Eateries in Rogers Park

This week, I’d like to share a Rogers Park post by my classmate, Dominique Stem.

This weekend, I got the pleasure of seeing the movie, The Vow, which was set in Chicago. It was a great movie with a wonderful, heartfelt, touching story. One thing that I found particularly interesting about the movie was that a lot of the movie was set in Rogers Park. There were different scenes where the couple would go eat at a cool diner or get coffee at their favorite café in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

The movie has a lot of interesting spots that the couple would go to grab a bite to eat at and just different places just to hang out. like the farmers market, and the couple’s favorite café, Café Mnemoni. I lived in Rogers Park for two years and enjoyed every minute of it. I was unlike living downtown or in the suburbs; you fells like you were living in a little diverse city. In lieu of the awesome spots and restaurants in the movie, I would also like to share some of my favorite eateries in Rogers Park.

  • Uncommon Ground, located right on Devon. This restaurant is unique because it grows its produce on site and everything is made fresh. The food there is always tasty and satisfying and it’s a lot better than eating at the Maxwell Street on the corner.

    Uncommon Ground

  • Bananas Fosters, located on Sheridan Road. From what Yelp! is saying, this yummy breakfast place is now closed, which is strange because I just visited there not too long ago. At any rate though, Bananas Fosters was a great breakfast eatery and their food was always fresh and prepared to order.
  • Jamaican Jerk, right off of the Howard Red Line Stop. Jamaican Jerk has some of greatest, best tasting Jerk chicken in Chicago. It’s made with the prefect amount of spices and herbs and always leaves you satisfied.
  • Thai Grill, located on Granville. This relatively inexpensive grill specializes in Thai food and is very popular for Loyola’s students and their collegiate budget.

Next time you happen to get off at the end of Lake Shore Drive, take a trip to some of these places and please your taste buds and brain with some food from a different culture and see the different sights Rogers Park has to offer.

Dominique has her own blog, where she reports on the Chicago Bulls. I posted about rookie Jimmy Butler on Dominique’s blog this week. Check out all Domique’s posts here: http://sportingchicago.tumblr.com.

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The Haymarket Opera Company presents La Descente D’Orphee Aux Enfers

Photo by Flickr/ one2c900d: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72861652@N00/

This week I decided to research Rogers Park’s theater scene. As a neighborhood of Chicago, Rogers Park contributes to the city’s eclectic artistry in many ways, specifically in the form of opera.

The Haymarket Opera Company is a local group that Chicago cellist and viola de gamba player Craig Trompeter started in 2011. Trompeter felt that period operas were not properly represented among Chicago’s historical performances, so he quickly gathered with a few colleagues and held a fundraiser. His idea for a local 17th and 18th century- inspired opera came to life as a not-for-profit group named  Haymarket Opera Company. Its name comes from Chicago’s 1886 Haymarket riot and the 1705 King’s Theatre opening in London’s Haymarket District. It represents their dedication to both Chicago and the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The company’s mission is to use a variety of period instruments, costumes, and vocal styles to perform operas from  the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment era.  On their website, the HOC describes their instrumentalists as, “not only specialists on their individual instruments, they are historians who recreate the sounds 17th and 18th century composers would have heard as they wrote.”

Their rendition of the opera clearly represents the time, as their vocalists are trained in historically informed practices of sound production, ornamentation, and diction and their orchestra consists of specialists in the field.

The HOC’s commitment to staying true to the ages they depict comes across not only through their sound, but also through their image. They evoke an artistry that takes their audience to the Age of Reason or the Enlightenment.

This weekend, HOC will be performing a story from Metamorphoses, an A.D. 8 Latin narrative poem by the Roman poet Ovid. This weekend’s show La Descente D’Orphee Aux Enfers tells the story of the mythical musician Orpheus and his new bride Eurydice. As Eurydice suddenly falls to her death after a serpent’s bite, Orpheus follows her to Hades where he begs Pluto, ruler of the underworld, to let his wife come back to Earth with him. At last Orpheus’s singing convinces Pluto to set Eurydice free, but only under the condition that Orpheus will never turn to see his wife’s face. The music for La Descente D’Orphee Aux Enfers was composed by Marc- Antoine Charpentier in 17th century France.

The La Descente D’Orphee Aux Enfers will be running Feb 24 and 25 at 7:30pm at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. To reserve tickets, purchase them online or call the Mayne Stage box office 773-381-4554.

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