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Ivory Rowen, 360 MAGAZINE, ILLUSTRATIONS, DRINKS, SPIRITS, COCKTAILS

AIRE Rooftop Lounge Reopens

Chicago’s rooftop lounge, AIRE, opens on this week with artisan cocktails, shareable plates and top notch views.

AIRE, one of Chicago’s hottest and most sensational rooftop decks, located on the 24th floor of Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago, announced today it will open on Tuesday, July 7.

“There’s nothing like summer in Chicago and we are excited to start the season off right for our guests,” said Karen McGuigan, Hyatt Centric The Loop Chicago General Manager. “This summer may look a little bit different, but we are thrilled to offer the same amazing views and experiences to our guests.”

While soaking up the views, guests may also enjoy the striking new mural which AIRE debuted in the summer of 2019. The mural was designed and created by Onur, an internationally acclaimed artist known in the street art scene for his futuristic and experimental painting techniques. Curated by Beauty & Brawn, this vintage inspired piece is meant to immerse viewers in a dream-like “vignette.”

In addition to beautiful artwork and city views, AIRE will continue serving hand-crafted cocktails, shareable plates, and local craft beers, making it the perfect spot for happy hour meals and socially distant get-togethers.

With its central location, dramatic 360-degree view and contemporary décor, AIRE’s unmatched urban atmosphere is at the peak of summer downtown destinations. Taking Chicago’s unpredictable weather into account, AIRE features open fireplaces for cool nights and umbrellas for shade on summer days. Day or night, be sure to check out socially distant happy hours at AIRE.

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Cannabis and Quality of Life

Sunnyside × Illinois Cannabis Union

Today, workers at the Sunnyside dispensary in Chicago won their election, by an overwhelming majority, and will join Illinois’s Cannabis Union, Local 881 UFCW. The dispensary, owned by Cresco Labs, employs 40 people and is located in the Lakeview neighborhood.

The workers faced an unusually long wait to receive the results of their election, originally petitioned for on April 3, 2020. The National Labor Relations Boards originally ordered that the election would be held by mail-in ballot instead of in-person voting. However, the pandemic caused the vote count to be postponed multiple times.

“The entire process has tested everyone’s resolve, but we came through in the end,” said Nicholas Stankus, a Sunnyside employee. “This group is proud to be the first cannabis dispensary workers to unionize with Local 881 UFCW and participate in the growth of Illinois’s cannabis industry.”

The workers at Sunnyside are the first dispensary workers in Illinois to win a Union election. They were motivated to Unionize in order to improve their working conditions. Workers cited issues such as a lack of professionalism from management, unclear workplace policies and procedures, a slow and inadequate response to the challenges of the coronavirus, and a growing culture of disrespect for workers.

“The workers at Sunnyside are a great example of what happens when workers stand together and fight for what they want,” said Local 881 UFCW President Steve Powell, “This was a long wait, but better careers are worth fighting for. Our Union is proud of these workers and looks forward to negotiating a contract that will be worth the wait!”

Local 881 is among the largest affiliates of the UFCW, which is proud to represent tens of thousands of cannabis workers across multiple states. UFCW members in the legal cannabis industry work in growing and cultivating facilities, manufacturing and processing facilities, and also in laboratories and dispensaries. Local 881 made history in January 2020, when over 100 workers at the Cresco Labs grow facility in Joliet, IL voted to join Local 881. Sunnyside is the national retail brand of Cresco Labs. Cresco operates seven Sunnyside locations throughout Illinois.

Local 881 UFCW represents 34,000 members employed in retail food and drug stores throughout Illinois and Northwest Indiana, cannabis workers in Illinois, as well as a professional division comprised of health and nursing home workers, barbers and cosmetologists, and workers in other retail and service industries. Among the companies under contract with Local 881 are Jewel Food Stores, Osco Drug, Mariano’s, CVS Pharmacy, Kroger, Schnucks, Conagra Brands, and many smaller chains and independent stores, as well as nursing homes and other business establishments. Local 881 is among the largest affiliates of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 1.3 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Ivory Rowen, illustration, 360 MAGAZINE

Cook County Hospital Restoration

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District, the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels located in Chicago, is set to open this summer in the Beaux-Arts classical-style landmark formerly the site of the remarkable 106-year old Cook County Hospital, at 1835 W. Harrison St. on the Near West Side. This 342,000 square foot adaptive reuse project, part of a $150 million multiphase plan spearheaded by Murphy Development and SOM, in a design-build collaboration with Walsh Construction, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., and KOO, will also feature over 4,000 sq. feet of meeting space, open concept public spaces, a 24-hour fitness center, a food hall, medical offices, and a museum paying tribute to the hospital’s legacy. Upon opening, the hotels will be operated by Aimbridge Hospitality.

The hotels will create an experience that enables guests to enjoy the benefits of both brands in one location, while ensuring guests the utmost confidence in public traveling following COVID-19.

“We are excited to introduce the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels to the Chicago area, while also paying homage to such an incredible landmark” said General Manager Nilesh Pandey. “Our guests can appreciate the contemporary design and spacious layout of our guestrooms – from the separate spaces to sleep and work, including the Cozy Corner at Hyatt Place, to the apartment-style suites with real kitchens at Hyatt House – our guests can choose the space that fits their needs.”

An inspired design by Paul Gerhardt, the Cook County Hospital created a loud statement amongst the various other medical buildings surrounding it in the medical district. Consequently, both the exterior and interior of the building suffered severe deterioration due to deferred maintenance and exposure to the elements once it closed down. With Ionic columns, along with faces of lions and cherubs emulated throughout, it communicated the ideation of power and strength especially for those less fortunate, a feeling that to this day remains true to the space.

Drawing inspiration from the history of this remarkable piece of infrastructure, the project will restore and preserve the historical pieces that have been rooted there for over 160 years, which includes the original Beaux-Arts masonry detailing and terracotta ornamentation of the exterior, the wood-framed windows, interior decorative plaster work, the double height main lobby and 106-year old restored marble stone staircase, elevator cores, as well as the double loaded corridor and terrazzo flooring of the interior. The team also spent over $18 million to replace all windows and 4,160 terra cotta pieces on the exterior, made of granite, brick, and limestone.

The interior of the building was completely gutted except for the impressive old surgical theaters on the eighth floor, first used by Rush Medical School when the hospital opened in 1857. Replaced by Stroger Hospital of Cook County, the space was later preserved as an architecturally significant landmark, often referred to as Chicago’s “Ellis Island,” a safe haven where anyone was able to receive service and care. The hospital turned hotel is now both an official Chicago landmark, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also known for being host to the world’s first ever blood bank, and inspiration for the hit medical TV drama “ER.” The new adaptive reuse design will include a new façade for a portion of the southern face of the hospital, previously connected to the demolished projecting wings and additions of the building. A museum gallery will also be built on site to pay homage to the history of the building.

Located in the epicenter of one of the most robust medical districts in the world, Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District and Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District embodies the sense of rebirth for a true landmark, a resurgence of life and a sense of inclusion in the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Close to many well-known medical institutions including Rush University Medical Center, the Cook County Hospital is the symbolic heart of the Illinois Medical District that consists of over 560 acres of medical facilities and labs, with over 29,000 employees and 50,000 daily visitors. With close proximities to the United Center, Fifth Third Arena – Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink, UIC and Rush University, the hotels will serve not only the medical district, but also anyone else traveling in and out of town for upcoming events, leisure and much more.

Hyatt Place Chicago Medical/University District will offer the following, with safety guidelines in place to adhere to the health and well-being of all guests:

103 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper

Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guestrooms
Necessities program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
Event Spaces with more than 4,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space
Fitness Center featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens and free earbuds

Hyatt House Chicago Medical/University District will also offer:

107 stylish apartment-style Kitchen Suites with fully-fitted kitchens, comfy living rooms, spacious bedrooms and stylish bathrooms with complimentary skin and hair care amenities from KenetMD™
Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guestrooms
The Commons, a comfy lobby lounge with an open and welcoming space for guests to relax, work or socialize, and the Outdoor Commons, which includes a fire pit and BBQ grill
24-hour Workout Room to keep fitness routines going
Gathering Rooms with more than 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting spaces, a thoughtful food and beverage menu, audiovisual equipment and a House Host to make sure events are a success
Borrows Menu with often-forgotten items from phone charges to razors
A Very Important Resident (VIR) program, which includes a complimentary welcome amenity, H Bar dining credit, laundry credit, and other personalized perks, for guests staying 21 or more consecutive nights

Additional conveniences, including 24-hour Guest Laundry
A pet-friendly policy that welcomes dogs or cats

This project is part of the Cook County Hospital’s transformative $150 million renovation led by Murphy Development and Walsh Group. The multiphase project will also include the opening of Dr. Murphy’s Food Hall, a 10,000 sq. ft. dining destination led by Hospitality HQ and Akhtar Nawab, the award-winning Chef, restaurateur, TV personality, and food hall veteran, along with medical offices, a daycare center, and a museum paying tribute to the hospital’s legacy.

Reservations with opening rates/offers are now available for travel after July 25, 2020.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

Cresco Workers are Fighting for a Union on Legalization Day

Cresco Labs employees who are fighting for a Union alongside Local 881 UFCW will flyer outside of Cresco’s Wrigleyville dispensary on the 1st day of legal recreational sales to waiting customers. They’ll be there to inform those waiting in line about their campaign for a Union in Joliet, IL and Cresco’s retaliation against their own employees who are standing up for better wages, benefits, schedules, and dignity on the job.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (6:00am-9:00am)

WHERE: Sunnyside Dispensary – Lakeview (3812 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613)

WHY: Anti-Union Cannabis Lab is Growing Disappointment for Workers

Workers at Cresco Labs, one of the largest cannabis companies operating in Illinois, are organizing to be represented by Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Cresco owners rejected the request to recognize Local 881 at their grow facility in Joliet, IL. In response, Local 881 has filed a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Workers at Cresco in Illinois report that the Company initiated a full anti-Union campaign against them the moment they started their organizing campaign. Local 881 has charged Cresco with committing numerous violations of federal labor laws. The unfair labor practices committed by Cresco are intended to intimidate and coerce the workers from exercising their federal right to organize. Charges filed by Local 881 has filed a petition for election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

⁃ Interrogating workers who are pro-Union

⁃ Unlawful coercion of workers by conferring benefits

⁃ Soliciting workers grievances

“The cannabis industry is about to grow enormously in Illinois,” said Steve Powell, Local 881 President and UFCW International Vice President. “it is very disappointing to see Cresco lowering the standards and expectations of jobs in this industry.” The workers at Cresco Labs in Illinois believe joining the Union will help improve their working conditions. Many of the workers compare the conditions at Cresco to a bad factory. “I would like to unionize Cresco for better pay, a voice at work, better benefits and a better work environment,” said Natajsha, a Cresco employee, “Just because you work in an industry that you are passionate about doesn’t mean you should to be paid less!” Workers will no longer tolerate Cresco’s second-rate working conditions, including:

⁃ Low wages

⁃ Inadequate health plan

⁃ Unpredictable schedules

⁃ Ignored PTO requests

⁃ Lack of respect

“We worked very hard to pass legislation for medical use and worked even harder to pass recreational use,” said Representative Lawrence Walsh Jr. of the Illinois 86th District. “It is a betrayal to all of us that believe in the opportunities of the cannabis industry, when we hear that Cresco has engaged in anti-union activity and refused to recognize the wishes of their workers.” The workers want to address and fix these issues with their employer as the industry grows. Local 881 is committed to helping Cresco workers organize and improve their working conditions. Local 881 will fight to ensure that their rights and dignity are respected.

MORE INFO HERE

Juice WRLD, death, 360 MAGAZINE, interscope records, dies

#RIP Juice WRLD

Recently signed Interscope Records artist, Jarad A. Higgins aka Juice Wrld, dies at 21. The Lucid Dreams × Robbery rapper passes soon after being admitted into a Chicago hospital. Details as to what actually caused death is still unknown.

According to TMZ, he suffered a seizure and died shortly after landing his private jet in Chi-town.

A statement from his label can be found HERE.

Additional information on story can be found HERE.

Artist spotlight HERE.

His JuiceWRLD 999 album uses powerful angel number which means a chapter of your life will come an end.

Final moments captured HERE.

Climate Catastrophe

LG Williams and The Estate of LG Williams™ are pleased to present Don’t Look At That Tree, his newest monumental outdoor artwork installed at City Park in Streator, Illinois.

Don’t Look At That Tree consists of a 100-foot-high hickory tree strewn with several rolls of yellow crime scene tape. Visitors can view the artwork on June 28, 2019 and it will remain visible to the public until June 30, 2019. The artwork will be situated at the intersection of Park and Hickory streets, near the park’s entrance.

This artwork explores The Mechanism of Denial, a defense mechanism first proposed by Anna Freud which involves an individual or groups refusal to accept reality, thus blocking external events from awareness. “So far”, writes LG Williams, “our response to the challenge of our climate catastrophe exposes a fundamental failure of collective engagement and imagination.”

 

Joseph Magnus National Growth Strategy

D.C.-Based Heritage Spirits Brand Joseph Magnus Unveils National Growth Strategy

Initiatives include strengthened leadership team, expanded distribution and warehousing, new product introductions and revitalization of its D.C. cocktail room

Jos. A. Magnus & Co., a 127-year-old award-winning spirits brand, today announced details of its aggressive national growth strategy. Key initiatives include an expanded and experienced leadership team, broadened national distribution and barrel warehousing capabilities and the launch of several Magnus special releases in 2019.

In addition, Magnus revealed plans to temporarily close and refurbish its Washington, D.C. cocktail room, consistent with the brand’s legacy. Updates will include the addition of pre-Prohibition artifacts on loan from the Magnus family archives, with the cocktail room expected to reopen in spring 2019.

The company’s bourbon and gin products are now available across 28 states, including California, New York, Texas, Illinois and Georgia. The leadership changes announced include:

  •         Ali Anderson has been promoted to general manager of Magnus from her previous position as director of sales. In her new role, she will work alongside a nationwide distributor of premium and craft spirits to leverage the company’s scaling production capabilities.
  •       Nancy Fraley, Master Blender, who has overseen the production of many of Magnus’ award-winning bourbons, including Joseph Magnus Bourbon, Cigar Blend Bourbon and Murray Hill Club, will continue to guide the Magnus production team and create several special releases for 2019.
  •         Thom Spelde joins Magnus as vice president of production, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry to the Company. Peter Boardman joins Magnus as distiller from Philadelphia Distilling Co., maker of Bluecoat Gin. He has 10 years of distilling experience. Both Spelde and Boardman will oversee production and the construction of a new barrel warehouse facility in Virginia to meet growing demand.

“We are excited by the opportunity to share the Magnus experience with customers in twenty-eight states,” commented Ali Anderson. “We will continue to deliver remarkable spirits to connoisseurs in D.C. and across the country.”

For more information about Jos. A. Magnus & Co. or to purchase spirits, visit josephmagnus.com.

About Jos. A. Magnus & Co.

Inspired by the legacy of pre-Prohibition distiller Joseph Magnus, the premium bourbon and gins of Jos. A. Magnus & Co. promise “remarkable spirits for remarkable people.” Building on 127 years of rich history, the company now distributes premium spirits in 28 states and delights patrons at its distillery and tasting room located in Washington, D.C. The spirits have garnered the nation’s top awards, including multiple double gold medals, and best-in-class bourbon and gin recognitions, using the very same techniques that Joseph Magnus practiced more than 100 years ago. For more information on Jos. A. Magnus & Co. spirits, legacy and distribution, visit josephmagnus.com.

 

312 DAY

Goose Island Beer Company and Do312 Present:

312 DAY

A week of hookups for a very real made up holiday leading up to 312 Day with Julie Snyder & Curious City

Tuesday, March 5th – Tuesday, March 12th 2019

Goose Island Beer Co. and Do312 have teamed up again to celebrate a very real made up holiday- 312 Day on Tuesday, March 12th 2019.  Join them for an entire week (March 5th – March 12th) of events and deals exploring some of the best music, food, drinks, culture, and events Chicago has to offer, leading up to 312 Day with Julie Snyder & Curious City at Goose Island Brewhouse in Lincoln Park – celebrating everything we love about Chicago and dedicated to the people that inspire and create this city’s amazing culture.

Check out what you can do all over the city below:

TUESDAY, March 5th

  • NAMASTAY: FLOWING + CLIMBING
  • Venue: Brooklyn Boulders Chicago
  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Start the week off with Brooklyn Boulders’ expert staff who are providing complimentary climbing and yoga classes to make it through the last few weeks of winter, followed by a refreshing hosted Goose Island beer.
  • RSVP to register for a free yoga and climbing class and a hosted Goose Island 312 Beer HERE

WEDNESDAY, March 6th

  • SECOND CITY COMEDY NIGHT
  • Venue: Second City
  • Time: 8pm
  • Laughter is the best medicine, and you can get a big dose of just that by entering to win a complimentary pair of tickets Second City’s Algorithm Nation or The Static Quo and a hosted Goose Island beer.
  • Enter to win a pair of tickets and a hosted Goose Island 312 beer HERE
  • CHICAGO BULLS 1/2 OFF TICKET NIGHT
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cheer on our hometown team as they take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight with half-priced tickets!
  • 100 Level Baseline: $57 – Discounted from $117
  • 200 Level Baseline: $41 – Discounted from $85
  • 300 Level Corner, Rows 1-7: $27 – Discounted from $54
  • 300 Level Rows 8-17: $21 – Discounted from $42
  • RSVP for the ticket discount code (while supplies last) HERE

THURSDAY, March 7th

  • SCREAMO 2 // EMO & ALL THINGS ROCK PARTY
  • Venue: Berlin Nightclub
  • Time: 10pm
  • Relive the best moments of MySpace with a special edition of ScreamO, curated by A Queer Pride and New Hell, featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar Laila McQueen. Dance to your favorite nostalgic pop-punk music until 4am, with pop-up shows by Chicago drag queens Lucy Stoole, Bambi Banks-Couleé, Abhijeet and more – no cover charge and you get a hosted Goose Island beer.
  • RSVP for free entry and a hosted Goose Island 312 beer! (first 25 people to arrive) HERE
  • BLACKHAWKS VS BUFFALO SABRES TICKET GIVEAWAY
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Cheer on our local legends as they take on the Buffalo Sabres with a pair of free tickets!
  • Enter to win a pair of tickets HERE

FRIDAY, March 8th

  • FREE SUPERDAWGS
  • Venue: Superdawg
  • Time: 11am
  • The only thing better than one Chicago-style dog (yes, that means no ketchup), is TWO Chicago-style dogs!
  • RSVP for free bonus Superdawg™ with purchase of a Superdawg™ (first 100 to redeem) HERE
  • CHICAGO BULLS 1/2 OFF TICKET NIGHT
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7pm
  • Cheer on our hometown team as they take on the Detroit Pistons tonight with half-priced tickets!
  • 100 Level Baseline: $57 – Discounted from $117
  • 200 Level Baseline: $41 – Discounted from $85
  • 300 Level Corner, Rows 1-7: $27 – Discounted from $54
  • 300 Level Rows 8-17: $21 – Discounted from $42
  • RSVP for the ticket discount code (while supplies last) HERE

SATURDAY, March 9th

  • $3.12 PIZZA SLICE + BEER
  • Venue: Pie-Eyed Pizzeria
  • Time: 12pm – 4:20pm
  • Grab some friends and head over to Pie-Eyed Pizzeria to ward off that Friday hangover with an unbeatable $3.12 deal for a specialty slice of pizza, made with Goose Island 312 dough, plus a hosted Goose Island beer!
  • RSVP For A Complimentary Speciality Slice and a hosted Goose Island 312 Beer HERE

SUNDAY, March 10th

  • FREE MUSEUM DAY
  • Venue: Chicago History Museum
  • Time: 12pm
  • Spend a day at the Chicago History Museum in Lincoln Park to learn more about the people, places and things you see every day. Current temporary exhibitions include “Amplified: Touring Blues” and “Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968”, along with permanent exhibits sharing stories for over 150 years, including “Sensing Chicago” designed to uncover the city’s past by using all five senses!
  • Enter to win a pair of free admission passes HERE
  • FREE MUSEUM DAY
  • Venue: Museum of Science and Industry
  • Time: 9am
  • Explore over 400,000 square feet the Museum of Science and Industry’s hands-on exhibits designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity.Current exhibits include a World War II submarine, a five-story movie screen, a 40-foot tornado and the 727 – get ready to blow your mind!
  • Enter to win a pair of free admission passes HERE

Monday, March 11th

  • BLACKHAWKS VS ARIZONA COYOTES TICKET GIVEAWAY
  • Venue: United Center
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Cheer on our local legends as they take on the Arizona Coyotes with a pair of free tickets!
  • Enter to win a pair of tickets HERE

ALL WEEK, March 5th – March 12th

  • 2-FOR-1 STEPPENWOLF PERFORMANCE
  • Venue: Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Time: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. performances
  • Catch an amazing and original production of A Doll’s House: Part 2, a bitingly funny sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century play – about a slammed door, an awkward favor and new beginnings. The best part, you don’t need to see part one! Win tickets to select shows throughout the week, or purchase them with a special 2 for 1 discount!
  • Get a 2-for-1 ticket discount code or enter to win tickets  HERE.

TUESDAY, March 12th

  • 312 DAY W/ JULIE SNYDER & CURIOUS CITY
    Venue: Goose Island Brewhouse
    Time: 7pm
    Cap off a week of deals and hookups with a very special event on #312Day. Join Do312 and Goose Island Beer Co. for an evening with co-creator and producer of the award-winning podcast SERIAL Julie Snyderand WBEZ’s Curious City. Learn about Julie’s incredible background and deep connections with Chicago, and then let Curious City present some of the wild stories and investigations they’ve made into Chicago’s incredible history.
    RSVP For Free Entry & A $5 Token Good For Any Purchase! (While Supplies Last) HERE

About Do312

Do312 is part of a national network of locally-owned media brands focused on helping our culture-forward audience find awesome events. Since its launch in 2010, it has established itself as the go-to source for discovering what to do in Chicago. Event listings are readily available on desktop or in an iOS/Android app so you can easily find the best concerts, festivals, and cultural events in Chicago and the 21 other DoStuff Network cities (and counting) around North America. Find Do312 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Johnny Orlando’s Debut EP

Johnny Orlando Announces Debut EP, TEENAGE FEVER, Plots Headlining North American Tour &

Drops Dreamy New Single “SLEEP”

Singer-songwriter and fan favorite Johnny Orlando shows no sign of slowing down. Set to share his first solid musical statement in the form of his debut EP, Teenage Fever, out March 15, followed by a headlining North American tour this spring, the recent JUNO-Award nominee for Breakthrough Artist of the Year also drops his dreamy new single, Sleep today.

Tickets for the Teenage Fever Tour are on sale February 18 at johnnyorlandomusic.com. To pre-order Teenage Fever, click here. See full track listing below.

Sleep”, co-written by Orlando, his sister Darian and Swedish collaborators Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie) and Hampus Lindvall (Zara Larsson), is the second single from Johnny’s upcoming debut EP. The pop Swedish-influenced song about living in the moment and not wanting that moment to end showcases Johnny’s maturing sound and songwriting skills.

“We wrote ‘Sleep’ for anyone who’s ever experienced that feeling of never wanting to be apart from someone who you love to spend time with. I felt that it was a very real and relatable thing that people experience at some point in their adolescence,” said Johnny. “Linnea first came up with the concept for ‘Sleep’ – it’s almost like there’s a word for it in Swedish, or it’s a common feeling, that we don’t really think about in English, and that’s why I think it’s so unique.”

Out March 15, Teenage Fever marks Orlando’s biggest release since signing with Universal Music Canada and Island Records. Emanating confidence and charisma over danceable electronic grooves and a subtle hip-hop bounce, Orlando levels up his take on pop. The EP highlights his ever-evolving songwriting skills as he co-writes all six tracks with his sister, Darian Orlando, and a range of acclaimed collaborators including Mike Wise (bülow, Dvbbs, RALPH), Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie), Nick Ruth (Ryan Tedder), Jordon Manswell (Daniel Caesar) and Matthew Burnett (Jessie Reyez, Daniel Caesar). The EP also features previously released single, “Last Summer” which sits at over 17.3 million global streams (and growing) across all platforms.

“I’m very excited and so grateful that I have this opportunity to share my debut EP,” added Johnny. “‘Teenage Fever’, represents those experiences and feelings all teenagers have while trying to navigate their high school years. It tells the story of my journey, and I hope it will give people a more personal insight into my life and experiences. We spent about a year making this project and it means so much to me. I worked with so many cool people with different backgrounds and from different places, which gives it a lot of character and makes every song unique. I’m so happy to share new music with fans and hope they love it as much as I do – I can’t wait to see the reaction live on tour!”  

Stay tuned for much more to come from Johnny Orlando at johnnyorlandomusic.com.

Teenage Fever Track Listing:

  1. Sleep
  2. Last Summer
  3. Piece of My Heart
  4. Deep Down
  5. Waste My Time
  6. Why

TEENAGE FEVER TOUR DATES:

4/29/2019     Chicago, IL  – Park West

4/30/2019     Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

5/2/2019       Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

5/3/2019       Montréal, QC –  Corona Theatre

5/5/2019       Boston, MA –  Paradise Rock Club

5/6/2019       Philadelphia, PA – The Theatre of Living Arts

5/7/2019       New York, NY – Playstation Theater

5/8/2019       Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

5/10/2019     Charlotte, NC – The Underground

5/11/2019     Orlando, FL Plaza Live

5/13/2019     Houston, TX House of Blues

5/14/2019     Dallas, TX – House of Blues

5/16/2019     Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre  

5/17/2019     Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theatre

5/18/2019     San Francisco, CA – August Hall

5/20/2019     Portland, OR – Holocene

5/21/2019     Seattle, WA – Neumos

5/22/2019     Vancouver, BC – Rio Theatre

 

BEST CITIES TO VISIT IN 2019

From cities that may be closer to home to exciting overseas destinations, these are some of the top places to visit in 2019.

Auckland, New Zealand

The vibrant capital city of New Zealand recently became one of just 31 cities that are part of the UNESCO Creative Cities network for music. This trending travel destination is home to many of the nation’s renowned artists and institutions. No matter when you visit you can expect to find fabulous live tunes and there’s likely to be a music festival or special event to enjoy too. Visitors can also look forward to the famous panoramic vistas from the iconic Sky Tower and exploring countless museums like the Auckland Art Gallery, the largest art institution in the country featuring more than 15,000 works of historic, modern and contemporary art.

Chicago, Illinois

The Windy City has been popping up on lists of top travel destinations everywhere in recent years, and for good reason. It’s one of America’s top foodie cities, with high quality dishes served at all price points from deep dish pizza to hot dogs and fine dining at the two Michelin-starred Acadia. Chicago is also home to one of the world’s greatest museums, the Art Institute of Chicago and five pro sports teams: the MLB’s White Sox and Cubs, the NFL’s Bears, the NHL’s Blackhawks and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls making it easy to catch a game just about anytime of the year. There’s so much to do in this midwestern city you might just find yourself browsing through Chicago real estate looking for your next new home.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires is a place everyone should visit at least once and 2019 may be one of the best times to check this Argentinian city off your travel bucket list. Airfares are lower than ever thanks to low-cost carriers and emerging airlines, and the dollar is incredible strong against the Argentinian peso too, making that famously tasty Malbec more affordable than ever. Look forward to walking through the delightful pedestrian areas and watching tango dances in the streets as you explore the wealth of wine bars, cafes and steakhouses.

Berlin, Germany

There are two important anniversaries in Berlin that will be marked in 2019, including the 30-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the centenary of the Bauhaus, with its festival held from January 16 to January 24. Stroll through Berlin Mitte, the historical heart of the city. and you’ll be able to check out many of its top sites like the Brandenburg Gate, the iconic symbol of Berlin that symbolizes the reunification of the West and East. If you visit in September, the weather is not only likely to be ideal, but you can attend the Lollapalooza Berlin, hosted on September 8 and 9 in 2019. It’s sure to bring plenty of big-name artists – last year’s lineup included headliners like Imagine Dragons and Liam Gallagher. It also features an open-air art gallery, street theater, wine bars and a festival for kids.