What we're about

HELP WANTED: No pay. Mostly thankless. Orphans preferred. (Be sure to click READ MORE for full info)::

Folks: For the upcoming, post-covid 2021/22 season I would like to focus on smaller museums (the AIC, MCA, etc's are therefore excluded). Hopefully followed by a "after-party"/late lunch in the area?

There is NO limit on the museums/events we focus on: Art? History? Ethnic? The War Between Dogs and Cats!

Got ideas? Bonus points will go to those who would you like to be the event leader/host/docent. Let me know.

NOTE: Hosting is really nothing more then being there "first" and saying hi!

jim

Our Mission Statement:

Everything about our group flows from our motto: "We are stranger's only once".

This group is for art, museum & live music lovers of all ilk's.

We call ourselves the Chicago Art Critic's Association - "CACA" for short. Its pronounced like a cat having a bad fur-ball moment. Why "critic's" you ask? All art, museum & music lovers are critics by default! Tell your friends and especially that "jerk at work" you are now a member-in-good standing of the Chicago Art Critic's Association! Watch their jaws drop.

1. Our mission is to attend gallery openings, fairs & cultural fests, museum's and music events in and around Chicago. Plus a few odd-lots Join us as we discover new talent, visit new & established galleries, munch our way through art fairs, visit museums, meet old and make new friends and - yes - have a wine or beer (or two) while exploring. What's not to like?

2. My background: As your organizer and fearless leader (coff, coff), I have been enjoying and collecting art since I was a kid - living in of all places: the art district of Santa Fe, NM, Historic Ocean Beach-San Diego, the Historic District of Pass-a-Grille, Fl (before it was discovered), Andersonville, Chicago (before it was discovered) and Europe (it was already discovered!) Bottom line: I've been kicked out of lots of cities, lots of state's, lots of countries and one very nice continent!

3. Have I bored you e'nuf about me? Good! Now I need to ask you for help. For 2022 do you have a SMALL museum idea? I would like to co-ordinate an event about once a month-ish (excluding November & December - due to the holidays). I'm a firm believer in the educational aspect of such events Hopefully with a docent?

I will keep an eye on cost's: An admission-donation fee of $5-20 is fine - not so for $50-100 - however there will be occasional exceptions. Lastly I will try as best as I can, to mix-up the event times (i.e.: weekday evenings, weekend evenings and weekend days.) When appropriate I will co-op with another group. Nothing is written in stone! Got something you wanna plug? Let me know.

4.. Finding me: In order to be spotted easily my standard outfit for most events, unless the event requires otherwise, will be a BLAZE ORANGE BASEBALL HAT and, usually, blue jeans. LOOK FOR THE HAT. Overall, it's not an exciting outfit, but it makes me feel pretty! My hair & mustache are koala grey (Some say "salt & pepper" - but they are mean, little people whose mothers don't love them.)

8. Here is a short article on "How To Buy Art" (Chicago Magazine - Sept. 2017): http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2017/How-to-Buy-Art/

jim

Upcoming events (4+)

June 30th: Beatles Medley at Ravinia. BYOW Evening Picnic #1 of 4. $10.

June 30th: Beatles Medley at Ravinia. BYOW Evening Picnic #1 of 4. $10.

Folks: Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYO-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

5:30 pm-7:30 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.
7:30 - 9:30pm-ish: Rock 'till you Drop! Need I say more?
1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 5:30 pm for the 7:30 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $10.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.

> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<

> Metra Peeps: This season Metra & Ravinia are offering FREE Metra fare to those with Ravinia tickets I repeat FREE Metra fare with your pre-purchased tickets. Bring Mom and Pop! (You will need to show your Ravinia ticket.)
> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar
> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.
> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk,
> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.
> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

Ravinia Event Link: https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/1970/re-imagine-the-beatles-with-beckie-menzie-tom-michael
jim mccarthy
Cat Herder, Grade 4.

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JUL 15: Tchaikovsky Medley by the CSO. BYOW Evening Picnic #2 of 4. $15

Jul 15: Tchaikovsky Medley by the CSO. BYOW Evening Picnic #2 of 4. $15

Folks: Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYO-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

6:00 pm -8:00 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.
8:00 - 9:30 pm-ish: Enjoy a warm summers night with friends who don't want to borrow money from you! haha

1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 6:00 pm for the 8:00 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $15.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022+.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.
> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<
> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar
> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.
> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk,
> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.
> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

Ravinia Event Link: https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/1988/cso-opening-night-tchaikovsky-with-marin-alsop-and-stewart-goodyear
jim mccarthy

Cat Herder, Grade 4.

Aug 21: Ravinia BYOW Evening Picnic #3 of 4. Tchaikovsky's 1812 by the CSO! $15

Take Away's:

1. Aug 21: Ravinia BYOW Evening Picnic #3 of 4. Tchaikovsky's 1812 by the CSO! $15. Cheap! There will be boom-booms! Lots of boom-booms!

2. Event & Ticket Link: https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/2037/tchaikovsky-spectacular-with-the-cso

3. PLEASE NOTE: THIS CONCERT STARTS AT 5PM (vs the usual 7:30-8:00 PM for Ravinia events.) We will begin to gather from 3:30pm-ish!!!

4. Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYO-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

3:30 pm-5:00 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.

5:00 pm -8:30 pm-ish: Boom-boom time - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Music by the CSO! Need I say more?

1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 3:30 pm for the 5:00 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $15.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022+.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.

> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<

> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar

> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.

> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk.

> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.

> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

FYI:
I run three groups: A dog walking group (woof, woof)! A wine tasting group (burp, burp!) and a art group (us!). Sometimes I can blend two or three together. This is a great time to blend. But... please no gang flashing's.

jim mccarthy
fearless leader and cat-herder (grade 4)

PS: If you like wine and evening wine-picnic's consider joining the North Shore Wine Group? We are NOT wine snobs! Levi jeans are the uniform of the day. YOU DO NOT NEED TO JOIN THE NSWG TO ATTEND.... just show up!

https://www.meetup.com/Highland-Park-Wine-Group/events/278159465/

Please Note: The Metra Ravinia stop IS THE FRONT GATE!

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SEP 3rd: Evening BYOW Picnic #4 of 4> Baroque at Ravinia on the Lawn! $15!

SEP 3rd: Evening BYOW Picnic #4 of 4> Baroque at Ravinia on the Lawn! $15!

Join us for a fun BYOW evening on the lawn, sharing wines, BYOW-snacking and... lying on how we LOST weight during the covid shutdown! (It is also BYO-Lawn Chair or you can rent one there.) We Meetup near Big Butt, spread out, self introduce and laff. What's not to like?

Your Evenings Entertainment:

5:30 pm-7:30 pm: Gather, drink wine, lie.
7:30 - 9:30pm-ish: Enjoy a late summer's night with wine & friends! Need I say more?
1. As mentioned, we will Meetup near Big Butt, from 5:30 pm for the 7:30 pm concert. I will be wearing a BLAZE ORANGE HAT for easy identification.
2. Be sure to get un-reserved/General Admission Lawn Tickets: $10.
3. Tickets go on sale AFTER May 4th, 2022.
4. Naturally... everything is tentative during this recovery year.

> > > > > > IMPORTANT HOUSEKEEPING STUFF<<<<<<<

> 2022 Ravinia Full Schedule: https://www.ravinia.org/calendar
> Tip: Get your tickets early... they may sell out fast.
> What can you also bring? Ravinia is famous for it's relaxed attitude regarding coolers, wheeled carts, card-tables, etc. I once saw a peep bring in a small keg of beer on a Red Ryder! His kids had to walk,
> Be sure to bring a jacket: Even warm days become cool nights near the lake.
> If you don't want to (or can't) bring a lawn chair: Ravinia rents them for a low fee. (Some peeps bring blankets - but they rarely look happy. Especially when their butts get damp. Blanketeers then stand up and say something like "I need to stretch my legs". Once a blanketeer says that... point your finger at him/her and scream "DAMPY BUTT! DAMPY BUTT!" haha)

Ravinia Event Link; https://www.ravinia.org/ShowDetails/2049/music-for-the-royal-fireworks-with-music-of-the-baroque

jim mccarthy
Cat Herder, Grade 4.

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