Sunday, August 2, 2015

Urban Remix closing shop in the South Loop

Mari Ann Weiss
After four years in the South Loop at 1468 S. Michigan Ave., Urban Remix, the up-scale furniture consignment store will close at the end of August.

According to owner and operator, Mari Ann Weiss, the reason she’s closing shop is because they’ve lost their lease. Weiss hopes to find a warehouse location where she can continue offering the “highest quality in furniture consignment.”

Closing sale going on now.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

South Loop Movies In The Park: Bigger and Better Than Ever

The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) and the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) are underwriting two movies each in the park this summer. The movies will be shown at Daniel Webster Park and Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens. All four movie presentations are part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks with the support of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan.

July 21 Paddington (2015) – Starring Huge Bonnevile, Julie Walters, and Nicole Kidman. From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, comes the story of a Peruvian bear as he travels to London in search of a home.When he finds himself lost at Paddington Station, he is taken in by the kindly Brown family. Movie critic Bilge Ebiri,, called Paddington “absolutely, positively delightful. This big-screen adaptation of Michael Bond’s classic, adorable children’s-book character — an exceedingly polite, klutzy, talking bear from darkest Peru — takes what could have been an easy cash-grab and turns it into a generous, fun, ingenious little comedy. It’s the kind of movie that turns critics like me into advertising copywriters: Go see it! Your kids will love it! Fun for adults and children alike! Et cetera! This big-screen adaptation of Michael Bond’s classic, adorable children’s-book character — an exceedingly polite, klutzy, talking bear from “darkest Peru” — takes what could have been an easy cash-grab and turns it into a generous, fun, ingenious little comedy. It’s the kind of movie that turns critics like me into advertising copywriters: Go see it! Your kids will love it! Fun for adults and children alike! Et cetera!”

Paddington received a 98% rating from the movie site Rotten Tomatoes.

Underwitten by the GSLA, Paddington will be shown at Daniel Webster Park, 1401 S. Indiana Ave. 8:45 – 10:45 p.m.

July 28 BIG HERO 6 (2014) – Featuring the voice talent of Scott Adsit, Ryan Potter, Damon Wayans Jr., James Cromwell, and Maya Rudolph. From Walt Disney Animation Studios, BIG HERO 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends  adrenaline junky Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred  who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.

BIG HERO6 received a 89% from the movie site Rotten Tomatoes.

Underwritten by the PDNA, BIG HERO 6 will be shown at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

August 11 The Princess Bride (1987) – Starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Robin Wright, Peter Falk, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Fred Savage. This modern-day classic, directed by Rob Reiner, is a fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other. Based on the William Goldman novel. This movie’s reputation grows with each passing year. So popular is The Princess Bride that it has its own Web site!

The Princess Bride received a 97% rating from the Web site RottenTomatoes.

Underwritten by the GSLA, The Princess Bride will be shown at Daniel Webster Park, 1401 S. Indiana Ave. 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.

August 27 The Incredibles (2004) Featuring the voice talent of Craig T. Nelson, Jason Lee, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson. In this lauded Pixar animated film, married superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure, and he gets a chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. Soon, Mr. Incredible is in trouble, and it’s up to his family to save him.

The Incredibles received a 97% score at the movie Web site RottenTomatoes.

Underwritten by the PDNA, The Incredibles will be shown at Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens, 1801 S. Indiana Ave. 8:00 – 9:55 p.m.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Tour the Mansions of Historic Prairie Avenue

Kimball and Coleman houses on S. Prairie Avenue
Sunday June 14, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Avenue
Chicago, IL
$50 per person/$45 members

This very special (annual) tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.

See the beautifully carved wood moldings, leaded glass windows, fireplaces in elaborate tile, mosaic, and marble, and much more! Glessner and Clarke House Museums are also included on the tour as well as historic Second Presbyterian Church with its landmarked Arts and Crafts interior and collection of Tiffany windows.

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.

For reservations (recommended), please call 312.326.1480.

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Quiet Workshop at Daystar Center May 30, 2015

When: Tuesday, May 30, 2015 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street
Cost:  The Early Bird rate (by May 16) is $75. Includes all materials, morning pastries, coffee, lunch, and afternoon snack. Childcare available upon request.

Slowing down in order to keep up with our basic needs
Our society is moving at an ever-increasing speed of fast. “If you want to hang on, you better speed up.” is the message of today. And as a result, many in our world find themselves stressed to the max, with calendars filled to the brim. When was the last time, for example, someone told you they were not very busy?

Basic needs never change
It could be useful, however, to remind ourselves that our basic needs never change. The need to be seen and appreciated. The need to belong. The need for nearness and care, and for a little love. This is given only through slowness in human relations. In order to master transformations in our ever-changing world, we have to recover slowness, reflection and togetherness – and thereby find real renewal.

Rediscover centuries-old tools
This is what The Quiet Workshop is all about. We’ll take a relaxed approach to the important topic of soul care, giving you a handful of tools which have been used for centuries in helping busy people step out of the traffic and take time to re-acquaint themselves with their God, their family and neighbors, and most importantly, themselves.

There is more to life than...
All are invited to attend The Quiet Workshop but it’s best suited for those who think to themselves, “There’s gotta be more to life than this…” whatever “this” is. Those in leadership roles at work, in the community, at church, and at home will benefit greatly. The Quiet Workshop also serves as a great introduction to spiritual direction for those interested in being directed or becoming a director.

To register, click here. For additional information, call 312.674.0001.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Professional Eye Center going into 1130 S. Wabash

A new Professional Eye Center is moving into 1130 S. Wabash Ave. There are two other Professional Eye Centers in Oak Park and at E. 53rd St. in Chicago.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Playful Talk Show with Yana Reznik at PianoForte Studios A New Kind of Classical Music Show!

Yana Reznik
PianoForte Foundation is proud to present “Playful Talk with Yana Reznik”, a new production that invites audiences to engage with renowned stars of the classical music world in an entertaining and personal exchange of words and music. For the first time, both live and internet audiences come to know the personalities of the men and women behind the instruments. Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Ars Viva Orchestra and international soloists join pianist and host Yana Reznik in music making, either prepared classical masterpieces or spontaneous improvisations.

Yana and her guests connect the classical stage with a diverse, cross-generational population that lives on the social media platforms of our interconnected world. The experience continues as “Playful Talk” live studio attendees get an exclusive opportunity to dine with Yana and her guest artists immediately following each broadcast.

The show is inspired by the passion of breaking down the boundaries and stigma of classical music. “Playful Talk” reaches out to the audiences through personal communication and accessibility along with the high level of performance.

“Playful Talk with Yana Reznik” is supported by Chicago’s prestigious PianoForte Foundation.

Here are the details: 
-“Playful Talk” is produced by the acclaimed and innovative pianist Yana Reznik and welcomes live audiences at PianoForte Studios at 1335 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60605.
-Each show is broadcast live via
-Each broadcast is available for viewing at anytime after the show via
-Audience members are encouraged to ask questions via Twitter (@playfultalk), which will be answered selectively during the show.
-The dining with the artists is held at Chicago’s Kurah Mediterranean Restaurant – the city’s cozy, highly regarded culinary niche at 1355 S. Michigan Ave. (VIP tickets required)

About Yana Reznik
Pianist, speaker, producer, host, entrepreneur, and cultural leader, Yana Reznik has been revolutionizing the way classical music affects our society. Her passionate performances and captivating storytelling had won the hearts of thousands on her 2010-2014 tour across the United States. Becoming known as the “Pianist with a Voice,” Yana breaks the boundaries of the expected and creates innovative programs to bring the beauty of classical music to a wider and more diverse audience around the world.

Yana’s passion for inspiring a new generation to love classical music has led her to be a guest speaker for the TEDx Skid Row, “Idea Project of LA”, Southern California Music Institute and Idyllwild Arts Academy.

As a humanitarian, Yana Reznik created the 'Artistic Voyage' concert series of 2011, a visionary gathering of musicians and artists to benefit worthwhile charity organizations around the world. Another one of Yana’s celebrated achievements had been her work as Artistic Director, pianist and host for 'Live at the Lounge' (Los Angeles) – a weekly concert series throughout 2010 that featured over 130 world class performers who collaborated with Ms. Reznik in an up-close and personal setting.

Since moving to Chicago in 2014, Yana has performed at the Myra Hess Concerts Series and PianoForte Foundation. Both concerts were broadcasted live at WFMT 98.7 Radio.

Upcoming Shows and Broadcasts:

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 @ 7pm CST Cory Tiffin, clarinet (Las Vegas Philharmonic) Chris Wild, cello (Ensemble Dal Niente)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 @ 7pm CST Members of New Millennium Orchestra Francesco Millioto, conductor Dominic Johnson, viola, violin, DJ

Sunday, May 31, 2015 @ 6 pm CST Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra David Taylor, violin Weijing Wang, viola Richard Hirschl, cello

Live Performance Location: 
PianoForte Studios 1335 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60605

Broadcast streaming: 

Tickets and Info: 
Twitter: @playfultalk



Below is Yana meets the artists from February 17, 2015 performance.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lecture on architect Howard Van Doren Shaw May 5, 2015

Glessner House Museum, located at 1800 S. Prairie Avenue in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood,
will host a lecture entitled “Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect” on Tuesday May 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Architect Stuart Cohen offers a new look at one of the best-known architects of the early 20th
century, who built homes for the leading industrialists of his era. A traditionalist who incorporated English and Italian precedents, Shaw also created Market Square in Lake Forest – America’s first shopping center – and the interior of the National Historic Landmark Second Presbyterian Church. Copies of his new book will be available for purchase and signing.

Glessner House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and the last surviving work by architect H. H. Richardson in Chicago. Completed in 1887, the museum is recognized nationwide for its groundbreaking architecture as well as its important collection of arts and crafts decorative arts.

Admission is $10 per person. Reservations may be made by calling 312-326-1480. The museum is easily accessible by taking the #3 or #4 bus on Michigan Avenue to 18th Street, and then walking 2 blocks east.

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