Posted on June 21st, 2013 No comments
This Saturday and Sunday Wicker Park hosts the Green Music Fest, an original live music event that connects eco-conscious Chicagoans with eco-friendly companies, products and services. The fest takes place on Damen Avenue between North and Schiller with a suggested donation of $5.
Aside for rocking live music, the fest will feature a variety of local retail and sustainable food vendors. More than 20,000 people are estimated to attend this year’s event. Planning to check it out? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!
Posted on May 28th, 2013 No comments
There’s nothing quite like summertime in Chicago. The summer is jam-packed with events, concerts and best of all… festivals! We’re highlighting a handful of our favorites that are happening this summer in our neighborhood:
June 7-9: Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world.
June 28-29: Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party, annually attracts thousands of attendees and features musical guests the likes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Phil Vassar.
July 10-14: Taste of Chicago, our city’s iconic food festival; this year’s headlining band is the Grammy-award winning group Fun.
July 11-14: Windy City Smokeout, a celebration of country music and BBQ in River North.
July 19-21: Taste of River North, a festival of food and live music right in our beloved River North neighborhood.
August 2-4: Lollapalooza, the world-famous 3-day music festival that calls Grant Park home.
Posted on August 24th, 2012 No comments
Summertime is known for gathering together and enjoying each others company, but no get-together is complete with out the perfect warm weather playlist. Complied below is a mix between today’s hits and the quintessential summertime hits:
“In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry
“These Days” by Dr. Dog
“It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons
“I don’t Want This Night To End” by Luke Bryan
“Springsteen” by Eric Church
“Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men
“Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant
“Laredo” by Band of Horses
“First Light” by My Morning Jacket
“Kids” by MGMT
“Uncle John’s Band” by the Grateful Dead
“Janglin” by Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros
“10 AM Automatic” by Black Keys
“Amber” by 311
“Dog Days Are Over” Florence + The Machine
“Lonely Boy” by Black Keys
“Summertime Blues” by The Who
“Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes” by Elvis Costello
“And it Stoned Me” by Van Morrison
“Sugarfoot” by Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears
“Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix
“Rich Girl” Hall and Oates
“Young Folks” by Peter Bjorn
“Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
“In the City” by The Eagles
“Rise to the Sun” by The Alabama Shakes
“Chicago Seemed Tired Last Night” by The Hold Steady
Take a look at our list and share what are your go-to summertime jams!
Posted on August 1st, 2012 No comments
It is that time of year again where musicians flood into Grant Park for the three day musical extravaganza. Various artists head to the Windy City to entertain the patrons during the first week of August. Lollapalooza 2012 will take place August 3-5. It has been over twenty years that Lollapalooza rockers have been gracing the stages of Grant Park. This year’s headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, and Florence and the Machine. Festivalgoers from far and wide head to Chicago to get a taste of both established musicians and those who are trying to catch their big break. Click here to see the 2012 Lineup.
Along with a three-day festival, the featured artists will be performing After Shows throughout the city. To secure tickets for an intimate showing of your favorite band, click here.
Large festivals can be overwhelming at times. Here are a few quick tips to plan your musical experience for the better:
- Stay Hydrated! August can be rough under the Chicago summer sun and being surrounded by thousands of other people can kick up the heat. Remember to push the water; vendors will be set out around the grounds helping patrons stay hydrated.
- Sunscreen: to avoid the blistering heat, load up on the SPF. It is a necessity to fight off the UV Rays and avoid a painful night!
- Be familiar with the fair grounds. Don’t miss your favorite bands, click here to take a peek at the 2012 map.
Posted on July 19th, 2012 No comments
The 11th Annual Taste of River North will take place July 20-22, 2012 in Ward Park (Kingsbury St. and Erie St.). The event was created to bring in foodies and enjoy the delectable tastes of River North - which also happens the neighborhood where Hotel Felix calls home. Different restaurants and vendors will bring their talents to the park and showcase their favorite dishes for patrons to try.
Featured restaurants include: Moe’s Cantina, John Barleycorn, Sullivan’s, Kinzie Chop House, and many more. Along with the delicious food will be musical performers and artist showcasing their talents.
Five dollar donations will be collected at the gate before 5 p.m. and eight dollar donations will be collected after 5 p.m. For all the details on this year’s Taste of River North, click here. Grab your friends and your appetite and head to Ward Park for a weekend of good eats!
Posted on July 12th, 2012 No comments
The taste of Chicago is hitting Grant Park July 11-15, 2012. The Taste is a large outdoor festival that showcases the diversity of Chicago’s dining scene. Among the mouth-watering filled park, there will be musical performances and family friendly activities.
Some headliners include Jennifer Hudson, Dierks Bentley, Death Cab for Cutie, and Michael Franti. The musicians will be entertaining from both the Petrillo Music Shell, tickets can be purchased on sight and the Bud Light Stage, free to the public.
Along with the music, celebrity chef du Jour will be hosting a three course meal and mingling with the patrons. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here.
For a full list of featured restaurants, musical performances, and activities click here.
Posted on April 13th, 2011 No comments
Happy 20th Anniversary Lollapalooza! Three-day passes for Chicago’s legendary music festival in Grant Park are on sale. Guests can purchase the passes for $215 (August 5-7, doors open at 11 a.m.); tickets are available here.
Alternately, guests can purchase VIP 3-day passes for $850, tickets include access to the Lolla Lounge (an elevated viewing platform), VIP golf cart shuttles for transport, beer and wine, catered food servings, mini-spa treatments, reserved air conditioned restrooms, and relaxed lounge seating.
The official Lolla lineup will be released April 26. We encourage Chicagoans and out-of-towners to stay at Chicago’s first LEED Silver hotel, your very own Hotel Felix. Guests may place reservations by calling (312) 447-3440 or visiting us online.
Posted on December 2nd, 2010 No comments
Coming up Friday nights is Caroling at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. Using Chicago’s famous skyline as a backdrop, a different Chicago choral group will perform each week. Admission is free, and with complimentary warm beverages from Caribou Coffee, you’ll be in the holiday spirit before you can say “Jingle Bells.”
Friday, December 3
Chicago Children’s Choir
The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization dedicated to shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. Today, The Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 3,000 young singers and is America’s largest, most comprehensive organization devoted to the musical education of children. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increased self-esteem, and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards. Tonight’s performance is conducted by Judy Hanson, Director of Choral Programs.
Friday, December 10
Old Town School of Folk Music
Throughout its 50 year history, the Old Town School of Folk Music has taught and celebrated music through cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Tonight’s event features Chicago Tribune commentators Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich, and Old Town School faculty and students in a special “Caroling at Cloud Gate” edition of Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party now in its 12th year at the Old Town School.
Friday, December 17
Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.
For more information, visit the Millenium Park site:
Posted on October 29th, 2010 No comments
Get ready for a night with live performances by the industry’s hottest dance artists at one of Chicago’s trendiest bars. Fusion Radio Chicago, an internet dance station based in Chicago, is celebrating it’s seventh year, making it the longest running dance radio station in Chicago. The celebration is sponsored by Hotel Felix, Absolut Vodka, Roscoe’s Tavern, and Comcast. The festivities will take place at the ever-popular Roscoe’s Tavern (3356 N. Halsted St.) on Friday, November 12, doors open at 8:00 p.m., admittance is complimentary.
The night features performances by the hottest new dance artists on the scene, including Wynter Gordon (performing her breakthrough smash hit, “Dirty Talk”, a collaboration with red-hot artist David Guetta), Kaci Battaglia, Erika Jayne, Vassy, and more. They’ll be tearing up the stage and pumping out their newest chart-topping beats all night long.
Guests must be 21 or older to join in the fun. Don’t miss this amazing Fusion Radio event!
Posted on August 4th, 2010 No comments
This Thursday, August 5th from 8 PM-Midnight (doors open at 8, event begins at 9), a debate entitled The Darker Side of Green explores pressing environmental issues facing the world and all that entails going green. The discussion takes place at The Ivy Room (12 East Ohio Street, Chicago, 60611). David Roberts, the proponent, and Steve Everley, the skeptic, provide educational and fascinating dialogue on green matters with moderator Mark McGrath. Featured musical guest is NYC famous band/DJ’s The Misshapes and Million $ Mano.
The complimentary event has limited seating and RSVP is required for admittance. Please follow this link to secure your seat.