March 30, 2009

Easter Bunny comes to Chicagoland

The Easter Bunny will be downtown on April 4th for some silly fun and games.' Bring the kiddies down for a great time and picture opportunities.' There will be an Easter Bonnet Contest at Memorial Park and there will also be an Egg Rolling Contest (Yikes) and an Easter Hunt so make sure they bring their baskets.'

Hopefully the weather will warm up a bit so that this activity won’t be so bad.' It is a very family friendly event and the kids will absolutely love seeing the walking Easter Bunny and will want to give him a hug.

Sponsored by the Downtown Wheaton Association.

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March 30, 2009

Six Flags Great America

I know with our recent snow you may not be thinking about an amusement park, but if you have been in our area for any length of time you know it will change.' It’s time to start planning your late spring and of course summer at Six Flags Great America.

It’s located in Gurnee which is not too far away.' The park opens on April 3.' They have rides and games for the entire family with a new water adventure ride scheduled to open on May 15th.' And since you will be in Gurnee don’t forget to check out the Outlet.' That will take care of your shopping craving.

Make plans to see'Six Flags and it’s so close that you may want to get a season pass.' An individual pass is $69.99 which isn’t bad because after a few trips it will pay for itself.

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March 27, 2009

Free admission to the DuSable Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History will have free admission on March 31, 2009.' The musueum that opened in 1961was founded to promote cultural understanding.'

Current exhibits include Distant Echoes:' Black Farmers in America, Tracing the Civil Rights Movement 1848-1968 and Red, White, Blue and Black A History of Black in the Military.

The museum is open 10am-5pm on the 31st and is located at 740 East 56th Place.' If you have ever wanted to visit the museum, this is your opportunity.' Bring the family and enjoy the free admission.' You are guaranteed to learn something new.

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March 25, 2009

Chicago’s Earth Hour 2009

On March 28th at 8:30pm, Most Chicagoans will participate in Earth Hour 2009.' If you remember, last year Chicago had 2.7 million people participate in Earth Hour and we are hoping to top that number this year.' Earth Hour began to raise awareness of the need for energy efficiency and global climate change.' The event actually began in 2007 in Australia.

The Sears Tower and all of the other Chicago buildings will dim 'to honor Earth Hour.' Last year there was a 7% energy savings in just our area alone.' That equates to taking a million cars off the road or planting 158 acres of trees, wow.

Whatever event you choose for Saturday evening from eating at a restaurant to seeing your favorite movie, keep in mind that most buildings will honor Earth Hour and go dark.

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March 23, 2009

Opening Night at the North Shore Center

Opening night is tomorrow for the North Shore Center for Performing Arts musical called “Menopause, The Musical.”' It is a musical comedy which is sure to keep you in stiches.' Tuesday nights show begins at 7:30pm and tickets can be purchased online.' The show is traveling the US and has already performed in 250 cities.' A great play that helps open the lines of communication about a natural stage in a women’s life.

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March 21, 2009

Elegant Spring Brunch


Enjoy an Elegant Spring Brunch in Lincoln Park’s Historic Hansen House Mansion.' Your Chef will be Molly Sell who earned her Culinary Arts degree from Chicago’s Kendall College.

You will receive three elegant courses accompanied by freshly brewed coffee and fine teas with Molly’s famous pastries.' Prices are $30 per personand $50 for 2 until March 24th.' Seating will be limited so make sure you get your tickets right away.' Reservations can be made by calling (773) 871-6020 or via email at

March 19, 2009

Free Art Tour in River North CADA Galleries

Spend a wonderful Saturday morning, March 21, taking in the sites on a wonderful Art Tour.' The tour begins at 11:00 am at the Starbucks at 750 North Franklin Street.' You may want to get there a little earlier so that you can fill up your cup with your favorite Starbucks drink.' Once 11am arrives, an Ann Nathan Gallery representative will guide the tour to:

Printworks Gallery

Russell Bowman Art Advisory

Habatat Galleries

and of course Ann Nathan Gallery.' No reservations are required.' Just be at Starbucks by 11:00am to be a part of the tour.' It is a walking tour and they spend about 20 minutes within each gallery.' You will receive a district tour map and learn about the history of River North.' For more information contact Chicago Art Dealers.

Photo Credit:' Flickr

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March 15, 2009

DVD Review - Tour of Chicago

Recently, I viewed a DVD called Chicago, Second to None! Of course I was intrigued by the title because as resident of Chicago, I feel that way.' There is nothing like Chicago and there is no city in the World like Chicago but if you are reading this, you know that.

This DVD is a very informative guide and tour of Chicago.' It begins on the Loop and on The Chicago River to check out the Architecture. I have to say that I was wowed by the views of the buildings downtown. It was a bright clear sunny day but the video zoomed in on the buildings so you could see the structures. It even took the viewer to the Sears Tower from the elevator up to the Observatory Deck to overlook the city.

Along with the tour stops, the narrator gave a little bit of history. There were even clips from the early days of Chicago which I thought were very interesting to watch. It covered Capone and the Water Tower's History. And of course, it's not Chicago if you don't talk about food. I was happy to see my favorite restaurant Giordano's highlighted there for the BEST pizza. YAY

If you are going to visit the city, you have got to get this DVD. It's one thing to plan out what you want to do when you arrive here by looking at brochures but it is another thing to really see them. The DVD shows everything to do in Chicago from the tourist's eye. And it takes it one step further. It actually gives the Chicago Resident something to be proud of. Our great city is beautiful and when you are here day to day, you may not really think about it. The tour captures the heart of the city and points of interest around the Magnificent Mile (Shopping, Yay!) and it could have stopped right there.

I can not think of one negative thing to say about the DVD. When giving a review, you always want to be impartial but there is nothing that is not good about it. Check it out and see for yourself. Chicago DVD is Second to None. Great job Insight Media.

March 11, 2009

Autism Benefit Concert at the Harris Theater


Harris Theater will host an Autism Benefit Concert held by Legendary Folk Singer Greg Brown on March 19th, 2009.' What makes this concert unique is that 100% of the proceeds will benefit Chicago children, teens and young adults with severe autism at the PACTT Learning Center.' The tickets are priced from $25 - $100 which include a private post concert party.' The Concert begins at 7:30pm.' Harris Theater is located on 205 E. Randolph Drive

Greg Brown has recorded many critically-accliamed albums and has received two Grammy nominations.' His songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, and'Mary Chapin Carpenter.' He is known for having intimate concerts.

The PACTT Learning Center is not-for-profit agency which provides educational, residential and vocational services for Chicago’s children with autism.' PACTT (Parents Allied with Children and Teachers for Tomorrow) helps create a path to inclusion into life and community.

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March 9, 2009

Chicago’s Sazerac Month

Sit back and partake of New Orleans oldest cocktail to help celebrate Chicago Sazerac Month.' Purchase the drink at The Violet Hour, Sepia, Nacional 27, The Whistler, and The Drawing Room and 50% of the purchase will go to New Orleans area charities.

Sazerac is reportedly the first cocktail invented in the 1830s.' The drink was named after the imported

Sazerac cognac.' The Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans has a Sazerac Bar.' The Hotel pays a fee to the Sazerac Corporation for use of the name.' On June 23, 2008, The Louisiana House of Representatives proclaimed Sazerac the Official Cocktail.

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