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TLCC2019 attendees can immerse themselves in the Chicago arts and culture scene 

Published6/4/2019

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In the lead-up to the Tessitura Learning & Community Conference in Chicago,

we’ve been showcasing the local arts and cultural organizations in our community. Today, six Tessitura organizations — Chicago Architecture Center, Writers Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance, Shedd Aquarium, Grant Park Music Festival and Harris Theater for Music and Dance share what summer in Chicago means to them and what TLCC2019 attendees can enjoy during a visit.

Chicago Architecture Center

Inspiring an appreciation of design 

The Chicago Architecture Center is a nonprofit cultural organization that offers tours, exhibitions, programs and events to inspire people to discover why design matters. 

“Summer in Chicago means getting to explore the city’s beautiful architecture without having to bundle up—plus summer marks the start of peak river cruise season! Be sure to check out the view of the Chicago River from the windows of our Skyscraper Gallery. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Center’s quick access to the Riverwalk!”

“Be sure to check out the view of the Chicago River from the windows of our Skyscraper Gallery. Don’t forget to take advantage of the Center’s quick access to the Riverwalk!” 

Photo credit: Steve Hall (c) Hedrich Blessing 

Writers Theatre

Bold approach to contemporary theatre

Writers Theatre’s bold approach to contemporary theatre has been captivating Chicagoland audiences for more than 25 years. 

“Summer in Chicago means summer musicals! Visitors can make a day trip of it by taking Metra to Writers Theatre. WT gives $5 cash back if you tag us in a photo of your trip on social media on your way to enjoy incredible theatre. We encourage all guests to make an experience out of their time here. There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of, but the thing that’s not to be missed is the Stephanie and Bill Sick terrace, located on the second floor of the building. Enjoy the intimate patio space before and after your performance while enjoying a drink in front of our firepit.”

“We encourage all guests to make an experience out of their time here. There are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of.” 

 

Photo courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago  

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Changing lives through dance 

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s mission of bringing artists, art, and audiences together is changing lives through the experience of dance. 

“Summer in Chicago means hundreds of hopeful young artists bringing new energy to our building while they train in our world-renowned Summer Intensives. We are proud to host dancers of all ages and abilities for our vast array of dance classes offered each day. Our building is a true home to artists in Chicago, and there is no doubt that anyone who comes through our doors will feel the strong sense of community and passion for inspiring others through dance. Check our exciting list of open dance classes and experience them for yourself!”

“We are proud to host dancers of all ages and abilities for our vast array of dance classes offered each day. Check our exciting list of open dance classes and experience them for yourself!” 

Photo credit: © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez 

Shedd Aquarium

Unforgettable encounters with animals from aquatic environments

Shedd Aquarium offers unforgettable encounters with animals from aquatic environments around the world, while saving endangered species and their habitats. 

“Summer means lots to do at Shedd! One of our summer favorites is the annual series Jazzin’ at the Shedd, where you can combine a cocktail with great music, some of the best views of the city, fireworks, and of course aquatic beauty worth saving. There’s so much to explore, whether you want to cool off with a beluga encounter or learn about some of the amazing species that call our aquarium home by attending an aquatic presentation. Don’t miss Underwater Beauty, our special exhibit (we love the sea dragons!), and it wouldn’t be a complete summer visit without checking out some of our experiential moments like Stingray Touch or the 4D theater. Show your conference badge to receive 50% off your visit to Shedd.”

“There’s so much to explore, whether you want to cool off with a beluga encounter or learn about some of the amazing species that call our aquarium home by attending an aquatic presentation.” 

Photo courtesy of Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park Music Festival

80 summers of classical music concert series 

Grant Park Music Festival has been delivering a annual ten-week classical music concert series to Chicago for more than 80 summers. 

“Winter takes a toll on everyone in Chicago, so when the weather turns warmer, Chicagoans go outside. For the Grant Park Music Festival, it means ten weeks of classical music concerts, performed by our world-class orchestra and chorus, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between June 12 and August 17. Showcased in Frank Gehry’s magnificent Jay Pritzker Pavilion, flanked by the iconic Chicago skyline and the majesty of the lakefront, and surrounded by the natural and cultural riches of Millennium Park, the Festival boasts a setting that is unparalleled. Come to any Grant Park Music Festival concert, and whether you sit on the lawn, or get a reserved seat up close to the stage, you’ll find people from all walks of life gathering together, connected through the power of music. Where in the world can you find world-class music on a world-class stage in an out-of-this-world setting?”

“Come to any Grant Park Music Festival concert, and you’ll find people from all walks of life gathering together, connected through the power of music.” 

Photo courtesy of Harris Theater for Music and Dance

Harris Theater for Music and Dance 

A model for collaboration, performance, and artistic advancement

Harris Theater for Music and Dance’s work has earned national recognition as a distinctive model for collaboration, performance, and artistic advancement.

“Summer is exciting in general for anyone in Chicago but, especially for the Harris Theater. Last season, we extended our programming into the summer season for the first time with two performances by Chicago jazz musicians, including one on our rooftop overlooking Millennium Park. We can’t wait to announce our next summer rooftop concert – stay tuned! We are located underground, so be sure not to miss us! We’re at the north end of beautiful Millennium Park, in the cultural heart of downtown Chicago, and our space is unlike any other venue in the city. Come see the Louise Nevelson set-piece that hangs in our entry, and check out our modern lobbies featuring lights inspired by Dan Flavin’s work.”

“Our space is unlike any other venue in the city. Come see the Louise Nevelson set-piece that hangs in our entry, and check out our modern lobbies featuring lights inspired by Dan Flavin’s work.” 

  

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