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2011 Chicago Blues Festival

Have a great musical date night out to the hot blues sounds in Grant Park June 10th, 2011 – June 12th, 2011.

Chicago Blues Festival flickr photo by gingerbydesignThe Chicago Blues Festival is the largest free blues festival in the world and remains the largest of Chicago’s Music Festivals. During three days on five stages, more than 500,000 blues fans prove that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor.

Admission is free so get your ears on for an evening stroll through Grant Park or bring some chairs, get a couple strips of food and beverage tickets (12 for $8) and settle in for some jams and people watching.

This festival is HUGE so be sure to get all the details about the various locations and preview events leading up to the big weekend.

Open Season for Chicago Beaches 5/27/2011 – 9/5/2011

It’s official: the beaches are open today!

Okay, we realize that it is barely over 50 degrees today so swimming may be out of the question but the lakefront is a great place to walk, eat, jog, catch some rays, bike, rollerblade, sail, play volleyball, explore, or just relax along Chicago shores.

Our favorite? Grab some snacks, an old blanket, and have some cuddle time on the beach!

The 2011 beach season runs Friday, May 27 to Monday, September 5. Swimming is permitted only when lifeguards are on duty at all beaches from 11:00 am to 7 pm daily. Some beaches open earlier for swimming mid-summer; visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/beaches for details.

Chicago Beach Sunrise flickr photo by John Picken

Beach rules include: Swim only when lifeguards are present. Obey lifeguards. Follow posted beach rules. No glass on the beach. No alcohol. No smoking. Do not feed birds. Properly dispose of food, diapers and other refuse. Grilling is only allowed in designated areas and coals should be disposed in the provided containers.

Check the swim status before you go by calling (312) 74-BEACH (742-3224), visiting www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/resources/beaches, or texting the name of your beach to (312) 715-SWIM (7946)

We hope you enjoy this summer at the lake.

Lincoln Park Chill & Grill: May 21st-22nd

Yes, it is finally time for Chicago’s summer neighborhood festivals to begin! I know that winter stuck around a little longer than most of us would like, but grab your honey and head to Lincoln Park for a perfect ‘Date Day’. The festival is taking place near the corner of LaSalle and Stockton, at the south end of Lincoln Park.

Better Homes and Gardens is sponsoring this year’s Lincoln Park Chill and Grill, an opportunity for you to try some great local eats, learn a bit about grilling and to meet our own hometown celebrity chefs. You can also just enjoy the outdoors, drink a beer and listen to a local band on their Lakeside Stage.

The festival runs May 21st: 11:00am-6:00pm and May 22nd: 12:00-5:00pm. Entry is free and you can pre-purchase tasting cards on the event website for a discount. $12 purchased in advance and $15 at the festival. One tasting card will get you three beers , four small plates of food or combinations thereof. They will also be offering full-sized sandwiches, water and soda. Try some great eats from the West Town Tavern, Girl & the Goat, Belly Shack, Hot Chocolate and others!

Hands on grilling classes are available for $30, some of these classes offered by celebrity chefs such as Ted Allen and Stephanie Izard. Art Smith will be emceeing the Grilling Showdown Contest – celebrity contestents to be chosen prior to the challenge.

We will see you there! Bon Appetit!!

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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Chicago Snow Days at Navy Pier

Although we typically turn snow into slush here in Chicago, the weekend of January 28th through 30th we are inviting some of the best sculptors from around the world to come and transform our snow into art at the Gateway Park at Navy Pier.


Plans are being finalized for teams of artists from the U.S. as well as China, Canada, Mexico, Bulgaria and Russia to sculpt in snow for the 3rd Annual Snow Days Chicago, January 28-30, 2011.

Last year’s first place winning sculpting team, which created “Chinese Opera,” will return from Harbin, China to provide an exhibition piece demonstrating the art of snow sculpting. Often confused with ice carving, Snow Sculpting involves three person teams carving 6 ft x 6ft x 10 ft tall blocks of snow to create masterpieces

Sketches of the artists’ plans for this year can be seen here and sculpting will begin two days prior to the festival on January 26. The snow sculpting portion of the festival is produced in conjunction with Snow Visions, Inc.

Other activities include Dog Sled Racing Demonstrations from Green Valley Dog Drivers, a Snowboard Rail Jam and family entertainment inside Navy Pier.

Festival hours are 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday (January 28, 29) and 11am-6pm on Sunday (January 30.)

Navy Pier offers special winter parking rates: Before 5pm – $18; After 5pm – $10

The festival is FREE admission and is presented by the City of Chicago and Navy Pier.

Wicker Park Choral Singers Caroling at the Cloud Gate

Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park on Friday evening. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate to hear the beautiful voices of the Wicker Park Choral Singers, and participate in a holiday sing-along.

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