Sunday, March 1, 2015

Around the South Loop

Snow falls in Coliseum Park

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Burger Bar opens in the South Loop

Burger Bar, 1150 S. Michigan Ave. is open for business. We went to a special event last night to sample some of their gourmet burgers, sides and appetizers. Also sampled were some of the craft beers on tap.

Kendall College students serve up chicken wings at Burger Bar
Let us know what you think once you check it out. Our favorite right now is the mac & cheese with chorizo.

Burger Bar is open for business Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. 11 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gourmet burger samples make for good eating at Burger Bar

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Daystar Center Benefit Concert March 7: Two Local Bands, One Great Cause!

On Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6pm, the Daystar Center invites you to join in a night of inspiring music while supporting their community-building efforts. 
There are so many reasons to attend:
·       Enjoy awesome music from both bands in two sets.
·       Relish a bonus collaboration set where the bands join together for an improvisational jam session.
·       Be one of the first to hear about and see the future of Daystar Center! They will be making a big announcement and releasing a new website during the concert. 
·       General admission is only $15 and includes complimentary appetizers and BYOB. If you’d like, bring wine or beer to enjoy during the show. For an even better deal, advance tickets are 2 for $20 online only.
·       The concert is conveniently held at 1550 S. State Street in the Auditorium space located through Overflow Coffee Bar. Overflow will be open during the concert if you’d like to purchase a beverage or food.
Renegade Lightning Rebellion has been bringing their indie chamber-rock sound to Chicago and surrounding areas since summer 2011. This six-piece outfit performs an eclectic batch of songs that reflect such diverse influences as contemporary Indie music (Of Montreal and Dirty Projectors), classic jazz (Miles Davis and Charles Mingus) and classical chamber music. RLR has captivated audiences throughout Chicago with their deft handling of sudden shifts in energy and instrumentation – the band, almost all multi-instrumentalists, swap freely between such unique instruments as upright bass, oboe, trumpet, violin and accordion.
The Under Lines Quartet is a jazz group based out of Chicago, Illinois.The group is made up of guitarist Alex Ispa-Cowan, saxophonist Con Campbell, drummer Josh Calef, and bassist Jake Hawrylak. The group performs a mix of original compositions and their own take on jazz standards.
The Daystar Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting arts and culture. The Center’s events gather culture-lovers together and connect audiences with local artists. The Center hosted its first concert in 2012 and currently hosts theatre, musical, and film events multiple times per month. Event details can be found at  
Please call (312) 674-0001 for questions and to purchase tickets over the phone.    

Monday, February 16, 2015

Spoke & Bird is close to opening

Spoke & Bird at 205 E 18th St is almost ready to open. We stopped in on Friday afternoon where barista training was in process. Free cups of coffee, including lattes, cappuccinos and other specialty beverages were served.

Look for a soft opening next weekend, serving coffee and pastries. Spoke & Bird will be featuring coffee products from Counter Culture, located in Chicago. Before long you can expect see a complete brunch menu, when they will also be serving alcoholic beverages.

For more information, please visit their Web site.

Barista training at Spoke & Bird

Sunday, February 15, 2015

2015 Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place

The 2015 Chicago Auto Show opened at McCormick Place, February 14 at 9 a.m. The show runs until February 22. According to the Chicago Auto Show Web site, “the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent.” The auto show made its debut in the Windy City in 1901. This year is the 107th edition.

One of the beauties from the 2015 Auto Show

Show Hours:
Feb. 14-21—9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Feb. 22 – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

You can follow the show on Twitter @ChiAutoShow using the hashtag #CAS15. You can like them on Facebook for more videos and auto show information.

The 1901 Chicago Auto Show was held at the old Coliseum at 15th and Wabash.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Free Concert Friday, February 5 at PianoForte

Matthew Hagle In a FREE Afternoon Recital This Friday!

Where: PianoForte, 1335 S. Michigan Ave.

This Friday at 12 PM, Chicago favorite Matthew Hagle plays on PianoForte's FREE Salon Series LIVE with 98.7 WFMT. Currently a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago, Hagle has dedicated his career to music performance and education.
He has performed extensively throughout Canada, Australia, Brazil, Japan, The United States and England. He has been featured repeatedly on 98.7 WFMT, performing Ravel's Ondine, all of Beethoven's Sonatas, and more. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Quintet Attacca, the Parker Quartet, the Avalon Quartet, alongside Mio Isoda-Hagle at the Chicago Duo Piano Festival, and even before the the Supreme Court.
Hagle has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Elmhurst College, and the International Institute for Young Musicians at the Universities of Kansas and California at Santa Barbara.
Be sure to arrive on time to a get a good seat, you don't want to miss this performance! Enjoy a rich program of Chopin, Beethoven, Liszt and Debussy! Click here for more information!
This program is sponsored in part by the American Chartered Bank.

PianoForte Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the art of the piano in Chicago and creating a vibrant piano community that closely connects audiences and artists.
PianoForte Foundation is supported, in part, by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Shannon Boland: South Loop Ambassador

Blackstone head concierge, Shannon Boland
Even though she lives in Uptown, the South Loop has a great ambassador in the person of Shannon
Boland, head concierge at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel. She was recently profiled in the Chicago Tribune where she shares her experiences helping guests and visitors navigate the ins and outs of Chicago.

I met Shannon via Twitter about three years ago. As a newcomer to the South Loop, she was building a network of followers who could help answer questions about happenings in our neighborhood. We still share news and information to this day. In fact, every time I get my hair cut, I stop by the Blackstone afterward to catch up.

Shannon is from a small town in Missouri. A fine arts major (drama), she came to Chicago to join the city’s theater scene. Shannon became a concierge to pay the bills and realized that she loved helping people and solving problems.

For a link to the entire article, click here.

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