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Posts from April 2016

James Beard Awards Chicago

The James Beard Awards, often nicknamed the "Oscars of food," is once again set to take place in Chicago in May, bringing the best chefs and restaurateurs in the world to our fair city for a world-class celebration of fine cooking. Considering Chicago's position as one of the best food cities on the planet, it seems a natural fit. This year, foodies can take the celebration a bit further by partaking in James Beard Eats Week, April 22 – May 2.

Matt Kirouac

One of Chicago's most legendary and pioneering chefs, the late Yoshi Katsumura (check out our profile on the chef and his restaurant Yoshi's), has left an enduring legacy in the city thanks to the likes of his daughter. Mari Katsumura makes the family proud as the recently appointed pastry chef of Acadia in the South Loop, where she's making a name for herself with some of the most incredible and beautiful desserts in town.

Stomping Grounds for Chicago Dance Month

Spring has arrived in Chicago and there's so much to celebrate, from blooming flowers to the sunshine and blue skies peeping out from behind the clouds. Chicago Dance Month — which kicked off April 1 — ushers in spring with over 50 performances, classes, open rehearsals and more. Here are five ways to literally leap into spring during Chicago Dance Month.

Reckless Records in Wicker Park ChicagoWith a rich musical history that's nurtured blues, jazz, rock, soul, house and gospel, Chicago has long been a crate diggers paradise. But the recent closings of legendary Jazz Record Mart and Shake Rattle & Read has prompted speculation on the relevance of record shops.

Well, Chicago's record stores continue to thrive and are gearing up for Record Store Day 2016 coming up Saturday, April 16. Most neighborhoods boast their own vinyl meccas and here are some of the best record stores across the city.

The red carpet at the James Beard Awards Chicago

The biggest food awards ceremony in the world, the James Beard Awards, is coming up at Chicago's Civic Opera House on May 2. This year marks the second time the esteemed ceremony has been held outside of its founding city of New York, and appropriately enough, Chicago has several restaurant and bar contenders up for big awards.

J is for Jazz: Exploring Chicago A to Z

Monday, April 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Green Mill Jazz Club Chicago

While jazz can certainly sometimes can play second saxophone to the blues in Chicago, it has a long and storied tradition that stretches back to Louis Armstrong’s arrival in the city in the 1920s. Since that time, the city’s jazz scene has served as a proving ground for a galaxy of luminaries, including Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, and countless others who have come from Dubuque to Dubai to test their mettle.

Gingerr Shankar for CIMMfest

Chicago celebrates spring every year with a dynamic line-up of movies and music at CIMMfest, the five day festival centered around the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square on April 13-17. This year, the festivities expand throughout the city, covering miles and miles of arts activities.

WrightPlus

You may have been to see one or two Frank Lloyd Wright masterworks before, but why not check out an entire day’s worth of his masterpieces (and a few from his contemporaries) in the Chicago area? Sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Wright Plus Housewalk is coming up on May 21, and it features nine private residences built by Wright available for touring inside and out from 9am to 5PM.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Chicago

If you've ever dreamed of flying, or if you've ever wanted to skydive without having to jump out of an airplane, here's your chance: iFLY, the world's largest Indoor Skydiving operation, has opened its newest location in the near northside Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park, marking the 17th iFLY facility in the U.S. This incredible indoor skydiving facility recreates the experience of skydiving minus the fear factor of having to rely on a parachute to break your fall.

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