Highlights from the Hello, Again Chicago opening weekend


By The Chicago Egotist / / More than 150 came out for opening weekend of Hello, Again Chicago, a 2013 Lincoln MKZ-sponsored event designed to celebrate the small businesses and local visionaries who are helping to reinvent the city. Guests saw Chicago from a reimagined perspective—behind the wheel of an MKZ—during a drive-through urban art gallery featuring works from local artists Shawn Stuckey, Marketa Sivek and Patrizio Fortuna, toured the West Loop studio of Urban Wood Goods and learned how the company transforms “old-growth wood” into repurposed, functional pieces. Back at the Hello, Again Hub Chicago the Beautiful’s Free Art Machine and a live “flavor tripping” experience featuring iNG Restaurant Chef Homaro Cantu’s Miracle Berry shared the spotlight. Guests were instructed to dissolve Miracle Berry tablets on their tongues to transform the taste of lemon and sour cream into cheesecake, of seltzer water with lemon into Sprite. (Sorry, Wonka fans: No reports of giant Violet blueberry transformations.) Hello, Again is a three-week celebration of Chicago that’s free and open to the public, attendees are treated to a 30-minute “Art Drive” and a visit to our River North hub stocked with delectable goodies and inviting activities. Guests receive a premium gift, such as an iPhone camera lens, ING’s Miracle Berry tablets or a limited-edition piece of art provided by Chicago the Beautiful. Reservations are available through August 25 from 4 -10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Register here or the Hello, Again Hub, 219 W. Chicago Avenue (River North).