Art & Environment: A 25th season wrap-up with round table discussions, food, drink Chopin Theatre

From our humble beginnings in 1990 - no working heat, electricity, plumbing, etc - we were able to somehow survive and host, co-produce or produce almost 2,000 different events.  And the neighborhood has changed from one of the worst in the nation but artsy to, according to Forbes, one of the hippest but most expensive.   Between meals we'd like to talk a little about that dilemma of "art or show" business.  We hope you'll join us.

A free event, reservation encouraged.

Supported in part by WPB SSA#33, WBEZ Radio, Mariano's, Kasia's Deli, Pizza Metro, Pot Belly, Oak Mill Bakery & Chopin Theatre

12/17/16 - 12/17/16



8a - Complimentary "embarrasment of riches" breakfast

930a - In Memoria Jane Jacobs -the 100th birthday of urban activist, Jane Jacobs whose ideas of "face the street" and "social capital" are perhaps even more relevant today

Presented by Gia Biagi, Principal of Urbanism and Civic Impact at Studio Gang;former Director of Planning & Development Chicago (strategic projects Maggie Daley Park, Northerly Island, Bloomingdale Trail)


950a- Open discussion - "Can we all get along - Art, Business & Family Life"
Representatives from Alderman Proco Moreno (1st), Brian Hopkins (2nd), Walter Burnett (27th) and Scott Waugespack (32nd) along with Consul Robert Rusiecki (Consulate of Poland in Chicago) and Gia Biagi.

Moderator Alton Miller, Assoc. Professor Writing & Communications; former Assoc. Dean School Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago and Press Secretary for former Mayor Harold Washington.

1130a- Open discussion, "Wicker Park as Chicago's Art & Theater destination? For better or worse.
Representatives from House, Collaboraction, The Hypocrites, Oobleck, Teatro Vista, Trap Door and Tuta theaters
Chopin Theatre, Den Theatre, Empty Bottle, Subterranean, Jackson Junge Gallery and Guild Complex

Moderated by Wicker Park's own Don Hall, Director of Events for Chicago Public Media, former theatrical producer, five year host of The Moth Story Slam, public school teacher and trumpet player.

1p - Complimentary lunch provided by Wicker Park's best restaurants with Open Bar. Champagne and cake from the famous Oak Mill Bakery