The Cool Kids at The AIC

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For our last After Dark event of the year, the Evening Associates of the Art Institute pumped things up by featuring a live performance by Chicago’s own The Cool Kids. It was exciting to see them perform together for the first time in years! Leading up to the event, I had the chance to help … Continue reading

Compass to Care Gold Ribbon Gala 2016

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This year, our Compass to Care Associate Board decided to focus our efforts on one big fundraiser instead of several smaller ones. As a result, we put together a Gold Ribbon Gala during September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We partnered with Mars Gallery to host the event, and I absolutely adore that space. … Continue reading

Ruido Fest 2016

I got the chance to go to Ruido Fest for the first time this year; it’s basically the Latin version of Riot Fest. The three-day event featured a ton of great Latin artists, including La Santa Cecilia, Jenny and the Mexicats, Aterciopelados and many more. It was a perfect end-of-summer festival. Here are my photos … Continue reading

On Repeat: Gavin Turek

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To kick off “Night Heist season,” our Evening Associates board hosted a party at 1st Ward Events at Chop Shop last night. One of the highlights was Gavin Turek, a “disco pop princess” who’s been featured on Billboard, NPR and Vice, among others. She rocked the stage with her smooth voice and vibrant dance moves. She also … Continue reading

Night Heist Gala at the Art Institute

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June marked the fifth annual Night Heist gala at the Art Institute, and it was such a blast helping plan it with the Evening Associates board (follow us on Facebook for all our events!). This year’s featured exhibit was Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997-2014. His massive and intricate aluminum and steel sculptures were the perfect backdrop … Continue reading

Mana Conteporary

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I recently checked out an open studios event at Mana Contemporary. It’s a large building just down the street from Lacuna Lofts, and a very cool space. Unfortunately, I showed up shortly before the event came to an end, so my tour was rushed, but I did get to visit several talented artists’ studios. I always … Continue reading

Chicago Slow & Low Lowrider Festival in Pilsen

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The other weekend, I finally made it to the annual Slow & Low Lowrider Festival in Pilsen. Over 200 cars and bikes lined the road in an industrial part of Pilsen just off Cermak for a day founded by the Chicago Urban Art Society. I’m not a car expert, so don’t expect any super detailed descriptions … Continue reading

Hebru Brantley featured at Chicago Cultural Center

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I love the collaborative relationship between Hebru Brantley and the city of Chicago. With the ever-growing fame he’s achieved nationwide, he stays in Chicago, supporting and growing the local art scene, and the city has reciprocated, supporting his public sculptures and solo exhibits. Brantley has gotten a lot of recognition (rightfully so) in Chicago, but … Continue reading

Christopher Wool at the Art Institute

During last month’s Unveiled Happy Hour for the Evening Associates at the Art Institute, I checked out the Christopher Wool exhibit, being featured now through May 11. Christopher Wool is an abstract painter from Chicago who’s also really well known for his text-based works. He seems to be pulling in some pretty impressive bids at … Continue reading

Tus Soni2: Los Hollywood, Troker & Pommez Internacional

Friday I headed to Subterranean to catch the last night of the Tus Soni2 Indie Latin Music Concert Series. I was especially excited to see Los Hollywood headline after learning about them from my co-worker, but also enjoyed catching the two opening acts – Troker and Pommez Internacional. First things first – Los Hollywood. I’d … Continue reading