Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Events’

The University of Michigan Club of Greater Chicago is kicking off its new Young Alumni group with what you would expect from a young alumni group…a giant party with lots of food and booze! Join the UMCGC tomorrow, Thursday August 27th at LaSalle Power Company, for the Young Alumni Launch Party and celebrate with Michigan’s second largest alumni group in the country.

The party starts at 8:00 PM and will feature a three hour premium open bar, food provided by Lincoln Park’s newest hot spot Sarks in the Park, and prizes from all around Chicago including a reserved table at Duffy’s for football and dinner for two at Rockit (co-owned by Michigan alum Arturo Gomez).

The cost of the event is $40; tickets can be purchased online by clicking here and will also be available at the door.

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Damaris Woodbury, NBC Chicago Street Team

With 2009 here, how many of us made resolutions of some kind?  I won’t do this? I won’t do that?  I’ll lose this?  I’ll learn that?.  Sounds familiar, huh?  Well, I decided to not make any resolutions in 2009.  My only goal is to honor my word.  Do what I say I’m going to do and work to create huge possibilities in areas of my life that I feel may be “just good enough for right now.”  That includes learning new things.  One of the things I’ve wanted to learn is how to crochet.  I know, I know, out of all the things I can learn, I choose crochet?! Anyway,  I happened to be sitting in a cafe on Chicago’s South Side and saw that the cafe was being used by Erika and Monika Simmons. 

Simmons Sister, Co-Owners of Double Stitch

Simmons Sister, Co-Owners of Double Stitch

The Simmons sisters co-own a business called Double Stitch, for which they crochet clothing and sell it to local boutiques.  They offer FREE workshops on how to crochet and provide the tools to learn.  Beginners and experienced crocheters (is that a word?) are welcomed.  I was surprised to see people of all ages from teens to grandmothers in this workshop.  Somehow, I had the misperception that crocheting was something young adults do. Erika and Monika are very good, patient teachers!  And, they are authors of a book of patterns called “Double Stitch:  Designs for the Crochet Fashionista.” They will be doing a book signing at Macy’s on State Street during their mini-trunk show event on February 18th and 19th from 11am-6pm.  Come and shopt their clothing designs.  Then, buy a book and ask them when the next workshop will take place!

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Jim Grillo, NBC5 Street Team

On Monday night, 500 Chicago meeting and event professionals celebrated the end of the summer with Hereschicago.com at the Chicago Meetings and Hospitality Industry’s 2nd Annual End of the Summer “Talent” BASH! at Sound Bar, 226 W. Ontario.

From the entrance to the dual levels of the venue, Chicago’s top meeting and hospitality professionals enjoyed mingling and meeting with others while Hereschicago.com provided them with both “eye candy” and “audio” candy. 

A jazz trio in the alley entrance supplied by Upbeat Musical Productions entertained all attendees prior to entering the venue.  In addition, an Aerial Chiffon Artist from Cirque USA entertained the attendees prior to entering the registration for the event. 

Cirque USA

Cirque USA

Once inside, attendees were treated to music supplied by Pipe Dream, the “house” band for the “Suppliers”, a newly created project to showcase meeting industry’s talented people who supply to the meetings and hospitality industry but also have talents such as singing, playing drums, guitar, etc.  Hedroom Productions supplied the audio and mixing for both bands which made for a perfect ear pleasing blend. 

Dennis Debondt, Chicago’s top magician and comedian provided strolling magic and added yet another “entertaining” aspect.  Chicago Sports Games provided the ultra popular Wii machines where attendees became their own “rock star” and bowled competitively.

The Sound Bar provided for a perfect venue for this exclusive private event to bring the 1.3 billion dollar Chicago meetings and events industry into one room to enjoy cuisine provided by The Entertaining Company, one of Chicago’s top caterers for Chicago meetings and events.

VRVCO captured the whole event on video and we will have the video and photographs by EventGallery posted shortly.

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Dave Leonard, NBC5 Street Team, (Video)
If you haven’t made it over to the 14th Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video, what are you waiting for?

The Gene Siskel Film Center located at 164 N. State Street is hosting the 14th edition of the festival until the 28th of August and is showcasing some great short and feature length feature films about the Black experience from talented filmmakers from around the world with special emphasis on Chicago’s very own talents.

In addition to the various screenings, there are great workshops for aspiring filmmakers that take place and plenty of guest speakers who provide the audience a chance to have a Q&A session after viewing their projects.

There are several features in this year’s festival including a return visit from Deri Tyton’s hook-up comedy “The Party Line” and new entries, “Caught In The Game” and “T.A.C.T.I.C.A.L.” Two powerful documentaries also make their debut at this year’s festival, “The Black List Vol. 1” and the post-Katrina film, “Trouble In The Water”.

If you’re in the downtown area around Randolph and State this evening, you should stop on by the Gene Siskel Film Center and catch two great films screening tonight. The first is the explosive family drama, “The Opposite Of Life” directed by David Muhammad which plays at 6:15pm. Immediately following that at 8:30p, Christopher Nolen’s (No, not that Christopher Nolen) sexy thriller “Subtle Seduction” makes a repeat screening with the director and star Jaci Williamson in attendance. Yours truly also makes a hilarious cameo in the film.

Most of the screenings cost about the regular price of any movie theater ticket…about $9. An extra added feature to the Black Harvest Film Festival is a free vendor’s market in the gallery/cafe area of the upstairs part of the film center where free demonstrations of production equipment and information are provided.

Support independent filmmaking in Chicago and make sure you catch a couple of great films at the Black Harvest Film Festival before it closes up. For screening info and times, go to www.siskelfilmcenter.org

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The Local Tourist, NBC5 Street Team

“We struck the home trail now, and in a few hours were in that astonishing Chicago–a city where they are always rubbing a lamp, and fetching up the genii, and contriving and achieving new impossibilities.” Mark Twain “Life on the Mississippi,” 1883

Museum of Science & Industry

The Museum of Science & Industry is celebrating the ground-breaking (metaphorically speaking) 75-year anniversary of the first interactive museum in the US, so admission is fr*ee through Sunday for everyone and for kids under 11 until September 1. MSI isn’t the only fr*ee museum this week. Play hookey with the kids tomorrow and bring them to the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. The Art Institute is also free after 5 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Museums aren’t the only places to be steeped in culture. Besides the Thailand Festival in Daley Plaza, Music Without Borders brings music from Catalonia to Millennium Park. Then there’s “Taste of Greece on LaSalle Street“. Learn the art of French-Asian cooking with Chef Bill Kim at LeLan, and celebrate storytelling with the 9th Annual Skald Storytelling Festival, named after the Scandinavian term for poet, bard, or storyteller.

For just plain ol’ parties, check out the Chicago Summerfest in Lincoln Park which boasts two days of live music. The River North SummerFest not only has live music and food, but also offers massages and kayak rides. Jazz fans don’t have to wait until the city’s Jazz Festival, because Close Up 2 Smooth has street jams Friday through Sunday. Traders are known for working hard and playing hard, and you can join in the fun Friday at Alcock’s annual “Bear and Ball Bust“.

Have a great weekend!


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LaShonda Matlock, NBC5 Street Team

You simply can’t miss this one! On May 19th, come out and celebrate Chicago’s Rising Star Chefs Award winners with a tasting gala to die for! This event will feature signature dishes, wine pairings, exciting cocktails, live music and exquisite food from:Tru, Blackbird, MK, Le Lan and Boka. This not to be missed event is happening at the fab Trump International Hotel & Towers! Tickets are $150 per person, reception 6pm – 7pm. Gala 7pm – 9:30pm. Reserve today at www.starchefs.com/risingstars

“The Trey The Choklit Jock Morning Jumpoff” on WPWX Power 92 , has a new morning co-host and she is a HOT! Her name is Alexx Dupri, and she is a HOT MESS is a great way! Much success and CONGRATS! Hey, Trey!

Grammy-Award winning rapper and SAG card member Common is stepping up his acting career. This time the Chicago native has signed on to co-star in “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins“. The story centers on John Connor (Christian Bale), now in his 30s, who leads what is left of the human race in a battle against the machines. Common will play a freedom fighter and member of Connor’s inner circle. The project is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2009. 

I’m a sucker for a fashion show and I must strike a pose at least once a week! Project: Lakeview East is an upscale runway show taking place on Wednesday, May 14th at Sura Thai. This event will feature the hippest styles from some of Lakeview Easts top boutiques, including: P+L, Andrea Vagna, His Stuff, Kreative Soul, Skinstinct, Chicago Fur Outlet, Spare Parts, Threadless, Styl Shoes, Universal Gear, Shirts Illustrated, and Buffalo Exchange. The event starts at 7pm. For further details, go to www.lakevieweast.com or contact them by phone at 773.348.8608.

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