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Rock the Jailhouse and U.S. Cellular Field with the White Sox

Posted on August 25th, 2015 by


The White Sox may not be the Chicago baseball team generating excitement on the field this season, but it’s always a good time at the ballpark with fun promotions and family friendly atmosphere. This weekend, with the Cubs on the West Coast, head to U.S. Cellular Field for four days’ worth of fun activities at the ballpark as the Sox take on the Seattle Mariners.


The weekend fun starts with Throwback Thursday when the Sox where their (in)famous 1976 collared, blue and white V-neck pajama jerseys. A way for then-Sox owner Bill Veeck, who was known for his outlandish promotions, to drive attendance during a poor season, the jerseys were ridiculed for their aesthetics just as they were praised by players for their comfort. They were accompanied by shorts for a series that year, the only time in history an MLB team has worn shorts during a game. Needless to say, the Sox will not be sporting the shorts this time around.

Come right back on Friday to start the weekend right as the club celebrates the man, the myth, the king himself: Elvis Presley. Indeed, the White Sox are encouraging fans to grow out the sideburns and jam to the Jailhouse Rock at the Cell for their annual Elvis Night.

Fans get in on the fun at last year's Elvis Night.

Pre-game festivities include a performance by an Elvis tribute artist outside of Gate 4 from 4:30 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m., a skydiving team parachuting into the ballpark wearing Elvis attire, and the cast from the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” singing the national anthem.

Fans can buy all their Elvis gear outside the park near Gate 4 or in the park near section 159. Stick around for post-game fireworks as well as a one-of-a-kind “Viva Las Vegas” showgirl performance and Elvis impersonator Doug Church’s showcase of some favorite Elvis tunes.

The second half the series will feature more traditional baseball promotional material, starting Saturday as the first 20,000 fans will receive a Jermaine Dye bobble head.

Finally,  take the whole family out to the park on Sunday for Family Sunday as the team offers discounted tickets, family friendly activities, and an opportunity for kids to run the bases after the game. The first 20,000 fans will also receive a White Sox hat.

The Thursday and Friday games start at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 6:10 p.m. and Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Plenty of seats are available for all four games starting as low as $5. U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 W. 35th Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood and accessible via the CTA Red Line and also has ample parking. To find out more go to

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Short Shakespeare! Macbeth at Navy Pier

Posted on January 28th, 2015 by

Chicago Shakespeare Theater Navy Pier

Now through Feb. 15, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier is performing “Short Shakespeare! Macbeth”, an abridged production of William Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue and personal ambition.

In a world brimming with the supernatural, three witches’ prophecies reveal a path to the throne for Scottish nobleman Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Blinded by their royal desires, the couple struggles to balance conscience with ambition, leading to dark consequences. A theatrical world of action, sound and the spiritual makes Shakespeare’s language come alive in one of the playwright’s most powerful dramas.

Perfect for young audiences, performances run every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and the actors remain on stage for a question-and-answer session before joining the audience in the lobby for one-on-one conversations and photo opportunities.

Tickets range from $16–$20 and all patrons receive a 40 percent discount on parking in Navy Pier garages. For more information or to purchase tickets call the box office at 312-595-5600 or visit

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American Blues Theater Adapts Classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” to Live Radio Show

Posted on December 9th, 2014 by


In the throws of a holiday shopping spree and a deadline approaching it is easy to forget what the holidays are about. The American Blues Theater brings you the best reminder with an adaptation of a holiday classic.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” transforms Frank Capra’s classic film into a live radio show. Aside from hearing the great story of George Bailey’s selfless actions and his realizations that his loved ones need him as much as he needs them, audiences can enjoy holiday carols, actual radio commercials from real sponsors, and milk and cookies with the cast and crew of the American Blues Theater’s adaptation.

On Dec. 20 all children under the age of 12 will receive a special keepsake for the Hanukkah performance, Dec. 21 children can expect a visit from Santa as well as other keepsakes.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” runs through Dec. 28 at the American Blues Theater located at 2257 North Lincoln Avenue inside the Greenhouse Theater Center. Tickets range from $19 to $49. For more information on showtimes and tickets visit

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Live Radio Performance of It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted on December 17th, 2013 by

Its-a-Wonderful-Life-Live-in-Chicago-blogIt’s easy to forget what the holidays are about when you’re running from store to store and waiting in long lines at the post office. The holidays are about the loved ones we surround ourselves with and how lucky we are to have them with us. The holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” reminds us of that every year. Witness a live radio performance with foley sounds and all at the American Blues Theater of “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!”

Aside from hearing the great story of George Bailey’s selfless actions and his realizations that his loved ones need him as much as he needs them, audiences can enjoy holiday carols, actual radio commercials from real sponsors, and milk and cookies with the cast and crew at the American Blues Theater’s adaptation. Make sure you take your kids to the 2:30 p.m. show on Sunday, Dec. 22 because Santa will make an appearance and give kids a keepsake to take with them.

The American Blues Theater is located at 2257 North Lincoln Avenue inside the Greenhouse Theater Center. Tickets to the show are between $19 and $49. For more information visit

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Plantation Illumination

Posted on December 9th, 2013 by


It’s easy to forget that trees are these majestic living things that help us survive instead of another decorative feature on the Magnificent Mile. The Morton Arboretum has found a way to dress up their trees and point out their personalities at Illumination, which runs to Jan. 4 every night starting at 4:30 p.m.

Grab a coat and your kids and stroll along a mile of illuminated trees that each have a different interactive feature. The draped lights are worth the visit alone, but you can change the color of the tree lights when you sing to it at the Tree Harmony section. At the Shadow Lanterns section watch as the lights and shadows change depending on how the wind hits. Also, all you tree huggers out there will finally know how a juniper feels when you see it change colors once you wrap your arms around it. And if hugging isn’t enough and actually want to be a tree you can project your face on 30-foot evergreens and see the colors change at the Personalitrees section.

Along with the mile-long walk you can enjoy hot cocoa and cookies while your child enjoys the Enchanted Railroad, a two-leveled model train traveling through a small winter wonderland. Make sure to spot Thomas the Tank Engine.

The Morton Arboretum is located 4100 Illinois Route 53 in Lisle, Ill. Tickets to Illumination are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 2 – 17. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance as same-day tickets are not available online or over the phone. To learn more visit

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VIDEO: Flaming Cheese, Circus Acts & More

Posted on October 2nd, 2013 by

Gwendolyn Ramsey, concierge at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, is this week’s concierge correspondent and has your concierge picks for the week of October 1st through October 7th.

Greektown is a favorite family destination. With so many restaurants it is hard to choose which casual upscale atmosphere and which freshly prepared dish we will choose. Two of her favorites are Santorini and Greek Islands. They happen to be around the corner from each other and always draw a good crowd. From flaming saganaki cheese and fresh fish to broiled lamb, these restaurants will comfort you with great food, wine and atmosphere.

Pooches and tigers and elephants! Oh my! UniverSoul Circus has arrived and will be performing at Washington Park until this weekend and then moves to Union Park next week. Don’t miss seeing death-defying acts, aerialists, contortionists and more! Laugh, dance in the aisles and provide thunderous claps of appreciation. This is fun for the whole family! Ask your concierge about tickets and their full schedule.

Another family event happening in town showcases the beauty and romance of a childhood love story. Ballet West presents “Sleeping Beauty” at the Auditorium Theatre this weekend. Beautiful costumes and set design coupled with classical music to fit the scene this production will inspire your little princess and prince to dream big!

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Style Hits the Magnificent Mile

Posted on August 19th, 2013 by


The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival™ presented by MasterCard® returns to Chicago this week, running from August 22 to September 2, 2013.

The Festival provides the perfect excuse to start shopping for the Fall/Winter season, with a variety of offers and a non-stop calendar of festivities, many of which are free to the public. Special events include standout fashion shows, culinary celebrations, live outdoor concerts and more.

Highlights of the 2013 Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival include:

  • Thursday, August 22: The festivities begin with #ShopFest: A Kick-off to Fall Fashion, featuring a live performance by award-winning recording artist Jason Derulo and a special appearance by Emmy-nominated actress Christina Hendricks, star of AMC’s Mad Men. Michigan Avenue’s three retail centers, 900 North Michigan Shops, The Shops at North Bridge and Water Tower Place, present an outdoor runway show along North Michigan Avenue. To purchase tickets, visit ($30; attendees must be 21+; Pioneer Court – 401 N. Michigan Ave., 5:30 p.m.)

  • Tuesday, August 27: At A Magnificent Taste, The Magnificent Mile’s annual outdoor culinary event, Chefs Art Smith and Rick Bayless, along with several restaurants including Travelle, Little Market, Paris Club, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Siena Tavern and more, serve up gourmet samplings under a tent in full view of Chicago’s riverside skyline. Proceeds benefit Common Threads. To purchase tickets, visit ($200 VIP, $125 General; Pioneer Court – 401 N. Michigan Ave.; VIP entry at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.)

  • Labor Day Weekend highlights:

    • Bring your fashion- and music-loving kids to the John Hancock Center Plaza for an outdoor “Tween Fashion Show” hosted by Water Tower Place, followed by a free concert with Disney Music Group Recording Artist Coco Jones. An exclusive meet-and-greet for MasterCard cardholders will immediately follow the concert. (John Hancock Center Plaza, 875 N. Michigan Avenue, 12 p.m., with meet-and-greet to follow at 2 p.m. in the MasterCard Priceless Pavilion – 401 N. Michigan Ave.)

    • Radio Disney invites fans to an exclusive meet-and-greet for MasterCard cardholders with Laura Marano, star of Disney channel’s Austin & Ally. (MasterCard Priceless Pavilion – 401 N. Michigan Ave., 2 p.m.)

Big-name and high-end retailers, award-winning restaurants and iconic attractions through The Magnificent Mile district also present unique in-store experiences as well as elegant evenings to remember. A sampling of events includes:

  • Saturday, August 24 and Saturday, August 31: Dressed to the Nines, The Art Institute of Chicago’s special Saturday evening viewings of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at The Art Institute of Chicago, celebrate fashion trends of 19th-century Paris—trends that also happen to be hot this summer in 21st-century Chicago. Throw on a casual or couture ensemble that suits the theme to enjoy these fashionable festivities. (The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., 6 – 9 p.m.)

  • Monday, August 26: The Trump International Hotel & Tower sponsors Sparkling Cocktails presented by Swarovski, held in the Rivers Room on the sixteenth floor. Guests may try on Swarovski crystals and jewelry from an upcoming fall collection and then look forward to a free in-store consultation during the Shopping Festival.  (Trump International Hotel & Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave., 6 – 8 p.m.)

  • Tuesday, August 27: Lulu’s Vintage offers a rare opportunity to meet Melinda Lewis, jewelry historian and author of The Napier Co.: Defining 20th Century American Costume Jewelry. Laurie Davis, owner and curator, will display some of the most notable Napier pieces from her private collection, as well as have a selection of Napier jewelry available for purchase. (Lulu’s Vintage, 900 N. Michigan Ave., Level 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

  • Wednesday, August 28: Experience Sunrise Yoga on The Terrace at Trump at a special discounted price of $25. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Chicago Skyline, Chicago River and Lake Michigan. There is no better way to brighten your morning and get a peaceful start on a busy day of shopping and exploring The Magnificent Mile! (The Trump International Hotel & Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave., 6 a.m.)

  • Thursday, August 29: The ROOF on theWit, along with The Shops at North Bridge, invite guests to ROOF Runway, a one-of-a-kind fashion show, 27 stories above the city! Enjoy the hottest fashions from Nordstrom, Tommy Bahama, Swarovski and more, along with live entertainment from delaChapelle. (ROOF on theWit, 201 N. State St., 8 p.m.)

  • Saturday, August 31: Food meets fashion at a Shoppers Energy Brunch, as live models showcase the season’s hottest looks from Water Tower Place retailers. Tickets may be purchased here, and include a complimentary gift bag. (Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Sunday, August 25: Want to avoid the crowds of Michigan Avenue? Then join Water Tower Place for an exclusive, posh after-hours soirée. Featuring music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, the shopping center will be open for guests attending the event. Guests will also receive a Water Tower Place coupon book, valued at $650. Purchase tickets and RSVP at (Cost is $20 per person, with $3 from each ticket donated to Immerman Angels; Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., 6 – 9 p.m.) 

A full list of events as well as special shopping offers can be found at!

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We’ve Been Waiting For You, Wicker Park Fest.

Posted on July 22nd, 2013 by

Wicker Park Fest

We don’t like to be too demanding but you should probably listen to us when we say cancel your plans this weekend as it’s finally time for the best street festival of the summer (according to the Chicago Tribune  but we also are in favor). Wicker Park Fest begins this Saturday, July 27th and it is about to rock your world in one of Chicago’s most eclectic neighborhoods.

For the ever-so-low price of $5, yes that’s correct, FIVE dollars, you will be immersed in a festival featuring over three stages of live music, four displays of performing arts, more than twelve food vendors, 20-plus retail vendors AND a separate fest just for the kiddos. There’s probably five dollars in change under your couch cushion, so start digging.

The festivities begin at 12 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday including the live music which has a lineup that is receiving quite the buzz. With headliners such as Cults, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Meat Puppets, and more (including DJs spanning all of your favorite genres) this is shaping up to be the perfect weekend to jam. Also, for those who care about the environment, this year’s festival will be offering not just recycling but also disposing and compost stations manned by an “Eco-Ambassadors” to ensure you’re separating the paper from the plastic. Go green!

Catch the fest on Milwaukee Avenue from North Avenue to Paulina Street, which will include nine different entrances to avoid the large crowds, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on July 27th and 28th. There are a variety of transportation options to get to Wicker Park Fest but public transportation or walking and biking will be the easiest. For the L take the Blue Line to the Division or Damen stops and for the bus take the Milwaukee 56, North 72, Damen 50, or Division 70 bus to the Division/Ashland/Milwaukee Avenue intersection or the Damen/North/Milwaukee Avenue intersection. Bike parking will also be provided. The $5 suggested donation fee will benefit local non-profit organizations such as Burr Elementary School and the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit

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Parade of Boats Viewing Party at Navy Pier

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by


An armada of beautiful sailboats will cut through the wind and serene waters of Lake Michigan this Saturday, July 13th, as the partnership between the Michigan Avenue magazine and the Chicago Yacht Club present Ashore Thing. Coupled with the occasion will be the thrilling 105th Race to Mackinac.

Taking to the waters around Chicago’s Navy Pier at 10 a.m., use those sunglasses or cover your brow with your hand as you look out onto the lake in search of these masterpieces of buoyant wood and sailcloth.

Known more commonly as “The Mac” by the locals, the Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac traces its origins back to 1898. Since then, the navigation of the 333-mile route of freshwater in competition has become a tradition for Chicago and its visiting seafarers. With more than 300 participants this year—each manned by a diverse crew of sailors ranging from New Zealand or “down under” to the Americans of Maine—the Mac will display nautical talents from all over. Experts and hobbyists alike will go at it in naval sport for this adored event.

It is not all history though. Bring the little ones as there are tons of activities for them to do on the Pier. Sure they will like the boats, but face painting and balloon artists are immediate entertainment that makes for big smile and laughs. What will really mesmerize your kids however is when they get the chance to make their own “buoy bucket”. Meet your children halfway for this event and let them go crazy while you and a loved one look out at the boats from the East End of the Pier.

At the Pier, enjoy some cocktails or refreshments as you lounge around. Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere and Stella Artois are available to choose from at the bar near the viewing party. After the parade, dance with the musical currents into the afternoon as the partnership has managed to snag Fig Media’s DJ Megan Taylor. Music, drinks and boats! What could be better for a Saturday in Chicago? For additional information and to RSVP, visit here.

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Land of Lincoln: Square Roots is Back

Posted on July 9th, 2013 by

Square Roots Festival 2013

Nothing quite says summer in Chicago like a good ol’ street festival on Lincoln Avenue!  Thousands will flock to Lincoln Square July 12-14 for the 2nd annual Square Roots festival, featuring local and regional craft breweries, original artists secured by the Old Town School of Folk Music, and some of the best food Lincoln Square restaurants have to offer.  This event reconnects residents with the cultural “roots” of this historic Chicago neighborhood.

The festival will take place along Lincoln Avenue from Wilson to Montrose and there is a suggested donation of $10 for adults; $4 for kids/seniors; and $20 for families with proceeds benefiting the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of commerce and Old Town School of Folk Music’s scholarship programs.

Food vendors like Byrons Hot Dogs, Fountainhead, Gather and Himmel’s Chicago have delicious eats for you and your family. Have some cool beer while you walk around as more than 30 brews from Chicago will be on tap like 5 Rabbit, Founders, Hinterland and Virtue Cider to name a few.

The venerable Old Town School of Folk Music has gotten together a range of performers for the fest. Gracing the four stages, both indoors and out, come and see Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Sallie Ford or even The Sound Outside. Fatoumata Diawara and Savoy Family Cajun Band will also be performing.

Square Roots Festival Hours:

  • Friday, July 12 from 5 – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 13 from 12 – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 14 from 12 – 8 p.m.

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