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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
Now 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.
Free Pancake Day at Ihop
Tue., Feb. 5, International House of Pancakes/IHOP
Celebrate National Pancake Day with a complimentary short stack of buttermilk pancakes at all Chicagoland Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $10 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. On February 5, 2013, guests from around the country will once again celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities. www.ihoppancakeday.com
Free Donuts in Chicago’s French Market
Wed, Feb 6, 7:30A-10:30A, 131 N Clinton St (West Loop Gate) Chicago
Make sure you get out of the cold in Chicago and indulge in some awesome FREE mini-donuts. Beavers Coffee and Donuts food truck has opened a kiosk in the French Market, and they’ll be giving away free four-donut samplers.
Ice Sculpture Festival: “Love Is In the Air”
Fri-Sun, Feb 8-10, Main and Curtiss Street Downtown Downers Grove, FREE!
Enjoy the unique ice sculptures that will line the streets of downtown Downers Grove. Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping & dining! Enjoy unique ice sculptures that will line the streets as well as the array of events all weekend. Live carving demonstrations on Fri. at 6:30P & Sat. & Sun. from 11A-3P. There is a Ronald McDonald Magic Show, Pancake Breakfast, & a special movie of Ice Age: Continental Drift at Tivoli Theatre (admission is $4.00 and proceeds will benefit Noah’s Hope).
Ladies Night at the Golf Dome
Wed, Feb 6, 7P-9P, Links & Tees Golf Dome at 880 W Lake St, Addison, $25
Ladies, gather your summer time golfing friends and league members and network with other female golfers in our comfortable and clean golf dome! Enjoy an evening of pampering, instruction and indulgence. Your $25.00 per time fee includes: 2 hours of unlimited ball hitting, use of the short game area, PGA/LPGA or USGTF certified golf instruction, light appetizers and refreshments (soda, water or wine). Attend one event or all of them! Due to the popularity of these clinics, RSVP is requested. Early registration is encouraged.
2013 Chicago Auto Show
Sat-Mon, Feb 9-18, McCormick Place, $6-$12
As the nation’s largest, the Chicago Auto Show spans more than one million square feet of contiguous one-floor space, displays multiple world and North American introductions and showcases a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars. In all, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display including hundreds of interactive, aftermarket, accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars.
~ Tuesday, February 12 is Women’s Day. Women are admitted for $6. Manufacturers will present special women-oriented programs on the purchase and lease of cars and maintenance.
~ Chicago Auto Show Food Drive Discount. Show goers who donate three cans of food receive coupons for $6 off a full adult admission on Wed, Feb 13 thru Fri, Feb 15. All food collected will benefit the Safe Haven Foundation that helps Chicagoans experiencing homelessness. www.ChicagoAutoShow.com
Free Valentines Day Dentistry
Thurs, Feb 14, 9A-6P, Big Smile Dental 2833 North Milwaukee Avenue, (Logan Square/Avondale) Chicago
Every Valentine’s Day, Dr. Theodore Siegel of Big Smile Dental opens his doors to the less fortunate people in our neighborhood. They have been able to treat more than 2,000 people and provide over 1.25 MILLION dollars in free dentistry. This Valentine’s Day, Big Smile Dental is giving away Free Dentistry again. Big Smile Dental will be open on Valentine’s Day from 9A-6P Patients must be at least 12 years of age to be seen, and accompanied by a parent or guardian if under the age of 18. No appointments will be made, patients will be given a time for their treatment on a first come, first served basis on valentines morning and as much treatment will be accomplished as time allows. FREE treatment will include cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, diagnostics, and pain control. “I started this charity to help change the lives of those people that didn’t have enough money to take care of the things that you and I take for granted. But a funny thing happened along the way. It was my life that changed the most. And I feel truly blessed to be able to help others in need. I want to say thank you to the people that have supported me by giving a token of my sincere appreciation back to my community.” “No one will be refused FREE treatment in my office on Valentine’s Day,” states Dr. Siegel, “but it is my hope that the truly needy in the community who fear dental bills more than they fear dental treatment, will be first in line to take advantage of this opportunity.” So, mark the day on your calendar and be sure to tell your friends and family members who might benefit from this event!
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Winter Bonfire Series
Tues, Feb 5, 5:30P, Northerly Island, FREE
Roast marshmallows over a fire and enjoy some family-friendly winter activities with Nature Oasis!
Daddy-Daughter Date Night at
Thurs, Feb 7, 6:45P-7:45P, Ashton Place at 341 75th St, Willowbrook, $20-26
Join us for our 14th annual date night. We’ll provide refreshments, music and flowers. Casual attire. Space is limited. www.darienparkdistrict.com/event586.aspx
Daddy/Daughter Date Night
Thurs, Feb 7, 6P-8P, Skokie School Cafeteria/Gym, 520 Glendale Avenue, Winnetka, $60-70
Every girl deserves to be a princess, so treat one of the most special ladies in your life to an enchanted evening filled with dinner, dancing, entertainment, special activities, and an ice cream bar. Along with a framed photograph to help commemorate this magical evening, all little ladies will leave with a goody bag. Father’s are greatly encouraged to wear their best and put on their dancing shoes for a night to remember. Space is limited, so please register early. Registration deadline is February 4.
Daddy-Daughter / Mommy-Son Valentine's Day Dance
Fri, Feb, 8, 6:30P-8:30P, Mayfair Park 4550 W. Sunnyside Ave. (Mayfair neighborhood on NW side) $5 per Take a spin around the dance floor and have tons of fun! Make your Valentine's Day celebration a memorable one at Mayfair Park's 7th annual daddy-daughter / mommy-son dance. Take a spin around the dance floor, and have tons of fun. Stop by the park today to buy your tickets. The Mayfair Park Advisory Council will be selling refreshments as well as providing a Valentine photo opportunity for a modest fee.
Fri, Feb, 8, 6P-9P, White Pines Banquet Hall at 500 W Jefferson, Bensenville, $20-25
Twist the night away with that special someone! Dads and daughters, Moms and sons, everyone's invited to have some FUN! You'll enjoy an evening which includes a delicious dinner and dancing with a live DJ and prizes. Each child will receive a special gift and all parent/ child couples will receive a photo to remember the special occasion. www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org/pages/events/bpd_events.html
Thurs, Feb 7, 3P-5P, Community Park at 120 E. Oak Street, Addison, FREE!
Have a blast sledding down the snow hill in Community Park! Bring your own sled and a few friends for a few hours of fun! This event is weather dependent and will be cancelled if there is not enough snow.
Pat Benatar w/ Neil Giraldo Thurs 2/7 8P Arcada Theater, St Charles
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Fri 2/8 8P North Shore Ctr for Perf Arts
Matchbox Twenty/Phillip Phillips Sat 2/9 6:30P Riverside Theater, Milwaukee