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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!
Chicago Restaurant Week 2013
Fri Feb 1 thru Sun, Feb 10, Various locations, $22-44
It's that time again. Chicago's 250+ best restaurants are putting on discounted prix fixe menus for Chicago Restaurant Week during the week of Feb. 1-10 and reservations will sell out quickly.
Skate With The Greats
Fri, Feb 1, 7P, Soldier Field, $100
If the Bears couldn't be in the Super Bowl, let's have the Blackhawks on Soldier Field. Skate on the Soldier Field ice with Blackhawks legends, then meet current Blackhawks ambassadors at an exclusive autograph session! www.rmhccni.org/skatewiththegreats
Weiberfastnacht - Women's Karneval
Fri, Feb 1, 7:15P, Dankhaus 4740 N Western (Lincoln Square), $5
The ladies take over at this kickoff party for German Karneval season. Gents, don't wear a tie or they'll cut it off of you! The DANK Haus in Lincoln Square hosts Weiberfastnacht, Women's Mardi Gras. The event is the kickoff party for the German Karneval season and the women are in charge. Refreshments available, especially krapfen - the traditional sugar doughnut of the Karneval season. German food and cash bar available. You don't have to be German to enjoy this night of debauchery!
Sat, Feb 2, 2P, Murphy's Bleachers Wrigleyville, $10 donation to Lakeview Pantry
Opening Day will be here before we know it. Until then... www.murphysbleachers.com/index.html
FAMILY EVENTS ----------------------------------------------
Daddy Daughter Date Night
Fri, Feb 1, 6:30P-10P, Addison Community Rec Center 120 E. Oak Street, Addison
Twist the night away with your dad! You'll enjoy an evening which includes food and dancing with the DJ spinning your favorite tunes. Each family will receive a special gift and complementary photo to remember this special occasion. Dress your best for this fun-filled night out!
Family Valentines Dance
Fri, Feb 1, 7P-8:30P, Portage Park Fieldhouse 4100 N. Long Avenue (NW Side - Portage Pk.) $5
Come out and listen to grat music played by the Portage Park Jazz Band. Enjoy dance contests, refreshments, and fun for the whole family!
Pre-Valentine's Day Dance
Fri, Feb 1, 6P-10P, Jesse Owens Park 8800 S. Clyde Ave. (South Side - Calumet Heights) $7
A pre-Valentine's Day Party with a fun-filled night of dancing, games, pictures and more. Sponsored by Teen Connection. www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/pre-valentines-day-dance-/
Commercial Park Family Movie Night
Fri, Feb 1, 6P-9PCommercial Park 1845 W. Rice St. (Near NW - East Ukrainian Village) FREE!
Come join the fun at Commercial Parks Family Movie Night. Friday February 1st. 6pm-9pm. This is a free event for all ages. Hotel Transylvania is the feature.
Polar Bears, Penguins and Pancakes
Sat, Feb 2, 9:30-11A, Bock Neighborhood Center 1223 W. Sharon Lane, Schaumburg, Ages 3-8, $10-$15
Meet at the ‘Bock Pole!’ Children will enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast with plenty of toppings to create their own personal pancake. Participants will head outside to find polar bears and penguins that are hanging out at Bock this winter. Games and crafts will be available inside. Wear appropriate winter clothes.
Sat., Feb. 2, 4:30P-7:30P, Orland Park Cultural Center 14750 Park Lane, $18-$23. RSVP required
Bring your little Princess & Prince for a night to remember as the Orland Park Pk. Dist. re-creates the royal ball for those age 3 and older. The evening will include music, dancing and refreshments. Dress up for this special occasion. A photographer will be on site to take photos for a small fee.
Northbrook Park District Customer Appreciation Event
Sat, Feb 2, 4:30P-6:30P, Northbrook Sports Center 1730 Pfingsten Road, Northbrook, All Ages, FREE!
All ages can enjoy ice skating, noodle hockey and free food at a Customer Appreciation Event at the Northbrook Sports Center. The Northbrook Park District wants to thank its loyal customers and welcome new ones with the event, which includes free admission, free rental skates, on-ice games, and demonstrations by figure skaters and hockey players. Registration is not required.
Grand Geneva Winter Carnival
Sat, Feb 2, 10A-10P, Grand Geneva Resort 7063 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, All Ages, FREE!
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa continues its annual Winter Carnival. This all-day festival features a variety of events for the whole family at the campus’ Mountain Top ski hill. The Winter Carnival schedule begins with Grand Geneva’s snow sports team leading guests in ski and snowboard demonstrations and competitions.
Visitors will enjoy an array of outdoor activities including slalom races, a paintball gallery and toboggan competitions. Pint-sized guests will delight in snow-themed editions of popular games including human bowling, Bucky’s Buckets and a water balloon launch. The celebration concludes with the Grand Geneva’s ski team leading a torch-light parade followed by a grand fireworks display.
Daddy-Daughter Princess Gala
Sat, Feb 2, 7P-9P, Bloomingdale Golf Club 181 Glen Ellyn Rd, $49-$59
Spend an enchanted evening with your little loved one and make her princess dreams a reality at the Daddy Daughter Princess Gala. Couples have a memorable evening dancing to the music of the DJ and enjoying an elegant dinner of chicken, beef, pasta, salad, vegetables and dessert. Each couple receives a photo to take home. Reservations are required.
In the Park with Civic
Sat, Feb 2, 1P-2:30P, Homan Square Park 3559 W. Arthington St. (West Side - Homan Square) FREE!
FREE chamber concert by the Percussion Quartet 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.
THEATER & COMEDY ----------------------------------------------
Cupid Has a Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships
Saturday's thru 2015, 10:30P, Stage 773 - 1225 W. Belmont Ave., $20
An original musical sketch comedy show satirizes falling in love. The Cupid Players are Chicago’s all-musical sketch comedy group; their intelligent and satirical scenes are always accompanied by songs that are sure to puncture your aorta. www.stage773.com/Show?id=99
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
Super Bowl XLVII (47)
Sun, 5:30P, Baltimore Ravens VS San Francisco 49ers' in New Orleans
For the first time in Super Bowl history, two brothers will face off against each other as head coaches. The Baltimore Ravens' John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers' Jim Harbaugh set up the milestone coaching matchup with impressive runs through the playoffs, thus providing Super Bowl XLVII with one of the greatest pregame storylines in the championship's history: brother vs. brother with the Lombardi Trophy at stake.