Friday, February 5, 2016

Get Crafty for a Winning Valentine's Day With PEEPS & COMPANY®

Valentine's Day products and learn how to DIY a 
Swedish Heart Basket right here!

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and PEEPS & COMPANY®, for a creative craft, a discount code, and some tasty treats for Valentine’s Day 2016.

Disclosure: We're pleased to partner up with PEEPS & COMPANY® once again, for this promotion.  PEEPS & COMPANY® provided us with the information, samples, giveaway products and discount code for our post. As always, all opinions are our own.

This iconic little yellow guy has come a long way. Now PEEPS® come in an array of flavors for all your favorite holidays! ChiIL Mama's readers can use the discount code: SWEETHEART for 20% off your next purchase at, no minimum required, through February 29, 2016. 

Love is in the air, and PEEPS & COMPANY® products are a fun way to indulge your sweet tooth and treat the ones you love. Pick up some HOT TAMALES® Hotties for your hottie or some PEEPS® for your peeps! There's even a MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix! 

ENTER HERE through midnight 2/9 for your chance to WIN a gift pack full of a variety of (5) five PEEPS & COMPANY® products to use as Valentine's goodies! Open nationwide to anyone in the US.

Here at ChiIL Mama, it was our pleasure to try: 
  • PEEPS® Valentine Hearts
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks
  • PEEPS® Marshmallow Hearts
  • PEEPS® Strawberry Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts
  • PEEPS® Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate
  • PEEPS® Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts
  • PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Heart
  • MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix Candy
  • HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon Candy
  • HOT TAMALES® Valentine’s Lollipops
  • PEEPS® Plush Valentine’s Day Bunny

Our family's feelin' the love and celebrating by making Swedish Heart Baskets full of treats and snuggles for friends and family. Here's how you can do it too.

Make a Swedish Heart Basket

  • scissors
  • colored paper
  • glue stick
  • fun goodies to stuff in your Swedish heart baskets

  • Fold two pieces of paper in half and cut an inch strip off one of the shorter sides for a handle.

  • Cut 2 tall arch shaped pieces.

  • Cut strips into both arches approx 3/4 of the way up.

  • Weave strips in and out of each other.

  • Glue your handle to opposite sides of the inside of your Swedish Heart Basket and stuff with fun candies and cuddles. Play around with the spacing of the weave to create different patterns in the hearts. You'll have a creative craft your sweetest will love!

Additional Peeps & Company® 
Valentine Product Details:
PEEPS® Valentine Hearts: Express your love with eight sparkly red marshmallow mini hearts. This new item is adorned with a write-on tag for personalized gifting!
PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Crème Flavored Chicks: Three delectable strawberry crème flavored marshmallow chicks dipped in smooth milk chocolate – perfect for the ones you love.
PEEPS® Marshmallow Hearts: Available in 2 or 6 count packages, these pink heart shaped marshmallow hearts help show your sweetheart that you do know the way to their heart!
PEEPS® Strawberry Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts: Nine red marshmallow hearts with the delicious taste of strawberries and cream are perfect as a Valentine’s dessert treat or as a fun accent to your favorite craft or recipe.
PEEPS® Cherries Drizzled and Dipped in Chocolate: Three cherry-shaped marshmallow flavored cherries dipped in and drizzled with decadent chocolate, perfect for sharing with that special someone.
PEEPS® Vanilla Crème Flavored Marshmallow Hearts: Nine vanilla crème flavored marshmallow hearts sprinkled with red flecks are a perfect snack to share, or delicious as a fun topper for hot cocoa.
PEEPS® Chocolate Covered Raspberry Flavored Heart: Individually wrapped raspberry flavored marshmallow heart covered in milk chocolate makes for a treat you can keep to yourself or share with your Valentine!
MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix Candy: Feel the love of the season with the limited edition MIKE AND IKE® Passion Mix – a fruity and chewy assortment of Paradise Punch, Strawberry, Grape and Cherry in festive holiday colors.
HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon Candy: Spice up the special day with the original bold and fiery flavor of HOT TAMALES® Fierce Cinnamon! The festive box features a personalized tag – perfect for gifting in the box or using to craft something spicy for your favorite “HOTTIE”.
HOT TAMALES® Valentine’s Lollipops: If you’re feeling extra bold and spicy this Valentine’s Day, the HOT TAMALES® Valentine’s Lollipops are sure to deliver! Available in circle and heart shapes, this fiery treat is a cinnamon-lovers dream!
PEEPS® Plush Valentine’s Day Bunny: These fluffy 5-inch bunny-shaped plushes are squeezable and soft – perfect for hugs and cuddles. Available in red and pink, with a stitched heart that will show a special someone how much you care.

Disclosure: We're pleased to partner up with PEEPS & COMPANY® once again, for this promotion.  PEEPS & COMPANY® provided us with the information, samples, giveaway products and discount code for our post. As always, all opinions are our own.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WIN 4 Tickets to Monster Jam® at Allstate Arena Friday Feb. 12

Monster Jam® 
featuring AMSOIL Series
Set to Roar into Allstate Arena

Here at ChiIL Mama, we've had a blast at the widely popular Monster Jam® tour for years. They're returning to the Allstate Arena, Feb. 12-15, with the tantalizing points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what the Monster Jam® fans have been asking to see – more action! The best news is one of our lucky readers is going for FREE with a family 4 pack of tickets to opening night Friday Feb. 12

ENTER HERE ENTER HERE through midnight 2/8/16 for your shot at a FREE family 4 pack of tickets to opening night, Fri 2/12! 

Experience the energy and excitement with this exclusive showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Fans will once again be treated to competition vehicles such as the Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arena during combative head-to-head racing action.

Check out ChiIL Mama's original Monster Jam videos right HERE:

Show Times
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 – 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm (Pit Party 11 am - 12:45 pm)
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 – 1 pm & 6 pm (Pit Party 10 am - 11:45 am)
Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 – 1 pm (Pit Party 10 am - 11:45 am)

*Pit Passes are available for $10 at the Allstate Arena box office, online at or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

Allstate Arena
6920 N. Mannheim Rd.
Rosemont, Ill.

Ticket Information

Tickets are available at or by calling 800/745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster Retail Locations or the Allstate Arena box office. All seats are reserved. Tickets start at $22 for adults; $12 for children 12 and under. 
Headlining the tour this year are eight more of Monster Jam’s fiercest athletes, which will represent each Monster Jam race team of Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters, and Monster Jam ATV’s, competing against one another to earn valuable points during each new event discipline. These athletes will be competing for a bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World Finals® held at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on March 17-19.

Monster Jam Teams
Grave Digger®: Cole Venard
Max-D®: Jared Eichelberger
ZombieSM: Bari Musawwir
Monster Mutt® Dalmatian: Cynthia Gauthier
El Toro Loco®: Mark List
Scooby-DooTM: Brianna Mahon
Monster Mutt® Rottweiler: Daron Basl
New Earth AuthoritySM: Aaron Basl

For more information on Monster Jam, please log onto To follow Monster Jam on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, go to, and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel at

About Feld Motor Sports®

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world's largest producer of live family entertainment. Official Monster Truck Series only at Monster Jam. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FLASH GIVEAWAY: WIN a Pair of Tickets ($90 value!-2 pairs available) to The Last Defender at The House Theatre


Here at ChiIL Mama & ChiIL Live Shows we are waaaay beyond stoked about The House Theatre of Chicago's latest, A Groundbreaking Experiment in Interactive Storytelling from Artistic Director Allen, Puzzle Designer Sandor Weisz and DC Comic Artist and House Company Member Chris Burnham. We had to miss opening weekend but it's high up there on our absolute MUST SEE (and DO) list and we're heading over to review as soon as possible.

In even better news, we are partnering up with The House Theatre yet again, for a great giveaway for a couple of our lucky readers. 

ENTER HERE through midnight 2/3! 

Two of our lucky readers will each WIN a Pair of Tickets ($90 value!-2 pairs available) to The Last Defender at The House Theatre. Winners choice of any Thursday or Sunday show from February 4th through March 13th pending availability! 

The House Theatre of Chicago presents the world premiere of The Last Defender at the Chopin Theatre Downstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., Thursday, Jan. 21 – Sunday, March 13.

The regular performance schedule is as follows: Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 7 and 9 p.m., Saturdays at 2, 4, 7 and 9 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 and 7 p.m. through March 13. Regular run tickets range from $40-45, and $10 Student and Industry same-day discounted tickets available, based on availability. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit or call 773.769.3832.

Artistic Director Nathan Allen and Company Member and D.C. Comics artist Chris Burnham, team up with some of Chicago’s best loved puzzle and game designers in this world premiere. Together, they create a wholly new experiment in immersive story and stagecraft. It’s part performance, part puzzle hunt, and part live action game.

Set during the Cold War, The Last Defender draws on the era's sense of paranoia, and fear of nuclear attack to give audiences a one-of-a-kind storytelling experience. Audiences members become the heroes of the story in The Defenders' underground headquarters. The United States and The Soviet Union are still mired in the Cold War. Artificial intelligence has been deployed alongside 8 bit arcade-style computer technologies to control our nuclear weapons. Players (audience members) will navigate their own paranoia, as well as the stresses of Mutually Assured Destruction to do the job of The Defenders. Everyone will work as a team to gather information, solve puzzles, and make increasingly difficult decisions in real time. All to complete The Defenders' mission and save the world.

In addition to a fully immersive scenic and lighting design, film footage, and audience costumes, The Last Defender features an intricate technical system designed by Ben Wilhelm, a House company member and the show’s Software Architect. The audience-players will experience and interact with NASA-styled command stations that give real-time responses, determining the next chapters of the story, unique to each player group.

ABOUT NATHAN ALLEN, Writer and Director
Nathan founded The House Theatre of Chicago with friends in the year 2001 and continues to lead the company as Artistic Director. Writing and directing credits include Death and Harry Houdini, The Sparrow, Rose and the Rime, and The Hammer Trinity (The Iron Stag King, The Crownless King, and The Excelsior King.) He also wrote and starred in The Valentine Trilogy (San Valentino and The Melancholy Kid, Curse of the Crying Heart, and Valentine Victorious) and directed The Magnificents by Dennis Watkins, with whom he created the weekly magic show, The Magic Parlour. Nathan's work has been seen on the stages of The House, The Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, The Arsht Center of Miami, The Stoneham Theatre in Boston, Strawdog Theatre, The Neo-Futurarium, Collaboraction, and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Nathan has received acknowledgements from the Joseph Jefferson Awards, The Orgie Awards, and The American College Theatre Festival.  He has been named an Associate Artist at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and received the Emerging Leader Award from his alma mater, Southern Methodist University.

Weisz is the commissioner of The Mystery League. He’s built puzzles for the likes of the Chicago Architecture Foundation, The University of Chicago, The House Theatre, The Art Institute of Chicago, Marbles Game Store, and Cards Against Humanity. He has been making puzzles and puzzle hunts since he was a teenager. You can often hear them on the NPR Sunday puzzle, or read them on his blog. His previous career was designing for the web. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids, with whom he records The ZED Show podcast. Find him on Twitter at @santheo and@pzlr.

The design team includes many Company Members of The House Theatre of Chicago, some returning to collaborate for the first time in several seasons. Lee Keenan designs the immersive, interactive Defender Headquarters in the downstairs Chopin Theatre space as the scenic and lighting designer. Melissa Torchia outfits the audience players in Defender uniforms as the costume designer. Lucas Merino (currently the Cinematics and Video Editor at California-based Blizzard Entertainment game company) creates the in-game films. Chris Burnham (artist for DC Comics’ Batman Incorporated, among many others) serves as Art Director. Ben Wilhelm returns in a brand new role as Software Architect. Brian DesGranges, who’s managed several of the company’s most acclaimed productions, is the Stage Manager. The in-game super computer, M.A.D.A.I.,(pronounced May-Day) will be voiced by company member Brenda Barrie. Guest artists include Sarah Espinoza (sound), and Eleanor Kahn (properties).

The House is Chicago's premier home for original works of physical and spectacle storytelling. Founded and led by Artistic Director Nathan Allen and driven by an interdisciplinary ensemble of Chicago’s next generation of great storytellers, The House aims to become a laboratory and platform for the evolution of the American theatre as an inclusive and popular artform.The House was founded in 2001 by a group of friends to explore connections between Community and Storytelling through a unique theatrical experience. Since becoming eligible in 2004, The House has been nominated for 60 Joseph Jefferson Awards (19 wins) and is a winner of a 2014 National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. Now in its 14th year of original work, The House continues its mission to unite Chicago in the spirit of Community through amazing feats of Storytelling.

Disclosure: We're elated to partner up with The House Theatre of Chicago. They have provided us with The Last Defender review tickets and giveaway tickets for our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.

ChiIL Out With ChiIL Mama At Women Driving Excellence at The Chicago Auto Show February 16th

Full Speed Ahead: Women Driving Excellence Returns February 16th
at the Chicago Auto Show

On February 16th, (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at McCormick Place: 2301 S. Lakeshore Drive) Women Driving Excellence (#WDE16) will return to the Chicago Auto Show for the fourth year in celebration of women who help start, accelerate, fuel, and steer others to excellence. 

Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is elated to be invited to be an official #WDE writer/blogger for the 3rd year now and we have been compensated for spreading the word in advance and covering the event with a photo filled feature for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Check out our past coverage here, then come on out and join us for this empowering, invaluable, free event! Highly recommended.
  • #WDE2015
  • #WDE2014

  • Women Driving Excellence is a collaborative community created to connect entrepreneurial and established women in business, philanthropy, media, government and community leadership positions. WDE provides women multimedia access to industry influencers using in person and digital social platforms.

    The #WDE16 event was created by two social media mavens, MJ Tam and Beth Rosen of the popular ChicagonistaLIVE! online talk show. While there are many activities that appeal to women at the Chicago Auto Show, they felt the need to create a special program that would recognize women who exemplified unique vision and talent that fueled the fire of passion in the community.

    They celebrate these women by lifting them up through the use of their powerful social networks. Inspiring all women to continue in empowering and engaging other women to do greatness for each other. The event will include a full day program honoring and celebrating innovative, entrepreneurial, accomplished, businesswomen in Chicagoland. 

    New this year is a Leading Women in Tech panel lead by Katy Lynch, CEO at Techweek, with Elisa All Founder & CEO of 30Second Mobile, and Yana Nirshberg of ParadigmNEXT. In addition, there will be a GPS Pitch Engine Competition built in partnership with Inventorz Network Co-Founder Dhana Cohen and will be judged by Dahlia Saper of Saper Law and Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event.

    “We want to provide as much value to the women who join us and come out to The Chicago Auto Show for Women’s Day and building on the success of our event programming over these past 3 years, our attendees were looking to learn more about the women in the tech industry and how to grow their own brand, business, product and services," said Beth Rosen and MJ Tam.

    Event Schedule:
    10:00 a.m.: Jumpstart Your Network – A power hour hosted by Chicago’s top Networkers

    11:00 a.m.: Honoring Trailblazing Women Presentation emceed by Janet Davies-ABC7 News. This year’s honorees include Lisa Madigan-Illinois Attorney General, Marilynn Gardner-Navy Pier President & CEO, Dominique Jordan Turner– Chicago Scholars President & CEO, Kathleen Henson-Henson Consulting Founder & CEO, Dee Alexander– Song Stylist

    1:00 p.m.: Leading Women in Tech sharing their thoughts on trends, collaborating, startups, and how to foster relationships for business growth.

    2:00 p.m.: Join MJ Tam, Beth Rosen,and Nancy Loo host the #ChicagonistaLIVE! Talk Show, Chicago’s first social talk show.

    3:00 p.m.: GPS Pitch Engine Contest 5 aspiring entrepreneurs will make presentations to a panel of experts who are in search for rising businesses.

    Event admission is free of charge. Reserved seating and Chicago Auto Show Tickets are available for the first 100 that register for the event. Women Driving Excellence is presented with sponsors including Nissan, Chicago Tribune and Jewel-Osco.

    Join us on line: 

    Live far or can't ditch work? You can still join us on line for Women Driving Excellence 2016. Follow the hashtags! #WDE16 is sponsored by Nissan and produced by MJ Tam & Beth Rosen of the #ChicagonistaLIVE show in coordination with the Chicago Tribune and will be held at the Chicago Auto Show - Women's Day on Feb. 16, 2016

    Get social: Join us now, leading up to, and during WDE16 on the Women Driving Excellence Facebook Page.

    ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama in Chi, IL and beyond:

    For flash giveaways, real time photo features, and the first heads up on incoming fun in Chi, IL and beyond, FOLLOW ChiIL Mama (family friendly) and ChiIL Live Shows (adult):

    ChiIL Mama's a proud owner of a Graphite Blue, Nissan Rogue, 7 Seater and we're pleased to partner up with Nissan any time.

    Disclosure: Once again, ChiIL Mama is elated to be invited to be an official #WDE writer/blogger for the 3rd year now and we have been compensated for spreading the word in advance and covering the event with a photo filled feature for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Shakespeare 400 Chicago Style

    A celebration 
    400 years in the making
    1,000 artists. 850 events. 120 sites across Chicago.

    Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we've been lifelong lovers of Shakespeare. We love his witty wordplay and endearing, enduring characters that have forever altered the course of our language and our very society. This year we've hit the milestone of four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, and Chicago's celebrating in a big way with 850 events slated for the year, which will entertain more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City! We're elated to be on board to help spread the word. Check back early and often for the full scoop, early warnings, and photo filled recaps and reviews.

    Shakespeare 400 Chicago invites you connect with new cultures, engage your mind and discover endless inspiration fueled by one extraordinary playwright. Chicago Shakespeare Theater kicked it all off in January as Moscow’s leading actors took the stage in Measure for Measure for 6 shows only.

    Measure for Measure

    You’ll soon find the courageous artists of Belarus Free Theatre in town with a heartrending King Lear, while the voices of Chicago a cappella illuminate the musicality of sonnets and soliloquies. Ignite the imagination of children in your life at an interactive concert of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Symphony Center.

    From Belarus: Belarus Free Theatre
    February 5–14, 2016
    Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

    And that’s just the beginning. In February, the first dates and dishes will be revealed for Culinary Complete Works, everyday household objects rise beyond their station for (In) Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Othello will be vividly realized through both theater and dance at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Hamburg Ballet's engagement at Harris Theater.

    The Theatre School at DePaul
    January 14–February 20, 2016
    DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre

    All year, the festival will shine a spotlight on the best international and Chicago talents. There’s so much to enjoy—come play your part!

    Shakespeare+Chicago: An unlikely pairing, perhaps?
    Perhaps. But Chicago is no novice when it comes to shape-changing events. Our city’s first quadricentennial dates back to 1893 and the World’s Columbian Exposition. Galvanizing and inspiring a city to become more than it was, the exposition reshaped a boomtown, known already for risk-taking, determination and, yes, audacity.

    Browse the Shakespeare 400 Chicago catalog
    This global celebration is made possible by an unprecedented collaboration of Chicago institutions. Shakespeare will come to life across disciplines, through inspirational acts of theater, dance, music, spectacle and more. Flip through the full catalog online, or download a copy to keep handy. There's something for everyone!


    Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events. Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater and with leading support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Pritzker Military Museum & Library, this quadricentennial celebration is anticipated to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive celebration of Shakespeare’s enduring legacy.

    Sunday, January 31, 2016

    PRODUCT REVIEW: Dove Dry Spray for Men and Women

    I was genuinely surprised and pleased with Dove's new spray antiperspirant. I'm a solid kind of girl and the last time I used a spray was back in the sticky, wet days and I hated it. This one truly goes on instantly dry and keeps on working for two days! It's super easy to apply, too, just shake twice and spray on. 

    Disclosure: Thanks to Influenster for choosing me to review Dove's new men's and women's dry spray on deodorant. I was given a complimentary sample for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions are my own.

    I tried the cucumber scent and love it! I avoid heavy, perfume scents and generally like unscented or a light, natural scent and this one's great. I tend to give antiperspirants a work out and need something strong. This one passed the smell and wetness test with ease.

    My 14 year old son and husband both tried the Men Care version. My son is like me and needs something strong. My husband can get away with deodorant and freakishly he barely sweats, even when he's working hard or it's hot out. It worked well for both of them. We like that this is long lasting and doesn't leave white marks or stains on clothes. 

    Choose from six unique fragrances: Nourished Beauty, Plus Cool Essentials, Revive, Beauty Finish, Skin Renew or Sensitive.

    Disclosure: Thanks to Influenster for choosing me to review Dove's new men's and women's dry spray on deodorant. I was given a complimentary sample for review purposes. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, all opinions are my own.

    Thursday, January 28, 2016


    It's Snow Season Ya Know, So ChiIL out With ChiIL Mama and Chicago Children's Theatre for Chi, IL's best Snow Shows!

    Good for opening night, Friday, January 29
    The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
    1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago

    5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.   Pre-show activities 
    Take a break from the cold weather and enjoy free 
    hot chocolate, snacks, face painting, crafts and more! 

    7 - 8 p.m.    Snowflake

    Disclosure: Chicago Children's Theatre has long been a favorite of ours here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows. We're thrilled to partner up with them once again, on a giveaway for our readers. They have provided us with review and giveaway tickets. As always, all opinions are our own.

    Opening Night Is THIS Friday 1/29. ENTER HERE for your chance to 
    4 PACK of TICKETS ($124 Value)! 

    Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Snowflake, recently seen in Minneapolis, actor Gale LaJoye brings his unique and inspiring story to Chicago Children's Theatre.

    As Snowflake, Lajoye stages a tale of a kindhearted soul who, with little more than imagination and hope, breathes life into what others regard as useless, transforming the simplest of objects into comedic treasures. 

    Without uttering a single word, this incredibly versatile actor amazes an all-ages audience while speaking volumes about humanity, innocence and our need for compassion, understanding and joy. called Snowflake "heartwarming and hilarious."


    Snowflake (January 27-February 14) and Snow Angel (February 16-21). 

    Snowflake is an All Ages show. Performances are January 27-February 14 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. 

    Show times are Tuesday through Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  (Exception: show times Saturday, January 30 (only) are 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.) Tickets are $10 to $39.

    Note: Autism-friendly performances are Friday, February 5 at 12 p.m. ($10 tickets). The performance Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m. is also autism-friendly. Tickets are $20.

    For tickets and information, visit or call 
    (877) 222-9555.

    Snow Angel
    Chicago Children's Theatre will present a limited, one-week-only engagement of Snow Angel, devised by Quest Theatre in Calgary. 

    This original, wordless piece cleverly uses movement, masks and music to tell the story of a brother and sister who discover a magical winter wonderland in a new snowfall. Their only obstacle is the bird-loving old man who lives next door and wants to keep them off his property. 

    Full of fun, creative staging, physical antics and audience interaction, Snow Angel also gently teaches lessons about caring and friendship. Toronto Fun Places raved, "Your kids will be thrilled."

    Snow Angel is a Younger Stages show, ideal for ages 3 to 8. Performances are February 16-21 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. 

    Show times are Tuesday at 10 a.m.; Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and noon; Friday at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. Purchase tickets at or call (877) 222-9555.

    Chicago Children's Theater offers deeply discounted group rates for schools, playgroups, birthday parties and scouting groups. For group sales, email or call (773) 227-0180 x 13.  

    When spring breaks, Chicago Children's Theatre's 20155-16 season continues with Spring shows include Jabari Dreams of Freedom, a world premiere play by celebrated Chicago playwright and actress Nambi E. Kelley (April 5-May 1), and Seedfolks, a Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis production (May 3-22).

    Note: Chicago Children's Theatre is committed to barrier-free theater for persons with disabilities, and regularly schedules performances with sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired, set touch tours for the visually impaired, and autism-friendly performances. Visit for access dates and more information. 

    About Chicago Children's Theatre
    Chicago Children's Theatre focuses on the professional production of first-rate children's theatre in Chicago, with top writing, performing and directorial talent and high-quality design and production expertise. Since the company was launched in 2005, Chicago Children's Theatre has presented the world premieres of The Selfish Giant, The Hundred Dresses, Jackie and Me, Dot and Ziggy, The Houdini Box, The Elephant and The Whale (in association with Redmoon), Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, Leo Lionni's Frederick and Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure.

    Chicago Children's Theatre aspires to enrich our community through diverse and significant theatrical and educational programming that engages and inspires the child in all of us. The company strives to provide affordable and accessible theatre for families and area school children. To enhance the impact of any given production's themes, Chicago Children's Theatre offers educational materials and programs for families and educators. 

    Led by Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Board Chair Todd Leland, the company is supported by a dynamic Board of Directors comprised of dedicated individuals from the fields of entertainment, philanthropy and business. Officers include David Saltiel, President; Lynn Lockwood Murphy, Vice Chair and Secretary; and David Chung, Treasurer. 

    Chicago Children's Theatre is sponsored in part by ComEd, Goldman Sachs Gives and Target.

    For more information about Chicago Children's Theatre visit, call CCT's dedicated box office line, (872) 222-9555, or the administrative office, (773) 227-0180.

    Disclosure: Chicago Children's Theatre has long been a favorite of ours here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows. We're thrilled to partner up with them once again, on a giveaway for our readers. They have provided us with review and giveaway tickets. As always, all opinions are our own.

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