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



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.

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!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… T-Rex, a stone, and a pig?

May 3, 2009

So on Wednesday after our awesome Online Journalism I class, I had time to kill before meeting up with friends. I decided to walk down Michigan Ave, through Millennium Park in hopes to get inspired for a blog post (and lookie here, I did), and then go wherever my feet would take me.

I saw the usual: tourists walking around, ducks in the Crown Fountain, annoying high schoolers thinking they’re allthat&abaggachips making dumb poses in front of…

Some very interesting sculptures.

Windy City Dinosaur by Sui Jianguo and Shen Shaomin
Windy City Dinosaur
by Sui Jianguo & Shen Shaomin

Jia Shan Shi No. 46 by Zhan WangJia Shan Shi No. 46
by Zhan Wang

Valiant Struggle by Chen Wenling
Valiant Struggle
by Chen Wenling

I’ve never seen these sculptures before and — when you see the pictures, you’ll see — they’re very eye-catching. The one with a crane and a pig (as I described it to myself) definitely caught my attention (as it’s supposed to do). I had no idea what it meant, but it looked interesting. When I looked it up online, I saw that it’s called Ying Yong Feng Dou and that there’s so much more to it than looking cartoonistic (is that even a word? It is now…).

Millennium Park unveiled these four sculptures by Chinese sculptors (I only saw three; the fourth wasn’t done yet) on April 9, 2009, courtesy of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Boeing Galleries and will have them until October 2010. According to one blogger’s review,

“In addition to being an acclaimed venue for public art, Millennium Park has a populist mandate, and the balance between popular appeal and artistic excellence is a difficult one. Chen Wenling’s “Valiant Struggle,” one of four new large-scale sculptures from China introduced into the park, is a critique of an increasingly capitalistic and consumerist Chinese society, but the funhouse aesthetic, especially in the park, reduces the sentiment.”
The Chicago Art Blog.

See more pictures and read reviews of the sculptures at art.newcity.com and Chicago Outdoor Sculptures.

Or, go check it out for yourself! Chicago’s weather look like it’s seeing brighter days so there’s no excuse!

The High Price of Art

April 29, 2009

Are you on a budget and trying to experience the arts in Chicago? If you answered yes, steer clear of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute is raising their admission price from $12 to $18 starting May 23. The price increase will be in effect after a week of free admission celebrating the opening of the new Modern Wing.

The Art Institute is increasing the admission fee in response to an “overall rise in operating costs for the museum”. To compensate for the higher admission fee The Art Institute is eliminating costs for special exhibitions and the checkroom.

For those of us on a budget, don’t fret, the Art Institute offers free admission at certain times during the week. Every Thursday after 5 p.m. throughout the year and Fridays during the summer after 5 p.m. the museum is free to enter. In addition, the whole month of February is free to enter. If you wanted to see the new Modern Wing your best bet is to go during opening week from May 16th to May 22nd when the museum will have no admission fee.

If your still trying to go to the Art Institute during normal hours parts of the museum are accessible for free. The North and South gardens, the new sculpture terrace on the third floor of the Modern Wing, and the new Ryan Education Center in the Modern Wing are all open free of charge.