Chicago welcomes back Taste of Iceland for the second time April 20-23 to celebrate various aspects of Icelandic culture. Chicagoans will have the opportunity to experience authentic Icelandic cuisine, enjoy Icelandic music as well as view and discuss Icelandic film and art during this four-day festival. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @IcelandNatural with #TasteofIceland.
At each Taste of Iceland event you attend make sure to grab an event pin from the entrance of the venue for your chance to be entered into a drawing for an Icelandic prize pack! Enter by tweeting a picture of all your buttons to @IcelandNatural with the hashtag #TOIChicagoChallenge by April 23. The more events you attend, the greater your chances of winning!
— MUSIC: REYKJAVIK CALLING AT CHOP SHOP / 1st WARD | APRIL 22
For the second time, the Reykjavik Calling concert will take over Chop Shop / 1st Ward on April 21 in partnership with CIMMfest. Spend the evening with two of Iceland’s most talented bands Fufanu and Mammut as they play alongside local Chicago band OHMME. Stay tuned for more information! (Must be 18+ to enter.)
WHEN: Saturday, April 22 | doors: 7:00pm |show: 8:00pm
WHERE: Chop Shop / 1st Ward | 2033 W. North Ave, Chicago IL 60647
— ART: VISUAL ARTS DISCUSSION AT CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HOTEL | APRIL 22
Join Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center, for a discussion on Icelandic visual arts. Björg Stefánsdóttir will offer insight into how Iceland (with a population of 340,000) is able to sustain a thriving contemporary art scene. Hear how Icelandic art has spread across the world, through the artist-driven community and The Icelandic Art Center.The Icelandic Art Center is the commissioner for the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice biennale, exhibiting the current scene in Iceland. It´s an extremely important platform for Icelandic artists, to facilitate strong connections to international art professionals. This year Egill Sæbjörnsson will be presenting Iceland at the Venice Biennale with two trolls in a work that he calls “Out of controll”.
WHEN: April 22 | 2:00pm
WHERE: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
SPECIAL GUEST: Björg Stefánsdóttir
— FILM: SHORTFISH SHORT FILM SCREENINGS AT LOGAN THEATRE | APRIL 23
The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, is screening its short film program on April 23 at the Logan Theater. The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly dubbed Shortfish, focuses on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers. The Shortfish screening at the Logan Theater will feature six short films, including Shortfish 2016 winner «Like it’s up to you» from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir. Admission to the screening is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run for approximately 75-minutes. There are no restrictions on these films, but they are not recommended for children. Please bring your Eventbrite ticket to the theater. You will be asked to exchange your printed ticket for an official Logan Theatre ticket.
WHEN: Sunday, April 23 | 4:00pm
WHERE: Logan Theatre | 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
— COCKTAILS: ICELANDIC COCKTAIL CLASSES AT THE GWEN | APRIL 20
Don’t miss Taste of Iceland’s cocktail class in Chicago! Led by Brennivin cocktail champion Kári Sigurðsson, Upstairs at The Gwen’s lead mixologist Jason Deatherage and Reyka Ambassador Trevor Schneider, this unique class will include tutorials on how to make delicious craft cocktails. The recipes will combine traditional Icelandic concoctions with locally crafted spirits. The class is free and first-come, first-served. Must be 21+ to participate.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20 | 5:30pm & 7:00pm classes
WHERE: The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel | 521 N. Rush St., 5th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
— FOOD: ICELANDIC MENU AT BAPTISTE & BOTTLE | APRIL 20-23
Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson, head chef at Blue Lagoon’s Lava Restaurant, will fly to Chicago to collaborate with American executive chef James Lintelmann at Baptiste & Bottle. Named Iceland Chef of the Year, Viktor is one of Iceland's most prestigious culinary experts. He recently led the Icelandic National Culinary Team to a bronze medal at this year's Bocuse d'Or 2017 Finale! The two chefs will prepare a delicious four-course prix fixé menu for the event. Check back for more details!
WHEN: April 20-23
WHERE: Baptiste & Bottle | 101 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611
| (312) 667-6793
— DRINKS: Happy Hour at Sportsman's Club | April 21
Join Iceland Naturally and Icelandic mixologist Kari Sigurdsson for a special happy hour on Friday, April 21. Stop by the Sportsman’s Club for Brennivin inspired cocktails and beer pairings until 7pm!
WHEN: Friday, April 21 | 5:00-7:00pm
WHERE: Sportsman's Club | 948 Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
— ART: TV Dreams Exhibit at Miishkooki Art Space | April 22
Stop by Miishkooki Art Space to view Icelandic art by Baldur Helgason. TV Dreams is a group exhibition with works by Baldur, Swedish-based artist Peter Jeppson, and local Chicagoan Zach Mory. The exhibit features figurative paintings and drawings with comic and cartoon elements. Join the artists for a closing party on April 22 to celebrate the installations success!
WHEN: April 22 | 5:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Miishkooki Art Space | Oakton St., Skokie IL, 60076