Ever since the Fisk Generating Station ceased operations in 2012, various plans for a riverfront park at the former site of the coal-burning power plant between Pilsen and Bridgeport have been proposed. Now, the city of Chicago is considering the creation of a brand new public park at Throop Street and the Chicago River. Last week, the mayor's office introduced a measure to the city council that would partially fund the creation of a $120,000 development plan for the proposed park. The measure would allocate $40,000 in Open Space Impact Fees toward the cost of the study, with the remainder provided by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Coastal Zone Management Program. The Department of Planning and Development would oversee the study, as well as an implementation strategy for the park. In addition to a budget and potential funding sources, the plan would also evaluate design elements, including landscaping, wildlife habitats, access, stormwater management, trails, overlooks and fishing piers. Throop Street River Park would be located along the north bank of the South Branch of the Chicago River on a 1.5-acre vacant portion of the former power plant. If funding is approved, the study is expected to begin this spring. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
With Drake and Kanye sitting out of the festival and concert circuit (as far as we know), the summer belongs to Kendrick Lamar. On the heels of the release of his latest hip-hop masterclass DAMN., Lamar is skipping Lollapalooza and Pitchfork in favor of a headlining North American tour, accompanied by Texas trap artist Travis Scott and "Broccoli" emcee D.R.A.M. The Damn. Tour comes to the United Center on July 27, a much larger venue than Lamar's previous stop at the Riviera Theatre in 2015, where he performed a relatively intimate show on his Kunta's Groove Sessions tour. Tickets for Lamar's concert at the United Center go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10am. Best of luck snagging a pair—this is primed to be one of the summer's hottest tickets. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Superheroes, caped crusaders and masked vigilantes were out in force in the South Loop this weekend, as C2E2 invaded McCormick Place once again, bring comic book fans and pop culture aficionados to the convention floor. Attendance on Saturday was bolstered by participants in the nearby March for Science, which introduced clever protest signs to the gathering of cosplayers and superhero fans. We waded through the crowds at C2E2 and brought back photos of some of our favorite costumed attendees at the annual convention. RECOMMENDED: More photos from C2E2 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace DuVal Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval Photograph: Grace Duval
Now more than ever, we need science. From climate change to fossil fuels, there are more than a few issues at play in the world requiring the attention of our best and brightest minds. On Saturday, thousands of Chicagoans will spend Earth Day marching in support of the scientific community and bringing attention to the critical role science plays in society. More than 45,000 people are expected to attend Saturday's March for Science in Chicago—a counterpart to the national March for Science in Washington, D.C., and one of more than 600 satellite demonstrations being held across the globe. But it's not just researchers in lab coats participating—people from all walks of life will come out to celebrate science this weekend. Here's how you can get involved. What is the March for Science? It's all about love and appreciation for science (like that feeling you get from watching Bill Nye). But, it's also about policy and what organizers describe as an "alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery." In addition to denying scientific evidence on issues such as climate change, the Trump administration has also proposed massive funding cuts for scientific research. According to its website, the March for Science intends to highlight the threats posed by these new policies, as well as encourage political leaders and lawmakers to "enact evidence-based policies in the public interest." When and where is Chicago's march? March for Scienc
Clean up your local park What better way to celebrate than by showing Mother Earth some love? Parks citywide are hosting Earth Day cleanups, so come ready to get dirty. Pack mulch around trees, plant native plants and de-trash your local green space. Find your nearest park and get to work! (Various locations, find cleanup events here) March for Science Members of the scientific community nationwide—including the Field Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Lincoln Park Zoo and more—are protesting in defense of science. Join them to enable curiosity and support measures to reduce climate change. (Grant Park, 101 E Congress Pkwy, Sat 10am–3pm. Free) Party it up for Mother Earth After getting down and dirty all day, you deserve a drink. Garfield Park Conservatory has teamed up with Land and Sea Dept. (Longman & Eagle, Lost Lake) for Earth Day 2017: NOT A HOAX. The party includes performances from Air Credits (The Hood Internet and ShowYouSuck), beer from Lagunitas, DJ Audio Jack and drinks from Lost Lake’s Paul McGee. (Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, 7–10pm. $25 general admission, VIP $100) Explore the night sky Sure, it’s Earth Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate other planets, too. La Villita Park is hosting a free stargazing night. The Chicago Astronomer will provide a large-format refractor telescope, as well as instruction for amateur astronomers. (La Villita Park, 2800 S Sacramento Ave, Sat 6:30–9:30pm. Free) Spend your day
Here comes the sun. You know what that means: It’s time to get the little ones outside. With the arrival of spring comes oodles of new reasons to leave the house and have some fun. We rounded up the top kid-friendly events happening in Chicago in May. 1. Kids and Kites Festival Whether you want to watch or get in on the action, this annual kite festival is sure to impress kids of all ages. Kite kits will be provided at no cost while supplies last, and professionals will be on hand to demonstrate synchronized routines. Hang around for the Big Kite Candy Drop, when treats will fall from the sky. (Montrose Harbor, 4400 N Lake Shore Dr, May 6, 10am–4pm. Free) 2. Little Lurie Scientists If you have a curious kiddo between the ages of 3 and 5, this free six-week series is just what the doctor ordered. Each week, the group will explore a new topic surrounding the science behind the Lurie Garden. (Choral Rehearsal Room at Millennium Park; May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 and June 6; 10am. Free with registration) 3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear The beloved children's book by Eric Carle hits the stage with the help of puppetry and scenic effects. Parents will get a healthy dose of nostalgia, too. (Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N Dearborn St, May 2–28 at various times. $28–$39) 4. The 606 Bike Rally Get those bikes in tip-top shape for the season with air, brakes and chain safety checks courtesy of youth ambassadors from West Town Bikes and area police officers. (Walsh Park, 1722 N Ashl
Crown Fountain will light up Millennium Park this weekend, and extensive off-season upgrades promise to make these colorful columns of faces even more wonderful to look at. The fountain, which consists of two 50-foot-tall glass block towers, will be turned on Saturday for the first time in 2017. During the winter season, the Jaume Plensa-designed artwork received a $3.7 million renovation that, among other things, included the installation of new energy efficient LED screens capable of producing brighter, better quality images. The Tribune reported that the fountain will also feature hundreds of new glass bricks and fresh pavers on the surface of the surrounding pool. Along with the LED screens, newly added sensors will allow the fountain to adjust during sunny days and, hopefully, ensure that the faces displayed on the columns never appear to be washed-out. Dedicated in July 2004, Crown Fountain is one of Millennium Park's best known attractions. It features a series of rotating images depicting the faces of 1,000 Chicagoans, which intermittently "spit" water into a small pool. If you're already out in the Loop this weekend, there's no better time to reacquaint yourself with one of Chicago's most iconic pieces of public art. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
If you've ever dreamed of knocking back a few cold ones inside a private mansion that dates back to 1896, you're in luck. Chicago Brewseum, the museum of beer that hopes to break ground in 2019, is hosting a fundraiser inside the Theurer-Wrigley Mansion next week, allowing guests to step inside the privately owned residence, which was formerly owned by beer magnate Joseph Theurer before being purchased by the Wrigley family. The fundraiser will mark the very first time that the house (which is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is also a Chicago Landmark) has been opened to the public, allowing visitors to take a look inside the home of Joseph Theurer, owner of the Schoenhofen Brewing Company which founded a brewery in Pilsen in the late 1800s. The 15,000 square foot home was purchased by the Wrigley family in 1911, though it sat vacant for much of the century, and was sold for $11 million in 2004. During the tour, guests will have a chance to see the first floor while enjoying Upland Brewing’s Champagne Velvet—a lager based on a recipe from 1902. Upstairs in the third floor ballroom, samples of Urban Chestnut Brewing’s Stammtisch pilsner and light snacks will be provided before representatives from the Chicago History Museum and a beer historian lead a tour of the house. The tour ends at the nearby Galway Arms, a bar that is located in a 19th century home. Tickets for the tour are $40 and include two beers during your visit. If you like what you see d
The Chicago Humanities Festival returns next week with its spring program, dedicated to “Stuff.” Over nearly two dozen programs across the weekend, authors, scholars and other experts will address our relationships with all kinds of, well, stuff. We’ve selected some of the most intriguing (not counting the programs that are already sold out, like Sheryl Sandberg and John Waters). Marie KondoThe reigning queen of decluttering and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy will discuss her celebrated KonMari Method of mindful organizing. Harris Theater. Apr 28 at 7:30pm. $20. Kimberly DrewDrew, the social media manager for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, will talk about engaging followers and keeping visual art relevant in an increasingly online world. She’ll be joined by Ebony editor-in-chief Kyra Kyles. Art Institute of Chicago. Apr 29 at 2pm. $15. Adam HaslettThe author of You Are Not a Stranger Here, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, discusses his latest novel Imagine Me Gone, a stunning work about family and mental illness. Studebaker Theater. Apr 30 at noon. $15. Siddhartha MukherjeeA Pulitzer Prize–winning author as well as an oncologist, Mukherjee will discuss his recent book The Gene, a history of our study of genetics and heredity. Ticket price includes a paperback copy of the book. Art Institute of Chicago. Apr 30 at 2pm. $29. Lauren GreenfieldThe director of the remarkable documentary The Queen of Versaille
A little more than three months after Barack Obama delivered an impassioned farewell address in Chicago, our former president is planning a return to the Windy City. On Monday, Obama will host hundreds of young leaders at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts for a discussion on civic engagement and community organizing. The invite-only event is Obama's first public appearance since leaving office on January 20 (unless you count kitesurfing with Richard Branson). A spokesman for the former president told the Chicago Tribune that attendees were selected from several nearby universities, including Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, Loyola University and University of Illinois at Chicago. The discussion is designed to support and encourage the next generation of community leaders—one of Obama's post-presidency goals. You won't be able to obtain a ticket for the event, which is expected to begin at 11am, but the discussion will be televised. So anyone in desperate need of an Obama fix, tune in and don't forget that even a former president's motorcade is likely to cause a traffic snarl. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.