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2015 Chicago Cubs Convention

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Hey Chicago! Ashten here; I’m ready to tell you about an awesome event that’s been happening for 30 years!


As rumors of sold-out rooms continue to escalate, sports fans in Chicago begin to anticipate the upcoming Chicago Cubs Convention held annually at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Tower.  Each year the Chicago Cubs organization hosts this convention that has kicked off the upcoming Cubs season 30 years in a row. It is used to showcase current players, alumni, notable sports broadcasters, Cubs organization staff and even upcoming prospects from the minor league.


Cubs fans of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the convention’s Opening Ceremony, The Ricketts Family Forum and A Recent Look Back: 2007-08 Cubs. Other convention events include Friday Night with Ryan Dempster, a Cubs Business Operations Update, 30 years of Cubs Convention Memories and Cubs Jeopardy. Also on the schedule is the For Kids Only Press Conference where tiny Cubs fans will have the opportunity to grill their favorite players. Cubs fans will be able to Meet the New Cubs, Cubs Baseball Management as well as Joe Maddon and his Coaching Staff.

Just to sweeten the deal, a percentage of the convention’s net profit will benefit Cubs’ Charities. So don’t miss out on this Chicago tradition!

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Talking about my CBS Criminal Minds role on WGN Radio 720am with Sirott & Murciano

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Billy Dec on WGN Radio 720 AM Noon Business Hour with Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano

Had a blast talking to Bob and Marianne on WGN Radio this week! Spilled the beans on how I got cast on CBS’ Criminal Minds (I actually didn’t get the part at first!) and inviting everyone to the viewing party at Rockit this Wednesday, October 29th!

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Green Tie Ball XXIII The Great Green Gatsby

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My name is Jon Landan (Some of you may know me as one of The #LandanTwins :)) & I just wanted to share with you an initiative that is near & dear to my heart Chicago Gateway Green! I have been involved with this charity for 15 years & have done everything from stuffing goody bags at Green Tie Ball, to chairing Green Tie Ball multiple times to now serving on The Board of Directors of Gateway Green!

Our mission is simple & that is we are a non-profit organization dedicated to greening and beautifying Chicago’s expressways, gateways & neighborhoods! We are the 1st thing & last thing that Chicagoans & visitors see when they enter and leave our city & ultimately were one of the 1st #Greening initiatives in the country!

This Saturday we are throwing Green Tie Ball XXIII The Great Green Gatsby. This event is hands down the BEST charity of the summer with 4,000 of your closest friends, 60 of the BEST Chicago restaurants, PREMIUM bar, charitable gaming, silent auction & much more! Our Headlining entertainment is the one & only Perry Farrell, creator of Lollapalooza & front man of Janes Addiction! Our emcees are ABC 7′s Windy City Live Hosts Ryan Chiaverni & Val Warner and our Co-Chairs Lee Golub of Golub & Company & Susanna Negovan of Suntimes Splash. VIP tickets are $250 & Gala Tickets are $150, To purchase please go to:

Please join me & Chicago to help support this great cause, & remember the official after-party is at The Underground. Thanks so much as always, buy your tickets now & see you all there!

Click here for more information!


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Be a Hero at Legacy’s 6th Annual Autism Speaks Heroes Ball!

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Be a Hero! Do your part while enjoying a great night out at Legacy’s 6th Annual Autism Speaks Heroes Ball. Join Host Ted Brunson and Chicago’s most social and generous young professionals. Billy Dec and Rockit Ranch Productions have generously supported the Autism Speaks Heroes Ball since its inception in 2008 and we couldn’t thank them enough! Read up on all of the exciting details surrounding the event below.

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The Autism Speaks Heroes Ball is a really engaging, dynamic event–it’s not your typical, seated fundraiser, with a program full of speakers and videos. Our longtime emcee, TV personality Ted Brunson, and all of our guests are on their feet all night, enjoying high energy music, food, top-shelf open bar, silent auction and cool experiences like Scotch tastings, tequila samplings, photo activations and more. Most people who attend the Heroes Ball say it is one of their favorite nights of the year and definitely their top charity event, because it’s so different.

This year’s Autism Speaks Heroes Ball is Thursday, Nov 14th at Tavernita (151 W. Erie), from 7pm-11pm. Exclusive pre-sale tickets are just $80 now thru Thursday, October 31st. After that (and at the door) tickets are $110 each. You TOO can be a hero for autism–just purchase tickets or make a donation! This event will sell out, so buy your tickets today. Thank you!

Follow The Heroes Ball on Social Media: #ASHeroesBall #AutismSpeaksCHI 

FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Amanda Turnbull

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Bacon, Sports, and Beer Celebration Benefiting Chicago Cares!

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Grab some bacon, drink some beer, and play some sports at this awesome opportunity to celebrate three of the best things in life. Wash down some warm and delicious bacon at this delectable event at Union Station’s Great Hall. On November 23rd, taste various samples of scrumptious bacon inspired creations from more than 30 different restaurants (like Frontier, Atwood Cafe, South Water Kitchen, Big Fork, and more!).  Savor beer samples from over 30 craft breweries as well, all in a fun, social, and sports themed environment (such as Lagunitas, Magic Hat, New Holland, and more)!

What should you wear to this mouth-watering event you ask? Throw on a jersey of your favorite sports team and prepare yourself for pictures on social media! Get creative with your outfit because the best looking Bacon Bro and Bacon Babe of the night will get a surprise award. Make sure to stretch and be ready for some entertaining sports games throughout the night such as Nerf games, pop-a-shot, TV’s with games on, and sports trivia!

A minimum of $5,000 of the ticket proceeds go to Chicago Cares, a Chicago based charity organization whose volunteer programs help make Chicago a better place to live. Within the past 20 years, Chicago Cares volunteers have completed more than 1.4 million hours of service through over 30,000 group volunteer projects. So satisfy your appetite and have some fun at the Bacon, Sports, and Beer Celebration! Buy your tickets and find out more details here.

See you there!
Abby Cin

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Cooking Up Change with Healthy Schools Campaign!

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As a self-proclaimed foodie, any event that revolves around the construction or consumption of food will draw my attention, which is why Cooking Up Change immediately caught my eye! At this event, high school culinary students compete to create both nutritious and delicious school lunches for under $1!


Healthy Schools Campaign launched Cooking up Change in Chicago six years ago in order to promote the importance of health and nutrition in schools lunches. As of 2013, 350,000+ students in Chicago Public Schools are now eating healthier, well-balanced meals, thanks to policies and practices the district has put in place with HSC’s support. These competitions are now held in several cities in the U.S, leading to the national finals in Washington, D.C!


So if you want to see high schools kids cooking up a storm and kicking butt in the kitchen, come out and support this great cause! Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and aroma, and mingle with some of Chicago’s leading chefs.

The Chicago event takes place on Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m at the Bridgeport Art Center. Marion Brooks, of NBC5, will Emcee the event, which is co-chaired by Karen Duncan, Christopher G. Kennedy and Amy Rule! 

For more information on Cooking Up Change.

Leah Sammak


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Champions for Children’s with the Lurie Children’s Hospital

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Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital presents, the Fifth Annual Champions for Children’s, on Friday November 1, from 6:30pm to 10pm at the Hilton Chicago.



Guests will rub shoulders with some of the biggest names and legends in Chicago sports while benefitting patients and their families. In 2012, close to 1,000 guests appeared and, since its launch, the event has produced over $1.2 million for the 149,000 patients treated at the hospital each year. All funds raised are used to enhance the hospital’s capacity to provide the very best medical treatment and kind care to every child in need.











Chicago’s sports teams who have shown incredible support of the patients and families served by Lurie Children’s will continue to be highlighted this year, as well as, individual athletes and sports world notables who are dedicated to giving back to their community. A few of the special Chicago sports guests this year will include: Anthony Adams (Chicago Bears), Chris Chelios (Chicago Blackhawks), Dave Corzine (Chicago Bulls), Chris Gandy (NBA), Sidney Green (Chicago Bulls), Todd Hollandsworth (Chicago Cubs), Bob Love (Chicago Bulls), Calvin Thomas (Chicago Bears), James “Big Cat” Williams (Chicago Bears), Grant Mulvey (Chicago Blackhawks), and Dan Pasqua (Chicago White Sox).

The Special evening will also include, announcer and Chicago Bears Director of Sports, Jeff Joniak as the Master of Ceremonies, a presentation of the Champions for Children’s award to the Chicago Bulls, interactive entertainment, a one of a kind silent auction and a post-party following dinner for all guests.

This is a benefit and fun event you won’t want to miss being apart of!

Katie Betken

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Grab a Seat at Chicago’s Table

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On Friday, October 25,2013, from 7-10pm at the River East Art Center, Chicago Magazine is hosting the third annual Chicago’s Table event. Guests will dine on delicious menu items chosen from the pages of Chicago Magazine and sip flawlessly paired cocktails, all while earning the chance to win a culinary adventure. Participating restaurants include, A Toda Madre, Billy Sunday, The Boarding House, Carriage House, Chez Moi, Del Frisco’s, E + O Food and Drink, Epic, Fat Rice, Firecakes, Found, Jelly Fish, Little Goat Diner, Nacional 27, Perennial Virant, Siena Tavern, Tanta, Trenchermen, and Untitled.




A portion of ticket proceeds, starting at $125, along with raffle proceeds, will benefit The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital‘s work in support of innovative bone marrow transplant research to improve cancer care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In accompaniment, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for an additional $25. These guests will receive an exclusive pre-event access starting at 6:30pm and private food and drink tasting with the chefs. Also included is a take home gift bag filled with items from Chicago Magazine, chopping block and participating restaurants.

Last years event rounded up 300 attendees while raising more than $8,000 for the Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s work in support of research and therapies for stroke patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Click here for more information!

Bon appetite Chicago!
-Katie Betken

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Imerman Angels Presents the Inaugural Tuxes and Tees Ball

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Imerman Angels invites you to dress to impress at the first annual Tuxes and Tees Ball on Saturday, September 28 at the Roosevelt University Ballroom (430 S. Michigan Avenue) to benefit the mission to enable 1-on-1 support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.

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At this semi-formal event, men are invited but not obligated to don their favorite Imerman Angels t-shirt under their tuxedo or suit jacket, while women are encouraged to don cocktail attire. Guests will enjoy an evening of cocktails, cuisine, inspired company and dancing to the tunes of live band Dr. Bombay.  The evening’s is emceed by ABC 7 Windy City LIVE‘s Ryan Chiaverini and will feature special guest Dina Bair, WGN TV Midday News Anchor and Medical Reporter, who will share her story as a cancer survivor and Mentor Angel before placing the first item up for bid in the riveting live auction.

Guest speaker Pam Paziotopoulos, a two-time cancer survivor, will also share her intimate story of her battle with cancer and guests will learn about the personal impact Imerman Angels has on the lives of cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. General admission is $150, and doors open at 7 p.m.


For more information on the Tuxes and Tees Ball and Imerman Angels, or to purchase tickets visit

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Come see the city’s best comics FREE! Sponsored by  Fireball WhiskyRevolution Brewing and Mingle Around, the SHIT SHOW comedy showcase is the last Friday of every month (8pm) at The Shambles (2050 W. Division) FREE!

The Sh*t Show ~ Comedy Showcase from Eliaz Rodriguez ~ ERvisual on Vimeo.

The Shit Show is the brain child of Ever Mainard and Rasa Gierstikas and was the local headlining show of this year’s TBS’s Just for Laughs here in Chicago.


It has also been featured on, Gaper’s Block,, is a TimeOut Chicago Critic’s Pick and is Reader recommended.

This September’s Shit Show is hosted by Rasa Gierstikas with special guest host Corey Calvert + The Hot Dog Man (Keith Paesel!)


For more information about this month’s full flavor/ bodied talent and to RSVP:

What they’re saying about The Shit Show:
Chicago Now – “enamoring with our unique personality of the show.
Red Eye – a “comedy extravaganza”
The Onion – “A lot like a phoenix, except with hip, genre crossing comedy instead of a mythical fire bird”. – “…a whole other animal, on another planet…”

See you at The Shambles -2050 West Division-8pm!

Rasa Gierstikas

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