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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!
Music Box Theatre 70mm Film Festival
Now thru Thursday, Feb 28, Music Box Theatre 3733 N. Southport Ave, Chicago (Lakeview), $9.25-70
Details: Mark your calendars for this two-week festival of films! See these films as as their creator wished them to be seen: on the big screen, in a theatre, on film and in 70mm. Some of the films include…
Vertigo, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lord Jim, and more! www.musicboxtheatre.com
Picasso and Chicago
Now thru Sun, May 12 , 10:30A-5P, Art Institute of Chicago, $12-18 (free to IL residents Thursdays)
This first large-scale Picasso exhibition presented by the Art Institute of Chicago in 30 years commemorates the centennial anniversary of the influential 1913 Armory Show for modern art. Special loans, installations throughout the museum, and programs are part of the exhibit. ALSO The Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to announce the launch of the FREE MUSEUM TOUR APP called “Art Institute of Chicago Tours,” a free “indoor GPS” app for Apple and Android devices that presents 50 rich and varied tours of all the public spaces in the museum and its thousands of works on view. Get it here… http://www.artic.edu/visit/maps-guides-and-apps
Wed's thru Oct, 7:30P, Cuna 1113 W. Belmont Ave. (Lake View) FREE!
Learn how to salsa dance for free while enjoying drink specials and half price appetizers.
15th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray
Thursday, February 28, 2013 from anywhere in the world for the 15th Annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray. As is the tradition every year on or around Harry’s birthday, fans around the world will raise a Budweiser or other beverage in his memory. The legendary Hall of Fame announcer considered himself, first and foremost, a fan. His genuine love for the Cubs, the fans and the game of baseball was one of his most endearing qualities. To celebrate Harry’s love for the fans, this year’s Toast is The Year of the Fan.
Annual Spring Flower Show at Lincoln Park Conservatory
Now thru - May 12, 9A-5P, Lincoln Park Conservatory 2391 N. Stockton Drive, FREE!
The free annual Spring Flower Shows offer visitors a chance to experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to meet the direct descendants of the great Azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. In addition, this year’s flower shows will feature a changing selection of spring blooming plants including Azaleas, spring flowering annuals and spring flowering perennials.
FAMILY EVENTS ----------------------------------------------
International Polar Bear Day at Brookfield Zoo
Wed, Feb 27, 11A-3P, Brookfield Zoo 8401 31st Street, Brookfield
Visit the zoo on Wednesday to reflect on the threatened status of polar bears and learn how to help protect their environment. The event is in honor of International Polar Bear Day and will highlight the effects that climate change has on these magnificent creatures. Children will also be able to participate in polar bear-themed activities at Hamill Family Play Zoo & Zookeepers will be on hand to host a special Zoo Chat at 11:30 a.m. and share interesting facts about Brookfield Zoo’s polar bears, including Aussie, a 27-year-old male.
2013 Read Across America “Hat’s Off Dr. Seuss!" Storytime
Fri, Mar 1, 10-30A, The Promenade Bolingbrook 631 E. Boughton Road Suite 100, Bolingbrook
The 2013 “Read Across America” theme is “Hat’s Off Dr. Seuss”! We are celebrating the birthday (Sat, 3/2) & work of the many-hatted genius of Theodore Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. We will be reading all of our wacky Seussian favorites. www.store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4237455
Elgins Largest Family Fitness Class
Fri, Mar 1, 6P, The Centre of Elgin 100 Symphony Way, Elgin, FREE!
All families in the Elgin area are invited to be part of history by participating in Elgin’s Largest Family Fitness Class, “On March 1 we hope to set a record for the largest group fitness class to ever take place in Elgin” said Randy Reopelle, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Elgin, “We welcome individuals and families of all fitness levels to come and be a part of what should be a very fun event.” The free fitness class will be followed by free use of The Centre’s climbing wall, fieldhouse and swimming pools for all that participate in the fitness class. www.cityofelgin.org
Schaumburg Park District's Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
Sat, Mar 2, 11A-12:30P, Bock Neighborhood Center 1223 Sharon Lane, Schaumburg, $10-15, Ages 3-8
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Children will listen to classic Seuss stories, work on a fun craft, play silly games and enjoy a birthday snack. Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and receive a special prize.
Daddy Daughter Date Night - Princess Ariel's Mermaid Ball
Sat, Mar 2, 6P-8P, Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake, $35-39
It's a new year and with a new theme for this magical event. Dads and other princes, adorn your favorite little princess in her most beautiful gown, and escort her to this magical night of music, dancing, and fairytale dreams come true. Elegant refreshments, crafts, performances by by Ariel and her sisters await you when you travel to the enchanted kingdom under the sea. Dance the night away alongside Princess Ariel and her Prince.
St. Charles Park District's Daddy Daughter Dance
Sat, Mar 2 & 9, 6:45P-8:30P, Pottawatomie Com Ctrr, 8 North Ave, St. Charles, $12-18, Dads w/daughters 3+ Spend a memorable evening with your special guy…DAD! Enjoy a night filled with entertainment, dancing, refreshments and fun. A special memento of the evening will be provided. www.st-charlesparks.org/VW-Systems/Calendar/calendar.asp
Maple Tapping & Pancake Picnic
Saturdays, Mar 2, 9 & 16 11A-1P, The Morton Arboretum 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, $18-25
Bundle up the family and come celebrate the bounty of trees with maple tree tapping and maple syrup sampling. Families with children of all ages will learn about the history of maple tapping and see how it's done. Complete your experience with maple syrup tasting and an outdoor pancake picnic complete with a cozy fire! www.mortonarb.org/calendar
CONCERTS, THEATER & COMEDY ----------------------------------------------
Howie Day Thurs&Fri 2/28&3/1 8P City Winery
Crystal Bowersox (2nd Plc, Idol 2009) Fri 3/1 8P Evanston SPACE
Crystal Bowersox Sat 3/2 8P Arcada Theater, St. Charles
Muse w/ Dead Sara Mon 3/4 7P United Center
FAMILY THEATER & CONCERTS
The Wizard of Oz
Fri - Sun, Mar 1-3, Various showtimes, Arts Center of Oak Park 200 N. Oak Park Ave, $9-12
Spotlight Youth Theater presents an adaption of the 1939 film featuring classics like "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead." www.spotlight.org/opw13_wizardofoz
Beat Kitchen Concert For Kids: Human-Tim + Robot-Tim
Sat, Mar 2, 3:30P, Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago
Human-Tim + Robot-Tim have been making music for small humans and their grown-ups since 2009. Human-Tim mostly plays the guitar and sings, while Robot-Tim mostly pushes buttons and dances. With a little help from some talented friends, they play family-friendly, indie-rockin', slightly twangy electro-folk music. www.humantim.com/index.html
The Cat in the Hat
Now thru May 19, Apollo Theater 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. (Lincoln Park), $10-$16
This Dr. Seuss adaptation follows two children stuck indoors during a rainy afternoon as they are introduced to the mysterious Cat in the Hat. He brings trouble in all forms as the children have to help fix all his mischief before they have to explain the mess to their mother. www.emeraldcitytheatre.com/shows_1213_catinthehat.php
Tue, Feb 26 7P vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Thu, Feb 28 7P vs Philadelphia 76ers
Sat, Mar 2 7P vs Brooklyn Nets
Mon, Feb 25 7:30P vs Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Mar 1 7:30P vs Columbus Blue Jackets