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Here at ChiIL Mama we're big fans of animals in movies and TV shows, especially animated ones like the world's greatest feline fighter, whose swashbuckling adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, just launched on Netflix this month. Our family members include tropical fish, 3 adorable Guinea Pigs, and 2 big dogs who think they're people. They love to cozy up on the couch with us to watch animal flix! We particularly loved Red Dog and Hachi: A Dog's Tale, since we have an adventurous rescue dog and an Akita.
Disclosure: ChiIL Mama is a proud member of the Netflix Stream Team. We've been compensated for sharing monthly posts with our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.
Watch the New Series!
The world's greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur is back in this original series filled with daring adventures, great boots, and laugh-out-loud fun! The entire family will be entranced by Puss' fantastical CG world filled with new characters, exotic locations and mystical tales that make up the stuff of legends. There's nothing that can get in this celebrated swashbuckling kitty's way...except maybe a hairball.
An Exciting New Competitive Format Is Heading to Allstate Arena
The widely popular Monster Jam® tour is heading to the Allstate Arena, Feb. 5-8, for an explosive new points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what the Monster Jam fans have been asking to see – more trucks, more action, #MoreMonsterJam!
Disclosure: We've been stoked to partner up with FELD for years now, on Monster Jam coverage. Thanks to our friends over at Feld Motor Sports® for providing tickets for our giveaway and for our family to come out and do a photo and video filled recap.
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We can't wait to ChiIL out in Chi, IL and see what 2015 will bring! Allstate Arena is one of only 10 arenas nationwide to debut the new #MoreMonsterJam format.
The Allstate Arena event will feature the biggest and best lineup of world famous Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more competitive action than ever before. Fans will also be treated to two new competition vehicles, extreme Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs, as they rip through the arena during combative racing action.
Headlining the tour will be the fiercest Monster Jam athletes, who will be the exclusive drivers of each of the teams made up of Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters, and Monster Jam ATVs. Each of the athletes will compete against one another in a true test of endurance to earn valuable points during the seven competitive disciplines, unlike any Monster Jam event ever. These athletes will be contending for a bid to the prestigious Monster Jam World FinalsSM held at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on March 26-28.
We started getting excited for Monster Jam when we saw this set up at Frozen on Ice.
Monster Jam Teams (We're super stoked to see El Toro Loco and Scooby Doo are driven by mighty grrrrrrrls, Becky and Bailey! Not just boys fun.)
Grave Digger®: Colton Eichelberger from Paxton, Ill., son of Max-DSM creator Tom Meents
Max-DSM: Morgan Kane
Blue Thunder®: Dalton Millican
Monster Energy: Coty Saucier
Scooby-Doo™: Bailey Shea Williams
New Earth Authority PoliceSM: Aaron Basl
Monster Mutt® Rottweiler: Daron Basl
El Toro Loco®: Becky McDonough
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 – 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 – 2 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015 – 1 pm & 6 pm
6920 N. Mannheim Rd.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800/745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased at Ticketmaster Retail Locations and the Allstate Arena Box Office. All seats are reserved. Tickets start at $15.
Two pre-show pit parties – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, and 10 a.m. to Noon, Sunday, Feb. 8 – afford fans (with a pit pass and matinee show ticket) the chance to see their favorite Monster Jamtrucks, Speedsters and ATVs up close, meet drivers, take pictures and get autographs. Pit passes are available for $10 at all Ticketmaster locations, while supplies last.
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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. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.
Disclosure: Once again, we've been stoked to partner up with FELD for years now, on Monster Jam coverage. Thanks to our friends over at Feld Motor Sports® for providing tickets for our giveaway and for our family to come out and do a photo and video filled recap.
EARWORM ALERT: Disney On Ice presents Frozen opened Wednesday, and it's playing at Allstate Arena then United Center through Feb 8th. Expect hoards of kids and parents in the whole Chicago region to be humming, whistling and singing Fro-tunes. Stuck with various Frozen medleys in your head already?! List your favorite Frozen earworm below and Let It Go.
There are Show Tunes and Then There Are Fro-Tunes: *(What's an earworm you ask? It's a song that gets stuck on auto play in your brain, and keeps popping up whenever you're not actively thinking of something else. It's like an audio screen saver. There is no cure. The only way to end one earworm is to replace it with another. Disney On Ice presents Frozen has some of the catchiest tunes around. You're sure to find at least one that'll stick.)
Best. Photobomb. Ever. Disclosure: Here at ChiIL Mama, it's been our pleasure to partner up with FELD for years now, to bring our readers ticket giveaways, discounts, and original photo filled features. We have been given 4 review tickets and programs through a local PR agency in exchange for our coverage. As always, all opinions are our own.
ChiIL Mama was elated to be there for the opening night of Disney On Ice presents Frozen with several thousand little Elsas and one extremely excited 7 year old, Briaunna. Yes, I borrowed a child (and her dad and his girlfriend, a long time friend of ours.) This time around my husband and daughter were out of town and my nearly 14 year old son took a pass. It was SO much fun for me to sit by Briaunna, since her enthusiasm was contagious and she belted out every song. This is her adventure at Disney On Ice presents Frozen as much as my own.
Check out our review & photo filled feature below. ALL of our photos are in the slide show right here and our favorites are embedded below.
ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama just north of Chi, IL, as we bring you our photo filled recap of opening night 1/21, of what may just be the hottest Disney on Ice Show EVER. We were thrilled to be out at Allstate Arena in Rosemont to catch all the chill excitement! Got your tickets yet? They're selling FAST!
We bring you ChiIL fun in Chi, IL and beyond and we highly recommend Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The Frozen production values were top notch and the indoor snow was a fun touch.
And the Frozen story line is awesome. FINALLY, we have a princess who isn't lying around in a coma, and/or awaiting rescue by prince charming! Thank you Disney. Girls can do selfless acts and thaw their own hearts, rock their magical powers, and NOT marry the first guy they meet, who may be a power grubbing slime ball.
This show's got it all--mighty girls, orphans, heroes, villians, giant snow beasts, magic, reindeer on skates, fire and ice... We particularly adored Sven--the goofy reindeer and his best bud, Kristoff and the trolls who raised him.
We're fond of fixer uppers and Anna, Elsa and Kristoff are great role models.
Amusingly enough, nobody at Frozen on Ice exclaimed "Elsa" when they saw my braid (which is a daily occurrence now in the real world, ever since she made my favorite go to hair style infamous). Seems the thousands of costumed mini Elsa minions were a great camouflage! Though I fear "Elsa hair" will become the "Princess Leia" hair for the new millennium. thirty plus years later and girls STILL can not wear two side buns without being called Princess Leia!
Disclosure: Once again, here at ChiIL Mama, it's been our pleasure to partner up with FELD for years now, to bring our readers ticket giveaways, discounts, and original photo filled features. We have been given 4 review tickets and programs through a local PR agency in exchange for our coverage. As always, all opinions are our own. We have mixed feelings about the lobby scene. It was quite commercialized and the charges for character photo ops were over the top, as were the aggressive and annoying people hawking vacation water park packages. They got in our faces at least 4 times as we made trips to the bathroom, etc. before the show and would not take no for an answer. We won a small pack of kleenex from Meijer, took a free selfie, and Bri got a tiara comb and temp tattoo which was fun. The rest of the commercialization of the lobby scene was annoying and a bit much on top of all the usual merch and concession sales tables every few feet. Thanks Stonyfield, YoKids for the pre-show dance that got all the kids standing up and moving in a fun and playful way. Kudos for that. More Photo Favs: It was fun to see all our Disney favorites before the story of Frozen began!
We also adored seeing Frozen on Ice begin the Frozen saga with the kids (and Sven the Reindeer and even Olaf) as young versions of themselves!
The fabulous sets, costumes and lighting added to the magic.
Kristoff and Sven are a couple of our favorite characters here at ChiIL Mama--eye candy for the parents and comic relief all in one dynamic duo.