Chicago Culture, Celebrity, Arts & Entertainment
Chicago culture, arts & entertainment with Billy Dec

Enjoy “What’s on Dec” this week on ABC TV “Windy City Live!”

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Click here to see Rockit Ranch CEO Billy Dec‘s inside scoop on the best parties, fests, games, concerts, events.. on his latest Thursday 11am weekly ABC TV segment called “What’s on Dec” on “Windy City Live!”

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Good times w/ Gold Medalist buds Ryan Lochte & Conor Dwyer at Sunda Chicago after London Olympics

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Good times w/ Gold Medalist buds Ryan Lochte & Conor Dwyer at Sunda Chicago after London Olympics

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw my night out last night w/Olympian buds Ryan Lochte & Conor Dwyer. You obviously know how freakishly talented they are and how great they represented and competed for our country, but just wanted to say on a personal level, they are two solid great guys, pleasure to hang out with for sure.

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CITY WINERY CHICAGO OPENS IN THE WEST LOOP WITH A WINE LIST THAT RUNS THE GAMUT FROM OLD WORLD TO ROCK ’N’ ROLL

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City Winery Chicago opened last week at the west end of the Randolph corridor, anchoring restaurant row and extending the repertoire of venues. It’s Wine Country in the West Loop. With a bold focus on wine and a fully functioning winery, City Winery crafts a culture of music, food and entertainment hinged upon the cornerstone of great wine as envisioned by founder and owner Michael Dorf.

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Chicago Air and Water Show

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Chicago Air and Water Show

It’s that time of year when Chicagoans flock to rooftops across the city, tourists and locals alike head to the beach and people of all ages settle in to watch jaw-dropping aerial and water stunts. Yup that’s right, I’m talking about the über popular Air & Water Show – the largest free military air & water show in the country…and it’s back for its 54th year! This coming weekend, August 18th-19th starting at 10am, prepare to be wowed by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team & U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they take to the skies to perform dazzling acrobatics 12,000+ feet in the air. The best part, it’s completely free.

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Real Men of Chicago, Restaurants Raise a Glass of Rose to Support Bright Pink Charity

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Real Men of Chicago, Restaurants Raise a Glass of Rose to Support Bright Pink Charity

As the Wine Director and Co-Owner of BIN 36, I have the opportunity to support various charities and organizations through donations and special events. This August, I decided to take our philanthropic efforts a step further by creating the “Real Men Drink Pink” campaign, benefiting Bright Pink, the only national breast cancer organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women while providing support for high risk individuals. Their efforts and work resonate with me on a personal level.

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MORE CHEFS, MORE PARTY: VITAL BRIDGES CENTER ON CHRONIC CARE HOSTS CHEFS AND THE CITY

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It’s on! Wrap your taste buds around delectable samplings of the finest cuisine from Chicago’s most creative culinary talent at Chefs and the City on Friday, July 27th!  Hosted by Vital Bridges Center on Chronic Care of Heartland Health Outreach, this unforgettable event will be held in the Ritz-Carlton Chicago’s Grand Ballroom from 7:30 to [...]

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There’s Nothing Tricky About This: Rev Run is About to Rock Chicago!

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There’s Nothing Tricky About This:  Rev Run is About to Rock Chicago!

Summertime Chi…there’s nothing quite like it: concerts nightly, festivals every weekend, crazy cool parties (like last week’s Talent Show) every weekend; it’s nonstop fun this time of year & there’s more to come this week!

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Goorin Bros. Chicago Sample Sale

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Goorin Bros. Chicago Sample Sale

Hold onto your hats, Chicago! Or better yet…grab a new one. You’re favorite West Coast hatters, Goorin Bros. are hosting their first ever Chicago Sample Sale. Staying true to where their Chicago magic started 3 years ago, they are hosting this event at an off-site location in the city’s trendy Wicker Park neighborhood.

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Theori Stages presents Wendell Tucker Hates the World

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Theori Stages presents Wendell Tucker Hates the World

The producers of I Still Love H.E.R. (a tribute to hip-hop) are proud to introduce their newest offering to Chicago, “Wendell Tucker Hates the World.” Wendell Tucker Hates the World is a comedic look at how depression affects a person’s perception of the world and how minority communities tend to neglect the idea of mental wellness. This one-man show, starring writer and director Wendell Tucker, focuses on his experiences dealing with major depressive disorder, a condition that has led to him being labeled as the angriest man in theater.

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Blackhawks in July?! It’s Like Christmas!

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Blackhawks in July?! It’s Like Christmas!

If you’re a Blackhawks fan and planning on going to the upcoming Blackhawks Convention – like me – then last weekend was like Christmas for you. Convention passes and welcome letters were sent out to the delight of fans across Chicagoland. July 20th – 22nd the Hilton Chicago will become Blackhawks central; players & fans will flock to the iconic Chicago hotel for a weekend of hockey in the middle of summer – it’s quite a sight! This marks the 5th year of the convention and as in years past, it has completely sold out – unless you’re willing to go on StubHub. It’s no surprise this event is so popular. I went to my first convention last year and if you’re a fan of the Hawks, it’s something you NEED to go to.

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Talent Show! Calling all Singers, Dancers, Circus Acts, Stunts, Talented, Shocking, Funny Performers of all kinds!

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Talent Show! Calling all Singers, Dancers, Circus Acts, Stunts, Talented, Shocking, Funny Performers of all kinds!

For over 3 years now we at Rockit Ranch have shared our platform with up-and-coming talent of all kinds in Chicago, showcasing them right here on aChicagoThing.com, to give our city’s potential future entertainers a celebratory & supportive boost toward a quicker & more successful entry into the Art, Culture & Entertainment industry in our city & beyond!

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