What’s Good in Chicago

That’s right, Red Cross readers, summer is swiftly approaching and the weather has cleared the way for a plethora of fun and exciting events for us to enjoy in our favorite city. What’s your fancy? Whether it is music, dance, art, shopping, theatre, bike rides, conferences, nightlife, or anything else that stirs your interest, Chicago can offer it to you 1000 times over. But always remember to be safe and to be prepared before heading out to enjoy life. Not sure how? Check out our store for a preparedness kit or take a class so you can save a life.

Thursday, June 11
What: Chicago Summer Dance Festival Kick-Off
Get free professional dance lessons and enjoy a huge open-air dance floor at this 11
week fest every Thursday through Sunday until August 23.
Where: Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park, 601 S. Michigan Ave.
Time: Thursday – Saturday,
6 pm – 7 pm: Dance lessons
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Live music and dancing
4 pm – 5 pm: Dance lessons led by professional instructors
5 pm – 7 pm: Live music and dancing

Friday, June 12 – September
What: Movies in the Park
See 170 current and classic movies throughout the summer. You bring a blanket, chairs,
snacks, they bring the entertainment.
Where: Your neighborhood park
Time: Dusk

Saturday, June 13
What: World Naked Bike Ride
Celebrate the end of the oil era and promote positive body image. Enjoy a 20 mile bike
ride and bare as you dare for this risqué peoples’ movement.
Where: Staring location TBA, see Chicagonakedride.org
Time: Gathering from 6 pm – 9 pm
Ride from 9 pm – Midnight

Wednesday, June 17
What: Chicago Red Cross 2009 Annual Meeting
Topic: The Not-So-Secret Weapon: Social Media Campaigning and the Future of Nonprofits.
Join us as the Obama Presidential Campaign’s “digital secret weapon” shares how
strategies used on the campaign trail are now being put to work to support the American
Red Cross, and how social media may change the way nonprofits communicate with
Guest: Thomas Gensemer, Managing Partner at Blue State Digital
Where: Loyola University of Chicago Water Tower Campus – 25 E. Pearson
Time: 6 p.m. Meeting & Presentation
7 p.m. Reception
The RSVP deadline is June 15

Thursday, June 18
What: Scarlet Rhapsody: Paint the Town RED in Fashion!
Join NAAAP and the Red Cross Auxiliary Board for this second annual event filled with
tips for a trendy summer. Red Cross sponsored Smirnoff cocktail reception 6-7pm
Fashion show featuring looks from AKIRA Drink specials all night Complimentary
appetizers Raffle DJ Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more
information, please call (312)729-6130 or Click here to buy tickets!
Where: Griffin Lounge 324 W. Chicago Ave.
Time: 6 – 9 pm

Friday, June 19 – Sunday, June 21
What: Chicago Peace Festival
Enjoy a lively festival featuring a wide variety of local music and performing artists and
showcasing the richness of our city’s cultural diversity.
Where: 1700 N. Stockton
Lincoln Park, Chicago
Time: Noon – 9 pm
Info: 708-795-1146

Sat, June 20 – 21
What: Chicago Summerfest
Come for live music, an upscale art show, food and drink, and a family area for the kids.
Where: Lincoln Park Cultural Center
2100 N. Lincoln Park
Time: Saturday, noon – 10 pm
Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm

Sat, June 27
What: Randolph Street Market
Find vintage and modern decorative objects, home furnishings, art, fashion and jewelry
at this outdoor/indoor event.
Where: 1340 W. Washington
Time: Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm

Now get out and go have some fun! Safely!

George Hofmann
Development Operations Intern at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

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