This Saturday: Check the Fashion & Arts Humanities Fête

Hello Urbanites!

Do you have plans this Saturday? How about checking out The Fashion and Arts Humanity Fete? This is an event where nominated entities in Chicagoland’s fashion and arts communities are awarded and honored for their notable humanitarian and community achievements. The goal of the event is to give thanks for humane and charitable accomplishments and encourage others to give back to their communities, especially within the Art and Fashion industry. This year marks the celebration of the new organization “The Arts of Humanity”, created based on the platform for Fashion and Arts Humanities Fete. The Arts of Humanities is an educational and charitable organization that fosters the positive qualities of being a civilized human via the study, practice, and observation of compassion, selflessness, and dignity in self and others. Check the event’s website at and buy your tickets at


Below you will find more detailed information about the event:


Where & When
: Saturday, October 26th

5:00pm – 6:45pm Red Carpet Reception hosted by Good Night Buzz

7:00pm-9:00pm Awards Show hosted by Chundria Stanback
The All New Harmony Venue (1908 South Millard Ave 

Who Attends:
In attendance with you will be decision making business and non-profit leaders, community activists, successful and emerging entrepreneurs, and arts and fashion/style aficionados.

Special Guests:

Joining the attendees this year includes as seen on the OWN Network, Six Brown Chicks, Artist Antonio Lee, Paul Bachman, President of Americans for Disabled Americans, and James Flagg CEO of ISAVE.

 General admission seating for as low as $8 with discount.
 Premium seating near the stage, bloggers, media, special guests, and winners for $17.

This year’s awards ceremony will include a live performance from Light Alive!! Infused in the award show will be fashion show segments featuring Chicago’s best and talented designers.

Meet and Greet:
Following the Awards Show, attendees will have the opportunity to meet our winners and learn more about how they can be involved.






Fun Events in Chicago this Weekend: October 18-20

Ongoing: Chicago Ideas Week
Dates: Oct 14-20, 2013
Venue: Multiple Chicago Locations
Chicago Ideas Week brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond. With over 25,000 attendees annually, CIW is the global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem for innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation. See more at:

Ongoing: Fashion Focus-Chicago Fashion Week
This citywide celebration of Chicago’s fashion industry from October 15 to 20 includes a variety of runway shows in Millennium Park showcasing the latest trends in menswear, emerging and established designers, shopping events and much more. Read More

Ongoing: Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. Here is the full festival line up

Ongoing: Chicago International Film Festival
Dates: Oct 10-24, 2013
Venue: AMC River East 21
322 E. Illinois St. Chicago, IL 60610
The festival opens a window onto new worlds to Chicagoans through the exploration of other countries, languages, cultures and different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. Check the schedule here

Ongoing: Chicago Artists Month
Dates: Sep 27-Oct 31, 2013
Venue: Multiple Chicago Locations
The annual month-long celebration is going “In the Neighborhood.” Discover the work of hundreds of Chicago artists through exhibitions, openings, art walks, open studios, performances and opportunities for learning/making. Each weekend CAM focuses on a different neighborhood with a series of art events in curated by a local arts expert. This month, the event will feature the Portgage Park, South Shore/South Chicago, Pilsen/Little Village and East Garfield Park neighborhoods. Read More

Day of the Dead
Dates: Sep 13-Dec 15, 2013
Venue: National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St. Chicago, IL 60608
Each year, the National Museum of Mexican Art hosts the largest Day of the Dead celebration in the country. The exhibition presents artworks in photography, oil on canvas, wood and linoleum cuts, acid etchings, textiles, cartoneria and other media. Altars, installations, popular art, and fine art by more than 60 Mexican artists from communities in Mexico and the United States are part of the exhibition, which includes dozens of works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Read More

10/20: Taste of South Africa with National Geographic at WholeFoods Market
South African wines, dishes, recipes, and fare await you on this special day. Join National Geographic Traveler and South African Tourism exclusively at the South Loop store on this day for a taste of South Africa and lots of raffles, magazine take-aways, and more. Free. Read More

10/20: Third Coast International Audio Festival at Old Town School of Folk Music
A celebration of sound, story and the art of listening… in the dark. Every other fall, the Third Coast stretches its wings, embraces a film festival model (minus the popcorn – too noisy) and presents the Third Coast Filmless Festival – a celebration of sound, story, and the art of listening.Radio fans gather in the dark for themed screenings of unforgettable audio documentaries, plus producer Q&As, workshops and our annual awards ceremony honoring the winners of the Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Read More

10/20: Open House Chicago
The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago is a free public event that offers behind-the-scenes access to over 150 buildings across Chicago. October 19-20, 2013. It’s free! Read More

Fun events in Chicago this weekend

Sorry for the delay of this dispatch my friends, but only good things have been taking my time away from this blog, such as moving into my new place and planning a trip to Peru! I’ll miss our dear Chicago for a few days in November, but I promise to make time and post about all the excitement and fun I will have in Peru (like paragliding in Lima and doing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu!). So without further due, here they are, my picks for this weekend:

10/11: Jovan D. Mihailovic – The Renaissance Man – SOLO Art Exhibition Closing Reception

Jovan is a 78 year old Serbian painter, violinist, writer and theatre director. His visual art is themed on the idea of the Venus of Venice and painted with oil on canvas. The current collection spans the last 20 years of Jovan’s life in Chicago and includes his newest work based on commemorations to Van Gogh and Renoir. Jovan also plays music from all over Eastern Europe as well as American Jazz standards. Read More

10/11: Tango, Samba, and Miami Style Salsa dance events

Tonight, Tango Che is having a  milonga (325 N. Hoyne, dial *05
$15/$20 with class), Swing Brasileiro is playing Samba at Revolver, or you can catch a free casino salsa/rueda class at Dylans. Which one would you like to explore?

10/10-24: Chicago International Film Festival

The 49th Chicago International Film Festival kicked off yesterday at the Chicago Theatre with the movie THE IMMIGRANT. The festival opens a window onto new worlds to Chicagoans through the exploration of other countries, languages, cultures and different ways of thinking, all the while confirming our shared stories and common humanity. Wanna see what the festival has in store for us? Check the schedule here

10/11-12: Pilsen East Artist’s Open House

Coinciding with October 2nd Fridays, the Pilsen East Artists’ Open House is a well-loved neighborhood tradition, open to visitors to the Chicago Arts District. The Open House is a self-guided walking tour of the intimate world of the working artist. Not only can visitors experience the 30+ galleries that comprise the Chicago Arts District, but they are also invited into the otherwise private artist residences. Read More 

10/13: Chicago Marathon

In its 36th year and as a member of the World Marathon Majors, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon annually attracts 45,000 participants, including a world-class elite runner and wheelchair athlete field, and an estimated 1.7 million spectators. This is a sports spectacle that is worth watching. You will feel an exciting and festive atmosphere along the 26 miles of the race. You might even find enthusiastic DJs and musicians cheering up the runners. Click for useful spectator information. My favorite spot to watch is somewhere along 18th Street in the Pilsen neighborhood. What’s yours?


10/13-11/03: Contemporary Dance Made in the Midwest at the Chicago Cultural Center and Storefront Theater

 This is a free month-long series of work by emerging and mid-career Midwest-base choreographers and dance companies. Read More

Ongoing: Chicago Artists Month (CAM)
The annual month-long celebration is going “In the Neighborhood.” Discover the work of hundreds of Chicago artists through exhibitions, openings, art walks, open studios, performances and opportunities for learning/making. Each weekend CAM focuses on a different neighborhood with a series of art events in curated by a local arts expert. This month, the event will feature the Portgage Park, South Shore/South Chicago, Pilsen/Little Village and East Garfield Park neighborhoods. Featured events are:
Celestial Bodies: September 29 –October 31st
Boundless Shores: South Chicago/South Shore. October 1-31
Jazz Brunch at the Parrot Cage in South Shore Cultural Center: October 13
Click here for more information.

10/13: Chicago Humanities Festival

The Chicago Humanities Festival kicks off this weekend and runs until November 10. Its mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. They fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.Here is the full festival line up for October 13 and the other days.  


Fun events in Chicago Oct 1-6

So October is here already! The government shutdown is on but Chicago does not stop offering us fun activities throughout the month. Look out for the Chicago Marathon, a couple of Fashion Weeks and the International Film Festival in the upcoming days. Here are my picks for this week:

Ongoing: Chicago Artists Month (CAM)
The annual month-long celebration is going “In the Neighborhood.” Discover the work of hundreds of Chicago artists through exhibitions, openings, art walks, open studios, performances and opportunities for learning/making. Each weekend CAM focuses on a different neighborhood with a series of art events in curated by a local arts expert. This month, the event will feature the Portgage Park, South Shore/South Chicago, Pilsen/Little Village and East Garfield Park neighborhoods. Featured events are:
Celestial Bodies: September 29 –October 31st
Boundless Shores: South Chicago/South Shore. October 1-31
Jazz Brunch at the Parrot Cage in South Shore Cultural Center: October 13
Click here for more information.

10/1-5: Latino Fashion Week

This is the only full week and tour dedicated to Latino Fashion in the United States, showcasing top Latino designers from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the U.S. Read More

10/3: The Rhythm of Rajasthan Concert

The Rhythm of Rajasthan performs an exciting fusion of traditional rhythms and melodies from the state of Rajasthan. The group captures the romanticism and heroism of the north Indian desert in a visceral hypnotic performance of poetry, dance, and music. The hereditary caste musicians perform the traditional music of the Langa and Manganiar in addition to Kalbelia dance as a component in the group’s colorful and stunning performance.Read More

10/3 5-8pm: Pop-Art Loop Gallery Walk

Enjoy art, beverages and good company in the Loop’s newest galleries. It’s the final Pop-Up Art Loop gallery walk of 2013. Free and open to the public. Read More

10/3: James Bond themed Masquerade Soirée
A party to bring clean & safe drinking water to those in developing nations (Charity Water), as well as to benefit the Chicago Basket Brigade. The Basket Brigade’s mission is to help local struggling families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together by anonymously delivering them a surprise gift of a beautifully wrapped basket of food for the holidays to enjoy.Read More

10/3 8:30pm: First Chicago International Festival of Organ and Instrumental Music at Holy Trinity Polish Church, 1118 Noble St (free parking)

Gedymin Grubba – organ (Gdansk, Poland) and Ian Maksin – cello (USA/Russia)
Tickets: $12 online discount at $15 at the door
Music by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, Janca, Guilmant and Maksin. Portion of the proceeds for this performance will be donated to the music program at the Holy Trinity High School.

Ongoing: Second City’s a Clown Car Named Desire
A spectacular night of illusion featuring brave, multitasking mothers expressing themselves, hyper hipsters competing for the ultimate in cool, and long-term monogamous couples desperately trying to remember how they got that way. Read More

10/5: Opening of Chicago Lyric Opera 59th Season: Otello

The curtain rises on Lyric’s 59th season on October 5 with Verdi’s OTELLO!  If you can’t make it to the opera house, tune in to the live broadcast on 98.7WFMT and streaming worldwide at www.wfmt.combeginning at 4:45pm CDT!

10/6 Art Depth’s Annual Party: Goddess
Artists will be creating on-site during GODDESS – an official program of Chicago Artists Month. Their work as well as select work of others will be presented later that month in a pop-up-exhibit. As always, inspiration will provided by Lady Jack | Lindsey Marks,Randi Russo and Maja Bijedić will be adding something special to this evening! For more details visit GODDESS (Art Depth’s 4th Annual) or

Fun events in Chicago September 23-29

9/25: A Roman Night in Chicago

Hosted by The Italian American Chamber of Commerce Chicago. An exclusive evening presenting The Best Tourist Attractions of the Italian Capital featuring a Taste of Italian Delicacies, Ice Cream, Wines and Beer. Free with RSVP. Read more

9/27-29: Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park
Chicago Gourmet is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. Guests enjoy dozens of live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, gourmet tastings, and book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers, and winemakers. Read more

9/27-9/29: Chicago International Social Change Film Festival
The festival is a platform for untold stories to be told through film and inspire people to create social change. Read more

9/28: Feria del Mole

The world “mole” comes from the Aztec word “molli,” meaning concoction, stew or sauce. To the uninformed, mole is a Mexican sauce.  Feria del Mole  is an opportunity for women (and some men!) in the community to put their skills on display at a community festival. Over 3,500 people from all over Chicago will come to watch at least 40 women and men compete with their home-made recipes to be awarded the “Best Mole in Little Village.” Read more

9/28: Chicago NeoFolk Fest
A concert with local musicians/artists Goran Ivanovic & Andreas Kapsalis, Luciano Antonio Trio, Vivian Garcia, Carla Starla, Vourteque, and RomaSoul. Read more

9/28: Pet Shop Boys Concert at Auditorium Theater
One of the most critically successful acts of their era, Pet Shop Boys formed in London in August 1981. This Great Britain, synthpop/dance music duo became internationally acclaimed and adored by fans from all over the world for their cheeky, smart, and extremely danceable music. Read more

9/28-29: Design Harvest Festival – Chicago’s annual street festival celebrating design.

This one of a kind fest features Chicago’s best local furniture and home accessory makers, vintage and antique collectors, and local retailers of home design. Read more

9/29: Buena Vista Social Club at Symphony Center

Original members Guajiro Mirabal, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo and Barbarito Torres come to Symphony Center for a night of the infectious energy that made the group an international phenomenon. Read more

Fun Events in Chicago: September 16-22

9/16: Krar Collective at Constellation – World Music Festival

If you missed Sunday’s show at Millennium Park due to the rain, you have a chance to see this show indoors tonight! Live dance and music with the internationally-acclaimed Ethiopian band, Krar Collective, as part of the World Music Festival. Come enjoy the diverse sounds and rhythms of Ethiopia tonight at 9:00 – come early for the opening act! Read More

Ongoing: World Music Festival

The Chicago World Music Festival is in full swing until the end of this week. Check the calendar of event for this week here. Don’t miss the “One World Under One Roof – Closing Night” at the Chicago Cultural Center this Sunday September 22nd. Free

9/17: Live Salsa Tuesday at Alhambra- Carpacho Y Super Combo on stage!

Carpacho and his Super Combo started in 1986 with the main idea of integrating the band with musicians from various countries. The objective was to demonstrate the typical sound of music of each Latin American country. The band is succeeding to this end. They currently have musicians from the United States, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Colombia. I have been to a couple of their performances and the band surely puts you to dance all night long. Read More

9/19 Dîner en Blanc
A “secret” event that started in Paris and has become global. At the last minute, the location is given to thousands of friends and acquaintances who have been patiently waiting to learn the “Dîner en Blanc’s” secret place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. Read More

9/20: Chicago Music Summit
Calling all musicians and music industry professionals! There’s still time to be part of the inaugural Chicago Music Summit, September 20. It’s your chance to meet, mingle with and learn from leaders in the industry. Read More

9/19 Particle Party at Adler after Dark
Exclusively for adults, this 21+ evening event offers you open access, unlimited shows, and unique entertainment. For one night a month, the Adler’s Doane Observatory is exclusively open for Adler After Dark guests. This tour of Chicago’s largest public telescope is not to be missed. Music, a cash bar, and the best views of Chicago’s skyline round out the night. The theme for this Wednesday is “Particle Party.” Explore the world of particle physics at this subatomic Adler After Dark. People from Fermilab will be on hand for a special panel discussion exploring the “Three Frontiers” of particle physics-energy, intensity, and cosmic, all of which are radically altering how we understand the universe. Discover otherwise invisible particles with a special Cloud Chamber, check out how particle accelerators work, and enjoy all the museum has to offer-cocktail in hand. Read More

9/21 Expo Chicago
The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, will once again present over 125 leading international galleries at Festival Hall at Navy Pier. These exceptional galleries represent 17 different countries and 36 different cities, offering a broad spectrum of modern and contemporary artwork. Building on the success of the exposition’s inaugural year, EXPO CHICAGO/2013 will ensure Chicago’s place as an annual international fair destination. Read More

9/21 Art for The heart event at The Polish American Museum
Art for Heart is again proud to present Chicago’s talented Polish and Polish-American artists and share their artwork with the community. This year the event runs from Saturday, September 21st through Friday, September 27th with the exciting open night held on the 21st from 7 to 11 pm. Come mingle with the artists, enjoy complimentary appetizers, a cash bar and a live DJ. Read More

9/21 M.A.K.U* SoundSystem + SOULPHONETICS at Navy Pier

M.A.K.U. SoundSystem makes big music that begins in traditional Afro- Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere. Free. Read More

9/22 Learnapalooza in Logan Square
The Learnapalooza Festival is a community-building event offering free workshops and classes lead by volunteers and hosted by local businesses. Read More

Fun Events in Chicago: September 9 – 15

Ongoing until 9/15: Beethoven Festival: Love 2013

A festival inspired by the creativity and genius of Ludwig van Beethoven. Music of all genres fully integrated with visual, performance and installation art of all styles, plus education, parties, great conversations, good food and drink. LOVE 2013 will be headquartered at Merit School of Music’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, with substantial programming taking place throughout the surrounding West Loop neighborhood. Read More

9/11 World Music Wednesdays with Andreas Kapsalis and Goran Ivanovic at Old Town School of Folk Music

Steel string ten finger tapping guitar prodigy Andreas Kapsalis, and nylon string classical guitarist Goran Ivanovic have fused their musical roots with modern, classical, world, jazz, and beyond in this experimental duo. Read More

9/11: 15th Annual Concert for Peace at Millennium Park

Come for an evening of gong and songs. Fulcrum Point New Music Project, commemorates the events of September 11th with its annual Concert for Peace. This year’s program will showcase compositions by South Asian composers. This interactive concert of music for strings, gongs and song features an international processional of Chicago Public School students, the World Premiere of Robert and Kathleen Lombardo’s tribute to Holocaust survivors, “Against Forgetting”, Param Vir’s tantric prayer for peace, “…beyond the reach of the world…”, and “Shanti Paath: One Resonance: One Peace” by Elizabeth Basta and Kalyan Pathak to which you can sing your prayer and ring a gong for peace! Read More

9/12-22: World Music Festival Chicago Returns to Millennium Park and Citywide

The World Music Festival Chicago will once again present traditional and contemporary international music September 12-22 in multiple venues throughout the city. More than 75 free events are scheduled including concerts, live radio performances and interviews and educational workshops. In 2013, the festival will open and close with five days of performances at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavillion featuring the music of Latin America, India, Africa and Asia, among others. Don’t miss the legendary Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra with Plena Libre & AfriCaribe on Thursday, September 12. The festival also includes a Festival au Desert – Caravan for Peace and an all-night celebration (9pm-8am) of Indian Classical Music at the Chicago Cultural Center. Read More

9/13: Cafe Tacvba in Concert

Café Tacvba, one of the most important Latin American rock bands mixes influences from indigenous folk traditions, Jarocho, and electro punk to form a style known to their fans as Rock en Español. They’ll be performing in Chicago this Friday at Aragon Ballroom. Read More

9/13-15: American Indian Center of Chicago’s 60th Annual Pow Wow

Enjoy native foods, artists, vendors, singers, and dancers – ALL are welcome!!
Busse Woods Forest Preserve-Elk Grove Village, IL (Rt. 72 nera Rt. 53). Read More

9/13-15: Riot Fest
Riot Fest is an annual punk music festival happening in Humboldt Park, but This year’s edition offers reunions, hip-hop, ska, folk and rock & roll hall-of-famers. My favorite act this year is Blondie! Read More

9/14: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater 15th Anniversary Fall Concert

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre is a unique dance theatre company that fuses contemporary Latin dance, live music, and visual art to express the stories of American diversity. The company is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the premiere of new works, featuring original live music and contemporary dance. The company does a wonderful work in the community exposing youth in underserved communities to contemporary dance, cultural diversity, and conflict resolution. I had an interesting conversation with Wilfredo Rivera (Artistic Director) and Stu Greenspan (Musical Director) a few weeks ago for CAN TV’s show Perspectivas Latinas. Watch the interviews and some videos of their beautiful work here:

9/15: Guatemalan Independence Day Parade

Guatemala celebrates its independence from Spain this Sunday at noon at the corner of Montrose and California Avenues. Don’t miss it!

9/15: Buen Provecho Pilsen – A Restaurant Tour

Eighteenth Street Development Corporation is proud to sponsor this end of Summer event. Tickets to this event are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. You can sample over 30 different restaurants for only $25. This year’s Buen Provecho! Pilsen will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013, from 2pm-7pm. Read More

9/15: 5k Run for Huaytara, Peru

From the Illinois Peruvian American Medical Society (ILPAMS). Proceeds from this event will be used to for their next mission: to convert an existing small clinic into a Medical-Surgical Center. Read More

9/15: Open Streets Chicago
Open Streets Chicago temporarily closes streets to vehicle traffic, so that people may use them for walking, jogging, bicycling, dancing, skateboarding and more. This year’s Open Streets will take place in Wicker Park/Bucktown/Logan Square. Families can get out and have fun while promoting community culture in a car-free public space along 3 miles of Milwaukee Avenue. Come and enjoy healthy recreation including biking, running, yoga classes, skate parks, interactive playgrounds, and climbing walls. Read More

9/15 The Bucktown 5K
The Bucktown 5K is a 5 Km Chicago neighborhood race that is a warm-up to Chicago Marathon. Read More

Fun Events in Chicago: September 2-8

9/3: MCA’s Tuesdays at the Terrace

Go to the Museum of Contemporary Jazz for free live jazz concerts every Tuesday until September 24 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. A dinner buffet prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering is available each week for $25 per person, and features a changing menu of international barbeque and side dishes created using fresh, locally-grown produce from the MCA Farmer’s Market (see menu details). Tables are limited—call 312.397.4034 or email to reserve your spot. For a more casual evening, bring your own blanket or rent an MCA lawn chair ($5 each) for a relaxing evening on the garden lawn. Hamburgers, house-made sausages and a variety of freshly made salads may be purchased from our outdoor grill along with cold beverages, wine, and seasonal cocktails from the cash bar on the lower terrace. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the sculpture garden. Stop by their outdoor Summer Studio station for a hands-on art-making experience. Read More

9/4: Sounds of History Jazz Series at DuSable Museum – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie. Free.

Bring your blankets & chairs for the last jazzy summer on the patio of the DuSable Museum for 2013! Jazz Treats will be available for you to purchase-Food, Spirits & Cds . Click here for more information

9/4: Mariachi Festival at Millennium Park

National Museum of Mexican Art’s Mariachi Fest featuring: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the first all-female mariachi of the United States, accompanied by Mariachis Perla de Mexico and Real Guadalajara. Last year, the Museum packed Millennium Park with a similar event. This year, they’ll surely repeat that magic. Bring the entire family and experience Mariachi Fest! Part of the 2013 Del Corazón Festival. Read More

9/4: Il Volo concert at Chicago Theater

In May 2009, three fresh-faced teenagers appeared on the popular Italian talent show “Ti Lascio Una Canzone” and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard “O Sole Mio. The boys, who won the competition easily, decided their group needed a name. “Il Volo,” meaning “flight,” was chosen to signify the feeling that these three young tenors were about to spread their wings and fly. Read More

9/4: Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Enjoy spectacular skyline views, live music, fireworks and cocktails at the Shedd Aquarium. Then visit 32,500 animals and explore Shedd’s exhibits, including Jellies. Read More

9/4: Kobo Town Concert at Old School Town of Folk Music

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of classic Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter merging calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instruments with innovative production techniques, social commentary, and indie rock attitude.Read More

9/4: Tito Rodriguez Tribute by Papo Santiago at City Winery

Papo is currently considered to be among Chicago’s top Salsa bands and performs often at the top venues in Chicago, including The Mayne Stage, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Summer Dance, Navy Pier and very often during Live Salsa Sundays @ The Cubby Bear. Read More

9/5 (6-9:30PM): Planeta Azul & Passistas Samba at Chicago SummerDance

Come get an early start on the Brazilian Independence Day festivities as you dance the night away with Planeta Azul! I will be performing with Passistas Samba Dance group for a free samba dance lesson. Take all your new moves and put them to great use as Planeta Azul takes you on a musical tour through Brazil. If you are a hardcore sambista, a forro lover, or just a regular dancing machine, there will be plenty of moving and shaking going on. Come experience the joy, beauty, and vibrancy of Brazil with us! Read More

9/6 Death Boogie at Auditorium Theatre

Death Boogie, the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival winner of TWO Musical Theatre Matters awards for BEST New Music and Best Innovation in Musical Theatre, is a multimedia Hip Hop Poetry Musical that uses projected illustrations and live music to follow the fictional story of Victor Spartan, a blue collar worker turned revolutionist. Read More

9/6-8: Festival de la Villita (Little Village Festival)

Held in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, this 24th annual community cultural event celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. Highlights include food, arts & crafts, music, carnival rides and kids’ entertainment.On Sunday, the festival is the end location of the 26th Street Parade, one of the largest celebrations of Hispanic culture in the U.S. Read More

9/6 Brazil’s 191st Birthday-Dance Party at Logan Square Auditorium

Celebration of Brazil’s Independence featuring live music for a dance party Carnaval style. Read More

9/7 This is Colombia – Networking and Photo Exhibit

Profesionales Colombianos en Chicago presents “My Land, My People, My Culture: This is Colombia” A photography exhibit work of Colombia By Colombians. Read More

9/7 at 2pm: Von Steuben German Day Parade

The annual Von Steuben Parade is the German American Event of the year. It is held in September, when hundreds of participants march, dance, play music or ride the many beautiful floats on Lincoln Avenue and join the festivities later at the German-American Fest.Read More

9/7: Guiness Oyster Fest

Tents housing fresh oyster and seafood as well as other culinary delights from local restaurants are but one highlight of what has grown over the years to become a truly unique post-Labor Day happening. Read More

9/7: Les Nubians at The Shrine

Grammy Nominated international recording artists Les Nubians have intrigued audiences for over a decade with their inventive and glamorous Afropean style. This distinctive sound embodies the timeless vibrations of Miriam Makeba, Ella Fitzgerald, Doudou N’diaye Rose, Fela Kuti, Edith Piaf, The Fugees, and Soul II Soul. Recognized for their colorful auras, Les Nubians’ vogue is a fusion of Funkin’ Fashion and Modern Amazon. Adoring fans pay tribute to the French/Cameroonian sister duo for their continuous flow of jazzy nuances, hard hitting drum ‘n’ bass lines, harmonious melodies, conscious proclamations and humanitarian endeavors. Read More

9/7: Marc Anthony concert

Marc Anthony has sold over 12 million albums worldwide, making him one of the most influential artists of his time and a true ambassador of Latin music and culture. His new studio project titled Marc Anthony 3.0 was released July 23, 2013. Marc is coming to Chicago with his “Vivir Mi Vida” worldwide tour this week. Read More

9/7: Villapalooza

The third annual Little Village Music Festival will be packed with live music performances including sets by world-renowned artist Hector Guerra: the New Revolution of Urban Latin Music, socially conscious Mexico City-based MC Bocafloja and local favorites Malafacha. Read More

9/7 at noon: Central American Parade

The Central American Parade celebrates Central America’s independence, including Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.On Montrose Ave. from California to Kimball.

9/8: Congo Fest at Old Town School of Folk Music

A Humanitarian concert featuring Pepe Felly Manuaku Waku, the creator of Congolese Pop Style. AfriKa Yetu, with the Congolese Musicians of North America, present a stunning range of Congolese music, from traditional sounds of the Pygme forest to the more modern soukous music, with elements of rumba, samba, meringue and Congolese Styles Afro-Jazz. Read More

9/8: Dos Santos at The Whistler

Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty, grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might. Read More

Today: Islamic Art – Mirror of the Invisible World Film Screening


Art can be a beautiful starting point to become familiar with diverse people, places, history, faiths and cultures. Marvel at 1,400 years of Muslim art from countries such as Turkey, Spain, Mali, and Israel, and learn more about the shared histories between East and West.

The Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), and the Chicago Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago) present:

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World Film Screening. FREE
5:30pm, Thursday August 29, 2013 at CAIR-Chicago

Get event details here.

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