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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!
2013 Chicago Auto Show
Now thru Mon, Feb 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
Chinese New Year
Mon., Feb. 11, 12, Daily Plaza 50 W. Washington St.
Celebrate the Year of the Snake at Daley Plaza, where the Chinese Fine Arts Society puts together a lunchtime spectacle of dance, music, martial arts and performances from Chicago-based Chinese folk artists in honor of the new lunar calendar cycle. Chinese New Year begins with a bang with a FREE lunchtime performance at Daley Plaza! Come see exciting dance and music performances from some of our favorite Chinese folk artists from around the Chicago-area! www.chinesefinearts.org & www.thedaleycenter.com
Fat Tuesday Crawfish Eating Contest
Tue., Feb. 12, 6:30P, Cactus Bar & Grill 404 S. Wells St. $25 (includes t-shirt & all you can eat crawfish)
See how fast you can eat three pounds of crawfish at the third annual benefit for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. The winner receives a $100 bar gift certificate and everyone gets a T-shirt.
Mardi Gras Chicago on Division
(Fat) Tues, Feb 12, 8P, Rush & Division, Various locations
Party it up on Division St as it transforms into Chicago's version of Bourbon St. She-nannigans, The Original Mother's, Mother's Too, The Lodge, The Hangge Uppe, and Bootleggers will all have specials running.
Chicago Theater Week February 12-17
Tues-Sun, Feb 12-17, Various Theaters around Chicagoland, Tickets onsale NOW
Get ready for the first Chicago Theatre Week with great ticket prices ($15 to $30) to some of the best shows in the city. There are great offers at Steppenwolf, the Goodman, Northlight, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and more! Choose from more than 75 productions at 66 different theaters & find out why critics are saying Chicago is “the current theatre capital of America.” At these special prices, tickets will go fast, so click below to learn more! www.chicagotheatreweek.com/dev/about
Puppy Love 2013
Thu., Feb. 14, 8P, The Copa 1637 N. Clybourn Ave. (Lincoln Pk)
Celebrate the romantic holiday with your favorite companion - your dog. Guests can enjoy $4 Dogfish Head drafts and $3 greyhound cocktails while their dogs can enjoy free plush toys and dog treats. www.copalounge.com
Home "Sweet" Homewood Chocolate Fest
Sat, 11A-2P, Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Auditorium 2010 Chestnut Rd
Calling all chocoholics: This fest in the South 'burbs serves up all things chocolate with sweets, desserts and baked goods. Live music, kids' activities, baking demos and a chocolate bake-off contest are in the mix, as well. www.homesweethomewood.com
Annual Spring Flower Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory
Now thru - 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.
FAMILY EVENTS ----------------------------------------------
Thu., Feb. 14, 6P, Centennial Park 15600 West Ave., Orland Park, FREE!
Go ice skating and warm up with hot chocolate. Light-up roses will be available for purchase.
Stanton Park Family Valentine's Day Dance
Thurs, Feb 14 5P-7P, Stanton Park 618 W Scott St Chicago (Goose Island), FREE! All ages
Stanton Park will host this family fun event on Valentine's Day February 14th. The event is free and open to all ages. www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/stanton-park-family-valentines-day-dance/
Daughter Valentine Dance at Sheil
Fri, Feb 15 6:30P-8:30P, Sheil Park 3505 N. Southport Ave. Chicago (Lake View), $10.00 per ticket Ages 2-12
Dance the night away at Sheil Park with other Daddy/Daughter couples and enjoy snacks and punch! (Sorry Moms, this one is only for the Dads.) Professional photos will be available for $10. Mention the Daddy/Daughter Dance at That’s Amore Florist for $11 wrist corsages & boutonnieres. Proceeds from photo and flower purchases benefit the new school street playground!
Dad & Daughter Dance Sweetheart Dance (The Enchanted Princess)
Fri, Feb 15, 6P-8P, Mundelein Park and Recreation District's Regent Center 1200 Regent Drive, $34, Ages 5+
The popular dance is back with a new theme: "The Enchanted Princess." Dads and their princesses can dance the night away with popular music spun by a DJ, sparkling lights and keepsake professional photos. You and your special date also enjoy sweets and pastries. Plus, every princess receives a flower at the end of the dance. You can wear party or princess clothes, but dressing up is optional. www.mundeleinparks.org
Teens’ Cooking Classes
Sun's In Feb & Mar, 3:15P, The Chopping Block, 4747 N Lincoln Ave (at Lawrence Ave), $35 per class
Whether a young one wants to be the next Grant Achatz or not, he or she will need to know food-prep and safety skills. On Sunday afternoons, kids ages 12 to 16 tackle knife skills, prep work and more for delicious dishes such as sushi, risotto and baked goods. For each week's offering and registration information, go to www.thechoppingblock.net.
Lady Gaga Born This Way Ball Wed&Thurs 2/13&14 7:30P United Center
Mon, Feb 11 7P vs San Antonio Spurs
Tue, Feb 12 7:30P vs Anaheim Ducks
Fri, Feb 15 7:30P vs San Jose Sharks