Wired Friday’s – DJ Andrew Emil

Wired Fridays ( at the Chicago Cultural Center) was great to experience. It was an hour of fun filled house/techno music from Columbia College Chicago alumni Dj Andrew Emil. DJ Emil is an amazing deejay that performed on Dec. 5th, 2014 on the first floor on the north side of the building.

As a Columbia College Chicago student and music and art lover I saw this event to be a great opportunity for the city of Chicago to experience new takes on house music  form different deejays for free! Although the event was not crowed , in fact the space did not have many people in attendance, it was great to listen to different deejay’s perspective on house music, especially DJ Andrew Emil. This event was a great way to kick off the weekend and have one hour of fun in between classes, on a lunch break, or even an hour of friendly fun for the family while visiting the city of Chicago and experiencing its amenities.

Unfortunately, I was having a few technical difficulties and was not able to capture the one hour event. With this being said below is a sample of DJ Andrew Emil’s work for a simple taste and sneak peek into the wonderful sounds of Wired Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center:

Check out the Chicago Cultural Center’s website for the next Wired Friday on Dec. 19th! 


Wired Fridays! About the DJs-

A couple of my fellow classmates were lucky enough to attend some “Wired Friday” events at our Chicago Cultural Center! The weekly event consists of a mid-day dance party, featuring special quest DJs, playing their mixed electro-music.

One student got to see DJ Terry Hunter, on November 7th. Hunter is a house music producer/DJ. He is known for his talent of putting an original electro spin on songs by artists like the late Michael Jackson, R Kelly, and Mary J. Blige etc. This artist has even produced and co-written tracks for additional musicians like Syleena Johnson and Rhymefest. He is now a member of a respected DJ group, Chicago’s Chosen Few DJ Crew.

Secondly, on November 21st, another classmate of mine was able to attend a Wired Friday, when blonde bombshell, DJ Collete was playing! This DJ is different from the rest because she actually sings live over her music thats she plays and produces. Her musical taste has been described as uptempo and lounge. The Artist has recently released her album named “When the Music’s Loud”, and has been raved about by several music based magazines including PITCHFORK, VIBE MAGAZINE and SPIN MAGAZINE.

I am beyond interested in the details of my classmates experiences attending Wired Friday! Stay connected to read their reviews!

If you are interested in attending a Wired Friday, DJ Wayne Williams will be preforming Dec. 19th!


DCASE Theater and Dance Venues

Not every DCASE event is held within the cultural center’s walls. DCASE uses several venues to put on different musical and theatrical performances. A full schedule of the year’s performances can be found on their website. But here’s a quick list of where the venus are.

The Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph.
Chicago, IL 60602

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637

Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Beauty Bar
1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642

Stand Up for Landmarks! Protests, Posters, and Pictures


A full-length view of the hallway that houses the exhibit

One exhibit that can be found at the Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois is one that focuses on the city’s landmarks and the lengths that have been taken to preserve them and their precious nature. In the center, one can find a hallway of photography and informational blurbs regarding the topic, presented as a sort of timeline.


As you walk through and view the works of notable photographers Richard Nickel, Barbara Crane and Bob Thall, you become encapsulated with the historical photos and the nostalgic feelings they evoke.

Without giving too much of the exhibit away, there are many landmarks explored throughout the hallway. Some of the landmarks photographed and explored include: The Marquette Building, The Green Tree Tavern, The Home Insurance Building, The Frederick C. Robie House, The Garrick Theater Building, and many more locations.

Aside from the photos and informational plaques, the exhibit also includes a map of all of Chicago’s noted landmarks – the perfect supplement so that viewers can navigate and visit their favorites!



In addition to historical landmarks, there is also a list of more recently named sites. Some of these include The Lion House at the Lincoln Park Zoo and the ever-popular Wrigley Field.

This exhibit is currently an ongoing attraction at the Cultural Center, take a look for yourself and engulf yourself in the city’s rich history and noted attractions!

Civil Marriages at the Chicago Cultural Center

$30,000 is the cost of the average American wedding. Between the dress and food for the guests, not to mention a top-notch (or, really, even a mediocre) photographer, weddings are not cheap. Women love the idea of a lush, lavish wedding. TLC has built an entire television line-up around our obsession with tulle, satin and sequins.


But what if you desire something less? What if you’d rather have a new car or pay off student loans? You could take the money you might spend on the wedding and spend it on a honeymoon or vacation instead. While your in-laws might see that as selfish because your Great Aunt Eleanor wanted to see her niece or nephew get married before she died, it is your day. Do what you want and get hitched the civil way.


If the idea of being married in a civil court is unsettling, consider getting hitched at the Chicago Cultural Center.


The Cultural Center offers civil weddings by appointment only on one Saturday of the month. A total of ten marriage and civil union ceremonies are performed, so be sure to make an appointment as soon as you know (up to 60 days prior to your date) you’re ready to say, “I do.” Appointments to be made in person; couples must present their marriage or civil union license and pay a $10 court fee.


While witnesses are not necessary, guests at these unions are permitted. Couples are limited to 20 guests total, so Great Aunt Eleanor might get bumped from the list if you and your SO have larger families.


Think you’ll regret not having a large wedding? Consider having a reception after the wedding where you and your loved ones can gather and celebrate.


If you’re still apprehensive, read this post from a Chicago bride that tied the knot at the Cultural Center.

Mapping a virtual space

Here is a content map of our blog when it had 54 views, and was not finished completely. We make a map like this to see where natural links should be made and to make sure we have stories in categories so our viewers can find what they are looking for, and create a path of their own through our content.


The Die Welt exhibit by Drury Brennan in the Chicago Cultural Center was one of the most interesting exhibits I came across last Sunday.

I have always had an obsession with words. I like to twist and bend and string words into sentences that invoke emotion. When I was younger, I used to go to work with my mother, and type on her secretary’s old typewriter. I was thrilled by how the words looked:




Eventually, I switched over to the computer and experimented with the only “typography”  I knew of at the time…Word Art. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Now, Word Art looks pretty cheesy and laughable. But I used to type words in different colors and sizes, and make flyers for imaginary events. I wasted a ton of paper at my mother’s workplace.



Fast forward to now…I have a very specific taste in typography and I have NO idea how to create it. My friend Morgan is amazing at creating font types and hand lettering as well. When I met her at Columbia we bonded over different magazine layouts and fonts. Both of us gravitated to dark, edgier styles, which is the Die Welt exhibit in a nutshell.


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Words have more meaning or different meanings when placed around certain words. The word “love” means something different when you see it next to the word “hate”, rather than a  word like “flowers”. I think this is really what made the DIE WELT exhibit amazing…the words were not only beautifully drawn, but they were placed next to significant and impactful words that really made me think about the world.




Die Welt.

“The word “calligraphy” conjures up different things to different people. Some see it as gentle meditation, others write on bodies or walls, still others strive for perfect wisdom & letters.”  – The Chicago Cultural Center


It’s drizzling in November, the kind of romantic weather that inspires people to write poetry or stay inside and bundle up with loved ones. For single and broke college students like me, it’s also the perfect weather to attend the free exhibits of The Chicago Cultural Center with a friend looking for adventure. Upon entering the exhibits, it’s hard not to be dazzled by the ballroom that overlooks Millennium Park and offers a sense of elegance and history when you look up and admire the largest Tiffany glass dome in the world.


Exploring the fantastic ballroom of The Chicago Cultural Center with Rachel.

Exploring the fantastic ballroom of The Chicago Cultural Center with Rachel. Photo by Megan Chesley.


It’s difficult for me to focus on one thing in a world where millions of things fascinate me every day. Attending an extravegent place like The Chicago Cultural Center challenges me to focus on one thing at a time, especially when so many exhibits catch my eye. Rachel and I were on a hunt to find the “Typography” exhibit (little did we know “Topography” was what we were supposed to be looking for- oh well) so we went through the entire museum searching for displays of perfect kerning and excellent type faces. We did our best to spend time soaking up each exhibit and allow the art to make us feel a certain way. Of course, the exhibits that had windows overlooking the rainy city added a feeling of comfort while safe & dry inside from the storm.


When we stumbled upon the “Drury Brennan: Die Welt” exhibit in the Michigan Avenue Galleries on the First Floor, I was in complete awe and my mind wanted to wander all over the walls. The messages were scattered, yet still happened to be in an organized format with a touch of color on certain walls. I related to certain messages I found in the midst of all the text, especially ” words like “lover” and “kisses” have a way of looking extraordinarily beautiful in Brennan’s stroke of a brush. The way the paint dripped on certain letters perfectly and effortlessly is absolutely incredible.



Looking closely at Brennan's  calligraphy masterpiece.

Looking closely at Brennan’s calligraphy masterpiece. Photo by Rachel Lessing.

Rachel capturing a piece of the Die Welt. exhibit.

Rachel capturing a piece of the Die Welt. exhibit. Photo by Megan Chesley.

Poetry Podcast: Chicago Cultural Center Begins the Tour

Chicago Cultural Center Sign-Photo by Fuzzy Gerdes

The Chicago Cultural Center is a just a piece of the history of Chicago blossoming the home of The Literary Renaissance. The Poetry Foundation made this specific place the first stop on their tour of phenomenal poetry and music. They spotlight two poets from Chicago Carl_Sandburgin particular: Carl Sandburg and Gwendolyn Brooks. From the representation presented by the Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago and its poets had their own unique style.

Even further than the pictures painted by romantics who consider their written paradise to be in green nature. Carl Sandburg was well known for making the canopy of buildings, the streams of streets, and the vast ocean that is Lake Michigan becoming something of beauty. Gwendolyn Brooks, a native of Chicago’s Southside, depicted life on the streets from her perspective as well as other’s.

This poetry podcast tour presented by The Poetry Foundation, salvages the history of The Chicago Cultural Center as the birth of poets and artists. But this not only stops at poetry and literary greats, Sandburg and Brooks, but Michael Anania as well. Anania presently the Gwendolynbrooksstarter of poetry programs at University of Illinois in Chicago. Sterling D. Plumpp, a poet who incorporates jazz, also makes an appearance as well as others.

This podcast will take your hand and walk you through their journey of Chicago’s poetry movement. The Chicago Cultural Center, a place where the shoe shine boy and the multi-million dollar business man found a literary escape, can be your start as a poet as well. Sure The Poetry Foundation has this tour, but the treasure trove that the center is will provide you even more tours than just this one.

Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall


In 1893, the Chicago City Council granted the required approval for a public library to be built in Dearborn Park, allowing the Library Board to continue their plans for building the city’s first permanent public library location. The goal was to create a place that would stimulate the cultural and intellectual life of the city and its citizens.

However, before plans for the building were finalized, conflict arose over the proposed Dearborn Park location. Previously, Illinois state legislature had given the north quarter of the park to the Soldier’s Home, an organization for American Civil War Veterans.

Despite the conflict, an agreement was signed that would give the building two distinct purposes. It would serve as both the Chicago Public Library and as a Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall to honor the Northern soldiers who fought in the Civil War.


The Hall

The GAR Hall is located in the Northern wing of the Chicago Cultural Center, and is composed of a large hall and rotunda.

Rotunda dome at the G.A.R. Memorial. Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley

Rotunda dome at the G.A.R. Memorial.
Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley

Like the rest of the Chicago Cultural Center, the GAR Hall is designed in a neo-classical style, faced with deep green Vermont marble with large, arching windows. The rotunda features 30-foot walls of Knoxville pink marble and a mosaic floor. The stained-glass dome was designed in a Renaissance pattern by the firm Healy and Millet.



While the building no longer houses the Chicago Public Library, it’s still home to the GAR Memorial Hall, continuing to honor the Northern soldiers of the Civil War.

Plaque commemorating the Norther veterans of the Civil War.  Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley

Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley

It’s also a popular location for private events and weddings, and can be rented out in advance for these events.

G.A.R Memorial Hall  Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley

G.A.R Memorial Hall
Photo courtesy of H. Michael Miley

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