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August 22-23 Bridgepork

August 14, 2014 by ed
Bridgepork : August 22-23,2014
Maria’s, which has been in existence for 27 years and has been witness to many changes in Bridgeport, is kicking off our four year anniversary (since our revamping) on Friday, August 22 with Bridgepork, a celebration of great beer, bar b q and music. We will be paying tribute to the vision and perseverance of our own maternal presence, Maria Marszewski, who opened the tavern/package goods store when Bridgeport was closely aligned to the workings of the local Democratic machine and through its many manifestations and its current gentrification that has been dubbed “The Community of the Future”. To give Maria proper tribute for the steadfastness of her vision we will unveil a specially commissioned portrait of her that will then be hung in its place of honor on the walls of her self-named bar.
We will be featuring our current crop of Marz Brewery beers including The Machine (American Pale Ale), The Bubbly Creek and The Bubbly Creek YUZU (both Berliner Weiss) and Smoke Wheat Every Day (a Grätzer) , The Bridgeporter, at $1 off the draft price. We will be also pouring some specialty brews that we’ve been saving deep in our vaults particularly for this occasion including Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary, The Bruery Sucre, Revolution 4th Year Quad, North Coast/Goose Island Class of ’88, Surly Darkness and other rare suds.
You can also pair your beers with some tasty treats from our outdoor Korean Polish BBQ cookout (a Monday evening summer staple) in the back patio featuring free brats, kimchee ( by Ajoohma’s Apron) to spice up the palette and various side dishes to warm your soul and fill your appetite.
At 9 PM until closing we will be featuring the Secret Disco monthly residency helmed by deep diggin’ DJ Joe Bryl which month after month brings to light the varied tones, textures and hidden histories of Disco from its roots in both funk, atmospheric electronics, sweaty soul and minimal micro-beats.////
Saturday, August 23 – 4 PM - 9 PM - Free, No Cover960 W. 31st Street, Chicago, IL. 60608 - 773.890.0588 -’s will be continuing it’s celebration our four year anniversary on Saturday, August 23 with Bridgepork Part Deux a weekend of great beer, food and music. We will transform our outdoor parking lot beginning at 4 PM (and continuing throughout the early evening) into a festive mini-court with a mixture of some of our favorite local bands. Noted Chef Kevin Hickey, previous of the Four Seasons, current Director of Food & Beverage for Rockit Ranch Productions and of the soon to open Duck Inn (2701 S. Eleanor at the fringe of Bridgeport) will be slinging some tasty edible treats. Our own Mikemar will be grilling the traditional Ko Po BBQ(Korean Polish) plus we’ll be offering plenty of craft beers including our recently released Marz brews to wet your palette.The revolving group of the featured electronic bands has been curated by our master mixologist Ken Zawacki, whose own electronic effort in the guise of Dar Embarks will be released soon on the Still Music label. Bands include J+J+J, Chandos, Windbreaker and onyou. Expect plenty of pulsing tech beats, acid jams and tweaked-out minimal excursions. The party will continue inside after 9 PM with the Sonorama DJ crew (Charly Garcia and Eddy Baca) featuring the rhythms of mambo, rumba, cumbia, guaracha, garage, rock and other musical genres of Latin America and the south-of-the border cinematic treasures of Mexican horror films and Lucha Libre wrestling.

Aug 16: Works by Rob Christopher @ C-PS

August 10, 2014 by ed
Works by Rob Christopher @ Co-Prosperity Sphere –
Saturday, August 16 @ 7 PM
3219-21 South Morgan Street - Chicago IL., 60608
Join us for a special evening showcasing new works by carpenter, Rob Christopher of Emotive Reclaim Rob works with reclaimed and found materials. His work can be found on the streets of Bridgeport in the form of  the Bridgeport Streetscaping Society Planters. Rob will be showing furniture and sculptural objects as well as other 2D and 3D work. The groundwork for Emotive Reclaim was laid in Rob early years working construction with his dad building homes, honing his interests and eventually obtaining the skills of a carpenter. Carpentry for Rob is more than an occupation or skill. The experience of spending time and learning from my father outside of the home is time I would not trade for anything. He has taught Rob to find beauty and potential in each piece and species of wood. Rob believes that building materials deserve a second chance- whether it be hung on a wall as art or placed in a home as functional furniture. The reclaimed material will always be at the forefront of each piece of furniture or wall hanging. Through the use of vibrant colors, unexpected lines, mixed materials, and unique characteristics Rob aims to evoke emotion and create a second life for reclaimed materials. For more information on Emotive Reclaim link to: Food will be provided by Chef Chris Reed from The Rice Table. The Rice Table was established in the spring of 2008, however it’s recipes and true beginnings traverse both time and distance. Originating in the western region of Java many centuries ago these family recipes were cultivated and passed down generation to generation. Then, in the early 1950’s with the relocation of many Dutch-Indonesians to the Netherlands these culinary gems found a new home. Although thousands of miles away, these recipes received the same love and attention accustomed in its’ home of Indonesia. After spending years enduring the absence of a true Indonesian food establishment, Jane and (Chef/Owner/Son) Chris Reed felt it time to take the family recipes to the public. So in spring of 2008 The Rice Table catering company was formed. Chicago’s only outlet for authentic Indonesian fare, The Rice Table strives to showcase the cuisines distinctive flavors and cooking styles. Through its’ use of fresh, local ingredients and exotic spices we aim to place Indonesian cuisine among its’ rightful spot as one of the finest in the world. The event will also beverages selected by Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, including experimental brews by Marz Community Brewing Co and other lovely beers.

August 9. 2014: Hombrewer’s Ball @ CP-S

August 4, 2014 by ed
Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.42.33 PM   Mash Tun Society and Mash Tun Journal present: 
The 2014 Homebrewer’s Ball August 9, 2014 2:30-6pm Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan Street Join us at our first Annual Homebrewer’s Competition and meet Chicago's future pro brewers! Sample brews, eat some chow and vote for the best beer in this year's first annual competition! For $30 you get: - Tastes of all the Homebrew entries - A Mash Tun Tasting Glass - A Homebrewer’s Ball T-shirt Live  Silk-screened by Teetsy! (supplies limited) - Vittles by The Doner Men. -  A vote for best brews in the competition. The winner gets their beer brewed at Marz Community Brewing Company - A copy of the new Mash Tun Guide to Craft Beer in Illinois - Tastes of Marz Community Brewing Co. beers Featuring beers by: Armando Cobian and Christina Cobian, Chuck Patella, Frank and Danielle Costanzo, Cassie Webster and Brody Webster, Kyle Shaver and Kevin Shaver, Steven Schaab with help from Mark Paris, David Erwin Merz III and Cameron Mark Cieglo, Lacey Griebele and Jon Cumblad, Robby Zahm and Jacques Laramie, Walter Ornelas, Joel Timm and Taylor Southworth, Chris Chesser, Sean Fitzpatrick, Oscan Montenegro and Dany Reyes, and Josh Smith, Takeshi Suzuki, and others. TICKET INFO!!! Visit this link for tickets via Event Brite! Or pay at the door.  

June 27: ArchiGO: 50 Years Later

June 24, 2014 by ed
Friday, June 27, 2014 7-midnight ArchiGO, 50 Years Later Co-Prosperity Sphere 3219 S Morgan St Admission is $5 after 9pm ArchiGO was an avant-garde architectural group formed in the 1960s - based at the Illinois Institute of Technology  - that was neofuturistic, anti-heroic and pro-consumerist, drawing inspiration from technology in order to create a new reality that was solely expressed through hypothetical projects. ArchiGO’s utopian visions influenced a generation of urban planners and designers who worked to prevent modernism from becoming a sterile and safe orthodoxy by its adherents.  ArchiGO and the movements they spawned are a source of inspiration for much of the contemporary placemaking and guerrilla urbanism practices that we have explored in this year’s festival. The exhibit shows a rare collection of ArchiGO’s remixing of the city of big shoulders and other utopian projects. ArchiGO, 50 Years Later features original work on loan from IIIT and interpretations by these additional artists: Andres Hernandez, Patrick Willi, John Salhus, Reuben Kincaid, Juan Angel Chavez, Charlie Vinz, Ken Camden, Catherine Uehara, Mike Slattery, Logan Bay, Paul Durica, Nick Fraccaro, Patrick Lichty, Emma Saperstein and others. A lecture about the speculative roots of ArchiGO by Paul Durica and Nick Fraccaro,will take place at 7:30pm. Complementary beverages will be served until 9pm. With live music by:
DJ Charles Vinz

JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour

June 23, 2014 by ed
JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 3pm – 6pm Assemble at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 2:30pm 3219 S Morgan Street RSVP Only Event $20 Rebuild Foundation helps neighborhoods thrive through culture-driven redevelopment by activating abandoned spaces with arts and cultural programming. Join us for a private tour of some of their groundbreaking projects and spaces. A very  limited number of guests will be able to take this tour. Please sign up at the Eventbrite website to get a seat on the bus.  

Version Festival Tours

June 15, 2014 by ed
Our 13th annual Version Festival is happening June 21-29, 2014 and it is themed "The Placemakers".  Please Visit the site for details. The festival will showcase projects by people who are shaping the physical environment and social character of the city through art and cultural reinvigoration. Join us on a journey through mini markets, festivals, artist warehouses, exhibition platforms, public art projects, bar-b-qs, tours and communal activities that highlight the best practices of a range of projects seeking to radically change the fabric of our cities. We have four amazing and private tours planned during the festival. Please check out details below. There is limited capacity for each event. So please visit the site and RSVP for a spot. There may be an admission fee for each tour. The fee covers the costs of transportation and/or fees for guides. JUNE 23 Bridgeport Streetscaping Society Monday, June 23, 2014 •  4pm - 6pm
 Co-Prosperity Sphere (3219 S Morgan St)
 RSVP Only Event $5

 Take a tour of recent guerrilla streetscaping and tactical urbanism projects by residents of Bridgeport. We start the tour at the Co-Prosperity Sphere,  talk with the artists behind the new mural on the Co-Prosperity Sphere, visit a few unique spaces in the neighborhood, take a peak at a few tactical urbanism initiatives and end with a dinner and discussion at Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar during their weekly Korean Polish BBQ. ///// JUNE 24 Rebuild Foundation Tour Tuesday, June 24, 2014  • 3pm - 6pm Assemble at the Co-Prosperity Sphere at 2:30pm 3219 S Morgan Street RSVP Only Event $20 Rebuild Foundation helps neighborhoods thrive through culture-driven redevelopment by activating abandoned spaces with arts and cultural programming. Join us for a private tour of some of their groundbreaking projects and spaces. A very  limited number of guests will be able to take this tour. Please sign up at the Eventbrite website to get a seat on the bus. ///// June 25 The 606 Tour Wednesday, June 25, 2014 • 1-4pm
 RSVP Only event $20
 The 606 is Chicago’s next great park. The 606 brings together elevated trails for bikers and runners, art installations, and landscape design to create an urban oasis and a new way to explore the city.

 CDOT, along with numerous community partners, is building the Bloomingdale Trail and Park– a multi-use linear park that will be the first of its kind in Chicago. A very limited number of guests will be able to take a private tour. Prior to the tour we will announce the starting point. If you are on the North Side you can meet us. You can also join us at the Co-Prosperity Sphere and take a bus ride  to the starting point of the tour. Please assemble at  3219 S Morgan St. The bus leaves at 12:15pm. You will need to sing a waiver form and also wear a hard hat while on the tour. In case of rain we will re-schedule or meet up for a presentation.   //// JUNE 26 On the Trail of a Disorderly Future: The Pedway Tour with Artist, Hui-min Tsen Thursday, June 26, 2014, 2pm
 Starting location: Meet at the Southwest corner of State St. and Wacker Dr., in front of the Renaissance Hotel at 2pm. Bring $2.25 or a CTA pass to get into the train station. $15 with book included. limited availability! Please reserve your spot by emailing : 

 Deep beneath the surface of the city, a tangled ribbon of corridors runs throughout 40 blocks of downtown Chicago. This meandering passage appears to have grown up organically as if it were an animal's burrow or a donkey's path. Its route is illogical: the corridors exist outside of known space, and its hidden entrances lead to mysterious destinations. What is this place? It is the Chicago Pedway, an intricate non-system of pedestrian tunnels built to separate the citizens of the city from the dangers and foul weather encountered on the street. The tour is a participatory look at the myth and mystery present in our everyday landscape. The tour re-imagines the tunnel's origins according to residual undercurrents in our urban history: fear of others, discontent and its Utopian counterpart (order), control, wonder, and fantasies of the future. During the tour, visitors will catch glimpses of characters including a fearful Grand Duke, a 19th century capitalist, a time traveler, and an eccentric president as well as hear stories about the history of Chicago and multi-level walkways. Although some residents may be familiar with portions of the Pedway, few have walked its entirety from end to end. The 90-minute tour starts at the beginning with the Renaissance Hotel, winds through corridors, lobbies, and connecting train platforms unmarked on maps, to reach the Pedway's conclusion in a magnificent vista on the 42nd floor of the Swissotel, all without ever stepping outside.