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Cancer and Healthy Delicious Foods with Chef Tong

 Healthy Tastes Great!


 For eight years, Chef Christopher Tong
of the upscale Chicago private gourmet dining service,

My Private Chef, has been demonstrating
to Gilda’s Club members and friends how healthy meals can offer gourmet quality
and excitement. The idea is that people living with cancer can enjoy every bite
knowing they are supporting their healthy lifestyle. The meals in this cooking
series are designed to inspire people living with cancer to eat well, serve
beautiful food and stay healthy.

Chicago Triathlon, the World’s Largest Triathlon weekend Aug. 26-28

Held in downtown Chicago, the World’s Largest Triathlon weekend includes the
Multisport & Fitness Expo, the Chicago Kids Triathlon and Fleet Feet Sports Super Sprint.
This weekend –  August 26-28

Billed as the world’s largest triathlon, the Chicago Triathlon includes a swim in Monroe Harbor, a flat bike course along a stretch of Lake Shore Drive and a run extending down Chicago’s lakefront.

Events will be happening up and down the lakefront –
Visit  Chicago Triathlon  for  details!

Dining in Chicago…at Roy’s Downtown on State Street

In Hawaii,
there are two things of equal importance—food and the “aloha” spirit. The blending of these two dynamic principles is how Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine was born.

European techniques and Asian cuisine meet Hawaiian hospitality to create a fine dining experience.  In 1988, James Beard Award-winner Roy Yamaguchi opened the first Roy’s in Honolulu, Hawaii. Today there are more than 33 Roy’s locations around the world—25 in the continental U.S., six in Hawaii, one in Japan and one in Guam. The restaurant was designed around a unique experience through spacious dining rooms, an expansive lounge and Roy’s signature exhibition kitchen in full view. – 
The Chicago location is about 9 years old.

chefs at each location put their personal touch on the menu. No two Roy’s are exactly the same!  There are six Roy’s in the Los Angeles area alone. And each has a different chef and some unique menu items only available at their own location.

Here in Chicago, we had the opportunity to dine with their Texan chef  partner RHETT DUKES this past week. His Texan roots combined with an art background, blends nicely with Roy’s classic and fusion items. His Glazed pork tenderloin and Mascarpone cheesecake are just a couple of his signature items.

So is Brunch at Roy’s!

Only a few weekends left to enjoy an amazing brunch menu at Roy’s downtown.  Eggs done 9 different ways.

Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes.

Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast.

Sandwiches and Salads and delicious Island Style Entree’s.

Get in to Roy’s on or before September 4th!

Roy’s Chicago….
720 North State Street,
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 787-7599


Roy’s Chicago for Aloha Hour, Sunday through Thursday in the bar area.
Enjoy indulgent menu items for just $5

Monthly Wine Events
Waina Hui (wine club) is a monthly gathering of friends to sample wines from around the world and to share in the enticing flavors of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine.
$20 for members / $25 for non-members.

Chicago North Halsted Market Days Aug. 13-14

The 2011 Northalsted Market Days® will take place the weekend of August 13-14,

when a crowd of more than 100,000 from across the country will converge on Halsted Street to celebrate our annual event.

It’s the largest two-day street fair in the Midwest and lives up to its reputation as one of the country’s finest festivals!

The event spans six city blocks, has 17 entrance gates and features three music stages with more than 40 musical acts performing. Many of these artists are top-name, national headliners, giving Northalsted Market Days® a reputation for some of the best live music in Chicago.

Northalsted Market Days® is also famous for its vast array of unique food and arts and crafts vendors. Vendors from across the country sell their unique wares to this huge, upscale crowd. On average, Northalsted Market Days® features 400 food, arts and crafts vendors.

Get Entertainment Schedule online for Market days

Dance For Life Documentary to air on PBS Wttw Aug. 11th

Dance for Life 

Brings Twenty Years
of Strength and Community
in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
to the Big Screen

Moving Documentary on Two-Decade Journey Premieres on WTTW-11 on Aug. 11, 10 p.m.

In its 20-year journey, the original small grassroots dance performance event, Dance for Life, has evolved to support HIV/AIDS services in Chicago and financially assist those living with HIV/AIDS within the dance community into the Midwest’s largest, must-see performance, raising nearly $175,000 annually for the cause. Now, a new, riveting documentary, which debuts on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. on WTTW 11, follows the emotional journey and shares the passion of Dance for Life in a style that can best capture its essence: dance.  
The hour-long film paints the story of Dance for Life through electrifying choreography and personal stories. Shared in one-on-one interviews with the dancers, founders and supporters, these narratives convey the significance and evolution of Dance for Life throughout the film.  It will premiere only nine days before the twentieth anniversary performance in Chicago on Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway.
Produced by Emmy Award-winning HMS Media, the documentary is a poignant look at the need for renewed hope and for a cure. Chronicling the 30-year impact of HIV/AIDS in Chicago and its large dance community, the film illustrates the evolution of the fundraiser. Founders Harriet Ross, Keith Elliott, Danny Kopelson and Gail Kalver, as well as beneficiaries, choreographers and dancers recount the impact of HIV/AIDS and their desire for continued progress.

(Photographs by Sando)

Dance for Life initially empowered the dance community in Chicago to take care of itself,” said Elliott, a former dancer with Joseph Chicago Holmes Dance Theater. “The documentary empowers Chicagoans to understand the power of the HIV/AIDS movement and offers a way to get involved while experiencing the best dance the city has to offer.”
From flamenco to Fosse-style jazz, performance excerpts serve as a backdrop for the emotional, yet triumphant story of Dance for Life’s origins and its future. Participants featured in the documentary include Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North Chicago Dance Company.  Archival clips illustrate the event’s meteoric rise, having grown from the first sold-out performance at the former 400 seat Organic Theatre to this year’s event at the 4,000 seat Auditorium Theatre.
Dance for Life began as an effort to promote the art of dance in Chicago, while raising awareness of and supporting HIV/AIDS services in Chicago. Later, the Dance for Life Fund was formed as a program to ease the financial burden of Chicago dancers dying of complications of AIDS. As treatment for HIV/AIDS has evolved, so has the Dance for Life Fund. It now helps dancers battling any life-threatening condition to get back on their feet and continue to pursue their passion for dance. Proceeds from this year’s performance will exclusively benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Dance for Life Fund.
“The dedication of staff, dance companies and volunteers is as astounding as the level of artistry,” said Harriet Ross, co-founder of Dance for Life. “Though its purpose is practical, the performance enlightens and educates. We sincerely hope that life will continue to mirror art as survival rates improve and as Dance for Life continues to flourish.”
Dance for Life the documentary will air on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 10 p.m. on WTTW 11. 

The live, on-stage performance of Dance for Life will be held on Saturday, August 20 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, in Chicago. Tickets are $50-$75 for the 7:30 p.m. performance, with tickets for the 4:30 p.m. gala and performance ranging from $175-$500. Tickets are available at or by calling 312-922-5812.

Since 1992, Dance for Life has raised more than $4 million in the fight against HIV/AIDS; showcased Chicago’s top professional dance companies; financially established a fund that provides assistance to dancers living with HIV/AIDS; helped to support and produce five spin-off pre-events; and helped raise money for many of Chicago’s leading AIDS organizations.

Affordable HealthCare Insurance Soultions for Chicago Illinois

Post Healthcare Reform ….there maybe more questions and confusion about health insurance than ever before, right?!

Healthcare reform brings several advantages for the consumers and they should consider switching to
the “new” health insurance, rather than staying grandfathered in the old plans.

As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, individual health insurance is now
enhanced with preventative benefits covered with no waiting periods, not being subject to deductibles
or coinsurance and copays. There is no more lifetime maximum dollar limit that in the past caused people to run out of insurance coverage and few other advantages that benefits the consumers greatly.

However, the cost of health insurance is still on the rise and many people responsible for buying their
own health insurance find that conventional plans with low deductibles are simply too expensive.

Selecting a higher deductible plan provides premium savings and combining it with Health Savings
Account can add tax advantages. Of course, having a little extra protection with Accident Rider gives
more peace in mind, since people usually encounter a huge hospital bill due to an accident. One slip
in the bathroom can be a setback of thousands of dollars that can be easily prevented with having
additional, very affordable accidental coverage.

One of the most important things people should consider, besides getting the new major medical plan,
is getting coverage for critical illness. Sure the great new health insurance will pay the doctors and the
hospital, but who is going to pay you, when you are recovering from a heart attack for three months?
Your health insurance will definitely not cover you mortgage payments, but very inexpensive critical
illness policy can provide you with a check, keeping you afloat, while you recover.

* 50.35% of personal bankruptcies were caused by illness or medical debts

* $13,460 was the average out-of-pocket medical expenses covering co-pays, deductibles and
uncovered health services for bankruptcy filers

Remember, insurance is for catastrophic events that you cannot afford to pay yourself, not to simply
cover your routine costs as generally healthy person. You wouldn’t expect your car insurance to pay for
your oil change, would you?

Let me help you find a plan, that is right for you. 
The internet has made shopping for insurance easier. Instead of driving around town to meet with an agent, you can compare rates, benefits, and apply online. Some insurance companies even let you apply right from their website.

Does it still make sense to have an agent help you choose a plan? You bet.

Agents are insurance experts. It’s their job to help you shop plans from leading carriers so you can be confident you’ve found the best rates and benefits for you.

We have  access to exclusive, proprietary products at prices you can afford.  I  have access to benefits through world class companies such as: Aetna , United Healthcare, Humana , Assurant , Blue Cross and Blue Shield , Mutual of Omaha.  We have “a plan for everyone” and we will help you get the best coverage and rates possible!     CALL Me, LENKA  @   630-748-8434

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Greater Chicago Chiropractic Saved My Back!

No matter what causes back pain, the fact is it HURTS! Back aches are the number 2 cause of all doctors’ visits. Headaches are number 1. And sometimes the two go together! 

Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. It comes in many forms, from lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain to low back pain with sciatica. Common back pain causes include nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis. Many people find relief from symptoms of back pain with pain medication or pain killers.

Some will see a Chiropractor. Like I did recently!  And Dr. Dale Zuehlke at Greater Chicago Chiropractic gave me an education! After several visits he was able to re-balance  my spine through chiropractic adjustments,  restoring my  movement and proprioception, but I learned that if I keep my body in proper alignment, by way of regular visits, I could avoid pain altogether.  You know the saying, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Now I see him about 4-6 weeks, to keep my body “tuned up”.

From its very beginnings, chiropractic has been concerned with improving people’s quality of life by helping strive towards optimum wellness.

Wellness care or preventative care (also written as preventive care) is designed to promote health based on the whole person’s optimal functioning and thereby minimize the future occurrences of impairment or illness.

Preventative chiropractic care or maintenance care is designed to help an already healthy and problem-free patient maintain an optimally healthy state whilst helping to prevent any acute or chronic problem from appearing at all.

Most people have experienced back pain sometime in their life. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits. Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Although the causes may be different, most often they share the same symptoms. – THE SECRET is to prevent it, with Chriropractic Care!

We highly recommend  Greater Chicago Chiropractic

Dr. Dale  Zuehlke    
561 W Diversey Pkwy, Suite 221
Chicago, IL  60614         P: (773) 871-7766

FREE TICKETS Chicago Dancing Festival

The Chicago Dancing Festival, co-produced by internationally renowned choreographer and Chicago native Lar Lubovitch and highly esteemed Chicago dancer Jay Franke, celebrates its 5th Anniversary season with expanded programming to include five days of free dance-related events, in venues throughout downtown Chicago, August 23 – 27, 2011. 
While all events are free, tickets for the indoor performance showcases must be reserved in advance.  In 2010, tickets for the Festival “sold out” within two hours of being released.
Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Tuesday, July 19 in a staggered format so that each venue releases its tickets on a different day, as follows: 
Tickets for performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art, including the MCA Moves programs on Wednesday, August 24 and the Muses program on Friday, August 26, will be released on Tuesday, July 19 beginning at 10:00 am.  Tickets will be available in person at the MCA Stage Box Office, 220 E. Chicago Avenue, on line at or by calling 312-397-4010.  Limit of two (2) tickets per order, per evening of performance, while available.  Any tickets unclaimed at 15 minutes prior to curtain time will be released to customers on wait list.  Wait list begins one hour before the performance, in person only.  
Tickets for all performances at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, including both Moderns programs on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24, will be released on Wednesday, July 20 beginning at12:00 pm.  Tickets will be available in person at the Harris Theater Box Office, 205 E. Randolph Street, or by calling 312-334-7777.  Limit of two (2) tickets per order.
Tickets for the performance at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, Masters on Thursday, August 25, will be released on Thursday, July 21 beginning at 11:00 am.  Tickets will be available in person at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, 50 E. Congress Parkway, online at or by calling 1-800-982-ARTS.  Limit of two (2) tickets per order.
All seating for all venues is general admission. 
Unclaimed tickets will be released 15 minutes prior to curtain time.
Because of the popularity of the Festival, audience members not able to secure tickets to the indoor venues are encouraged to attend the Celebration of Dance Grand Finale on the stunning outdoor stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  No tickets are required for this outdoor performance and all seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Also, no tickets are required for the Movies program at the Chicago Cultural Center, an all-day screening of classic dance films on Friday, August 26 from 10 am to 6 pm.


Animal Rescue Rummage Sale Benefit July 16-17

2nd Annual:
Saturday, July 16, 2011
9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, July 17, 2011
10:00am – 5:00pm

Items for sale include:
Furniture, Home-decor & accersories, housewares, antique furniture, linens, one-of-a-kind collectibles, apparel, books, DVD’s, Children’s Items, and much more!
Monies raised at the RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE will help our rescue dogs by providing:
Much Needed Food!
Medical Care!
Spaying & Neutering Services!
Necessary Shots!
and Micro-chip to ensure that these dogs can be located if lost again in the future.

Famous Fido Rescue    and Adoption Alliance
5430 North Clark   Chicago, IL 60640    Rear Parking Lot
Please call us at:    773.907.0305
or visit us us at:   

SEGWAY Season in Full Swing in Chicago!

 What better way to see the city of Chicago, than on a Segway?!

Zip around Buckingham fountain, the Museum Campus, or along the river front –  covering up to 8 miles in just a couple hours. 

Explore Chicago by day or night on this picturesque Lakefront tour of Chi-Town.  Travel along fragrant garden paths while viewing the famous Chicago attractions of Grant and Millennium Parks, Soldier Field, Buckingham Fountain, and the Museum Campus. Evening tours provide views of Chicago’s fabulous skyline at dusk.

 How would like a job, being outdoors, zipping around the city on a Segway?! You could be giving tours with Absolutely Chicago Segways showing people this fabulous city!
Bi-Lingual people interested in joining their team should
send a resume to  Absolutely Chicago Segways !

Absolutely Chicago Segways  is located right near Millenium Park at 337 E. Randolph.
If you drive downtown and tour with them, you can park with them for $10 for the day.
Call 312-552-5100 to make your reservations
Tell them Inside Your  sent you!