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Posts from March 2014

A Preview To Your 2014 Cubs

Monday, March 31, 2014 12:00 AM by Tab Bamford

Starlin Castro - Chicago Cubs

Chicago's beloved baseball season at long last kicks off today! And the 2014 season could be a historic one for the Chicago Cubs. This is the 100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field, and the organization has a summer-long party planned in the stadium’s honor. From giveaways remembering historic people and events in its history to concerts and food specials, 2014 will be a year to remember on the north side of town.

Easter Eggs

Spending Easter in Chicago this year? Grab your baskets, grab the kids, and get ready to search high and low for eggs, run onto Soldier Field, enjoy a delightful Easter brunch cruise or simply take advantage of a fun photo opp with the Easter Bunny. Here are three ways to celebrate Easter in Chicago with kids.

Chicago Improv Festival Show Recommendations

Friday, March 28, 2014 12:00 AM by Kiley Peters

Chicago Improv Festival

Monday kicks off the 17th Annual Chicago Improv Festival (CIF), one of, if not the largest, improv festival in the world. This year CIF will host 204 ensembles in 95 individual shows from nine countries and 21 venues throughout Chicago. I know it's overwhelming trying to decide which of the 95 shows to attend, and to each their own, but here are my recommendations for this year's Chicago Improv Festival.

Robie House After Hours

Chicago is famous for many things, especially its architecture. The Chicago area was home to architecture icons such as Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe and Daniel Burnham, but perhaps none has remained quite as iconic as Frank Lloyd Wright. Every Friday night during the month of April starting next week, Chicago will be treated to a night on the town courtesy of the brilliant architect.


Wabash, one of the most recognizable streets in Chicago, has the opportunity to be completely transformed by you. Yes, you! The iconic street that's mostly known for being directly under the "El" was once a popular destination for commerce and activity. Chicago Loop Alliance, with the help of Civic Artworks, has begun their unique process of opening up ideas on how to transform Wabash into a Chicago hotspot once again, and you can be a part of it.

Dan Bakkedahl Trainwreck 

Dan Bakkedahl has made his mark on Chicago's comedy scene. Coming up in the late 90s and early 2000s, Dan spent a lot of time at iO and Second City. Since his departure, you may have seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Community, Veep, Legit or in The Heat  with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Dan will be joined by Chicago comedy legend, Ed Furman, on The Second City's e.t.c. stage Tuesday, April 1st for the second night of The Chicago Improv Festival. Dan was kind enough to speak with me and here's what he has to say about the show and his time performing in Chicago.

Made in Chicago: Mavis Staples

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staple is a Chicago great, and an integral name in the make up of Chicago's musical landscape. And in just a few weeks, Mavis is back here in her hometown with a performance you won't want to miss. But first, let's take a look back at Mavis Staples' incredible career.


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