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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!
The lighted hill provides hours of fun, but if your kids crave more, there’s an ice skating rink here, too. Dawn–10pm. 1990 White St, Des Plaines (847-391-5700).
Soggy mittens and frosty temps can’t stop the fun at this Northwest Side hill—there’s a fire pit at the adjacent indoor warming center. 8am–10pm. 6380 W Devon Ave (800-870-3666).
With a lakefront view, this four-sided hill has a steep angle your daredevil tweens aren’t going to want to pass up. Just be sure to use the bathroom before you leave home, because there aren’t any nearby. Dawn–dusk. 601 W Montrose Ave (312-742-7726).
Dan Ryan Woods
This hidden gem is never too crowded, and it boasts a 200-foot-long slope. 8am–10pm. 87th St at Western Ave (800-870-3666).
Don’t grease up your sleds Clark Griswold style, or you may find yourself in the Chicago River, which lies adjacent to the park. Dawn–11pm. 630 N Kingsbury St (312-587-9245).
Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park
This garbage dump turned sledding hill, dubbed Mount Bridgeport by locals, prides itself on the magnificent southern view of Chicago’s skyline. Afterward, hop down the street to Jackalope Coffee (755 W 32nd St, 312-888-3468) to warm up over hot chocolate. Dawn–11pm. 2700 S Halsted St (312-747-6497).
The bowl-shaped valley at this suburban park means plenty of landing space to cruise. 5am–11pm. 1326 W Central Rd, Mount Prospect (847-577-3000).
With a 220-foot-long slope covered in faux flakes, this hill makes football the last thing on anyone’s mind. Open so long as there’s snow. Dawn–11pm. 425 E McFetridge Dr (312-235-7000).
Swallow Cliff Woods (Calumet Sag Rd btwn Willow Springs Rd & La Grange Rd)
An infamous spot for suburban thrill-seekers. It’s lit after the sun goes down, so the fun doesn’t need to end early. 8am–9pm. Palos Park (800-870-3666).
Make this park an all-day family adventure. Try out its kiddy slopes, go ice skating, and then muster up your courage for the big hills. Dawn–11pm. 6601 N Western Ave (773-262-6314).
Indian Road Woods Sledding Hill
Central Avenue, half a mile south of Caldwell Avenue
The Indian Road Woods Sledding Hill is a part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. It's open from 8 a.m. to sunset, and it provides a great sledding experience for both adults and children alike. Unfortunately, due to its popularity, the Indian Road Woods Sledding Hill can be crowded from time to time.
James Park Sledding Hill
Intersection of Oakton and Dodge in Evanston
Most of the sledding hills listed above have a smooth texture and riding surface, but sometimes a bumpy ride is in order. The James Park Sledding Hill has a 30-degree angle and lasts up to 300 feet, but one of its most ideal features is its both smooth and bumpy texture.
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