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Posts from August 2016

The Four Seasons by Marc Chagall

Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 vibrant colors, Marc Chagall's beloved mosaic, The Four Seasons, was created for and given as a gift to the people of Chicago. It stands as one of our city's most beloved public art treasures. The French Consul General of Chicago at the time of dedication summed up the lyrical masterpiece best when he said "It is a work of art, but it is first a gift and a feast — a feast from that great citizen of the world, Marc Chagall."

McDowell Bros

If you think that blues musicians are all ranked in the senior citizen category, head to the Chicago Blues Productions show, Young Men of Chicago Blues to discover the reality of this thriving scene. The showcase features a dynamic group of millennial performers that have absorbed Chicago blues and play their own contemporary versions.  A second installment in a series that celebrated blues women last year, Saturday's show August 13 at Noble's Square's Vittum Theater presents the city's most promising young blues men.

Weekend Alert August 12-14

Happy weekend, Chicago! Ready for another exciting list of events to make your visit to Chicago a lasting memory? There's a handful of exciting festivals, exhibits and events for all to enjoy celebrating everything from LGBT pride to Cuban music to beer. It's time to make weekend plans.

Air and Water Show

The Chicago Air and Water Show, one of the summer's most thrilling spectacles, kicks off on August 20-21. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and many more experts in speed will hit the skies over our fair city. While you can always catch the Air & Water Show from pretty much anywhere on the lakefront from Fullerton Avenue to Oak Street, here are four ways to view the show in comfort and style.

Lee Scratch Reggae Fest

Explore the variations of reggae music, including ska, rock steady and reggaeton at the first annual Reggae Fest Chicago, Saturday August 13 in Pilsen's Adams Medill Park. The one day event highlights a line-up packed with reggae musicians and headlined by icons Toots & The Maytals and Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Black Folk Art

From now through September, art fans can explore several exhibits that reflect the historic journey of African Americans  from the South to the North during the early 20th century. The year 2016 marks the Centennial Celebration of the Great Migration and Chicago is honoring the occasion with three striking art exhibitions at the South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard and Intuit. 

Lincoln Park Conservatory Chicago 

In the Victorian Age, Chicagoans became quite fascinated with assemblages built of iron and glass that gave shelter to a staggering array of plant life for general consumption in any season, no matter how dire the weather. Built between 1890 and 1895, the Lincoln Park Conservatory continues to offer visitors and locals ample reason to make a pilgrimage to the Lincoln Park neighborhood to experience their four wonderful display halls.

confused by love

The last month of summer may mean shopping for school supplies and getting ready for fall for some, but in Chicago, it signals the last rush of summer festivities. One of the most anticipated events is the annual Black Harvest Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The 22nd annual film series runs from August 5- September 1 and features on array of film styles and discussions, including movies shot in Chicago by local filmmakers. The line-up is overflowing with special events and showings so here are a few highlights:

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