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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 Chef Week
Now thru March 22, Various times & locations, $22-44
If you missed restaurant week, you now have a second chance to get some delicious meals! Many great restaurants will have $22 lunch and $44 dinner prix fixe meals during this week. www.chicagochefweek.com
Spring Break Family Night
Sun, March 24, 5:30P-8:30P, Carnivale 702 W. Fulton Market, (Fulton River District) Chicago, FREE!
Carnivale invites families to kick off the season with its annual Spring Break Family Night event. Festivities will include an action photo booth, face painter, balloon artist, stilt walker, magician, coloring stations, cotton candy station and a special kids menu. www.carnivalechicago.com.
Philippine Fest Chicago
Sun, March 24, Noon-5P, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, FREE!
Celebrate the culture of the Philippines when Philippine Fest Chicago rolls into Navy Pier. It's an afternoon of live music, dance, colorful costumes, authentic cuisine, folk art and more. There will be performances by Sama Sama Project, PACF Performing Arts, the Apuli Brothers, GMA Pinoy TV, Hataw Pinoy Chicago, Chicago Angklung Rondalla Ensemble, Hinsdale Fil-Am SDA Rondalla, Transfiguration Dance Troupe and St. Isidore Simbang Gabi Dance Crew among others. Cuisine provided by Sunda New Asian. www.navypier.com/neighborhoods/philippine.html
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Exhibit
Now thru April 15, Kohl Children's Museum 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, $9.50
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit features larger than life pop-up books that dazzle the eyes and stimulates the mind. Each section of this exhibit, based on the book published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow, is an oversized three-dimensional page from the original story. Experience science, art and history through the magic of this timeless story and instill a love of reading and storytelling in young children. www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org
Picasso and Chicago
Now thru Sun, May 12, 10:30A-5P, Art Institute of Chicago, $12-18 (free to IL residents Thursdays)
This first large-scale Picasso exhibition presented by the Art Institute of Chicago in 30 years commemorates the centennial anniversary of the influential 1913 Armory Show for modern art. Special loans, installations throughout the museum, and programs are part of the exhibit. Grab the FREE MUSEUM TOUR APP called “Art Institute of Chicago Tours,” a free “indoor GPS” app for Apple and Android devices that presents 50 rich and varied tours of all the public spaces in the museum and its thousands of works on view. Get it here… http://www.artic.edu/visit/maps-guides-and-apps
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. www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/spring-flower-show-at-lincoln-park-conservatory1
EASTER EVENTS ----------------------------------------------
Olympic Indoor Swim Center's Pool Egg Hunt
Fri, March 22, 6P, Olympic Indoor Swim Center - 660 N. Ridge, Arlington Heights, $9-13
Hunt for eggs at Olympic Indoor Swim Center during a special swim session. Plastic eggs are filled with surprises and float in the pool. Children get to collect the eggs and take them home. Plastic bags are provided to take the eggs home, but are not allowed in the pool. All children need to be accompanied by an adult in the water. This program takes place in the activity pool. www.ahpd.org/events/pool-egg-hunt
Tinley Pk. Dist's Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Fri, March 22, 7:30P, Vogt Woods - 6527 W. 171st Street, Tinley Park
The Easter Bunny invites you to join him in our Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Be ready to visit with our special guest- The Easter Bunny! Bring your flashlights. No need to register, just show up for the fun! This event will be held rain or shine! www.tinleyparkdistrict.org/vw-systems/sys-cal-details.asp?id=1224
Palatine Park District's 1st Annual Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble
Fri, March 22, 7:30P-9:30P, Lawn of Falcon Pk Rec Ctr - 2195 N. Hicks Road, Palatine, $10, 21+
The event will include a flashlight egg hunt for eggs filled with candy, raffle entries, and prizes. Entry fee includes the egg hunt, raffles, and a souvenir photo with the bunny. Check in will begin at 7:30pm, with the egg hunt taking place promptly at 8:00pm. A cash bar of beer, wine and pop will be available. This adults only egg hunt will be held rain or shine. If the weather cooperates, the event will be held on the lawn at Falcon Park; in case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the indoor turf area in the Recreation Center. Participants should bring their own flashlights for the search. www.palatineparks.org
10th Annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza at Soldier Field
Sat, March 23, 9A-10A, Soldier Field 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive, FREE!
Soldier Field together with Dominick's celebrates the beginning of spring by inviting families to take part in the 10th annual Spring Egg-Stravaganza, the largest candy grab in the city taking place here on the stadium field. The stadium will open at 9am to the general public to enjoy all types of kid and family friendly activities including face painters, fun inflatables, balloon artists and much more! The fun on the field will begin at 10A with the first group of kids to collect all the goodies they can on the field. The event is FREE and open to the public. The first 2,000 children to participate in the candy grab will receive a commemorative wooden egg designed by a local Chicago youth participating in the citywide open art contest that is now open. www.soldierfield.net
Palatine Jaycee's Easter Egg Hunt
Sat March 23, 10A, Palatine Towne Square - 150 W. Palatine Road, Palatine
Palatine Jaycee will be hiding 3,000 Easter Eggs filled with candy and prizes in the grassy area of Towne Square, and will divide all the kids who wish to participate into groups by age. Each age group will be sent out separately to collect eggs. To add to the festivities, the Jaycees will also have the Easter Bunny attend the event. www.palatinejaycees.org
Oakbrook Terrace Park Dist's Easter Egg Hunt
Sat March 23, 10A, Heritage Park - 1 South 325 Ardmore Avenue, Villa Park, $5, Kids 1-5
Get ready to have a hopping good time with lots of prizes and candy! The Easter Bunny is inviting children and their families to participate in the Oakbrook Terrace Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Children will have the opportunity to stuff their Easter baskets with eggs that contain tons of prizes. The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance to take pictures with participants. Don't forget your Easter basket. Pre-registration is required. Egg hunt is for children age 0-10 years old and will be held at Heritage Park at the Oakbrook Terrace Park District. www.obtpd.org/content/index.php
Easter Bunny Visit at Yorktown Center
Now thru Sat Mar 31, Yorktown Center 203 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard
Visit the Easter Bunny during all mall hours from Saturday, February 16 through Saturday, March 31. The Bunny will be available for visits and photos, on the Upper Level between Carson Pirie Scott and Forever 21, near the elevator. Enjoy a basketful of fun with the Easter Bunny and take home a special photo of your Springtime visit. www.yorktowncenter.com
Rihanna Fri 3/22 7:30P United Center
Sister Hazel Sat 3/23 9P Viper Alley, Lincolnshire
Fiddler on the Roof
Now thru March 24, Paramount Theatre - 23 East Galena Boulevard, Aurora, $35-$47
The unmistakable image of a Fiddler on the Roof…a metaphor for balancing life, for survival and for tradition. This is the story of Tevye, a simple and loving milkman, who does everything he can to maintain his family and their religious traditions. But despite his best efforts, with five strong-willed daughters, a loyal yet independent wife and an ever-changing society, the safety and stability of his old world is disappearing. www.paramountaurora.com/events/fiddler-roof
Sat, Mar 23 7P vs Indiana Pacers
Sun, Mar 24 6P @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Mon, Mar 25 7P vs Los Angeles Kings
Sun, Mar 24 4P vs Chivas USA