Category: Shari’s Corner

How are you keeping your kids busy this Winter Break?

How are you keeping your kids busy this Winter Break?

December 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Our girls are speeding towards Winter Break, which means they will be home for two weeks. We’re looking forward to some downtime when they spend the day in pajamas. The other days, we’re looking for some activities that give them stories to tell when they go back to school and create fun holiday memories. A […]

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The House Theatre creates a joyful ballet-free Nutcracker

The House Theatre creates a joyful ballet-free Nutcracker

November 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

An outing to the Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for many families. This holiday season, families can find a delightful, ballet-free version of the Nutcracker at Chicago’s House Theatre that incorporated the story you know with a whimsical set and quirky characters. This enchanting Wicker Park theater was filled with terrific actors whose credits would shine on […]

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Chicago area theaters offer holiday performances for younger children

Chicago area theaters offer holiday performances for younger children

November 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

‘Tis the season for families to plan holiday outings. When our girls were little, we struggled to find age-appropriate events with other families dealing with squirmy kids. These three wonderful productions are perfect for families with young children. The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party Peter Rabbit, Mr. Jeremy Fisher and Simpkin the cat all play major roles in this […]

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Giselle is a grand romantic ballet with love, loss and forgiveness

Giselle is a grand romantic ballet with love, loss and forgiveness

October 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Joffrey Ballet recently opened its 61st season with Giselle, a lush, romantic ballet in the grand classical ballet tradition. From the opening scene through the final curtain, Giselle is a gorgeous, layered romance filled with complex characters. It’s the way a dancer turns his/her head or smiles or looks at his/her hand that adds depth to […]

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Million Dollar Quartet is a wild musical event

Million Dollar Quartet is a wild musical event

September 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

As we moved into our seats at Million Dollar Quartet, I overheard the man sitting next to us say, “What’s the story with this show?” I said, “It’s a rowdy, fun concert with a story about rock and roll’s history. Mostly, though, it’s a concert.” We learned about Million Dollar Quartet when it first opened at […]

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Catch Still Dance With Stars before it heads to NYC

Catch Still Dance With Stars before it heads to NYC

September 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

The NYC-based New Light Theater Project brings Still Dances With Stars for a limited run on the Chicago Dramatists stage. New Light Theater Projects describes itself as an ensemble-driven theater company which strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works) in the NYC indie theater community. This world-premiere product is a terrific example […]

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Luzia by Cirque Du Soliel Donates Artistic Gift to Chicago for the Year of Public Art

Luzia by Cirque Du Soliel Donates Artistic Gift to Chicago for the Year of Public Art

August 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Moms was invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at Luzia before the show opened its Chicago show. The tour included watching a rehearsal, meeting two show stars and visiting the costume shop. Each stop was a lesson in creativity and details. The creativity was obvious. When we watched international football freestyle stars Laura […]

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Chicago Theaters Schedule Two Sensory-Friendly Performances

Chicago Theaters Schedule Two Sensory-Friendly Performances

August 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

Chicago’s theater community has really done a nice job of including people with disabilities. Several theaters include ASL performances for those who are hearing-impaired. Recently, the Chicago Moms learned of two Chicago theaters with upcoming performances for those with sensory issues. Blue Man Group, known for its lights, sounds and activity, has worked with Autism […]

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LUZIA transports the audience on a fairy tale Mexican adventure

LUZIA transports the audience on a fairy tale Mexican adventure

August 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

From the moment Cirque Du Soleil starts the magical Mexican adventure called LUZIA, you can hear the gasps and sense the wonderment from the audience. Mixing traditional circus acts with unique modern interpretations, LUZIA is a gorgeous evening with something for every family member. This is a beautifully-layered show which takes the audience on a journey […]

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As You Like It is a wonderful summer event

As You Like It is a wonderful summer event

July 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

First Folio Theatre is known for its interesting and well-performed productions at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Every summer the company moves outside to perform under the stars. It is a glorious way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. This year, As You Like It, is the summer season show. Shakespeare’s fun rom-com […]

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Everything creates laughter in My Son The Waiter

Everything creates laughter in My Son The Waiter

July 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

If you are a mother, or have a mother, make plans to see My Son The Waiter:  A Jewish Tragedy. The one man comedy show, written and performed by Brad Zimmerman, has so many universal themes that you cannot help but laugh out loud from start to finish. No matter where you grew up, you’ll relate to […]

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Tempel Lipizzan White Stallions Open Summer Season Performances

Tempel Lipizzan White Stallions Open Summer Season Performances

July 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

There is something magical about driving to see the Tempel Lipizzan performance in Old Mill Creek. You take 294 to a road that takes you past Gurnee Mills Mall. It’s as crowded and suburban as possible. When you turn the corner to head towards Tempel Farms, you are immediately transported to a place that looks like the […]

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