Chicago Culture, Celebrity, Arts & Entertainment
Chicago culture, arts & entertainment with Billy Dec

Enjoy “What’s on Dec” this week on ABC TV “Windy City Live!”

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Click here to see Rockit Ranch CEO Billy Dec‘s inside scoop on the best parties, fests, games, concerts, events.. on his latest Thursday 11am weekly ABC TV segment called “What’s on Dec” on “Windy City Live!”

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Better Boys & Girls Foundation 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Hi readers! This is Stephanie Castagnier, I’m a friend of Billy’s, but you probably know me from NBC’s The Apprentice, the 2010 season.  I wanted to share an event with you that I hold near and dear to my heart. On Tuesday, July 12th I have the distinct honor of speaking  at the Better Boys [...]

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Chicago SummerDance

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It’s that time of the year again when the parties are in full swing. So why not improve those dance moves? Chicago will be hosting its 15th annual Chicago Summerdance every Thursday through Sunday between the weeks of July 7th and September 18th. Chicago Summerdance is the largest annual outdoor dance series in the United [...]

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Growing Through Arts

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How’s it going BillyDec.com readers? It’s Matt Kochis, one of Billy’s interns for the summer, here and ready to tell you guys about a great Chicago company called Growing Through Arts. Growing Through Arts is a company that creates and markets educational children’s books and toys. They are excited to announce their first line of [...]

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DJ Nardo, Local DJ On The Rise

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 I am eager to tell you about Chicago’s up and coming DJ, DJ Nardo. I know I always like to be the first to know what’s up on the music scene before everyone else, and Jordan Bernardo is on his way to the top of Chicago’s nightlife. He has played at many venues, with [...]

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InStyle Magazine, Havaianas & Billy Dec Invite You to…

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Hey Everyone! Roxanne Johnson here from the RRP intern staff to share my excitement about an amazing event that Billy will be co-hosting Thursday, June 30th at North Avenue Beach! Havaianas sandal designer and InStyle Magazine are teaming up to launch the “Make Your Own Havaianas” Beach Pop Up where invited guests will be able [...]

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what’s in your closet?

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Do you have a penchant for designer fashions and a closet to show for it? VPE: Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment is currently looking for participants in the greater Chicago area who have overflowing closets that need to be trimmed down. Those chosen will be featured in a new TV series for a major cable network set [...]

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Behind the Scenes with Billy Dec – 5 Radio Shows, a Live TV Show on ABC & a PSA all in 5 hours!

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I woke up at 5am this morning for a BIG press day with Billy. We had to do 5 radio shows, a live tv show & a PSA all in 5 hours when he literally just stepped off a plane from France, Hungary, and Austria 12 hours prior. When he initially told me about how much press he wanted to do BEFORE he was live on Windy City Live- I thought it was absurd, but in all the time I have known him, I can say he pushes himself to work beyond what most people think is feasible. The main purpose behind all this press was to talk about two events that are the very important to him to support art & theatre in Chicago & raise scholarships for kids – The Madhatter’s Ball & The Piven Theatre Gala.

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David Schwimmer, Joey Slotnick & I Hosted Our 1st Madhatter’s Ball 10 Years Ago! Don’t miss it this Saturday- 10yrs later!

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10 years ago my buddies David Schwimmer & Joey Slotnick were looking for new ways to raise money and awareness for their non profit theatre group Lookingglass to build their first home in the Historic Water Tower Pumping Station on Michigan Avenue. I strongly felt their was an active, art/theatre loving, socially conscious & supportive younger demographic in Chicago that would love to get behind it so I founded the Lookingglass Theatre’s Junior Board and kicked it all off with a giant 1000 person event called the Madhatter’s Ball that David, Joey & I hosted that was a huge success!

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Jeremy Piven & Billy Dec host 2011 Piven Theatre Workshop Benefit AfterParty at Rockit!

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Jeremy Piven & Billy Dec host 2011 Piven Theatre Workshop Benefit AfterParty at Rockit!

This video of Jeremy Piven & I on set of HBO’s “Entourage” is not only funny, but explains what kind of work we have been doing to raise money for children’s art & theatre scholarships for about 10 years now- check it out (its from last season, so event info for this year is updated below!). Actors out of Chicago like John & Joan Cusack, Kate Walsh, Aidan Quinn… Have all benefited from the same classes (I’m giving away a classes below!) and have hosted the same events with us over the years (giving away some afterparty tix below!) and I look forward to seeing who will make it big out of there next!

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Attenion designers, From the Creators of “Project Runway…”

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Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, but when it comes to fashion and designers, I think we’re right up there with the “big boys” in L.A. and N.Y.C.! We know how talented Chicago is, so let’s show the world what we’ve got! From the Executive Producers of Project Runway, comes a [...]

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