The people at Network Entertainment Studios spend a lot of time at musical performances, dance recitals, and sporting events. It's not that they're just extraordinarily popular or have huge extended families—they're there making sure that the people who are having their big day can remember it in clear audio and video for decades to come. The company started with one camera, one actor, and one director, and at first the founders came together with the goal of creating web series, and to create an online presence for artists and businesses. They still find time for their own creative work, but they've expanded to serve local businesses with animated promos, musicians with music videos, animated promos, explainer videos, and artists' live performances. From storyboarding to sound effects, the staff provide in-depth guidance at every step of the way to a work of moving art.
JumpBunch entreats kids from 15-months to 12-years old to explore the fun of physical activities in order to promote healthy lifestyles early on. With over 70 activities to choose from, parents planning parties, camps, or after-school programs can select engaging themes such as kickball, yoga, fly fishing, or bowling. The company’s certified coaches will then bring all necessary equipment in order for children to cavort successfully.
Following this season’s smash production of Elton John’s Aida, Bailiwick Chicago presents the Midwest premiere of Passing Strange, the hit Broadway rock musical. Featuring the indie-soul stylings of local Chicago band JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Passing Strange takes audiences on a musical journey from middle-class America to Amsterdam and Berlin, with a score of original songs and heretofore untugged heartstrings. The Tony Award-winning musical charts a coming-of-age story of a young black man who leaves Los Angeles and his churchgoing family for a music-fueled mission of self discovery and caterpillar-like identity transformations. Part rock concert and part musical theater event, Passing Strange kicks off Friday and Saturday night showings with warm-up performances by local Chicago bands. Enjoy sizzling center-section seats to Bailiwick’s latest theatrical gem, and be sure to bring an ample supply of roses and rolodexes to toss onstage postperformance.
Though its display case is stocked with artisan cheeses, housemade pastrami, and chicken salad, City Provisions is more than a deli. Cleetus Friedman, the friendly face behind the counter, oversees City Provisions's day-to-day operations, which include butchering meats in-house, assembling sandwiches, stocking shelves with groceries, and serving seasonal brunch and dinner. Local vendors supply the 3-Star Certified Green Restaurant with sustainably sourced ingredients that pour into its house-roasted meats and housemade dressings, mayos, and charcuterie. Aside from its storefront offerings, City Provisions is known for its catering services and farm dinner experiences, the latter of which snagged a "Best Of" award from CBS Chicago in 2011. Each prix fixe dinner journeys to a local farm, and often a local brewery, where patrons tour the facilities and enjoy cocktails, transportation, and a multi-course meal sourced directly from farm-to-table.
Marc Hauser has captured the portraits of numerous celebrities during his illustrious career, including Michael Jordan, Woody Allen, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Dennis Rodman, and recently Lollapalooza musicians. Although sessions with Hauser usually start around $1,200, this philanthropically-oriented Groupon covers up to five corporeal beings, whether they be children, adults, pets, or eldritch whisperers from the outer regions, all without dishing out the kind of dough with which celebrities bake. There is an additional charge per extra person, pet, or cardboard standup of Yoda. Following the shoot, you will receive one high-quality, 8"x10" fine art print of the portrait to hang on the wall, spam message boards on the internet, or staple over the actual face represented in the picture. Extra prints will be available for purchase.
Conn's Cafe & Catering Inc.'s professionally uniformed wait staff and executive chefs furnish festivities with a comprehensive menu of entrees, buffet packages, barbecue fare, and boxed lunches. The full-service company provides tables, chairs, linens, tableware, and invitations, offering customers reprieve from the stresses of party planning and additional time to perfect their chicken dance. A catering coordinator can counsel guests on décor, entertainment, and locations, and licensed and insured bartenders are available to distribute pours of champagne and spirits. In addition to the standard and seasonal menus, the caterers can also furnish Indian, Thai, Cajun, Middle Eastern and Mexican fare, as well as thematic decorations.