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Klairmont Kollections

Klairmont Kollections

Klairmont Kollections might be the rarest set of cars that you might have never heard of — until now. Larry Klairmont and his partner Joyce are the proud ambassadors of this rare showplace of automobiles consisting of over 300 of the some of the most stunning, impressive, clever collections of vehicles that any car enthusiast could hope for. Just how rare? They have a replica of the Batmobile from the TV show and the 1990s movies. Classics like the Munsters Mobile, an ultra-rare Golden Sahara, featuring light-up tires. Also on display is vintage memorabilia throughout the entire space. “The vehicles here represent anything from the period of 1900 to modern cars, the cars are the starts of the museum, they tell stories and the museum is a hub for storytelling,” executive director Robert Olson said. Those stories are told in the 100,000 square feet footprint on Chicago’s Northwest Side, spread across two floors. Klairmont Kollections has been able to amass hundreds of outstanding classics; ranging from an original 1930s Duesenberg to a large group of micro-cars, to a 1918 Pierce Arrow. Klairmont Kollections are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting educational programs that engage the next generation of car lovers. They engage with the community by offering workshops, field rips and educational programs. To learn more about the collection or to plan your visit, [click here](http://klairmontkollections.com/).

Meet Haiti's prime musical minister ambassador, Wesli

Meet Haiti's prime musical minister ambassador, Wesli

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with an exceptional human being for this story. I think it's necessary to start from the beginning. Born Wesley Louissaint in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wesli has blossomed into a celebrated songwriter, guitarist, and producer. Uniting a diverse array of Montreal talent, his music seamlessly blends Haitian vodou and rara with Twoubadou roots, Afrobeat, and reggae. His albums feature collaborations with renowned artists such as Tiken Jah Fakoly, AfrotroniX, Mes Aïeux, Paul Cargnello, and Radio Radio. Crowned the Revelation Radio-Canada for 2009–2010, Wesli's accolades include the Babel Med Music Prize (2010), SOCAN’s Hagood Hardy (Composing) Award (2016), an award from the Académie Charles CROS (2019) for Diaspora representation, a JUNO for World Music (2019), a Félix for Album of the Year in World Music (2019), and a CFMA for World Solo Artist of the Year (2020). He has toured extensively across North America, Haiti, Colombia, Brazil, and Europe, and has performed at prestigious events such as WOMEX, Mundial Montréal, and Cape Verde’s Atlantic Music Expo. Wesli's boundless creativity led to the release of two albums in 2015: the star-studded "Immigrand" and the more traditional "Ayiti Étoile Nouvelle." "Rapadou Kréyol" (2018) was followed by his seventh album, "Tradisyon," released internationally on October 21, 2022, in partnership with the American label Cumbancha. Fans can look forward to "Tradisyon Volume 2," set to be released in 2024. Audiences can expect uplifting performances featuring roots music, Voodoo music, dance with a traditional dancer, and folk troubadour music in the Fon and Ewe Creole Yoruba languages brought from Africa by slaves. Wesli's performances feature songs from his most recent albums, "Tradisyon" and "Rapadou Kreyol," blending traditional Haitian music with hip-hop, reggae, and African soukous. "Haitian people are champions of resilience," says Wesli. "We practice it in everything we do and in our music, even when addressing sad subjects. We sing with happiness because that's the only way we can get through difficult situations." The stark contrast between Haiti's present struggles and the joy in Wesli's music is not lost on him. "Despite our current challenges and those we've faced since Independence, we have never given up on freedom—politically, economically, or socially. We seek the world's support through your good vibes, and we celebrate our culture and traditions because they represent us well. We want to share this with the world to let everyone know that the first Black Republic is still alive and won't die. We represent the freedom of all Africans around the world." [Upcoming Performances:](https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exclusive-hamoc-concert-wesli-band-tickets-917386035327) [](https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exclusive-hamoc-concert-wesli-band-tickets-917386035327) Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) Thursday, July 18, 9:00-9:45 pm: DJ set @ Konpa Sware (Room 43) Friday, July 19, 7:30-8:45 pm: Performance 1039-1043 E. 43 St., Chicago $10.00 Levitt VIBE Music Series presents: Wesli Saturday, July 20, 2:00-4:00 pm Riis Park, 6100 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago Free

NEIGHBORHOOD 19, BELMONT CRAGIN

NEIGHBORHOOD 19, BELMONT CRAGIN

Belmont Cragin, an officially designated Chicago community area, lies on the vibrant Northwest Side of the City of Chicago, Illinois. As Community Area 19, it proudly stands 8 miles to the northwest of the Loop, the city's bustling central business district. With its diverse culture, rich history, and a plethora of amenities, Belmont Cragin offers a unique and welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike. The community area's strategic location provides convenient access to the heart of Chicago while retaining a distinct identity and charm of its own. From its well-preserved historical landmarks to its modern urban developments, Belmont Cragin strikes a perfect balance between tradition and progress. The area boasts an array of recreational spaces, educational institutions, and a variety of businesses that contribute to its dynamic and thriving atmosphere. As Belmont Cragin continues to evolve, its residents take pride in nurturing a strong sense of community and promoting a spirit of togetherness. Whether you're exploring its local businesses, enjoying the parks and green spaces, or experiencing the vibrant cultural events, Belmont Cragin offers an unforgettable experience that leaves visitors with fond memories and a desire to return. In essence, Belmont Cragin stands as a shining example of a community that embraces its heritage while embracing the future. Its proximity to the Loop, combined with its distinctive character, makes it an ideal destination for those seeking both convenience and an authentic Chicago experience. ###### *Map From The Map Collection, University of Chicago Library.