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Free Download of Chicagos Best Local Music: The 24 Seven Chicago Mixtape!

chicago, Music

A FREE download of a mixtape is music to my ears, literally… especially when all seventeen tracks are from local Chicago artists!

Chicago Mixtape is a project that Casey Meehan started in February 2011. Every single Monday morning through, Casey sends out an email blast of free high-quality music from local musicians to all of his subscribers. The first track includes a personal message to all the listeners from the creators of the mixtape: Casey Meehan and Marisa Ruiz, who works for 24/7 Chicago & They candidly explain that the purpose behind creating this best of the best compilation is to promote talent coming out of Chicago!

It’s super easy to sign up and I’m living proof (I’m jamming to track six already as I type!)

Here’s the link:

Sign up ASAP because this exclusive mixtape is only available until January 2, 2012!

The top five to seven songs each week are selected from a list of a couple hundred bands so you’re guaranteed to hear the best of the best.

The 24 Seven Chicago Mixtape features songs from Soft Speaker ( who made the list of  ‘Chicago Tribune’s Best Music of 2011’, Louis & The Hunt, Cool Devices and many more.

-Amanda Rivera


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Take A Dip In Lake Michigan for the Shelter Shiver Fundraiser!

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This chilly Shelter Shiver fundraising event put on by ALIVE Rescue is sure to wake you up and send goosebumps all over your body! Join this organization in helping to raise money with other Chicagoans who love animals just as much as they do! ALIVE Rescue is a place where homeless animals can go and get proper care from great people. ALIVE strives to take on the responsibility to “save, rehabilitate and place abandoned, abused stray animals.”

Shelter Shiver is the first fundraising event in 2012 for ALIVE Rescue and you can participate by yourself or with a team! There are a three ways you can join in on this event…

1.)  Shiver Swim- Do a FULL plunge into Lake Michigan!

2.)  Chicken Dip- An ankle deep stroll into the lake

3.)  I’ll Meet You at the Meltdown- Watch and cheer others on!

The Shelter Shiver is January 8th at 11am and it is only $25.00 to participate at North Avenue Beach! When you complete the challenge of going into Lake Michigan you will get a Stayin’ ALIVE goodie bag, coupons, and a special gift noting that you “survived” the Shelter Shiver! You can also warm up at the after party which will take place at Old Town Ale House. At the after party there will be prizes given away for Best Costume, Best Team Theme, and Top Fundraisers.

So animal lovers unite! Help out and join in on Shelter Shiver this year to help animals and raise money for this great organization!

-Rhea Drougas

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Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater Brings Alive an Infamous Night in the History of Rock n Roll!

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On December 4, 1956, the world brought together four legends – Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins & Johnny Lee Lewis – in a small storefront studio called Sun Records in Memphis.  For this one night, the quartet reminisced and recorded an impromptu music session with the one who discovered them all, Sam Philips – the “Father of Rock-n-Roll” and owner of Sun Records.

Million Dollar Quartet captures the excitement and spirit of this infamous night that caught the sound of four of music’s most popular artists.   The show itself takes place at the Apollo Theater – a space that is incredibly intimate and captures the essence of the night that revealed the intimate details, triumphs and shortcomings of the quartet.  The actors’ performances were superb, but the best part was is that they actually all play their own instruments!  It was no coincidence that the actor who played Johnny Lee Lewis, Lance Lipinsky, was referenced as Liberace in the play as his performance was truly mesmerizing.  Make sure to check out his site here for updates on his latest album that uses analog equipment to emulate the 1960’s sound!

The Tony Award winning musical has now been in Chicago for over 2 years due to it’s great success and popularity & I highly recommend any fan of Rock n Roll, Country or Blues to check it out!  For tickets and more info, click here.

-Amy Shah

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charity, chicago, Food, Fundraiser, General, restaurants

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and sippin’ on spirits – but it is also a great time to give to those in need during this Holiday Season. Here is your chance to combine the two! From December 13-18 at Marigold, a unique Indian restaurant in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, they will donate 25% of its sales from customers who take one of two simple steps to show that they are supporters of Care For Real.

Care For Real strives to help their neighbors in the Edgewater community by providing food, clothing, and counseling services to those in need. Help them with their efforts.

1. Print out the “I support Care For Real” flyer on Marigold’s Facebook page and show it to your server.
- OR -
2. Show your server that you have “Checked-In” on Foursquare or Facebook to Marigold.

Also, keep an eye out for special deals at the restaurant for Care For Real supporters, such as half off all bottles of wine. Cheers to that!

- Evan Jones

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Movie Classics and Carols at the 28th Annual Music Box Christmas Show

chicago, General, Movies, Music, nightlife, Theater

Take a night out of the week to go out with your family and friends to see this special Christmas tradition! This holiday season is the 28th anniversary with the Music Box!  It all started in 1983, when an operator in Chicago shows two old holiday movies in Christmas Eve. People came out to watch these vintage movies and sing Christmas carols during their intermissions.

By this being able to keep going 27 years later you know many people have made this their favorite family holiday tradition! If you haven’t ever experienced it you should definitely make it a priority this year. When you enter the Music Box Theatre you’re greeted with a jolly hello from Santa Claus.  He even leads you in Christmas carols to classic Christmas songs. If you happen to not know the words to the carols being sung, no worries, lyrics are projected on the theatre’s screen.

The movies that are being played are White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. You can see either one or stay for both! You can check out the single and double feature prices here Reserve your tickets today- you don’t want to miss out on this holiday event!

-Rhea Drougas

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Irish Christmas in America

Art, chicago, General, Music, nightlife

It’s absolutely no secret that I adore all things Irish (have you seen me on the streets between March 16th-18th, I’m a blissful mess) and all things Christmas (I may or may not tear up at the sight of a lit Christmas tree).  So when I stumbled upon Irish Christmas in America, I had to take some deep breaths, remind myself I’m not 8 years old anymore and dove right into finding out more about this fantastic fusion!

Oisin Mac Diarmada is the mastermind behind this insanely popular tour – he hails from the award-winning Irish group, Teada. Irish Christmas in America is comprised of top Irish musicians, singers and dancers and features Lumiere, one of the most talked about vocal groups to come out of the emerald isle as of late.

Not only is the show family friendly but it’s taking place at Old Town School of Folk Music, a wonderful, whimsical performing arts school, actually they’re the biggest independent community arts school in the country and they’re right here in Chicago. On December 14th if you’re in the mood for Irish ballads, Christmas carols, fine fiddle action and some serious Irish dancing, click here:,  pick up a couple tickets and hit me up, I’ll be the one in the front row clutching my Irish family ancestry tree and singing along at the top of my lungs.

-KatieRose Cronin



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16th Annual TBOX: 12 Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl Goes Through Wrigleyville

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If you are looking for the ultimate Christmas pub crawl look no further! It’s getting colder in Chicago and more Christmas spirit is showing up throughout the city. Get into the holiday spirit and do something different and crazy with your friends! This 16th Annual Twelve Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl take you to 36, yes I said 36, different bars all throughout Wrigleyville!


On Saturday, December 10th, roll out of bed and join fellow pub crawlers at 8am for the opening ceremonies at the Cubby Bear. All of the participating bars are exclusively open just for this event at 9AM. You will literally be going to these bars ALL day- 9AM to 9PM. Since there are to many participants people are split into teams and go to different bars at different times- don’t worry, you are NOT going to be separated from your friends! Everyone will end the night at Cubby Bear once again though with a private party featuring the band Rock Candy!

Tickets to this event are just $32! You will definitely want to reserve your ticket right NOW! When you purchase a ticket to the TBOX  Pub Crawl you not only get access to the 36 participating bars, you also get drink specials, a souvenir admission badge & lanyard, T-shirt, gym bag, and coupons to places in Wrigleyville!

Don’t miss out- Check out more event info and buy your tickets here!

Chicago Children’s Choir “Songs of The Season” Concert

chicago, General, Music

Join the Chicago Children’s Choir December 11th at 3:00PM as they start to celebrate the holiday season. Under the direction of Josephine Lee, this Emmy Award-winning Concert Choir can sing!

Tickets are $15 – $65. Learn more about the choir here:

- Evan Jones

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Warhol in Winter – Art Institute Evening Exhibit with Empire Screening

Art, celebrities, chicago, General, Movie, Movies, Museum, nightlife, Pictures

Watch out, IMAX.  Chicago’s winter skyline is about to become a giant movie screen. On Friday, December 9, The Art Institute of Chicago, supported by the Graham Foundation for Advance Studies in the Fine Arts, will beam Andy Warhol’s celebrated conceptual film “Empire” onto the top 12 stories of the Aon Center to mark the opening of the museum’s new photography exhibition, Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph 1964-1977.

Shot in one, continuous take over the course of a single evening in 1964, Warhol’s silent footage of the Empire State Building observes the famed structure over a period of several hours from dusk to nightfall and finally, darkness.  Our city’s screening will mark the film’s first large-scale, outdoor presentation in the United States.

While the film will be viewable from Millennium Park, the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago are offering an indoor option. A special viewing party in the panoramic Modern Wing, entitled “Unveiled: Empire,” will give guests a front-row seat from which to consider one of Warhol’s landmark experimental pieces, all while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and music from one of Chicago’s hippest DJs.  Attendees will also get a special sneak preview of the museums new “Light Years” exhibit before it opens to the public.

The event will take place on Friday, December 9 from 8:00-11:00 PM in the Nichols Trustees Suite, located on the second floor of the Art Institute’s Modern Wing. The cost, which includes food and drinks, is $60 for Evening Associates members and $70 for non-members.

Tickets are limited, and those interested in attending can sign up here. Additional information is available at the Evening Associates’ information line (312-443-3710) or by contacting Jaime Norwood (

“Unveiled: Empire” is just one of many cool cultural events put on by the Evening Associates throughout the year. The group’s mission is to bring Chicago’s young professional community into an active, participatory relationship with the Art Institute of Chicago in order to promote an understanding and appreciation of the arts. Evening Associates members enjoy exclusive museum gatherings, gallery walks and other unique “after-five” events throughout Chicago, taking advantage of the city’s vibrant art and social scene.  More information is available at

We hope you can make it! – Sean Mogle

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Happy Holly-Daze A Drinking Game Performance

chicago, Comedy, General, Music, nightlife, Theater

Grab your holiday sweaters, candy canes and…party cups? Corn Productions, the producers of one-act plays, music monologues, and comedy sketches would like to wish you a Happy Holly-daze by inviting you to a drinking game performance. From December 8th-30th they will be “sharing all of their favorite holiday stories, songs, and beverages with you.” Each sketch is a drinking game, giving you the chance to celebrate the season in style. It is BYOB so you can bring anything from eggnog to bottled beer – whatever gets you into the holiday spirit(s).

Happy Holly-daze – A Drinking Game Performance runs Thursdays through Saturdays, December 8th – December 30th (no show December 24th) 8pm at Cornservatory, 4210 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago. Ticket price is $6 on Thursdays and $12 on Fridays and Saturdays and can be purchased online at or reservations can be made at 773.650.1331.

- Evan Jones

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