Just a TINY BIT of what you missed at Hype 2009!

May 21, 2009

Here it is, just a short choreography reel of just two of the dance crews you missed if you didn’t go to Hype 2009 at DePaul University on May 7th.

Hip Hop Connexion are in red, Nonstop Dance Productions in the hospital outfits.

Check out more videos at the following links or just by searching “hype 2009” in YouTube:

Nonstop Dance Productions (3rd place)

ReDefinition (1st place)

Chicago Tribe

Fusion Dance Company


Chicago Entertainment Videos

May 20, 2009

What to do on a nice summer day in Lincoln Park… recreation, shopping, food and drinks.

After all that shopping and eating you might want to take a stroll through the Lincoln Park Zoo. And the best part is, IT’S FREE!

Summer Camp for Big Kids

May 17, 2009


Still don’t have anything to do next weekend for Memorial Day? Consider Summer Camp, a 3 day long music festival at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, Il. Summer Camp features over 60 bands on 5 stages and offers a wide variety of music genres so anyone can enjoy. Bands from Moe., Willie Nelson, and Umphrey’s McGee to Method Man and Redman will all be playing at the festival.

The festival also features many less well known and local bands. I’m looking forward to Daphne Willis & Co, a band that I have heard many times at bars in Chicago. I am glad to see this band play at such a big event.

Also at this years festival is the 2009 MLB road show and hot air balloon rides. The road show includes an MLB authentic collection merchandise room, a gaming lounge featuring MLB titles on XBox 360 and Playstation3 on plasma screen TVs, live broadcast of MLB games, batting cage, and a speed pitch cage.

Tickets are on sale now for $155. However, this does not include late night shows (of course they make you pay for the good shows). Late night shows are an extra $15 each.

Festival Season Begins in Chicago

May 15, 2009


Cold beer, 80’s cover bands, and a pet parade… What a way to start the 2009 Festival Season in Chicago. The season kicks off this evening, May 15th, at Mayfest located at the corner of Ashland and Barry. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and continue until Sunday at 10 p.m.

One of the many attractions at Chicago summer festivals are the awesome cover bands. Feature at this year’s Mayfest will be many Chicago favorites. Playing tonight at 7 p.m. is 80’s cover band Hairbangers Ball. Tomorrow at 5 p.m. will be hip-hop cover band Too White Crew followed by 16 Candles, another 80’s cover band, at 8 p.m. The festival will end Sunday night with a performance by Mike and Joe at 8 p.m. Mike and Joe cover popular bands from the 90’s to the present.

While Mayfest has all of the expected festival goodies (local culinary treats, beer, shopping, and art), the festival also features a Pet Parade with awards for “Best Looking”, “Largest” and my personal favorite “Owner Look-A-Like”. If you want to enter your own pet in the Pet Parade, registration is at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and the parade begins at noon.

Here are some pictures from the Pet Parage 2004 courtsey of Fuzzyco.com.

Start the summer off right and help kick off Festival Season 2009!

If April Showers Bring May Flowers…

May 15, 2009

Then what do May Flowers bring?

Pretty in Millennium Park!


…and June Fest and July Fest and August Fest and September Fest.

It took awhile, but spring is FINALLY here in Chicago! But don’t you think we’ve waited long enough for spring and we’ve endured enough winter that summer should come right away??

Well. I kinda think so!

For a list of what’s going on this WHOLE SUMMER in Chicago, you should definitely check out Metromix’s Chicago Festival Guide! It lists a ton of things going on in Chicago this summer. Just this weekend we have Chicago Mayfest which even has a pet parade on Sunday!!

Coming up on the 24th is the 8th annual awesome Bike the Drive (which I have yet to participate in!) along Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard. One site says that a public bike rental system like the ones they have in Paris was in the works (and those are cool! Check out this picture my boyfriend took of the bikes while he was in Paris), but is put on hold because of the economy.

But back to our happy topic at hand — check out Metromix’s Chicago Festival Guide. Now you have no excuse to say you did nothing over the summer!

“Is your accent real?”

May 10, 2009

That was what one of the muggles said to the tour guide as my sisters and I approached the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry on Wednesday.

Her answer?

“Of course it’s real. Why wouldn’t it be?”

After that she said the saddest thing: “No photography allowed inside the exhibition.”

So this is all I could get for you guys:

The Weasleys' Flying Car!The Weasleys’ Flying Car!

Fudge Flies and Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts, oh my!Fudge Flies and Chocolate Frogs and Bertie Botts, oh my!

Whether or not you’ve read the books, all that matters is that you’ve seen the movies. You’ll see costumes and props and interactive things to play with, which even for 21- and 24-year-olds (my older sister) is super fun and you get all into it. My two sisters and I played Quidditch against each other and – yes – your one & only won. Bring your friends and play against them!

The exhibition is so very well done, interactive, and very thorough, and many fansites agree. You can read one of the best reviews here AND see some pictures here (HEY! Why could they take pictures and I couldn’t?!?).

For someone who only watched the movies, I think this exhibition is VERY worth it. I’m a bit angry with my sisters and myself because we didn’t look at the food in the Great Hall part of the exhibit!

However, A WORD OF CAUTION! … ok, not really caution. But if you go after 4pm, the ticket price for adults goes from $26 to $18, so go after 4pm! (Exhibit closes at 9pm Sunday through Saturday). There also seemed to be less people there, so you get to take as long as you want.

Another word of caution . . .  a real word of caution! At the end of the exhibit, they might try to offer you one of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Whatever you do, don’t try the light blue one! If you value your tongue and your sense of taste, do not choose the light blue one.

And yes. ALL of their accents are real.

Cohen Wows at Chicago Theater

May 9, 2009


In one of his first U.S. shows in a decade and a half, Leonard Cohen took the stage Wednesday night and delivered a knockout performance.  Cohen filled a two and a half hour set with classic songs from his 4 decades and counting career like “So Long, Marianne,” “I’m Your Man,” and the oft-covered “Hallelujah.” At 74 years old, Cohen’s voice has lost none of its baritone power, and it’s picked up a Tom Waits-like raspiness that only adds to his vocal prowess.  He brought with him a nine-piece band consisting of guitarists, back-up singers, pianists and more, and the band itself was excellent, lovingly performing Cohen’s classic tunes.  The set leaned heavily on his beloved sixties, seventies and eighties material, with a particular emphasis on his first two albums, and 1988’s legendary I’m Your Man album.  The massive crowd at the Chicago Theater, which predictably consisted of middle aged and older concertgoers, showered Cohen with ovation after ovation. He returned for three encores, each time dragging out yet another of his classic recordings. “Bird on the Wire,” “The Partisan,” and “Famous Blue Raincoat” stood out, among others as highlights during a night filled with them. Indeed, even if some of the members of the audience had been waiting a decade and half to see him, I can’t imagine anyone left disappointed.