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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Looking for something exciting to do to end the summer? Well there’s nothing better than the Chicago Jazz Festival. Starting next week, September 1-4, the city will be alive with spectacular sights and sounds!

Performances will happen in multiple locations including the Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Grant Park. Some featured performances include Randy Weston and the Chicago Jazz ensemble, Joe Lovano with David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, Roy Hargrove and so many more!

Lucky for you, admission is free! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets! Don’t want to pack a picnic lunch, no worries; there will be food vendors for your enjoyment. Just remember keep your grills, pets and alcohol at home!

Come listen, dance, picnic on the grass and enjoy the most extensive jazz festival in the world! To find out more, including the full line-up, times and locations be sure to check out the Chicago Jazz Festival today!

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One of the most exciting shows in the U.S. will be gracing Chicago’s skyline next weekend. Mark August 20th and 21st on your calendar and make sure you have time to attend the 53rd annual Chicago Air and Water show.

The Chicago Air and Water show is a must see event for anyone who lives near the Chicago area. But I probably don’t need to tell you that, it’s one of the largest spectator events in the country with an average audience of 2 million.

The Air and Water show features a showcase of Aerobatic and Parachute teams, and demonstrations of Military and civilian aircraft. The F-18 Super hornet, the T-38, C-17 , and even some historic aircraft, are just a few of the prominent military aircraft that will be shown.

Some of the more notable attractions at this year’s show include the U.S. army parachute team ( Golden Knights), and the U.S. Navy parachute team (Leap Frogs). Two of the more notable  Aerobatic teams performing are Aeroshell and the Firebirds.

The Air and Water show began in 1959, and has been an annual event ever since. Herb Hunter has announced the show for twenty years and has come to be known as the “voice ” of the show.

In case you can’t make it out to see the show , it will be broadcast on WBBM newsradio 780 and on 105.9 FM,and a thirty minute highlight show will air on ABC 7 Chicago at 10:35pm on August 21st

Admission to the show is free, and its taking place 10am to 3pm both days. There will also be plenty of food and drink vendors available.

For more information on the Air and Water show head over to explorechicago.org

The sound of amplified guitars, bombarding drums and wailing singers will fill Grant Park this weekend.  For the 6th straight year the Lollapalooza music festival is invading Chicago for 3 days of showcasing some of the best artists in the country.

This year’s headliners include Eminem, the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse and Cee Lo Green, but they represent only a small portion of the over 130 bands scheduled to perform on multiple stages from Friday through Sunday.

2011 marks the 20th year of the wildly successful event, which has grown dramatically from humble beginnings of about a dozen bands in 1991. Originally a touring festival, the settling of Lollapalooza in the Windy City in 2005 has allowed for more room and stages to accommodate the many acts and activities that have grown to embody the event.   

Some notable bands that have played Lollapalooza in the past include; The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and Jane’s Addiction, whose front man Perry Farrell is the festival’s founder.

Besides just music, Lollapalooza features a wide assortment of other activities. If you don’t want to go to each and every stage there are several lounges with video screens for catching multiple acts simultaneously. There are also plenty of food vendors in an area known as Chow Town. Toyota is even sponsoring a playground where event goer’s movements will help power a snow cone machine.  

For those of you who are conscious of the environment, a special section of the festival, known as Green Street, is dedicated to highlighting the festival’s green initiatives. There will also be an array of various vendors selling eco friendly products.

There is even a special section for children called, you guessed it, Kidzapalooza. Which will feature an assortment of popular age appropriate acts.

Unfortunately this year’s Lollapalooza is completely sold out, but it’s never to early to start planning for next year. For more information on Lollapalooza check out it’s website lollapalooza.com