January 31, 2009

Outdoor Living Extravaganza - March 14th

If you are beginning to feel like you want to plan for spring, I have the perfect seminar for you.' The Outdoor Living Extravaganza will give you tips to get your garden going in the right direction.' You will also receive a goody bag of $100 or more.' Even your friends that say they don’t care for pretty flowers will be hooked once they get there.' You will also receive continental breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks.' For more information check out Proven Winners.'

You can register now to secure your seat.' Even though there is snow on the ground right now, the cold will give way to warm weather.' Get tips to make sure your yard is the envy of your neighbors.

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January 30, 2009

Warm Bus Shelters

If you are from Chicago you are probably used to the cold.' But as a special treat Tylenol Warming Liquids is providing heated bus shelters.' You may have to share your space with quite a few people but if you happen to be out late, you can enjoy a little warmth while you wait.' If you are walking, you can step in and get a little heat as you go along your way.

These shelters will last through March 8th.' The heated bus shelters are at selected locations:

16 South Clark Street @ Madison

197 North State Street @ Lake

300 North Michigan Avenue @ Wacker Place

431 North Michigan Avenue @ Hubbard

757 North Michigan Avenue @ Chicago

538 West Madison Street @ Clinton

1 East Washington Avenue @ State

5 South Michigan Avenue @ Madison

221 North LaSalle Drive @ Haddock Place

533 North Dearborn Street @ Grand

Enjoy the warmth.' Just think Spring is around the corner.

January 26, 2009

Free Coffee and Breakfast Samples on the 28th

Chicagoland Panera Bakeries will have Free Coffee and Breakfast Samples on Wednesday January 28th.' They want to introduce their new Light and Dark Roast Coffees.' Customers will also sample the three grilled breakfast sandwiches and new Strawberry Granola Parfait.'

So for wherever you are traveling, make sure to stop in try Panera’s samples.

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January 25, 2009

National Chocolate Cake Day


January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day. What a great day to have. Too bad it's only once a year however we can all celebrate it after today just to help feed our memories (yeah right). On this day, yellow cake or white cake just won't do. Cheesecake and carrot cake are great, but today we must have chocolate cake.

It is unclear where this day came from however the objective is clear. We must bake, decorate and/or eat a chocolate cake today. When it's 12am on Tuesday, why not get started!

The types of chocolate cake could include milk chocolate, dark chocolate or fudge or my personal favorite is something in between otherwise known as “Yes” when someone asks you which one you would like.

You may decide to take a chocolate tour. Here in Chicago there is a company called Chicago Chocolate Tours. This tour will guide you through the streets of Chicago hitting the major places for chocolate. You can take a tour with others or have a private tour. Either way you will get samples along the way which will help you get to your objective of Chocolate.

Chocolate cake can be found at Letizia's Natural Bakery on Division Street. Chose from scrumptious cake such as Hazlenut Truffle, Foresta Nera and Torta Lamponi all with yummy Italian Chocolate Sponge cake.

Weber's Bakery on West Archer in Garfield Ridge is where you can find awesome chocolate cake. You may have to wait in line for a little while depending on when you come but it is well worth it. You can even get chocolate pound cake there. Call ahead to make sure your favorites are still there.

The Sugar Syndicate can also help you eat cake - chocolate cake! Mini cupcakes to extremely rich chocolate cake is yours for the choosing.

So, on Tuesday don't let anything get in your way. Enjoy your chocolate cake like no one is looking. You might even chose a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Hey, it's ok because you are celebrating.

Happy Chocolate Cake Day!

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January 24, 2009

10 Places to Go in Chicago in 2009

Are you enjoying your 2009 so far? Of course in Chicago we haven’t had the best weather. The past couple of days haven’t been bad, but we are certainly not done with winter. So come along with me as I plan out my 2009 points of interest for the year. Some of these I have been to and really enjoyed like a Cubs game, but are great to see again and again. And if you are going to visit Chicago, you must do all 10!

Here is the list in no certain order:


1. Cheer on the Chicago Cubs and sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” at historic Wrigley field.

2. In June check out The Chicago Blues Festival. Sing along and cry while listening to real Chicago blues.

3. Go to the top of the Sears Tower, voted one of the seven wonders of Chicago, and look at the stunning view.

4. Spend the morning at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was ranked as one of the world’s best art museums

5. Enjoy exotic marine life at the Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium

6. Enjoy a view of the skyline at sunset on a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise.

7. Enjoy a family activity while at Navy Pier.

8. Enjoy the Taste of Chicago Festival in June and July. It’s so big it lasts through two weekends.

9. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo which is free to visitors every single day of the year.

10. Take in some comedy at the Second City Comedy Troupe that has been in Chicago since 1959. Some of- their famous almuni include Martin Short, Chris Farley, John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd. They also have classes if you want to try out your own funny bone.

As you can see there is so much to do in Chicago. This is a small list. There is so much more and I will make sure I cover them all this years in The Chicago Traveler.

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January 22, 2009

Former President Jimmy Carter Booksigning

Former President Jimmy Carter will be at Costco signing his new book “We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land” Tuesday January 27th at 6pm.' The book signing line will begin at 5pm.' You will not be able to get a personalized autograph and no pictures will be allowed in the line.' There will be a designated picture'taking area.' You must have a Costco Membership to participate in this booksigning.' Costco has some great deals and they are in many states so it might be worth it to sign up.'

Costco is located at 2746 North Clybourn Avenue.'

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January 21, 2009

Live Professional Boxing Friday January 23rd

Cicero Stadium (1909 South Laramie Avenue) will host a Live Professional Boxing match on Friday Night January 23rd.- The event begins at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm.'

There will be middleweight, welterweight, featherweight'and banterweight'events.' If you enjoy boxing, you are in for a real treat with names such as Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle, Eric “El Loco” Estrada, and Ryan Smedick.'

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January 18, 2009

Martin Luther King Celebrations

There will be numerous Dr. Martin Luther King Celebrations in Chicago.' It is not just a day off, but a day to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy.'

Dr. King spent many years in the beginning of his career in Chicago to help build support for freedom.' Dr. King participated in two marches in 1966 to protest lack of fair housing in Chicago.' Click here for more information on the historic marches

President Elect Barack Obama and The Soon to-be First Lady Michelle Obama would like to make the day a day we all volunteer by doing some sort of community service.' Click here to find out how to get involved.

Rockefeller Chapel will have a Memorial Celebration at Noon.' It is free and open to the public.' The Chicago History Museum will have readings and performances to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Life.' Northwestern’s Dream Committee will sponsor a musical commemoration with the Mavis Staples of the Staples Singers beginning at Noon.' Ms. Staples is originally from Chicago.' At 4pm there will be a Public Reception.

Chicago Park District’s Simons Park will have a number of events to celebrate the day.' The festivities begin at 4pm.' The'Brookfield Zoo will have free admission on Monday to coincide with their Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations.

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Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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January 17, 2009

Inauguration Day Festivities in Chicago

Where will you be when history is made?

The Inauguration of our 44th President will be on Tuesday January 20th.' There are many events scheduled to celebrate that new president.' History is also being made as our first African American President will be sworn in at 12 Noon.'

Yes We Can!

Pioneer Court located at 401 North Michigan Avenue will have the swearing in ceremony on the two jumbo screens.' This is hosted by the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago will also host it’s own Inaugural Ball.' If you aren’t going to Washington and you want to show off your ballroom gown, this is the place for you.' The night will include dancing and a champagne toast to our new President.' The event will be held at the Skyline Ballroom in McCormick Place.' Festivities will coincide with Washington’s festivies at 7pm to 11pm.

As the celebrations go into motion, the evening is filled with party opportunities as well.' The CityScape Bar'of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza will feature “Obama Tinis” for $7, Stretch Run Sporting Club and Grill will feature “Barack on the Rocks” and “Barack’s Blue Martinis.”' If mixed drinks are not your thing, sip half priced wine at Chen’s Chinese and and Sushi'while you watch the events on the televisions.

This is just a short list of many of the events going on in Chicago.' It will be quite popular on Wednesday to tell the story of where you were when the Inauguration begins.' If you can’t go to Washington, what better place is there than where President-Elect Barack Obama started his quest to the Presidency.'


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President Elect Barack Obama

President Elect Barack Obama

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January 14, 2009

2009 Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Championship

Do you like to play Texas Hold ‘Em' Here is an opportunity to play the game for a great cause.' The 5th Annual Children’s Oncology Services, Inc (COSI) Charity Poker Championship is going to be held at the River East Art Center'on January 22.' This fun filled event sells out each year so be sure to get your tickets soon.

The winner of the grand prize will receive a seat at the 2009 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.' The emcee for the competition will be Dan Bernstein from WSCR “The Score” AM670.

Some of the players who will challenge you this year include WMAQ-TV Ginger Zee, Chris Zorich, former Chicago Bears, and Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times.' You are guaranteed to have'good time and if your cards fall just right, you can hit the big time.' If you are not a card player, you can have fun playing in the Nintendo Wii competition.' Sweet Baby Ray’s barbeque will be in the house along with a premium open bar from Brown-Forman.

COSI’s One Step At A time programs allows children with cancer to have camp and other educational experiences.

Check in for the event begins at 5pm with the poker tournament beginning at 6pm.' This gives you plenty of time to ready for the big game.' Prices are $250 for the Texas Hold ‘Em player ticket and $50 for a spectator pass.' There will only be 350 poker players.

River East Art Center' 435 East Illinois Street

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