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CALENDAr OF EvENTS Calendar of Events JANUAry SNOW DAYS CHICAGO January 28-30, 2011 Snow Days Chicago is an annual festival that features a snow-sculpting competition, dog sled demonstrations, and a “snowboard rail jam.” This year’s event will be held at Navy Pier. FEBrUAry CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE February 2, 2011 The famous parade down Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown will celebrate the “Year of the Rabbit” in 2011. It features marching bands, colorful floats, dance teams and a 100-foot-long paper dragon. mArCH STREETERvILLE ANNuAL MEETING Date TBA The Streeterville Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting brings together business members and partners for the installation of the new officers of the Board of Directors. ST. PATRICK’S DAY March 17, 2011 Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is usually scheduled for the week before the holiday. Visitors can enjoy the parade and the Chicago River, which is always dyed bright green, and then head over to one of Chicago’s many Irish pubs to continue the celebration. APriL ART CHICAGO April 29-May 2, 2011 Art Chicago is an annual international fair of contemporary and modern art that brings together the world’s leading, emerging and established galleries at the Merchandise Mart. mAy CHICAGO FARMERS MARKETS May-October Chicago’s Farmers Markets bring more than 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers to over 20 neighborhoods throughout the City of Chicago. Markets are held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday around the city. JUNE CHICAGO GOSPEL MuSIC FESTIvAL Early June The Gospel Music Festival features more than 50 performances on three stages at Millennium Park, in addition to activities for the whole family. CHICAGO BLuES FESTIvAL June 10-12, 2011 The Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world, unites more than 500,000 blues fans proving that Chicago is the “Blues Capital of the World.” Past performers include Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, B.B. King, the late Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and the late Koko Taylor. 18 2010-2011 STREETERVILLE COMMUNITY GUIDE CHICAGO SuMMER DANCE Mid-June-August Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, this eleven-week festival features all types of dancing, from swing to waltz to salsa. Each event offers a one-hour dance lesson taught by professional instructors, followed by two hours of dancing on the open-air dance floor in Grant Park. TASTE OF CHICAGO June 24, 2011-July 4, 2011 (Dates subject to change) Taste of Chicago 2011 will be the 32nd anniversary of the festival in Grant Park. Millions of visitors flock to the Taste of Chicago each year to try a wide variety of international cuisine and to listen to free concerts in the Petrillo Music Shell. The 10-day festival offers over 300 menu items from about 70 food vendors. JULy INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION July 4, 2011 Chicago celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks at Navy Pier and a multitude of celebrations in almost every neighborhood. AUGUST STREETERvILLE BOAT CRuISE Date TBA The Streeterville Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual boat cruise at Navy Pier, where business members have the opportunity to mix and mingle while enjoying beautiful lake views. LOLLAPALOOZA August 5-7, 2011 Lollapalooza is a 3-day music extravaganza in Grant Park. Past performers include The Killers, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. SEPTEmBEr CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIvAL September 2-5, 2011 A Labor Day weekend tradition, the Chicago Jazz Festival has showcased Chicago’s vast jazz talent for more than 30 years. This free event, programmed by the Jazz Institute, features a wide variety of jazz musicians to encourage, entertain and educate an audience of all ages. OCTOBEr CHICAGO MARATHON Early October Each year athletes and everyday runners from all over the world unite to tackle a 26-mile-run through Chicago’s neighborhoods while residents and visitors gather on the sidelines to cheer them on. CHICAGO COuNTRY MuSIC FESTIvAL Early October Since 1991, the Country Music Festival has garnered crowds from all over to enjoy a variety of country singers and performances at this free two-day event. This popular event has previously been held at Grant Park, Soldier Field and Millennium Park. NOvEmBEr STATE OF THE WARD Date TBA State of the Ward, presented by the Streeterville Chamber of Commerce, the Chicago Loop Alliance, the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association and the River North Business Association, is a special evening with the 42nd Ward Alderman, Brendan Reilly. This event gives local businesses an opportunity to talk with Alderman Reilly and enjoy a lovely reception. THE MAGNIFICENT MILE LIGHTS FESTIvAL Third Saturday in November For more than 40 years, the trees along North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive have been covered in over a million twinkling lights to celebrate the start of the holiday season. The festival includes special musical performances, a procession down Michigan Avenue led by Mickey Mouse and fireworks. CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Late November Since 1913, people of all ages have gathered to witness the lighting of the municipal Christmas tree in Chicago. The event, held in Daley Plaza, is accompanied by special musical performances and sits adjacent to the Christkindlmarket. DECEmBEr STREETERvILLE HOLIDAY SOIREE Date TBA The Holiday Soiree, presented by the Streeterville Chamber of Commerce, is a holiday party for business members where they can enjoy a festive evening, network with other business members and bid on exciting gifts in the silent auction. CHICAGO SPORTS FEST Mid-to-late December Chicago Sports Fest is a free, family-friendly event designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles. Adults and children are encouraged to break a sweat while they play in the interactive zones, such as the obstacle course, 40-yard dash, baseball or wall climbing.
Entertainment ENTErTAiNmENT Streeterville offers an exciting variety of off-Broadway productions at theaters outside of Chicago’s traditional Theater District. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier entertains guests with a broad spectrum of theatrical performances, including selections from William Shakespeare’s 38-play canon and new classical plays. This 550-seat theater runs a 48-week season and attracts over 225,000 audience members annually. Streeterville also welcomes Broadway Playhouse, a new, modern theater located at Drury Lane Water Tower’s former location, 175 E. Chestnut St. In its first year, this intimate, unique theater will feature productions including “Traces,” an acrobatic spectacle from the French Canadian company “7 Fingers” and a newly adapted version of Stud Terkel’s musical, “Working.” In addition, the Lookingglass Theater, located in the Water Tower Water Works building, 821 N. Michigan Ave., produces many small-scale, intimate performances. The theater seeks “to redefine the limits of theatrical experience and to make theatre exhilarating, inspirational and accessible to all,” according to www.lookingglasstheatre.org. Past productions have included “No Child,” “The Arabian Nights” and “Lookingglass Alice.” 2010-2011 STREETERVILLE COMMUNITY GUIDE 19