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A Notice To Our Readers*

Update as of March 24: Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have placed an asterick (*) next to all of our home page categories. In the absence of new events, we've decided to highlight some of the great arts institutions and businesses that make Chicago such a great place to live. Go to Suport the Arts to see these providers. We hope you will take the time to explore these institutions and perhaps, contribute to the non-profits that will suffer greatly due to this pandemic. March 14: As you no doubt know, almost every public event scheduled for the next two weeks has been cancelled or postponed. We will leave most of our event pages “as is” with the hope that many of these events will be rescheduled later in the year. Readers are advised to check with EVERY venue as to whether their event will proceed. Many venues have set April 1 as the date they may resume operations, but even that date remains a question mark. We have seen a wide variety of responses as to how organizations are handling cancelations. Many venues will provide refunds. Many non-profits are asking that patrons contribute their tickets as a tax-deductible...

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Spot-On News Issue No. 11

International Women’s Day is March 8 and Chicago and its environs afford ample opportunities to celebrate the day and to advance the movement for women’s equality and social justice. The  International Women’s Day website provides an overview of the day, “An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.” SpotOnChicago lists over 40 events in the coming weeks related to women and feminism. Among the highlights are: Women. Empowerment. Leadership is the topic at the Italian Cultural Institute; a day-long series of talks and workshops will be presented at the 1871 incubator at Merchandise Mart; Mikki Kendall will discuss feminism at Seminary Co-op, Rebecca Solnit, the originator of the phrase “mansplaining” will be at Women & Children First; Madeleine Albright will appear at Francis Parker School in a talk sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival; Notorious RBG in Song will be performed at the Illinois Holocaust Museum; Inspire & Empower: Women Creating Change in Their Communities will be hosted at Heaven Gallery, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton will appear at the Book Stall to discuss their new book about motherhood; Ruth Everhart: The...

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Spot-On News Issue No. 10

We’re over 1000!  Events that is. In the few short months that SpotOnChicago.com has been live, we’ve been able to increase the average number of events featured on the site to over 1000! Except for a few big names, we haven’t even included items scheduled for September 1 and beyond. We’re committed to finding events near and far, at venues large and small, and we hope you’re finding events that appeal to you. Remember, you can always find nearby events by going to a Category page and sorting by the drop-down “Locale.” We’ve divided metro Chicago into 12 different regions so you can find local events more easily…Recently added events highlight some of the big names coming to town…On March 3, Chicago’s favorite chef Rick Bayless will appear at Loyola’s Wintrust Hall to join a discussion hosted by Politico on policy proposals regarding sustainable food systems in the U.S… The two Martins – Steve Martin and Martin Short – will be at Huntington Bank Pavilion in September to reprise their HBO comedy special. The Funniest Show in Town at the Moment promises to be just that…Jim Carey, yes that Jim Carrey, will be appearing in Downers Grove at a booktalk...

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Spot-On News Issue No. 9

With an ongoing impeachment trial, a looming presidential election, and two major primaries just days away, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the events around Chicago where one could get a fuller picture on the political, economic, and social issues that course through today’s headlines. There is a wealth of such events and we’ve assembled a top 20 list of talks on the topics: Does Impeachment Matter? at the Institute of Politics. Former White House advisor David Axelrod leads the IOP and although the speakers have not yet been announced, the event promises to be a lively discussion of the Trump impeachment. Election 2020 and the Pulse of the Heartland at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs will bring together an all-star panel to discuss the current thinking on the Midwest’s role in the upcoming election. Among the speakers will be John Austin of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Shia Kapos of Politico, Robert Leonard of KNIA/KRLS Radio Iowa and Adam Roberts of The Economist. The Stigler Center at Chicago Booth will host a talk discussing How Do Corporate Interests Impact Politics. Leading the discussion will...

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Spot-On News: Issue No. 8

After a lull for the holidays, Chicagoland’s events calendar is filling up and newly announced and upcoming events present a wealth of interesting and varied activities...In Comedy: Steven Wright, the observational comedian appears at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Happy Valen-TINAS Day, “Chicago’s only improvised telenovela” will be performed at The iO Theatre. In Exhibitions: Modernism: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights opens at the Block Museum of Art. The Discovery of What It Means to be Brazilian (an examination of Brazil’s colonial past and present) will open at Mariane Ibrahim. In Film: Ginger - A Young Women's Battle With Breast Cancer will be shown at the Athenaeum Theatre. Elements: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire will be shown at the Brushwoods Center at Ryerson Woods. In Music: Celebrating 100 Years of Art Blakey will be held at Nichols Concert Hall. Mahler’s 10th Symphony will be performed at Pick Staiger Concert Hall by the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra ($8!!) …In Talks: Author Lee Bay (Image at Left) will talk about his new book, a collection of South side architectural photography, at the Harold Washington Library. Ada Calhoun will discuss her book Why We Can’t Sleep, Women’s New Midlife Crisis at Congregation...

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