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TASS poster exhibit: chicago

photo by: misocrazyWhat: Windows on the War: Soviet TASS Posters at Home and Abroad, 1941-1945
When: now thru October 23, 2011
Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, AIC

Seventy years ago, during the German invasion of the Soviet Union, a group of artists and writers banned together within the TASS News Agency in Moscow to reassure Soviet citizens— and to rouse Allies—via large-scale posters.

Despite the rule of Joseph Stalin, creativity flourished among these diverse artists and writers as they found purpose while working within the totalitarian state.

Committed to the defense of the motherland, artists produced a poster nearly every day of the war with labor-intensive technical virtuosity—some of them 5’ to 10’ tall with upwards of 60 to 70 color divisions.

Featuring 250 posters—155 of which are the large-scale stenciled versions—it’s their first display in the US since WWII.


fat cat bar

In Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, check out Fat Cat Bar. Stop in soon so you don’t miss their refreshing summer cocktails—especially the Uptown Lemonade and Hi-Hat.

Beyond cocktails, wine and beer, they serve appetizers, brunch and dinner—think corn doggys, reuben balls, mancakes, a Thanksgiving Day sandwich—and don’t go home at 3am on a Saturday night without some of their homemade spicey vinegar.

Thanks to seth, lincoln park sales, for this submission.


month at the museum, 2011

What: Month at the Museum 2
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 19 - November 17, 2011
Deadline for Applications: July 22, 2011

Following the success of the original Month at the Museum—a groundbreaking experiment—in fall 2010, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is once again searching nationwide for a new roommate to spend 30 days 24-7 this fall in the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere.

From October 19 thru November 17, 2011, the winner will have access to every inch of the 14-acre Museum and the opportunity to experience everything it has to offer. During that time they’ll be soaking up science and interacting with MSI guests and online fans—and at the end of it all, they’ll take home a $10,000 prize and bragging rights for a lifetime.

The 2010 experiment caught the imagination of more than 1,500 applicants, and more than 20,000 online votes were received to help select a winner. After interviews and votes were tallied, on October 6, 2010, via a science experiment, 24-year-old Chicagoan Kate McGroarty was chosen.

Kate experienced hundreds of the exhibits, explored nooks and crannies, and spent a night in a WWII submarine. Whatever she experimented, dissected, unearthed, discovered—she shared with Museum guests and online via a video diary.

MSI offers thousands of fun and interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind, world-class experiences to inspire the inventive genius in everyone. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education, it also aspires to a larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering.

While the basic premise of the month-long experiment is the same, some additional experiences should be expected by this year’s roommate as fans are being asked on Facebook and Twitter: What would they like to see the winner do while living at the Museum?


bluesfest chicago, 2011

What: The 28th Annual Chicago Blues Festival
When: June 10 - 12
Where: Grant Park, Chicago

Each summer, Chicago reclaims its fame as the “Blues Capital of the World” and this year is no different with forty performers taking five stages over the next three days.

Grant Park is home to the festival where legendary musicians such as B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Howlin’ Wolf, David “Honey Boy” Edwards, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, and Chicago’s own Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy have shared their incredible talents over the years.

Pack the sunblock, check the schedule and stages to make sure you don’t miss your favorites, and don’t worry about tickets—the festival is free as usual and accessible for all so enjoy the weekend!

photo: City of Chicago


bike the drive, 2011

photo by: CGAphotoWhat: Bike the Drive
When: Sunday, May 29
Where: Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

One day of every year since 2002, Lake Shore Drive is closed to motor vehicle traffic and open only to cyclists for 30 miles—15 north of downtown, and 15 south—from 5:30 to 9:45am.

Take advantage of the situation and get prepped—and don’t forget registration is required to bike the scenic and historic route.

Bonus? Proceeds from the ride help the Active Transportation Alliance to continue improving bike lanes, walking paths and transit in the region. So besides enjoying the festival in Grant Park, it’s for a good cause.