Chicago puts on a fantastic display of lights anytime, but especially during the holiday season. Great views abound, but the best possible view is from high above the city. This year, Chicago Helicopter Experience offers a special Holiday Lights Tour to amaze and delight you with Chicago’s sparkling displays. Theresa Carter (founder of The Local …
Save this for a grumpy day: this video will have you smiling no matter what (unless you’re an unapologetic curmudgeon who hates cuteness and furry things).
The Chicago Sinfonietta, beloved to Chicago and internationally acclaimed, opened its 28th season Monday night at Symphony Hall. Continuing its eclectic programing, the performance featured flamenco and tap dancing paired with classical pieces. In keeping with their mission, these interactive shows draw a unique and expansive crowd, and entice an audience that might not normally …
The Chicago Air & Water Show is this weekend! Here’s a quick guide to help you get the most out of one of Chicago’s most popular events.
Hate stop and go traffic? Then stop entirely and listen to some beautiful music. For the sixteenth year Rush Hour Concerts helps you wind down instead of getting wound up with free Tuesday concerts at St. James Cathedral.
Heading to Ravinia Festival this summer? With so many great shows it’s good to be prepared for your Ravinia experience, particularly if you have never been there before. First, know that you will be outside. This of course means be prepared for the weather. Highland Park is often a bit cooler than other suburbs or even the city, …
The Navy Pier Free Trolley Service is currently unavailable. If you’re heading to Navy Pier here’s some good news – they’ve got a free trolley service! The trolley runs a free circuit from the pier to State Street and back. The free Navy Pier trolley heads west on Grand Ave to State Street. Then the trolley …
Mom, Dad, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve been on the stage of Lyric Opera. I was in the dressing rooms and the rehearsal space. I met the man who makes the wigs and I hefted a cleaver and gazed at a crown.
Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and each one has personality and history. It’s also a foodie’s paradise, and the restaurants and specialty shops reflect each neighborhood’s unique characteristics.
Expectation’s a funny thing.
Last week was Money Smart Week Chicago, a free week of seminars, tours, and workshops all designed around money. Being the geeks that we are, my mom and I were really excited for the Friday afternoon tour of the Federal Reserve. (It’s understandable; she’s a CPA/CIA and I’m an entrepreneur: two people intimately concerned with the topics of money and cash flow.)
We milled about with the other tour-goers until Jerry Nelson, a white-haired man in a gray suit, called us in to a small theater to watch a 12-minute video. He started with a Q&A session. Which lasted 48 minutes (give or take a minute or two).
Don’t get me wrong – it was fascinating, for a geek. Even though we were in a dark room and I’d gotten no more than 4 hours of sleep each night of the previous week I didn’t worry about nodding off. Of course, that may have had something to do with the Starburst candies my mom kept sneaking me, just like when we were in church and she’d pass me a Lifesaver to keep me quiet. (To this day every time I go to church I can taste the cherry and pineapple flavors.)
My parents love Ravinia. Especially my father. A few years ago my mom thought she was being transferred to San Antonio and my father’s biggest lament was that he’d miss Ravinia. It wasn’t that he’d be across the country from his children and grandchild.