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Chicago Cultural Mile announces August's 2nd Fridays entertainment line-up

CHICAGO, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With summer in full swing, the Chicago Cultural Mile Association and its partnering cultural organizations and businesses announced their latest 2nd Fridays on the Chicago Cultural Mile line-up for AugustThis month's 2nd Fridays event will continue to bring the area's business and cultural communities together by offering visitors  free and sharply discounted entertainment, dining and activities. The Chicago Cultural Mile is Michigan Avenue from the river south to Roosevelt Road, extending eastward to the Museum Campus. 

2nd Fridays visitors enjoy panoramic views from the Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago.

"2nd Fridays on the Chicago Cultural Mile has brought thousands of new visitors and returning friends to this unique area of the city.  We are confident that countless more will continue to be drawn to this cultural gem to sample the free and discounted 2nd Fridays offerings," according to J.R. Davis, Chairman and President of the Chicago Cultural Mile Association.  "This month's 2nd Fridays programs promise to be the best yet by providing a great variety of art, culture and fun for everyone who visits the Chicago Cultural Mile," he continued. 

Chicago Cultural Mile Association Executive Director, Sharene Shariatzadeh, said that August's 2nd Fridays programming has something for everyone.  "We are particularly excited about a collaboration performance between American Rhythm Center, Ossia Musical Forum and Ledesma Studios that will be held in the Fine Arts Building. The program titled: Celebrate Your Muse!  Interactive Art, Music, and Dance will provide the audience the opportunity to listen to wonderful music, enjoy an exciting dance performance, and create their own art – all at the same time and all for free," she added. 

Visitors may attend any one of the three 45 minute sessions and enjoy choreographed and improvised Tap and Hip Hop dancing to the live music, courtesy of American Rhythm Center; Ossia Musical Forum Chamber Orchestra, featuring Concerti Grossi by Corelli, Handel, and Vivaldi; and guided watercolor and pastel sessions using the music and dance as inspiration. Materials and instruction provided by Beatriz Ledesma

Those looking to recharge their batteries are invited to stop by Tesori Restaurant and enjoy a Chicago Cultural Mile Cooler made with bourbon, watermelon and lime juice and topped off with fresh mint. The drink is free with the purchase of a Bar Bite appetizer or entree.  

Also featured this Friday is the Cliff Dwellers Club's annual South of the Border evening. Visitors will hear Chicago treasure Paulinho Garcia perform Brazilian jazz guitar from 5:30-7:30pm. Paulinho draws on his Brazilian roots to play jazz that is soulful and endlessly inventive. Enjoy a mojito or margarita at an historic arts club with a panoramic view of Chicago's Lakefront and the Cultural Mile. Cover charge is $10, with a cash bar and free appetizers available. A buffet dinner featuring dishes from Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica is $35.  For dinner reservations, call (312)922-8080 or email [email protected].

Additionally, the Millennium Garages will offer $18 parking for 12 hours (normally $35). Vouchers will be available in select partner locations.

For a complete listing of events, locations and times, go to www.ChicagoCulturalMile.org and click on the 2nd Fridays section.  Check the site often because it is constantly being updated with additional activities.

Chicago Cultural Mile Association partner organizations include: Adler Planetarium, American Rhythm Center, Art Institute of Chicago, Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Bobby's Bike Hike, Chicago Architecture Foundation, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Trolley and Double Decker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Choose Chicago, Chuck's, City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Cliff Dwellers, Columbia College Chicago, Community Media Workshop, Coulsons, The Field Museum, the Fine Arts Building Studios, Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, Harris Theater at Millennium Park, Hilton Chicago, Hostelling International, Italian Village Restaurants, Mercat a la Planxa, Metropolitan Towers, Millennium Garages, Millennium Park, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, National Louis University, New Music School, Pritzker Military Library, Ossia Musical Forum, Park Grill Millennium Park, Skydeck Chicago, Social Policy Institute, Tesori, U.S. Equities Realty, Women's Business Development Center, World Chicago                                                            

Contact:
John Pastuovic
312-925-9092 (cell)

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