Camp Reinberg in Palatine Opens to the Public July 3, 2015

Families and groups in Cook County now have the option to camp close to home in Forest Preserves of Cook County. Three of five new and revitalized campgrounds are now open to the public, ushering in a new era for the preserves.

“As part of our Centennial Celebrations, public camping has returned to the forest preserves,” said Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. “Camping is a time-honored tradition and now people can do so conveniently, located just a short drive from home.”

Nathans Gives Back for the 4th!

On July 4th, 2015, Nathan’s Famous will donate 100,000 of its signature world famous beef hot dogs to Food Bank For New York City. The official presentation will take place during the company’s annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. With this gift, Nathan’s Famous will have donated a total of 800,000 hot dogs to Food Bank For New York City since 2008.

Nathan’s Famous President Wayne Norbitz will present the donation to a representative of Food Bank For New York City, which is part of the Feeding America network.

Gotta Dance World Premiere Cast & Creative Team Announced

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke announced today the initial casting for Gotta Dance, the new Broadway-bound musical based on the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary about professional basketball’s first ever aged 60-and-older dance team.  Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Tony® Award nominee Andre De Shields, five-time Emmy® Award nominee Georgia Engel, Tony Award-winner Lillias White, television and film icon Stefanie P

Chicago Yacht Clubs 107th Race to Mackinac July 10-11, 2015

More than 3,000 sailors aboard 324 sailboats will embark on the 333 mile voyage from Chicago to  Mackinac Island for the 107th Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust, Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, 2015.

With racers from as far away as New Zealand, the Race to Mackinac begins with the Parade of Boats off the east end of Navy Pier at The Chicago Lighthouse. Participation in the Race is by invitation only.

Gift Theatre welcomes nine new ensemble members into artistic home
The Gift Theatre’s artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton, co-founder William Nedved and associate artistic director Paul D'Addario are proud to announce nine artists have joined the company ensemble: playwrights Will Eno and Laura Marks; directors Marti Lyons and Erica Weiss; and actors Cyd Blakewell, Darci Nalepa, Keith Neagle, Mary Ann Thebus, and Kyle Zornes. Conceived in 1997 by Michael Patrick Thornton and William Nedved, The Gift’s mission was to grow and nurture an ensemble while laying roots in an artistically underserved Chicago neighborhood.
Osprey Pair Featured on Chesapeake Conservancy Webcam Foster Two Chicks

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 accepted two foster chicks in their nest.

Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards Announces 2015 Award Recipients

In celebration of outstanding achievement in high school musical theater performances, Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce the award recipients of the Fourth Annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards: Ben Love of Byron, IL (Byron High School) as BEST ACTOR for his portrayal of Edward Bloom in BIG FISH and Grace Etzkorn of Lisle, IL (Benet Academy) as BEST ACTRESS for her portrayal of Winifred Banks in MARY POPPINS.

Illinois DCFS joins program to expedite adoptions
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) today announced that it has been selected to participate in an interstate program that will reduce the amount of time children spend in foster care and help them find permanent, loving homes with families living in other states.
The Forest Preserves of Cook County Announces Summer Schedule

Now that summer is upon us, there is no better place to enjoy the season than Forest Preserves of Cook County.

More than three hundred miles of trails throughout the Forest Preserves can be enjoyed by bike or on foot. Residents and visitors of the south suburbs can now enjoy 13 miles of new trail. The western portion of the Cal-Sag Trail is open for the public and seven of those miles are located in the Forest Preserves in Palos Park.

Announcing new Chicago murals from Banksy collaborator Ben Eine,

The Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC), in partnership with Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) and Vertical Gallery, unveiled in downtown Chicago today local artist Hebru Brantley’s largest mural to date—the first in an outdoor series of murals from acclaimed street artists including Banksy collaborator Ben Eine, Never 2501, Word to Mother and HERA. Brantley’s four-story mural Chi Boy is located at 1132 S. Wabash Avenue.


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