Hey Nonny Blues Week to Feature the Work of Photographer Jim Summaria

  • The work of blues and rock photographer Jim Summaria will be displayed at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights during the venue's Blues Week festival.

    The work of blues and rock photographer Jim Summaria will be displayed at Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights during the venue's Blues Week festival. Courtesy of Jim Summaria

Updated 1/24/2023 10:19 AM

Hey Nonny, the vibrant music venue and bistro in downtown Arlington Heights, is preparing for its upcoming Blues Week festival. While blues fans excitedly await performances by some of Chicago's best blues musicians, they can also look forward to seeing the work of renowned blues and rock photographer Jim Summaria.

Summaria has worked the Chicago music scene for more than 40 years, capturing performances by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, BB King, Judy Collins, Aerosmith, and many more. His work will be exhibited at Hey Nonny during its upcoming Blues Week, running Jan. 31 to Feb. 5.


"We're thrilled Jim has agreed to be a part of Blues Week because he has such strong ties to the area," said Hey Nonny co-owner Chip Brooks. "He's a lifelong Chicago resident and he's had several shows at Hey Nonny, all of which have been absolute hits."

In addition to concert photography, Summaria has an award-winning career as a commercial photographer. He has contributed to projects for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy® Awards, the Smithsonian Institute, and the Torquay Museum in England. His book of rock photos, "Classic Rock: Photos from Yesterday and Today," can be found online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Target.

Hey Nonny Blues Week is a concept the bistro and music venue debuted in 2019, but was unable to continue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the team is excited to reboot the concept, which they hope will become an annual tradition.

"We have an incredible lineup that features the Delmark Allstars, Chicago Blues Supersession, and The Steepwater Band with Eric Noden,"said Brooks. "You can definitely buy tickets to the individual shows that run each night, but true blues fans will want to look into the festival pass, which includes tickets to the entire run of shows."

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Throughout the festival, attendees can also make reservations at the venue's bistro to enjoy the seasonal flavors of Chef Mauricio "Noe" Sanchez before the show.

For a schedule of performances or to get tickets, visit www.heynonny.com. Tickets may be purchased for individual ticketed shows or as part of a discounted festival pass.

Hey Nonny is a bistro and music venue located in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights. The bistro, now under new Chef Mauricio "Noe" Sanchez, serves an array of fresh seasonal Midwestern comfort-food-with-a-twist and a seasonally changing menu. The music venue is one of the best new "listening rooms" in the country, and hosts live music six days a week, featuring the best Chicago and touring acts playing jazz, blues, country, folk, and rock.

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