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Our very first Liquid Inspirations event is just in time for the holidays! Forget fru-fru frothy punches made with ginger ale and sherbet. At this inaugural event on December 10 you’ll learn how to make some serious punches, punches worthy of Great Expectations.
This event celebrates the drink that kept sailors swarthy and scholars scholarly. It’s a beverage to be savored and enjoyed, with spices from far away lands and ingredients that you don’t pick up at a convenience store.
Aaron, The Drinkingbird’s eminent mixologist, will discuss the origin and history of this antiquated beverage. “We will go over ingredients and techniques. And of course, there will be examples spanning from its earliest known recipes up to the “Golden Age”, including a recipe belonging to Charles Dickens himself.”
Tickets are just $30 and space is limited. RSVP for this unique event today!
No paper ticket required! Simply register via PayPal and we’ll have your name on the list. Sorry - no refunds or credits if you can’t make it, but you can give your spot to a friend.
About Liquid Inspirations
Liquid Inspirations is a new event series designed to showcase Chicago’s vibrant cocktail scene. At each event you’ll try a selection of carefully crafted drinks made with artisanal spirits. Each event is different, but the one thing that’s the same is the camaraderie and fun from sharing this experience. Of course, the best parts of the night are the interaction with the bartender and the new friendships formed!
If you’d like to explore Chicago’s best bars with us, check out our Liquid Inspirations Membership. You’ll be guaranteed a spot at the bar and will be first notified of any events. The membership provides ten tickets for the price of eight and you’ll have two full years to use them. Visit our Liquid Inspirations page for more information and to get your membership.
The Civic User Testing Group (CUT Group) is a set of regular Chicago residents who get paid to test out civic apps.
- Fill out a CUT Group profile and sign up to be a tester of civic apps, and we’ll send you a $5 VISA gift card
- If and when you are chosen to test a civic app, you get paid a $20 VISA gift card and bus fare.
There is a large and growing community of “civic hackers” in Chicago — technology developers who make websites, mobile apps, and other tools that often have specific use in Chicago. The goal is to make software that helps make lives better in the city.
Calumet 412 had the rare treat to take a private tour of the Uptown Theater last night. Unfortunately, photos were not allowed, so the pictures here are from cinematreasures.org.
First, I have to say,this was the most amazing interior that I have ever seen in not only Chicago, but any other city. These photographs do not give the detail, scale and size of the theater justice. At 46,000 square feet, it is by far the largest theater space in Chicago.
The other thing that I was impressed with was, despite some expected decay and a few places with slight structural damage, the theater is remarkably still intact.
Here are a few other takeaways from the 1.5 hours that we spent there:
1) Every inch of the theater is a decorative arts marvel. Too many things to cite here, but the ceilings alone deserve historical status.
2) Standing under the procenium, I could not help but think of all those who had stood there before, looking out onto the almost 4,400 seat room. It’s massive - think of the Chicago Theater or the Aragon, neither of which can hold a candle to the size of the Uptown.
3) The structural integrity of the entire building is more than sound. Standing on the balcony here feels safer than the one at the Riv - those of you who have danced there know what I mean.
4) I was also impressed that there is no smell - one would expect it to reek of decay and mold. The current owners, JAM Productions, have done a great job keeping it as maintained as possible.
5) There are over 36,000 lights in the theater. All of the original chandeliers, sconces and light fixtures are currently in storage and will be restored.
6) The seats in the balcony are original from 1925.
7) The women’s lounge and bathroom is amazing. Looking into the room length mirror, I thought of the countless women who had stood before it.
8) Off the Lawrence St entrance there is a nursery. Women, who were in the neighborhood shopping, could check their bags and drop off their children here while they caught a matinee. This room probably held the most ghosts for me, as the original 1925 decorations are still on the walls.
9) JAM Productions is committed to restoring the theater to its ORIGINAL glory. Missing details will be reproduced and modern amenities will be created to look vintage.
10) Much of the theater will be featured in the opening sequence of the upcoming Transformers movie.
I could go on-and-on, but these were some of the highlights.
The good news is, restoration is CURRENTLY underway. Two-thirds of the renovation cost has been raised, with fundraisers scheduled next year for the remainder.
Restoration of this architectural marvel will be the catalyst for the revival of Uptown and its redevelopment as Chicago’s entertainment destination.
Chicago Skyline from Indiana, across Lake Michigan.