#ALWAYSANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 9 WITH EARLY TO BED

This week, we are joined by Searah Deysach, the owner of  Early to Bed, Chicago’s only women-oriented, trans-friendly, boy-friendly, queer, and all gender positive sex shop located at 5044 N Clark. This diverse business is dedicated to helping you explore your sexuality to the fullest, without fear, and they are one of the destinations for our upcoming Andersonville Wine Walk, this Sunday, May 20!

Searah Deysach, owner of Early to Bed

Searah Deysach, owner of Early to Bed

“We like to be that space where someone can ask that question that they’ve never known who to turn to before, on how to make their body feel better.”
– Searah Deysach 

Listen to Episode 9 with Searah Deysach!

Here are some of the references from Episode 9 that you may want to check out:

  • Searah was inspired to found Early to Bed by her dissatisfaction with the local sex shops around Chicago. She wanted a business that focused on education, safety, and comfort; all things she wasn’t able to find at other establishments. Now she loves what she does: helping other people love what they do! Learn more about Early to Bed here.
  • Searah wants to make sure the “first time sex shop walker-inner” is comfortable and not scared of the experience.
  • Searah mentions the issues regarding medical research into sex, specifically for women. On the Early to Bed website, Searah lists several advice columns on everything from the G-spot to Open Relationships.
  • In addition to Early to Bed, Searah has also created two websites geared towards gender-inclusion: FTM essentials and Trans Kids. These webstores feature packing gear and more for everyone’s needs, big or small!
  • Classes at Early to Bed –
  • Within the community, Searah does a lot of outreach. Request her presentations here!
  • Searah also mentions being on the Board for the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and loving getting involved and meeting fellow business owners from the Andersonville community. Learn more about the Board here.
  • If she didn’t have her current career, Searah would want to own a store, where she wouldn’t have to do social media! All kidding aside, she’d see herself in women’s health. She also thought it would be fun to trade places with the owners of Women and Children First (5233 N Clark) or anyone who serves drinks in the neighborhood.
Guests at Andersonville Wine Walk 2017 at Early to Bed. Guests can visit during the 2018 Wine Walk on the Cork Route.

Guests at Andersonville Wine Walk 2017 at Early to Bed. Guests can visit during the 2018 Wine Walk on the Cork Route.

“I love that I am contributing to the health of this neighborhood.”
– Searah Deysach

Visit Early to Bed on these platforms:
Online: early2bedshop.com
Facebook: facebook.com/early2bed
Instagram: @early2bed
Twitter: @Earlytobed


#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Notes for Bonus Episode 1 with the Andersonville Farmers Market and Chicago Patchwork Farms

In honor of opening day for the Andersonville Farmers Market (Wednesday, May 9), we have launched our first bonus episode of the podcast! In studio, we are joined by Katie Williams from Chicago Patchwork Farms and Joan Oberndorf, market manager of Andersonville’s Farmers Market. Chicago Patchwork Farms is an organization dedicated to rehabilitating unused land in the city into beautiful, usable green spaces, and has been a vendor at the market since 2014. Their farm is located at 2825 W Chicago Avenue in Humboldt Park.

The Andersonville Farmers market is NOW OPEN for the season on Wednesdays from May 9 – August 29 (3-8PM) and September 5 – October 17 (3-7PM) along Berwyn between Clark and Ashland.

Katie Williams  of Chicago Patchwork Farms (left) and farmers market manager Joan Oberndorf (right).

Katie Williams of Chicago Patchwork Farms (left) and farmers market manager Joan Oberndorf (right).

“Getting to ask the farmer about how they treat their employees I think is an important question, which is something you can’t ask at the grocery store.”
– Katie Williams

Listen to BONUS Episode 1 with Joan Oberndorf and Katie Williams!

Here are some of the references from Bonus Episode 1 that you may want to check out:

  • The Chicago Patchwork Farms provides a food services to locals (CSA), where consumers can pay yearly and receive a bag of fresh vegetables each week. Click here to learn how to buy.
  • The Farmers Market is a great way to support small farmers and local businesses. All of the food in Andersonville’s market is sourced within 200 miles. For more information regarding our market, click here.
  • Being sustainable is a very important to both the Chicago Patchwork Farm and to the Andersonville Farmers Market. Katie has the word “sustain” tattooed on her arm!
  • A lot of research goes into rehabilitating areas in Chicago for farm use. Katie says brussel sprouts, cabbages, and cauliflower are the hardest to grow in an urban environment, and the easiest to grow in your backyard are tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants! Katie recommends buying fruiting plants, like cherry tomatoes, in the small variety to try our in your backyard for the first time.
  • Joan divulges that she loves all vegetables, but has grown to really love the mystery behind shishito peppers. Learn how to cook them!
  • In addition to growing their own plants, the Chicago Patchwork Farm also rents out their space for events. The events include a tour of the gardens and the rest of the space. Katie recalls how she visited two weddings that were hosted at the farm! To book your event or get more information on the spaces available, contact the Farm here.
  • This season, the Andersonville Farmers Market will be welcoming new vendors! One of which is a East Indian food vendor, Chiya Chai Café, along with a crepe maker, Gotta B Crepes! Along with these two prepared food makers, Chicago Patchwork Farms will have twice the space and twice the vegetables, in addition to new organic vendors, like American Pride Micro Farm. To see the full list of vendors for the market season, please visit the Farmers Market website.
  • Joan also works part time for defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery (also a market vendor and permanently located at 1477 W Balmoral), but would love to trade places with the staff at Women and Children First (5233 N Clark ).

Over 30 vendors set up on Berwyn between Clark and Ashland every Wednesday for the Andersonville Farmers Market season.

Visit Andersonville Farmers Market on these platforms:
Online: andersonville.org/farmersmarket
Facebook: facebook.com/AvilleFarmersMarket
Instagram: @avillefarmersmarket

Visit Chicago Patchwork Farms on these platforms:
Online: chicagopatchworkfarms.wordpress.com
Facebook: facebook.com/ChicagoPatchworkFarms
Instagram: @chicagopatchworkfarms


Midsommarfest Band Lineup 2018

 

Friday, June 8th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

5PM – Dj Dan Luna

6PM – To The 9sTo the 9s is an event band that is sure to keep you dancin’ all night! These professional party players have a handcrafted set of hits from every decade to make sure your lips keep moving and your toes tapping.

Tothe9s.jog copy

8PM – 16 Candles16 Candles is a modern-day band dedicated to bringing back all your favorite 80’s hits to life! Whether it’s Prince, Rush, or Michael Jackson, their totally gnarly sets will bring you back to a better time.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

6PM – Drag show featuring DJ Ecstasy

8PM – DJ Ecstacy

 

Saturday, June 9th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

11AM – Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

12PM – Vino

1PM – Second City Outlaws

1:30PM – Mister E MachineThis Chicago Indie band focuses on a textured vocals and deep LGBTQ+ lyrics. Mister E Machine is due to release their new album, The Stone Wall, this year.

3PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

3:30PM – Jonas FriddleJonas Friddle is a renowned banjo player residing in Chicago, IL. Friddle is backed up by a group of horns, keys, drums and strings that combine to create that traditional sound we know and love.

5PM – Little QueensThe Little Queens is a female-forward band playing all of your favorite classics and some upbeat originals, too. This Chicago-based music group is sure to host a great party!

7PM – The CongregationThis rock and soul group is sure to knock your socks off with their heartwarming ballads and high-energy rhythm. The Congregation is a contemporary mixture of multiple genres lead by a loud voice and even louder brass.

9PM – Mucca Pazza – Mucca Pazza is a marching band like you’ve never seen – this 30-member group of brass and drums combines traditional band antics with eclectic theatrics for a completely unique sound and experience.
MuccaPazzaALMBbyJaneKohlmanDeitrich

CENTER STAGE | 5300 N Clark

11AM – Two Filipinos

12:30PM – She’s CraftyShe’s Crafty is everything you’ve been looking for – this all-female tribute to the Beastie Boys is here to kick it 90s style!

ShesCrafty

1:30PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

2PM – Dr. Zylo and the Braniacs

3:30PM – Second City Outlaws

4PM – The Ron Burgundy’s

6PM – The Hairband NightTease your hair and don your leather jackets, it’s time for Hair Bands! The Hairband Night covers all of your favorite hairband hits – Motley Crew, Van Halen, ACDC and more!

8PM – The Boy Band NightThey’re exactly what they sound like – ‘Night covers all of your Boy Band favorites, from N’Sync to Backstreet Boys and One Direction. Put your heart on your sleeve and get out your teen magazine – The Boy Band Night is here to steal your heart!

 

SUMMERDALE STAGE | Summerdale 5350 N Clark

11AM – Little Linguists

12PM – Jameson Loves Danger Pet Parade

1PM – Seeds Center

2PM – Dream Big Performing Arts

3PM – Cielito LindoCielito Lindo is a mariachi band consisting of a father, mother, and their 7 children. This is a family business that will charm you with their latin flair and keep you laughing, too!

4:30PM – Honey and the 45s

Honey & the 45s press photo

6PM – Willy DynomiteWilly Dynomite is a group of seasoned musicians doing what they know best. This is a group with full horns and backup singers, sure to keep you swingin’ and jivin’ all night long with their original music.

8PM – FabitatFabitat is a bi-weekly diverse and inclusive LGBTQ+ musical event hosted by the Chicago Beauty Bar. The events normally feature live music, drag, and live DJ sets.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

1PM – Singers and Standards

2PM – Singers and Standards

3PM – Singers and Standards

4:30PM – DJ for Drag

6:30PM – RETRO with DJ Laura B

8:30PM – The Hits with DJ Laura B

 

SWEDISH STAGE | Foster and Clark

11AM – Event Kick Off

11:30AM – May Pole

12PM – Swedish Jamboree

2PM – The New Invaders

4PM – Kashmir

6PM – Fiona Grey

7PM – Moose the DJ

8PM – ABBA Salute

ABBA-SALUTE-1 copy

 

Sunday, June 10th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

11AM – Senn Arts

12PM – Gussied

1:30PM – Second City Outlaws

2PM – Distant Brothers

3:30PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

4PM – Brooke and the Nice ThingsThis soulful band is sure to charm you with their original music and their amazing covers. Brooke and the Nice Things’ goal is to make people move – so get on your feet, and get ready for some hearty soul!

6PM – Libido Funk CircusLibido Funk Circus started as a living-room disco band, and expanded exponentially to a flashy and fun event band! LFC took the disco vibes and expanded them from the 60s to modern day music, making them a great host for everyone present.

8PM – 16 Candles16 Candles is a modern-day band dedicated to bringing back all your favorite 80’s hits to life! Whether it’s Prince, Rush, or Michael Jackson, their totally gnarly sets will bring you back to a better time.

 

CENTER STAGE | 5300 N Clark

11AM – Deliverance Singers – Gospel Brunch

1PM – Lakeside Pride Latin Band

1:45PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

ChicagoSpiritBrigade

2PM – Al RoseAl Rose is one of our own – an Andersonville local and a Chicago native, Al has been writing songs since 4th grade. Al Rose combines deep metaphoric lyrics with a flexible genre and unique style.

3:30PM – Second City Outlaws

4PM – Bailey Dee

6PM – Sushi RollMore like Sushi Rock and Roll! This band brings high energy and dancy vibes combined with their crazy costumes to create a totally memorable stage presence. Come sing along to their modern-day covers and reminisce about the early 2000s!

8PM – CatfightCatfight is an all-female cover band that brings all your favorites back to the stage! Brittany Spears, Queen, and more – those aren’t allergies, it’s just goosebumps from Catfight’s awesome music.

 

SUMMERDALE STAGE | Summerdale 5350 N Clark

9:30AM – Yoga Tree Yoga

11AM – Little Linguists

12PM – Andersonville Strings

1PM – Seeds Center

2PM – Dream Big Performing Arts

3PM – Kung Lao and the Scorpions

3:30PM – Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats – Laura Doherty is an award-winning children’s musical artist. She earned her place as a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching children how to play, and now devotes herself full time to making children’s music. Check out her most recent album, High Five (2018), which has already won several awards.

5PM – Lucy Smith Jazz TrioLucy Smith is a talented professional jazz musician dedicated to making her passion her career. She does this by performing her own soulful jazz pieces for crowds, and remixing church hymnals for jazz paradigms for worship.

6:30PM – Chicago Jazz OrchestraThe Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) celebrates and perpetuates jazz orchestra music – an original American art form – for all audiences through unique performance, collaboration, and education.

8PM – Rod Tuff Curls & the Bench PressRod Tuff Curls is a cover band for the ages – their experienced musicians and their three-part vocal harmonies of songs you’re sure to recognize will keep the crowd dancing all night long. With everything from Taylor Swift covers to famous musicals and even Disney songs, you’ll love the mix Rod Tuff Curls provides.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

12PM – Pride Rally

1PM –  Singers and Standards

2PM – Singers and Standards

3PM – DJ for Drag Show – Laura B

5PM – Tea Dance

7:30PM – The Hits DJ set

 

SWEDISH STAGE | Foster and Clark

12:30PM – LiveWire

2PM – Hugh Too

4PM – Hodie Snitch

6PM – Lynne Jordan and the Shivers

8PM – American English


#ALWAYS ANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 8 WITH RIVENDELL THEATRE ENSEMBLE

This week on the podcast, we are joined by company members of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an intimate salon-style theatre exploring the unique female perspectives of everyday stories  (located on Andersonville’s north end at 5779 N. Ridge Avenue). In studio, we discuss Rivendell’s Midwest premiere of The Cake, by playwright Bekah Brunstetter with artistic director Tara Mallen and ensemble members Krystel McNeil and Tuckie White – all three appear in the production, which was just extended through Saturday, June 2! They also recreate one of the iconic scenes from the play for us on air!

 

(From left) Tara Mallan, Tuckie White, and Kyrstel McNeil in studio at Transistor Radio's Studio C.

(From left) Tara Mallen, Tuckie White, and Krystel McNeil in studio at Transistor Radio’s Studio C.

 “Our theatre is never exclusive. Men can see their own journeys in our plays, but we’re always looking at it from the unique viewpoint of being a woman.”
– Tara Mallen, Artistic Director

Listen to Episode 8 with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble!

Here are some of the references from Episode 8 that you may want to check out:

  • About The Cake: Faith, Family and Frosting collide in this heartwarming play about a lesbian couple who return to their east coast hometown to ask a family friend to make the cake for their wedding – who then faces internal and external conflicts around the situation. Get tickets here.
  • Before they laid permanent roots in Edgewater on Ridge, Rivendell Theatre moved around the city for 16 years. Tara Mallen started the company when she became frustrated with the job availability in the field, particularly for women, and because she wanted to give females in the industry a greater chance at succeeding. She deveoped a relationship with American Blues Theater, and was able to produce the first Rivendell showcase. Read about the company history here. 
  • The play Wrens, that Tara mentions in the podcast, was produced in 1996 in the space that is now Gus Giordano Dance School at 5240 N Clark. View Rivendell’s production history!
  • Rivendell is part of Edgewater Theatre District, and Tara mentions that it felt like coming home when they finally opened here.
  • On Saturday, May 19 after the 4PM matinee of The Cake, there will be a community Town Hall talk back. Learn more here.
  • This Thursday, May 10, Rivendell will be celebrating their annual Blue Jean Ball. The event will feature barnyard dances and dance lessons, a pie contest, custom drinks, and more! The host of this year’s event is Milly from Milly’s Orchid Show. To get your tickets and find out more about the event, visit their website here.

“I think we have the unique capacity to invite the audience to take a journey with us, that you don’t have when you go bigger theatres in Chicago”
– Tara Mallen

The Cake was recently extended until Saturday, June 2. Keep in an out for a special ticket giveaway!

The Cake was recently extended until Saturday, June 2. Buy Tickets Now, and keep in an out for a special ticket giveaway!

Visit Rivendell Theatre Ensemble on these platforms:
Online: rivendelltheatre.org
Facebook: facebook.com/rivendelltheatre
Twitter: @RivendellThtr
Instagram: @rivendelltheatre


Celebrate Mother’s Day in Andersonville!

Mother’s Day in Andersonville – Sunday, May 13

Brunch/Food 
Andies – Celebrate this Mothers Day with family and friends at Andie’s Grand Mediterranean Buffet. Adults $27.95 per person, children 5-12 $13.95 each.
Plus, their condensed menu will also be available. Reservations highly recommended.

Appellation – Celebrate mom with one day brunch specials like crowd favorite lamb chops with roasted tomatoes. As always, Appellation’s bottomless mimosas will be flowing freely to keep the celebration going! Or, ,ake it an evening by dining at Appellation for dinner and enjoying Mother’s Day specials like risotto with mushrooms and leeks! Sip on rosé and get ready for the perfect spring evening. Appellation will be showing  appreciation for moms with a special tasty treat included with every meal purchase. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Bar RomaBar Roma will host a Mother’s Day brunch. In addition to the regular menu, executive chef Fred Ramos will offer an array of specials, including: Italian wedding soup; arugula salad; antipasti; smoked salmon frittata; chicken salad panini; and warm butter rum bundt cake. All moms will receive a complimentary dark chocolate dipped strawberry to finish their meal.

Fireside Restaurant & Lounge – Mother’s Day brunch buffet with unlimited Cajun shrimp cocktails, omelettes, quiche, french toast, benedicts, sliced ham, pot roast, and more.

Jerry’s SandwichesA free mimosa for Moms, plus cards, crayons, and stickers for the kids to make mom a card. Reservations strongly encouraged.

Gifts for Mom
Brown Elephant – Jewelry and accessories sale from May 11-13

Candyality – Mom’s Emergency Candy Stash Box for $15 (can be customized with candy and chocolate selection), and Mother’s Day Gourmet Chocolate Boxes

Cassona10% off on purchases up to $999, 15% off on purchases $1,000 and over. May 3-13

Murray & White – Complimentary Mimosas 10 – 2PM onf Sunday, May 13 and 30% OFF jewelry

Swedish American Museum30% off selected Mother’s Day specials

Tytin Jewelry – Create a lasting memory with Mom and celebrate her on her special day! Join Tytin Jewelry for an afternoon of sipping on mimosas and creating a unique experience she won’t forget. In this workshop, each student will explore jewelry making skills such as metal stamping and surface textures to customize up to six charms. You can turn your charms into pendants, earrings, wine tags and more! All materials will be supplied. No experience necessary. Metals included: brass, copper, aluminum. Limited supply of sterling silver charms will be available for additional purchase. Sign-up now

Pamper Mom
Andersonville Wine Walk – Our 12th annual Wine Walk returns on Sunday, May 20 from 3-6PM. A great gift option, Mom can walk, sip and shop our local business district one one of our three amazing walk routes while sampling wines from In Fine Spirits! Purchase tickets here.


Midsommarfest 2018 Band Lineup

 

Friday, June 8th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

5PM – Dj Dan Luna

6PM – To The 9sTo the 9s is an event band that is sure to keep you dancin’ all night! These professional party players have a handcrafted set of hits from every decade to make sure your lips keep moving and your toes tapping.

Tothe9s.jog copy

8PM – 16 Candles16 Candles is a modern-day band dedicated to bringing back all your favorite 80’s hits to life! Whether it’s Prince, Rush, or Michael Jackson, their totally gnarly sets will bring you back to a better time.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

6PM – Drag show featuring DJ Ecstasy

8PM – DJ Ecstacy

 

Saturday, June 9th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

11AM – Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus

12PM – Vino

1PM – Second City Outlaws

1:30PM – Mister E MachineThis Chicago Indie band focuses on a textured vocals and deep LGBTQ+ lyrics. Mister E Machine is due to release their new album, The Stone Wall, this year.

3PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

3:30PM – Jonas FriddleJonas Friddle is a renowned banjo player residing in Chicago, IL. Friddle is backed up by a group of horns, keys, drums and strings that combine to create that traditional sound we know and love.

5PM – Little QueensThe Little Queens is a female-forward band playing all of your favorite classics and some upbeat originals, too. This Chicago-based music group is sure to host a great party!

7PM – The CongregationThis rock and soul group is sure to knock your socks off with their heartwarming ballads and high-energy rhythm. The Congregation is a contemporary mixture of multiple genres lead by a loud voice and even louder brass.

9PM – Mucca Pazza – Mucca Pazza is a marching band like you’ve never seen – this 30-member group of brass and drums combines traditional band antics with eclectic theatrics for a completely unique sound and experience.
MuccaPazzaALMBbyJaneKohlmanDeitrich

CENTER STAGE | 5300 N Clark

11AM – Two Filipinos

12:30PM – She’s CraftyShe’s Crafty is everything you’ve been looking for – this all-female tribute to the Beastie Boys is here to kick it 90s style!

ShesCrafty

1:30PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

2PM – Dr. Zylo and the Braniacs

3:30PM – Second City Outlaws

4PM – The Ron Burgundy’s

6PM – The Hairband NightTease your hair and don your leather jackets, it’s time for Hair Bands! The Hairband Night covers all of your favorite hairband hits – Motley Crew, Van Halen, ACDC and more!

8PM – The Boy Band NightThey’re exactly what they sound like – ‘Night covers all of your Boy Band favorites, from N’Sync to Backstreet Boys and One Direction. Put your heart on your sleeve and get out your teen magazine – The Boy Band Night is here to steal your heart!

 

SUMMERDALE STAGE | Summerdale 5350 N Clark

11AM – Little Linguists

12PM – Jameson Loves Danger Pet Parade

1PM – Seeds Center

2PM – Dream Big Performing Arts

3PM – Cielito LindoCielito Lindo is a mariachi band consisting of a father, mother, and their 7 children. This is a family business that will charm you with their latin flair and keep you laughing, too!

4:30PM – Honey and the 45s

Honey & the 45s press photo

6PM – Willy DynomiteWilly Dynomite is a group of seasoned musicians doing what they know best. This is a group with full horns and backup singers, sure to keep you swingin’ and jivin’ all night long with their original music.

8PM – FabitatFabitat is a bi-weekly diverse and inclusive LGBTQ+ musical event hosted by the Chicago Beauty Bar. The events normally feature live music, drag, and live DJ sets.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

1PM – Singers and Standards

2PM – Singers and Standards

3PM – Singers and Standards

4:30PM – DJ for Drag

6:30PM – RETRO with DJ Laura B

8:30PM – The Hits with DJ Laura B

 

SWEDISH STAGE | Foster and Clark

11AM – Event Kick Off

11:30AM – May Pole

12PM – Swedish Jamboree

2PM – The New Invaders

4PM – Kashmir

6PM – Fiona Grey

7PM – Moose the DJ

8PM – ABBA Salute

ABBA-SALUTE-1 copy

 

Sunday, June 10th

NORTH STAGE | 5500 N Clark

11AM – Senn Arts

12PM – Gussied

1:30PM – Second City Outlaws

2PM – Distant Brothers

3:30PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

4PM – Brooke and the Nice ThingsThis soulful band is sure to charm you with their original music and their amazing covers. Brooke and the Nice Things’ goal is to make people move – so get on your feet, and get ready for some hearty soul!

6PM – Libido Funk CircusLibido Funk Circus started as a living-room disco band, and expanded exponentially to a flashy and fun event band! LFC took the disco vibes and expanded them from the 60s to modern day music, making them a great host for everyone present.

8PM – 16 Candles16 Candles is a modern-day band dedicated to bringing back all your favorite 80’s hits to life! Whether it’s Prince, Rush, or Michael Jackson, their totally gnarly sets will bring you back to a better time.

 

CENTER STAGE | 5300 N Clark

11AM – Deliverance Singers – Gospel Brunch

1PM – Lakeside Pride Latin Band

1:45PM – Chicago Spirit BrigadeThree cheers for community! The Chicago Spirit Brigade is a cheer squad dedicated to raising money for the community and using their talents to benefit society. Let’s spread the Cheer!

ChicagoSpiritBrigade

2PM – Al RoseAl Rose is one of our own – an Andersonville local and a Chicago native, Al has been writing songs since 4th grade. Al Rose combines deep metaphoric lyrics with a flexible genre and unique style.

3:30PM – Second City Outlaws

4PM – Bailey Dee

6PM – Sushi RollMore like Sushi Rock and Roll! This band brings high energy and dancy vibes combined with their crazy costumes to create a totally memorable stage presence. Come sing along to their modern-day covers and reminisce about the early 2000s!

8PM – CatfightCatfight is an all-female cover band that brings all your favorites back to the stage! Brittany Spears, Queen, and more – those aren’t allergies, it’s just goosebumps from Catfight’s awesome music.

 

SUMMERDALE STAGE | Summerdale 5350 N Clark

9:30AM – Yoga Tree Yoga

11AM – Little Linguists

12PM – Andersonville Strings

1PM – Seeds Center

2PM – Dream Big Performing Arts

3PM – Kung Lao and the Scorpions

3:30PM – Laura Doherty and the Heartbeats – Laura Doherty is an award-winning children’s musical artist. She earned her place as a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching children how to play, and now devotes herself full time to making children’s music. Check out her most recent album, High Five (2018), which has already won several awards.

5PM – Lucy Smith Jazz TrioLucy Smith is a talented professional jazz musician dedicated to making her passion her career. She does this by performing her own soulful jazz pieces for crowds, and remixing church hymnals for jazz paradigms for worship.

6:30PM – Chicago Jazz OrchestraThe Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) celebrates and perpetuates jazz orchestra music – an original American art form – for all audiences through unique performance, collaboration, and education.

8PM – Rod Tuff Curls & the Bench PressRod Tuff Curls is a cover band for the ages – their experienced musicians and their three-part vocal harmonies of songs you’re sure to recognize will keep the crowd dancing all night long. With everything from Taylor Swift covers to famous musicals and even Disney songs, you’ll love the mix Rod Tuff Curls provides.

 

BALMORAL PRIDE STAGE | Balmoral west of Clark

12PM – Pride Rally

1PM –  Singers and Standards

2PM – Singers and Standards

3PM – DJ for Drag Show – Laura B

5PM – Tea Dance

7:30PM – The Hits DJ set

 

SWEDISH STAGE | Foster and Clark

12:30PM – LiveWire

2PM – Hugh Too

4PM – Hodie Snitch

6PM – Lynne Jordan and the Shivers

8PM – American English


#ALWAYS ANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 7 WITH Maybelline Pereda of Cescas Margarita Bar and Grill

This week, we met up with Maybelline Pereda, the owner and founder of Cescas Margarita Bar & Grill, a Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Andersonville (5403 N Clark). Cescas is home to craft margaritas, expansive brunch and dinner menus, and a dog-friendly cozy patio to help you kick off the upcoming summer months!

A trio of margaritas at Cescas.

A trio of margaritas at Cescas.

“[Good hospitality] means everything. When I first opened the restaurant… the fact that I was always there to meet and greet every single customer that came through meant a lot to that customer, and it meant a lot to me.”
Maybelline Pereda

 Listen to Episode 7 with Maybelline Pereda!

Here are some of Maybelline’s references from Episode 7 that you may want to check out:

  • On June 24, Cescas will be celebrating their 4th year anniversary in Andersonville.
  • Maybelline was faced with the passing of her husband, the original owner of the restaurant, only 3 weeks after opening. From there, she took up full ownership and has been running the place ever since – she credits her success to the community that Andersonville fostered.
  • Cescas prides themselves in serving fresh food daily, which is prepared by hand, as it would be in a traditional Mexican home. View their menus here.
  • Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican independence day. It is actually a small battle that was fought and won against France. While acknowledged in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is more popularly celebrated in the United States. Learn more here.
  • Cescas hosts 14 different flavors of margaritas, in addition to 10 specialty crafted flavors. Each one is made using high-end artisanal tequila and Mezcal. Cescas is currently featuring a margarita with Mezcal and Chamoy! To browse the flavors, visit their Cantina menu here.
  • This Cinco de Mayo, Cescas will be officially opening their patio, which will feature a full taco bar (come summertime!), where customers can watch their tacos being made. Cescas was just named one of the best patios in Chicago in a recent Urban Matter article!
The outdoor patio at Cescas.

The outdoor patio at Cescas.

  • The Mexican brunch featured on the weekends at Cescas hosts several signature family dishes, such as Huevos con Chorizo, Chilaquiles, and Molletes. Browse their full brunch menu here.

Visit Cescas Margarita Bar & Grill on these platforms:
Online: cescasmargaritabargrill.com
Facebook: facebook.com/cescasmbg
Instagram: @cescasmbg


#ALWAYS ANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 6 WITH RICK VERKLER OF THE GUESTHOUSE HOTEL

This week, we chat with Rick Verkler, the General Manager of The Guesthouse Hotel (4872 N Clark). The Guesthouse offers affordably luxurious one, two, and three bedroom vacation condominiums designed to feel like home away from home. Rick divulges on what it’s like to meet a vast array of Andersonville dogs, hunting for handmade artisans around the neighborhood and Chicago, and how the hotel staff is preparing for this year’s Andersonville Wine Walk!

Laura Austin and Rick Verkler in Studio C at Transistor.

“You can’t learn hospitality. Either you have it or you don’t, and you have to like taking care of people.”
– Rick Verkler

Listen to Episode 6 with Rick Verkler!

Here are some of Rick’s references from Episode 6 that you may want to check out:

  • The hotel was opened in 2008 as the “Andersonville Guesthouse,” an adventurous 10-unit vacation rental, and direct response to the housing market crash by Dave Krug and his wife Simona. Learn more about them here!
  • The Guesthouse is unique in the way that their suites are set up. These large condos are rented out in the fashion of a hotel, but they are handcrafted and made to make you feel at home and just like one of the locals. Guests even have a full access kitchen, and in November, many have even been known to host Thanksgiving dinner!  Check out the rooms here
  • Guesthouse staff are available 24/7 to make sure that all guests get the exact experience they are looking for. Check out their neighborhood highlights
  • The hotel is available to rent for events such as boutique smaller weddings, corporate mixers, meetings and more, and the roof deck is especially popular! They even offer afternoon tea in the lobby. Learn more about their event options.
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Guests in the lobby at The Guesthouse Hotel for a large business owner and concierge network event in September 2017.

  • The Guesthouse Hotel features several amenities open to their guests, such as a business conference room/library, a gym, a rooftop deck and more! To see all their amenities, visit here.  
  • Rick had a great time helping put together the self-guided walking tour of the artwork in the Guesthouse Hotel. Make sure to grab the handout next time you stop by, and check out artwork from Wrigley Field, historical buildings around Chicago and more.
  • One of Rick’s favorite rooms in the Guesthouse is the first floor library, which is filled with inherited books from Dave’s father.
  • The Guesthouse hosts several local handmade creators and local vendors in their hotel boutique.
  • The Guesthouse is pet-friendly! Feel free to bring your pup for your stay, or just during your regular walk around the block. The Guesthouse happily provides a bowl of treats for our four-legged friends in the lobby. There are even dog beds available for the rooms!
  • Rick is excited about the return of Andersonville Wine Walk on Sunday, May 20 because this is the first year the Guesthouse is able to curate their own wine selection; all wines are available for sale now at the hotel!
  • Rick would trade places with Candyality (5225 N Clark) for the day if given the chance!
The Guesthouse Hotel front lobby.

The Guesthouse Hotel front lobby.

Visit The Guesthouse Hotel on these platforms:
Online: theguesthousehotel.com
Facebook: facebook.com/GuesthouseHotel
Instagram: instagram.com/guesthousehotelchi
Twitter: @guesthousechi


Andersonville Restaurants Participate in Dining Out for Life!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

 

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TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network) is celebrating their 30th year anniversary with Dining Out For Life, an annual fundraising event for AIDS service organizations. Join TPAN this Thursday at several Andersonville restaurants and locations to support this great cause!

Participating Andersonville Restaurants:
Andersonville Brewing 5402 N Clark
Andies Restaurant 5253 N Clark
Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant 5212 N Clark
Elixir Lounge 1509 W Balmoral
Hopleaf 5148 N Clark
Lady Gregory’s 5260 N Clark
Octavio Cantina and Kitchen 5310 N Clark
Replay Andersonville 5358 N Clark
Svea Restaurant 5236 N Clark
The SoFo Tap 4923 N Clark
Vincent 1475 W Balmoral

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#ALWAYS ANDERSONVILLE: THE PODCAST – NOTES FOR EPISODE 5 WITH SONAT BIRNECKER HART OF KOVAL DISTILLERY

Meet Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-owner, president, and founder of Andersonville’s KOVAL Distillery (5121 N Ravenswood). KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits, and was the first distillery to open in Chicago since the mid 1800s. Sonat and her husband/Master Distiller/co-owner, Robert Birnecker, pioneered the way for other small local distilleries to open all around North America and Europe. In this episode, Sonat shares with us her journey as a woman and a mother in the distillery industry.

KOVAL samples of Bourbon and Gin that Sonat brought to Studio C during our recording.

KOVAL samples of Bourbon and Dry Gin that Sonat brought to us in Studio C during our recording.

” I love showing other women, that they can run businesses and be moms and have other past times and things they do for their community.”
 – Sonat Birnecker Hart

Listen to Episode 5 with Sonat Birnecker Hart!

Here are some of Sonat’s references from Episode 5 that you may want to check out:

  • Sonat and Robert choose to open KOVAL in its current location after former 47th Ward Alderman, Gene Schulter,  helped them get their bearings in the neighborhood.
  • When KOVAL started, there where only 30 major distilleries in the U.S. and now there are over 2,000!
  • The name KOVAL honors both Robert’s family (his grandfather taught him how to distill) and Sonat’s great grandfather, who had pioneered the family’s move to Chicago from Vienna to start the K3 Battery Company. While there, he earned the nickname koval which in many Eastern European languages means “smith” or “blacksmith,” but in Yiddish, means to “forge ahead” or “forge something new.” The name KOVAL was perfect because it captured the spirit of what Sonat and Robert were trying to do in starting new careers, and paid homage to both sides of the family. Learn more about both sides of the family here. 

“Why wouldn’t we give the same respect to… these grains a Brandy producer would to an apricot?”
-Sonat Birnecker Hart

  • KOVAL provides a number of different classes and tours that are open to the public. To sign up, go here.
Sonat explaining how the KOVAL Dry Gin is made.

Sonat explaining how the KOVAL Dry Gin is made.

  • Sonat was featured in the January and February edition of Sophisticated Living Chicago magazine as part of the 10 Chicagoan to Love and Follow in 2018 – check out her spread!
  • In history, women have always been associated with brewing, which led to the idea of witches and potions – this connection with distilling can be traced back to the beginning of alcohol production. Sonat particularly mentions Maria the Jewess. Learn more about her here
  • Sonat’s sister owns a liquor design company, DANDO PROJECTS, and designed all of KOVAL’s bottles, and Sonat’s mother drew the artwork for the liquor bottles. 
  • Sonat was inspired by her aunt Susan, who was a free spirit and an artist. She promoted love and joy and acceptance and family, and enjoyed continuously campaigning to run for “Rresident of the World.” Sonat wanted to preserve Susan’s legacy by naming her new Brandy line “Susan for President.” The Chicago Tribune even threw in their endorsement! The brandy bottles are gorgeous! Check out the Peach Brandy.
  • The Birnecker children have also been a part of the KOVAL experience. Sonat prides herself on having her children at work and thriving alongside her children with her business. Sonat says that her kids know more about business than a lot of adults she knows! She even gives a special call out to Gus Giordano Dance School (5230 N Clark). 
  • Want to make your own KOVAL cocktails? You’re in luck, because their website is FULL of awesome recipes!
A peek at the KOVAL barrels on location at

A peek at the KOVAL barrels on location at 5121 N Ravenswood

 

Visit KOVAL Distillery on these platforms:
Online: koval-distillery.com
Facebook: facebook.com/kovaldistillery
Instagram: @kovaldistillery
Twitter: @kovaldistillery