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FLIGHT Gala

As the doors open to the Four Seasons in Downtown Chicago, friendly volunteers are waiting to greet you like flight attendants in preparation for a flight. You are taken up in an elevator to an elegant staircase, and the sounds of a foreign melody dance in your ears. As you walk up the grand staircase, men dressed in traditional...

Chicago International Film Festival

The International Film Competition featured the French film, “A Childhood,” which was the winner of the Golden Hugo. The film is a wonderfully emotional story about a dysfunctional working-class family, told from the perspective of two brothers. The jury awarded Santiago Mitre’s “Paulina” with the Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize in the International Film Competition. This story about a...

Art Works Projects

What do Chicago Public School students, an advertising agency and an executive director of a major Illinois anti­ violence council have in common? An art gallery.From Sept. 23 to Oct. 1, ARTWORKS Project For Human Rights housed an exhibit titled “Voices of the Unforgotten.” The exhibit displayed clothing worn by victims of gun violence in sculpture form as well as student artwork that...

Under The Gun Theater

Most people are embarrassed that they watch porn and usually view it hidden between the private walls of their homes. But at Under The Gun Theater in the heart of Wrigleyville, a show called “Porn Minus Porn,” constructed by Ben Bowman, has brought people together to view the structure, characters and plot of porn, minus the sex scenes. Under...

Andersonville Galleria

Andersonville Galleria, located at 5247 N. Clark St., is a one-stop shop for close to anything you could ever dream of buying. If you can’t find something you absolutely love, you’re not looking hard enough. With roughly 90 unique booths to shop from on four separate levels, the galleria isn’t the kind of place you spend only 15 minutes...

The Annoyance Theatre

The women of Burlesque is More

Just off the corner of Belmont and Clark, a sign flashing the “Annoyance Theatre & Bar” marks the entrance to 27 years of comedy and performance history. Mick Napier, the founder and artistic director of the Annoyance, could not have expected such ongoing success when he and a group of other performing artists created what was originally Splatter...

The Simple Good

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The Simple Good is a Chicago-based organization that works with at-risk youth to connect their meanings of good to those from around the world. The nonprofit utilizes both art and discussion to not only empower students, but also to help them transform into positive activists within their own communities. This process is done with the inspiration and affirmation...

(re) discover theatre

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Matt Wills and Janet Howe, co-artistic directors of (re)discover theatre, with their team of creatives, are on a mission to revitalize the love of theater among their contemporaries. What started as a small production of “Hamlet” several years ago has now grown into a not-for-profit Chicago theater company that is constantly evolving and is certainly one to watch. Through...

Local Foods Grand Opening (On the Radar)

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Local consumers want local foods.  Local farmers want to sell local foods, and not just at weekly farmers’ markets. Local Foods, located at 1427 W. Willow Street, is revolutionizing the market for locally grown and produced foods using a centuries-old economic solution-- with a twist. After creating a distributor market to connect suppliers (local farmers) to “wholesale” consumers (local...

Marco Foster

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For Chicago altruist and entrepreneur Marco Foster, this is year five. Year five of life without a brain tumor. Year five of extravagant productions and wild parties that both entertain Chicagoans and benefit local charities.Year five of Foster’s annual White Party. One Hope United, a nonprofit organization that aids foster children, is the lucky beneficiary of this year’s July...