WBEZ | Daley Plaza http://www.wbez.org/tags/daley-plaza Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en This week in food events: Daley Plaza farmers market opens and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-05/week-food-events-daley-plaza-farmers-market-opens-and-more-99367 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rivervalleyoysters.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 449px;" title="River Valley Ranch oyster mushrooms at a Chicago farmers market (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><p style="text-align: left; ">Well. Having NATO in town is turning out to be interesting. Including the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/officials-mum-nato-protesters-held-police-raid-99315">arrest</a> of three protestors accused of possessing bomb-making equipment&mdash;which their lawyers say is actually beer-making equipment. With <a href="http://chibeerweek.com/">Chicago Craft Beer Week</a> in full swing, our city could be the epicenter of home brew experts. Compare notes over suds, or under the Picasso at the <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/daley_plaza.html">Daley Plaza Farmers Market</a> opener&mdash;as we take back our city.</p><p style="text-align: left; "><strong style="text-decoration: underline; ">Tuesday, May 22</strong></p><p>Run, walk, or shuttle through&nbsp;<a href="http://www.albanyparkchamber.org/bon-appetit-2012.html">Bon Appetit 2012</a>, the third annual restaurant crawl of Albany Park and North Park, which this year features 23 participating restaurants. &quot;[G]et your ticket, map, and &#39;passport&#39; for the evening...Venues will provide small dishes of food and drink until 9 p.m.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, May 23</strong></u></p><p>Eat the roof at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slowfoodchicago.org/index.php/2012/03/30/dinner-at-uncommon-ground/">Slow Food Chicago dinner at Uncommon Ground</a> on Devon,&nbsp;&quot;to help support our local farmers going to <a href="http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/programs/details/bringing_terra_madre_home/">Terra Madre</a> in Torino, Italy this fall!&quot; The roof top farm passed apps precedes &quot;[o]rganic products of Harvest Moon Farms and the excellent spirits from our friends at Few as well as beef and pork from Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm. Farmers in attendance to talk about their products.&quot;</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, May 24</strong></u></p><p>Shop early and often at opening day of the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/daley_plaza.html">Daley Plaza Farmers Market</a>, which &quot;offers fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods and other items every Thursday...until October 18.&quot;</p><p>Cook, eat, and be beery at Chicago Craft Beer Week&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://chibeerweek.com/event/?eid=159">Cooking with [Top Chef Texas contestant] Grayson</a>&nbsp;[Schmitz]&nbsp;at Logan Square Kitchen. &quot;Beer pairings from 5 Rabbit will accompany this intimate, family-style dinner that guests will make and share together with Chef from her recipes...Ticket proceeds will support hunger relief efforts in Chicago through the [<a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage">Greater] Chicago Food Depository</a>.&quot;</p><p>It&#39;s easy being green at <a href="http://chibeerweek.com/event/?eid=236">Grilling in the Garden</a> at Goose Island Wrigleyville, which &quot;invites you to join us in our backyard for sausages on the grill and seasonal beers. We&#39;ll be pouring Green City Market produce-infused beers like our rhubarb saison, strawberry Belgian wit, strawberry kolsch, strawberry flanders brown and more!&nbsp;Proceeds benefit the <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/index.asp">Green City Market</a>&#39;s Chicago LINK program, a Green City Market Jr. Board outreach and education initiative.&quot;</p><p><u><strong>Friday, May 25</strong></u></p><p>Learn <a href="http://www.wildfermentation.com/events/chicago-cultural-center/">The Art of Fermentation</a> at the Chicago Cultural Center. &quot;Sandor Katz presents his new book about fermentation, culture, and community. Come share kraut, meet Sandor, hear about his new book, get a copy inscribed to you, and ask questions.&quot;</p><p>Get a <a href="http://freshmoves.org/2012/05/its-our-first-anniversary/">Taste of Fresh Moves</a>, the mobile produce market, at their One Year Anniversary Celebration with &quot;live, tasty healthy food demos, workshops of food preservation and making your own healthy baby food&quot; and more.</p><p>Explore <a href="http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/calendar/event-details/index.php?guid=CAL-402882f8-343d3391-0134-3da4044b-000000cdeventscalendar@uchicago.edu">Feasting Across Time: Hospitality and Feasts in the Ancient World</a> at the Smart Museum. &quot;In this free talk, archaeologist Geoff Emberling explores a range of banquets in early Mesopotamia and asks whether these ancient feasts continue to inform politics and food in the more recent history of the Middle East.&quot;</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, May 26</strong></u></p><p>Discuss <a href="http://www.wellnesshouse.org/2012/your-food-choices-changing-the-world-one-meal-at-a-time/">Your Food Choices: Changing the World One Meal at a Time</a> at the Wellness House in Hinsdale with &quot;Terra Brockman, author of The Seasons on Henry&rsquo;s Farm and founder of The Land Connection. Terra...is the fourth of five generations of Central Illinois farmers. [She] will discuss her brother&rsquo;s organic vegetable farm, her sister&rsquo;s organic fruit farm, and the ripple effects of our food choices&mdash;including the health, economic, and environmental benefits of supporting local farmers.&quot;</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, May 27</strong></u></p><p>Watch a screening of <a href="http://ff.hrw.org/film/bitter-seeds?city=6">Bitter Seeds</a> at the Gene Siskel Film Center, part of&nbsp;the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. &quot;Manjusha Amberwar, a young journalist, examines the causes of an epidemic of farmer suicides in India&mdash;one every 30 minutes&mdash;that includes her own father...In 2004 an American company introduced its genetically modified seeds to the Indian market, promising higher yields. Farmers tell her that the seeds require expensive pesticides and chemical fertilizers. And the sterile seeds, unlike the conventional seeds previously used by farmers, have to be purchased again each year. Manjusha follows one farmer through the disappointing season...We see the vicious cycle: annual loans from usurious moneylenders, desperate debt and the inability of farmers to provide dowries for their daughters&mdash;making the symbolism of their suicide by drinking expensive pesticides all but inescapable.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 21 May 2012 08:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-05/week-food-events-daley-plaza-farmers-market-opens-and-more-99367 Pablo's gift http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-08-15/pablos-gift-89910 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-15/Chicago picasso_Southie3_Flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A crowd of 50,000 people jammed the Civic Center Plaza at noon on August 15, 1967. Chicago was unveiling its newest piece of public art: a gift to the city from the celebrated Pablo Picasso.</p><p>Covered with blue sheeting, the giant sculpture loomed over the plaza. Then Mayor Richard J. Daley pulled a cord. The cover dropped away and revealed . . . what?</p><p>That's the question people have been asking for the last 44 years. What is it?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-01/Chicago Picasso.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>The firm building the Civic Center had wanted something special to decorate the plaza. Picasso was the world's most famous artist, so they approached him.</p><p>At first Picasso declined. He'd never been to Chicago; he had never even been to the United States. But after much cajoling, he accepted. Maybe he was persuaded by a gift the Chicagoans brought him--a Sox jacket.</p><p>Picasso produced a 42-inch-high model that combined some of his previous designs. The final sculpture stands 50 feet high and weighs 162 tons. It is made of Cor-Ten steel, the same material used on the building behind it. The bulk of the $350,000 cost was paid for by private foundations. The artist himself refused a fee.</p><p>But still - what is it? The sculpture had no title. Was it a woman, or a bird, or a space alien, or something else? You had to stretch your imagination. "Art hurts," Gwendolyn Brooks wrote in a dedication-day poem. "Art urges voyages, and it is easier to stay at home, the nice beer ready."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-15/picasso_flickr_Teadrinker.jpg" title="(Flickr/teadrinker)" width="300" height="356"></p><p>Professional critics praised the Chicago Picasso. "The old master has done it again," one of them said. The<em> Tribune</em> called the sculpture "austere and powerful." As for the everyday person-on-the-street, opinion was divided.</p><p>"It's beautiful, soaring, marvelous," a Glencoe lady said. "It's horrible, worse than the pictures," a teenage girl commented. An elderly woman said the sculpture looked like "a cow sticking its tongue out at Chicago." Alderman John Hoellen, whose ward included Wrigley Field, suggested replacing the Picasso with a giant statue of Cubs' star Ernie Banks.</p><p>None of that mattered. Mayor Daley had decided the Picasso sculpture would go in the plaza, so in the plaza it went. "What is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow," he predicted in his dedication speech.</p><p>And Daley has been proven right. Chicago has become comfortable with its Picasso. We can chuckle at it, and snort at it, embrace it and carry on the discussion of what it's supposed to be.</p><p>Personally, I've always thought it looks like Bullwinkle the Moose.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-08-15/pablos-gift-89910 Photos of SlutWalk Chicago http://www.wbez.org/content/photos-slutwalk-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-04/IMG_2444.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Photos of the rally following the Chicago <a href="http://www.slutwalkchicago.org/">SlutWalk</a> on Saturday June 4. It was held in Daley Plaza. In an interview with WBEZ about the event, Chief co-organizer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/slutwalk-comes-chicago-motivating-new-generation-feminists-87357">Jamie Keiles said</a>,&nbsp;“I would like to see sex entirely removed from the idea of rape. It’s a violent crime. I don’t think it should have anything to do with, if you’re a virgin, what you were wearing, if you were drinking. It should have to do with someone committed a violent crime against you, and they should be brought to justice."</p><div class="daylife_smartgalleries_container" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 400px; width: 600px;"><iframe class="daylife_smartgalleries_frame" src="http://galleries.wbez.org/gallery_slideshow/1307215661357?width=600&amp;disable_link_to_hosted_page=0&amp;height=375&amp;show_related=0" style="border: medium none; margin: 0pt; padding: 0pt; overflow: hidden; height: 100%; width: 100%;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></div></p> Sat, 04 Jun 2011 19:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/photos-slutwalk-chicago