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Posts from May 2014

Holly Laurent

The lovely Holly Laurent spent fifteen years studying, performing and teaching comedy in Chicago before moving out to Los Angeles last fall. She'll be back next week with fellow Mainstage alum, Katie Rich, performing at Chicago Women's Funny Festival (CWFF) and she was kind enough to share a few words with me about what we can expect from Joan and Ro.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Plan your itineraries accordingly! The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, happening Friday, July 18 - Sunday, July 20 at Chicago's Union Park, today announced this year's schedule of performers. This year's show features headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar, as well as a host of other awesome acts.

Vinyasa Vino Trump

As we quickly approach the summer beach season, you may find yourself looking for creative ways to get your work out on. Well, look no further than The Spa at Trump®, who  have cracked the code to figuring out the most attractive way to break a sweat. In their unique multi-sensory group fitness classes, The Spa offers two classes you won't want to miss: Vinyasa & Vino yoga classes, and Barbells & Bourbon classes. And yes, they are just as wonderful as they sound.

US Soccer Grant Park

Are you ready for some fútbol? World Cup fever is heating up all over Chicago, and U.S. Soccer wants you to be a part of the action! This June, U.S. Soccer will host three 2014 FIFA World Cup viewing parties for the U.S. Men's National Team pool play matches in Grant Park. The events are free and open to the public.


When you go out to the end of Museum Campus, an unusually shaped building stretches out to the lakefront. It seems to be a mausoleum with its stony exterior, arched dome, and lack of windows. But with a pointed half-circle of steel and glass surrounding it, this building looks more like a space ship. This spectacular structure is the art deco Adler Planetarium. What goes on inside is nothing short of amazing, with simulations of the stars via the latest in projection technology. And the architecture of the building itself is worth some attention. 

Thalia Hall

Thalia Hall, the newest music venue to grab the attention of Chicago's music lovers, has some serious roots. The hall served as a community and cultural hub from when it was first opened in the Pilsen neighborhood in the 1890s through the 1960s when its doors were closed. Over the last decade or so, Pilsen's reputation has turned from a relatively quiet, family neighborhood to one of the city's brightest hotspots for creative arts, emerging business, and restaurants, but until now lacked any sizable concert venue akin to Northside theaters such as the Metro, the Riviera, or the Vic. Thalia Hall is just the music hallowed hall that Pilsen has been craving.

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