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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!
Snow Days Chicago 2013 at Navy Pier
Fri-Sun, Jan 25-27, 2013, Navy Pier’s Gateway Park, FREE!
Enjoy a snow day at Navy Pier! 15 Teams of artists from around the world gather to create sculptures out of 10-foot blocks of man-made snow. The teams will compete for cash prizes and the People’s Choice Award including 12 teams of Chicago Public Schools high school students! Voting for the People’s Choice takes place on Saturday from 11A- 4P. In the evenings, the snow sculptures will be illuminated by a festive light display. Other attractions include an all-new interactive snowboarding experience, snow painting and other activities for kids, live entertainment on the Family Pavilion Stage and much more! www.navypier.com/snowdays/index.html
Strictly Sail Chicago
Thurs-Sun, Jan 24-27, 11A, Festival Hall A&B at Navy Pier, $12-15
Details: Attend this one-stop-shop for everything sailing! The weekend is full of activities & deals including gear, gadgets, fun for kids, champagne toasts, free seminars, meet-and-greets with sailing celebs, and so much more! Also enter to win a new 2012 Topaz Taz sailboat! www.strictlysailchicago.com
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 agtauditions.com.
Annual Spring Flower Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory
Sat, Jan 26 - May 12, 9A-5P, Lincoln Park Conservatory 2391 N. Stockton Drive, FREE!
The free annual Spring Flower Shows offer visitors a chance to experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to meet the direct descendants of the great Azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. In addition, this year’s flower shows will feature a changing selection of spring blooming plants including Azaleas, spring flowering annuals and spring flowering perennials.
2013 Travel and Adventure Show
Sat&Sun, Jan 26-27, Donald E. Stephens Con Ctr 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont, $9-$15; Kids16 & under free
Travel junkies can enjoy presentations and activities about scuba diving, Alaskan sled dogs, international food, dance and more. The Bachelor's Chris Harrison and authors Rick Steves and Patricia Schultz all speak.
Promo Code for Free Admission to Chicago’s Travel and Adventure Show
Use PROMO CODE – EXH2013 for FREE admission via the link below...
Note: there is a $0.75 service charge per ticket. Children, 16 and younger, are free with a paid adult.
In the Park with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Sat, Jan 26, 11A - 12:30P, Kosciuszko Park 2732 N. Avers Ave (Logan Square)
Sun, Jan 27, 3P-4:30P, Washington Park Refectory 5531 S. Russell Drive (Washington Park)
A weekend series of FREE chamber concerts by ensembles from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Join the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for this series of FREE chamber concerts by the Woodwind Quintet from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Families with children ages 5 and up are encouraged to attend. These concerts are open to the public, and tickets are not required. All concerts are indoors unless otherwise noted.
Meet Mr. McFeely at DuPage Children's Museum!
Sun, Jan 27, 1P-3P, DuPage Children's Museum 301 N Washington St, Naperville
Mr. McFeely, the Speedy Delivery man from the popular children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, will kick off a winter sweater drive benefitting local charitable organizations. The event also marks the culmination of How People Make Things, a traveling exhibit inspired by the factory tour segments from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. A special members-only presentation will be held from 11A-12P at Washington Jr. High School, right next to the Museum! www.dupagechildrens.org/mr-mcfeely-visit/
ONGOING SEASONAL EVENTS ----------------------------------------------
Millennium Park Ice Rink
Now thru mid-march 2013, Millennium Park, FREE
It's time to lace up and get out on the ice! Skate in the heart of downtown; skate rental available for $10. www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/dca_tourism/mccormick_tribune0.html
Rink at Wrigley
Depending on weather, Adults $5, Kids $3, Skate Rental $5
For the fourth consecutive year, an ice skating rink will welcome skaters to the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field this winter, thanks to the generosity of the Ricketts family and Chicago Cubs Charities.
CONCERTS, THEATER & COMEDY ----------------------------------------------
Sixpence None The Richer Su 1/27 7P SPACE Evanston $22-36
Ellie Goulding T 1/29 7P Aragon Ballroom $30
Yuks for Youth and Second City
Sat., Jan. 26, 7P, Wentz Concert Hall, North Central College 171 E. Chicago Ave, $50-$60
The Second City Touring Company performs "Laughing Matters" to benefit the Naperville Education Foundation and guests can enjoy a raffle, cash bar and appetizers.The performance will include the talents of District 203 high school students. www.nef203.org/events_yuks.html
Who Do We Think We Are?
Now thru Oct. 3, 8P, The Second City - 1616 N. Wells St., $23-$28
The Second City's 100th revue kicks off another election cycle by diving into the country's increasingly personality driven political system, and celebrating the absurd and banal beauty that has come to define U.S. politics and the nation at large. Written and performed by Tim Baltz, Edgar Blackmon, Holly Laurent, Katie Rich, Mary Sohn and Steve Waltien; Matt Hovde ("Sky's the Limit (Weather Permitting)") directs. www.secondcity.com/performances/chicago/nowplaying
Whirled News Tonight
Now thru Sep. 27, 8P, iO - 3541 N. Clark St., $15
Whirled News Tonight presents “Newspeak” is an improvised show that is currently running at Chicago’s famed iO Theater on Fridays and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM. “Newspeak” is the first production for the Whirled News Tonight team and strives to not only provide a satirical turn on current events, but to provide another, human, point of view of those stories. When the audience arrives they will be brought to a table with several local and national publications where they can cut out any articles they are interested in and tack them onto several bulletin boards onstage. The cast will randomly choose articles on which to base their improvisation. www.ioimprov.com/chicago/io/shows/whirled-news-tonight
FAMILY THEATER & CONCERTS
The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost
Sat & Suns thru Feb. 17, 11A & 1P, Lifeline Theatre - 6912 N. Glenwood Ave (Rogers Park), $15
A burglar is at large in Boogle Bay and the prime suspect is none other than the ghost of the infamous pirate Blackeye Doodle. A heartwarming adventure for children of all ages, with music, swashbuckling, and spooky fun! Based on the 1985 book by Geoffrey Hayes (Bear by Himself, A Poor Excuse for a Dragon). hwww.theatreinchicago.com/the-mystery-of-the-pirate-ghost/5519/
The Cat in the Hat
Sat., Jan. 26 thru May. 19, Apollo Theater 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. (Lincoln Park), $10-$16
This Dr. Seuss adaptation follows two children stuck indoors during a rainy afternoon as they are introduced to the mysterious Cat in the Hat. He brings trouble in all forms as the children have to help fix all his mischief before they have to explain the mess to their mother.
Saturdays thru Feb 23, 10:30A & 1P, Northbrook Theatre - 3323 Walters Ave., $8-$10
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences performs the classic fairy tale with songs, dancing and puppetry-a feast for the eyes and ears. The beautiful Princess flees the Evil Queen and stumbles across a house of Dwarfs, who befriend and protect her. Will the Evil Queen find her? Will Snow White find true love? The actors and puppets capture the whimsy and magic of the fairytale. Be prepared for a delightful show, filled with laughter and a lesson about the inner qualities of kindness, generosity and humility.
Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan
Jan 30 - Feb 10, Cadillac Palace Theatre (next door to the Hotel Allegro) $18-85
Tony® Award nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production of PETER PAN!www.broadwayinchicago.com
The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs
Now thru Feb 9, 7:30P, North Berwyn Park District's 16th Street Theater - 6420 16th Street, Berwyn, $18
Details: Mike Daisey takes the audience on a journey through the famed former Apple CEO's life & work, and shines a light on how technology-obsessed our culture is. www.16thstreettheater.org
I Love Lucy® Live On Stage
Now thru Mar 3, Broadway Playhouse @ Water Tower Place (formerly Drury Lane Theatre), $35-85
I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE, the brand new hit musical stage show adapted from the longest-running and most beloved television program in history, starring Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel: America's favorite foursome, is coming to Chicago for the very first time! Imagine stepping back in time and into the Desilu Playhouse soundstage! It's 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh so familiar "I Love Lucy" episodes. The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show's newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say 'Brylcreem'?! www.broadwayinchicago.com
The Book of Mormon
Now thru Sept , Bank of America Theatre (formerly the Shubert Theatre), $45-115
Try to snag tickets to one of the best new musicals in years! Written by the creators of South Park, you'll laugh a lot at this Tony Award-winning play. Nine 2011 Tony Awards® say it's the Best Musical of the Year. Vogue says, "It's the best musical of the last 25 years." And The New York Times says, "It's the best musical of this century." It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the Broadway phenomenon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. www.broadwayinchicago.com
Fri 25 7P vs Golden State Warriors
Sat 26 6P @ Washington Wizards
SAT JAN 26, 2013 BLACKHAWKS @ BLUE JACKETS 6P
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 ----------------------------------------------
*** Free days subject to change. Check individual websites before planning your trip! ***
Museum of Science and Industry / 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago (773) 684-1414
Jan 21-25, 28-31
PAY IT FWD ----------------------------------------------
16th Annual Aon Step Up for Kids
Sun., Jan. 27, 8A, Aon Center 200 E. Randolph St., $45; free for kids age 12 and under
Climb 80 floors to the top of one of Chicago's tallest buildings to raise money for children and families at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
12th Annual d'Vine Affair
Sun., Jan. 27, 2P, The Union League Club of Chicago 65 W Jackson Blvd., $125
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago hold this annual wine tasting fundraiser, where guests can taste over 250 different wines, as well as participate in wine seminars and a silent auction. Proceeds supports its Catholic Charities Self-Sufficiency Programs in Cook and Lake Counties.
Purple Affair for the Bear
Sat., Jan. 26, 8P, River East Art Center 435 E. Illinois St., $70-$105
Network with young professionals while raising money for children with cancer. Guests are encouraged to wear purple to the event, which includes drinks, appetizers, live entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the event's host, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization that supports those affected by pediatric cancer. www.litefm.com/pages/community.html?feed=141312&article=10586205
The Two Town Pizza Showdown
Sat., Jan. 26, 6P, Lincoln-Way North High School 19900 S. Harlem Ave, Frankfort, $10; $5 for kids under 10
Guests vote for their favorite pizza from a variety of restaurants in Frankfort and Tinley Park to raise money for The Cancer Support Center providing FREE local programs of help, hope and healing to individuals and families affected by a cancer diagnosis. www.facebook.com/events/127808670714310/
Rosary High School Fashion Show & Dress Sale
Sun, Jan 27, 2P, Rosary High School McEnroe Auditorium 901 Edgelawn Dr., Aurora, $5-7
Rosary High School in Aurora is sponsoring a Fashion Show and Dress Sale. Find the perfect dress for your special event at a fraction of the price! The focus of the sale is gently used formal and semi-formal attire for teens and moms (some little girl dresses) at great prices. All proceeds benefit Rosary High School's National Honor Society scholarships. www.litefm.com/pages/community.html#ixzz2IeTND64q
3rd Annual Frozen Zucchini 5K Snowshoe Adventure
Sun., Jan. 27, 10A, Citizens Park 511 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, $30-$50
The third annual benefit for Smart Farm includes coffee, hot chocolate and gift bags. This is an opportunity to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland while supporting your local charity, Smart Farm. Smart Farm's mission is to cultivate a healthy community by providing educational opportunities focused on sustainable gardening techniques, promoting the benefits of sustainable gardening and donating fresh produce to support our neighbors in need. www.active.com/running/barrington-il/frozen-zucchini-5k-snowshoe-adventure-2013
5th Annual Deborah's Place Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser
Sat., Jan. 26, 2P, Deborah's Place 2822 W Jackson Blvd, $25 suggested donation
Enter your chili for a chance at prizes in five categories, or sample the competing dishes at the fifth annual event, which also includes live music, family-friendly games and entertainment and tours of the Rebecca Johnson Apartments. There will be live music, a bean counting contest, games and entertainment for kids. Please feel free to BYO alcoholic beverages. We’ll provide corn bread, kid’s snacks, and non-alcohol drinks.. Proceeds benefit Deborah's Place, Chicago’s largest provider of supportive housing exclusively for women and is recognized as an innovative leader among homeless service providers locally and nationally.
DuPage Children’s Museum - Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Sun, Jan 27 thru Thurs, Feb, 28, DuPage Children's Museum 301 N Washington St, Naperville
DuPage Children’s Museum will sponsor a sweater and clothing drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. To help launch the community service project, Mr. McFeely, the Speedy Delivery man from the popular children’s television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, will make a special appearance at DuPage Children’s Museum on Sunday, January 27, 2013. During the sweater drive, members of the community are asked to donate new or gently worn sweaters, as well as other clothing items. Receptacles to collect the sweaters will be stationed at DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville. Local charitable organizations DuPage PADS and Hesed House will be the beneficiaries of all clothing donations. www.dupagechildrens.org/mister-rogers-neighborhood-sweater-drive/
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