This year’s Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo was even bigger than the last – tons of big-name guests and even more elaborate costumes. Just a handful of favorites..
The annual Halloween parade on Halsted seemed a bit lighter than usual this year, probably since it was cold and a Wednesday, but extra props to those of us who braved 40-degree weather to dress up and have an awesome time. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough of a turnout to fill the void of costumes I expected to be popular this year – not one Katniss Everdeen, Gangnam Style guy, Tan Mom, botched Jesus painting, or Binder Full of Women(!) Seems like a missed opportunity, but the best ones were more creative anyway.
The second annual Chicago Ideas Week drew some of the most innovative people in the world to come and share their ideas, creations, and general words of wisdom with people like me looking to get inspired to go out and do awesome things. Topics covered a broad spectrum – science and technology, politics, education, healthcare, the arts, religion – all basically communicating the fact that there is room (and often dire need) for new ideas in virtually every sector.
As a volunteer I managed to participate from inside and out, though I may not have taken as many photos as I would have purely as a spectator. But here’s a small snippet of some of the week’s events.
It’s kind of impossible to avoid the annual Puerto Rican parade no matter where you are in Chicago, with cars waving giant Puerto Rican flags taking over the city throughout the day. But I accidentally ran into the actual parade this year while passing through Humboldt Park and decided to stop by. Basically a lot of flags and flag garb, engines revving, and some sweet cars.
There’s never a lack of good live music somewhere in this city. Add the beginning of summer festival season and there are almost too many things to choose from.
The week of May 28 – June 4th had me at a show almost every night – too many to post separately so I picked some of the best shots to lump together here. Enjoy.
Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Allstate Arena – May 28, 2012
Todd Rundgren @ SPACE – May 30
Besnard Lakes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2
Le Bucharettes @ Do-Division Fest – June 2
Company of Thieves @ Sausage Fest – June 3
Jonathan Richman @ Pritzker Pavilion – June 4
This event was part of the Old Town School of Folk Music’s first annual Festival of Aloha – four days chock full of concerts and workshops centered around the music of Hawaii and the Pacific islands. Nice to see such a large turnout of Chicagoans of all types interested in Hawaiian culture. Ironically enough, I never fully appreciated this while growing up in Hawaii as much as I do now, and possibly wouldn’t have rediscovered without the help of the growing local uke community. And of course the magical institution that is the Old Town School.
Hundreds of people gathered in Welles Park in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest ukulele lesson. I believe 1,327 was the number to reach – finally tally was only 530, but it was still a lot of fun. It’s one instrument that sounds both beautiful and adorable when played by hundreds of people simultaneously 🙂
I also recorded it from my perspective, which can be seen here.