for World of Beer, a Tampa-based chain beer hall. According to the article, the beer hall will open next year. All of the chain’s restaurants serve food and offer more than 50 craft beers on tap and more than 500 cans and bottles. The closest World of Beer is in Evanston. To check out there beer selection, click here.

World of Beer will also offer food

You can check out the complete article here.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Book excerpt: “100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die”

Every year on a Saturday afternoon in August, King Drive is transformed from a major thoroughfare to a raucous parade route. The Bud Billiken Parade has been a South Side tradition since 1929. Floats anchored by DJs, enthusiastic marching bands, and colorfully costumed drill teams entertain thousands of neighbors as they celebrate the return to school each academic year.

This year’s parade is happening Saturday, August, 13th and is scheduled to step-off at 10 am.

Be sure to bring your appetite. All along the parade route, smoke billows from grills where jerk chicken wings, ribs, and other mouthwatering treats tempt spectators and draw shouts from float passengers. Family picnics line the street as the community cheers on performers and spends an afternoon celebrating. The parade, organized by Chicago Defender Charities, Inc., is intended to promote education; it ends in Washington Park, where the party continues throughout the day.  

Looking for another way to celebrate Chicago this week? Stop by Hip Cat Chicago on Friday, August 12th at 7 pm for a free cocktail event. Learn more and RSVP on Facebook.

Molly Page is a freelance writer and digital strategist. She considers herself lucky because her work often feels more like play. After falling madly in love with her adopted hometown, Chicago, she wrote a book about it, 100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You Die. When she's not hard at play, she can be found snapping pictures and adding to the list of foods she’s tried that would make you gag. Shrimp heads, anyone? Follow her adventures via Twitter or Instagram @mollypg.

Monday, August 1, 2016

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Free Movie in Daniel Webster Park August 1, 2016

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
Ferris Bueller’s Day off celebrates one awesome sick day that turns into a whirlwind day of adventure in Chicago. This free movie event sponsored by Greater South Loop Association will be screened at Daniel Webster Park, 1401 S. Indiana Ave. The movie will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. (dusk). You might want to get there early for the best spot on the lawn. Admission is free.

Often quoted, Ferris Bueller’s Day off features the following gems:

Ferris: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Cameron: The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.
Ferris: It is his fault he didn't lock the garage.

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Minions" Movie in Daniel Webster Park July 12

Minions, the 2015 prequel to the animated hit Despicable Me (2010), will be screened at Daniel Webster Park, 1401 S. Indiana Ave. Tuesday July 12, 2016. The movie will screen at approximately  8:30 p.m. (dusk). The movie should end by 10:01 p.m.

The film traces the origins of Grus minions as they seek the most villainous bad guy around to serve and end up assisting (and obstructing) super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). Minions grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide making it the second highest-grossing animated film and the highest grossing non-Disney animated film.

Movies in the Parks is presented by Bank of America. This presentation is underwritten by the Greater South Loop Association.

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