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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!
Mon, Jan 7 thru 22, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Drive, $7-$9; $6 for kids ages 3-12
Learn about spiders, butterflies, beetles and other bugs at this interactive exhibition, featuring live insects and larger-than-life robotic creatures. Museum is open until 5P daily.
Nature Story Time
Thu, Jan 17, 10:30A - 11:30A, Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum - 738 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest, $1
Enjoy nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities. For children ages 3-5 with an adult. $1 per child.
Acupuncture to Quit Smoking
Tues, Jan 15, 6:30P, Ravenswood Chiropractic & Wellness Center- 5215 N. Ravenswood Ave, FREE
Finally kick the habit for good and learn about the benefits of acupuncture for quitting assistance. Presented by Chinese Medicine Expert and Licensed Chicago Acupuncturist, Tracie Hinton-Chavez LAc.
Sun., Jan. 20, 2P, Oakbrook Terrace Park District Fitness Center - 1 Parkview Plaza, $15-$20 | 630-574-0420
Ball gowns and tiaras are encouraged at this party for girls ages 3-12 which features desserts, glamour crafts, pamper services and dancing in a ballroom setting. http://obtpd.org/content/catalog/events.pdf
Frosty Fest at Viking Park
Fri, Jan 18, 5:30P-8:30P, Viking Park - 4374 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee
Mark your Calendars! Don’t miss this unforgettable evening of Winter Time Family Fun!!! Join us at Viking Park and take part in all the fun activities including: Dog Sled Demos, Visits with Frosty the Snowman, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Ice Sculpting, Snowman Building Contest (if there is snow?!?), Music and Children's Crafts, Fun Winter Activities, Marshmallow Roasting & Cocoa and snacks provided while quantities last! Bundle up and make some great family memories! Activities subject to change based on weather conditions.
NBC's "America's Got Talent" Season 8 Auditions
Sat & Sun, Jan 26 & 27, McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Performers of all ages are invited to audition for season eight of "America's Got Talent." Season eight of "America's Got Talent" will air this summer.To preregister for an audition slot and for more information, go to www.agtauditions.com.
CONCERTS, THEATER & COMEDY ----------------------------------------------
José Feliciano Wed&Thurs 1/23&24 8P City Winery
Sixpence None The Richer Sun 1/27 7P SPACE Evanston
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Fri 2/08 8P North Shore Ctr for Perf Arts
FAMILY THEATER & CONCERTS
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!
Sat & Sun, Jan 19 & 20, 2P & 5P, Akoo Theatre at Rosemont - 5400 N. River Rd., $25-$75
Is your family ready to GET THE SILLIES OUT? Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! is going back on the road in 2013 with a new show, "Get the Sillies Out!" featuring the one and only DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex, and of course, hip hop legend Biz Markie. Winner of Billboard’s Creative Content Award, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! has performed in front of countless fans across the U.S. and Canada over the past three years, and the new show "Get the Sillies Out!" is sure to be one you won't want to miss. They have taken the fan favorites from the past two tours and combined them with some all-new music and other surprises that we can't tell you about… yet! http://www.rosemonttheatre.com/yo_gabba_gabba.php
Mon Jan 14 7P vs Atlanta Hawks
Sat Jan 19 7P vs Memphis Grizzlies
Tues Jan 22 7:30P vs Blues
WOLVES (Allstate Arena, Rosemont)
Wed, Jan 16 7P VS Texas Stars
Thur, Jan 18 7.30P VS Texas Stars
Sat, Jan 19 7P VS Houston Aeros
28th Annual Chicago Cubs Convention
Fri-Sun, Jan 18-20 @ Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers - 301 East North Water Street (new location formerly @ Hilton Chicago)
Whether this is your first Convention or your twenty-eighth, you won’t want to miss the chance to check out the new atmosphere at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers as Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Jeff Samardzija and Darwin Barney are joined by more than 50 former, current and minor league Cubs. Cubs Convention will take place Fri, Jan 18, 1-9P; Sat, Jan 19, 9A to midnight; and Sun, Jan. 20, 9A-1P www.chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/community/convention.jsp
Fri-Sun, Jan 25-27 @ Palmer House Hilton
White Sox fans eager to put the quasi-collapse of 2012 behind them and look forward to Year 2 of the Robin Ventura era can gather together at SoxFest 2013. There will be a ton of current players and coaches on hand for the event, including (deep breath), Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, John Danks, Tyler Flowers, Gavin Floyd, Alexei Ramirez, Addison Reed, Chris Sale, Matt Thornton, Dayan Viciedo, Robin Ventura, Harold Baines, Daryl Boston and Bobby Thigpen. If that's not enough, members from two of fans' favorite Sox teams, the 2005 championship squad and the "Winning Ugly" team of 1983, will be on hand. Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye, Frank Thomas, Tony La Russa, Ron Kittle and Greg Luzinski all plan to attend to commemorate their seasons. The event's times are Fri, Jan 25, 4-9P; Sat, Jan 26, 9A-4; Sun, Jan 27, 9A-3P. www.whitesox.com/SoxFest
FREE MUSEUM DAYS ----------------------------------------------
Adler Planetarium / 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago (312) 922-STAR (7827)
Art Institute of Chicago / 159 E. Monroe Chicago (312) 443-3600
Free for all Illinois residents 1st & 2nd Wed of the month Jan. 2-Feb. 8, 2013. Children 13 and under free.
Chicago Children's Museum / 700 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier Chicago (312) 527-1000
Always free: 5-8P every Thursday and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under.
Field Museum / 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago (312) 922-9410
John G. Shedd Aquarium / 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago (312) 939-2438
Jan 14 & 15
Museum of Science and Industry / 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago (773) 684-1414