Thursday, June 14, 2018

20% Discount Code For KYI (Know Your Ingredients) Chemical Free Vegan Beauty Products

Here at ChiIL Mama, we're all about natural ingredients and avoiding harsh chemicals. I want the best health for my family, and that means being informed as a mom, and keeping toxins to a minimum. That's why I'm excited to check out KYI beauty products. I haven't sampled them, yet, but these vegan softening oils, masks, and serums sound amazing and I can't wait to try them. 

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it! 



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Sometimes it's hard to make great choices for your family. Labels can be misleading. That's why it's crucial to Know Your Ingredients




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Monday, June 11, 2018

FREE ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT WITH BROADWAY IN CHICAGO August 13th at Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:

FREE ANNUAL SUMMER CONCERT WITH
BROADWAY IN CHICAGO 

Featuring performances by
DEAR EVAN HANSEN, HEARTBREAK HOTEL, 
ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and MISS SAIGON


Monday, August 13 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce their annual FREE BROADWAY IN CHICAGO SUMMER CONCERT, sponsored by ABC 7 Chicago and hosted by Janet Davies, ABC 7 Chicago’s entertainment reporter and host of the entertainment and lifestyle program 190 NORTH on ABC 7. The concert will take place on Monday, August 13, 2018 at 6:15 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St). The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert at Millennium Park is presented with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This year, there will be preview performances from DEAR EVAN HANSEN, HEARTBREAK HOTEL, ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and MISS SAIGON. More performances will be announced closer to the event.

“This is the highlight of the summer for Broadway fans – it’s like ‘Broadwaypalooza’,” says Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago.

The Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert is presented in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of Millennium Park Presents. Millennium Park proudly presents symphonic music, dance, opera, Broadway hits and more—performed by some of Chicago’s best-loved cultural institutions. For full calendar information, visit millenniumpark.org.  For exciting facts about the Park, program updates and weather cancellations, follow Millennium Park on Twitter (@Millennium_Park), Instagram (Millennium_Park) and Facebook (@MillenniumParkChicago).

As the summer season kicks off in Millennium Park, some important changes are coming to improve security and the visitor experience at the park. The City of Chicago will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place in the park. Outside alcohol will be prohibited at the seven Jay Pritzker Pavilion events with the highest attendance, including the Broadway In Chicago Summer Concert. Additional food and beverage options will be available for purchase at various price points inside the venue. Subject to bag search at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events at Millennium Park.

For more information on the Summer Concert and Broadway In Chicago, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

Mark Toland Mind Reader Wednesday Nights at The Greenhouse Theater Center Ages 16+

Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:
Mark Toland Mind Reader



**Recommended for ages 16+**
75 minutes (Estimated) Run Time


Open Run
The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2557 N. Lincoln Ave.
greenhousetheater.org
773.404.7336
Schedule: Wednesdays at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25



Over the course of 75 minutes, Toland engages audience members with psychological illusions and mysteries of the mind. “Get ready for an unforgettable evening,” said Toland. “The audience is the cast, their thoughts are my props and their minds will be blown!” Audiences should prepare to take part in the show, as Toland attempts to get into their thoughts and reveal what they are thinking. “There are no weekly mentalism shows in the city right now, so I’m thrilled to bring an exciting new show to Chicago audiences every week.”

Mark Toland knows what you’re thinking. He can tell you your birthday, where you grew up, and what you did last summer. He will, quite literally, blow your mind. The audience is the cast, your thoughts are his props, and your mind is his stage.

Mark Toland has appeared on NBC, WGN, FOX, ABC, NPR, and even given his own TED Talk. Plus, he is the go-to entertainment choice for major corporations, including Disney, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Honda, 1-800- Contacts, and more.

The Chicago Tribune says “Mark Toland is mind blowing!” and Theme Park University says that “Mark Toland is one of the best mentalism acts in the whole world.”

Now it’s your chance to witness Mark’s unbelievable mind reading skills up close. Does he know what you’re thinking? Can he read your mind? Find out every Wednesday at 8pm.




Chicago's Northerly Island to Host Premiere of HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION November 2018

HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION
    PREMIERES IN CHICAGO THIS FALL
       PRIOR TO TOUR OF U.S. CITIES



LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA NARRATES

HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION – a 360-degree, immersive exhibit that will travel to select U.S. cities -- will premiere in Chicago in the fall of 2018 for a limited engagement, it has been announced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical HAMILTON, and Jeffrey Seller, the musical’s producer. HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION – on display in a specially-constructed free-standing, all-weather structure the size of a football field -- opens November 17, 2018 for a limited engagement on Northerly Island in Chicago, where HAMILTON has played a sold-out run since 2016. 


 Images of the renderings (Credit: David Korins) 


HAMILTON:  THE EXHIBITION is a creative collaboration between creative director David Korins, who designed the set for HAMILTON, Yale University professor and historian Joanne Freeman, HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail and producer Jeffrey Seller. Harvard University history and law professor Annette Gordon-Reed is also contributing to the historical accuracy of the exhibit.   This exhibit is presented with Imagine Exhibitions, Inc., one of the leading operators of traveling museum exhibits throughout the world. 

Lin-Manuel Miranda states, “HAMILTON is a musical.  It’s as much of Alexander Hamilton’s life as we could wrestle into two and a half hours of musical theater, and it’s been incredible and surreal to see the renewed interest this has sparked in Alexander Hamilton’s life and times.  I’m so thrilled with the work David Korins has done alongside eminent historians Joanne Freeman and Annette Gordon-Reed, who are experts in this arena.  With this exhibition, they’re creating an immersive companion piece for HAMILTON, and a deep dive into the details and experiences of Hamilton’s story.”



Featuring an audio tour narrated by Mr. Miranda the musical’s creator, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION is designed to take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, while at the same time chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America.   With a dynamic, interactive mix of in-depth scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia and music, HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will give visitors an experiential journey from Hamilton’s childhood in St. Croix to his untimely death in Weehawken, New Jersey and the numerous, indelible ways Hamilton’s bold actions over 200 years ago affect our lives today.

Mr. Seller states, “I hope to use this exhibition to answer some questions that the musical doesn’t address, like ‘What did Alexander actually do when he was a trader in St. Croix?  What did Hamilton’s Manhattan look like?  How did we win the battle of Yorktown?’  In an environment that is visually stunning, aurally thrilling and ingeniously educational, we aim to give visitors yet another unique portal through the life of Alexander Hamilton into the American founding.”

“HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will be an enriching, educational and entertaining attraction for Chicago residents and visitors,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “HAMILTON has been bringing down the house to sold out audiences in Chicago, and I am confident this exhibit will be met with similar enthusiasm. I commend producer Jeffrey Seller, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the creative team behind HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION for choosing Chicago for its inaugural run.”



HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION is the most recent extension of HAMILTON, the musical, following the release of “Hamilton-The Revolution,” the best-selling book about the making of the musical; the Hamilton original Broadway cast recording, now double-platinum and streamed over two billion times; the HAMILTON MIXTAPE, which features leading pop music stars performing covers of songs from the musical; “Hamilton’s America,” the PBS documentary; the HAMILTON APP, which has already had more than 1 million downloads since its launch late last year; and HAMILDROP, Mr. Miranda’s series of newly-recorded covers of songs from the musical.

As well, HAMILTON has created a nationwide education program, EduHam, that provides hundreds of thousands of Title 1 high school students an opportunity to engage in an innovative curriculum about the founding era in American and attend all-student matinee performances of the musical.


For more information and to sign up to be the first to receive news and ticket sales alerts, please visit hamiltonexhibition.com

For groups of 10 or more contact Broadway In Chicago at 312-977-1710 or contact BICgroups.com.

Tickets to HAMILTON: THE EXHIBITION will be on sale at a later date, to be announced. 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

OPENING: HEARTBREAK HOTEL CHICAGO PREMIERE BEGINS JUNE 30, 2018 BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE AT WATER TOWER PLACE

Chi IL Live Shows On Our Radar:

FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR HEARTBREAK HOTEL
CHICAGO PREMIERE!


THE PREQUEL TO THE RECORD-SETTING, CHICAGO FAVORITE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

  
BEGINS JUNE 30, 2018
BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE AT WATER TOWER PLACE

It was my great pleasure to attend a press event in April, where I caught this video of writer Floyd Mutrux (Million Dollar Quartet) whose screenwriting and directorial credits include American Hot Wax, The Untouchables, Urban Cowboy, Up In Smoke, American Me, Ford Fairlane, Blood In Blood Out, Mulholland Falls, and Hillside Strangler. It was also truly a treat to get a sneak peek of a couple numbers with Eddie Clendening, Chicago's  HEARTBREAK HOTEL Elvis! 



We thoroughly enjoyed reviewing Million Dollar Quartet here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows. I took my kids and they adored it too! I can't wait to ChiIL out right here in Chi, IL, at the prequel this summer. 

Broadway In Chicago, the producers of HEARTBREAK HOTEL, and Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises today, are delighted to announce the full casting for HEARTBREAK HOTEL, a musical premiere that will ignite the stage of the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) beginning June 30, 2018.

Chicago’s ‘King of Rock and Roll’ will be Eddie Clendening who originated the role of Elvis in the acclaimed production of HEARTBREAK HOTEL at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Broadway World called Clendening’s performance at the Ogunquit “spectacular.” The Portland Press Herald says, “Clendening channels Elvis’s unforgettable vocals with an uncanniness that brings thrilling goose bumps...” and the Boston Post Gazette hails, “[Clendening] is able to rock out with the raw energy of Presley while always retaining that shyness that made him so charming.”



Chicago’s cast will include Jerry Kernion as Colonel Tom Parker, Matt McKenzie as Sam Phillips, Geno Henderson as Jackie Wilson, BB King, Ike Turner and others, Matt Codina as Scotty Moore, Colte Julian as Dewey Phillips, Zach Lentino as Bill Black, Jamie Pittle as DJ Fontana/Drums, Erin Burniston as Dixie Locke, Darcy Jo Wood as Marion Keisker, Katherine Lee Bourné as Rosetta Tharpe and others, Takesha Meshe Kizart as Ruth Brown and others, Andrea Collier as Sally Wilbourn and others, Alicia McCracken Morgan in ensemble, and Chuckie Benson, Tommy Malouf and Briana Bower as understudies/swings. 


HEARTBREAK HOTEL is written and directed by Floyd Mutrux (Million Dollar Quartet) whose screenwriting and directorial credits include American Hot Wax, The Untouchables, Urban Cowboy, Up In Smoke, American Me, Ford Fairlane, Blood In Blood Out, Mulholland Falls, and Hillside Strangler. The show’s creative team will include Birgitte Bjorum (Choreography), Adam Koch (Scenic Design), Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design) and Daniel Brodie (Projection Design).

HEARTBREAK HOTEL follows the tender story of Elvis Presley in the early years of his career as he and Sam Phillips create the music that will forever change their lives. As Elvis’s career skyrockets, both lifting and shattering the lives of those he loves, a secret love story is revealed, a betrayal is discovered, and “Colonel” Tom Parker changes the course of history, all in just 18 short months.

This brand new musical features hit songs from the King himself as well as the legends who influenced his iconic music, with chart-toppers including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Tutti Frutti,” “That’s All Right,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” and, of course, “Heartbreak Hotel.” This is where the story begins… “take a walk down lonely street.”

“We are thrilled to debut this amazing cast,” said Producer Scott Prisand of Robbins Lane Entertainment. “This production will feature cast members who have been with the show from the beginning, such as our original Elvis, in addition to unbelievable talent from Chicago. HEARTBREAK HOTEL is ready to rock this town!”

“For those who long for another trip down memory lane with Elvis, for those that want to recreate the excitement of Million Dollar Quartet, and  for those that want to dance in their seats – don’t miss this show!”  Eileen LaCario, Vice President of Broadway In Chicago said.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES
EDDIE CLENDENING (Elvis Presley) Eddie Clendening originated the role of Elvis Presley in the Broadway production of Million Dollar Quartet, where he performed eight shows a week to packed houses, for over 2,200 performances! In addition to playing Elvis in the Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater, Clendening played the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ in the original production of Heartbreak Hotel at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine.

Eddie has toured extensively as a vocalist/guitarist with his own group, “The Blue Ribbon Boys,” throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. He has appeared on several coast to coast, prime time and regional television programs including The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View, and The Today Show. He has also been a regular voice on various satellite/AM/FM/internet radio programs. He’s played alongside rock-n-roll greats like Scotty Moore, James Burton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dale Hawkins and scores of others. With several popular recordings released, his albums "Eddie Clendening Is... Walkin' And Cryin’,” “Eddie Clendening Is... Knockin’ At Your Heart,” and “Eddie Clendening Is… The Rage of the Teen-Age!” have received critical acclaim.

JERRY KERNION (Colonel Tom Parker): Heartbreak Hotel at the Ogunquit Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles, LOVE, Banana Shpeel and many other regional/international credits. FILM/TV: Rebel, Tangled, Rosewood, Longmire, The Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Mad Men, Castle, The West Wing, CSI:NY, The Mentalist, The Princess and the Frog and others.
GENO HENDERSON (Jackie Wilson, BB King, Ike Turner & Others): A veteran of the L. A. music scene, Geno has toured, recorded and made television with The Gap Band, The Pointer Sisters, Billy Preston, Roberta Flack, Smokey Robinson, Sly Stone and many others. In 2011, he originated the role of Jocko Henderson on Broadway in Baby It’s You.
MATT CODINA (Scotty Moore): Matt Codina is a California-based guitar player, vocalist and artist most known for his fingerstyle approach popularized by Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Scotty Moore. Matt originated the role of Scotty Moore in Heartbreak Hotel and has been with the show since 2014 and its first run in Hollywood.

MATT MCKENZIE (Sam Phillips): Matt McKenzie debuted on Broadway in Monday After the Miracle with Jane Alexander, directed by Arthur Penn. He's played leading roles at major theatres across the country including the role of Marvin in Baby It's You at the Pasadena Playhouse. In the Academy Award winning film “Gods and Monsters”, he played Colin Clive opposite Sir Ian McKellan. Television appearances include recurring roles on; “24”, “Veronica Mars”, and “Mad Men”. His voice-over performances in feature films include; “Final Fantasy”, “Princess Mononoke”, and “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust”. Matt is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Advanced Actor Training Program at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre.

COLTE JULIAN (Dewey Phillips): Million Dollar Quartet’s “Jerry Lee” in Chicago, Vegas, National Tour and cruise; Chicago Credits: Oklahoma! (Jeff Award Nominee), Next to Normal, Joseph; Regional: Carousel, Rent, Footloose and La Cage. Music Director for State and National FFA Organizations. BA in Music - Oklahoma State, MM in Musical Theatre - Arizona State. www.coltejulian.com

ZACH LENTINO (Bill Black): Zach Lentino is thrilled to portray the stories of some of the individuals that inspired him as a musician. Previously seen: Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theatre (Chicago) and the Paramount Theatre (Aurora). He can also be seen performing with his own rockabilly band, "Lance Lipinsky and the Lovers."

JAMIE PITTLE (DJ Fontana/Drums): Jamie is humbled to be making his Chicago debut in Heartbreak Hotel after originating the role of DJ in the world premiere at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Off-Broadway: Missed Connections. Regional: Heartbreak Hotel, Million Dollar Quartet, The Buddy Holly Story.
ERIN BURNISTON (Dixie Locke): National Tour: Spring Awakening. Regional highlights: Heartbreak Hotel (Dixie Locke, Ogunquit Playhouse), Gypsy (June, Chicago Shakespeare Theater), La Cage Aux Folles (Anne, Goodspeed Opera House), Somewhere In Time (Young Laura, Portland Center Stage), Spring Awakening (Wendla, Media Theater). TV: Blue Bloods. BFA Music Theater, Elon University.

DARCY JO WOOD (Marion Keisker): Darcy Jo is delighted to be back at the Broadway Playhouse to once again share the stage with Elvis! Favorite select credits include: Joseph...Dreamcoat (Drury Lane), Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre), Dee Snider’s Rock n’ Roll Xmas Tale (Broadway Playhouse). Darcy travels the world fronting rock-n-roll bands, most notably her own girl group show, “Leaders of the Pack.” @darcyjowood @lovettesgram www.darcyjowood.com

KATHERINE LEE BOURNÉ (Rosetta Tharpe & Others): Regional credits: Marie Christine (Boho); New Faces Series (Porchlight); Songs for a New World (Blank). Graduate of CCPA’s BFA Musical Theatre [Dance] program. Director/arranger of family vocal group, The Bournés.

TAKESHA MESHE KIZART (Ruth Brown & Others): Versatile Classical, Jazz, Soul, and Pop Vocalist with leading roles worldwide in Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La bohème, Cassandra/Elektra, Mefistofele, Marie Victoire, Norma, Il trovatore, La forza del destino, and many others. Additional select credits include Black Rest (HBO), The Verdian Voice (ARTE), and Intimate Apparel (Lincoln Center Theater). Upcoming Recording: Purpose Over Pain with Chicago Symphony Orchestra. www.TakeshaMesheKizart.com

ANDREA COLLIER (Sally Wilbourn & Others): Andrea is ecstatic to be a part of Heartbreak Hotel! Some favorite credits include: 42nd Street, Rock of Ages, Hairspray, Gypsy, All Shook Up, Legally Blonde, A Christmas Carol, and The Wedding Singer. Graduate of the University of Illinois!

CHUCKIE BENSON (Understudy): Chicago credits: SPAMILTON, The Wiz (Lion-Jeff nominee), HAIR, RENT, The Buddy Holly Story. Other regional: Big River, Sister Act, Grease, Hairspray.

BRIANA BOWER (Understudy): Briana is beyond excited to be a part of her first show here in Chicago. The Michigan native and EMU Theatre alumna wants to thank her family for their constant love & support.

TOMMY MALOUF (swing): Regional credits include The Light Fantastic (Jackalope), Hatfield & McCoy (House Theatre), Great Expectations (Remy Bumppo/Silk Road), Bobbie Clearly and Posh (Steep), Ring of Fire and Rent (Metropolis). Represented by Stewart Talent.
ALICIA MCCRACKEN MORGAN (Ensemble): Alicia McCracken Morgan is a singer, keyboard player, vocal coach and musical director. From Tampa, FL, she now lives in LA. She has worked with such artists as Al Wilson, Delaney Bramlett, Bobby Womack, Sally Kellerman, Don & Dewey, Rod Stewart, producer Richard Perry. Alicia is a Hammond Organ Artist.



FULL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

TICKET INFORMATION
Individual tickets for HEARTBREAK HOTEL at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E. Chestnut) are now on sale and range from $35-$75 with a select number of premium seats. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing GroupSales@BroadwayInChicago.com.  For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.  

ABOUT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO
Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 17 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country.  A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining over 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, CIBC Theatre, Oriental Theatre, and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place and presenting Broadway shows at The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Facebook @BroadwayInChicago ● Twitter @broadwaychicago ● Instagram @broadwayinchicago ● #broadwayinchicago

ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
HEARTBREAK HOTEL is produced by Robbins Lane Entertainment, Temple Dog Productions, Big Block Media Holdings, Michael Speyer and Bernie Abrams, Terry Schnuck, Stefany Bergson, Judith Borelli and Emilio Borelli, Howard Weissman and Howard Goldenfarb and Dot Dot Dot Productions, LLC.

ABOUT AUTHENTIC BRANDS GROUP
Authentic Brands Group (ABG) is a brand development, marketing and entertainment company, and the owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, LLC in partnership with the Presley family. Headquartered in New York City, ABG owns, manages, and builds the long-term value a global portfolio of lifestyle, celebrity and entertainment brands. Our brands span a global retail footprint of more than 2,300 doors across luxury, specialty, department stores, shop-in-shops, ecommerce, mid-tier, and mass channels. ABG is committed to transforming brands by delivering compelling product, content, business, and immersive brand experiences. We create and activate original marketing strategies to drive the success of our brands across all consumer touchpoints, platforms, and emerging media. ABG’s global portfolio of iconic and world-renowned brands includes Marilyn Monroe®, Elvis Presley®, Muhammad Ali®, Shaquille O’Neal®, Dr. J®, Greg Norman®, Neil Lane®, Thalia®, Michael Jackson® (managed brand), Aéropostale®, Juicy Couture®, Jones New York®, Herve Leger®, Judith Leiber®, Frederick’s of Hollywood®, Frye®, Adrienne Vittadini®, Taryn Rose®, Misook®, Hickey Freeman®, Hart Schaffner Marx®, Spyder®, Tretorn®, Tapout®, Prince®, Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Above The Rim®, and Hind®. abg-nyc.com​

ABOUT KGM THEATRICAL 
KGM Theatrical is a New York City based theatrical general management firm representing live entertainment globally. Credits include: Puffs (Off-Broadway), Rock of Ages (Broadway), Fela! (Broadway, Tours), Reasons to Be Pretty (Broadway), The 39 Steps (Broadway), The Homecoming (Broadway), Talk Radio (Broadway), Heathers (Off-Broadway), Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway), and many more. kgmtheatrical.com

Monday, June 4, 2018

GIVEAWAY: LIKE YOU LIVE FATHER’S DAY GOLD BOX GIFT BOX $76 VALUE

Here at ChiIL Mama, we're pleased to partner up with A Savings Wow and Like You Live to share a great giveaway with our readers. Enter through 11:45pm June 7th for your chance to win a sweet $76 Gold Gift Box from Like You Live.

Do you know someone who is passionate about what they do and how they live their life? There is a new line of apparel that recognizes those qualities. It's the perfect gift to give for Father's Day or any occasion. Here is just a sample of what they offer:

ABOUT LIKE YOU LIVE:

Like You Live, Incorporated, stems from the recognition of the fact that life doesn't meet any of us half way; however, it is susceptible to our respective wills. Challenges are inevitable, but we are incredible, and it is our belief that life is for the living. They are committed to the production of high-quality, stylish apparel that promotes an approach to those things that matter most to us, with the zeal that propels us forward through everyday life. As their motto states, DO WHAT YOU LOVE MOST! Visit Like You Live's website and Instagram page to find out more information.

SPECIAL OFFER:

Use the code FREESHIP at Like You Live to receive free shipping on your order through June 30, 2018!

ENTER TO WIN:

The prize:

Like You Live Father's Day Gold Gift Box


One (1) winner will receive a Father's Day gold gift box! The Father's Day gold gift box contains 3 T-shirts, with a total retail value of $76. 1 - LYL Short Sleeve Orange Logo Classic T-Shirt, 6.5 oz., which offers a clean and classic breastplate presentation of the LIKE YOU LIVE logo, and yoke presentation of the brand tagline, "DO WHAT YOU LOVE MOST." ($26.00 retail value) 1 - LYL Short Sleeve Gold Logo Classic T-Shirt ($26.00 retail value) 1 - Play Like You Live Proud Short Sleeve T-Shirt, 6.5 oz., which was designed for those who engage in their respective fields of play with a sense of patriotism and serve as a catalyst for pure excellence! ($26.00 retail value)

Friday, June 1, 2018

TODAY: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Offers Choice of Free Doughnut From Entire Menu June 1

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List: Tasty FREE Family Fun
Doughnut Miss This!


Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will spread joy on National Doughnut Day, Friday, June 1, by giving customers the opportunity to select one free doughnut from the entire menu (no purchase necessary) at Chicagoland Krispy Kreme shops located at 17815 South Halsted Street in Homewood and 9150 South Western Avenue in Evergreen Park. 

Customers can select one doughnut from the dozens of Krispy Kreme varieties, such as the iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles, or Glazed Raspberry Filled Doughnut, or take advantage of the last chance to enjoy the NUTTER BUTTER® Cookie Twist Doughnut, CHIPS AHOY!® Doughnut, or OREO® Cookies and Kreme™ Doughnut, while supplies last. With so many Krispy Kreme doughnuts to choose from, how will you pick your favorite?





“Providing our guests a free doughnut of their choice on National Doughnut Day has become quite a tradition here at Krispy Kreme,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “We can’t wait for our fans to enjoy their favorite Krispy Kreme doughnut on us! We just love this day.” 

Customers can select one doughnut from the dozens of Krispy Kreme varieties, such as the iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles, or Glazed Raspberry Filled Doughnut, or take advantage of the last chance to enjoy the NUTTER BUTTER® Cookie Twist Doughnut, CHIPS AHOY!® Doughnut, or OREO® Cookies and Kreme™ Doughnut, while supplies last.

With so many Krispy Kreme doughnuts to choose from, how will you pick your favorite? Show how you’re celebrating National Doughnut Day and flaunt your favorite doughnut by using #NationalDoughnutDay and tagging @krispykreme on social June 1. Visit www.KrispyKreme.com/NDD to find a participating shop near you. 

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has nearly 1,400 retail shops in 32 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme. 

About Chicagoland Restaurants, LLC
Chicagoland Restaurants, LLC was founded in 2015. The independently owned and operated franchisee group’s initial project will oversee the return of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts to the Chicagoland market. Chicagoland Restaurants, LLC continues to strengthen its growth in Cook County, expecting two new shops in 2018 to add to the Homewood and Evergreen Park locations opened in 2017. 



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

FREE THEATRE: Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks A Midsummer Night’s Dream Presents 25 Performances in 18 Parks July 25 – August 26, 2018

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Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Announcing 25 Performances in 18 Parks, 
July 25 – August 26, 2018



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Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks has been a family favorite of ours since they began offering the free show tours in Chicago parks in 2012. This year we're extra excited for the shows since CST founder and Artistic Director, Barbara Gaines is directing this 75-minute abridged production! Check out our review of CST's Short Shakespeare version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream production for school groups and the public at The Yard, earlier this year. We were thrilled to partner up with CST on a 4 pack ticket giveaway for one of our lucky readers. The best news is, now all of Chicago can catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream for free in the great outdoors! Gather a picnic, chairs, family and friends, and come catch the show at a Chicago park this summer.


Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST), the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, and Boeing partner to present the annual citywide summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks. Made possible by production sponsor BMO Harris Bank, 25 performances of Shakespeare’s timeless classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream, adapted and directed by the Theater’s founder and artistic director Barbara Gaines, will tour free for all to 18 neighborhood parks across the City, July 25–August 26, 2018.


“Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks brings world-class theater to neighborhoods across the city and gives residents the chance to experience the best of what Chicago has to offer right in their own backyard,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I look forward to watching many of our top local performances in this summer’s rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. ”

The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream kicks off at Polk Bros Park on Navy Pier with four performances: Wednesday, July 25 through Saturday, July 28—all beginning at 7:00pm.



Parks scheduled to be visited, rain or shine, include:

Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00pm | Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
Thursday, July 26 at 7:00pm | Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
Friday, July 27 at 7:00pm | Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
Saturday, July 28 at 7:00pm | Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30pm | Ellis Park (3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave.)
Wednesday, August 01 at 6:30pm | Gage Park (2411 W. 55th St.)
Thursday, August 02 at 6:30pm | Kelvyn Park (4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.)
Friday, August 03 at 6:30pm | Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago Ave.)
Saturday, August 04 at 6:30pm | Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.)
Sunday, August 05 at 4:00pm | Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.)
Tuesday, August 07 at 6:30pm | Columbus Park (500 S. Central Ave.)
Wednesday, August 08 at 6:30pm | Tuley Park (501 E. 90th Pl.)
Thursday, August 09 at 6:30pm | Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.)
Friday, August 10 at 6:30pm | Humboldt Park (1301 N. Sacramento Ave.)
Saturday, August 11 at 6:30pm | Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Sunday, August 12 at 4:00pm | Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30pm | Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)
Wednesday, August 15 at 6:30pm | Garfield Park (100 N. Central Park Ave.)
Thursday, August 16 at 6:30pm | Dvorak Park (1119 W. Cullerton St.)
Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30pm | Calumet Park (9801 S. Ave. G)
Wednesday, August 22 at 6:30pm | Ogden Park (6500 S. Racine Ave.)
Thursday, August 23 at 6:30pm | Piotrowski Park (4247 W. 31st St.)
Friday, August 24 at 6:30pm | Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.)
Saturday, August 25 at 6:30pm | Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.)
Sunday, August 26 at 4:00pm | Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S. Wentworth Ave.)



“We are proud to partner with Chicago Shakespeare Theater to bring free Shakespeare to our beautiful neighborhood parks,” said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael P. Kelly. “This is just one of the 1,200 multidisciplinary and multicultural Night Out in the Parks offerings that everyone is invited to come, see and experience in Chicago’s parks this summer.”

The citywide tour is made possible by a renewed civic, cultural, and corporate partnership between Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Boeing, and production sponsor BMO Harris Bank. Since the inception of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program seven years ago, more than 130,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of free performances in their communities.

“The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program has become a local symbol for increased access to and participation in the arts” said John Blazey, Vice President of Boeing Global Engagement. “This unique partnership among city agencies, community-based organizations, local artists, and neighborhood residents is a powerful example of how investment in the arts helps to bring vitality to our communities by engaging families and building connections with one another.”

David Casper, President and CEO, BMO Harris Bank said, “BMO Harris Bank is proud to sponsor this summer’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a magical story that has been delighting audiences for over four hundred years. Chicago Shakespeare Theater shares our commitment to ensuring that great theater is accessible to all, and we look forward to partnering with them in bringing this production to neighborhoods across the city.”



For the first time since the establishment of the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour in 2012, director Barbara Gaines is directing this 75-minute abridged production for audiences across Chicago. Gaines has always treasured the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour, which carries on the tradition of free Shakespeare that she established in the early years of the Theater. Gaines brings a vision of merriment to the enchanting story of four young lovers who set out for the forest, in which an amateur theater troupe is rehearsing. When the Fairy Court discovers these mortals in their midst, mischief ensues until dawn.



The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks A Midsummer Night’s Dream cast includes Jasmine Bracey (Titania/Hippolyta), Adam Wesley Brown (Bottom), Richard Costes (Snout), Danielle Davis (Starveling), Lane Anthony Flores (Flute/Fairy), Kevin Gudahl (Oberon/Theseus), Jarrett King (Egeus/Quince), Tyrone Phillips (Demetrius), Cage Sebastian Pierre (Puck), Laura Rook (Helena), Faith Servant (Hermia), Christopher Sheard (Lysander), and Hannah Starr (Snug/Fairy). Joining Gaines on the creative team is Scenic Designer Kevin Depinet, Costume Designer Mieka van der Ploeg, Sound Designer Mikhail Fiksel, and Wig and Make-up Designer Richard Jarvie.

Partnering with the Chicago Park District, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is offering ASL-interpreted performances at six of the eighteen Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour stops:

Friday, August 03 at 6:30pm | Eckhart Park (1330 W. Chicago Ave.)
Saturday, August 04 at 6:30pm | Welles Park (2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.)
Wednesday, August 08 at 6:30pm | Tuley Park (501 E. 90th Pl.)
Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30pm | Ridge Park (1817 W. 96th St.)
Saturday, August 25 at 6:30pm | Loyola Park (1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.)
Sunday, August 26 at 4:00pm | Ping Tom Memorial Park (1700 S. Wentworth Ave.)

Sign-interpreting the performances are Elizabeth Bartlow Breslin and Will Lee. Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks will also offer an Audio-described performance on Sunday, August 12 at 4:00pm at Frank J. Wilson Park (4630 N. Milwaukee Ave.) for audience members who are blind or have low vision, in which a describer provides a description of visual elements of the production transmitted through headphones. Assistive-listening devices are available for all performances. For more information on Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks, visit www.chicagoshakes.com/parks.



ABOUT CHICAGO SHAKESPEARE THEATER
A global theatrical force, Chicago Shakespeare Theater is known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, musicality of language, and empathy for the human condition. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, Chicago Shakespeare has redefined what a great American Shakespeare theater can be, putting forward a company that delights in the unexpected and defies theatrical category. A Regional Tony Award winner, the Theater produces acclaimed plays at its home on Navy Pier, throughout Chicago’s schools and neighborhoods, and on stages around the world. In 2017, the Theater unveiled a new stage, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Together with the Jentes Family Courtyard Theater and the Thoma Theater Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare, The Yard positions Chicago Shakespeare as the city’s most versatile performing arts venue.

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