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Frank Fontana's New 'Chicago' -based Show

Frank Fontana’s New ‘Chicago’ -based Show

April 23, 2016 | Comments (0)

Chicago is home to many great legends, one of them being Frank Fontana! Well-known for his top-selling DIY design book, “Frank Fontana’s Dirty Little Secrets of Design” and his WGN radio 720 AM and 9 million downloaded online podcast, Frank is now venturing into his own series on cable-land ( to be announced soon ). […]

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Earth Day events invite the whole family to participate

Earth Day events invite the whole family to participate

April 20, 2016 | Comments (0)

This year Earth Day is Friday, April 22. This is “the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action,” according to the Earth Day website. No matter where you live, there are opportunities to celebrate with family fun and volunteer opportunities. Sometimes, volunteering can be […]

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West Side Story proves it can still amaze with a fresh new production

West Side Story proves it can still amaze with a fresh new production

March 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

There is a moment in every well-known musical that determines whether or not the audience buys into the director’s interpretation of a beloved production. For me, when I see West Side Story, it’s the song Maria. There’s an anticipation that grows when you know the song is about to start. When Will Skrip started singing […]

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Shari's Corner

Fooling Buddha mixes unlikely elements for entertaining evening

Fooling Buddha mixes unlikely elements for entertaining evening

April 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

Magician David Kovac stars in “Fooling Buddha,” a coming-of-age story that mixes several unlikely elements to create a story everyone who grew up in the Midwest will understand. Before we saw the show, I was skeptical that Kovac could pull together middle-class Milwaukee, magic and Buddhism into one entertaining evening. It wasn’t long before Kovac’s […]

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Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

Bye Bye Birdie brightens dull winter days

January 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Just when we’re in the dull, dark winter doldrums, the Drury Lane Theatre brings a bright, colorful, joyful story to stage. Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of an Elvis-like performer, with bad-boy tendencies, who is drafted into the Army. Before Conrad Birdie leaves for his two-year enlistment, his management team cooks up one final […]

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The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

The adventure begins long before the passport is issued

January 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

The item showed up on Facebook feeds before we saw it on the news. It said that Illinois driver’s licenses and state IDs were no longer federally compliant for airline travel. This meant that TSA could require additional security measures before allowing Illinois residents to board an airplane. The measures could range from additional identification to a […]

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Healthy Living

Finess creates opportunities for interesting conversations

Finess creates opportunities for interesting conversations

October 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

One of my best friends always says our single days were just like “Sex & the City,” except we didn’t take home guys from every party; we didn’t have the fabulous wardrobe; and we didn’t discuss every personal issue over wine all the time. In other words, real like isn’t a television sitcom, no matter […]

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Cooking Natural With Johnsonville Naturals

Cooking Natural With Johnsonville Naturals

October 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Cooking for your family can be fun. Children between the ages of 5 to 15 are really wonderful cooking companions and having them learn the most important tools to healthy living is really a plus. Conversing while you add ingredients just might influence what they feed themselves for years to come. My sons were exposed […]

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Garden of Life - RawFit

Garden of Life – RawFit

September 27, 2015 | Comments (0)

The fabulous healthy alternatives keep pouring in! The journey from Fat & 40 for me has continued to Healthy 48. The struggle has been long and hard. Like most mothers, we put every one else first. We eat last, take care of every one else’s needs and dietary interests first and consider ourselves once we […]

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Chicago

#Chicago's diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

#Chicago’s diverse dance scene blossoms this Spring

March 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago brings its Spring Series to the Harris Theatre March 17 – 20 with a world premiere by Lucas Crandall. This “e-scale ensemble work choreographed for the entire company takes cues from Crandall’s interest in the movement mechanics of stampede behavior.” The company brings I am Mister B, the company’s homage to George […]

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The Museum Campus ready for summer fun with new exhibits

The Museum Campus ready for summer fun with new exhibits

July 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Chicago’s Museum Campus is always a great place to take the family for an afternoon or a full day. This summer, all three museums have new exhibits ready to keep your children and their friends busy throughout the summer. Adler Planetarium There are so many amazing things to see inside the Adler Planetarium, but this […]

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Family Fun at Floor And Decor's Grand Opening in Skokie

Family Fun at Floor And Decor’s Grand Opening in Skokie

September 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Floor & Decor, a leading specialty retailer of hard surface flooring and accessories will be opening a 4th store in the Chicago area. The new 62,000 square foot showroom and design center is located at 3300 Oakton Street in Skokie, Illinois and will officially open on Friday, September 12, 2014 (they have three other Chicago […]

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Reviews & Other Recent Articles

The Independent Map Amendment might be our best hope to change Illinois politics

The Independent Map Amendment might be our best hope to change Illinois politics

| April 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

Day after day after day people talk about the mess we call Illinois. Unfortunately most people feel such despair that they can’t imagine a way out of the mess. Of all the ideas being tossed around, the Better Government Association is championing one worth considering: the Independent Map Amendment. The Independent Map Amendment is an […]

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Illinois public universities need your help

Illinois public universities need your help

| April 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

Reboot Illinois recently ran a story called Budget crisis “on the verge of dismantling” Illinois higher education system. In the story, author Mark Fitton reported on the March 10 Illinois State Senate appropriations committee on higher education funding meeting. It paints a dark picture of of a system in crisis without any hope for a […]

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Chicago author brings together a teen detective, art museums and shopping

Chicago author brings together a teen detective, art museums and shopping

| March 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

Chicago author Bridgette Alexander brings to life a 16-year-old detective who has already built a social media following even before her first adventure hits the shelves. Celine Caldwell, star of Southern Gothic: A Celine Caldwell Mystery (Paris 1865 Press, March 15), will bring teens inside the rarefied world of art as she solves an art […]

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Women Driving Excellence 2016 #WDE16 #CAS16 #NissanCAS

Women Driving Excellence 2016 #WDE16 #CAS16 #NissanCAS

| February 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

On Tuesday, February 16th at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive,  The Chicago Auto Show will host Women Driving Excellence for the 4th year. Spearheaded by MJ Tam and Beth Rosen of Sparkfete and #ChicagonistaLIVE fame, this year’s celebration will continue its tradition of honoring exemplary, local, Chicagoland women who have shared their passion for the […]

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Hairspray the right story at the right time

Hairspray the right story at the right time

| February 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

At a time when race relations are making headlines for all the wrong reasons, it was strange to sit at the Paramount Theatre watching Hairspray — The Broadway Musical. The larger-than-life story about a plus-sized teen who sets out to be part of an afternoon dance show and ends up changing race relations in her […]

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Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

Chicagoland suburb had its own water crisis long before Flint

| February 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

When I saw the news reports outlining the ongoing Flint water crisis, I wondered if the Crestwood families who went through their own deadly water poisoning are having flashbacks. If you don’t remember the story, Crestwood is a small, Southwest suburb near Crestwood and Route 83.  For years the Chicago suburb was known for giving […]

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Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

Martin Luther King Day offers fun family opportunities

| January 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

There are mixed opinions about whether or not children should be off school on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Some people believe children should be in school learning about his important work, while others think it’s important to mark the holiday with a day off to do good works. In the Chicago area most schools […]

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It's time to make your family-friendly New Year's Eve plans

It’s time to make your family-friendly New Year’s Eve plans

| December 19, 2015 | Comments (0)

Across the Chicagoland area there are family-friendly events to help your family mark the end of 2015 and celebrate the beginning of 2016. Here are some to consider when planning your family’s celebration. Brookfield Zoo ends its annual Holiday Magic event with a Zoo Year’s celebration. As if more than 1 million LED twinkling lights, […]

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Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest

Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest

| December 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

Are you excited for the most celebrated, enjoyable time of the year at Navy Pier Winter WonderFest? Celebrating 15 years, and this year sponsored by the PNC Bank, Winter WonderFest returned December 4th and it is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ event! Navy Pier is all dolled up and sparkly. This year is the biggest and best Winter […]

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Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker

Joffrey Ballet presents final season of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

| December 17, 2015 | Comments (0)

Some holiday events are so beloved that they start as an idea and stay long enough to become a multi-generational tradition. Such is the legacy of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker. This year the Joffrey Ballet ends its 28 year run of Robert Joffrey’s original choreography. What made Robert Joffrey’s version of The Nutcracker so unique […]

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Step up in 2016 to improve healthcare for you and your family

Step up in 2016 to improve healthcare for you and your family

| December 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

I recently started wearing a sleek black watch, which catches people’s attention regularly. They always ask about it as it’s not like anything I normally wear. I explain that it’s part of a health research study I’m participating in through the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University. The next question is always, “Why would […]

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A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

A Christmas Story caters to families from start to finish

| December 14, 2015 | Comments (0)

A Christmas Story –– The Musical was planned with families in mind is the start times. The Wednesday and Thursday shows start at 7:00 p.m. The Sunday shows start at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It seems like a small detail, but start times are important. An 8:00 p.m. start time is too late for […]

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