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From left: Nora Brooks Blakely, Edra Soto, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Carlos Tortolero, Mark Kelly, and Jacqueline Terrassa.

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Everyone's Picasso - Celebrating 50 Years of Chicago Icon.

A restaging of the 1967 Chicago Picasso dedication

Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

Location: Daley Plaza, Chicago.

From being hugely controversial, to becoming  symbol of the city, Chicago's Picasso has had a remarkable 50 years jouney. What is it, is still open to interpretation. Head...
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Origami in the Garden - by Kevin Box

Location: The Morton Arboretum.

May 19, 2017 - October 22, 2017

There are 25 displays featuring 40 origami-inspired sculptures.

About Origami:  Origami is the art of paper folding. The word is a combination of two Japanese words ori [folding] and kami [paper]. In modern usage, the word origami is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin. The goal is to transform a...

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Sumi-E painting by Patricia Larkin Green

Location: Morton Arboretum

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Patricia Larkin Green is an active member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the International Chinese Calligraphy Art and Painting Society. She has been featured in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Gapers Block, Hyperallergic and a Pioneer Press publication, and has been a panelist for Chicago Creative Expo. She has participated in interviews on WTTW Chicago Tonight, WCRX, The Process and...
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Sumi-E painting by Patricia Larkin Green

Location: Morton Arboretum

Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Patricia Larkin Green is an active member of the Sumi-e Society of America and the International Chinese Calligraphy Art and Painting Society. She has been featured in numerous publications, including The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Reader, Gapers Block, Hyperallergic and a Pioneer Press publication, and has been a panelist for Chicago Creative Expo. She has participated in interviews on WTTW Chicago Tonight, WCRX, The Process and...
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Batavia Riverwalk The Batavia Riverwalk is a short pathway on a small peninsula on the west side of the Fox River.

I like places that are visually appealing in first impressions, but as one digs deeper, there are layers of history and cultural heritage to be peeled and uncovered. Batavia Riverwalk is one such place! The Riverwalk is a beautifully landscaped gateawy. But it has is so much more to offer.  The rich history of Batavia - once the windmill capital of the world -  is inextricably woven into the Riverwalk.  Batavia's railroad history comes...

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Batavia Depot Museum

Batavia railroad history comes alive in the Depot Museum.  Three railroad lines served Batavia's freight and passenger services until the mid-1900’s when the automobile became the transportation of choice. These are the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad (est. 1850), the Chicago & North Western Railroad (est. 1872) and the Chicago, Aurora & Elgin Electric Line (est. 1902).  The museum displays many railroad artifacts, photos and ticket agent office. A detailed section on the telegraph system and it’s role in railroad history includes...

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Batavia: Cormorants and their preferred perch

An ant infested dead tree is gathering a lot of attention in Batavia. The tree is being used by cormorants to perch and catch fish from the Fox River.

Recently the city of Batavia undertook redevelopment project, and demolished many buildings and cleared the dead tress and bushes on the east bank of Fox River to promote business in the area. The open space now provides a spectacular view of Batavia Riverwalk.

But in the cleaning effort, one dead tree was left...

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