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AIDS run/walk chicago, 2010

What: AIDS Run/Walk Chicago 2010
When: 10:00 am, Saturday, October 2nd
: Grant Park (Columbus and Balbo)

Set your alarm clocks so you don’t miss it—the AIDS Run/Walk Chicago is this Saturday, October 2nd. All 500 volunteer positions have been filled but registration is open until 5pm Wednesday, September 29th to run or walk as a participant.

Since 2001, the AIDS Run and Walk Chicago, sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, has contributed more than $3 million to fight HIV/AIDS. With donations raised through this annual event, they can continue fighting by supporting more than 150 invaluable HIV/AIDS service organizations in the Chicagoland area.

On Saturday morning, the 10k run and 5 or 10k walk starts in Grant Park and continues along Chicago’s scenic lakefront—the perfect opportunity to enjoy the views, get some exercise and join the fight against HIV/AIDS now in its 28th year.


our neighborhoods: lincoln park

photo courtesy of: courtesy of: southie3

The neighborhood of Lincoln Park was once native, mid-western prairielands scattered with Indian settlements. When Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837, CB2 Lincoln Park may have been just out of bounds at 800 W. North Avenue—on the northside of the boundary street.

Illinois being the birthplace and ‘Land of Lincoln’, the park was named in his honor not long after his assassination. Framed by Diversey Parkway and North Avenue on the north and south, and the Chicago River and Lake Michigan to the west and east, the area still includes acres of parklands—Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

In the 1920’s and 30s, Chicago acquired its gangster reputation since the notorious Al Capone and John Dillinger called it home. For the filming of “Public Enemies” in 2008, the Biograph Theater—where Dillinger watched “Manhattan Melodrama” the night he was shot—and a stretch of Lincoln Avenue were brought back in time for the true to life shoot-out finale between Johnny Depp and Christian Bale with Marion Cottilard in the wings. Long gone were the midnight runs of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” with a costumed audience waiting to participate.

In 1974, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company—whose name came from a book one of the founders read—performed their first plays in a northern suburb. In 1991, its current home was built in the backyard of CB2 and they often use our furniture on stage. Known for its thought-provoking scripts, many of the nine original members—including Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney, Laurie Metcalf and John Malkovich—are still involved and sometimes perform with the company.

The Second City—where Blues Brothers Dan Akryod and John Belushi performed improv—is where many comedians got their start, including Jim Belushi, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, John Candy, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Dan Castellaneta, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch…

Farther east, just before Lake Shore Drive and the North Avenue Beaches, is the Chicago Historical Museum. It’s a treasure trove of historical information, home to sports jerseys worn by Michael Jordan and Ernie Banks, and features objects that aren’t just about Chicago—they’re items that originated here which later became classic national brands. Including the Veg-O-Matic (1961), Rock-Ola juke box (1950), Lava Lites (1970), and—invented by the son of Frank Lloyd Wright—Lincoln Logs (1955).

photo courtesy of: (nutmeg)photo courtesy of: whgrad


month at the museum

What: Month at the Museum
Where: Museum of Science+Industry Chicago
When: October 20-November 18, 2010

photo by: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science + Industry Chicago is looking for someone to take on the once-in-a-lifetime assignment of spending a Month at the Museum—720 hours—plenty of time to explore the Museum’s 35,000 artifacts privately, and talk about living with them 24/7.

The only building remaining from the White City of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exhibition—which celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christoper Columbus’s arrival in the “new world”—the 14-acre building is the largest in the Americas that’s dedicated to science. Opened in 1933 as part of the Century of Progress World’s Fair, today the Museum features 400,000 square feet of exhibit space and has hosted over 175 million guests over 75 years—but none like this.

Imagine experiencing all that lives and breathes within this Chicago landmark, living in spaces decorated with CB2 furniture and accessories, and sharing your experiences with the outside world via blogging and personal interviews. Check out the specifics here and get your entry ready for review soon—the deadline to qualify is August 11th!

photo by: J.B. Spector, Museum of Science and Industry


jam cafe

In our neighborhood, Jam Cafe is an amazing oasis with both indoor and outdoor seating. A great BYO that keeps menu items affordable by accepting cash only.

Go for the delicious modern spins on classic sandwiches and dinners—don’t miss the CB2 placemats, plates… Enjoy!


pride parades, 2010

photo courtesy of: terry6082booksWhat: Chicago Annual Pride Parade 2010
When: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
: north on Halsted from Belmont to Irving Park, then south on Broadway to Diversey

What: New York City Pride Parade 2010
: 12:00 noon, Sunday, June 27th
: south on 5th from 36th to 9th street, then southwest to Greenwich Street

What: San Francisco Pride Parade 2010
: 10:30 am, Sunday, June 27th
: southwest on Market Street from Beale to 8th Street

CB2 Lincoln ParkWhether you’re staking a claim for a front row seat or in the lineup to show support, break out the SPF 30 for nationwide Pride Parades this Sunday, June 27th!

Chicago’s theme for 2010—suggested by InterPride, the international Pride organization—is “One Heart, One World, One Pride” while San Francisco’s theme is “Forty and Fabulous!” marking the 40th anniversary of their parade.

New York’s theme is closer to home: “Paint the Town Ruby—Stonewall 40”. This being the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and rubies being the gemstone of a fortieth anniversary— not to mention the signature shoes of Judy Garland who passed soon after the riots—it’s a match made in Pride heaven.

Since 2000, June’s been declared Pride Month, so celebrate diversity and March On!

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