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2011 Dates Announced For Special Events And Festivals

“Free-For-All” Festivals Return To The Lakefront
2011 Dates Announced For Special Events And Festivals

Summer will be here before you know it and The City of Chicago is proud to present three of summer’s marquee events as free admission festivals, once again. Returning to the summer schedule is the 28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival, June 10-12; the 53rd Annual Chicago Air and Water Show, August 20-21 and the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival, September 1-4.

The 28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival kicks off the lakefront festival season June 10-12 in Grant Park. For three days blues artists from Chicago and around the country will celebrate a blues legend with music rooted in this year’s theme, Sweet Home Chicago: A Centennial Celebration of Robert Johnson. The full line-up will be announced soon. For more information on the Chicago Blues Festival and updates on the schedule please visit www.chicagobluesfestival.us.
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Date Night Delight in the Joy of the Chicago Children’s Choir

Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park, when Caroling at Cloud Gate returns on Friday evenings each week throughout the holiday season. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate to hear the beautiful voices of different Chicago choral groups, including the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and participate in a holiday sing-along.

Friday, December 3
Chicago Children’s Choir
The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization dedicated to shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. Today, The Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 3,000 young singers and is America’s largest, most comprehensive organization devoted to the musical education of children. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increased self-esteem, and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards. Tonight’s performance is conducted by Judy Hanson, Director of Choral Programs.

Friday, December 10
Old Town School of Folk Music
Throughout its 50 year history, the Old Town School of Folk Music has taught and celebrated music through cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Tonight’s event features Chicago Tribune commentators Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich, and Old Town School faculty and students in a special “Caroling at Cloud Gate” edition of Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party now in its 12th year at the Old Town School.

Friday, December 17
Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.

Admission is free. Caroling at Cloud Gate is supported by the Comer Foundation, with complimentary warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee.

* Date 11.26.2010 – 12.17.2010
* Time(s) Fri, 6:00pm – 6:50pm
* Location Chase Promenade Central
* Note Performance may be shorter due to extreme cold conditions

Bundle Up, Sing Along and Sip Free Coffee

Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park, when Caroling at Cloud Gate returns on Friday evenings each week throughout the holiday season. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate to hear the beautiful voices of different Chicago choral groups, including the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and participate in a holiday sing-along.

Friday, November 26
Apollo Chorus of Chicago
When the Apollo Chorus of Chicago sings, great choral works come alive! Founded in 1872 after the Great Chicago Fire, this powerful 150-voice chorus is one of the city’s most exciting and talked-about musical organizations. Each season Apollo thrills audiences with beautiful music old and new, winning praise for its performances – especially for Handel’s Messiah. The Apollo Chorus performs a wide range of masterworks for chorus and orchestra and is under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop.

Friday, December 3
Chicago Children’s Choir
The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization dedicated to shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. Today, The Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 3,000 young singers and is America’s largest, most comprehensive organization devoted to the musical education of children. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increased self-esteem, and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards. Tonight’s performance is conducted by Judy Hanson, Director of Choral Programs.

Friday, December 10
Old Town School of Folk Music
Throughout its 50 year history, the Old Town School of Folk Music has taught and celebrated music through cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Tonight’s event features Chicago Tribune commentators Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich, and Old Town School faculty and students in a special “Caroling at Cloud Gate” edition of Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party now in its 12th year at the Old Town School.

Friday, December 17
Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.

Admission is free. Caroling at Cloud Gate is supported by the Comer Foundation, with complimentary warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee.

* Date 11.26.2010 – 12.17.2010
* Time(s) Fri, 6:00pm – 6:50pm
* Location Chase Promenade Central
* Note Performance may be shorter due to extreme cold conditions

Ice Skating at Millenium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Kicking off Chicago’s winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 and will remain open through Sunday, March 13, 2011, weather permitting.  The rink, now in its tenth season and drawing more than 100,000 skaters annually, is free and open to the public.  Skate rental is available for $10. The ice rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets. 

McCormick Tribune Ice RinkMillenium Park Ice Skating

Regular hours for the season are as follows:
Mondays—Thursdays, 12PM-8PM
Fridays, 12PM-10PM
Saturdays (through Dec.18), 10AM-10PM
Saturdays (beginning Jan. 8), 10AM-9PM
Sundays, 10AM-9PM

Holiday Hours
Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving), 10AM-4PM
Friday, December 24, 10AM-6PM
Saturday, December 25, 10AM-4PM
Friday, December 31, 10AM-8PM
Saturday, January 1, 12PM-10PM

Care for a Scare?

What better way to spend a date night than clinging to each other? Seriously though, a haunted house can be an inexpensive, fun way to enjoy your evening together, specifically in the month of October.

Chicago Park District hosts their “Trails of Terror” at a few locations, the most popular being Peterson Park at 5801 N. Pulaski Rd. It’s a $10 admission, they do serve some concessions and you’ll walk approximately ½ mile of wooded fright through the park. Trails of Terror runs through Halloween, starting October 22nd.

Another option, this one indoors, is the Chicago Tribune’s very own “Chronicles of the Cursed: The Sinkhole”. Located at 560 W. Grand, 20,000sf of space, the Tribune’s Haunted House is billed as the largest in the city. $15 regular admission, tickets available on line. http://www.cursedchicago.com/ Prepare yourself by taking a tour of their website, read the story… and take a quick peak at the ‘Opposition’s Story’, why you shouldn’t put yourself at risk.

Get into the Halloween Spirit and do something a little different this month.

Go in costume if you dare and please tell us all about it!

31+ Flavors: Movies In The Park Date Night Ideas

With the summer slowly winding down who wants to spend all those wonderful evenings pumping dollars into Redbox and waiting for Netflix to show up? Get out with your significant other and enjoy whats left of summer with a great selection of movies in the park. Don’t forget your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, eh boo boo?

Movies In The Park Schedule

08/04/10 8:00 PM Daddy Day Care (PG)* Brands Park

08/04/10 8:00 PM Imagine That (PG) Merrimac Park

08/04/10 8:00 PM Matilda (PG)* Humboldt Park

08/04/10 8:00 PM The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (PG) Midway Plaisance Park

08/05/10 8:00 PM Astro Boy (PG) Seward Park

08/05/10 8:00 PM The Family That Preys (PG-13)* West Pullman Park

08/05/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Vittum Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Antz (PG)* Wilson (Frank J.) Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (PG-13)* Woodhull Playground Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Close Encounters of the Third Kind (PG)* Independence Park

08/06/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Bell Park

08/07/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Jonquil Playlot Park (c/o Wrightwood Park)

08/07/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Norwood Park

08/07/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Harrison Park

08/09/10 8:00 PM Hancock (PG-13) @ Cricket Hill

08/09/10 8:00 PM Searching For Bobby Fischer (PG) Lincoln Park Cultural Center

08/09/10 8:00 PM The Long Shots (PG) Moore Park

08/10/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Smith (Joseph Higgins) Park

08/10/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Park No. 551 (Fulton River Park)

08/10/10 8:00 PM Top Gun (PG) @ Chicago History Museum

08/11/10 8:00 PM Cuestion de Principios (NR) Harrison Park

08/11/10 8:00 PM Invictus (PG-13) Clarendon Park Community Center

08/11/10 8:00 PM School of Rock (PG-13)* Touhy Park

08/11/10 8:00 PM Iron Man (PG -13) Midway Plaisance Park

08/12/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Lorraine Dixon Park

08/12/10 8:00 PM G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra (PG-13) Tilton Park

08/12/10 8:00 PM Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13) Clark (John) Park

08/13/10 8:00 PM Kung Fu Panda (PG)* Schreiber Playground Park

08/13/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Foster Park

08/13/10 8:00 PM The Long Shots (PG) Kells Playground Park

08/14/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Harrison Park

08/14/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Winnemac Park

08/15/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG) Churchill Field Playlot Park (c/o Holstein
Park)

08/16/10 8:00 PM Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)* @ Cricket Hill

08/16/10 8:00 PM Where The Wild Things Are (PG) Pottawattomie Park

08/17/10 8:00 PM Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) South Shore Cultural Center

08/17/10 8:00 PM Twilight: New Moon (PG-13) Park No. 551 (Fulton River Park)

08/18/10 8:00 PM Clue (PG)* Indian Boundary Park & Cultural Center

08/18/10 8:00 PM Libertador Morales, El Justiciero (NR) Kosciuszko Park

08/19/10 8:00 PM Shorts (PG) Trebes Park

08/19/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Dunbar Park

08/19/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Skinner Park

08/20/10 8:00 PM Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs (PG)* Hamlin Park

08/20/10 8:00 PM Shrek 2 (PG)* Nichols Park

08/20/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Golden Gate Park

08/21/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Avalon Park

08/21/10 8:00 PM The Wiz (G)* @ DuSable Museum

08/21/10 8:00 PM To Catch A Thief (NR)* Jonquil Playlot Park (c/o Wrightwood Park)

08/22/10 8:00 PM How To Train Your Dragon (PG) Unity Playlot Park (c/o Kosciuszko Park)

08/24/10 7:45 PM Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG) Erie Park (Park No. 511)

08/24/10 7:45 PM The Wiz (G)* South Shore Cultural Center

08/25/10 7:45 PM The Goonies (PG)* River Park

08/26/10 7:45 PM Astro Boy (PG) Riis Park

08/26/10 8:00 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Rainbow Beach & Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire (PG-13) Ridge Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM Julie & Julia (PG-13) Athletic Field Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM Planet 51 (PG) Veterans’ Memorial Park

08/27/10 7:45 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Smith (Wendell) Playlot Park

08/28/10 7:45 PM Little Big League (PG)* @ Little Cubs Stadium Humboldt Park

08/28/10 7:45 PM Sherlock Holmes (PG-13) Rutherford Sayre Park

08/30/10 7:45 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Grand Crossing Park

08/31/10 7:45 PM Fame (2009) (PG) South Shore Cultural Center

08/31/10 7:45 PM Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG) Park No. 551 (Fulton River Park)

09/01/10 7:45 PM Pretty In Pink (PG-13)* @ Chicago History Museum

09/01/10 7:45 PM The Blind Side (PG-13) Robichaux Park

09/07/10 7:45 PM Seabiscuit (PG-13)* Erie Park (Park No. 511)

09/10/10 7:45 PM Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix (PG-13)* Marquette Park

09/10/10 7:45 PM The Long Shots (PG) Sumner School Park

09/10/10 7:45 PM Up (PG) Independence Park

I’m looking forward to The Wiz and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. What movies in the park are you planning on seeing?
source: Chicago Park District