#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music

3+ To celebrate Chicago’s music history and support the city’s creative communities, the Arts & Business Council of Chicago invites the public to participate in the #ChiMusic35 campaign. Music has always had a sweet home in Chicago. It’s where Louis Armstrong cut his first big records in the 1920s. It’s where Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf made … Continue reading “#ChiMusic35 Challenge: Submit favorite Chicago music”

Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown

2+ In this kitchen, weighing in at god-knows-what, are Bill Murray and son Homer. In the other kitchen, weighing in at probably way more are Chef Guy Fieri and his son Hunter. Let’s… get… ready…. to…. build…. some…. nachoooooooooos. Welcome to the Nacho Average Showdown The comedian/actor and the Food Network personality and host, will … Continue reading “Bill Murray, Guy Fieri have Nacho Average Showdown”

82-game season for Cubs, Sox could start on July 4

0 Major League Baseball’s 32 owners have approved a strategy for players to return to summer’s official sport in early July. The plan calls for an 82-game season with teams playing their divisional rivals and other nearby teams to minimize travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Spring training could begin in early to mid-June, a person … Continue reading “82-game season for Cubs, Sox could start on July 4”

Mayor Lightfoot announces plans for reopening Chicago

2+ Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, alongside the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced the “Protecting Chicago” framework that the City will be using to guide Chicago’s reopening process amid COVID-19. The framework – organized into five phases in alignment with the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan – will advise Chicagoans on how to safely exit … Continue reading “Mayor Lightfoot announces plans for reopening Chicago”

PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19

6+ Faced with the magnitude of the global health crisis linked to the spread of COVID-19, Production Resource Group, LLC (PRG) is putting its skills to work to make a difference in the fight against the virus in Europe and The United States. Known for live event, entertainment and scenic production PRG is leveraging its … Continue reading “PRG Takes Action to Fight COVID-19”

OKRP’s Illinois Lottery spot goes beyond monetary prizes

2+ A new spot from the Illinois Lottery pays tribute to the winning spirit of the people of the State of Illinois, through the story of a family and how they face the trials of everyday life when the mother in the family cannot go home. The spot was created by the Lottery’s creative agency, O’Keefe Reinhard … Continue reading “OKRP’s Illinois Lottery spot goes beyond monetary prizes”

Zoom Interview: Richard Song of Eleven04

4+ Asian Americans have been a silent voice in American Media since the birth of cinema.  While many other demographics have found a way to break through to mainstream markets, few filmmakers and actors of Asian descent have risen to the top.  Asians currently make up the majority of the world’s population, and continue to … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: Richard Song of Eleven04”

Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads

1+ Gerety Awards has a new deadline extension to May 29. They confirm its judging will be remote this year and announced they will not be accepting Covid-19 related ads! Gerety Founders said: “An online petition called for award shows to place a ban on COVID-related entries, we agree with the sentiment that this is not … Continue reading “Gerety Awards deadline extended and no COVID-19 ads”

‘John Wick’ directors help out with ‘Matrix 4’ stunts

2+ When the Wachowskis’ The Matrix premiered in 1999, it gave film audiences some of the most ground-breaking, jaw-dropping action sequences of the time. Who can forget in the opening minutes, Trinity (played by Carrie-Anne Moss) springing into the air, freezing and the camera spinning around her? Even if the subsequent sequels were not as … Continue reading “‘John Wick’ directors help out with ‘Matrix 4’ stunts”

Energy BBDO uses drones to film Woodford Reserve

3+ Nothing says, “May” more than the annual running of the Kentucky Derby. Originally slated to run May 2, the 146-year-old derby will now be postponed until September 5 due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the first time the race won’t be held on the first Saturday in May since 1945. At the … Continue reading “Energy BBDO uses drones to film Woodford Reserve”

Bochian details fundraising plans for Seth Rogen Charity

2+ Actress, author and philanthropist Ina Bochian, knows how to pull a team together for a good cause. This year, to help Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller’s not-for-profit charity raise donations, Bochian has enlisted Dr. Irene Yaymadjian, founder of Hillside Wellness Center, The Defunked Band members Danny Jay and Eric Johnson, and Facebook community Bricklayers, … Continue reading “Bochian details fundraising plans for Seth Rogen Charity”

Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting

3+ There are two sides to every camera story: those behind it creating movie magic, and the talented performers in front.  What many may not consider are the people who bridge the gap between the two worlds; one of these departments being Casting.  One company that’s been adjusting during these turbulent times is O’Connor Casting, … Continue reading “Zoom Interview: with David and Joan of O’Connor Casting”

Potbelly returns $10 million small business loan

2+ After succumbing to public pressure, Chicago-based sandwich chain Potbelly said Saturday that it will return its $10 million loan from the Paycheck Protection Program intended for small businesses. The $350 billion total allotment ran dry earlier this month, stirring outrage against large-cap public companies who received the assistance. The government allocated at least $243.4 … Continue reading “Potbelly returns $10 million small business loan”

Midwest resources for music creators from Grammys

2+ The Recording Academy’s Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio chapters are committed to sharing resources for music creators and professionals affected by the covid-19. In the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, music creators and many of the professionals who support them have been greatly affected. The chapters are committed to creating, amplifying, and sharing resources that … Continue reading “Midwest resources for music creators from Grammys”

Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20

3+ (Editor’s Note: Maywood, Illinois’ John Prine died on April 7 in Nashville, Tenn. Music journalist Morgan Enos, who has bylines in Billboard, TIDAL and Vinyl Me wrote this piece that first appeared in the Grammy Newsletter about Prine’s legacy.) John Prine got his most famous acknowledgment from Bob Dylan, who praised his songs as … Continue reading “Remembering John Prine 10.10.46 – 04.07.20”