Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Chicago Auto Show #CAS17

The Chicago Auto Show opens to the general public today, Saturday, February 11 at McCormick Place, 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL. Public show times: February 11-19 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; February 20 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The Chicago Auto Show is the largest show of its kind in North America. First held in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 108th edition. The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex.

Collier’s Magazine piece promoting the 1939 Chicago Auto Show.

McCormick Place is easily reached by car or public transportation. Extensive shuttle bus service from all area parking lots to and from McCormick Place. Weekend-only shuttle service from the Millennium Park and East Monroe underground garages. Shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals near Columbus/Upper and Lower Randolph and at Gate 3 at McCormick Place.

Scooter and Wheelchair rentals are available by contacting Scootaround toll-free at (773) 439-9940.

Scooter rentals are $50.00 a day and wheelchair rentals are $20.00 a day. Scootaround accepts all major credit cards. Scootaround is located at Gate 4 of McCormick Place (west end of the Grand Concourse). While Scootaround will make every effort to accommodate all needs, you are encouraged to reserve in advance.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro from this year’s Chicago Auto Show 
McCormick Place is easily reached by car or public transportation. Extensive shuttle bus service from all area parking lots to and from McCormick Place. Weekend-only shuttle service from the Millennium Park and East Monroe underground garages. Shuttles stop in 10-15 minute intervals near Columbus/Upper and Lower Randolph and at Gate 3 at McCormick Place.

Scooter and Wheelchair rentals are available by contacting Scootaround toll-free at (773) 439-9940.

Scooter rentals are $50.00 a day and wheelchair rentals are $20.00 a day. Scootaround accepts all major credit cards. Scootaround is located at Gate 4 of McCormick Place (west end of the Grand Concourse). While Scootaround will make every effort to accommodate all needs, you are encouraged to reserve in advance.

Tickets are available at our McCormick Place ticket booths on public show days or online at ChicagoAutoShow.com and https://tickets.drivechicago.com. (Show box office closes one hour before the show closes.)

$13 for adults

$7 for seniors aged 62 and older

$7 for children 7-12

Free Admission for children 6 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Family members only.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

THINK! South Loop

Park Community Church South Loop, 1550 S. State Street (Daystar Center) will be hosting THINK! South Loop for three days: January 24 – 26, 7 – 9 p.m.


A lot of people have issues with Christianity. It’s common for society to see religion as out of touch with reality, regressive, irrelevant. Has science proved Christianity wrong? Why is the church so concerned with human sexuality? If there is a God, why is there so much evil? Whether you’ve been a Christian for a long time and have asked some of these questions or are skeptical of religion, you are invited to join the conversation. Register online at thinksouthloop.com. This event it free, but RSVPs are appreciated. To RSVP click here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Free screening of classic film “Flying Down to Rio” at Second Presbyterian Church

There will be a free screening of the classic film Flying Down to Rio (1933) at Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Avenue, Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The film features Long time church member Etta Moten Barnett (1901 –2004).

Etta Moten Barnett was an American actress and singer. She performed on stage in a revival of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, which became a signature role. On film she appeared in Pre-Code classics Ladies They Talk About (1933) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Gold Diggers of 1933 where she sang the classic “My Forgotten Man” with the film’s star Joan Blondell. In addition to appearing in films, her singing voice was dubbed for African American actress Theresa Harris in the film Professional Sweetheart starring Ginger Rogers (1933).

Flying Down to Rio features Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in their first film together, although Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond are top-billed. Moten Barnett sings “The Carioca” while Rogers and Astaire performs the dance of the same name.

Etta Moten Barnett
Besides her connection to Second Presbyterian Church, Moten Barnett was active in the National Council of Negro Women, the Chicago Lyric Opera, Field and DuSable Museums, and the South Side Community Center.

Barnett Moten died of pancreatic cancer in 2004 at the age of 102.

The screening of this film is A Black History Month Event presented in celebration of the 175th Anniversary of Second Presbyterian Church. Free popcorn and soft drinks will be served at the movie screening.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Free Coffee at Stan's Donuts Today - January 17

To celebrate their new coffee provider, La Colombe, Stan’s Donuts will be offering a free small house roast with any purchase all day.


According to the press release, “My vision for Stan’s has always been to make great donuts, of course, but also to serve great coffee,” says Chief Doughboy, Rich Labriola.



Friday, November 4, 2016

Noirvember starts with “Laura” at the Daystar Center, November 5

The Noirvember film series begins Saturday night with Laura (1944) at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street. The movie begins at 6:45 p.m.

Set among Park Avenue society, Laura concerns the murder of Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), a beautiful young woman who captivated every man she met. Detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the murder  by questioning the men in Laura’s life: literary critic Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) and playboy fiancĂ© Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). Did they have motives to kill Laura? Hypnotized by Laura’s portrait, as he continues the investigation, McPherson finds himself falling in love. When the case takes a strange turn, the suspense really begins. Filled with witty dialogue and one of the most famous film scores of all time, Laura is considered one of the best films noir ever produced.


The complete schedule for the Noirvember series is listed below. All films begin at 6:45 p.m.

Murder, My Sweet (1945) November 12
Gilda (1946) November 19
Road House (1948) November 26

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time Out Love Chicago Awards

It’s that time again. Time to vote for your favorite restaurant, bar, coffee shop, or cultural venue in the South Loop at TimeOut.com. Many local establishments are on the ballot, including Flo & Santos, Overflow Coffee Bar, Weather Mark Tavern, and Glessner House Museum.

To cast your vote, click on the link!

You can vote for Glessner House Museum and other South Loop venues at TimeOut.

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