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Holidays at Six Flags Great America? YEP!

Spectacular lights, shows, thrilling coasters and so much more!

Enjoy the first ever Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Great America debuting November 23 – December 31!

The park will be completely transformed into a magical holiday wonderland completely immersing guests in the holiday spirit.

Drink hot cocoa with family and friends over warm fires or bring out your inner-thrillseeker and take on the biggest coasters in the park!

Holiday Attractions

  • Santa Express: Santa is here with some of his special elves. Come on in, get a photo and tell him what you want for Christmas! Santa will only be here until December 23 then he returns to the North Pole. *Additional fee for photos 
  • Holiday Treasures: Get all your Holiday in the Park souvenirs and gifts here ar Holiday Treasures. From exclusive santa hats to that perfect ornament for the tree, we have all your favorites.
  • Merry Market Place: Experience this special outdoor market to find your most unique holiday stocking stuffers and gifts
  • Peppermint Swirl: Spin your cares away on this refreshing new ride experience. Enjoy the dazzling lights and music as you swirl around with your friends and family
  • Snowflake Lane: Race around in these classic bumper cars in a winter wonderland, but watch out for other drivers as they dash about.
  • Letters to Santa: Take some time inside to warm up and write your holiday wish list to Santa himself.
  • Santa’s Workshop: It’s craft time at Holiday in the Park! Take your little ones to craft alongside some of Santa’s elves. From handmade ornaments to color your own plush, there is something for everyone. *Additional fee applies 
  • Sugar Plum Cookie Factory: It’s a favorite holiday tradition – decorate cookies with the entire family. Let everyone gather over this creative and sweet treat. *Additional fee applies
  • Character Storytime: Settle in as a special character reads some of your favorite holiday stories.
  • Dasher’s Dinner House: Enjoy a classic holiday meal to celebrate the season.
  • Holiday Tree Lighting: Watch as the sky lights up when this incredible and charming tree brings holiday cheer to all of Holiday Square
  • Kalightoscope Light Show: Take in a high-energy light show surrounding you. Gaze upon the over 200ft majestic tree with state-of-the-art lights as they dance with the music of Kalightoscope.
  • S’mores Stations: Grab a s’mores kit from one of our four locations in the park then head to a toasty fire pit to warm up and make your toasty treat. *Additional fee applies 
  • Photo Opportunities

SPECIAL  PRICE  just for our  readers!  The promo code is: 892HIP18 and the valid dates are December 8, 9, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 or 31. Tickets are $29.99 plus tax (does not include parking).

 

Seasons Eatings

What good is a holiday celebration without the phenomenal holiday food? Thankfully, we have everything you need in order to delight in all the wonderful tastes and aromas of the season. From fireside S’mores and red velvet peppermint funnel cakes, to hot chocolate and eggnog, our Holiday in the Park-exclusive culinary treats will have you hoping the winter season never leaves.

Holiday Gifts

Need to do some last-minute shopping for that superhero-loving, thrill-seeking relative? Stop by one of our many retail locations to peruse specialty holiday stockings, or be the life of the party with our ugly sweaters and holiday t-shirts. Whether it’s completing your holiday wardrobe or filling stockings for family and friends, we have all that you need this holiday season!

Entertainment

Don’t forget all the spectacular entertainment offerings we have for the first ever Holiday in the Park!

EVIL DEAD – The Musical Nov 2 – 11

Moraine Valley hosts

‘Evil Dead: The Musical’

“Camp” isn’t what it seems to be in “Evil Dead: The Musical,” playing in the Dorothy Menker Theater at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Nov 2 to 11.

The musical is an Academic Theater production performed by Moraine Valley students, alumni and returning cast members. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for students with ID Please note this production is for mature audiences.

Follow five college students who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. Described as more of a comedy and farce than horror, the musical includes hilariously campy songs and depicts how “camp” takes on a whole new meaning.

Directed by Tommy Hensel, Fine and Performing Arts managing director, cast members include Moraine Valley students Ashlyn Wiebe, of Orland Park, as Cheryl; Samm Hilger, of Burbank, as Shelly; Joe Kata, of Crestwood, as Ed; John Kladis, of Palos Hills, as Scott; and Rose Stovicek, of LaGrange, as Fake Shemp.

Moraine Valley alumni performers include R.J. Cecott, of Hickory Hills, as Ash; and Sarah Triolo, of Minooka, as Linda. Cast members who performed in the same show at Moraine Valley nine years ago are Nikki Soriano, of Chicago, as Annie; and Jim LaPietra, of Berwyn, as Jake.

The performance is based on the book and lyrics by George Reinblatt, music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt, music supervision by Cipolla, additional lyrics by Christopher Bond and additional music by Rob Daleman.

 

SWEET! Andersonville Dessert Crawl 2018

On Sunday, October 28, from 2-5 p.m., Andersonville will welcome guests to enjoy a sweet stroll through this delightful neighborhood as they participate in the Annual Dessert Crawl.

It’s a gourmet experience with delectable desserts at every turn. Participating restaurants are sure to “wow” visitors with delicious and decadent gourmet desserts.

Get to know the sweeter side of Andersonville at 20 different locations.

 

Chef Chris Tong of My Private Chef, an upscale private chef and gourmet dining service, will be serving a delicious Cranberry Mousse with Apple Cranberry Sauce with Gingersnap.

Look for him on the Veruca Salt Route at one of his favorite wine shops,

In Fine Spirits, 5418 N. Clark.

You can choose between TWO great routes. Tickets for one route are $20.00

Participants will pick up their Dessert Crawl “passport” at the Swedish American Museum – Andersonville, 5211 N. Clark Street and then proceed to the participating restaurants and stores for tasting-sized portions at each location.

 

For more information about the Dessert Crawl and to purchase tickets, visit

http://www.andersonville.org/events/dessert-crawl/

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net

 

 

Want to attend for FREE? Sign-up to VOLUNTEER at check-in. Click here for more information.

More Obama Center Designs Revealed

(image: Diller Scofidio + Renfro/Courtesy University of Chicago)

Obama Drama – in the news!

As Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center heads to court this week over a lawsuit aimed at blocking its construction in historic Jackson Park, three alternative designs and locations for the presidential archive, museum, and community center emerged from obscurity on Friday. The unrealized plans come from the University of Chicago, the organization behind the winning bid for the Obama Center.

“In its initial request for qualifications, the Obama Foundation indicated that it would consider the proposals on a confidential basis, for use in its selection of a host city,” U of C spokesman Jeremy Manier said in a statement Friday, published by the Chicago Tribune. “However, in light of recent developments, the proposals will now be available in the public domain, which the University supports.”

The newly released proposals include three once secret conceptual designs. Penned by highly regarded international architectural firms, they occupy three different locations near the university’s mid-South Side campus in the Woodlawn, Washington Park, and South Shore neighborhoods.

Read the whole article and see all of renderings  at Chicago Curbed!

Popular Lakeview Store to Close

A mainstay of Chicago’s punk scene, The Alley, is slated to close at the end of the month. The Lake View shop, which added a cafe in the spring, has served the community for more than three decades.

Owner Mark Thomas said he has ongoing health issues that make it hard to run a business.

“This is not the end of The Alley, as we will continue our legacy ‘online,'” Thomas said in a media release. “I will continue to search for a younger, healthier partner to carry on this strong, loved brand, hopefully in brick and mortar retail.”

Over 40 Years the store was headquarters for Counter Culture-Leather, Footwear, Jewelry, Belt Buckles Tshirts, Goth, Punk, Alt, Metal, and Motorcycle products.

Thomas has inspired other entrepreneurs with his success story: when he was 17 years old, he bought a $1,725 cashier check with money that was supposed to be for college, and purchased a jewelry casting business that he operated out of the trunk of his car. His success burgeoned from there.

“Mark has served on many community boards throughout Lakeview East and Chicago in his time here,” The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce said in a newsletter. “His young dreams of becoming a successful business owner came true as he went on to found The Alley, Taboo Tabou, The Music Factory, The Art Colony, Blue Havana, and more.”

Thomas will be hosting a “Funeral Party” on Sunday, Oct. 21, with giveaways and discounts up to 50 percent off.

3221 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

 

source – Patch.com

Art on the Mart reveal Sept 29th

In the spirit of Chicago’s great legacy of public art and culture, Art on theMART will be the longest-running and largest digital art projection in the world. The first-of-its-kind for Chicago, this curated series of digital artworks will be projected across 2.5 acres of theMART’s exterior river-façade.

LAUNCH – THIS SATURDAY!

Beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m., Wacker Dr. between N. Wells St. and N. Franklin St. will be closed off to traffic to enable public viewing of the projections. While viewing the inaugural program, the public will enjoy a live DJ, food trucks and a Lantern Procession presented by Light Up My Arts (LUMA8).

The art unveiling will begin at 7:15 p.m. with a fireworks show at 8:00 p.m.

 

Can’t make the launch? September 30 – December 30
begins at dusk Wednesdays through Sundays!

The artwork will be projected onto the river façade of theMART.

Where to view : Upper Wacker Drive between N. Wells St. and N. Franklin St. & The Jetty and Confluence areas on The Chicago Riverwalk between Wells and Lake St.

Where to enter The Riverwalk : The Riverwalk is accessible via any of the stairways along Wacker Dr. There are ADA compliant ramps providing Riverwalk access located at the east side of State St., the west side of Clark St., and the west side of Franklin St.

THE DETAILS

PROJECTORS – 34 Christie Digital Boxer 4K30 30,000 lumen projectors for a total of over one million lumens projected on the building façade.

PROJECTION SURFACE – The building façade is 556’x165′ or 91,740 ft² (over 2 acres), and the projection resolution will be 6000 x 2620.

READ MORE HERE!

Down Syndrome Dance-a-thon Sept 22

For the average family, adding additional educational and therapeutic programs to their child’s life is not necessary. However, children and teenagers with Down Syndrome often require numerous additional programs (both educational and therapeutic) in their daily routine just to keep up with their peers. These programs can be extremely costly, which is why GiGi’s Playhouse, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to offering free programs for individuals of all ages with Down Syndrome.

 

In order to offer free programs, GiGi’s Playhouse relies on donations and fundraising.

YOU CAN HELP!  their next fundraising event; Get Down With Down Syndrome Dance-a-Thon. It is this Saturday, September 22 from 2-5pm at DePaul College Prep in Chicago. All proceeds and donations will go directly to GiGi’s Playhouse so they can continue offering the programs to individuals with Down Syndrome in the Chicago-area.

GET TICKETS!  $5-$25

About GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago:

GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago is part of a nationwide network of achievement centers serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Educational and therapeutic, GiGi’s Playhouse programs are designed by professional teachers and clinicians focusing on tangible and meaningful outcomes that improve lives. At GiGi’s Playhouse Chicago children and adults learn to read, compute, improve their health & wellness, develop career skills and prepare to live full lives, integrated within the community as co-workers, equals and friends. GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

About the Founder:

Nancy Gianni is the Founder and “Chief Belief Officer” of GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers, and the visionary behind the organization’s launch and dramatic growth. In 2002, Nancy gave birth to her beautiful daughter, GiGi. When Nancy received the Down syndrome diagnosis, her fears coupled with the negative reactions of the medical staff made Nancy believe that her life, as she knew it, was over. She soon realized that GiGi could do the very same things that her other children do! What began as a mother’s vision to change perception, and maximize her daughter’s successes, has evolved into a global movement of acceptance and achievement.

 

Private Night at Six Flags Sept 8th

Out In The Park at Six Flags Great America

Returns in 2018 for Year 7!

 

A Private Night in the Park to Celebrate Diversity

Presented by Toyota & BestGayChicago.com

That Will Help Benefit Lakeside pride Music Ensemble

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 7:30PM to 12AM

 

Out In The Park is an annual private diversity event featuring unlimited riding of ALL Six Flags Great America’s amazing THRILL rides (with much shorter than usual lines! The park is only 35% full!) with a portion of all ticket sales each year helping to benefit various non-profits.

For 2018, it will benefit LAKESIDE PRIDE MUSIC ENSEMBLE! “One of the best elements of this event is that it is closed to the general public and this year our event piggy-backs a daytime corporate buyout so our attendees will be entering an EMPTY PARK!” explains Michael Snell, co-owner of BestGayChicago.com. “The LGBTQ community, their family, friends and supporters can enjoy the park with shorter lines and without homophobic or bigotry from anyone. It’s like a Fall Pride Celebration!”

It’s important to us that everyone—no matter who you are, how you identify, or where you’re from—feel comfortable and confident. Our message is simple: You are welcome here.

Singer, songwriter, producer and DJ ADAM JOSEPH will be playing his music in JB’s bar for 2 hours at the event. Then he play again from 1am – 3am at CHARLIE’S, the Official After Party in Boystown. (Charlies will also be offering a limited number of bus seats to and from the park – details soon!

 

“We are honored that some of our peers including GRAB Magazine, ChicagoPride.com and QUEST Magazine in Wisconsin also help us by donating advertising space for this event! It’s truly a community event where everyone comes together for the greater good!” says Derrick Sorles.

 

Advance $43 tickets can be purchased NOW HERE

Attendees get FREE parking for this special event!

September 1st the price goes up to $48.

$53 at the gate, IF AVAILABLE.

This event is capped at only 5,000 tickets, to ensure lines stay short for the rides.

Season Passes cannot be honored for special events.

All ages event.

Drinks are available for purchase to those 21+

SNL The Experience

No matter what age you are, you’ve  no doubt watched SNL for years!

Now relive 40 years of the show in a way you never imagined. At Saturday Night Live: The Experience at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, you can become immersed in the show’s fast-paced creative processes and see how ideas become reality in just days. Interact with sets, original props and costumes. Take selfies on the Jeopardy set, rock out on the Wayne’s World couch, and deliver the “news” from behind the Weekend Update desk.

 

 

Get a sneak peak  HERE

Get a look behind the scenes!

People  are calling it  “amazing!”   and  “A  must-see!”

SNL – The Experience!

 

 

Chef Tong Returns to Taste of Chicago July 15th

Once again, Taste of Chicago is delighted to welcome one of Chicago’s favorite Chefs, Christopher Tong of the upscale Chicago-based private gourmet dining service, My Private Chef. He will present a delicious dessert featuring Lifeway Kefir – the ingredient that every cook needs in their kitchen.

The demonstration will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 12:30pm at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on the northwest corner of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

Chef Tong’s cooking demonstration at the Taste of Chicago is one of My Private Chef’s most popular annual appearances. People who are casual cooks or lovers of gourmet food get to ask questions and discuss preparation.

The Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11-15 in Grant Park. Admission is free.

For complete details, visit www.TasteofChicago.us.

For more information about My Private Chef, contact Event Services at 773.370.8131 or visit our web site: www.myprivatechef.net