Sunday, December 10, 2017

OPENING: The Ruffians BURNING BLUEBEARD Is Back For 6 Shows Only 12/27-31

Chi, IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar:

Six Performances Only!
The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians 
Present the Return of the Holiday Hit
BURNING BLUEBEARD
By Jay Torrence
Directed by Halena Kays
December 27 – 31, 2017 at The Neo-Futurarium

BURNING BLUEBEARD • ALL PHOTOS BY EVAN HANOVER


Special New Year’s Eve VIP Package also includes
The Neo-Futurists’ THE INFINITE WRENCH

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we've been fans of Burning Bluebeard from the start. We caught the inaugural year at the Neo-Futurarium, several seasons at Theater Wit, and are excited to see them return to their roots, back where it all began for 2017. 

Ruffians, PLEASE tell me you're adding back in the hilarious, site specific "rap" about how to escape the building, and would you film it and put it on YouTube already? It was a favorite of ours that got cut when the production moved to larger digs. 

The show is family friendly for the most part for tweens and older kids, though it does deal with intense subject matter if your youngsters are sensitive. Check out some of our past reviews here. Highly recommended.



The Neo-Futurists and The Ruffians are thrilled to announce the return of the holiday hit BURNING BLUEBEARD for six performances only, December 27 – 31, 2017 at The Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. The fantastical tale inspired by Chicago’s 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire has been an annual Chicago holiday favorite for six years running. Tickets are currently available at neofuturists.org.

Written by Jay Torrence and directed by Halena Kays, BURNING BLUEBEARD reunites the full cast from the past three seasons: Pam Chermansky, Anthony Courser, Molly Plunk, Jay Torrence, Leah Urzendowski and Ryan Walters.





Inspired by the true story of Chicago’s 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire, BURNING BLUEBEARD is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of history attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for all. But this time, they hope to finally reach the true happy ending of their second act and avoid the fateful fire that killed 600 of its audience members. BURNING BLUEBEARD is a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart, a joyful eulogy with a sharp irreverent wit including music, clowning, tumbling, acrobatics and dance. Each performance is a vaudevillian delight with a story that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago’s rich history. 


The run of BURNING BLUEBEARD will include two performances on the 114th anniversary of the actual Iroquois Theatre fire, Saturday, December 30. An optional New Year’s Eve VIP Package is available which includes performances of BURNING BLUEBEARD (7:30 pm) and THE INFINITE WRENCH, The Neo-Futurists’ popular barrage of two minute plays (11 pm), along with food, drinks and a midnight toast. 




Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, December 27 at 7:30 pm (preview)
Thursday, December 28 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 29 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 30 at 3 pm & 7:30 pm (114th Anniversary Performances)
Sunday, December 31 at 7:30 pm 


Tickets:
Preview: pay-what-you-can.
Regular run: $35 ($30 early bird discount through Wednesday, December 13). Students/seniors $25.

New Year’s Eve VIP Package: $75 – In addition to regularly priced tickets to BURNING BLUEBEARD, a limited number of special VIP New Year’s Eve packages will be available, which include tickets to both BURNING BLUEBEARD at 7:30 pm and The Neo-Futurists’ THE INFINITE WRENCH New Year’s Eve performance at 11:00 pm. In between shows, VIP ticket holders will be treated to dinner, live performance and music, brews from Metropolitan Brewery and type-written poetry on demand from Poems While You Wait. The Neo-Futurists' THE INFINITE WRENCH performance will finish just in time for an audience champagne/sparkling apple juice toast at midnight. Tickets are currently available at neofuturists.org.

The production team for BURNING BLUEBEARD includes: Lizzie Bracken (scenic, costume and props design), Jay Torrence and Mike Tutaj (sound design), Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (lighting design), Archer Curry (prop master) and Justine Palmisano (stage manager).


About the Creative Team
Jay Torrence (Playwright) is a founding member of the artistic collective The Ruffians. Playwriting credits include: Burning Bluebeard, Ivywild and Roustabout: The Great Circus Train Wreck. Performance credits: 500 Clown (Frankenstein), The Hypocrites (Ivywild), Redmoon Theater (Hunchback), Akvavit Theatre (Hitler on the Roof), Theater Oobleck (SOS: Summer Clown Cruise) and The Neo-Futurists (Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind) where he was a proud ensemble member for twelve years and the former Artistic Director. Jay was named one of the “Top 50 Players in Chicago Theater” by Newcity and was also named Best Dark Clown in the Age of Trump in Newcity’s “Best of Chicago 2017.” He earned his MFA degree in playwriting and creative non-fiction from The University of British Columbia. He currently teaches clown, playwriting and performance studies in Chicago and is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists.

Halena Kays (Director) is a Chicago and Nashville based theater director and performer. Most recently, she was the artistic director of The Hypocrites where she both performed and directed. She is the co-founder and former artistic director of Barrel of Monkeys, where she created and directed the majority of their public performances. She is a UT-Austin and Northwestern grad, former member of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care unit, past co-artistic curator for Theater on the Lake and professor of directing at MTSU. Halena is a proud founding member of The Ruffians and an Artistic Associate with The Neo-Futurists where she directed Pop/Waits, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Burning Bluebeard, co-created and directed Daredevils and Daredevils Hamlet and the sight specific extravaganza, Fake Lake. Other interesting Chicago directing credits include: Endgame, Ivywild, Six Characters in Search of an Author at The Hypocrites; The Magic Play at The Goodman, Lord of the Flies at Steppenwolf TYA; Feast (part of a collaborative directing effort) with The Albany Park Theatre Project at The Goodman. Halena has been nominated for a Jefferson Citation for Best Supporting Actress and Best Direction, named one of the “Top 50 Players in Chicago Theater” by Newcity and is a recipient of the prestigious 3Arts. Proud member, SDC.



About The Neo-Futurists
The Neo-Futurists are a collective of writer-director-performers creating theater that is fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper. Originating over 10,071 plays within the newly launched The Infinite Wrench, 28 years of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and over 65 full-length productions within their immediate, non-illusory aesthetic, The Neo-Futurists have grown to become one of the most highly regarded experimental theater companies in the United States. From humble beginnings as the first late-night theater production in Chicago, they launched what became Chicago’s longest running show and today sustain multifaceted programs such as Neo-Access, The Kitchen (a micro-festival on art and performance), Prime Time, exchanges with branches in New York and San Francisco, Neo-Lab, and The Infinite Wrench, their flagship ongoing late-night show running 50 weekends every year. For more information visit www.neofuturists.org

About The Ruffians
The Ruffians are an artistic collective of theater makers (clowns, daredevils, acrobats, dancers, writers, performers, designers, directors). The Ruffians have all honed their craft working over a decade in Chicago’s various and thriving experimental, clown and storefront theater communities. A Ruffians objective is to make beautiful things with rough edges. A Ruffians motto: Breathe. Dare. Live. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

FILMS ON OUR RADAR: PADDINGTON 2 Opens 1/12/18

PADDINGTON 2 will be in theaters across the country on January 12, 2018! 


Here at ChiIL Mama, we've been lifelong fans of the Paddington books and first movie. It's so much fun to see his adventures come to the big screen once again. Bring your littles out for some family friendly film fun and check out Paddington 2! 

Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.  

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.



Reuniting many of the original film’s cast while welcoming those in new roles, “Paddington 2” stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard,” “Into the Storm,” “In Bruges”), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Billy Elliot,” “Educating Rita”), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (“Iris”), and Oscar winner Peter Capaldi (short, “Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life”), with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hugh Grant (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”), and BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw (“The Hollow Crown”) as the voice of Paddington.  The starring ensemble also includes Madeleine Harris, Samuel Joslin, and Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton (“Vera Drake”) as the voice of Aunt Lucy. 

Paddington’s return to the big screen was again helmed by BAFTA-nominated director Paul King (“Paddington,” “Come Fly with Me,” “The Mighty Boosh”) from a script written by King and Simon Farnaby (Sky TV’s “Yonderland,” “Mindhorn”), based on the best-selling and internationally adored books by Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear.  

The film was produced by multiple award-winning producer David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” films, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” Oscar nominee for “Gravity”).   Serving as executive producers were Rosie Alison, Jeffrey Clifford, Alexandra Ferguson Derbyshire, Ron Halpern, and Didier Lupiter.  

Creative talent returning behind the camera included director of photography Erik Alexander Wilson (“Tyrannosaur,” “Submarine”), production designer Gary Williamson (“Bunny and the Bull,” “Submarine”), Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“Wonder Woman,” “The Dark Knight”), and editor Mark Everson (“Mindhorn,” “Alan Partridge”), joined by editor Jonathan Amos (“Baby Driver”).  Visual effects were provided by the highly acclaimed British VFX company, Framestore, led by animation director Pablo Grillo (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) and VFX supervisors Andy Kind (“Gravity”) and Glen Pratt (“Beauty and the Beast”).  The score is composed by Academy Award winner Dario Marianelli (“Atonement”).  

“Paddington 2” was shot on location in and around central London, as well as on the legendary soundstages of Warner Bros. Leavesden and Pinewood film studios.

Warner Bros. Pictures and STUDIOCANAL present, in association with Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A., a Heyday Films Production, “Paddington 2.”  The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.  www.paddington.com
               
“Paddington 2” is rated PG for some action and mild rude humor.



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HELP OUT: “We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit” for Chicago House and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids

“We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit”
Featuring WICKED and BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL
National Tour Company Members
and HAMILTON Chicago Company Members

An evening benefitting Chicago House and 
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids


Members of the National Touring companies of WICKED and BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, and HAMILTON Chicago company members, will host “We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit,” a cabaret concert benefitting Chicago House and Social Service Agency and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. The benefit will take place at Thalia Hall (1807 South Allport Street) on December 11, 2017 at 7:30PM. Doors open at 6:00PM for VIP ticketed guests and 7:00PM for general admission.

General Admission tickets are available for $65 (main floor) and $85 (balcony seating). VIP tickets are available for $150 and include a pre-show reception with the performers at 6:00PM, reserved premier seating, catered light hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary drinks.  A limited number of premium opera boxes are available for $550 which includes seating for six at the foot of the stage.  Tickets are currently on sale now at www.thaliahallchicago.com

Net proceeds raised from the benefit will support adults and children living with HIV/AIDS as well as those at risk for HIV through wraparound services provided by Chicago House, including housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention, and prevention services. 

“We Three Shows: A Broadway Holiday Benefit” is produced by the company members of WICKED, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL and HAMILTON themselves.  This performance event is an opportunity for the company to step out of their roles in the musicals and perform some of their personal favorites.

The evening will include a live auction featuring backstage tours – including costuming, makeup and “watching from the wings” opportunities, performance tickets, and an opportunity for walk on roles.

WICKED is at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) now through January 21, 2018. Returning to Chicago by popular demand, BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL plays through January 28, 2018 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph).  HAMILTON is currently playing at the CIBC Theatre (18 W. Monroe) with tickets on sale for performances through September 2, 2018. 

Tickets for all three shows are available at Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line (800-775-2000) and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

ABOUT THE BENEFICIARIES
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. 

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.

For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at broadwaycares.org, at facebook.com/BCEFA, at instagram.com/BCEFA, at twitter.com/BCEFA and at youtube.com/BCEFA.

Chicago House and Social Service Agency has been on the forefront of reducing barriers for those affected by HIV/AIDS since the early years of the epidemic. Founded in 1985, Chicago House was the first HIV housing provider in the Midwest. We now serve more than 2,000 clients annually through expanded programming to holistically support individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Chicago House provides integrated programs inclusive of housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, trans specific services, and supportive programming to those who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity.

For more information about our services, making a donation, or volunteering visit us online at www.chicagohouse.org; and, https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoHouse1985

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 well up to 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.


OPENING: Peter and the Starcatcher at PIVEN THEATRE Via E.D.G.E THEATRE

E.D.G.E THEATRE PRESENTS    
Peter and the Starcatcher,    
A Play By Rick Elice; Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and    Ridley Pearson
AT PIVEN THEATRE, JAN 12-28


E.D.G.E Theatre is pleased to announce Peter and the Starcatcher, A Play By  Rick Elice; Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson; Music By  Wayne Barker; Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by Melissa Crabtree, at PIVEN THEATRE 927 Noyes St, Evanston, IL 60201. 

Opening night is January 12, 8:00pm. The performance schedule is January 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28 @ 8:00PM and January 14, 20, 21, 27 28 @ 2:00PM . Tickets are $ 22. Tickets may be purchased at   https://edgeoforion.com/peter-the-starcatcher/.

Peter and the Starcatcher provides a humorous and fantastical backstory for the beloved character of Peter Pan and his arch-nemesis Captain Hook. In this wickedly imaginative play, we meet a poor orphaned child on the high seas simply called Boy because, in the absence of a mother and a father, he was never given a name. His sad and lonely world is turned upside down when he meets Molly. The daughter of famous Starcatcher Lord Astor, our heroine is on a mission to save the world and protect a treasure trunk filled with magical star stuff from getting into the hands of evil and greedy pirate Black Stache. As they travel aboard the Neverland ship headed for a faraway land, Molly and Boy learn about love, friendship and forge an unbreakable bond.

The Peter and the Starcatcher production team includes Thomas Squires , Assistant Director; Linnea Carrera, Music Director;  Ellen Willett,  Stage Manager; Orion Couling, Fight Director; Patty Halajian, Costumer; Taylor Tolleson, Set Designer and David Trudeau, Lighting Designer.

ABOUT E.D.G.E. THEATRE
E.D.G.E.’s anachronism stands for “Esteem Development through Greater Expectations”. Using the theatre arts, they educate and entertain to foster the tools of social change. E.D.G.E has a goal of finding every participant’s personal best and holding them accountable to it. E.D.G.E. main thrust is developing theatre for marginalized communities and to bring a message of non-violence, civic and social change through exploration of the theatre arts. E.D.G.E.’s four sectors are: E.D.G.E Core, company produced classes offered on a select curriculum in theatre, social skills, history and stage combat; E.D.G.E. Satellite, E.D.G.E programs produced, collaborated or sub contracted by an outside produced program; E.D.G.E Troupe, a professional actor program providing a training ground for interns from our marginalized community to observe the highest standards of professionalism and be part of the process and E.D.G.E Workshops, limited time commitment programs are meant to harness their educational and entertainment abilities in a workshop environment. These programs are targeted for school assemblies, conventions, and camps.

EXPO ALERT: CHICAGOLAND FISHING, TRAVEL & OUTDOOR EXPO 1/25-28, 2018

CHICAGOLAND FISHING, TRAVEL & OUTDOOR EXPO ANNOUNCES 2018 DATES: JANUARY 25-28

Chicagoland's Ultimate Winter Fishing Event Brings “The World of Sportfishing” Indoors with a 5000 Gallon Fish Tank, Non-Stop Seminars, A Casting Pond, and Fun for All Ages



*A free Plano Tackle Box will be given out to the first 100 children, that are 11 and under, who attend the show on Sunday, January 28.* 


It’s almost winter in Chicago and that means it is time for families to plan fun indoor activities for the colder months. The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo will be heading to the Schaumburg Convention Center from January 25-28, 2018, and their “Sunday Funday” on January 28 is sure to be fun for every member of the family. Might you be interested in covering? Children 11 and under will get in free, when accompanied by a paying adult, and there will be several unique and fun kid-friendly activities throughout the day, including:

· Kid Scavenger Hunt – Children can explore the different kid-friendly activities on the show floor and receive stamps on a checklist. Once they receive all of their stamps they can redeem their checklist for a free prize at the Grand Prize Giveaway Booth.

· BASSMaster CastingKids - The CastingKids program is easy, fun and makes fishing exciting for kids. Open to young people in two age groups, 7-10 and 11-14, the goals of these competitions are to get America’s youth involved in the sport of fishing and to foster an appreciation and concern for the outdoors. The challenge is to “cast, pitch and flip,” which are very important skills needed in order to catch a fish. Scoring is based on a points system and the young angler with the most points wins.

Put down the ice auger and join in on the fun of indoor fishing this January with the return of the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, January 25-28, at the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 North Thoreau Drive. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler or anyone interested in the outdoors, the annual “Sportfishing Spectacular” offers the latest in fishing and outdoor gear, as well as an extensive lineup of seminars with top-notch local and national fishing professionals, and hands on family activities. This year, anglers will have the opportunity to purchase the latest gear and equipment from top manufacturers and retailers, book their next adventurous getaway and browse the newest state-of-the-art fishing boats on the market.

“Our team is extremely passionate about the outdoors and we are excited to bring the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo back to Schaumburg this year,” said Tod Alberto, show manager of the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo. “We aim to offer something for every skill level, and help get all outdoor enthusiasts prepared for the upcoming season! With the nation’s top manufacturers, retailers, and experts in the industry in attendance, we are proud to produce a top-notch expo year after year for the outdoor community in the Midwest.”

Featuring more than 100 travel-related exhibitors (including guides, lodges, resorts and regional promotion agencies), major fishing tackle manufacturers, local fishing retailers, and a diverse selection of fishing boats and kayaks, attendees will be able to see, learn, touch and buy everything they need for their next fishing or outdoor adventure. Expo attendees will also have the opportunity to learn something new or improve their current skill level with the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo’s impressive lineup of seminars led by expert instructors and nationally recognized fishing celebrities.

The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo also features an indoor fly fishing pond for attendees to try their hand at casting or watch trick casting demos. Other highlights of the event include a 5,000-gallon fish tank stocked with bass and pan fish, a virtual fishing experience activity, a birds of prey exhibit, and Chauncey’s Great Outdoors, a family friendly interactive exhibit featuring snakes and reptiles.

The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo will be open Thursday-Sunday, January 25-28, 2018.  Show hours are as follows: 12 - 8 p.m. Thursday, January 25 and Friday, January 26; 10 a.m. –8 p.m. Saturday, January 27; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, January 18.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online and are $12 for adults and $3 for children starting at age six; children 5 years old and younger are free.

Click HERE for more information on the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo.

PRODUCT REVIEW: Give The Gift of Health With Naturopath Approved HealTop Products

Here at ChiIL Mama, we start with the healthiest, gentlest solution first, when faced with healing. So I was thrilled when healtop reached out via US Family Bloggers and asked us to do a review. We were sent a complimentary trio of samples for review purposes.



They have sets for all ages from infants to adults as well as individual products to boost immune systems, eliminate acne, detox, and more. 




Healtop products are great for gifting to friends or giving yourself and your family the gift of healing with 100% natural products that are naturopath approved. Go beyond candy for stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and advent count downs with a healthy gift that will last.



My kids are now 14 & 16, and acne is an ongoing struggle, so we opted to try the Teenagers Package. All 3 samples we were sent in the teenagers bundle smell fabulous and work wonders. The fewer chemicals and harsh medicines on my teens' skin, the better. If we can get great results with natural products, then I'm in. I'll admit, my husband and I still get acne sometimes, too, even though we're well past the teen years, so I tried these out as well and liked the results. The clear skin spray is simple to apply and smells terrific, as does the sweet feet oil blend, that's migrated to my gym bag. The skin repair oil is thicker and slicker, so we were only applying that one at night. It also has a more pungent scent my kids bulked at a bit, but they couldn't argue with the outcome. We all had noticeably clearer skin in just a few days. This terrific trio lives up to their labels. After incorporating these natural products into our skin care routines we did "feel great" indeed. 



Click here to check out the Teenagers Package 
This is a bundle of 3 natural amazing products for teenagers. 2 products for treating acne and oily irritated skin and one for athlete foot. Products under a major discount so buy now and save.

Price as configured: $48.75

CLEAR SKIN
clear skin - 100% herbal spray to calm and rejuvinate red skin   +$11.45

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These are simple to order via Amazon and products I can feel confident letting my kids use. Don't get fooled by cheap, ineffective imitations full of impurities and additives. Healtop is the real deal.











Disclosure: It's our pleasure to partner up with healtop via US Family Guide. Once again, we were sent a complimentary trio of products for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Meet Santa at Skydeck Chicago 12/18-23 12-5pm

Come ChiIL out at one of Chi, IL's TOP locals, Skydeck Chicago, home of the infamous Ledge. The view rivals what Santa can see from his sleigh. Snap a selfie or unique holiday card with the family. 



Santa is making a stop at Skydeck Chicago this year! From December 18 – 23 (12pm – 5pm), Mr. Claus will be visiting the Ledge, inviting Chicagoans to take a selfie or capture the perfect Christmas card. At 1,353 feet up, The Ledge’s glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from the skyscraper’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor. On a clear day, visitors can view up to 50 miles and four states.



What: Selfies with Santa at Skydeck Chicago



When: December 18-23 (12pm – 5pm)

Where: Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr.

Ages: All ages

Cost:
·         Adult (ages 12 and up): $23
·         Youth (ages 3 to 11): $15              
·         Children (under 3): Free



Celebrate The Season With More Blue Man Group Including 4 New Years Eve Shows

Chi IL LIVE Shows On Our Radar

BLUE MAN GROUP CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ADDED PERFORMANCES AT CHICAGO’S BRIAR STREET THEATRE


Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows we adore Blue Man Group so much we're even quoted on their entryway! 



We have seen them numerous times over the past 20 years, most recently for their 20th birthday party in October! My friend D'Arcy had never seen them so I brought her and she loved the show too.






Blue Man Group, celebrating 20 years in Chicago, will make the holiday season extra bright with an expanded holiday performance schedule at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted). The added performances will include some fun holiday-themed surprises and provide Chicago residents and visitors with more opportunities to experience some not so silent nights throughout the season.

Blue Man Group will celebrate the New Year with four performances Saturday, December 31. Families can kick off their New Year’s Eve celebrations early with Blue Man Group’s kid-friendly performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Children will be transformed into members of the Blue Man Group band with pre-show face painting. Other festivities include a “midnight” countdown after the show, complete with party hats and noisemakers, and a special performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men.

Blue Man Group will continue ringing in 2018 with additional New Year’s Eve shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., which include festive party hats and a celebratory champagne toast for attendees. Guests of the 10 p.m. show will also experience a spectacular New Year’s Eve countdown party. Complete with noisemakers, a midnight champagne toast, confetti drop and performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men, it is guaranteed to be a celebration unlike any other. 

You'll be entertained before you even enter the show, in the interactive lobby. Chat with a stranger or friend across the room via tube and check out the art contest winners' works.



Even their bathrooms have creative signage and songs!



Blue Man Group Ticket Information
Tickets are available from $39-$99. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or via the Internet at http://www.ticketmaster.com/bluemangroup. For a full show schedule and ticket pricing, please visit www.blueman.com/chicago.

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more, varying from $46- $69 per person. For groups of 10 or more, call the group sales department to book at: 773.348.3300 or email chicagogroups@blueman.com to request information.

Upcoming 2017 Holiday Performance Schedule:

December
Friday, December 8 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 14 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 15 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 16 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 17 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 19 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 21 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 22 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 23 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 24 – 2 and 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 26 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 27 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 28 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, December 29 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 30 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 31 – 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.

January
Monday, January 1 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 2 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 3 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 4 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, January 5 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 6 – 11 a.m. and 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 7 – 1 and 4 p.m.

Additional January performance dates will be announced at a later date.

About Blue Man Group
Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.

This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).

Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE.  Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group’s recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.

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