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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!
Handmade Holiday Gifts by After School Matters Teens
Thurs, Dec 13, 5:30-7P, After School Matters Retail Store, 66 East Randolph Street
Support Chicago artistic teens by shopping at the After School Matters Retail Store this holiday season. Hand-crafted glass ornaments, vases, jewelry and mosaic flower pots are a few of the one-of-a-kind pieces that can be found at the store. These pieces, created by teens participating in After School Matters apprenticeship programs, are on sale now at special holiday prices. Located on the first floor of the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts building between Michigan Ave. and Wabash Attendees can enjoy complimentary beverages and appetizers while they shop, 15 percent off their purchases and festive music provided by teen performers. To register for the event call (312) 744-1375, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthritis Foundation, Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Sat, Dec 15, 9A, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Be there with bells on! Get in the spirit this holiday season at the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Be one of thousands of runners and walkers who hit the nations pavements, pathways and parks this winter to fight arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jungle bells to your shoelaces. Run a 10k or run/walk a 5k route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Registration is available online until December 14 at noon. www.arthritis.org
DIVAS-INC. Toys For Tots Rally (Developing Intellectual Visions And Self)
646 N. Parkside Ave. Chicago, IL 60644
Sat, Dec 15, 10A-2P, 646 N. Parkside Ave, Chicago
Please bring a new unwrapped toy (any age group) and help DIVAS-INC., spread joy and happiness to children this Christmas!
Bottomless Closet charity closes after 21 years of helping women
After 21 years of helping Chicago-area women, The Bottomless Closet (435 N. LaSalle, River North) has gone out of business. The Bottomless Closet has served more than 24,000 disadvantaged women providing them with professional attire and career development tools to help thrive in the workforce. The not-for -profit's ceo says the economy forced them to close down.
Starting Thursday all clients of Bottomless Closet will have continued access to the same programs through Dress for Success Worldwide in Chicago (3 blocks East & 1 block N). The two organizations reached an agreement to provide a seamless transition for the disadvantaged women it served. Starting on January 1, Dress for Success will be accepting all of the donations at a warehouse located in the former Bottomless Closet store.