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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!
Now thru Jan. 6, Chicago History Museum 1601 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park, Kids free; $14; $12 seniors
This exhibit explores the history of magic and incorporates live magic shows, an artifacts display and an interactive theater experience. The exhibit runs through January 6, 2013. Live magic shows to accompany the exhibit take place on weekends. www.chicagohs.org/planavisit/exhibitions/magic
Downton Abbey Kickoff Party & Tea
Sat, Jan 5, 4P, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Naperville,15-50
If you're a fan of Downton Abbey then you have to be at this event to celebrate the premiere of season three on Sun @ 8P on WTTW 11. Enjoy tea, Downton-inspired activities and a thrilling round of trivia with fellow fans.
ONGOING HOLIDAY EVENTS ----------------------------------------------
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
***LAST WEEKEND*** Now thru Sun, Jan 6, Navy Pier 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, (312) 595-7437
Celebrate the holidays in a 170,000 square foot winter playground indoors! Enjoy ice- skating, rides, holiday attractions, rides, music, entertainment and more all from one of the city's best spots! FREE Admission but you need wristband for rides & attractions. www.winterwonderfest.com
Christmas Around the World & Holidays of Light
***LAST WEEKEND*** Now thru Sun, Jan 6, Museum of Science & Industry
The Museum halls will be decked, holiday singers and dancers will fuel the festivities, and the sparkle of dozens of decorated trees will greet you at the annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/christmas-around-the-world/
Lincoln Park Zoo ~ ZooLights
***LAST WEEKEND*** Now thru Jan 6, from 5–9P
Join LPZ for the brilliance of this annual fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebration, featuring luminous displays and holiday-season activities throughout zoo grounds. We’ll flip the on switch for the free holiday fun on Fri, Nov 23. Afterward, ZooLights will shine each Friday–Sunday until December 26, at which point the lights will stay on nightly until January 6. (Santa heads back to the North Pole after December 23, however.) www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoolights
CONCERTS, THEATER & COMEDY ----------------------------------------------
Shatner’s World Fri 1/4 8P Paramount Theatre, Aurora
Marc Cohn Wed&Thurs 1/9&10 8P City Winery
10,000 Maniacs Fri 1/18 8P City Winery
Sat & Sun, Jan 4-5, 8P &10:30P, UP Comedy Club, Piper's Alley, $30
Join the TV personality & stand-up favorite Carlos Mencia to ring in the New Year!
12th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival
Thurs- Sun, Jan 3-13, Stage 773 - 1225 W. Belmont Ave (Lakeview), $14-15 ($150 pass for all shows)
Start the New Year off on a hilarious note by snagging tickets to the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, which is the largest sketch festival in the world. Showcasing more than 800 artists performing more than 170 shows on 4 different stages, the world's largest sketch comedy festival will celebrate its 12th hilarious year in Chicago! taking place over 8 days, so you'll have to pick and choose which ones to see. www.chicagosketchfest.com
The Second City Guide to the Opera
Sat, Jan 5, 8P, Lyric Opera of Chicago, $40
Co-hosted by Renee Fleming & Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard & Prof. X), this funny & fabulous evening will entertain opera fans AND those who love to laugh! www.lyricopera.org/tickets/production.aspx?pid=11014
Sandra Bernhard: I Love Being Me, Don't You?
Fri & Sat, Jan 4-5, 8P, City Winery 1200 W Randolph St Chicago, $45-65