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Jeff Corder or "Quarter" (nicknamed because of his sound-alike last name) is a Chicagoland food, improv, and live music fan who's always out wherever there's great pizza, plenty of laughs, and a good (or bad) band playing. Corder "grew-up" (…questionable) 28 Metra stops from Michigan & Randolph in the Southside paradise known as Blue Island. He graduated Dwight D. Eisenhower HS as "Most Likely To Be Unlikely" and attended Illinois State University…before they asked him to "please leave." When not on the air, Jeff can be found volunteering for local charities, playing with his Mom's parrots, or learning the art of power-napping.
When I was a little girl in Little Rock, Arkansas I used to stay up late with my favorite Christmas present - a transistor radio. I would tune in WLS AM, broadcasting from the exciting big city of Chicago, and when I heard Yvonne Daniels on the air I thought “YES! THAT’S what I want to do”. Dreams do come true because years later I ended up hosting the same show on WNUA that Yvonne Daniels hosted at one time. After college and some time touring with a band, playing keyboards and singing, I landed my first radio job in Little Rock. I then moved on to stations in Detroit and Chicago before doing mornings on WNUA. First solo then partnering with Jazz Great Ramsey Lewis. I joined Lite FM three years ago.
I live in the Northwest Suburbs with my hubby (the most patient man in the world) and my two sons. They’re used to Mom’s early morning hours and indulge my cooking obsession. They’ll try anything…once! Partially by necessity, I love to run. I’m not too speedy but better at endurance. This year will be my third Chicago Marathon. I do yoga to de-stress and tennis just to make my friends feel good about winning. I live for Family, Friends, Food and Music (maybe in that order). I love live music especially outside in the summer - From the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to Ravinia to catching my friends’ bands playing in the local clubs. Looking at my Facebook page it seems like all I do is post about live shows and restaurants!
I really do feel like I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what I love – helping people wake up and get going in the best city in the world. Yes Karen… Life is Good!
photo credit: flickr
photo credit: flickr
An Old-Fashioned Chicago Christmas
Chicago is known for being a small town in a big shell, and that is true when it comes Christmas activities. Here in the city, you will find sledding, caroling, ice skating, and many other holiday traditions. Here are Chicago's most loved old-timey holiday activities:
It seems nearly impossible to find a patch of grass in the middle of skyscrapers and condos, but in the midst of it all is a spacious park with a fantastic sledding hill. Warren Park is slightly farther north in the neighborhood of West Rogers Park, and it is fantastic for sledding. The hill is fairly steep and easily accessed by a staircase off to the side. If you have young children, you can opt for smaller hills in the park that typically don't have anyone sledding down. Warren Park is located at 6601 N. Western Ave. in Chicago.
There is also the sledding hill located southeast of Soldier Field that the Chicago Park District covers with fake snow when the weather is dry. Find the sledding hill at 425 E. McFetridge Drive, Chicago, but beware of the crowds. (***Blue Island's Memorial Park Toboggan slide & sledding 128th & Highland)
Besides joining a church crew, it's tough to find Christmas caroling these days. Sure, there's the occasional choir at the mall, but not the old-fashioned kind that sings door to door. Caroling at Cloud Gate (The Bean) may not be door to door, but it is an open invitation to all to sing carols with a different music group each weekend. The caroling takes place every Friday until December 21 at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park (Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe streets, Chicago). Caroling begins at 6 p.m. and lasts almost an hour.
Old-fashioned ice skating doesn't involve indoor arenas. The true holiday ice skating is done outdoors. Most Chicagoans know about the overcrowded rinks like Wrigley Field and Millennium Park, but the real gems are the outside ice skating rinks at the Chicago Park District parks. They are a lot easier to navigate with your loved ones without bumping into everyone else who lives in Chicago. The rinks are also free, with reasonable rental prices for skates at $6. And if you find yourself sledding at Warren Park, you can walk a few feet and ice skate when you're done. Call the Park District at 312-742-PLAY for more information on the rinks.
If you want to prove to your kids that Santa does ride in a sleigh, just take them to Forest View Farms in Tinley Park, Illinois. It you are looking for old-fashioned, a horse-drawn sleigh ride should suit you. You can even choose to be in the driver's seat with a crash course on sleigh driving. Rides start at $50 for two people, and group rates are available. Call 708-560-0306 for more information.