Monday, May 22, 2017




I'm super excited to be invited to the media preview for this exhibit on 6/2. Check back soon for our photo filled feature. I dig Takashi Murakami's edgy works, many of which are simultaneously cute and disturbingly dark. Save the dates. This exhibit is open to the public from June 6th through September 24th.

This summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents the highly anticipated major retrospective Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, showcasing more than three decades of Murakami's paintings from his earliest mature works - many of which are being shown in North America for the first time - to his most recent, never-before-seen paintings. Across over fifty works, this seminal exhibition of extraordinary, monumental paintings reveals the consistent, universal themes that have guided his work, reflecting his exquisite level of craft and insightful engagement with history. Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is curated by MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling and is on view at the MCA Chicago from June 6 to September 24, 2017. The exhibition is presented in partnership with ComplexCon.

One of the most imaginative artists working today, Murakami has created a colorful cast of characters inspired by folklore, art history, and popular culture, that blurs the boundaries between high and low, ancient and modern, eastern and western. His signature style, which he calls "Superflat," pairs traditional Japanese painting techniques with a contemporary, animé-inspired aesthetic within a flattened picture plane. For this exhibition, Murakami has produced a new group of paintings that are being shown for the first time, including The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, a 114-foot masterwork made up of over 35 panels that surround visitors in the gallery. The title of this work and the exhibition is a Japanese folk saying that hints at the process of rejuvenation. An octopus in distress can chew off a damaged leg to ensure survival, knowing that a new one will grow in its place. Similarly, Murakami often feeds off his own prior imagery, or that of Japanese history, in order for new work to emerge.

Murakami is widely known for both his fine art and commercial output - including collaborations with pop icons such as Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton - and this exhibition presents the first serious survey of his work as a painter. It provides a sustained analysis of the artist's relationship to the traditions of Japanese painting while borrowing from the Pop Art tradition. Murakami picks up visual cues from the world of mass production and playfully equates himself with a corporate entity. These works can be seen as an early example of Murakami's interest in the power of branding and global commercialism.

Influenced by animated films (anime), comic books (manga), and global branding, Murakami created Mr. DOB, a recognizable character that would be his cartoon-ish alter-ego. This stylized mouse character continues to evolve to this day. Part brand ambassador, part self-portrait, Mr. DOB has paved the way for other characters throughout the artist's career. From his first, highly simplified version in 1993, Mr. DOB would become more complicated as time went on, turning into a radioactive mutating monster, but the core characteristics of round face and ears with the letters D, O, B are always consistent.

The continual adaptation of his iconic Mr. DOB figure reveals Murakami's interest in the mutant form stretching back to his earliest Nihonga paintings. Shown together, Murakami's cast of characters, including DOB as well as his palette of signature motifs, like anime eyes, jagged teeth, and bulbous letterforms, became demonstrations for the fluidity of his Superflat concept, a visual skin that could spread over and occupy any imaginable surface from paintings and sculptures to plush toys, stickers, and countless other consumer products.

For this exhibition, Murakami has produced a new group of paintings that revisit this creative partnership and will debut at the MCA. Murakami considers these extra-art-world collaborations "disruptions" to the expectations of a highly stratified system that prizes exclusivity and elitism, consistent with his superflattening of DOB characters into key chains, or jellyfish eyes onto luxury bags.

In Murakami's rarely seen early works, he synthesizes traditional Japanese methods, materials, and formats. Trained in the Nihonga style of painting, which utilized mineral pigments for powerfully pure colors and emphasized careful craftsmanship, Murakami created works in the 1980s that began with animal imagery and an almost spiritual earthiness and evolved into pure abstraction. At the same time, the artist began to introduce more explicitly contemporary content into the works, using centuries-old materials to reference the dangers of nuclear power, comment on global consumerism, and lampoon both the excess and the self-seriousness of contemporary art.

The merging of Eastern and Western artistic traditions moved into new territory in the late 1990s, especially around Murakami's development of his theory of the "Superflat." This ambitious concept was meant to explain the cultural attributes of Post-World War II Japan, especially the popular image of Japan as a producer of saccharine consumer products such as Hello Kitty. Within a Superflat world, the Otaku, or maladjusted comic book geek, became the true driver of contemporary culture. Murakami's paintings and sculptures of these years were shaped by these theories.

Mushrooms are popular in Japanese art history, but Murakami's surreal and hallucinogenic rendering in a seven-panel painting was his largest work at the time it was made. Likewise, his smiling technicolor daisies have become one of his most popular and recognizable forms. His daisies are featured in exquisitely painted canvases, as well as stickers, plush pillows, and skateboards, among other products.

Murakami's relationship to pop culture reached a high point around 2007, when he began to collaborate with rapper Kanye West on album covers and videos. The iconic character at the center of the visual identity was dubbed the "Kanye Bear," meant to stand in for an adolescent West. Murakami later made a sculpture of the bear in his signature cartoonish style, replete with a gilded "Jesus piece" necklace popularized in the hip-hop community. Murakami recently revisited his creative partnership with West for a new painting, presented here for the first time.

After finding himself at the center of luxury and celebrity cultures, he began to depart from the highly commercial, cartoon-inspired aesthetic that garnered him popular acclaim. He returned to classic Japanese paintings from centuries past and researched the imagery of Buddhist monks and figures. He drew upon this more serious source material for solace and inspiration when addressing the massive earthquake and tsunami that killed over 15,000 people in 2011 and affected him greatly.

He turned to historical paintings to find an appropriate response, attracted to a legendary band of Buddhist monks called Arhats who roamed the land in an attempt to heal and comfort people. This discovery fueled a growing body of paintings featuring wizened and highly individualized groups of Arhats, and other elements of Japanese and Buddhist cultural heritage.

Murakami founded the Hiropon factory (now called Kaikai Kiki) in Saitama in 1996, first as his studio and then as an art production and art management corporation to market his art and foster emerging artists. Since then, he has become known for several high profile commercial ventures, forays into comics and animation, and his own colorful, post-apocalyptic characters, all the while diligently incorporating the traditions of Nihonga painting.

Murakami's work is in private collections and foundations as well as major public collections including the MCA's collection. Murakami was born in Tokyo, and studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, earning a BFA in 1986, an MFA in 1988, and a PhD in 1993. MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling has known and worked with Murakami for twenty years, and curated the American presentation of the artist's Superflat exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2001.

Following its presentation at the MCA, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg travels to the Vancouver Art Gallery in Winter 2018 and to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Summer 2018.

Takashi Murakami, a richly illustrated catalogue with more than 250 full-color reproductions accompanies the exhibition, with original essays by the show's curator Michael Darling, along with essays by scholars Michael Dylan Foster, Chelsea Foxwell, Reuben Keehan, and Akira Mizuta Lippit, as well as previously published texts by Murakami translated from the original Japanese. Concentrating on Murakami's synthesis of the contemporary and the traditional, as well as his exceptional level of craft, this catalogue presents three decades of the artist's paintings, from his earliest mature works-many of which are being shown in North America for the first time-to some of his most recent. The catalogue is published by Skira Rizzoli Publications, Inc. in association with the MCA and Kaikai Kiki New York, LLC.

MCA Talk: Takashi Murakami
Friday, June 2, 6 pm
MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling joins artist Takashi Murakami in conversation to kick off the exhibition.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

REVIEW: The Silver Whistle at Actors Gymnasium

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List:
The Silver Whistle

Last Call. Must end Sunday!

The Actors Gymnasium Spring Youth Circus 
An Empowering and Highflying Adaptation of Jay Williams 
Beloved Children's Story

**The magic of The Silver Whistle is recommended for ages 5 & up!**

Book written by Jay Williams
Adapted & Directed by Anna Basile & Abby Pajakowski
Circus Choreography by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasti & Tommy Tomlins

It was our great pleasure to catch the opening performance of The Silver Whistle last Saturday, and we adored it! Actors Gymnasium has long been a favorite of ours for high caliber, playful and professional productions. They raise the bar on creative book based adaptations and original works while seamlessly incorporating stellar circus arts, live music, and superb storytelling. This show is my 16 year old son, Dugan's 2nd Actors Gymnasium production, while his sister, Sage, was in the past spring and fall shows. He has loved the cast camaraderie and welcomed the opportunity to work on circus choreography with some of Chicago's top talent. 

Sure, the spring and fall youth circus productions are comprised of a cast of kids, but don't underestimate them. Auditions are required for these shows and the talent pool runs deep. We highly recommend checking out The Silver Whistle. It's a charming tale with a female lead, upbeat choreography, impressive circus arts, catchy tunes, and a great message. This is a good bet for multigenerational fun for ages 5 to 105...

We do recommend booking tickets on line in advance if possible. It's a small theatre and shows do sell out. The up side is, there's not a bad seat in the place! What are you waiting for? Go already.  

Saturday(s) May 13 & 20 at 4:30PM and 7:30PM 
Sunday(s) May 14 & 21 at 3:00PM
Tickets: $15 - $20
Group reservations and general questions call 847.328.2795
On-site box office opens 1.5 hours prior to the start of each performance

"Prudence the Plain" has never left the small village where she grew up, sheltered by her mother, the Wise Woman of the West. But now her mother has fallen ill and leaves Prudence with a magical silver whistle and a word of advice: go out into the world and live. Despite grief and uncertainty, Prudence sets out on a journey to create her own life. She encounters creatures of all kinds, a clever witch seeking the throne, and a one-of-a-kind Wazar. The Silver Whistle explores what happens when an unlikely hero chooses to embrace her ever-changing world and the people inhabiting it. 

The production is an empowering and highflying adaptation of the original children's book written by Jay Williams. Anna Basile and Abby Pajakowski direct this circus theatre production at the Actors Gymnasium. While reading the story, they were struck by its illustrations - an entire world is brought to life with its beautiful, whimsical and often very funny images. These images inspired the choreography and circus routines, honoring the highly physical style of performance for which Actors Gymnasium is known. 

"We loved Prudence immediately because her so-called plainness affords her the freedom to explore the world without expectations and become whatever person she wants be. As an ensemble we asked ourselves, who do we want our heroine to be?"

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hot Picks For Tonight: Rightness in the Rhythm featuring the world-renowned Marcus Roberts Trio at Chicago's Symphony Center

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Tonight we'll be ChiILin' at Chi, IL's gorgeous Symphony Center for Rightness in the Rhythm featuring the world-renowned Marcus Roberts Trio. I'm so jazzed for this celebration of the melding of symphony and jazz and can't wait to check it out. 

I'm extra excited to bring my parents, who are in from out of state. My dad was a trumpet player back in the day, through high school and in Northwestern University's acclaimed marching band, and he has an affinity for jazz. This is an excellent opportunity for multigenerational fun, and an upbeat, family friendly introduction to jazz that's great for kids as well. 

Come early. Before the show and during intermission, audience members will have the opportunity to learn more about Chicago’s rich jazz history, make their own instrument and take their turn playing, improvising and scatting during a live jam session.

Monday, May 15 at 7:30 pm
At Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.

Chicago Sinfonietta concludes its 2016-17 season with Rightness in the Rhythm, which celebrates nearly a century exploring the connection between jazz and symphony from ragtime to Broadway and beyond featuring the world-renowned Marcus Roberts Trio and a special guest appearance from Chicago Sinfonietta’s Assistant Conductor Deanna Tham.

Treemonisha featuring Guest Conductor Deanna Tham
Variations on Swing Low Sweet Chariot
An American in Paris
On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Rhapsody in Blue featuring Marcus Roberts Trio


Featuring world-renowned jazz musicians Marcus Roberts Trio
with Chicago Sinfonietta’s Assistant Conductor Deanna Tham

Chicago Sinfonietta, led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, concludes its 2016-17 season by celebrating nearly a century exploring the connection between jazz and symphony from ragtime to Broadway and beyond featuring the world-renowned Marcus Roberts Trio and a special guest appearance from Chicago Sinfonietta’s Assistant Conductor Deanna Tham. 

This upbeat performance begins with ragtime pianist Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha led by Assistant Conductor Deanna Tham. Tham first joined Chicago Sinfonietta last season as part of the Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship, a year-long program presented by the Sinfonietta that fosters the development of up-and-coming conductors of diverse backgrounds under the tutelage of Maestro Mei-Ann Chen. The concert continues with Michael Abels’ Variations on Swing Low Sweet Chariot featuring solo performances from Chicago Sinfonietta musicians John Floeter, Principal Bass; Jeff Handley, Principal Percussionist; and Matthew Lee, Principal Trumpet. Rightness in the Rhythm follows with two widely popular Broadway hits: George Gershwin’s An American in Paris concluding the concert’s first half followed by Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town: Three Dance Episodes which showcases three movements from his hit Broadway musical opening the program’s second half.

Just as this season began with virtuosic piano performances, the second half of the program comes full circle with a final flurry of incandescent playing courtesy of the Marcus Roberts Trio lead by critically-acclaimed modern composer and jazz icon Marcus Roberts. The trio closes the program with their own spin on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, injected with musical improvisation, making it unique every time it’s performed. Marcus Roberts’ improvisational style, which began when he learned to play piano after losing his sight at the age of five, has led to ground-breaking contributions to jazz and the development of an entirely new approach to jazz trio performances.

Mei-Ann Chen said of the concert, "We’re excited to close our 2016-17 season with a performance of upbeat, exciting jazz works joined by the phenomenal Marcus Roberts Trio, and our assistant conductor, Deanna Tham. We’ve been wanting to present a jazz-focused concert and I can assure our audiences that this unique program, in which all of us will witness live improvisation at each performance, will be one of the most memorable. Chicago Sinfonietta has helped many young conductors further their professional careers - Deanna Tham, another young star in the making, will also be making her Chicago debut in the Overture to Joplin's opera Treemonisha. Not only is this program a wonderful way to end a wonderful season, but the music is a great way to herald in our 30th Anniversary Season next year.”

Tickets: Single tickets range from $18-$99 for concerts at Symphony Center, $48-$60 for concerts at Wentz Concert Hall, with special $10 pricing available for students at both concerts. Tickets can be purchased by calling Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-284-1554 or online at

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Deanna Tham, guest conductor

Marcus Roberts Trio, jazz trio
Featured Chicago Sinfonietta musicians: John Floeter, bass; Jeff Handley, drums; Matt Lee, trumpet

About Chicago Sinfonietta
Now in its 29th season, Chicago Sinfonietta has pushed artistic boundaries to provide an alternative way of hearing, seeing and thinking about a symphony orchestra and is dedicated to promoting diversity, inclusion, racial and cultural equity in the arts. Led by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen since 2011, each concert experience blends inventive new works with classical masterworks, each from a diverse array of voices, to entertain, transform and inspire. In 2016, Chicago Sinfonietta was the proud recipient of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (MACEI). This award recognizes exceptional organizations that are key contributors in their fields. The orchestra also received the Spirit of Innovation Award at this year’s Chicago Innovation Awards. Learn more at

Chicago Sinfonietta is grateful to its season sponsors including Cedar Concepts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Southwest Airlines, Fairmont Hotel, Hotel Arista and NBC5. Chicago Sinfonietta also thanks its BRIDGE Audience Engagement sponsors Macy's and PWC, as well as its season media sponsors including WXRT, Chicago and Naperville Magazines, and Chicago Reader.

About Project Inclusion
Project Inclusion is Chicago Sinfonietta's groundbreaking mentoring program for musicians and conductors of diverse backgrounds who are pursuing careers as professional classical musicians and music directors. It is designed to help eliminate the institutional bias that is a barrier to participation for many musicians due to factors such as ethnicity, race, and socio-economic status. According to a study conducted by the League of American Orchestras, Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion Fellowship has served more fellows than any other program of its kind in the United States.  In just nine seasons, Project Inclusion has served 50 diverse, early career musicians and conductors, or about 42% of the total ever served by similar programs nationwide.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Elevate Your Exclusive VIP Mother's Day Experience 103 Floors With Skydeck Chicago’s Pie in the Sky

Looking for a truly unique, limited availability, VIP experience for Mother's Day? Skydeck Chicago’s Pie in the Sky experiences are a great way to celebrate mom from 103 floors up! The family can enjoy the world-famous Chicago skyline with Chicago style pizza on the 103rd or 99th floors of Willis Tower.

Pie in the Sky VIP Dinner

Guests are invited to enjoy an exclusive dining experience on Mother’s Day at 10:30pm, after the after Skydeck Chicago closes to the public. At $100 per person, this three-course meal is catered by Giordano’s Pizza. Nine reservations are available to ensure a VIP experience. 

Pie in the Sky VIP Lunch

At $80 per person, guests can enjoy lunch at 12pm on the 99th floor, experiencing a spectacular view of four states. Pricing includes Fast Pass entry, a visit to the 103rd floor Ledge, and a three-course lunch. A maximum of ten reservations are available.

Remaining reservations for this weekend must be completed by 5pm CT today (5/12/17).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Top Weekend Picks: OPENING: The Silver Whistle at Actors Gymnasium

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar

The Silver Whistle
at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, May 13 - 21, 2017
TICKETS are available NOW!

ChiIL Mama will be there... will YOU?!

We'll be out for the opening weekend with at least 11 people including 5 grandparents, friends and neighbors, and my immediate family. Don't miss this six show run, this weekend and next only! The Silver Whistle is family friendly for all ages, and Actors Gymnasium is one of the best circus arts training facilities in the region, with stellar original shows. 

Come catch a host of crazy amazing Chicago kids and teens (including my own 16 year old son) doing mind bending circus arts and compelling story telling. For a 10% ticket discount, input CASTMEMBER and hit apply code. On the final page input Dugan Kenaz-Mara under cast member name. We highly recommend booking tickets in advance as the auditorium is small and shows do sell out. 

Performance dates are Saturday(s) May 13 and 20 at 4:30PM and 7:30PM - and Sunday(s) May 14 and 21 at 3:00PM. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under, students with i.d. and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at For group reservations and general questions call 847-328-2795. The on-location box office opens 1.5 hours prior to the start of each performance. 

"Prudence the Plain" has never left the small village where she grew up, sheltered by her mother, the Wise Woman of the West. But now her mother has fallen ill and leaves Prudence with a magical silver whistle and a word of advice: go out into the world and live. Despite grief and uncertainty, Prudence sets out on a journey to make her own way. She encounters creatures of all kinds, a clever witch seeking the throne, and a one-of-a-kind Wazar. The Silver Whistle explores what happens when an unlikely hero chooses to embrace her ever-changing world and the people inhabiting it. 

The production is an empowering and highflying adaptation of the original children's book written by Jay Williams. Anna Basile and Abby Pajakowski direct this circus theatre production at the Actors Gymnasium. While reading the story, they were struck by its illustrations - an entire world is brought to life with its beautiful, whimsical and often very funny images. These images inspired the choreography and circus routines, honoring the highly physical style of performance for which Actors Gymnasium is known. 

The adaptation is directed by Anna Basile and Abby Pajakowski. Circus Choreography is by Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi and Tommy Tomlins. Dance choreography is Rosey Jo Neddy. 

About Youth Circus:
The Actors Gymnasium Youth Circus is a performance-based training program that culminates in a fully-produced, original show. This intensive experience pairs professional artists and youth performers to collaboratively create an original new show and includes high-quality training in drama, dance, aerial and circus arts. In the process, students develop skills in collaboration, problem solving, and social interaction with their peers. The Youth Circus is one of our most popular ticketed events each year. 

The Actors Gymnasium is located at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL - just off of the Noyes purple line 'L' stop. The Noyes Cultural Arts Center is owned by the City of Evanston and home to over 20 artists and arts organizations offering music, theater, and visual arts programs and studios. The galleries exhibit local artists, with exhibitions changing every two months.

About The Actors Gymnasium:
The Actors Gymnasium is dedicated to bringing a new physicality to the American Theatre. Encouraging ground-breaking theatrical exploration, The Actors Gymnasium teaches circus arts, physical theatre and multi-disciplinary performance to children and adults; produces original, daring works of circus-theatre; and serves as a talent resource, providing performance opportunities to our students and innovative professional event entertainment for a wider audience. At The Actors Gymnasium, people Learn To Fly - physically, emotionally, and creatively. For more information, please visit

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Top Weekend Picks: Complimentary Yoga At Chicago Red Stars Soccer Game Via Ivivva

Celebrate Mother's Day With Yoga with Mom 
& Soccer with your local Womens Professional Soccer Team 
the Chicago Red Stars!

Here at ChiIL Mama, we've long been fans of the high quality work out fashions by Ivivva and Lululemon. We're also on board with their mission to encourage strength and courage in our girls and support them in their chosen sports. This weekend in Chicago, Ivivva is teaming up with our professional womens soccer team, the Chicago Red Stars with ticket discounts, a meet and greet, and complimentary pre game yoga on the field for moms and their families! Check it out. 

Date: Sunday 5/14 Yoga at 2pm/ Game to follow at 5pm
Where: Toyota Park (7000 Harlem Ave Bridgeview, IL 60455
What: Complimentary Mom/Daughter Yoga on the field at Toyota Park at 2pm
Chicago Red Stars vs. Boston Breakers game to follow at 5pm in Center Club Seats. Meet and Greet with the Chicago Red Stars to follow

Other details: Please bring your own mat. Tickets for the game will be offered at a discounted rate ($40 for mom/daughter duos, and $30 for each additional ticket- the rest of the family is welcome to join for the game). 

To purchase game tickets, please contact

Monday, May 8, 2017

GIVEAWAY & DISCOUNT OFFER: WIN Tickets to LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil For Mother's Day!

ChiIL Out in Chi, IL at LUZIA by 
Cirque du Soleil. 
Give Your Mom, Mother Figure or Mom You Adore Tickets This Mother’s Day at a Discount!

Limited 20% offer on tickets for selected performances from July 21 – September 3, 2017
under the Big Top at the United Center parking lot

MOM upside down is WOW and I can just about guarantee the moms in your life will be wowed if you win a pair of Luzia tickets from ChiIL Mama & Cirque du Soleil, or scoop some up at a great discount. She likely won't love you more, but you might win the best gift oneupmanship with your sibs for 2017 if you take your mom to LUZIA.

ENTER HERE for your chance to WIN a pair (2) of Tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA. 

Enter through midnight 5/13. We'll e-mail our winner and announce it here and on our social media outlets on Mother’s Day (May 14, 2017).

Add the jaw-dropping touch of Cirque du Soleil to Mother’s Day this year with LUZIA, a waking dream of Mexico. For a limited time only, tickets in price levels 1,2 & 3 are 20% off for selected Chicago performances of LUZIA scheduled from July 21 – September 3, 2017 under the Big Top at the United Center parking lot. For more information about this offer, visit Regular tickets for all Chicago performances of LUZIA are available online at

LUZIA – A waking dream of Mexico
Through a series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences to an imaginary Mexico – a sumptuous world suspended somewhere between dreams and reality. Smoothly passing from an old movie set to the ocean to a smoky dance hall or an arid desert, LUZIA cleverly brings to the stage multiple places, faces and sounds of Mexico taken from both tradition and modernity. Rich in awe-inspiring moments, LUZIA enchants by incorporating rain into acrobatic and artistic scenes – a first for a Cirque du Soleil touring production.

Follow #LUZIA and #cirquedusoleil on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Official partners & sponsors
Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank MÉXICO, an affiliate partner of LUZIA, and Forsythe Technology, official sponsor of Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil
LUZIA is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit

Hot Deals For Chi, IL Moms!

Still Stumped By What To Get Your Mama, Mother Figure or Moms You Adore For Mother's Day?Check out these ChiIL Ideas.

Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
Mother’s Day Gift Market
Wednesday, May 10; 4:00-8:00 p.m.

A special Mother’s Day Gift Market kicks-off the return of the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce’s Ravenswood Farmers Market. The Mother’s Day Gift Market will be held On Wednesday, May 10 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at 4900 N. Damen Avenue (Ravenswood Evangelical Covenant Church parking lot). Local artists and vendors include Marina Veiler Art; handmade jewelry by Allison Mooney Design, jl marie jewelry, MAKA designs Lifestyle, organicabylaura, Sweethearts and Crafts, Twisted Rose Metal and Tytin Jewelry; natural beauty products from Noktivo Natural Salon; a children's card-making station; neighborhood favorite Bang Bang Pie Shop; a variety of fresh flower arrangements from Illinois’ Patyk Farms and more. The regular market will operate every Wednesday, June 7-October 18 from 4:00-8:00 p.m., rain or shine. 

For more information, including a list of all vendors, please visit


Select shows Thursday, May 11-Sunday, May 14

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Odysseo and bring your mom for free! Buy 3 tickets and get 1 free ticket on select Odysseo shows in Chicago. Promotional Code: MOTHER. Learn more at

City Winery

Story Sessions Brunch
Sunday, May 14; 11:00 a.m.

On Mother’s Day, City Winery returns with its popular Story Sessions brunch to celebrate the mom, the myth, the legend. Audience members are invited to raise a glass of champagne, and a plate of French toast to the woman who made it all possible. Seven mother-lovers will share true stories on the theme, "YOUR MOM."

Produced by Jill Howe
Hosted by moms

10:30 am: Doors open
11:00 am: Music

12:00 pm: Stories

Lyric Opera

My Fair Lady
Sunday, May 14; 1:30 p.m.

A performance of My Fair Lady is a great gift for mom and wonderful for the whole family! An all-star cast, plus the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, bring to life the charming story of Eliza Doolittle (Lisa O’Hare), a young flower seller with a strong Cockney accent, and Professor Henry Higgins (Richard E. Grant), the phonetics professor who believes he can teach her to speak like a proper lady.

Use promo code PHOTO2017 when you call 312.827.5600 or visit  and save 20% for any Mother’s Day weekend performance AND receive a free photo signed by My Fair Lady stars Richard E. Grant and Lisa O’Hare. Purchase today, and pick up your signed photograph at the Lyric merchandise kiosk in the Main Lobby when you attend your performance.

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