The perfect Chicago summer day is waiting at Millennium Park

| June 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

hubbard 40Today is the kind of day we wait for during those dreary winter days. It’s warm, sunny and picture-perfect. So, what are you going to do with this perfect Chicago summer day? Why not spend it at Millennium Park for a full day of summer fun?

First, BluesFest is on stage in Millennium Park. It is really more appropriate to say there is music on many different stages since the fest has the main Pritzker band shell stage and several smaller stages.  We walked through the fest yesterday and each stage there was so much fun. The smaller stages, like the RoofTop stage had crowds singing and dancing and clapping. The Pritzker band shell performers had audience members dancing in their seats and spread out across the Great Lawn. When you need a scenery change, you can walk to Maggie Daley Park or the Bean and still hear the music. You can also wander through the Crown Fountain for a refreshing way to cool off. This year at BluesFest there are food trucks lining the Pritzker band shell’s west side. One the east side you have a food garden. There are picnic tables on both sides so you can sit in the shade and enjoy your food while still enjoying the performers.

In the evening, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is performing a 40 year retrospective at the Harris Theatre. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton created a show with an amazing array of dance styles. The show includes

  • Imprint (Duet) by Lucas Crandall
  • One Flat Thing, reproduced by William Forsythe
  • One Thousand Pieces (Water Section) by Alejandro Cerrudo
  • Palladio by Jim Vincent
  • A Picture of You Falling by Crystal Pite
  • The Golden Section by Twyla Tharp
  • Georgia by Lou Conte
  • The 40s by Lou Conte

Chicago Sun Times critic Hedy Weiss summed up the evening by saying “The company’s summer program, a prologue to its upcoming 40th anniversary season, is nothing short of sensational.” It really is that good. The performers move from decade to decade with an even flow that showcases both the quirkiness of the era (oh, those gold leg warmers and Talking Heads music) and sheer artistic beauty.

Each of the pieces performed holds up well in the retrospective. One Thousand Pieces (Water Section) is always one of my favorite dances. The addition of the water as a performer adds a unique dimension to an already beautiful performance. Whenever I see A Picture of You Falling, I think about a friend who has Rheumatoid arthritis. She saw the piece and said it was the most beautiful illustration of how she feels when she gets out of bed. She marveled at the ways the performer was able to move his body to the narrator’s direction. It’s an incredible dance in a nontraditional way. The 40s might be the most fun I’ve ever seen the company have on stage. It was a perfect ending to a glorious performance.

BlueFest and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago are both in Millennium Park Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to take advantage of these wonderful Chicago attractions during this perfect Chicago summer weekend.

 

Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Image caption:  Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in The 40s by Lou Conte. Photo by Todd Rosenberg.

 

Disclaimer:  BluesFest is free. We paid for our own food. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago provided media passes. My words and opinions are my own.

 

 

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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