Support Local Art this Thursday at our Gallery Opening!

Shopping local is the buzzword nowadays, isn’t it? We all bemoan the demise of many of our local businesses in Elmhurst as well as other towns. With myriad shopping malls and big box stores nearby, plus the ease of shopping online, it’s definitely difficult for many small businesses to flourish as they once did.

There’s one business, though, which simply cannot be replicated online – buying art.  There’s nothing that really substitutes the experience of viewing art in person. Art is a total sensory experience. Buying art online is similar to watching a YouTube video of a thrilling roller coaster ride – you are just getting a tiny fraction of the experience.

And while it’s easy to buy cheap artistic reproductions at big box stores, the uniqueness of an original piece can’t be beat. Shopping and supporting our local artists is a way to enjoy high quality, one of a kind art while also keeping creativity and free speech alive in our local communities.

Stop by Flight 112 this Thursday, June 4th for our Art Gallery Opening, featuring five local artists. Use all your senses to view their work, enjoy a fine glass of wine, and socialize with other like-minded individuals. And support local art in your community!

Elmhurst Art Museum staff member and local artist Carolyn Hartmann will be displaying her unique and talented work for the next couple of months at our gallery. A graduate of Elmhurst College, Hartmann handles the museum’s marketing and a variety of other duties. Her paintings are done in oil and are an interpretation of photo double exposures.

Talented local artist and York alumni Marta Tiesenga is a visual and sound artist who explores and experimentswith intersections between repetition, language and nonverbal communication, transience, geometric explorations, and technology. She works with images and sound, striving to find an encompassing synthesis between media with inter-sensory art and performance. In her series of glitch paintings, the relationship between the transience of digital glitches and the deliberation of painting is highlighted and manipulated.

Elmhurst resident Linda Mierendorf uses acrylic paints on her Impressionistic-style landscapes and portraits to evoke quiet, reflective moments and memories. Linda began drawing at an early age, and studied drawing and painting in college. She is a member of the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild and works professionally as a graphic designer, muralist, and painter. Her work can be viewed in the guild gallery at the Elmhurst Art Museum and she has also been exhibited in the Alliance of Fine Arts Best of the Best Exhibit at the Mayslake Peabody Estate.

Our resident artist and Art Director Donna Castellanos debuts her new series of work, “Playing Dress Up”, inspired by glamorous fashion illustrators of the past, such as Edith Head. “I make and alter much of my own clothing,” says Castellanos, “and I love the old glamour of Hollywood.” Castellanos uses repurposed and often vintage items to create her mixed media pieces, such as her piece, Ball Gown, in which old baseball covers create a textured and slightly golden voluminous skirt; and She’s All Write, in which vintage postcards and letters comprise the background of this elegantly attired dame.

Photographer and Mixed Media artist Glenda Lissette shares her unique viewpoint on life, love, travel, interesting places, fashion, and more through often introspective filters. Lissette is a graduate of York and a current college student living in Chicago.

Have a Cold One with us during Chicago Craft Beer Week!

The 6th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week begins Thursday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 24th, and Flight 112 is excited to be a part of it! This event is meant to encourage and entice craft beer lovers to explore the depth and variety of local craft beers in our area.

There’s no denying that the craft beer movement has taken America by storm. Did you know that there are approximately 60 + local craft brewers in the Chicago area, with the number continuing to grow? We are constantly exploring new local breweries and craft beers to add to our menu – and we have quite an interesting and not to be missed menu of craft beers planned for the week!

Our featured tappings each day have been chosen because they are either rare, limited editions or special releases, or they are popular beers that have been aged in our cellar. Sometimes a stronger beer can be that much better when cellared and taste amazing.

For example, we are tapping the limited series 2013 and 2014 editions of Founders’ Backwoods Bastard on Friday, May 15th. This ale, which is aged in oak bourbon barrels, is released in November. Try a vertical tasting to discover the difference a year may make!

Our Tapping Schedule is listed below. For more information, please check our event page at Chicago Craft Beer Week.

Thursday, May 14th: Cahoots Brewing Barrel Aged No S’more Imperial Stout $7 8oz and Dry Hop Brewing Hell With The Lid on Barley Wine Style Beer $7 8oz

Friday, May 15th: 2013 and 2014 Founders Backwoods Bastard $8 for 8oz

Saturday, May 16th: 2013 and 2014 Bare Tree $7 8 oz

Thursday, May 21st: Three Floyds Moloko Milk Stout $7 8oz.

Friday, May 22nd: 2013 Firestone Walker Parabola $8 8oz

Saturday, May 23rd: Surprise!

Summertime, Party Time is Here!

Yes, Chicago, it’s finally here! Planting season, warm rays of sunshine caressing our faces, and long summer nights. And most of all, it’s time for summertime drinking outdoors and BBQs!

Is there nothing better than enjoying a frosty cold beer while feeling a warm breeze waft across your shoulders? We are blessed to have a lovely and private patio here at Flight 112 to share with our guests! Featuring patio table seating, it’s the perfect place to enjoy dinner on a summer evening or several drinks with friends.

Did you know that our patio can be rented out for your private events? It’s connected to our lounge area and rented together as one venue, providing a unique indoor/outdoor environment for parties. Perfect for graduations, birthdays, and even fundraising events. Guests have plenty of room to mill about and socialize. Your buffet is set up in the lounge area, and is replenished throughout the event. All you have to do is enjoy!

Speaking of barbecues, we can customize our menu to please you! Want a BBQ, Taco Bar, or even a Clambake? Just ask and we’ll do our utmost to make your event special!

We Are Participating In James Beard Week

James Beard was a pioneer in the world of American restaurants and cooking – he helped to lay the foundation for what we now know as the local foodie movement. Emphasizing local products and fresh ingredients, part of his mission as a food connoisseur, according to author David Kamp, was “to defend the pleasure of real cooking and fresh ingredients against the assault of the Jell-O-mold people and the domestic scientists”.

Beard’s food philosophy resonates deeply with us at Flight 112. We believe in wholesome American food done right, using quality ingredients that are made from scratch. Modern American food, not fussy, but delicious and satisfying; quality foods that combine in harmony.

Did you know that we make everything from scratch on our menu? Even our ketchup is handcrafted from scratch. No crazy ingredients – just local, slow food at its best!