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Race Review: Terrapin 5K and Music Festival (August 8, 2013)

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Pre-race Terrapin 5K/Photo: Zach Freeman

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Breakdown: Moving from pre-Lollapalooza to post-Lollapalooza may have brought down registrations a bit (from 3,543 last year to around 2,500 this year) but last night’s Terrapin 5K and Music Festival still felt like an appropriately large running event. The word “event” here is especially important to take note of, as the 5K is just the opening act to a whole night of festivities. But I guess if we’re being technical, the 5K isn’t even the opening act. By the time the race kicked off at 7pm, three bands had already performed on two separate stages. It’s definitely an event.

Pace groups were released a lot quicker than expected at the starting line along Waldron Drive, with a dual-release (A&B, C&D, etc.) speeding things up. The course, unchanged from last year, allows for plenty of runners without too much crowding, even when it converges on the open Lakefront Trail. But while the race is smoothly run and well-coordinated, it’s the post-race party that people really show up for. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza’s Green Street: The Official Guide to the Festival’s Face of Social Responsibility

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For Newcity’s coverage of the music of Lollapalooza, click here.

Illustration by Chuck U

Illustration by Chuck U

Since its debut in 1991, Lollapalooza now ranks as one of the nation’s premier rock festivals with eight stages, 130 bands, and 270,000 fans over three days. While known for the diverse musical lineups, the festival has been a platform to support social change and environmental stewardship from day one.  Today, Green Street is the festival’s face of social responsibility, offering more than your average festival shopping experience.

Lollapalooza’s home for greening initiatives, hand-selected art vendors, non-profit organizations and farm-to-festival fare, Green Street aspires to leave an impact far beyond the festival alone. Whether selling repurposed or ethically sourced goods, all vendors have proven values that align with Lollapalooza’s. The Lolla Cares organizations support surrounding and international communities with causes ranging from health advocacy to sustainable living to fighting poverty at home and abroad. If that’s not enough, Green Mountain Energy and Rock & Recycle represent the many festival environmental initiatives and Lolla Farmers Market features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area. Read the rest of this entry »

The Heart of a Festival: Environmental Efforts at and by Lollapalooza

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

ROCK & RECYCLE PROGRAM

Rock out, recycle and win a free commemorative Lollapalooza t-shirt, cool swag and a chance to win a Lollapalooza bike. Visit one of the four Rock & Recycle centers throughout the park for more details.

Recycled Paper Greetings puts a fresh spin on the classic card. They pioneered the use of recycled paper in the greeting card industry and continue to print more than eighty million cards annually on recycled paper. Recycled Paper Greetings is committed to sustainable practices and is very proud to be the sponsor of Lollapalooza’s Rock & Recycle program where you can earn free stuff for recycling.

TREAD LIGHTLY ON THE ENVIRONMENT

Over the past six years, C3 Presents has worked with Green Mountain Energy to track and offset Lollapalooza’s carbon footprint. Read the rest of this entry »

Fashion In the Park: Lollapalooza vs. the Impressionists

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

James Tissot. "The Two Sisters," also called "Portraits in a Park," 1863. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, gift of Albert Bichet, 1904, RF 2788.

James Tissot. “The Two Sisters,” also called “Portrait in a Park,” 1863. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, gift of Albert Bichet, 1904, RF 2788.

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Photo: Matthew Taplinger

One of our favorite sections of the Art Institute of Chicago’s blockbuster new exhibition, “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity,” is the gallery constructed to conjure up a day in the park, complete with a faux-grass floor, that shows how nineteenth-century Parisians dressed for a leisurely day outdoors. We thought it’d be fun to put some of those images side by side with recent fashion statements made by folks at Lollapalooza. No doubt comfort rules today, but we have to think those parasols would have come in handy last year! Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street: Art Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

The Art Market vendors, located in Green Street North and South, sell repurposed or ethically sourced goods. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street: Lolla Cares

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green StreetGreenStreet-Lolla_Cares.4x8Lolla Cares organizations, located in Green Street North and South, support surrounding and international communities with causes ranging from health advocacy to sustainable living to fighting poverty at home and abroad. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street: Farmers Market

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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

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Lolla Farmers Market, located in Green Street North, features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area. Read the rest of this entry »

Simply Divine: Projecting Dante onto the Face of the Field

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Photo: Mazan Saagar

Photo: Mazan Saagar

From Rome to Paris and now Chicago, his combination of light and sound installations with classic works of poetry have offered a new interpretation of classic literature. Tonight (June 24) at the Field Museum, artist Marco Nereo Rotelli will perform his latest endeavor inspired by Dante Alighieri’s fourteenth-century epic poem, “The Divine Comedy,” during this free public event as a part of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago’s summer event series.

Throughout the show, text and images Rotelli adapted from Dante’s “The Inferno” will project across the Field Museum’s outer walls—images so vast they will be visible from nearby streets, buildings and even aircrafts. The light will act as an illuminated manuscript to guide the audience throughout Dante’s journey. Read the rest of this entry »

Checkerboard City: Message of Camaraderie

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Photo: John Greenfield

By John Greenfield

Mayor Daley’s campaign to host the 2016 Olympics in Chicago failed, but local bike messengers are realizing their dream to bring the Olympics of two-wheeled delivery to town. As the athletic action heats up in London, this weekend hundreds of couriers from around the globe will converge in our city for the 20th Annual Cycle Messenger World Championships, with a packed schedule of races, arts events and parties celebrating their unique lifestyle.

The championships take place from Thursday, August 2, to Sunday, August 5, with the main competitions happening all day Saturday and Sunday in the south parking lot of Soldier Field, 18th Street and the Lakefront Trail. Other highlights include track racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook, a nighttime “alleycat” (messenger-style race in live traffic), a movie night with courier-themed films, an opening party featuring punk-rock legends Agent Orange and the infamous Messenger Prom. Check out the full schedule of events at chicagocmwc.com/plan.html. Read the rest of this entry »

NATO Takes Chicago, Chicago Takes NATO

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This weekend’s NATO summit is inspiring a mix of welcoming promotions, confrontational protests and regular Chicagoans heading out of town. Here’s a selective listing of events, protests and promotions inspired by the gathering.

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Chicago’s Culinary Crossroads Over two hundred restaurant locations will present tasting menus, featured items, desserts, wine selections and cocktails inspired by the NATO nations. For more information visit chicagosculinarycrossroads.org. Through May 25.

NATO Cupcakes Magnolia Bakery, 108 North State. $3. Through May 25.

 May 17

Occupy Chicago’s Day of Environment: Planet over War! Bring your bike and rally against the environmentally destructive agendas of NATO and the G8. Rally outside of the Canadian Consulate, meet at the corner of Jackson and LaSalle. 2-11pm. Free. For more information visit natoprotest.org/events. Read the rest of this entry »