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DURING WVON radio station’s annual “Speak Sistah Speak” series, former presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett was featured in a wide-ranging conversation with attorney and media personality Star Jones at DuSable Museum. In this special engagement, Jarrett shared perspectives about her leadership roles, talked about her days as part of President Obama’s administration and gave insight into her longtime friendship with the former president and first lady Michelle Obama. A history maker, Jarrett was the longest-serving Senior Advisor to President Obama, a period in which she directed the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, and she chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. In addition to being one of the president’s closest confidante’s, Jarrett was widely known for her efforts to create equality and opportunity for all Americans, and for economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world.
Chicago Is Talking About . . .
A Conversation With Valerie Jarrett
'Soundtrack of the City' Concert Series
AS part of events to kick-off Chicago Craft Beer Week, the Garfield Park Conservatory’s 8th annual “Beer Under Glass” (in partnership with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild) attracted a huge crowd of astute beer lovers who had the opportunity to sample the products from more than 100 different local and out-of-state breweries. The event allowed participants to experience the Conservatory’s appealing layout of eight indoor display houses and outside gardens while they sipped on a variety of beers. “Beer Under Glass” is a fundraising event that benefits the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance’s (GPCA) programming and mission. GPCA memberships support GPCA’s mission to change lives through the power of nature. The Conservatory serves more than 200,000 people a year, including 16,000 local schoolchildren. 
THE Old Town School of Folk Music and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events are presenting the "Soundtrack of the City" in a citywide concert series that runs through August 20 to celebrate the city’s rich musical history. All events are free and open to the public. "Soundtrack of the City not only recognizes Chicago's deep music history but the neighborhoods where these traditions started," said Mark Kelly, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events. The concert series, which runs in conjunction with the Chicago Blues Festival, is as follows: Chicago jazz, June 30, Ellis Park; folk music, July 9, Square Roots Festival (Lincoln Avenue, between Montrose and Wilson); Gospel and the Freedom Trail Concert, July 22, Marquette Park; The Rise of Duranguense Music, August 5, National Museum of Mexican Art, and August 13, Harrison Park; and Country Skyline (Robbie Fulks & Friends), August 20, Navy Pier Lake Stage. For more information and schedules, go to
'Beer Under Glass' 2017
'Make Music Chicago' 2017
In its seventh annual, citywide musical celebration, "Make Music Chicago" returns on June 21 with more than 170 free events at 65 sites as part of the daylong, international music holiday Fête de la Musique. Amateur and professional music lovers of all ages, skill levels and musical tastes will perform live music in more than 30 Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs, including locations such as Millennium Park's Wrigley Square, Maggie Daley Park, Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, Navy Pier, the Chicago Riverwalk, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Cultural Center, the 606 Bloomingdale Trail and more than 25 Chicago Park District sites. Led by artistic director and celebrated pianist Kuang-Hao Huang, "Make Music Chicago" highlights will include a nationwide event, "Lift Every Voice: Musicians Rising For Racial Justice," organized by Boston-based Play for Justice and features musicians from the musical Hamilton, members of the Chicago Philharmonic and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Chicago joins more than 750 cities around the world to celebrate free music as part of the 35-year-old, international music event. For a current list of events and locations, visit or download the Make Music Day app for iOS or Android.