How to be an Artistic Entrepreneur


Are you an emerging artist looking for guidance on how to get to the next level? Perhaps you want to learn how to take better pictures of your work? how about opening your own store?
Well, then come to this amazing FREE event:
How to be an Artistic Entrepreneur 101
(3339 N. Lincoln Ave)

There will be four guest speakers to help you become a better Entrepreneur. They will also have free food, wine, and even a musical performance.


5-6PM: Make and Take
6:15-6:35pm: How to sell your work on by Rebecca George
6:45-7:05PM: How to start your retail shop by Nicole Northway
7:30-7:50PM: Better pictures with a Demo Photography by Kat Wisnewski
8PM: MusicalPerformance

Whole Foods
One Strange Bird

July 13: Tour de Fat comes to Chicago

A Ballyhoo of bikes and beer, Tour de Fat is a fundraising event whose mission is to connect people with bikes, beer, and community, while having a good ol’ time. Ready or not, the Tour de Fat will be stopping at 12 U.S. cities this year, spreading the good word about the awesomeness of the mighty bicycle and a simple, honest way of living. Read More

Recommendations for the Week of July 4th

FireworksIndependence Eve Celebration at Grant Park Music Fest: Wednesday

Kick back and enjoy a beautiful evening in the park as The Grant Park Music Festival presents a free Independence Day Celebration featuring the Grant Park Orchestra in Millennium Park, 6:30 p.m.

7/3: Bhangra Party with DJ Rekha

She was named the Ambassador of Bhangra by the New York Times and is coming to Chicago this Independence Day week. Read More

Fourth of July Fireworks

Watch the sky light up during a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to a patriotic score on Lake Michigan. Read More

7/4-7/7: Chicago Tango Week

All night milongas, teachers, performers, live music + chacarera workshops. Read More

7/4-7/7: African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

Enjoy spectacular music, food, arts, crafts, and more at this family-friendly event, now in its 21st year. You can see over 70 acts, featuring the best of Reggae, Caribbean, Latin, African, Rock, Pop, R&B, Gospel and other world music entertainers! Read More

7/4:”Grease” Sing-along

The original high school musical returns to the Music Box Theatre this Independence Day! Wear your best poodle skirt and saddle shoes, biker jacket and shades, and bring your heartiest vocals for a rollicking ’50s sing-along. Read More

7/5: Wavefront Music Festival

Lather up the sunscreen, throw on your favorite swimsuit, rock your shades and get ready to dance as Montrose Beach turns into the hottest beach club in the city! This electronic dance music festival will feature the hottest DJs in the country. Read More

Ongoing: Chicago SummerDance Fest

Show your best moves on Chicago’s urban dance space! Enjoy two hours of live music and dancing on a 4,900 square-foot, open-air dance floor designed by artist Dan Peterman out of 100% recycled materials. Need a refresher? Each dance session is preceded by an introductory one-hour dance lesson. Read More

7/6: 4th pf July Dance Party with Sones de Mexico

Son Jarocho International Exchange project, this concert will feature Chicago bands Sones de Mexico Ensemble and Son Monarcas featuring the music of Veracruz. Special guest Andres Flores from the group Chuchumbe on jarana and pandero joins the cast direct from Veracruz. This concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and support from the Mexican Tourism Bureau, and it takes place at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. Admission is $15. For tickets go to

How to Have Fun in Chicago Next Week

June 24 at 9:30pm: Divina Natura Italian light show. Free

This event promises to be super cool. To celebrate the Year of Italian Culture, the Field Museum’s grand façade will transform into a mesmerizing panorama of light created by internationally renowned Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli. Through a magical performance of music, poetry, and spectacular light projections, Rotelli will showcase his contemporary twist on Dante’s “Divine Comedy” that celebrates the history and achievements in Italian culture. Divina Natura will incorporate projected text and images that will interact with the building’s classical architectural elements, taking attendees on a voyage that delves into the mind of Dante and his struggle through the sinful circles of hell. The event will incorporate spoken word with readings by respected poets, both in English and a variety of global tongues, and the sonic atmosphere will include a soundtrack by soprano Karolina Dvorakova and a soundtrack by Adrian Leverkuhn and Thomas Masters.


June 24: 1st day of Flamenco Dance Summer Sessions with Clinard Dance Theater. 20% off  beginning level lessons for Chicago Urbanite followers. 

If you have ever been to one of Las Guitarras de Espana show, you have seen Wendy Clinard, the Artistic Director of Clinard Dance Theater, perform with them (see below). Wendy is offering a  7-week Flamenco dance summer session that culminates in a performance at the National Museum of Mexican Art with special guest singer Alfonso Cid. Get 20% off when you mention Chicago Urbanite when you register. Click here for more information. 

June 25 (8-10:15pm): Chicago Full Moon Jam Chicago  at lakefront park, between Foster and Lawrence Avenues. Free

The Chicago Full Moon Jams began in 2004 with a group of friends coming together to celebrate a simple birthday. Since then, it has grown into a monthly celebration, bringing together a diverse community of performers, musicians and spectators. Once the sun sets, dozens of fire dancers perform to music provided by local percussionists, using performance tools such as poi (a set of chains with weighted ends), staff, hula hoops and fans. Fire spinners include everyone from hobbyists to professional performance artists. The whole thing feels very tribal and earthy. Bring a percussion instrument and join one of the drum circles or just joining them as a dancer in the middle! The jams take place during the warm months on the night of the full moon falling between Sundays and Thursdays. They begin at sundown and end at 10:15pm. Go HERE for detailed jam schedule.

June 27: 1st day of SummerDance Fest. Free

My favorite festival – and the largest annual outdoor dancing series in the United States – starts this Thursday.  This a great public space that congregates a very diverse crowd: you will see people from different ethnicities, backgrounds, and ages getting together to dance with music from around the world, and all for free! Thanks Chicago! My recommendation: Mark your calendar for Romanian Fanfare Ciorcalia concert on July 12. It will be a blast! Click here for the complete calendar.

June 28-30: Milwaukee Ave Arts Fest. $5 suggested donation

This fest is a celebration of the art, music and culture of  trendy Logan Square. It has  great drinks and food from some of Logan Square’s most renowned restaurants. There is also a global funk dance after-party happening on the 29th .Get all the scoop here.

June 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM  Bronzeville Historic Bike  Tour. $25-35

The bikes will be hitting the streets of Bronzeville to visit historical sites, like Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole Homes.  Enjoy food, jazz and big fun! Tickets are available through Eventbrite

June 30 at 1am: The L.A.T.E Bike Ride. Prices vary

Friends of the Parks’ L.A.T.E. Ride is a 25 mile, fun-filled tour of Chicago offering a unique nocturnal experience.  The LATE Ride starts at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 30 at the Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park (Columbus and Congress Avenues).  From there, the course follows a route that winds through a dozen of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods including Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Lincoln Square, culminating in a sunrise trek down the Lakefront Trail. Click here for more information.

June 30 at noon: Chicago Pride Parade at the intersection of Broadway and Montrose. Free

I ALWAYS have a such a great time at this parade!  (see picture below). Funny, colorful, and loving people get together to celebrate Chicago’s LGBT community.  The parade will feature 200 registered entries such as floats, decorated vehicles and marching groups representing organizations, groups, businesses, elected government officials and individuals. Click here for more information.

Gay Pride Parade

June 21: Make Music Chicago, Thai Fest, Ian Maskin and Las Guitarras de España


Summer Solstice, the official start of summer in the Northern hemisphere, is June 21st and marks the start of my favorite season in Chicago as well as the beginning of a very busy cultural agenda. There are so many activities going that it could get overwhelming! I will try to feed you bits of it at each post so you can keep up with them. These are my picks for June 21st.

Thai Fest (June 19-21). Discover a glimpse of Thailand right in the heart of Chicago. Once a year, you can indulge yourself with mouth-watering hot and spicy authentic Thai food, Thai traditional dance and classical music, exciting Muay Thai, pampering Thai traditional massage, soothing oriental fragrance of Thai orchid, refreshing Thai coconut juice and a blow-away-your mind Thai fashion show.
11am-6pm Free admission.
Federal Plaza Square, 219 S. Dearborn, (Adams St. and Dearborn St.) Chicago. Click here for the festival’s schedule.

Make Music Chicago (June 21st): This is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21st, like its international French counterpart Fête de la Musique (also known as World Music Day) that happens around the world. Throughout the day, people of all ages and from all backgrounds – beginners, amateurs, professionals, and marquee artists – gather in Chicago’s public spaces to make music of all genres. Click here for this year’s schedule.

Cello and flamenco with Ian Maskin, las Guitarras de España and Wendy Clinard(June 21st): Flamenco dancer Wendy Clinard and Russian-born/Chicago-based cellist Ian Maksin will join Las Guitarras de Espana for an evening of flamenco, world music, Spanish folk and classical music at City Winery. Click here for more information.

Iris devoilée (June 21st): Eastern and Western musical traditions entwine in the Chicago premiere of the sensuous Iris devoilée by Chinese composer Qiqang Chen. This show is part of the Grant Park Music Fest. Click here for more information.

Come to the Puerto Rican Day Parade and Learn How to Dance Bomba!


Title: 31st Fiestas Puertorriqueñas Location: Humboldt Park Dates: June 13-16, 2013
Puerto Ricans are the second biggest Latino community in Chicago (more than 113 000 according to the 2000 census). This community, whose presence in the Windy City dates back to the 1940s, is celebrating the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade and Festival this weekend. This event takes place along Paseo Boricua on Division Street (between California and Western Ave) in Humboldt Park, a neighborhood considered as the heart of all things Puerto Rican in Chicago. The festival honors the nearly 4 million inhabitants of Puerto Rico and all people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing in the mainland U.S. This celebration has become the largest attended Latino festival in the city of Chicago and in the Midwest. It features four days of fun, food, and festivities.
Also, tomorrow Saturday June 15, the fest will be the epicenter of the Puerto Rican People’s Parade, which starts at noon at Division and Western Avenue. if you go to he People’s parade tomorrow, stop by Africaribe Open House between 11am and 3pm on Paseo Boricua. Get a quick tour, stay for their free workshop and join them for a Bombazo! Bring your drums, chairs, and Bomba skirts. You don’t know about Bomba? Then click here. It is music that will make your body dance. You will have a great time trying it! Here is the link with more information about this event: And here is the schedule for the festival entertainment:

Festival Entertainment
2:00PM – Open Cut Ribbon Ceremony
3:00PM – Welcome & Pastors Presentation
3:30PM – House Music by DJ Rafy
4:30PM – Tito Vega (Christian)
5:30PM – Orquesta Nissi (Christian)
6:30PM – Freddy Kenton
8:00PM – Willie Garcia y su Orq. Sabor

5:00PM – Omi Kennedy “El mas Completo”
6:00PM – Plena Libre
7:30PM – Luisito Carrion

1:00PM – House Music by DJ Rafy
2:00PM – Anthem & Speeches
3:15PM – Carlitos Rey celebrando 40 años
4:30PM – Asi Somos
6:00PM – Duelo de Soneros
(Kayvan Vega, Sammy Gonzalez & Cano de Sabana Seca)
7:30PM – Orquesta Mulenze

11:00AM – Misa (Mass)
12:30PM – Show Jibaro
1:30PM – BomPleneras
2:45PM – Mambo Seven
4:00PM – The Juke Box (Beatles tribute)
5:45PM – Grupo KARIS
7:30PM – NG2

Join the World Naked Bike Ride Chicago Tonight

word naked bike ride

Tonight the World Naked Bike Ride rolls across the globe promoting freedom from oil and the beauty of people in hundreds of cities. This year is the 10th annual Wold Naked Bike Ride in Chicago. Chicago’s ride runs for 14 miles and draws over a thousand participants.  If you want to join them, just jump on a bike, lace up those skates or grab a long board! As long as you travel by the power of your body and conscience you can roll with this group. Bare-as-you-dare outfits range from fanciful costumes, body paint and undies, to nothing at all. Yes, that’s right, you can get naked tonight and tour this great city to be cheered on by thousands like a rock star.

Here  are the organizers’ instructions on how to join this ride:

PARTICIPANTS must show Person-Powered Wheels.

FANS see  @ChiNakedRide  #WNBRC

CHECK-IN (Today, Sat Jun 8, 6pm):
900 West Adams – Mary Bartelme park – Participants on people powered wheels will be forwarded to start location. Do NOT show up naked.

LEAVING EARLY (8pm):Ride leaves before sunset for slightly better light and warmth. DON’T BE LATE! Or we will leave you behind. Make sure your bike’s ready and that you’re capable of 14 miles in under three hours (slow to medium pace, stops often).

CROWDING:Weather and publicity and history may bring record turnout. Pro Tip is to come pre-decorated, hang streetside, and disrobe upon launch. However, if you arrive early, we have body painting supplies on hand.

GAWKERS:We invite the public to join us in protesting British Petroleum’s abuse of our planet when we give the station at Fullerton & Ashland a big swirlie. Please keep in mind to not ride too close to bystanders, a lot of people just want to high five you, but some might slap more than your hand, so be careful and stay to the center of the road to avoid being grabbed.

Visit or text WHERE to to follow the action live.



Tomorrow: Latino Networking Event at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Just a quick note to let you know of a great Latino networking event happening at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra tomorrow starting at 6:30 pm. It includes a performance by conductor Jose Mena featuring Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos work titled Amazonas, the story of a beautiful girl who bathes in the Amazon river only to be swallowed by a monster.
Prime seating starts at $35. Call 312-294-300 and mention the promo code NETWORK.


This Saturday: 80s and 90s Party of the Americas!

Party of the Americas

Brace yourself, because I will take you on a trip down memory lane! Come prepared to sing and dance to popular music from the 80s, 90s and beyond.

We will mix and celebrate musical genres, time periods, and languages from all of the Americas.

Se vale todo/anything goes as long as it is popular and danceable!

Our DJ  is open to special requests, so if you have any song you want to hear that evening, just post it here and we will pass it along to add it to the playlist.

Saturday May 4, 2013

10pm- 2am


Little Bucharest Bistro
3661 N Elston Chicago IL 60618

We welcome party-goers who want to wear costumes of famous singers and fashion of the era. BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN DOING IT! 🙂

RSVP on Chicago Urbanite’s Facebook page.

Join a dance flashmob in Chicago on Valentine’s Day

On the day of Love, show some love and join this dance flashmob to stop violence against women. Rosetta Magdalen from Flamenco Chicago Dance Studio LLC is organizing this event as part of a global initiative called “One Billion Rising”.  V-Day, the organization behind this initiative, is inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. According to their website:

By being a part of One Billion Rising we will all discover our solidarity and the scope of this issue. We will come to know that ending violence against women is important and it is not a local issue or particular to any culture or religion. We will come to see what is possible. When One Billion bodies rise and dance on 14 February 2013, we will join in solidarity, purpose and energy and shake the world into a new consciousness.

The event will take place  this Thursday, Feb. 14 at Union Station with flash mob occurring at 5 and 5:30pm. There is a rehearsal today from 2pm to 4pm at Flamenco Chicago Studio (2914 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago). If you can’t make it to rehearsal, here is the video you can use to rehearse the choreography at home:


And this is the song that will be used for the dance flashmob around the world:


Want to participate?  Visit the Facebook event page for details:

In addition to this flashmob there are other events happening in Chicago. Click here for additional information.


Strike Dance Rise
Strike Dance Rise