In the midst of wedding-day chaos or birthday-bash excitement, City2City Productions’ photographers and videographers capture memories that might otherwise be missed. Its DJs even spin the soundtrack for special occasions. They also commemorate entire seasons in life through family portraits, engagement photos, and senior-year photo shoots with friends.
Two-time Olympian, three-time national champion, author, recording artist, and reality-TV star Johnny Weir leads a pack of accomplished skaters through a parade of blade-bending numbers. Silver medalist Brandon Mroz, bronze medalist Ashley Wagner, and many other world-class rink carvers join Weir in executing mesmerizing spin sits and crisply landed salchows. Weir will then skate with 100 local youths from the Chicago area to encourage the aspirations of future figure skaters and Siberian traffic cops. Each ticket redeemed with today's Groupon (a $40 value) comes with one autographed photo of the multitalented skate star so that Johnny junkies don’t have to get his image tattooed on the inside of their eyelids (up to a $30 value). Portions of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross to aid disaster-relief efforts in Japan.
The Uptown Shop is stocked with a mélange of whimsical clothing, bridal gifts, high-quality Trollbeads, and Vera Bradley products. Festoon a forearm with a Vera Bradley Emma bag ($35), a floral-patterned wristlet ($27), or procure a pattern-print Zip ID case ($12) with a front ID window to quickly show that you're of age to purchase Skittles. Bestow brides with gorgeous gifts such as a Seda France pagoda candle ($32) or a 5-ounce Trapp Private Garden candle ($20). The Brighton charming world necklace ($42) and Jay Strongwater starfish charm ($125) festoon necks, and cardigans and skirts garb golems in preparation for middle-school science fairs.
Hollander’s glass pros fuse glass-manipulating techniques into students’ minds. Simple cutting techniques allow attendees to slice into Dichroic glass, inside which infused bits of metal sparkle and dream of someday becoming a motorcycle. A logical, step-by-step process helps pupils master glass preparations and safety though a series of three projects, learning both the multilevel tack-fusing technique and the thicker full-fusing technique.