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Chicago will play a big role in the 56th Grammy Awards in late January. Many of the marquee notables with links to the city were nominated Friday. Kanye West received a best rap album nod for “Yeezus,” which pits him against Drake, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. “New Slaves,” the album’s first
Glee isn’t just a TV show. It’s a lifestyle. Want more? Drop in on the Chicago Community Chorus to see how the city’s usually-very-segregated North, South and West sides come together to sing in harmony. Then, read my story here to learn about the upcoming concerts.
Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced its 2014 schedule of “marquee festivals” today. Time fill in the blanks on your calendars for the coming year! Here are highlights. The complete calendar can be found at cityofchicago.org/dcase (dates can be subject to change). Jan 3-5: Chicago WinterDance (dance lessons and live
Chicago is known for many things: Gibson’s steak, Kanye’s attitude, Oprah’s advice and now? Pop up purses. Fashion duo Jen Gerenraich and Lori Wallis, also known as JGeren, are launching a new line of city-inspired purses, pouches and satchels created exclusively with locally sourced- and locally-tanned cows. The hand-stitched pieces, though pricey, showcase a quality
Someone has finally purchased the mansion that R. Kelly built in Olympia Fields. According to The Chicago Tribune, an Isley brother bought it. Calls to Ziggy Realty and to 21 Century Realty were not returned, but it’s certainly true that the property has been on the market for years since Kells lost it in a
Producers of a three-day electronic festival held in Joliet said they will not return to the area next year, but promise a new festival will take place in the Chicago area in 2015. The festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, took place May 24-26 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet. According to media reports, 30 concertgoers were
In the midst of everything going on in the world, I couldn’t help but to notice that next summer’s Chicago stop of boy band of the moment, One Direction, is currently trending on Twitter. This is notable primarily because the concert isn’t until August 29, 2014 and tickets don’t go on sale until Dec. 7.
Tuesday marks the 250th birthday of Chicago historical figure John Kinzie, a Canadian fur trader who eventually became one of the first permanent, European settlers of Chicago in the early 1800s. (Kinzie Street is named in his honor.) To celebrate the milestone and the upcoming opening of the Kinzie Hotel (currently known as the Amalfi
Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith and his wife Kelly-Rae will be hosting a charity concert benefittig Keith Relief and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana on Jan 20 at Joe’s Bar, 940 W. Weed. The concert headliner is country star Lee Brice (“A Woman Like You” and “Love Like Crazy”). “The amazing generosity
The Flaming Lips “Peace Sword” (Warner Bros.) This new installment from the Flaming Lips is being marketed as an EP, but at about 36 minutes, it could be seen as their second full-length album this year. Following on the heels of “The Terror,” the band’s bleak opus released in April, this six-song collection, in stores