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Live to Support (LTS) Chicago Uses Recreational Sports Leagues and Social Events to Raise Awareness and Donations for Local Charities

Live to Support (LTS) Chicago was co-founded in the summer of 2010 by Mark Biery and Chris DuCharme. It was Biery’s belief that instead of creating a recreational sports league where members receive a t-shirt or medal for participation, they could use the registration fees as a way of giving back to local charities. LTS has several sports leagues including kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, soccer, softball, and flag football. In addition, LTS also coordinates tournaments and sports-related social events. The company believes a core network of young professionals provides an ideal platform to support Chicago charities through monetary donations and awareness.
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Martha Stewart’s “Wedding Party” comes to Chicago!

Good news brides to-be! The Martha Stewart Wedding party is making it’s first ever stop right here in Chicago! So don’t worry if you still have things to check off your to-do list, this event has got you covered-and all under one roof! Before diving into the rest of the details, mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and join Darcy Miller, editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings, Meghan Andalman, founder of Lovebird Events and Claudia Hanlin, founder of the Wedding Library, for a day of inspiration and fun!
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AChicagoThing sits down with Chicago Rock Band: Filligar

Lauded as "one of the top 8 live acts in America," the Chicago-bred rock group Filligar is bursting onto the international music scene at breakneck speed. The quartet is comprised of brothers Pete (drums), Johnny (guitar, lead vocals), and Teddy Mathias (bass), along with their lifelong friend Casey Gibson (keyboard, backup vocals). Formed in 2000, the classic rock-influenced band has seen their popularity grow steadily over their young career, having toured with Counting Crows in 2012 and supporting other high-profile acts such as Alabama Shakes, the Black Keys, Otis Day and the Knights, B.o.B, and more. Filligar’s most recent album, The Nerve (2010), was met with great critical acclaim, earning them a nomination for Best Rock Album at the Independent Music Awards and drawing comparisons to a young Rolling Stones, The Doors, Kings of Leon, and the Black Keys. Filligar’s in store for another busy schedule in 2013, which will include the release of another highly anticipated full album. We had the fortune of catching up with the band before an electric performance in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd at Schubas…
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Climb for a Good Cause

Looking to get involved? Looking to support a good, credible cause? Look no further than the Fight For Air Climb. The American Lung Association hosts this event each year as a way to support and fight for healthy lungs. The climb will be taking place on Sunday March 10 at the Presidential Towers downtown.
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20th Anniversary Bear Tie Ball

Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is hosting its largest annual Bear Tie Ball to date! This year marks 20 years as the foundation devoted to eliminating pediatric cancer, as well as providing support and resources to those affected. The ball will take place March 9th at 6pm, at the UIC forum. Guests can dance, dine, and participate in auctions throughout the night, and will be given the chance to hear eight year old honorary Bear Hug Ambassador Theo Yianas share his story of strength.
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Movie Review of ‘Holy Motors: An Odyssey Into the City of Light’

Holy Motors marks the return of French auteur Leos Carax after a 13-year hiatus since his last film. And he arrives in grand fashion, positing an exuberant, surreal tale that’s quite unlike any other film in recent years. Any attempt to accurately and succinctly convey the narrative would prove futile, and perhaps beside the point. Mr. Carax presents an avant-garde patchwork of scenes, whose only commonalities are the lead character, the distinct visual fingerprints of its director, and a pervading sense of despair.
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Common Threads Celebrates 10 Years With World Festival at Soldier Field

Hi Chicago! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Jessica Ortiz and thank Billy for his support throughout the years. Billy has been a close family friend for some time now after being a student of my dad’s at Chicago- Kent Law School. One thing I admire most about him is how much he gives back to Chicago, especially to the children. I found my place at the Chicago-based nonprofit Common Threads in 2012 and knew exactly who to contact as I quickly became a Chicago foodie. Who else puts more photos of food on social media than Mr.Dec?
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Everything Healthy TV at Flirty Girl Fitness

Everything Healthy TV is a hot new web series about fitness, diet and balance tips and tricks that you can use to look and feel great. We’re hosting our February episode at Flirty Girl Fitness where you’ll be able to try out one of their classes, enjoy a pampering service and be part of a live audience during the show’s taping. The episode will feature tips from Dr. Hilton Hudson, well-known chef and blogger, Beth Aldrich, Kerry Knee from Flirty Girl Fitness and more.
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Help Redmoon Light-Up Chicago at Spectacle Lunatique!

Prepare yourself to experience four blockbuster spectacle moments, 1,874 candles, 164 performers and 31 wild happenings throughout seven hours of celebration at Redmoon’s 12th-annual Spectacle Lunatique.
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Bailey’s + Benefit= Your Red Carpet Glow

Get red carpet ready this year at Gilt City’s “Red Carpet Ready” event taking place on Thursday, February 21st from 6:30-9:30pm at the Vertigo Sky Lounge in the Dana hotel and spa! Enjoy Bailey’s drinks and flavor-inspired hors d’ouevres, along with a $40 gift certificate from Benefit Cosmetics, $20 in Uber credit, (which can be used toward your transportation from the event, or at a later date), make up applications, demonstrations, free eyebrow waxing, makeup application and so much more! Cocktail recipe cards will be provided so you can recreate the sweet treats you taste! What more could we ask for?!