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Honorary Ralphi Rosario Blvd on Halsted Street

Ralphi Rosario is a pioneering house music DJ, a Grammy Award-nominated producer and soon he’ll be a Chicago landmark.

This  past Saturday  the City of Chicago dedicated a portion of North Halsted Street in Boystown (By Hydrate nightclub)  in honor of Ralphi “The Razz” Rosario, according to Go Pride. Rosario was instrumental in spreading the house music sound as the youngest member of the Hot Mix 5, and later was nominated for a Grammy for Best Remix with Abel Aguilera for their remix of the Rihanna hit “Only Girl (In The World).”

“I’ve never really been a person to hype anything that I’ve done,” Ralphi told 5 Mag in a 2012 cover story. “I’ve always believed that the music and remixes should speak for themselves. I personally do not like getting in people’s faces about WHY my stuff isn’t played or WHY I’m not getting recognized or WHY I didn’t get the remix work, etc.

“I didn’t begin in the business on the intent of winning anything; I did it because music is a very strong trait for me. But this does mean the world to me – to know that not only my peers but all the fans and listeners are thanking me in this gracious way… They’re listening! [laughs]”

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Taste of Boystown September 24th

A new fall event is on the way! Taste of Boystown Restaurant Tour is a delicious evening of menu sampling, beverage tasting & local music – Tues Sept 24.

Visit 10 eateries to sample Boystown’s best dining experiences & 7 other venues to try an array of craft brews, cider, sparkling wines, small batch spirits & even Malort!

A portion of ticket sales benefits Lakeview Pantry, working to end hunger in Chicago. Read on for all the details & ticket info!

Participating Eateries & Tasting Menu*

Chicago Diner
pretzel crusted tofu sliders + german sauerkraut & house mustard on kaiser rolls, potato flautas enchiladas + salsa verde, grilled pineapple pico de galloDrew’s on Halsted
crab cake balls + chipotle mayo, butternut squash ravioli, bacon wrapped dates

D.S. Tequila Company
bourbon chicken tacos + onion strings + jalapeno ranch & scallions

Elevate Coffee – authentic greek spinach feta spanakopita

Fajita Factory – smoked chicken empanadas + black bean corn salsa + cheese mix & jalapenos

FFC Boystown – protein shakes & smoothies

Forever Yogurt – small frozen yogurt with any topping

Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club
tempura shrimp + sriracha mayo & sweet chili dipping sauce, chicken satay + thai peanut sauce

Lark – wood fired neopolitan pizza

Roscoe’s Tavern
r-rods fried queso blanco + wasakaka pepper sauce, mini r-burgers + bacon, lettuce, tomato, sunchoke pickle relish & cheddar mayo

Wood Chicago
grilled persian cucumbers + green goddess dressing, duck liver mousse + crushed roasted peanuts, pickled blueberries, fresh oregano, toasted baguette

Beverage Sampling

Universal Wellness Source | Virtue Cider
brut dry & michigan harvest semi dry cidersMen’s Room Chicago | Metropolitan Brewing

Egoist Underwear | Journeyman Distillery
last feather rye, featherbone bourbon, corsets whips and whiskey, ocg apple cider liqueur

Double Trip Press | Dryhop Brewers
shark meets hipster wheat ipa

CrossTown Fitness | CH Distillery
ch mule, vodka, london dry gin, bourbon & jeppson’s malört

Cram Fashion | Burke Beverage
pol clement brut & brut rose, bulgariana sauvignon blanc

*details subject to change
Buy tickets at http://buytickets.at/northalsted/296613

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Garden Chef Series September 15th

Chef Christopher Tong of My Private Chef, one of Chicagoland’s most versatile Chefs, will share one of his favorite recipes at Chicago Botanic Garden’s popular annual Garden Chef Series.

He will appear on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, Illinois.

People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions, discuss preparation, and come away with recipes that they can try at home. Chef Tong will give tips on ingredients, and serving. And, everyone gets to have a taste! Seating is limited and on a first-come, first served basis.

Chef’s Recipe: Cantaloupe, Bell Pepper and Basil Salad with spiced Shrimp

Admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Garden Chef Series is free. For more information about this Garden Chef Series event and parking fees, please call 847.835.5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org.

We hope top see you there!

 

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.Trained in European-style fine cuisine,
Chef Tong established his reputation at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago. Now he has adapted his impressive skills
to the world of private entertaining. My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.
 
Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities.
Being part of very special occasions makes my work worthwhile.
I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”
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One Night Only Special Dinner Sept 5th

Exclusive Maestro Dobel Agave Dinner

Thursday, September 5th, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. | Chicago

Nothing makes us happier than a good tequila cocktail…and this event has THREE!

We’ll spend the night dining and drinking on El Mariachi’s patio with special guest speaker and field brand specialist, Dean Stojanov from Maestra Dobel Tequila.

For only $50/person Dean will take Lakeview Supper Club members through a 3-course Agave Dinner (see above for menu). *Gratuity not included. Members can bring up to 4 guests at membership pricing.

The password to purchase tickets is: TeAmoTequila

 

> Click Here to Purchase Tickets!

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Labor Day Weekend Brunch at El Mariachi

Labor Day weekend brunch!  Voted  best brunch in Lakeview!   El Mariachi has an extensive menu to choose from +  unlimited Mimosas  for  $25!  Reservations  recommended!

This family has been a part of the community  since 1996.  They serve quality, fresh and authentic food.

#delicious

 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar and Restaurant

3906 N Broadway, Chicago

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Chicago Premiere of CASA VALENTINA by Harvey Fierstein

You can’t go wrong with a play written by Harvey Fierstein!

I mean, come on!  He  does  no wrong!

Casa Valentina was written by Harvey Fierstein which premiered on Broadway in April 2014 and opened in London in September 2015.

Pride Films and Plays’ Chicago Premiere of CASA VALENTINA, by Harvey Fierstein, one of the giants of gay writing and stagecraft of our time. CASA VALENTINA  was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Play. Pride Films and Plays Artistic Associate Michael D. Graham directs this delightful ensemble.

CASA VALENTINA is set in 1962, in an inconspicuous bungalow colony in New York’s Catskill Mountains that caters to a very special clientele: cis-gender straight men who delight in dressing and acting as women while away on vacation. These white-collar professionals discreetly escape their regular routines to spend certain weekends safely inhabiting their chosen female alter-egos. But given the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, the members of this hidden society must decide whether the freedom gained by openness is worth the risk of personal ruin.

Read our playbill here!  Buy tickets here!

Based on real events and infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful, and delightfully entertaining work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of “self-made women” as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden. While the characters of CASA VALENTINA are not men who identify as gay, it continues Pride Films and Plays’ exploration of all things gender related, that are essential viewing for all audiences.

Graham’s cast will include Patrick Byrnes (seen most recently in FROST/NIXON at Redtwist Theatre) as George/Valentina and Nicholia Q. Aguirre (HOME ON THE LAKE with Piven Theatre) as George’s wife Rita, the proprietors of Casa Valentina. Danne W. Taylor, who played “The Playwright” – a character inspired by Tennessee Williams in Pride Films and Plays’ HIS GREATNESS – will be Charlotte. Also in the cast are Kingsley Day (City Lit’s TWO DAYS IN COURT) as Theodore/Terry, Michael Hagedorn (THE LIAR with Promethean Theatre Ensemble) as Albert/Bessie, Robert Koon (FUN HARMLESS WARMACHINE for The New Colony) as Judge/Amy, Micah Kronlokken (HOLDING THE MAN for Pride Films and Plays) as Jonathan/Miranda, Josh Marshall (MACBETH with Saltbox Theatre Collective) as Michael/Gloria, and BethAnn Smukowski (THE FRONT PAGE with St. Sebastian Players) as Eleanor. Jessica Goforth and Casey Coppess are understudies.

CASA VALENTINA    By Harvey Fierstein

Directed by Michael Graham.

NOW   thru September 29, 2019

Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 5 pm.

Premium seats $40, general admission seats $30, student/senior/military $25 (not valid Saturdays)

Pride Arts Center – the Broadway, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago

Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at www.pridefilmsandplays.com

 

Pride Films and Plays produces a year-round festival of work centered on LGBTQ characters or themes that are essential viewing for all. Since opening Pride Arts Center in 2016, with our two intimate spaces, Pride Films and Plays is in many ways the center of queer programming in the Midwest thanks to our award-winning full productions, cabarets, film fests, new play development and special events. Founded in 2010, Pride Films and Plays has earned 36 Jeff Recommendations and Awards.

Working with a small staff, a great group of dedicated artists, and a devoted board, Pride Films and Plays continues to bridge LGBTQ history to works of the most exciting new writers.

 

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Glitzy Show Bar Restaurant LIPS Chicago Opens!

The ULTIMATE in DRAG DINING has arrived in Chicago!

WOWZA!   Gorgeous place and fantastic food and drink! Opulence, darling!

Locations in New York City, San Diego, Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale, now we can experience America’s #1 DRAG SHOW EXPERIENCE for over 25 years at Lips Chicago.

Lips offers nightly drag queen shows and dining experience with full bar.  Every night a different drag queen show including celebrity impersonators in Dinner with the Divas, Twisted Broadway, Celebrity Divas and Dragalicious Gospel Brunch on Sunday. Grand Opening Weekend  was sold out!

Not only do they offer the best in drag queen entertainment, but an exquisite menu from lobster ravioli, Filet Mignon to our chocolate sin dessert and more!

Little Goat Diner’s Tom J Schmitt is the executive chef! Everything  I tasted  was  wonderful.  They offer a  VIP Prix Fixe menu option for $39.95  or  you can order al carte. – Cover charge and minimums depend on what night you attend. 

Lips  offers an amazing ALL YOU CAN DRINK Drag Gospel Boozy Brunch in Chicago  every Sunday for  $30!  Reservations  for any night,  are always  required!

Lips is a Las Vegas-style drag wonderland with Four  massive eight-foot crystal chandeliers that dangle overhead, offsetting pink leopard tufted walls, velvet curtains, and a bevy of bejeweled mirrors. The venue’s stage features a throne — the performers are queens, after all. The 8,000 square-foot space seats 174, so diners should expect a crowd.

Featuring primarily local talent, Lips’ queens will not only serve up a great show – they will also serve you dinner. Doubling as lively waitresses, the entertainers will take orders and deliver meals with a special side of camp, giving every audience member a front-row seat to the nightly show, which will include lip syncing, live vocals, bawdy humor, choreographed numbers and campy comedy.

2229  S  Michigan Ave  312-815-2662!

 

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Cat Film Festival in Chicago September 10

For those who love cats, a special film program, The Cat Film Festival, will be at the Century Centre 7 and Highland Park theaters on Tuesday Sept. 10. Showtime and programs are listed below.

The festival celebrates our love for cats, illustrated through film. Unlike Internet video festivals, these programs are works of art, thoughtfully curated by pet wellness expert and champion, Tracie Hotchner.

The Cat Film Festival is an exploration through film of the fascinating felines who share our lives, creating a shared audience experience that inspires, educates and entertains. For far too long, cats have been the “invisible” part of the human-animal bond and it’s time to shine the spotlight on these magnificent creatures and the humans devoted to them. The Cat Film Festival enhances our appreciation and understanding of how cats share our world, while benefiting cat welfare nationwide.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Locations:
Century Centre 7 , 2828 N. Clark St. , Chicago
Renaissance Place , 1850 2nd St. Downtown , Highland Park

A portion of every ticket benefits local animal welfare organizations Treehouse Humane and Save a Pet.To purchase tickets or for more information: www.catfilmfestival.com

Tickets will also be available at the box office .

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS:

The Cat Film Festival 2019 (2 Hours)

[The films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy for happy endings. The programs are designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children.]

The Pet Effect (2:00) Prescription: cat; Little Works of Art (13:00) Kim Best’s look at Harold “Cat Man” Sims and his self-styled American Museum of the House Cat in Sylva, NC, which houses over 10,000 cat-related objects and honors cats as “little works of art”; Art’s Automotive (6:00 )Erik Dumas’ animated tale of an orphaned kitten who bonds with an automotive repair robot in the future; Akamatsu the Cat (10:00) Ian Christopher Goodman’s documentary about life with a disabled kitty cat, Akamatsu, who was paralyzed but went on to live another 4 vibrant years with the use of a wheelchair; Pure Fluff (4:00) Sean Skelton’s documentary sketch of a professional cat groomer in New York City, who shows how to tackle this combative challenge; Winter Break (5:00) Rick Hamilton’s look at the thoughts of a school teacher who has only her cat for company during winter break; Guardians of Recoleta (21:00) Blake & Adrienne Kuhre (who run their own non-profit cat rescue in Los Angeles) examine the community cats living in the iconic Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery, and what became of some kitties removed by well-meaning American rescuers; Scaredy, the Cat (8:00)  Markie Hancock’s heartwarming documentary about a very shy cat who was adopted at the tennis courts in NYC’s Riverside park but avoids everyone except for a few choice people whom she eagerly greets; Marnie: The Cat Guru (2:00) Anca Vlasan’s philosophical tabby cat expounds on the meaning of life and happiness; Cat Nation: A Film About Japan’s Crazy Cat Culture (26:00)  Tim Delmastro’s documentary about Japan’s extraordinary love of kitty cats; Instagram Cat Mom (5:00) Jess Spawn’s mockumentary takes us behind the scenes on the lengths people might go to for the purrfect photo to post online; Samantha and the Rock Cats (11:00)  Jacob Feiring’s documentary follows a woman who travels the country with her cat show; Mittens from Kittens (4:00) Kim Best’s documentary shows how one woman was inspired by the nuisance of cat hair into spinning and knitting it into useful item; Beth Is Not a Cat (3:00) Beth is not a cat, but looks like one, which perplexes her orange tabby.

*Program subject to change without notice

About the Festival Founder

In 2015 the first NY Dog Film Festival™ premiered in New York City to a sold out theater. In 2017 the first annual NY Cat Film Festival™ followed suit, both events growing out of Tracie Hotchner’s desire as a pet wellness advocate to expand her Radio Pet Lady™ Network’s outreach to educate the public about adoption, health issues and philosophical aspects of pets in our lives.  Today, both festivals travel the country, delighting pet lovers everywhere.

Hotchner is a nationally acclaimed pet wellness advocate, who wrote THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know as well as THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know. She is recognized as a thought leader in improving the lives of companion animals and is the premiere voice for pets and their people on pet talk radio.

She produced and hosted her own live, call-in show CAT CHAT® for over 7 years on the Martha Stewart channel of Sirius/XM until the channel was canceled. Tracie then created her own Radio Pet Lady™ Network, where she still produces and co-hosts CAT CHAT® along with 10 other pet talk radio podcasts with top veterinarians and pet experts.

Tracie continues to produce and host her own Gracie® Award winning NPR show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) from Peconic Public Broadcasting in the Hamptons after more than 12 consecutive years and 575 shows.

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Boystown Rainbows get Landmark Status

CBS2 Chicago – “The Chicago City Council on Wednesday officially designated the rainbow pylons and Legacy Walk on the Boystown strip of North Halsted Street as a landmark.

The designation was part of a package of legislation that had been advanced by the Zoning and Landmarks Committee, chaired by Ald. Tom Tunney (44th).

Tunney was joined by LGBTQ activists Victor Salvo, Lori Cannon and Rick Garcia for the designation.

“I wanted to say the designation will make the Legacy Walk and the rainbow pylon streetscape the only multi-acre site in the world to be declared a landmark because of its importance to the LGBT people,” Tunney said at the City Council meeting Wednesday.

Ten pairs of 25-foot pylons featuring the rainbow Pride flag colors stand along Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. Each pylon has a bronze memorial plaque that commemorates the legacy of notable LGBT individuals and groups.”

DID YOU KNOW??? 

those 20-foot bronze sculptures, and their rainbow rings, lining North Halsted Street were erected (!) by then Mayor Daley.  In 1998 they officially designated the area a gay ’hood as part of his Neighborhoods Alive program. Sure, these faux-futuristic structures are both noticeably phallic (what were they thinking?) and almost superfluous in today’s increasingly gay-friendly world. But back in the late ’90s, this was a big deal.

“When Chicago designated Halsted Street as a gay neighborhood and put up the pylons, that was the first time a U.S. city had officially designated a neighborhood as being ‘gay,’ ” says William Greaves, director for the city’s advisory council on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. “It was groundbreaking.”

To ensure Chicago’s claim in queer history, Daley withstood outcries from straight residents, who argued a gay ghetto would lower their property values (uh, more like raise them!), and even from gay folks, who feared outing the ’hood could cause a spike in gay bashing.  But everything worked out just fine!

 

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The BEST Parties for Chicago Market Days

This Market Days CircuitMOM will once again bring you a weekend of massive dance parties! Two nights, back to back, at the amazing Aragon Ballroom!

The dynamic duo DJs Rosabel are going to start us off right with “Comic Book Hero” on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the historic Aragon Ballroom. This year we have updated spaces for all our guests, expanded restrooms, balcony access, location markers on the dance floor (to help find your friends), and a ton of other surprises ready to go! Plus, this may be our last year for the “SuperHERO’ theme, so get those capes out and show them off!

We had such an amazing response to the first “DRAMA” party for Market Days Sunday 2018 that we decided we’d bring back DRAMA and add even more sass and space with “DRAMA at the Disco” on Sunday, August 11, 2019. Not only will superstar DJ/Producer Hector Fonseca be returning, but we’ve also invited DJ Suri (Spain) to come make his Chicago debut this Market Days. These two megastar DJ’s will be bringing you all the discotheque DRAMA, so be ready! We will be working overnight to transform the room from Saturday night’s “Comic Book Hero” main event into an entirely different space for our disco closing party on Sunday. There will be more lights, lasers, and platform shoes than you can shake a polyester shirt at, we promise.

People of any colour, size, body type, gender, gender expression(s), and sexual orientation are welcome. Bigotry will not be tolerated. Must be 21+ to attend.

GA Weekend Pass: $150 (no additional fees)

No additional fees, however, you must pick up paper tickets in Chicago during the following times:

  • Hotel Chicago on Friday, August 9th from 2pm – 8pm
  • Our official Market Days street festival booth located in front of Men’s Room Chicago on Saturday and Sunday August 10th & 11th from 11am – 7pm
Ticket pick up will not be available at Aragon will call
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NOT TO BE MISSED! WATCH!

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Chicago Market Days 2019 Aug 10-11

Northalsted Market Days® is the largest street festival in the Midwest and Chicago’s hottest summer celebration, August 10-11, 2019.

The 38th annual Northalsted Market Days® is a weekend long festival celebrating life & community in Chicago’s historic Boystown/Lakeview district. The 1/2 mile long festival features all-day lineups of live music on 5 stages, 200+ unique vendors, arts, crafts, food and drink, DJ’s and dancing, sponsor booths, and more!

Featuring live performances by Daya, Icona Pop, Sheila E, Deborah Cox, Jake Shears and more.

 

 

Admission: $10 Suggested Donation – All Ages

Location: Boystown on Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison

Hours: 11am – 10pm, August 10-11, 2019

Public Transportation: A short walk away from the CTA Belmont Red/Brown/Purple Line Station or the CTA Addison Red Line Station

Weather: Open rain or shine, please be advised that severe conditions may delay or cancel performances

Security: No large bags/backpacks allowed, all bags will be inspected prior to entry. No coolers or outside beverages.

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Cirques Volta – Final Days!

LAST CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE HIGH ENERGY AND ACROBATIC WONDERS OF ‘VOLTA’ IN CHICAGO!

Cirque du Soleil’s new Big Top production leaves
Soldier Field’s South Lot on Saturday, July 6

 

 VOLTA, Cirque du Soleil’s newest Big Top production, has less than two weeks left at Soldier Field’s South Lot, 461 E. 18th Drive, with its final performance being held on Saturday, July 6, 2019.  VOLTA is the 25th Cirque du Soleil production to visit Chicago and marks the 30th Anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s first engagement here in 1989 (with Cirque Réinventé).

 

Cirque du Soleil’s commitment goes beyond the performance, as it aims to positively impact people, communities and the planet with its best assets: art and creativity. During its stay in Chicago, more than 500 VOLTA tickets were donated to eight local organizations geared towards at-risk youth, including Children First Funds, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and Golden Key Youth Services, and a recent Pride Night performance donated 15% of ticket sales revenue to Equality Illinois.

 

Following the Chicago engagement, the VOLTA company of 50 acrobats, actors, singers and musicians—along with the 71 trucks transporting the 2,000 tons of equipment needed to set-up VOLTA’s tents and stage—will head to Tysons II in Washington, DC where they will perform a limited engagement under the Big Top from July 26 – September 8, 2019.

 

The show

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score, composted by Anthony Gonzalez from the international electronic group M83, and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.

SNEAK  PEAK  HERE!

Tickets for the remaining Chicago performances are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783). Discover the Hennessy Black VIP Experience packagewhich includes a cocktail reception with open bar and hors d’oeuvres inspired by the show, access to the best seats for greater comfort, complimentary parking, and more!

 

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Summer Menu Items at Fogo de Chao

Enjoy several new menu items this summer, for a limited time, at the fabulous Fogo de Chao! Temperatures are finally heating up in Chicago and the internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão is inviting guests to beat the heat with refreshing menu additions perfect for summer. Fogo’s summer innovations offer something for everyone to enjoy at Fogo, from a new light but decadent cut of meat, seasonal fruits and vegetables to a zero-proof mocktail.

I LOVE WATERMELON!

And they have a delicious Watermelon Fresca Cocktail (Non-Alcoholic): Made with ripe watermelon, lime and ice, this refreshing mocktail is a seasonal addition to Fogo’s non-alcoholic beverage lineup, which includes fan favorites Grapefruit Elderflower Spritz and Pineapple Mint Lemonade. – But you can add a dash of your favorite vodka as well!

And on their Market Table you have to have some of Watermelon Feta Salad (juicy watermelon tossed with feta cheese, summer basil, fresh mint and black pepper) and Tomato Mozzarella Salad (ripe tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and whole milk Buffalo mozzarella).

I also really love cheese! Whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant I love the Queso Fundido! – Fogo does something kind of similar. Queijo Assado: A Brazilian-style cheese that, when grilled, becomes crispy on the outside, yet warm and melted on the inside, finished with a spicy malagueta honey.

A new summer meat choice is Grilled Pork Belly & Pineapple: Smoked pork belly is served with a balsamic glaze and roasted cinnamon pineapple. Simply delicious!

 

“At Fogo, every one of our tables is inspired by the best flavors of Brazil’s farms. Grilling has always been important in Brazil, but never more than during the summer season. That is why our new summer menu launch makes for the ideal time to introduce fire-grilled pork belly and queijo assado, a grilled Brazilian-style cheese, as a complement to churrasco,” said Barry McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of Fogo de Chão. “Our guests can enjoy our light takes on summertime favorites, alongside our year round offerings that have made us a go-to destination for those looking to escape to Brazil on a moment’s notice.”

All summer innovations pair perfectly with Fogo fan favorites like Picanha, the prime part of the top sirloin and signature steak at Fogo, or delicately prepared seafood options, such as Mango Chilean Sea Bass.

For any summertime celebration or getaway, Fogo de Chão offers group and private dining options at all locations. From graduation dinners to wedding rehearsals, Fogo is well-suited for groups of all sizes with customizable menus, private and semi-private dining spaces, and complimentary A/V equipment. In addition, the Full Churrasco Experience is always complimentary for children under six years old and half price for those aged seven – 12.

For more information about Fogo de Chão, the new culinary and cocktail additions or to make dining reservations, please visit http://www.fogo.com.

 

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Art on the Mart and Cirque du Soleil

Have you seen Art on theMART  yet? It is  the largest permanent digital art projection in the world!   It’s pretty cool  to have this in Chicago!

Cirque du Soleil and its current hit production, VOLTA, now playing under the Big Top at Soldier Field, takes inspiration from the City’s 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre with a vibrant, larger-than-life animated projection as part of the popular public art program Art on theMART.   Click here for a preview.

 

VOLTA – a hit with both critics and consumers, alike, since opening May 21 — is a coming-of-age tale, a story of putting yourself on the line, facing spectacular challenges, and discovering for yourself what comes next. As developed expressly for Art on theMART, the projection named “VOLTA” reflects the state-of-the-art acrobatics, kinetic motion, grandiose scale, and human intimacy of the Cirque du Soleil show that inspired it, as told through the inimitable 3D animation and illusions of Chicago Projection Mapping, LLC. and concepted by creative media agency Empower.  “VOLTA” can be seen as part of the Art on theMART program nightly, starting 15 minutes after sundown, through the end of the production’s engagement in Chicago, July 6, 2019.

 

The 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre is a city-wide celebration of Chicago’s theater community spearheaded by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and the League of Chicago Theatres.

 

“VOLTA is set in an urban environment and is inspired by the street fashion and culture. There is no better way to express that energy than by being part of the biggest urban artwork in Chicago,” said Steven Ross, Senior Publicist of VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil. “When we visit a city, we try to get involved and get inspired as much as possible by the local community. Working hand in hand with the Chicago creators and being invited to bring our colors to Art on theMART is a very powerful way for us to connect with the local people and celebrate the talents from here.”

 

“Art on theMART seeks to activate the façade of theMART with a variety of creative approaches that are accessible to all Chicagoans and visitors. We welcome the opportunity to bring the captivating work of the Cirque du Soleil artists onto our public platform,” added Cynthia Noble, Executive Director of Art on theMART.  Watch for more cool visuals,   as they change seasonally!

PRIDE NIGHT  at  Cirque is happening  June 18th!

It will benefit  Equality Illinois  and  you can get 15%  OFF.

Enter code EQIL to enjoy 15% off tickets!

Cirque du Soleil is presenting VOLTA’s Chicago engagement under its signature Big Top at the Soldier Field South Lot, 1410 Museum Campus Drive, Chicago, through July 6, 2019, only. Tickets, starting at $49, are available for purchase by visiting cirquedusoleil.com/volta or calling 1-877-9CIRQUE (1-877-924-7783).

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Penny Arcade at City Winery June 25

Penny Arcade’s one-woman-show Longing Lasts Longer

Tuesday, June 25 at 8:00 pm at City Winery Chicago

 

JUST IN TIME  FOR  PRIDE!!! The long-overdue Chicago debut of underground performance legend Penny Arcade and her one woman show Longing Lasts Longer is a rock n’ roll blend of stand-up comedy and memoir in which she offers perspectives on the effects of gentrification. Arcade’s performance is the same week as the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion and PENNY WAS THERE THROWING BRICKS! (Note, she prefers the word “uprising” to “riots.”)

 

She was on the scene in NYC with Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Andy Warhol, to drop a few names.

 

Arcade, also known as Susana Ventura, is an internationally respected performance artist, writer, poet, and experimental theater maker known for her magnetic stage presence, her take-no-prisoners wit, and her content rich plays and one-liners. She is the author of ten scripted performance plays and hundreds of performance art pieces. Arcade’s decade-long focus on the creation of community and inclusion as the goals of performance, and her efforts to use performance as a transformative act mark her as a true original in American theater and performance. The work she does has always focused on the other and the outsider, giving voice to those marginalized by society. Longing Lasts Longer’s street smarts and exuberance open a crack in our planet’s post-gentrified landscape with its razor sharp satire.

 

Tickets $25-35. citywinery.com/Chicago.

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PRIDE NIGHT at Cirque du Soleil Soldier Field

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL VOLTA  is  hosting a special PRIDE Night on  Tuesday June 188pm at Soldier Field South Lot.

It  will benefit the state’s top LGBTQ advocacy and education organization, Equality Illinois. The rainbow carpet will be animated by Chicago’s top drag queens from 7-8pm!  Use  code  EQIL  to  save  15%  @  Cirquedusoleil.com/VOLTA

Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production, VOLTA, is now playing under its signature Big Top at the Soldier Field South Lot, 459 E. 18th Drive, Chicago, thru July 6, 2019. Tickets, starting at $49.

 

30 years in Chicago

2019 is a special year for Chicago and Cirque du Soleil as it marks the 30th anniversary of the coming of the circus troupe in the Windy City. Indeed, the first-ever Cirque du Soleil touring show to visit the USA, CIRQUE RÉINVENTÉ, stopped by Chicago in 1989 for the first time. This year, VOLTA will then be the 25th production to be presented in the area since the Canadian company first visited.

 

30 years in numbers:

  • Cirque du Soleil visited Chicago for the first time 30 years ago with CIRQUE RÉINVENTÉ in 1989
  • VOLTA is the 25th Cirque du Soleil production to visit the Chicago area
  • VOLTA is the FIRST Cirque show to be presented at Soldier Field
  • Chicago is the 10th city to be visited by VOLTA in the USA
  • VOLTA employs 200 local employees from Chicago for the duration of its stay

 

The show

Energetic, urban and contemporary, VOLTA is a captivating voyage of discovery that showcases never-before-seen under the Big Top acrobatics in a visually striking world. Driven by a stirring melodic score and inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.

 

The Costumes

The stunning costumes of VOLTA have been designed by Emmy Award winner Zaldy Goco, famous for his work with Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

GET A GLIMPSE  OF  VOLTA  HERE

Social Media:

Facebook.com/VOLTA

Twitter: @Cirque #VOLTA

Instagram: cirquedusoleil #VOLTA

 

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Free French Cooking Demo June 15

My Private Chef presents French Favorites
at Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store

A favorite whenever he appears, Chef Chris Tong of the private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef returns to the Bloomingdale’s for a French Bistro cooking demonstration.

Chef will prepare a mouthwatering menu and give tips about ingredients and serving. And, everyone will enjoy a taste of each dish.

Chef Chris will serve some of his favorite recipes:

  • Escargot Bourguignonne
  • Steak au Poivre
  • Haricot Verts
  • Pommes Puree

He will appear on Saturday, June 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Bloomingdale’s Home & Furniture Store, Medinah Temple, 600 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. Demo kitchen on 1.

For more information about this free Bloomingdale’s event, please call 312.324.7678

My Private Chef is enjoying popularity as one of Chicago’s favorite private gourmet dining services.
Trained in European-style fine cuisine, Chef Tong established his reputation 
at fine restaurants and hotels in Florida, California, and Chicago.
Now he has adapted his impressive skills to the world of private entertaining.
My Private Chef offers enticing cuisine for a wide range of events, from 
intimate dinners to weddings to corporate parties.
 
Chef Chris says: “Every event is different and I’ve met some wonderful people including many celebrities. Being part of very special occasions makes my
work worthwhile. I also love conducting cooking demonstrations where I get 
the feeling that audience members will go home and try some new dishes!”

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

We hope to see you there!
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How About Brunch on Monday in Lakeview?

MONDAY Holidays

are getting like a BONUS  SUNDAY!

Whether you are recovering from IML  or  Grabby Awards Parties, enjoy the  BEST BRUNCH  IN LAKEVIEW  on MONDAY!

The Best Bottomless Mimosa Brunch

$25 for unlimited mimosas and it includes an entree from our extensive menu!

ALSO $5 House Margaritas at El Mariachi Tequila Bar

AND $5 Sangria at Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

Reservations are recommended, walkins are accepted.

Reserve today amigos!

 

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

3443 N. Broadway Chicago IL 60657

(773) 661-9893

Reserve today!

www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

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El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

3906 N. Broadway Chicago IL 60613

(773) 549-2932

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www.elmariachitequilabar.com

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Pride in the Park in Chicago June 29 2019

Tickets  $50-$100

GA Tickets All Ages

VIP Tickets 21+ only

Held the day before Chicago’s annual LGBTQ Pride Parade, this ALL-NEW FEST at the Petrillo Bandshell will celebrate June’s Pride Month and will feature top national and local performers.

It will also feature an eclectic mix of food and arts & crafts vendors.

“We hope to build Pride in the Park into something people travel to Chicago for yearly, and something that will add to the already amazing Chicago Pride experience”

A portion of tickets processed will benefit the Center On Halsted. Center On Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

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Mothers Day Brunch with a Mexican Twist

This May 12th, treat Mom to something you know will make both of you smile: a delightful brunch or dinner with you!

Mothers Day Mimosa Brunch
Bottomless Mimosas & An Entree from our Brunch Menu are Included.
Every mother receives a complimentary churros as a way to help say “Thanks!” to all the great mothers out there!
Walk ins are accepted, reservations are recommended!

 

El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill

3906 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60613

Phone: 773-549-2932  /  Website: www.elmariachitequilabar.com

 

 

 

Revolucion Mexican Steakhouse

3443 N. Broadway

Chicago Il 60657

Phone: 773-661-9893 /  Website: www.revolucionsteakhouse.com

 

 

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