Archive for June 2016

Shedd Aquarium Shark Week: just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water

Shedd Aquarium Shark Week: just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water
The Shedd Aquarium is presenting a week that visitors can sink their teeth into. It seems that sharks are getting a bad rap. It started with Jaws and it continues today. The Shedd is out to change people’s perceptions on this misunderstood species. For example, did you know you’re more likely to be struck by... Read more »

The 4th of July Fireworks: how to navigate Navy Pier on the 4th

The 4th of July Fireworks: how to navigate Navy Pier on the 4th
If you’re planning on hitting Nary Pier on the Fourth of July, here’s what you need to know. First off, there’s a full day of activities and events starting at 10 am., July 4 when the Pier opens for the day through the 4th of July Fireworks show. According to Pier officials, the fireworks extravaganza–featuring... Read more »

The Taste of Chicago preview at Daley Plaza

The Taste of Chicago preview at Daley Plaza
Can’t wait to get a taste of this year’s Taste of Chicago? Head to Daley Plaza today for a mini-taste complete with food and entertainment. Eleven food purveyors, including some newbies and other old favorites including Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs and Harold’s Chicken will be serving bites in advance of this year’s Taste of Chicago... Read more »
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Seven cool summer treats and retreats in Chicago

Seven cool summer treats and retreats in Chicago
If you’re starting to feel the heat of the Chicago summer that you could only dream about in January, here are seven ways to keep your cool. A Tiki Bar Embrace the tropics in Chicago while cooling off with a Stranger in Paradise–a potent mix of of rhum agricole, tequila and absinthe– at Logan Square’s hip... Read more »

Hamilton in Chicago: ways to find tickets for face-value or less

Hamilton in Chicago: ways to find tickets for face-value or less
It looks like it’s going to take more than several Hamilton’s (referencing the $10 bill that our founding father’s portrait graces) if you are hoping to score tickets to “Hamilton” in Chicago. Of course, that could be a bargain compared to reported prices paid for “Hamilton” on Broadway where tickets are topping out at upwards... Read more »

Make Music Chicago 2016: free citywide festival celebrates summer solstice

Make Music Chicago 2016: free citywide festival celebrates summer solstice
From the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Suzuki Playing kids, Chicago will be making music in a big way on Tuesday, June 21 when the city celebrates the summer solstice–the first day of summer. Officially summer arrives at 7:00 PMCDT, today, June 20–so when the first chord of Make Music Chicago sounds at sunrise tomorrow with... Read more »
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Fathers Day Gifts: 10 last minute ideas

Fathers Day Gifts: 10 last minute ideas
The countdown is on. Father’s Day is Sunday. Do you know what you are getting your dad? We’re here to help wtih 10 easy last minute ideas. Go to bat for dad 1.  Is your dad a baseball fan?  If so, your shopping is easy peasy just get him a pair or more of tickets.... Read more »

Thaddeus and Slocum: a story in black and white

Thaddeus and Slocum: a story in black and white
A lot has changed since 1908–much of which we’d like to forget ever happened. But playwright Kevin Douglas, a Lookingglass Theatre ensemble member, doesn’t want us to forget. Douglas, who’s black, recalls growing up watching old comedies and movie musicals. As he grew older, he says, “I began to realize that most of the people... Read more »

Inaugural Lake Forest Theatre production presents full out musical The Secret Garden

Inaugural Lake Forest Theatre production presents full out musical The Secret Garden
It’s no secret that the director and the moving force behind the just hatched Lake Forest Theatre, Steve Malone had a dream. A big one. After forty years in the business of acting, Malone had seen it all–especially how many actors are mistreated and taken for granted even through there’d be no show without them.... Read more »
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Americas Cup in Chicago: Tickets and Information

Americas Cup in Chicago: Tickets and Information
Hey Chicago, you’ve done it again. The historic America’s Cup is here in the Windy City. Yachting’s biggest prize, first contested in 1851, the America’s Cup, is the oldest trophy in international sport, pre-dating even the modern Olympics by 45 years. The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, a qualifying event for the 2017... Read more »