|Chicago Loop Alliance announces pedestrian counters, placemaking downtown||
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), the sole service provider for Special Service Area (SSA) #1, announced today at its 2015 Annual Meeting plans to install new pedestrian and vehicular counters along State Street from Wacker Drive to Congress Parkway in June 2015. Working under a three-year contract with UK-based Springboard, CLA will use the automated system to provide the first update to State Street numbers since the City of Chicago’s manual calculation in 2007.
|Great Lakes to Convene at Water after Borders Summit in Chicago||
With global floods, droughts, and compromised water sources as a backdrop, water experts and visionaries will gather for Water after Borders: Global Stakes, Local Politics, a historic two-day summit at the University of Illinois at Chicago, April 23rd-24th, 2015 to focus on strategies for sharing water across political, geographical, and cultural boundaries.
|The Gift Theatre welcomes new casting director||
The Gift Theatre artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton is proud to announce that Emjoy Gavino has joined the company as casting director. Gavino has been a casting consultant on several theater projects in the Chicago area since 2012; her most recent credits include work with Remy Bumppo, Pavement Group and Theatre on the Lake.
|Introducing Nathalie Joachim Eighth Blackbird||
After nine years, flutist Tim Munro will leave eighth blackbird at the end of the 2014-15 season. New York based flutist Nathalie Joachim will move to Chicago in August to take up this position for the 2015-16 season and beyond.
|Four Unique Ways to Volunteer and Help Children Around the World||
For the hundreds of North Americans embarking on meaningful volunteer trips abroad every year with Projects Abroad, childcare programs remain hugely popular. From day cares looking after children from single-parent families, to special needs centers supporting children with physical and mental disabilities, the organization offers a wide variety of Care programs that give volunteers the chance to show how much they care by helping to improve the lives of children in developing countries.
|Chesapeake Conservancy Welcomes Back Tom & Audrey||
The Chesapeake Conservancy today announced that Tom & Audrey, a nesting pair of osprey who make their Maryland home along the shores of Kent Island, have returned from their long winter in South America.
Their platform was severely damaged during a recent winter storm. Repairs to the platform were completed yesterday as the osprey waited patiently on a neighbor’s dock. They have now moved in, and you can follow these beautiful birds as they start to build their nest on the new platform.
|Forest Preserves Unveils Natural & Cultural Resources Master Plan||
The Forest Preserves of Cook County in partnership with the University of Illinois's Prairie Research Institute today presented the Natural & Cultural Resources Master Plan to Forest Preserve board members. The plan is a long range vision for the forest preserves and provides the guidance needed to implement the district’s restoration goals.
|SeaWorld Suspends Captive Sea Lion Shows to Save Wild Pups in Peril||
SeaWorld San Diego’s decision to suspend its sea lion and otter show so that trainers can help rescue hundreds of starving sea lion pups in California has left the company’s critics in something of a paradoxical pickle.
|Green City Market Announces New Executive Director||
Melissa Flynn has been named executive director of Green City Market one of the nation's preeminent sustainable farmers markets, located in Chicago. Flynn comes to Green City Market with Melissa Flynn with border lr extensive leadership experience including eight years as executive director of the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce.
|THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION||
RAZOR & TIE’s new audiophile imprint ANALOG SPARK will launch with the vinyl release of The Sound of Music – 50th Anniversary Edition. The score from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 5-time Academy Award-winning movie musical will be available in a newly-remastered and expanded two disc version on 180-gram vinyl.