Wednesday, July 21, 2010

There are PLENTY of Children's Activities at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival This Weekend!

Don't miss this fun three-day event for the entire family....

A Community Mural: Limit

Saturday & Sunday from noon to 5 PM

Join in the communal experience of painting a mural and beautifying the Logan Square neighborhood. Volunteer artists will guide people of all ages and all skill levels. Face-painting will be offered and sidewalk chalk will be available to make masterpieces on the asphalt.
Location: Medill and Milwaukee

Lead Artists: Iris Iris Pasic and Mendy Newman

MAAF Gardening & Urban Agriculture Fair:
Grow It, Eat It, Compost It

Saturday & Sunday from noon to 5 PM

Observe demonstrations, participate in hands-on activities and learn about gardening and urban agriculture from community practitioners. Whether you are alr
eady growing your own food in the city, or looking for inspiration, check out growing and composting models for the urban environment.

Location: Medill and Milwaukee

Voice of the City presents Paseo Prairie Garden Stage

Saturday & Sunday from 1 to 5 PM

ART Teen Performance/Kids Arts Activities
See original theater pieces created by Chicago youth and get your hands dirty with art-making.

Spanish classes, games & crafts (Sat & Sun, 1-4 PM)

Presented by Multilingual Chicago for kids, ages 1 to 8

Location: Kedzie & Milwaukee

Create Sand Art and other Art
Friday, Saturday & Sunday during Festival Hours

One of our Festival Vendors will have a booth specifically for children to create sand art in a various glass jars and bottles with 10 different colors of sand to choose from.

Location: Festival Center around the monument at the intersection of Kedzie, Milwaukee and Logan Blvd.

Ronald McDonald Meet and Greet
Saturday afternoon

Ronald McDonald will meet and greet children around the McDonald's location on N. Milwaukee. He will answer questions and pose for photos with all the children!

Location: 2707 N. Milwaukee Avenue, in McDonald's Parking Lot

Friday, July 16, 2010

“Art in the Park” Ignites Creativity Before the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

In anticipation of next weekend’s big event- the 2nd annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, Unity Park is inviting local artists to set up their easels to paint and draw in the park this Saturday, July 17, from 10 AM to 3 PM. In addition to the live painting and drawing, “Art in the Park” will feature performances by local musicians, including Son Del Viento, with tasty local cuisine served alongside. The event is open to professional artists and amateurs alike. Canvases and paints will be provided so that people of all ages can take part in the fun - FREE of charge. Unity Park is located at 2636 N. Kimball Avenue.

All works created during "Art in the Park" will be exhibited and auctioned during the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) from July 23 - 25. Be sure to stop by this one-of-a-kind festival, located from 2250-2850 N. Milwaukee Avenue, featuring hundreds of visual and performance artists, diverse live music on three stages, family activities in both Spanish and English, Magic Hat craft brews, a complimentary trolley and more! Visit the MAAF website for more information.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Boiler Room Is NOW OPEN

The Boiler Room, located at 2210 N. California, finally opened its doors last night, and the line stretched out the door and down the street (as seen in the photo)! The Boiler Room is Logan Square's new pizza and cocktails joint and brought to us by the owners of Simone's bar in Pilsen.

The restaurant is complete with travel paraphernalia, with the women's and men's bathrooms designed after an L car. The bar is an old boiler and is located in the back left corner of the restaurant, while the pizza oven is right up front. The right side is filled with tables and booths, all of which are recycled from Salvage One, a recycling company located in West Town. The space is very "green" with solar panels array on the roof. There is even an awesome patio in the back.

Tonight, the Boiler Room is offering patrons a stellar deal of $8 for a tasty slice of pizza, shot of Jameson, and a PBR beer. What more could you ask for on a Thursday night?

Check out the full menu on Grub Street Chicago's Web site here.

[Photo: Tammy Green]

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Don't miss Boulevard Bash this weekend

Swing by Boulevard Bash this weekend, July 9-11, and groove to nationally acclaimed bands the Smoking Popes, Waco Brothers, The Andreas Kapsalis & Goran Ivanovic Guitar Duo and more on two stages.

A celebration of the best Chicago has to offer, Boulevard Bash, the newest fest on the Chicago summer circuit, will take place along Logan boulevard stretching east from the eagle monument to Sacramento.

$5 donations for entry help support community programs in music, arts, holistic health and advocacy offered by St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

For complete music line-up and more information visit