Celebrating Chicago: An Exaltation of Place

Today’s entry for the 175 Days to Love Chicago celebrates the Grant Park Chorus, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To kick off this season, the Chorus will give two performances (tonight at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park) of An Exhalation of Place, which is inspired by Chicago history.  According to the the Chicago Tribune article Grant Park premiere brings newsy note to chorus’ golden anniversary celebration (dated June12, 2012) the chorus will actually be singing headlines at its performances.  The article also says that this is one of two pieces commissioned specifically to celebrate the golden anniversary.  I also learned about the Grant Park Orchestra, which was founded in 1943.  Looks there might have to be 70 year celebration for that group next year.

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Celebrating Chicago: My Day Two

Today’s reason to love Chicago is the celebration of the American Spanish Dance & Music Festival.  This festival is sponsored by Ensemble Espanol, a Center for Spanish Dance and Music at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).  So here’s what I learned about how NEIU impacts Chicago:

Day One for Me

Today is Day One for Me in launching this blog for my summer school class. Of my disparate interests, I love knitting/crocheting, reading, history, and volunteering in various communities.  I constantly wonder at how individuals and society as a whole define community, and how that gives texture to our lives.  One interesting lens through which to consider community is through the City of Chicago‘s Office of Tourism‘s 175 Days to Love Chicago project to celebrate the 175 years since Chicago’s founding.  The Office provides scads of information on cultural, historical, and just plain fun events across cost, class, and interest spectrum for locals and visitors alike, which is unique for many tourism offices. Continue reading