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Sunday, January 20th, 2019

  • - Orangetheory® Fitness, hailed by The New York Times as “the best one-hour workout in the country,” is elated to announce the opening of its 50th location in Illinois. Orangetheory® Fitness River West, 731 N. Milwaukee Ave., marks the ever-expanding franchise’s monumental achievement. Since 2010, Orangetheory has exploded in the US and overseas, with over 1,000 franchise licenses awarded in the US and internationally.

    The impact that Orangetheory® Fitness has had on the Chicagoland community has been astounding. In 2018 alone, the fitness hub hosted 131,103 total classes and 38,515 people called one of the region’s 50 area locations home.

    The first-ever Orangetheory® studio, Orangetheory Naperville, has grown out of its original space and has relocated to 8 West Gartner Road, Naperville, this past November to accommodate for its ever-increasing success. Now housing a total of 19 stations from 12 stations previously, the new studio aims to provide even more opportunity for people to experience and enjoy the workout program that has fast become a Chicagoland favorite.

    Orangetheory® Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout that uses intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Their heart-rate-monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone (known as the "orange zone"), no matter what the fitness level of the individual, they will be stimulating metabolism and increasing energy. The workout is half endurance and half strength and power training. Everyone in class wears a state-of-the-art heart rate monitor with their individual heart rates displayed in real-time on large monitors positioned throughout the studio.

    Maintaining the target zone makes sure that each person maximizes the efficiency of their workout to boost cardiovascular benefit and burn fat, both during and up to 36 hours after the workout. Each plateau-busting workout is different, thus ensuring not only variety, but an amazing challenge and real results. Each session is instructed by an Orangetheory® Fitness certified personal trainer.

    For more details or to sign up for Orangetheory® River West, visit their website or call (312) 832-9899. Orangetheory® River West can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. For more details or to sign up for Orangetheory® Naperville, visit their website or call (331) 444-3232. Orangetheory® Fitness Naperville can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.
    Orangetheory Fitness Chicago - River West
    731 N Milwaukee Chicago IL 60624
  • - mySpa at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is warming the hearts of guests and inspiring holiday cheer with new holiday packages for travelers and locals, alike. Specially-designed by skilled estheticians, guests may stop by the hotel to soak up top-of-the-line spa treatments from cinnamon vanilla brown sugar body scrubs and Tahitian vanilla body moisturizing services to cinnamon honey manicures and pedicures, featured in their extended experience, customizable and scrumptiously sweet packages available through February 28, 2019.
    mySpa’s holiday spa packages include:
    • smitten for sweets – Through February 28, 2019
    Unwind with spa specials perfect for winter including a 50-minute Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub treatment starting at $125, which allows guests to embrace the scents of fall and winter with an aromatic scrub meant to deeply moisturize and exfoliate your body. Following the scrub, guests will enjoy a full body massage with a lavish Tahitian Vanilla After Bath Body Moisturizer, leaving skin feeling beautifully polished and hydrated. The seasonal myHands & Feet Cinnamon Vanilla Manicure and Pedicure introduce guests to notes of cinnamon and honey as the blend with tiny bits of brown sugar is used to enrich the skin with nutrients and hydration, followed by a classic manicure and pedicure for $110 or just the manicure for $55 and the pedicure for $75 plus tax and fees.
    • Luxury for Longer – Through December 31, 2018
    To get every moment of relaxation, Illinois residents are invited to come in from the cold and choose their moment with a complimentary treatment upgrade to an 80-minute spa experience with the booking of any full-priced 50-minute service. The Luxury for Longer package may not be combined with any other offer and not applicable to groups and is subject to availability.

    • myAwakening – Through February 28, 2019
    For those looking for solace from the change of seasons and often harsh Chicago climate, the myAwakening Package invites guests to customize their mySpa experience with two or three services, for $200 and $300, respectively. mySpa guests may choose from treatments in the five categories myBody, myMassage, mySkincare and myHands & Feet. Treatments include including the Rituals Seasonal Body Treatment, Tropical Refresh, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, AromaHarmony Massage, Head, Hands and Feet Massage, Signature Facial, Rejuvenating Infusion and the Journey Manicure and Pedicure combination, giving guests the opportunity to get the most out of me time.

    In addition to the holiday packages, Fairmont Chicago’s mySpa is offering 20 percent off retail items with the purchase of a $50 gift certificate, so guests can spread cheer all season long by giving the gift of indulgence and relaxation to their family or friends.
    Just steps from the glittering, festive downtown nightlife, shopping and dining, mySpa, an 11,000 square foot urban sanctuary, offers personalized massage, skincare body treatments, manicure, pedicure and couples experiences, a 24-hour fitness studio and retail area featuring exclusive products from Red Flower, True and Spa Ritual. The extensive range of massage, skin care, body care and nail therapies cater to each guest’s unique needs, offering individualized solutions for a personalized spa experience.
    More information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park or to book your treatment at mySpa, please visit click for details or call (312) 946-8945.
    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
    200 N Columbus Drive Chicago IL 60601
  • - Dedicated to collecting, preserving and portraying the legacy of Greek history and culture in America, the National Hellenic Museum has the largest collection of Greek American artifacts and recorded oral histories anywhere. The National Hellenic Museum (NHM), 333 S. Halsted St., introduces its newest exhibition Lives Afloat: The Greek Refugee Crisis through the Lens of Tasos Markou 2015-2017 open Thursday, June 21, 2018 through spring 2019. This photographic exhibition portrays the realities facing refugees as they arrived in Greece at the height of the Greek Refugee Crisis.

    By early 2015, the numbers of refugees pouring into Greece had dramatically increased to hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. Many fled their home countries, attempting to reach Europe over land and by sea. Most were fleeing violence, war or persecution, and more than a third were escaping the Syrian Civil War. Unlike economic migrants, refugees do not willingly leave in search of new or better opportunities. Rather, refugees are forced from their homes by threat of harm and unsafe conditions.

    To compose the Lives Afloat exhibition, the NHM exhibition team utilized evidence-based reports and data from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and imagery of photographer Tasos Markou. Markou, born in 1983 in Larisas, Greece, studied photography at the Diek Voluou Public Vocational Training Institute. In 2015, he traveled to the island of Lesvos to cover the refugee crisis. His photographs capture some of these journeys — the difficulties of sea crossings, the living conditions in camps, and the boundaries encountered, particularly at the northern border of Greece. Daily life in the camps, including the poignant moments of families trying to adapt to living with limited resources and the sense of chronic waiting are portrayed.
    The NHM’s Lives Afloat exhibition shows a perspective of the Greek refugee crisis over a three-year period in three sections, Arrivals, Waiting, and Borders, to illustrate the experience through powerful photographs. Markou found himself changed by the experience, at times working more to provide aid as a volunteer than as a photojournalist. "I decided it wasn't enough to just be a good person. You have to act. Lesvos changed me. It would change anyone who comes here,” said Tasos Markou.
    World Refugee Day is recognized on June 20th every year. This exhibition will open to the public on June 21st 2018. On June 23rd the photographer, Tasos Markou, will present a program at the Museum about his efforts to aid refugees in Greece. Throughout the coming year this exhibition will be supplemented with public programming, docent-led tours, and invited speakers to help raise awareness about this crisis, and the fate of refugees across history.

    “It is so important for the National Hellenic Museum to be telling the story of the Greek Refugee Crisis with our own exhibition,” said Laura Calamos Nasir, Ph.D, National Hellenic Museum President. “It is crucial for the National Hellenic Museum to address recent history and portray the effects the crisis has had on so many. Using photos to tell the real story of a crisis impacting the Greek community, and indeed millions of lives, we aim to encourage people to learn more by seeking good sources of information, to gain more perspective and to develop a greater understanding of what is happening in the world, whether in the past or in current events. Visitors are invited to consider ways to get involved by learning more about the impact of nonprofit organizations and how effectively they directly impact peoples’ lives.”

    Founded in Chicago as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center (HMCC) in 1983, the HMCC moved to the city’s Greektown neighborhood in 2004 and opened its current location on Halsted Street as the National Hellenic Museum in 2011. The contemporary four-story building is home to extensive collections, rotating exhibitions, classrooms, and a stunning rooftop view of Chicago. Three floors of galleries explore ancient and modern themes and provide multi-use spaces to host tours, public programs, and private events. The NHM boasts a rich repository of 20,000+ artifacts, photos, historic newspapers, books and an archive of 450+ recorded histories. The NHM Collections & Archives serve as a central repository of Greek American history, now many generations strong. The Museum celebrates the mosaic of the Greek diaspora, immigrant journeys, and the breadth of the American experience.
    The National Hellenic Museum is open to all ages with admission as follows: adults $10, seniors $8, students $8, and children 3 to 12 years are $7. Children under 3 years of age and members receive free admission. NHM is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. Members enjoy many additional outstanding benefits throughout the year.
    NHM counts on member support to help preserve and share Greek history and culture through programs, events, and exhibitions. To become a member of the NHM, please visit the Museum’s membership page. For information on the Lives Afloat exhibit or other programs, membership, special events, facility rentals, or giving, please visit click for details.
    National Hellenic Museum
    333 S Halsted Chicago IL 60661
  • | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Special Interest
    - Have you ever wondered what the Calumet region was like before it was settled by Europeans? How did traders and settlers impact the Native Americans? Les Marzalek, President Archeo Survey Corp., will be our guide on an exploration of the past. Join at Gibson Woods to learn how Native Americans lived and how their influences is seen today. Recognize Native American artifacts, learn how they were used and what is being done to preserve them. Artifacts found from local sites bring unity to the history of the Calumet area. Program is designed for ages 14 and up and is free.
    Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
    6201 Parrish Ave. Hammond IN 46323
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, pastel drawings, sculptures, lake michigan, ecology, exhibit
    - The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District has extended this popular exhibit which now closes on Sunday January 20th, with an Artist Talk that day from 2-2:30pm. The exhibit is open to the public Thursdays and Fridays from noon. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m..at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood located at 540 S. Lake Street.


    Kevin Firme, a graduate of DePaul and Notre Dame universities whose family owns and operates Glenn L. Firme & Associates in Beverly Shores and Michigan City, is exhibiting 38 drawings and 28 sculptures that study water plants at the gallery at 540 S. Lake St. in Miller's downtown commercial district through Jan. 20.


    “I like the leaves and their relationship to the stems,” he said. “The leaves are not perfect, they are flawed. Like us, with our imperfections, they make beautiful compositions.”
    Firme teaches at Valparaiso University and creates varied artwork.


    “My works are about the search for shape,” he said. “I am trying to get abstract compositions in a shallow space, which allows for more variety. I have been drawing (water plants) for years. I am interested in their shape, gesture, and pictorial space on a reflective surface.” The forged steel structures on display were inspired by his drawings of the aquatic plants in marshes.


    “They are abstract in nature and draw on the plants for their inspiration," he said. "The pieces start with straight rods and are formed by heat into many curves and bends. Every inch of material is worked.”


    This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the non-profit arts and economic development organization are appreciated.


    Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts
    540 S. Lake Street Gary (Miller Beach) IN 46403
    Meg Roman 773.822.8086 meg@millerbeacharts.org
  • - Dazzling! Fantastic! Spine-tingling! Over eight million people have lived to tell the tale of one of the most successful – and thrilling – theatre events ever staged, and it’s now shocking audiences in Chicago. Given 3 ½ stars by The Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones, The Woman in Black – London’s long-running West End play – is now open at Chicago’s Royal George Theatre through February 17, 2019 with all the stage thrills that have led audiences in London to return time after time for 30 years.

    Susan Hill’s Gothic ghost story, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters spooky visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England’s forbidding Northeast Coast. With just two actors, The Woman in Black offers audiences an evening of sheer theatricality as they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world. The Chicago Tribune calls it “a toe-curling shocker,” and other reviews rave:

    “Superb!” - Newcity
    “Chilling!” – Chicago Theater Beat
    “Spooky!” – Broadway World
    “Epic!” – Picture this Post
    “Excellent!” – Third Coast Review
    “Mesmerizing!” – Splash Magazine
    “Brilliant!” – Chicago Theater Reviews

    The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s rare to see a show that so effectively controls the audience’s point of focus, employing shadow and light like a master stage magician. Whether it’s jump scares or slowly building dread, ‘The Woman In Black’ delivers.”

    For the Chicago production, director Robin Herford recreated his original staging for the first time in the U.S., with a Chicago-based cast. This American premiere of the Original London West End production, presented by PW Productions and Pemberley Productions, at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago.

    The History of THE WOMAN IN BLACK

    Susan Hill's novel, THE WOMAN IN BLACK was originally published in 1983 and has thrilled and spooked millions of readers ever since. Robin Heford commissioned Stephen Mallatratt to adapt the novel for the stage in 1987 and it was produced as a Christmas show at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, U.K. After months of sold out performances, the play transferred to London's West End in January 1989.
    The classic chiller was released as a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe in 2012, and soon became the highest grossing British horror film in 20 years.

    The Chicago production of THE WOMAN IN BLACK will star Bradley Armacost as Arthur Kipps and Adam Wesley Brown as The Actor.

    Performances of THE WOMAN IN BLACK are as follows: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. Tickets are $49 to $69. To purchase tickets, please visit click for details or the Box Office at 312.988.9000. For more information, visit click for details.
    The Royal George Theatre
    1641 N Halsted Chicago IL 60614
  • | 3:00pm - 4:45pm | Arts and Entertainment, Naperville, Local events, Arts and Entertainment, Wentz, Martin Luther King, Jr.
    - North Central College presents Chicago Sinfonietta annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday, January 20, 3pm in Wentz Concert Hall. Chicago Sinfonietta has celebrated the birth and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. since its inception----a testament to its mission of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This season, Sinfonietta Project Inclusion Freeman Conducting Fellow graduates Kellen Gray and Kedrick Armstrong will helm the podium for breakout concert featuring Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Michael Tippet's Five Negro Spirituals and more. Plus, an MLK spoken word performance you won't want to miss!
    Wentz Concert Hall
    171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville IL 60540
    Jessica Segal 630.637.7469 boxoffice@noctrl.edu
  • - Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the late Chicago Sinfonietta Maestro Paul Freeman had a dream when he founded what is now the nation’s most diverse orchestra more than three decades ago: to provide a space for diversity, inclusion, and acceptance in the world of music. Celebrate the birth and life of Dr. King with Chicago Sinfonietta as it presents its signature annual MLK Tribute Concert, featuring the conducting talents of Chicago Sinfonietta Assistant Conductor Kedrick Armstrong and Charleston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Kellen Gray, both graduates of the Chicago Sinfonietta’s industry-leading Project Inclusion professional development program. Chicago Sinfonietta will perform Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, and on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago.
    Every piece programmed in this season’s MLK Tribute Concert was specially selected by Kedrick Armstrong and Kellen Gray in collaboration with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, for whom Armstrong and Gray will be stepping in. Chicago Sinfonietta will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op.84, Adolphus Hailstork’s Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, Trevor Weston’s The People Could Fly, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite Suite de Concert, Op.77, plus Sir Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals from ‘A child of our time’ and James Lee III’s Come Unto Me. Special guests will include Project Inclusion Orchestral Fellow Kyle Dickson as the featured solo violinist for The People Could Fly and the Waubansie High School Mosaic Choir performing with the orchestra for Five Negro Spirituals from ‘A child of our time’ and Come Unto Me, with an additional performance of We Shall Overcome. A continued spoken word performance of Dr. King’s most important speeches by Kenneth Woods will be interlaced with the musical components of the program.
    “The concert program takes the audience on an emotional journey through music. The performance flows with spoken word recitations between pieces until intermission, which creates an enthralling and dynamic experience,” said Gray. “In hand with the musicians, Chicago Sinfonietta does what no other orchestra does in broadening the spectrum of what is expected and encouraged in the concert hall.”
    Project Inclusion is Chicago Sinfonietta’s groundbreaking fellowship program where talent and mentorship converge to develop diverse and emerging musicians, conductors, and administrators on and off-stage. What was created by Freeman to help eliminate institutional bias due to factors such as ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status has since broadened to tackle matters of diversity and inclusion from every angle. Today, Project Inclusion offers multifaceted, professional development fellowships to four orchestral and ensemble musicians, up to four conductors, and 1-2 arts administrators each season. Chicago Sinfonietta is proud to share that 53 percent of Project Inclusion fellows have been African American, 30 percent Latin American, and 15 percent Asian American, including Arab American, as well as 50 percent female.
    “I am still awestruck by the impact the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion program has had on my career. Every person in the organization buys in to each fellow and supports them for who they are and builds them up with the knowledge and tools to be successful, creating endless possibilities for the individuals touched by the program,” said Gray.
    “Being part of Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion program during the 2016-2017 season with Kellen changed my life and gave me an opportunity to get my foot in the classical music industry’s door,” said Armstrong. “Being able to work together to lead this program has been humbling and an organic process, because the legacy of Dr. King is something both Kellen and I are directly impacted by. We both grew up in South Carolina and have similar backgrounds and experiences growing up in the Deep South, which gives us each a unique perspective and reason to celebrate how far we have come and how far we have to go as a society. We are looking for the audience to leave with an uplifting sense of legacy and to celebrate the ways that diverse musicians continue to fight for inclusion.”
    Woods, a spoken-word and voiceover artist, will make his return to the stage with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performing in his second concert with the group, Woods’ rendition of the I Have a Dream speech has been heard around the world both with and without musical accompaniment. According to Woods, some of the most impactful lines which will be heard by audience members include, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
    “What truly moves me about Dr. King’s speeches is how the words are resonant and relative in the times in which we live,” said Woods. “Every time I recite the words, I am overcome with a profound revelation of the man and the passion and compassion of his spirit. It is an honor to perform alongside the Chicago Sinfonietta and the musicians who work each and every day to help realize a more diverse, inclusive, and equal world for everyone.”
    Chicago Sinfonietta is grateful to lead concert sponsor Exelon, and supporting concert sponsors Molex, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Morgan Stanley. Season sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Southwest Airlines, Fairmont Hotel, Hotel Indigo, Macy’s and season media sponsors include Chicago Magazine, Naperville Magazine and WBEZ.
    Tickets to MLK Tribute Concert range from $10 to $62 when purchased in advance online. For tickets or more information, please visit click for details.
    Wentz Concert Hall
    171 E Chicago Ave Naperville IL 60540
  • | 4:00pm - 12:00am | Arts and Entertainment, winter, rooftop, food and drink
    - Who said rooftops in Chicago can only be enjoyed in the summer? Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar, 1 W. Wacker Drive, is inviting both Chicago residents and visitors alike to cozy up this Windy City winter with a special outdoor activation that will be running all season long. Beginning November 15, this buzzed about rooftop destination is decking out its outdoor area with lush blankets, pillows, trees and greenery to bring an urban glamping experience to Downtown Chicago. Additionally, Raised will be offering a special menu of winterized food and beverage items for guests to enjoy.

    Those looking to warm up while getting cozy outside can sip on hot cocktails from the winter menu including Scotch Toddy with Monkey Shoulder, Rhine Hall Le Normande, Nux Alpine Walnut liqueuer, Apple Butter bourbon, and topped with hot water, Bourbon Toddy with FEW Bourbon, Allspice liqueur, sweet potato honey syrup, and topped with water, and Gin Toddy with FEW Barrel-Aged Gin, Drambuie, pure honey, and topped with hot apple cider. Raised will also be featuring a special s'mores kit complete with graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows, and an individual fire-lit toaster.

    This activation will be available weather permitting. Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar is open Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 12am, Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 12am, and is closed on Sundays. For more information visit raisedbarchicago.com or call (312) 795-3444.
    Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
    1 W Wacker Drive Chicago IL 60601
  • - SketchFest Executive Producer Jill Valentine is thrilled to announce the official line-up for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, taking place January 10 through 20, 2019 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Since its inception in 2002, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has grown to be the largest festival of its kind, with over 1,000 artists and 10,000 patrons annually from around the world. A comedic melting pot, the Chicago SketchFest has evolved as a sketch comedy haven starring local favorites, award-winning international ensembles, veterans, and fresh talent.

    "Every year, SketchFest has become bigger and better and is such an essential part of the Chicago comedy community that has withstood the test of time for an unbelievable 18 years," said Valentine. "It is always a pleasure of mine to witness how a new local group or one-man show is able to shine and find their comedic voice to make audience members laugh uncontrollably. This festival would not have made it this far without the support of writers, performers, and comedy lovers who every year come together under one roof to enjoy all things funny in the comedy capital of the world. It truly is a unique event!"

    The eclectic 2019 line-up will boast 120 shows in 8 days. Headliners include the two-man show, Parv and Pudi,comprised of Danny Pudi, best known for his role in the TV sitcom, Community, alongside Parvesh Cheena, and The Fail Yours, featuring Derek Mize and Eric Eikey from FUCT, NYC's most outrageous comedy group. Sketchfestlongtime favorites The Cupid Players, Rehner and Nixon, Off Off Broadway, and Patty Vazquez from WGN Radio, return to represent the essence of the Chicago sketch comedy scene, while great, out of state ensembles,Brick Penguin and newcomer, Welcome to Anhedonia, a puppet show embracing nerd culture, make their mark in the annual festival. Featured international participants for the 2019 SketchFest consist of HUNKS, Hot Raw Fire, the award-winning troupe from Montreal, and Sketchersons. The entire schedule for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival may be viewed at ChicagoSketchfest.com.

    Tickets for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival go on sale on December 1st at 12 p.m. Individual ticket prices
    are $15, and festival passes are available for $24 (Thursday), $48 (Friday), $60 (Saturday), $36 (Sunday), $120 flex pass good for up to 10 shows or $225 for an all festival pass. New this year, VIP Packages of two drink tickets and two show tickets for $40 and four drink tickets and four show tickets for $80 will be available.

    Performances take place at the top of each hour from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Thursday shows; 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. for Friday shows; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    for Saturday shows; and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 20th. Tickets and information are available online at Stage773.com, by phone 773.327.5252, and in person at the Stage 773 box office, located at 1225 W Belmont.
    The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is supported by the following sponsors, CH Distillery, Official Liquor Sponsor of SketchFest, Time Out Magazine, Official Media Sponsor of SketchFest and Home Run Inn, Official Neighborhood Sponsor of SketchFest.

    About Stage 773
    Stage 773 is a vibrant anchor of the Belmont Theatre District and home to Chicago's finest off-Loop talent. As a performance and tenant venue, our four stages provide entertainment for everyone: comedy, theatre, dance, musicals and more. We are a not-for-profit, connecting and catalyzing the theater community, while showcasing established artists and incubating up-and-coming talent. Stage 773 is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
    Stage 773
    1225 W Belmont Ave Chicago IL 60657
  • | 9:30pm - 11:55pm | Local Events
    - Due to predicted unsafe weather conditions this event has been cancelled.

    A Lunar Eclipse will be visible right here in NWI! Join us at Lemon Lake on Sunday January 20 from 9:30-midnight to see the moon pass through Earth's shadow.
    Lemon Lake
    6322 W 133rd Avenue Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • - Already known for hosting one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season, Cookies and Cheer, a luxury cookie exchange November 29-30, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is getting in the holiday spirit even earlier this year with the launch of their new smitten for sweets seasonal menu. Inspired by the tradition and comforts of holiday cookies, from November 1 – January 31, THE BAR will introduce cookie-inspired cocktails, and Columbus Tap, the in-house gastropub will partner with local breweries to offer a variety of seasonal brews. Each special cocktail and beer will be served with a chef-made holiday cookie.
    During the holiday season, guests will be able to enjoy unique, creatively crafted cocktails from THE BAR such as the “Champagne ‘n Cane,” the “Peppermint Chocolate Martini,” the “Cherry Pomegranate Mojito,” and the “Cranberry Mule.” Cocktails will be served with chef-made cookies including Rosemary Shortbread, Kumquat Macaroons, Chocolate Wafers and Brandy Snap Tuile Cookies among other festive creations.
    “One of my favorite holiday memories was watching my dad make a special holiday drink on Christmas Eve,” said Jamie Boughner, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage & Mixologist at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. “After dinner my whole family would enjoy a cocktail with homemade holiday cookies around our tree.”
    Columbus Tap will also offer several local holiday-centric brews in collaboration with Temperance Brewing Co and Revolution Brewing such as Temperance Birdsong Saison, Revolution Fistmas, New Holland Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout and Bell’s Christmas Ale.
    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
    200 N Columbus Chicago IL
  • - Just in time for the holiday season, THE WOMAN IN BLACK is inviting guests to try something new this year with a holiday ticket package. For those looking to bond over a spine-tingling live theater performance, THE WOMAN IN BLACK will include a drink from the bar with the purchase of a ticket using the code HOLIDAY through January 6, 2019. An experience surely not to miss, the production has been called "Spectacular" by the Chicago Sun-Times, and "Brilliant" by Chicago Theater Review, receiving rave reviews from critics across the board.

    Over eight million people have already lived to tell the tale of one of the most successful - and terrifying - theatre events ever staged. THE WOMAN IN BLACK - London's long-running West End play - is now playing at Chicago's Royal George Theatre with all the stage thrills that have led audiences in London to shriek in fear for 30 years.

    Susan Hill's Gothic ghost story, adapted for the stage by Stephen Mallatratt, is set in an isolated windswept mansion with tragic secrets hidden behind its shuttered windows. There, a young lawyer encounters horrific visions in the house set amidst the eerie marshes and howling winds of England's forbidding Northeast Coast. With just two actors, THE WOMAN IN BLACK offers audiences an evening of unremitting drama and sheer theatricality as they are transported into a chilling and ghostly world.

    The Chicago Sun-Times said of it, "this U.S. premiere of the original production pairs director Robin Herford's brilliant staging with two knockout Chicago actors, Bradley Armacost and Adam Wesley Brown, who absolutely light up the Royal George Theatre's long dormant main stage." The Chicago Reader said, "Every element of this fine production contributes to this stage thriller that actually thrills."

    Reviewing the Chicago production, Chicago Theatre Review remarked, "theatergoers searching for something completely different for their holiday entertainment and beyond, should look no further than this delightful, surprising and totally captivating melodrama," and Newcity said the production is "is frightfully fun entertainment, executed with gusto and silky-smooth professionalism, a perfect diversion for this season of frosty days and long nights, when the forces of light and darkness seem locked in cosmic combat, and a good ghost story is just the thing."

    For the Chicago production, director Robin Herford recreated his original staging for the first time in the U.S., with a Chicago-based cast. This American premiere of the Original London West End production, presented by PW Productions and Pemberley Productions, will run through February 17, 2019 at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., Chicago.

    To redeem the holiday ticket and drink package, guests can call the Royal George Theatre box office at 312.988.9000 and book using the code HOLIDAY. The package is valid through January 6, 2019, with the exception of December 31, 2018.
    The Royal George Theatre
    1641 N Halsted St. Chicago IL 60614
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Get ready for an epic moon event this month. Overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, into Monday, Jan. 21, millions of people in North and South America will have a prime view of a total lunar eclipse. During a special nocturnal hour, the full moon will become fully tinted with the red-orange color of sunset.

    The Jan. 21 total lunar eclipse will be the last one until May 2021, and the last one visible from the United States until 2022; the most recent total lunar eclipse previous to this one appeared in July 2018.
     
           

Monday, January 21st, 2019

  • - Orangetheory® Fitness, hailed by The New York Times as “the best one-hour workout in the country,” is elated to announce the opening of its 50th location in Illinois. Orangetheory® Fitness River West, 731 N. Milwaukee Ave., marks the ever-expanding franchise’s monumental achievement. Since 2010, Orangetheory has exploded in the US and overseas, with over 1,000 franchise licenses awarded in the US and internationally.

    The impact that Orangetheory® Fitness has had on the Chicagoland community has been astounding. In 2018 alone, the fitness hub hosted 131,103 total classes and 38,515 people called one of the region’s 50 area locations home.

    The first-ever Orangetheory® studio, Orangetheory Naperville, has grown out of its original space and has relocated to 8 West Gartner Road, Naperville, this past November to accommodate for its ever-increasing success. Now housing a total of 19 stations from 12 stations previously, the new studio aims to provide even more opportunity for people to experience and enjoy the workout program that has fast become a Chicagoland favorite.

    Orangetheory® Fitness is a one-of-a-kind, group personal training workout that uses intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Their heart-rate-monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone (known as the "orange zone"), no matter what the fitness level of the individual, they will be stimulating metabolism and increasing energy. The workout is half endurance and half strength and power training. Everyone in class wears a state-of-the-art heart rate monitor with their individual heart rates displayed in real-time on large monitors positioned throughout the studio.

    Maintaining the target zone makes sure that each person maximizes the efficiency of their workout to boost cardiovascular benefit and burn fat, both during and up to 36 hours after the workout. Each plateau-busting workout is different, thus ensuring not only variety, but an amazing challenge and real results. Each session is instructed by an Orangetheory® Fitness certified personal trainer.

    For more details or to sign up for Orangetheory® River West, visit their website or call (312) 832-9899. Orangetheory® River West can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. For more details or to sign up for Orangetheory® Naperville, visit their website or call (331) 444-3232. Orangetheory® Fitness Naperville can also be found on Facebook and Instagram.
    Orangetheory Fitness Chicago - River West
    731 N Milwaukee Chicago IL 60624
  • - mySpa at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is warming the hearts of guests and inspiring holiday cheer with new holiday packages for travelers and locals, alike. Specially-designed by skilled estheticians, guests may stop by the hotel to soak up top-of-the-line spa treatments from cinnamon vanilla brown sugar body scrubs and Tahitian vanilla body moisturizing services to cinnamon honey manicures and pedicures, featured in their extended experience, customizable and scrumptiously sweet packages available through February 28, 2019.
    mySpa’s holiday spa packages include:
    • smitten for sweets – Through February 28, 2019
    Unwind with spa specials perfect for winter including a 50-minute Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub treatment starting at $125, which allows guests to embrace the scents of fall and winter with an aromatic scrub meant to deeply moisturize and exfoliate your body. Following the scrub, guests will enjoy a full body massage with a lavish Tahitian Vanilla After Bath Body Moisturizer, leaving skin feeling beautifully polished and hydrated. The seasonal myHands & Feet Cinnamon Vanilla Manicure and Pedicure introduce guests to notes of cinnamon and honey as the blend with tiny bits of brown sugar is used to enrich the skin with nutrients and hydration, followed by a classic manicure and pedicure for $110 or just the manicure for $55 and the pedicure for $75 plus tax and fees.
    • Luxury for Longer – Through December 31, 2018
    To get every moment of relaxation, Illinois residents are invited to come in from the cold and choose their moment with a complimentary treatment upgrade to an 80-minute spa experience with the booking of any full-priced 50-minute service. The Luxury for Longer package may not be combined with any other offer and not applicable to groups and is subject to availability.

    • myAwakening – Through February 28, 2019
    For those looking for solace from the change of seasons and often harsh Chicago climate, the myAwakening Package invites guests to customize their mySpa experience with two or three services, for $200 and $300, respectively. mySpa guests may choose from treatments in the five categories myBody, myMassage, mySkincare and myHands & Feet. Treatments include including the Rituals Seasonal Body Treatment, Tropical Refresh, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, AromaHarmony Massage, Head, Hands and Feet Massage, Signature Facial, Rejuvenating Infusion and the Journey Manicure and Pedicure combination, giving guests the opportunity to get the most out of me time.

    In addition to the holiday packages, Fairmont Chicago’s mySpa is offering 20 percent off retail items with the purchase of a $50 gift certificate, so guests can spread cheer all season long by giving the gift of indulgence and relaxation to their family or friends.
    Just steps from the glittering, festive downtown nightlife, shopping and dining, mySpa, an 11,000 square foot urban sanctuary, offers personalized massage, skincare body treatments, manicure, pedicure and couples experiences, a 24-hour fitness studio and retail area featuring exclusive products from Red Flower, True and Spa Ritual. The extensive range of massage, skin care, body care and nail therapies cater to each guest’s unique needs, offering individualized solutions for a personalized spa experience.
    More information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park or to book your treatment at mySpa, please visit click for details or call (312) 946-8945.
    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
    200 N Columbus Drive Chicago IL 60601
  • | 10:00am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Nature is full of lots of surprises-maybe even fairies! Come to Oak Ridge Prairie to build a house in the woods for fairies and nature’s friends to visit.The simple challenge of creating a fairy house gives children a unique activity that encourages them to go outside and connect with the natural world, while nurturing care and respect for the environment. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Please dress warmly for the weather.
    Oak Ridge Prairie & Oak Savannah Trail
    301 S Colfax St Griffith IN 46323
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 10:00am - 2:00pm | Local Events
    - This Diversity Daycation is warm with kindness for friends of all shapes and shades. Celebrate the late and great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a kid-friendly, educational and immersive manner.
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado St. Lake Station IN 46405
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • - Dedicated to collecting, preserving and portraying the legacy of Greek history and culture in America, the National Hellenic Museum has the largest collection of Greek American artifacts and recorded oral histories anywhere. The National Hellenic Museum (NHM), 333 S. Halsted St., introduces its newest exhibition Lives Afloat: The Greek Refugee Crisis through the Lens of Tasos Markou 2015-2017 open Thursday, June 21, 2018 through spring 2019. This photographic exhibition portrays the realities facing refugees as they arrived in Greece at the height of the Greek Refugee Crisis.

    By early 2015, the numbers of refugees pouring into Greece had dramatically increased to hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. Many fled their home countries, attempting to reach Europe over land and by sea. Most were fleeing violence, war or persecution, and more than a third were escaping the Syrian Civil War. Unlike economic migrants, refugees do not willingly leave in search of new or better opportunities. Rather, refugees are forced from their homes by threat of harm and unsafe conditions.

    To compose the Lives Afloat exhibition, the NHM exhibition team utilized evidence-based reports and data from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and imagery of photographer Tasos Markou. Markou, born in 1983 in Larisas, Greece, studied photography at the Diek Voluou Public Vocational Training Institute. In 2015, he traveled to the island of Lesvos to cover the refugee crisis. His photographs capture some of these journeys — the difficulties of sea crossings, the living conditions in camps, and the boundaries encountered, particularly at the northern border of Greece. Daily life in the camps, including the poignant moments of families trying to adapt to living with limited resources and the sense of chronic waiting are portrayed.
    The NHM’s Lives Afloat exhibition shows a perspective of the Greek refugee crisis over a three-year period in three sections, Arrivals, Waiting, and Borders, to illustrate the experience through powerful photographs. Markou found himself changed by the experience, at times working more to provide aid as a volunteer than as a photojournalist. "I decided it wasn't enough to just be a good person. You have to act. Lesvos changed me. It would change anyone who comes here,” said Tasos Markou.
    World Refugee Day is recognized on June 20th every year. This exhibition will open to the public on June 21st 2018. On June 23rd the photographer, Tasos Markou, will present a program at the Museum about his efforts to aid refugees in Greece. Throughout the coming year this exhibition will be supplemented with public programming, docent-led tours, and invited speakers to help raise awareness about this crisis, and the fate of refugees across history.

    “It is so important for the National Hellenic Museum to be telling the story of the Greek Refugee Crisis with our own exhibition,” said Laura Calamos Nasir, Ph.D, National Hellenic Museum President. “It is crucial for the National Hellenic Museum to address recent history and portray the effects the crisis has had on so many. Using photos to tell the real story of a crisis impacting the Greek community, and indeed millions of lives, we aim to encourage people to learn more by seeking good sources of information, to gain more perspective and to develop a greater understanding of what is happening in the world, whether in the past or in current events. Visitors are invited to consider ways to get involved by learning more about the impact of nonprofit organizations and how effectively they directly impact peoples’ lives.”

    Founded in Chicago as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center (HMCC) in 1983, the HMCC moved to the city’s Greektown neighborhood in 2004 and opened its current location on Halsted Street as the National Hellenic Museum in 2011. The contemporary four-story building is home to extensive collections, rotating exhibitions, classrooms, and a stunning rooftop view of Chicago. Three floors of galleries explore ancient and modern themes and provide multi-use spaces to host tours, public programs, and private events. The NHM boasts a rich repository of 20,000+ artifacts, photos, historic newspapers, books and an archive of 450+ recorded histories. The NHM Collections & Archives serve as a central repository of Greek American history, now many generations strong. The Museum celebrates the mosaic of the Greek diaspora, immigrant journeys, and the breadth of the American experience.
    The National Hellenic Museum is open to all ages with admission as follows: adults $10, seniors $8, students $8, and children 3 to 12 years are $7. Children under 3 years of age and members receive free admission. NHM is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Mondays. Members enjoy many additional outstanding benefits throughout the year.
    NHM counts on member support to help preserve and share Greek history and culture through programs, events, and exhibitions. To become a member of the NHM, please visit the Museum’s membership page. For information on the Lives Afloat exhibit or other programs, membership, special events, facility rentals, or giving, please visit click for details.
    National Hellenic Museum
    333 S Halsted Chicago IL 60661
  • | 1:30pm - 3:00pm | Local Events
    - Explore the Oak Ridge Prairie trails in the winter with us Monday, January 21 from 1:30-3 PM with a guided snowshoe hike. Must bring own snowshoes. If there is not enough snowshoeing, we will offer a traditional hike instead.
    Oak Ridge Prairie & Oak Savannah Trail
    301 S Colfax St Griffith IN 46323
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 4:00pm - 12:00am | Arts and Entertainment, winter, rooftop, food and drink
    - Who said rooftops in Chicago can only be enjoyed in the summer? Raised, An Urban Rooftop Bar, 1 W. Wacker Drive, is inviting both Chicago residents and visitors alike to cozy up this Windy City winter with a special outdoor activation that will be running all season long. Beginning November 15, this buzzed about rooftop destination is decking out its outdoor area with lush blankets, pillows, trees and greenery to bring an urban glamping experience to Downtown Chicago. Additionally, Raised will be offering a special menu of winterized food and beverage items for guests to enjoy.

    Those looking to warm up while getting cozy outside can sip on hot cocktails from the winter menu including Scotch Toddy with Monkey Shoulder, Rhine Hall Le Normande, Nux Alpine Walnut liqueuer, Apple Butter bourbon, and topped with hot water, Bourbon Toddy with FEW Bourbon, Allspice liqueur, sweet potato honey syrup, and topped with water, and Gin Toddy with FEW Barrel-Aged Gin, Drambuie, pure honey, and topped with hot apple cider. Raised will also be featuring a special s'mores kit complete with graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows, and an individual fire-lit toaster.

    This activation will be available weather permitting. Raised, an Urban Rooftop Bar is open Monday through Thursday from 4pm to 12am, Friday and Saturday from 2pm to 12am, and is closed on Sundays. For more information visit raisedbarchicago.com or call (312) 795-3444.
    Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
    1 W Wacker Drive Chicago IL 60601
  • | 5:00pm - 10:00pm | Charity, Fundraiser, Bingo
    - Come join the fun. Monday Nights Bingo Doors open at 5pm, Early Bird 6pm, Regular Games 7pm. Cash Prizes, Pull Tabs, Door Prize, Progressive Pots. Set up for regular games is $20.00. Patrician Banquets 410 E us Hwy 30 Schererville, IN. Enjoy the Patricians great food, an adult beverage all while supporting a really great cause(food and beverages at an additional cost). Call Jodi at 219-865-9600 for reservations or more information.
    Patrician Banquets
    410 E US HWY 30 Schererville IN 46375
    Jodi Kobak 12198659600 admin@safetyvillage.us
  • - Like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the late Chicago Sinfonietta Maestro Paul Freeman had a dream when he founded what is now the nation’s most diverse orchestra more than three decades ago: to provide a space for diversity, inclusion, and acceptance in the world of music. Celebrate the birth and life of Dr. King with Chicago Sinfonietta as it presents its signature annual MLK Tribute Concert, featuring the conducting talents of Chicago Sinfonietta Assistant Conductor Kedrick Armstrong and Charleston Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor Kellen Gray, both graduates of the Chicago Sinfonietta’s industry-leading Project Inclusion professional development program. Chicago Sinfonietta will perform Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, and on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave in Chicago.
    Every piece programmed in this season’s MLK Tribute Concert was specially selected by Kedrick Armstrong and Kellen Gray in collaboration with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, for whom Armstrong and Gray will be stepping in. Chicago Sinfonietta will perform Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Op.84, Adolphus Hailstork’s Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed, Trevor Weston’s The People Could Fly, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Petite Suite de Concert, Op.77, plus Sir Michael Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals from ‘A child of our time’ and James Lee III’s Come Unto Me. Special guests will include Project Inclusion Orchestral Fellow Kyle Dickson as the featured solo violinist for The People Could Fly and the Waubansie High School Mosaic Choir performing with the orchestra for Five Negro Spirituals from ‘A child of our time’ and Come Unto Me, with an additional performance of We Shall Overcome. A continued spoken word performance of Dr. King’s most important speeches by Kenneth Woods will be interlaced with the musical components of the program.
    “The concert program takes the audience on an emotional journey through music. The performance flows with spoken word recitations between pieces until intermission, which creates an enthralling and dynamic experience,” said Gray. “In hand with the musicians, Chicago Sinfonietta does what no other orchestra does in broadening the spectrum of what is expected and encouraged in the concert hall.”
    Project Inclusion is Chicago Sinfonietta’s groundbreaking fellowship program where talent and mentorship converge to develop diverse and emerging musicians, conductors, and administrators on and off-stage. What was created by Freeman to help eliminate institutional bias due to factors such as ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic status has since broadened to tackle matters of diversity and inclusion from every angle. Today, Project Inclusion offers multifaceted, professional development fellowships to four orchestral and ensemble musicians, up to four conductors, and 1-2 arts administrators each season. Chicago Sinfonietta is proud to share that 53 percent of Project Inclusion fellows have been African American, 30 percent Latin American, and 15 percent Asian American, including Arab American, as well as 50 percent female.
    “I am still awestruck by the impact the Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion program has had on my career. Every person in the organization buys in to each fellow and supports them for who they are and builds them up with the knowledge and tools to be successful, creating endless possibilities for the individuals touched by the program,” said Gray.
    “Being part of Chicago Sinfonietta’s Project Inclusion program during the 2016-2017 season with Kellen changed my life and gave me an opportunity to get my foot in the classical music industry’s door,” said Armstrong. “Being able to work together to lead this program has been humbling and an organic process, because the legacy of Dr. King is something both Kellen and I are directly impacted by. We both grew up in South Carolina and have similar backgrounds and experiences growing up in the Deep South, which gives us each a unique perspective and reason to celebrate how far we have come and how far we have to go as a society. We are looking for the audience to leave with an uplifting sense of legacy and to celebrate the ways that diverse musicians continue to fight for inclusion.”
    Woods, a spoken-word and voiceover artist, will make his return to the stage with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performing in his second concert with the group, Woods’ rendition of the I Have a Dream speech has been heard around the world both with and without musical accompaniment. According to Woods, some of the most impactful lines which will be heard by audience members include, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
    “What truly moves me about Dr. King’s speeches is how the words are resonant and relative in the times in which we live,” said Woods. “Every time I recite the words, I am overcome with a profound revelation of the man and the passion and compassion of his spirit. It is an honor to perform alongside the Chicago Sinfonietta and the musicians who work each and every day to help realize a more diverse, inclusive, and equal world for everyone.”
    Chicago Sinfonietta is grateful to lead concert sponsor Exelon, and supporting concert sponsors Molex, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Morgan Stanley. Season sponsors include BMO Harris Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Southwest Airlines, Fairmont Hotel, Hotel Indigo, Macy’s and season media sponsors include Chicago Magazine, Naperville Magazine and WBEZ.
    Tickets to MLK Tribute Concert range from $10 to $62 when purchased in advance online. For tickets or more information, please visit click for details.
    Chicago Symohony Center
    220 S Michigan Ave Chicago IL 60604
  • | Sports and Recreation, Soccer, Youth Soccer, Sparta Dome, Indoor Soccer
    - SESSION INFORMATION
    Games primarily played on Saturdays ♦Some games may be on Sunday♦
    Individual & Team Registration (see links below)
    Greenfield's SlideMax Elite XP Turf (FIFA Preferred Product)- Like Playing Outdoors!
    -Wear Outdoor Cleats (clean!) or Turf Shoes
    -Full Concessions with Gelsosomo's Pizza, Little Market Tamales, & I-PourIt
    -Climate Controlled • USSF Certified Refs!
    -Coaches/Mgrs manage teams online •Automatic game reminders
    -NO DOOR FEE! NO REF FEE! NO LINE-UP FEE!
    -Age/Birthyear
    -US Soccer: 5 Things to Know About Birth Year Registration-click for details

    AGE GROUP INFO
    U5/U6 CO-ED $99/Player (+ Sparta member/Registration card*)
    -3v3 no goalies
    -42 min running clock
    -Parent Coached
    -Sparta League T-Shirt for each player
    -Medals for each player on last Game
    -In-House Teams Only

    U07/U08 $749/Team $99/Individual (+ Sparta Member/Registration card*)
    -5v5 ( 4 field players + goalie )
    -42 min running clock
    -Sparta League T-Shirt for each player
    -Champions receive choice of Short or Long Sleeve Dri-Fit Champion Shirts
    -Individual (In-House) & Team registration available

    U10, U12, U14 and High School $899/Team $109/Individual (+ Sparta Member/Registration card*)
    -7v7 (6 field players + goalie)
    -42 min running clock
    -Sparta League T-Shirt for each player
    -Session Champions receive choice of Short or Long Sleeve Dri-Fit Champion Shirts
    -Individual (In-House) and Team registration available
    -Field size 67 x 33 yards (202' x 100')

    * $20 Individual/$40 Family Annual (2017/2018) Sparta Member/Registration card required each player before playing. Birth Cert or US Youth Soccer Player card & Photo required.

    Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point IN 46307
    Sparta Dome 219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • - Already known for hosting one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season, Cookies and Cheer, a luxury cookie exchange November 29-30, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is getting in the holiday spirit even earlier this year with the launch of their new smitten for sweets seasonal menu. Inspired by the tradition and comforts of holiday cookies, from November 1 – January 31, THE BAR will introduce cookie-inspired cocktails, and Columbus Tap, the in-house gastropub will partner with local breweries to offer a variety of seasonal brews. Each special cocktail and beer will be served with a chef-made holiday cookie.
    During the holiday season, guests will be able to enjoy unique, creatively crafted cocktails from THE BAR such as the “Champagne ‘n Cane,” the “Peppermint Chocolate Martini,” the “Cherry Pomegranate Mojito,” and the “Cranberry Mule.” Cocktails will be served with chef-made cookies including Rosemary Shortbread, Kumquat Macaroons, Chocolate Wafers and Brandy Snap Tuile Cookies among other festive creations.
    “One of my favorite holiday memories was watching my dad make a special holiday drink on Christmas Eve,” said Jamie Boughner, Assistant Director of Food & Beverage & Mixologist at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. “After dinner my whole family would enjoy a cocktail with homemade holiday cookies around our tree.”
    Columbus Tap will also offer several local holiday-centric brews in collaboration with Temperance Brewing Co and Revolution Brewing such as Temperance Birdsong Saison, Revolution Fistmas, New Holland Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout and Bell’s Christmas Ale.
    Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
    200 N Columbus Chicago IL

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