Navy Pier’s Loop – New Interactive Public Art Installation in Polk Bros Park

Navy Pier brings visual and interactive art full circle with its latest free public art installation, Loop. Inspired by the zoetrope – an optical device invented in the 19th century – this retro-futuristic machine creates playful animations with the simple pull of a lever, bringing to life 13 classic fairytales. The interactive and whimsical installation will remain on display from February 28 to May 12, 2019.

Loop, produced by Ekumen and Montreal-based Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. Guests of all ages are welcome to sit inside of one of the 12 nine-foot cylinders and pull a lever to set in motion a flickering strobe effect of black and white images accompanied by sound – reminiscent of early films. Once activated, the cylinder becomes animated with light and sound, creating the illusion of motion in the drawings. The black and white images can be viewed from close up or far away. The speed at which the images fly by, the frequency at which the light flickers and the rhythm of the audio composition are all directly related to the pace set by the participants’ effort at the pump-powered machine.

Loop is part of Navy Pier’s ongoing commitment to offer guests free, one-of-a kind arts and cultural programming, designed to inspire, educate and connect communities. For more information, visit

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Annex houses 22 classrooms, including a computer lab, science lab, art room and multipurpose room

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Alderman Walter Burnett on Sunday 2/24/19 to cut the ribbon on the 36,000-square-foot annex at Skinner West Elementary School. The four-story annex has 22 classrooms, including an art room, a computer room, and a science lab, as well as a multi-purpose room that can accommodate up to 120 students for lunch.

“Skinner students are working hard to live up to their promise and potential, and this new annex will help ensure they are earning the first-rate education they deserve,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Expectations are high for Chicago students, and they deserve the space and facilities they need to succeed.”

“An investment in our children is an investment in the future of Chicago, and the state-of-the-art annex at Skinner will pay off in dividends for generations to come,” said Alderman Walter Burnett, 27th Ward. “Together with the Mayor and our community, I am proud to bring our students the facilities they need to continue concentrating on their studies.”

The annex was built to accommodate overcrowding relief at the school. The addition also includes a new elevator and a chiller, as well as renovations to the existing building and landscape. The annex was constructed by the Public Building Commission.

Mayor Emanuel and CPS have addressed overcrowding at over 40 local schools in recent years, including Zapata, Dore, Dawes, South Loop, Prussing, Addams, Little Village, Bridge, Onahan, Ebinger, Pasteur, Canty, Byrne, Edwards, Dore, Garvey, Hale, Peck, Stevenson, Dirksen, Sauganash, and many more. The Mayor remains committed to working with communities to find innovative ways to relieve overcrowding.

The City of Chicago has been committed to broad investment in capital projects at schools across the city. Investments with CPS has included new schools and annexes, playgrounds and air conditioning, improvements and access to technology, new computers and expanded bandwidth, expanded academic programs and core facilities investments.

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Art on theMART returns on March 13!

Art on theMART is back! The largest permanent digital art projection in the world returns on March 13th with a program to celebrate the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre with a work by renowned lighting designer John Boesche. See the new program for yourself, Wednesday to Sunday beginning fifteen minutes after sunset. For more information, visit

Wild Mile – Community Meeting #2 Update

Thank you to everyone who attended the second Wild Mile Chicago community meeting last Thursday, February 7 at Leslie Hall!

For those who weren’t able to attend or for those who attended and have more thoughts to share, we still want to hear from you!

We have uploaded a copy of the presentation and design boards shown at the meeting on the ‘Get Involved’ page of the Wild Mile Chicago website.

Please look through the designs and let us know your thoughts by using the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website or by emailing

For the Design Boards, we would like to know:

• What do you like?
• What don’t you like?
• And what would you like to add that is missing?

Your feedback helps us create a more thoughtful, inclusive, and comprehensive framework plan for Wild Mile Chicago.

Community Meeting #3: March 2019 (more details coming soon)


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Taste of River North 2019 – Get involved! Sign up today!


Want to get involved with River North’s biggest party of the year? We want you!  We are looking for River North neighbors to join us in making Taste of River North better than ever!  From children’s programming, dog events, fun on the river walk, music performances, and much more – we welcome you to help us create the best event yet. 

What will you do as a volunteer?

  • Share ideas
  • Find sponsors
  • Help plan and implement programming
  • Work at the event

The Kick-Off Meeting will take place on Tuesday evening, February 19th. Interested? Please submit the volunteer application.  Once we receive your application we’ll be back in touch.

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Community Alert – 012th District – Motor Vehicle Thefts

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Community Alert – 018th District – Seeking Information – Strong Arm Robery Offender

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