Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lisle and Witches and Saige Oh My JULY 3 – 6, 2013

JULY 3 – 6, 2013

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama at Lisle's Eyes to the Skies Festival.   We're pretty stoked to see The Wicked Witch in flight!   

Broadway In Chicago is pleased to announce WICKED, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, will be flying its own WICKED Hot Air Balloon, to Lisle, Illinois, for the “Eyes to the Skies Festival.”  Their very own Defying Gravity hot air balloon will appear at the festival July 3 – 6, 2013.  The WICKED hot air balloon is making this special appearance in honor of the smash hit musical’s return to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre Oct. 30 – Dec. 21, 2013.

WICKED is sure to be one of this year’s most treasured balloons at the Eyes to the Skies Festival, which is celebrating its 31st Anniversary. 

Ever since Saige, American Girl of the Year appeared on the scene for 2013, girls across the nation have become obsessed with colorful, gorgeous hot air balloons.   My own 10 year old, Sage, is no exception.   That was the only thing she requested for her birthday!

We read the American Girl book, Saige Paints the Sky, together as a family, in which Saige's dad owns and flies his own hot air balloon that Saige did the design for.   She takes her friends up in it to celebrate her 10th.   We couldn't Paint the Sky with a hot air balloon ride for our Saige, but we all chipped in and bought her the balloon, and took all her friends to Jump Sky High which was a blast!!   (Full photo/video feature coming soon.)

Balloon love is only bound to intensify with the brand new release of the Saige Paints the Sky MOVIE on July 2nd on Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack.  The movie will also air for free on TV Saturday, July 13, at 8/7C on NBC.  

We got a press preview copy and it was a huge hit in our household with the 10 year old girl demographic.   The New Mexico locations are stunningly gorgeous.  The story is a compelling one of inner and outer strength, overcoming fears and obstacles, practicing hard and fighting for the arts.   And Jane Seymour rocks as Saige's Grandma, Mimi.   The Saige movie also introduces Sidney Fullmer as Saige, a talented artist with a passion for horses, in this modern-day story about finding one’s voice.

**Click here to check out ChiIL Mama's prior Saige Paints the Sky movie coverage and enter to win a FREE Blu-Ray/DVD combo of the Saige movie!**  

Then bring the family out for a real live hot air balloon extraganza July 3-6th!

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival

The festival attracts an attendance each year of more than 50,000 patrons.  Highlights include performances by nationally known musical groups, the best in local band performances, a large carnival, a craft fair, a special children’s area, two food courts and of course, daily launches of hot air balloons and a balloon glow before the spectacular nightly fireworks show.  The Eyes to the Skies Festival has been selected six times as “One of the County’s Top 100 Tourist Destinations” by the American Bus Association.  Since 2009, The Lisle Eyes to the Skies Committee, a not-for-profit  (501c3) corporation, comprised of local citizens and volunteer business leaders, has organized and produced the festival.  Proceeds from the festival are divided up between six local charitable affiliations: The Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Chamber of Commerce, Partners for Parks and the Lisle Education Foundation.  Located in Community Park in Lisle, on 110 acres of beautiful trees, lakes and open space, the festival runs from July 3 through July 6, 2013. The carnival operates July 3 through July 7, 2013.  Please visit for complete details.

There's even a wheelchair accessable balloon that gives free rides to handicapped adults & kids.   How cool is that?!

Serena’s Song

Serena’s Song
Each day, “Serena’s Song,” the nation’s first wheelchair accessible balloon, will be giving tethered rides to children and adults with disabilities from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until dusk Friday through Sunday, weather permitting. To reserve a flight, contact SEASPAR at
Flights are on Wednesday, July 3 – Saturday, July 6, from 6:00-7:30 a.m. and from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available for groups of 20 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Individual tickets for WICKED will go on-sale at a later date.  For more information about WICKED, please visit or

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