Around the Hood: Five Full Moon Fire Jams Scheduled For The Neighborhood This Summer

The Edgewater summer event calendar is filling up quick folks. This year’s Full Moon Fire Jam schedule below…

“The jams are monthly celebrations, bringing together a diverse community of performers, musicians, and spectators. Dozens of fire spinners perform to music provided by local percussionists, using performance tools such as poi (a set of chains with weighted ends), staff, hula hoops and fans. It’s a display that is part artistry and part athleticism, inspired by a long tradition of fire performance with roots in South Pacific cultures. Fire spinners include everyone from amateur hobbyists to professional performance artists and Chicago jam performers usually come from the city, greater Chicagoland area and neighboring Great Lakes regions.

The jams are organized and run on a purely volunteer basis by members of the Chicago Fire Tribe community. Volunteer “fire wranglers” help keep the jam running, dealing with organization/set-up/clean up and managing performers during the jams. Volunteer “rangers” assist with crowd management and control.”

Direct Video Link: Chicago Full Moon Jam

Schedule:

June 8th – 7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
July 6th – 7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
August 7 –  7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
September 6 – 7:00pm (Gather)  7:30pm (Jam Start) 10:00pm (Jam Finish)
October 5 – 6:00pm (Gather)  6:30pm (Jam Start) 9:15 pm (Jam Finish)

Location:

¼ mile south of the Foster Ave Turf Fields on the lakefront. They are south of the beach, on the east side of the lakefront trail, in the big field. Approximate address: 5100N & Lake Shore Drive.

Watch: A first ride on Chicago’s Glenwood Greenway (Video)

Looks like someone posted the first GoPro of the new bike lane. Work on the Glenwood Greenway Bike Lane began this week and is expected to be completed next week.

“The Glenwood Greenway, featuring a contraflow bike lane, runs from Bryn Mawr to Carmen in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Sharrows still need to be installed for bikes riding with traffic on Glenwood, as well as on a short stretch of Carmen to connect Glenwood with bike lanes on Broadway.”

Seems pretty straight forward but directions below if you need ’em…

Direct Video Link: A first ride on Chicago’s (mostly finished) Glenwood Greenway

Around the Hood: Chicago Craft Beer Week Coming To The Neighborhood


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Hold on to your beard nets folks. It looks like Chicago Craft Beer Week is coming North. There are four spots on the Edgewater map this year.

Local event calendar & “celebrating neighborhoods” promo video below.

Edgewater Craft Beer Week Event Calendar

Founders Barrel-Aged Feature by Jerry’s Andersonville – May 22nd 6:00 pm – 11;30 pm

“Come enjoy the last three barrel-aged beers Founders has released: Lizard of Koz, Frootwood, and KBS. In a supporting role, we’ll have All Day IPA and Red’s Rye.”

Brewer Meet-n-Greet by Andersonville Brewing – May 23rd 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Andersonville Brewing’s new Head Brewer, Darell Mikols, has been working vigoursly in the brewhouse over the past couple of months learning the brew system and crafting beers. Now it’s time for him to step out from the tanks and enjoy some pints with everyone at the brewpub. Please join us for our Brewer Meet-n-Greet. The brewhouse will be open for tours and Darell will be in-house to answer questions all about how we make this delicious concoction called BEER. Come on in and try one of our new brews (or an old favorite)! Drafts available on tap: “Blonde Bombshell” (Blonde Ale) “Pride” (Farmhouse Ale) Saison w/ Lemongrass & Corriander “Mary Hoppins” (Pale Ale) “Gangster Hopped- Up” (Amber Ale) “Whippa IPA” (India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Mosiac & Citra Hops) ($1.00 Off all drafts during event)”

Garden Party with Avery and Forbidden Root by Jerry’s Andersonville – May 23rd 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

“Hey all, bring your fancy flowery hat. The Kentucky Derby will have come and gone, but now you can use your big flowery hat a second time this year! Grab a table and some dinner on our patio (space allowing), and enjoy several botanical beers from two breweries who do it best! Tuesday May, 23rd at 6 PM, we’ll be featuring botanical beers from Forbidden Root and Avery Brewing Company. From Forbidden Root: Sublime Ginger Tropical Toy Boat Fernetic East Coast Pale Ale From Avery: Tangerine Quad Raspberry Sour Apricot Sour Vanilla Bean Stout Coconut Porter”

The Beasts of the Barrel by Fireside Restaurant and Lounge – May 25th 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm

“A celebration of barrel-aged beers! We’ll be tapping a slew of rare gems, including: 2016 Goose Island BCBS Proprietor’s Blend 2016 Goose Island BCBS Stout 2015 Goose Island BCBS Stout 2014 Goose Island BCBS Barleywine Deschutes Abyss The Bruery Poterie Central Waters Barrel-aged Scotch Ale Arcadia Barrel-aged Shipwreck Porter Excel 3rd Anniversary Saison Hinterland Barrel-aged Doppelbock Goose Island Grand Prestige Barrel-aged Brown Ale Brouwerij Van Steenberge Piraat Rum Barrel-aged Belgian More to be added soon!”

Jackalope Theatre Company Will Transform The Broadway Bank Building For “The Great Edgewater Escapade” (June 3rd)

The space at the Broadway Bank Building sure has been getting a lot of creative uses lately. On June 3rd, Jackalope Teatre Company will be transforming the vacant bank for their 2017 Gala Event – “The Great Edgewater Escapade”.

If you want to check it out while helping support our local theatre scene, you can buy your tickets here.

Jackalope Theatre Company 2017 Gala: The Great Edgewater Escapade

Saturday, June 3rd
Historic Broadway Bank Building
5960 N. Broadway, Chicago
6:30pm to 11:00pm

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Old Time Revelry, Cocktails & Small Plate, 2017/18 Season Announcement & Exclusive Presentation, Silent & Live Auction

9:30pm – 11:00pm

Dessert & Dancing with the Big Band

$100 – General Admission Ticket
$200 – VIP Ticket
Includes admission to the Gala and two tickets the world premiere of Ideation
$1,500 – Table Sponsor 
Includes 8 VIP tickets and listing as a season sponsor in all Jackalope materials

Around the Hood: Behind The Scenes At Little Bad Wolf

Chicago’s Best Seafood: Elliott Bambrough polishes off some Belgian Ale mussels in A-ville at Little Bad Wolf.

Direct Video Link

Around the Hood: Pivot Arts Festival Lineup Announced

Pivot Arts just announced their lineup in the neighborhood. This year’s Festival venues and locations directly in and around Edgewater Glen include:  The Growling Rabbit, Income Tax Bar, Independent Spirits, Lickity Split Custard & Sweet Shop, Ras Dashen & Uncommon Ground Devon.


Pivot Arts is pleased to announce the full line-up for its 5th annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, featuring ten days of innovative performances and multi-disciplinary works throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods from June 1 – June 11, 2017. Tickets, ranging from free to $35, are currently available at www.pivotarts.org/festival. Three-show passes are also available.

The ten-day Festival showcasing some of Chicago’s top artistic innovators features theater, dance, puppetry, hybrid/multidisciplinary works, spoken word/hip hop, children’s performances, workshops, discussions, wine tastings, an interactive performance/dinner party and more. The Festival also includes the third annual “Celebrate Community!” Parade on Saturday, June 3 at 2 pm, culminating in an afternoon full of free family-friendly performances.

Festival Kick-Off Party

Join Pivot Arts for a sneak peek of this year’s Festival at the Festival Kick-Off Party on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6 pm at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, 1039 W. Bryn Mawr in Chicago. Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door and include appetizers, drinks, entertainment, plus a silent auction. Tickets are available at www.pivotarts.org/events.

The full 2017 PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL line-up includes:

THURSDAY, JUNE 1

FESTIVAL LAUNCH: DRINKS-DINNER-THEATER

6 pm Wine tasting at Independent Spirits, 5947 N. Broadway St.

6:30 pm Appetizers and drinks at Income Tax Bar, 5959 N. Broadway St.

7:30 pm Buffet-style Dinner at Ras Dashen Ethiopian Restaurant with a performance of Table Life, 5846 N. Broadway St.

Price: $35 (includes wine tasting, apps, dinner and performance)

Enjoy dinner, drinks and a show along Edgewater’s Broadway Strip. Start with a complimentary wine tasting at Independent Spirits, then move to Income Tax for apps and a cash bar. The night closes with dinner at Ras Dashen, where Rachel Claff and Chloe Johnston invite you to Table Life, an immersive performance inspired by the work of novelist and food writer Laurie Colwin. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

TOAST THE FEST!

6 pm The Growling Rabbit, 5938 N. Broadway St.

Price: $20/$15 with June 2 performance of Rough House Theater’s Ubu The King 

Enjoy live music, appetizers by The Growling Rabbit and champagne in celebration of the opening weekend of the Pivot Arts Festival. Mingle with artists in a casual, upbeat atmosphere that’s sure to get everyone excited for the many festival events to come.

ROUGH HOUSE THEATER PRESENTS UBU THE KING

8 pm FLATSstudio, 1136 W. Wilson Ave.

Price: $20/$10 with student ID

Rough House Theater’s Ubu the King brings Jarry’s seminal satire Ubu Roi to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hands of five power hungry puppeteer-performers, loveable dirtbag Pa Ubu murders, lies and farts his way up to the Polish throne – and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized, Ubu is ridiculous and spectacular.

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 3

3rd ANNUAL “CELEBRATE COMMUNITY!” PARADE

1:30 pm Meet at Swift School Playground, 5900 N. Winthrop Ave.

2 pm Parade from Swift School to Creative Co-Working, 5940 N. Sheridan Rd.

Price: FREE

Pivot Arts presents the 3rd annual Celebrate Community! Parade. Arts groups, schools, social service organizations, and individuals march in support of our diverse community. The event includes free puppet-making, theater, dance and music workshops for all ages. Participants include Aloft Circus Arts, Barrel of Monkeys, CircEsteem, Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop, Everybody Dance Now, Funny Bones, Green Scene, Northside Catholic Academy, Pedalheads, Rogers Park Montessori School, Storytown Improv, Swift School and Walkabout Theater Company.

ROUGH HOUSE THEATER PRESENTS UBU THE KING

6 pm & 9 pm FLATSstudio, 1136 W. Wilson Ave.

Price: $20/$10 with student ID

Rough House Theater’s Ubu the King brings Jarry’s seminal satire Ubu Roi to life in all its absurd, grotesque glory. In the hands of five power hungry puppeteer-performers, loveable dirtbag Pa Ubu murders, lies and farts his way up to the Polish throne – and back down again. Beautifully designed and meticulously realized, Ubu is ridiculous and spectacular. 

SUNDAY, JUNE 4

SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE WITH AYAKO KATO/ART UNION HUMANSCAPE & SYNAPSE ARTS

3 pm & 7 pm FLATSstudio, 1136 W. Wilson Ave.

Price: $20/$10 with student ID

Two site-specific dance pieces combine for an innovative performance experience. Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape presents What Is Movement?, a dance-based inquiry into movement and stillness. Through What is Movement?, viewers rediscover the beauty and dignity of life in motion. Ayako Kato is a 3Arts Grant Award recipient and last presented in the 2014 Pivot Arts Festival, when her work received “Ten Best Dance performances of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune.

Synapse Arts presents soften every edge, which weaves together textiles, dance, and handheld lighting in kinetic harmony. Six women knit with their arms, creating satin walls that swallow the space in a site-specific performance.

MONDAY, JUNE 5

NEO-FUTURISTS PRESENT THE ARROW

7:30 pm Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St.

Price: $15/$10 with student ID

The popular performance group The Neo-Futurists present The Arrow: a show of live-readings that subjects written essays to spontaneous interruptions, complications, absurdity and horseplay. Created by Neo-Futurists Kurt Chiang and Lily Mooney, The Arrow is different for every performance, speaking toward the current world and injecting the playing space with unexpected, honest interactions and happenings.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7

LIVE TALK: BEST OF… HOSTED BY DEWAYNE PERKINS

7:30 pm Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave.

Price: $12

Pivot Arts presents its monthly show, LIVE TALK, a mix of performances, panel discussion and food and drink for purchase at Uncommon Ground. Hosted by actor and comedian Dewayne Perkins, the festival Live Talk show includes past guests and hosts for a raucous night of celebration and community gathering.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

THE PEOPLE’S REVOLUTION OF 2017, CURATED BY TIFF BEATTY

7:30 pm Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St.

Price: $10

The People’s Champion Tiff Beatty, joined by artists DXTR Spits, Plus Sign and Po’Chop, curates the revolution with a Chicago-based interactive performance and conversation series. In addition to her dynamic spoken word performance, Tiff curates, hosts and facilitates a space for performers and their creative audiences to co-create freedom and equality for all.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9

BARREL OF MONKEYS PRESENTS MONKEYS UNPLUGGED

7:30 pm Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St.

Price: $15/$5 for children ages 6-12*

*Must be accompanied by a legal guardian over 21. Children under 6 will not be admitted.

Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing in Chicago public elementary schools, and adapts stories written by their students into fully produced songs and sketches. Enjoy a special cabaret-style performance of some of their favorite musical adaptations – complete with wigs, props and hilarity straight from the minds of children. Unlike their more family-friendly shows, this one’s for the grownups – and adult beverages will be available for purchase!

SATURDAY, JUNE 10

SAME PLANET PERFORMANCE PROJECT PRESENTS HONEY

Door open 6 pm, Performance at 6:30 pm FLATSstudio, 1136 W. Wilson Ave.

Price: $10

Using 1970s disco as a source of inspiration, Honey plays within a queer space open to excess, risk, freedom and fantasy. Honey pours slowly taking audiences from casual intimacy into the allure of narcissistic pleasure.

AXIS LAB PRESENTS BASELINE: ARGYLE IS ALIVE

8 pm Baseline, 1118 W. Argyle St.

Price: $10 suggested donation

Axis Lab’s Baseline: Argyle is Alive transforms an empty storefront on Argyle into a performance space with DJs, spoken word artists and community voices. Taste the culture of Argyle with food available for purchase. The Baseline series presents socially conscious events and pop-ups to promote sustainable and locally based economic and social development.

UPTOWN ARTS CRAWL

Purchase the “Uptown Arts Crawl Pass” and see both Same Planet Performance Project and Axis Lab’s Baseline: Argyle is Alive for $15.

BARREL OF MONKEYS PRESENTS MONKEYS UNPLUGGED

7:30 pm Uptown Underground, 4707 N. Broadway St.

$15/$5 for children ages 6-12*

*Must be accompanied by a legal guardian over 21. Children under 6 will not be admitted. 

Barrel of Monkeys teaches creative writing in Chicago public elementary schools, and adapts stories written by their students into fully produced songs and sketches. Enjoy a special cabaret-style performance of some of their favorite musical adaptations – complete with wigs, props and hilarity straight from the minds of children. Unlike their more family-friendly shows, this one’s for the grownups – and adult beverages will be available for purchase!

SUNDAY, JUNE 11

ICE CREAM AND IMPROV WITH STORYTOWN IMPROV

11 am Lickity Split Custard & Sweets, 6056 N. Broadway St.

Price: $10

The 5th annual tradition of ice cream (well, custard…) and improv! Join Storytown Improv for an all ages show that includes live music, improv and sweets for purchase.

The Pivot Arts Festival is made possible in part by our Premiere Sponsors: The Alphawood Foundation, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Illinois Arts Council, SSA26, FLATSstudio, Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Uptown United.

About Pivot Arts
Pivot Arts
is a home for innovative music, theater and dance on Chicago’s far north side. They develop new work and present performances throughout the year culminating in a multi-arts festival. Their vision is that of a vibrant community where unique collaborations between artists, businesses and organizations lead to the support and creation of innovative performance events.

Video Footage From Peterson Garden Project’s Edible Plant Sale

In case you missed the plant sale this weekend but wanted to check out the space,  it looks like someone posted video footage from inside the Broadway Bank building this weekend: Peterson Garden Project Edible Plant Sale 2017 (YouTube)

Around the Hood: The Glenlake Branch Library System Keeps Growing And Growing

Well folks, it looks like Glenlake has definitely taken the lead with building out their little free library system in The Glen. Not sure when this new one popped up but we think that puts Glenlake up to three Little Free Libraries at this point.

Anyone know what the total is between Norwood, Glenlake, Hood & Granville now?

Edgewater Glen Branch Library System Photo Gallery

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If you have any photos of other libraries in the system, feel free to send ’em in and we’ll add them to the gallery: edgeglendaily@gmail.com

Go Edgewater Program To Continue In 2017 With Support From The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project & EHS

The results of last year’s Go Edgewater campaign are in (infographic attached). Overall, 54% of people who filled out the post-survey last fall said that they are now walking, biking, or taking transit more often because of the program.

The Go Campaigns are City of Chicago neighborhood campaigns meant to encourage more biking, walking, and transit use.

The City of Chicago received a federal grant to organize Go Campaigns in five Chicago neighborhoods. The first program piloted in 2013 with Go Bronzeville and continued with Go Pilsen (2014), Go Albany Park and Go Edgewater (2015), and Go Garfield Park (2016). Each campaign ran for four months and offered free resources, events, and support to residents to encourage them to walk, bicycle, and take transit more often.

The Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project and the Edgewater Historical Society will be continuing Go Edgewater this summer.

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Photos courtesy of Go Edgewater

Around the Hood: The Pivot Arts Festival Kick-Off Party

The Pivot Arts Festival Kick-Off Party will be on Wednesday, May 10 at 6 pm at Francesca’s Bryn Mawr, 1039 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

You can mingle with staff, board members, artists and community members for an evening of entertainment, signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets ($45 in advance) are currently available at www.pivotarts.org/events.

All proceeds from the Festival Kick-Off Party support the 5th annual PIVOT ARTS FESTIVAL, a celebration of innovative performances and multi-disciplinary works from June 1 – June 11, 2017 throughout Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods

The ten-day Festival, showcases some of Chicago’s top artistic innovators, features theater, dance, puppetry, hybrid/multidisciplinary works, spoken word/hip hop, children’s performances, workshops, discussions, wine tastings, an interactive performance/dinner party.

Artists currently confirmed for the 2017 Festival include Axis Lab, Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, Barrel of Monkeys, Tiff Beatty, Lizi Breit and Dan Kerr-Hobert, Rachel Claff and Chloe Johnston, CircEsteem, The Neo-Futurists, Rough House Theater, Same Planet Different World, Storytown Improv and Synapse Arts. The full line-up of dates, events, and venues will be announced shortly. Tickets, ranging from free to $25, go on sale Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at www.pivotarts.org/festival.

The Festival will also include the third annual “Celebrate Community!” Parade on Saturday, June 3 at 2 pm, kicking off at George B. Swift Elementary School (corner of Thorndale and Winthrop Aves.) and culminating at the Colvin House, home to Creative Coworking, at 5940 N. Sheridan Rd.

Festival venues and locations in the neighborhood include Chicago Filmmakers, Creative Coworking, FLATSstudio, Income Tax Bar, Independent Spirits, Lickity Split Custard and Sweet Shop, Ras Dashen, Swift Elementary School, Uncommon Ground, and Uptown Underground.