Archive for November 2017

The Pearl Fishers at the Lyric Opera: 10 things you should know before you go

The Pearl Fishers at the Lyric Opera: 10 things you should know before you go
“The Pearl Fishers”  offers brilliant colors, broken vows, and beautiful music including opera’s most iconic tenor–baritone duet If you live in Chicago and have not gone to the Lyric Opera, “The Pearl Fishers,” now through December 10, is the perfect opera to begin. If you are a regular or even occasional opera-goer, this one’s for... Read more »

Put a visit to Christkindlmarket on your Christmas list

The downtown market sits on Daley Plaza under the watchful eye of the Picasso.
The Christkindlmarket with its welcoming wooden booths topped with red and white candy cane striped awnings is modeled after the original Christkinklmarket which began in 1545 in Nuremberg Germany. The first Christkindlmarket in Chicago was a small market on Pioneer Court that started 21 years ago. The next year the market was moved to Daley Plaza... Read more »

Black Friday: Where to get the best deals

Black Friday: Where to get the best deals
With tradition changing, Black Friday sales seem to be starting earlier–sometimes weeks earlier–each year. Should you grab the deal early or wait to see if prices will come down? If you wait, will you still be able to get the gifts you want?  With the biggest shopping day of the year, just around the corner,... Read more »
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Escape to Margaritaville: The perfect escape

Escape to Margaritaville: The perfect escape
   What if there was a way you could escape the cold, the carjackings, the political rants and tweets…even for a couple of hours? Actually, there is. It’s called “Escape to Margaritaville” currently playing at the Oriental Theatre for a limited 3-week pre-Broadway engagement. Wednesday night was cold, damp and windy on the streets of Chicago,... Read more »

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival street closures, parade route & safety

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival street closures, parade route & safety
The holiday season heats up this weekend with the opening of Christkindlmarket, the official city tree lighting and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival With over a million people expected to come to the city this weekend, just for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, traffic will be a mess. Public transportation is always advised and even more... Read more »

Holiday Theater and events for winter 2017-2018

Holiday Theater and events for winter 2017-2018
“Theater like you won’t find anywhere else.” …Show Me Chicago No Surprise, Chicago Theaters are putting together an amazing line-up of holiday and winter programming. You’ll find everything from traditional holiday fare to the classics and the irreverent. Chicago’s favorite cross-dressing reindeer is back at Hell in a Handbag Productions’ RUDOLPH THE RED-HOSED REINDEER at... Read more »
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Look out above: record 60th tower crane to dot Chicago skyline

Look out above: record 60th tower crane to dot Chicago skyline
Latest crane marks a 400% increase compared to 2010  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Buildings today announced the 60th tower crane to operate in Chicago in 2017. This, of course, indicates what could only be called “a boom in building.” The amazing 400% increase since 2010, breaks records for the most tower cranes to operate in... Read more »

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Are you ready?

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival: Are you ready?
  Chicago’s biggest holiday celebration the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is coming Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. This year’s expanded fest features two days of free, family fun to celebrate the holiday season. Day one, will offer over a dozen family activities, plus food, fun and music at Festival Lane on Pioneer Court. Day two... Read more »

Princess Cyd: a review and a love letter to Chicago

Princess Cyd: a review and a love letter to Chicago
There’s a lot of Chicago in filmmaker Stephen Cone’s newest film Princess Cyd now running at Gene Siskel Center (through today) and winner of the Chicago Award at this October’s Chicago International Film Festival. Although Cone’s story easily could have been filmed somewhere else–and almost was–ultimately Chicago was selected. Photographed by Cone with cinematology by... Read more »
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The Park at Wrigley Holiday Events from Christkindlmarket to Santa's Workshop

The Park at Wrigley Holiday Events from Christkindlmarket to Santa's Workshop
The Park at Wrigley will transform into a winter destination with attractions including an ice rink, the Christkindlmarket, a  holiday tree, Santa’s workshop and more Just when you thought you’d have to “wait until next year” to head to Wrigley Field, sources behind The Park at Wrigley have announced a blizzard of winter events and... Read more »
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