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Jeff Corder or "Quarter" (nicknamed because of his sound-alike last name) is a Chicagoland food, improv, and live music fan who's always out wherever there's great pizza, plenty of laughs, and a good (or bad) band playing. Corder "grew-up" (…questionable) 28 Metra stops from Michigan & Randolph in the Southside paradise known as Blue Island. He graduated Dwight D. Eisenhower HS as "Most Likely To Be Unlikely" and attended Illinois State University…before they asked him to "please leave." When not on the air, Jeff can be found volunteering for local charities, playing with his Mom's parrots, or learning the art of power-napping.
When I was a little girl in Little Rock, Arkansas I used to stay up late with my favorite Christmas present - a transistor radio. I would tune in WLS AM, broadcasting from the exciting big city of Chicago, and when I heard Yvonne Daniels on the air I thought “YES! THAT’S what I want to do”. Dreams do come true because years later I ended up hosting the same show on WNUA that Yvonne Daniels hosted at one time. After college and some time touring with a band, playing keyboards and singing, I landed my first radio job in Little Rock. I then moved on to stations in Detroit and Chicago before doing mornings on WNUA. First solo then partnering with Jazz Great Ramsey Lewis. I joined Lite FM three years ago.
I live in the Northwest Suburbs with my hubby (the most patient man in the world) and my two sons. They’re used to Mom’s early morning hours and indulge my cooking obsession. They’ll try anything…once! Partially by necessity, I love to run. I’m not too speedy but better at endurance. This year will be my third Chicago Marathon. I do yoga to de-stress and tennis just to make my friends feel good about winning. I live for Family, Friends, Food and Music (maybe in that order). I love live music especially outside in the summer - From the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra to Ravinia to catching my friends’ bands playing in the local clubs. Looking at my Facebook page it seems like all I do is post about live shows and restaurants!
I really do feel like I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do what I love – helping people wake up and get going in the best city in the world. Yes Karen… Life is Good!
Chicago Restaurant Week 2013
Now thru Sun, Feb 10, Various locations, $22-44
It's that time again. Chicago's 250+ best restaurants are putting on discounted prix fixe menus for Chicago Restaurant Week during the week of Feb. 1-10 and reservations will sell out quickly.
2013 Chicago Auto Show
Sat-Mon, Feb 9-18, McCormick Place, $6-$12
As the nation’s largest, the Chicago Auto Show spans more than one million square feet of contiguous one-floor space, displays multiple world and North American introductions and showcases a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, trucks, sport-utility vehicles, minivans and concept cars. In all, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display including hundreds of interactive, aftermarket, accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars.
~ Tuesday, February 12 is Women’s Day. Women are admitted for $6. Manufacturers will present special women-oriented programs on the purchase and lease of cars and maintenance.
~ Chicago Auto Show Food Drive Discount. Show goers who donate three cans of food receive coupons for $6 off a full adult admission on Wed, Feb 13 thru Fri, Feb 15. All food collected will benefit the Safe Haven Foundation that helps Chicagoans experiencing homelessness. www.ChicagoAutoShow.com
Ice Sculpture Festival: “Love Is In the Air”
Fri-Sun, Feb 8-10, Main and Curtiss Street Downtown Downers Grove, FREE!
Enjoy the unique ice sculptures that will line the streets of downtown Downers Grove. Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping & dining! Enjoy unique ice sculptures that will line the streets as well as the array of events all weekend. Live carving demonstrations on Fri. at 6:30P & Sat. & Sun. from 11A-3P. There is a Ronald McDonald Magic Show, Pancake Breakfast, & a special movie of Ice Age: Continental Drift at Tivoli Theatre (admission is $4.00 and proceeds will benefit Noah’s Hope).
I Love Nature Valentine's Day Dance
Sat, Feb 9, 5:30-7:30P, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N Cannon Dr (Lincoln Park), $5-45
Get dressed up and join us for our first annual Family Valentine’s Day Dance! Experience exclusive after-hours access to the Museum, enjoy dinner and mocktails by Berghoff Catering and dance the night away to our DJ’s beats. Visit the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, get up close with all our friendly creatures, create Valentine’s Day cards, decorate cookies, enter the raffle to win fabulous prizes and much more! Activities for all ages, swag bags for all kids! All proceeds benefit the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Space is limited! Price includes dinner, mocktails and all activities.
Red Light, Green Light Valentine's Day Party
Sat, Feb 9, 10P, Fado Irish Pub and Restaurant (River North), FREE!
Details: A perfect Valentine's party both for couples and singles! Couples wear red necklaces and singles wear green while enjoying drink specials & live music from Final Day and DJ Ram.
SciFi Movie Casting Call
Sat, Feb 9, 10A-3P, CINESPACE - Chicago Film Studios 2602 W. 16TH Street (West Side - Douglas Park)
Atmosphere Casting of Chicago announced today that it is in search of background talent for Summit Entertainment's Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Neil Burger. Based on author Veronica Roth's New York Times best seller, the film will commence principal photography this April in Chicago. Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company, will release the film theatrically in North America on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Cupid's Undie Run
Sat, Feb 9, Noon, Houndstooth Saloon 3369 N Clark St (Lakeview), $30
Get your cute little butt in the Valentine's Day spirit! Join other lovers as they run through Wrigleyville in their undies to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation; then party at one of the neighborhood's most best establishments.
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Daddy-Daughter / Mommy-Son Valentine's Day Dance
Fri, Feb, 8, 6:30P-8:30P, Mayfair Park 4550 W. Sunnyside Ave. (Mayfair neighborhood on NW side) $5 per Take a spin around the dance floor and have tons of fun! Make your Valentine's Day celebration a memorable one at Mayfair Park's 7th annual daddy-daughter / mommy-son dance. Take a spin around the dance floor, and have tons of fun. Stop by the park today to buy your tickets. The Mayfair Park Advisory Council will be selling refreshments as well as providing a Valentine photo opportunity for a modest fee.
Fri, Feb, 8, 6P-9P, White Pines Banquet Hall at 500 W Jefferson, Bensenville, $20-25
Twist the night away with that special someone! Dads and daughters, Moms and sons, everyone's invited to have some FUN! You'll enjoy an evening which includes a delicious dinner and dancing with a live DJ and prizes. Each child will receive a special gift and all parent/ child couples will receive a photo to remember the special occasion. www.bensenvilleparkdistrict.org/pages/events/bpd_events.html
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Fri 2/8 8P North Shore Ctr for Perf Arts
Matchbox Twenty & Phillip Phillips Sat 2/9 6:30P Riverside Theater, Milwaukee