Sunday, July 16, 2017

Raiders of the Lost Ark at Daniel Webster Park, Chicago July 17, 2017

The Greater South Loop Association is presenting Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) free of charge at Daniel Webster Park, 1357 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60605. The movie starts at dusk.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first (and best) movie in the Indiana Jones franchise. The film takes place in 1936, five years before the United States entered World War II. Raiders stars Harrison Ford as professor and archaeologist Indiana Jones and Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, daughter of his mentor, Abner Ravenwood. Jones, at the request of the United States Army, is on the hunt for the ancient Ark of the Covenant as described in the Book of Exodus. The Bible describes the Ark as a gold-covered wooden chest that contained the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. When the Israelites carried the Ark into battle, they were victorious. The Nazis are searching for the Ark because they believe whoever possesses it will be invincible. Jones races against time and Dr. Rene Belloq, a competing archaeologist who is working with the Nazis, to get to the Ark first.

Lawrence Kasdan (Fatal Attraction) wrote the screenplay, from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. Steven Spielberg directed the action-packed adventure that was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The memorable score, featuring “The Raiders March” was written by John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Harrison Ford and Karen Allen pose this shot on the set of Raiders.

Backstory: Tom Selleck was originally cast as Indiana Jones, but had to drop out due to his commitment to the television series Magnum P.I. Debra Winger was offered the role of Marion Ravenwood, but she turned it down. Actress Sean Young auditioned for the part, but Spielberg was set on Karen Allen after seeing her in National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978). Alfred Molina, who played director Robert Aldrich in Feud: Bette and Joan, made his film debut as Satipo in Raiders.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

Stay safe!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Free movie in Grant Park: “Jumanji” June 13

The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) and Century 21 SGR will present Jumanji (1995) in Grant Park (near the Logan monument, Michigan and 9th St.). The fantasy stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce.

What’s it about?
A magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst). While exploring an old mansion, the youngsters find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who’s been stuck in the game’s inner world for decades. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good—but that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and even stampeding rhinos!

The film is rated PG. Movie will start at dusk.

Other movies scheduled in the South Loop include the following:
June 27: Rogue One at Daniel Webster Park.
July 10: Raiders of the Lost Ark at Daniel Webster Park
August 16: Zootopia at Cottontail Park.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Walk Through Time—Sunday, June 11, 2017

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Glessner House Museum

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

Homes included on this year’s tour:
-William Kimball house, 1801 S. Prairie Avenue (Solon S. Beman, architect; 1890-1892)
-Joseph Coleman house, 1811 S. Prairie Avenue (Cobb & Frost, architects; 1886)
-Elbridge Keith house, 1900 S. Prairie Avenue (John Roberts, architect; 1870)
-Charles Purdy house, 213 E. Cullerton Street, (Thomas & Rapp, architects; 1891)
-William Reid house, 2013 S. Prairie Avenue (Beers, Clay & Dutton, architects; 1894)
-Harriet Rees house, 2017 S. Prairie Avenue (Cobb & Frost, architects; 1888)

William Kimball House 1801 S. Prairie Avenue

Glessner House Museum is also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church with its landmarked Arts and Crafts interior and collection of Tiffany windows. Clarke House Museum will be open to the public for free that afternoon.

Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum courtyard for a reception featuring a jazz trio, appetizers donated by Armand's Victory Tap, Cafe Bionda, and Tapas Valencia, wine and beer donated by Binny's Beverage Depot, and a silent auction that includes theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, and other items of interest.

Pre-purchased tickets recommended.

$50 per person/$40 members (member coupon code required)

Purchase Tickets

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Personal and Professional Productivity in the Digital Age A Workshop at Catalyst Ranch on Tuesday, May 9

Where: Catalyst Ranch, 656 West Randolph Street #3W, Chicago, IL 60661
When: May 9, 2017
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

Are you… drowning in piles? feeling overwhelmed?  under-valued?  in over your head? Is your life characterized by… busyness? too much stuff to do? too many ideas that never get accomplished?

Stop taking this productivity tip and that efficiency trick and never making progress.  Learn to develop a productivity system from two local, social entrepreneurs who have become experts at productivity.

Running a nonprofit and a business, Brandon and Amanda Neely owners of Overflow Coffee Bar, L3C had to figure out how to be productive and keep their sanity in the process. They were able to create tactics and overcome the obstacles of being overwhelmed. They were able to control their inbox rather than their inbox controlling them.

Productivity is so individualized. What works for 1 person won't work always for another.
During this workshop, attendees will learn:

• The step-by-step process for developing your own unique productivity system.
• How to defeat the piles and the over abundance of too many options and too much on
your to-do list.
• About the tools you need and how to control them (rather than let them control you).
• How to setting up a digital command center.
• How to tame your inbox instead of it eating at your time.

More details and registration are available at Save $10 by registering before May 2.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Man beaten and car stolen in South Loop

This from DNAinfo:
CHICAGO — A group of men beat a man and stole his car in the South Loop on Wednesday night, police said.
At 11:19 p.m., the man was leaving work from a parking garage in the 800 block of South Wabash Avenue when five or six men swarmed around his car and blocked the exit, police said. The men beat the victim and one of them got into the car and drove away.
The victim was treated for injuries at the police station, police said.
The man in the car, who was 18, was found and taken into custody, police said, but the others got away. Charges were pending. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

South Loop parking space needed for active duty Marine

Dear readers, see the clipping of the Facebook post below. If you know of a parking space that is available, please contact Margaret Kairis via her Facebook page. To send her a message, click here. You will be taken to her Facebook page.

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