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Woody Wiffle Ball Classic at Wrigley Field with Kerry Wood, Billy Dec, Matthew Perry, Bill Murray and more!

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When is the last time your Wiffled? As in…played wiffle ball? Join Kerry Wood and his celebrity friends for a weekend of wiffle ball and fun to celebrate and support The Wood Family Foundation.

August 10th at historic Wrigley Field you can watch such celebs as Bill Murray, Matthew Perry, Richard Marx, Neil Flynn and more compete in a wiffle classic all to support children’s programs in Chicago’s communities.

Billy Dec has also been asked to play in the wiffle ball game and can’t wait to see you all there! Get your tickets HERE to watch many of your favorite celebs at Wiffle for a Diffle! See you there – Amy Wright

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Bueller? Bueller? Cubs fans? – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Screening At Wrigley Field

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Back in 1986, a high school wise guy came to Chicago and stirred things up a bit. People danced in the streets and Wrigley Field was taken over by three juvenile delinquents – all for a day off. Now, 25 years later, the legend of Ferris Bueller lives on.

On October 1, in celebration of the film’s anniversary, Groupon and Wrigley are setting up three giant movie screens in the ballpark to show the classic film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Catch a younger Matthew Broderick, Wrigley Field and the Willis Tower, back when it was known as the Sears Tower. With it taking place on a Saturday night, you don’t even have to skip school to attend.  Additionally, there will be an attempt to break the world record for singing the movie’s anthem, Danke Shoen.

During the movie, pay special attention to the scenes at the baseball game. Do you know the score or what game they are at? Check out some impressive detective work here – you’re sure to impress your friends with your knowledge.

Tickets are $10 for bleacher seats, $25 for an outfield lawn seat or $75 for a VIP outfield lawn seat that gets you access to a pre-event party at the Captain Morgan Club, but also be on the lookout because our CEO, Billy Dec, is giving away some tickets on twitter & facebook!

So, dust off your 80s gear, warm-up that voice and grab some close friends to help “Save Ferris!”

-Evan Jones

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Chicago Cubs’ 1st Annual “Wrigleyville Block Party!”

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Hey BillyDec.com readers! Matt Kochis here, Summer Intern for Billy – thought I would share this fun event happening this weekend! The Chicago Cubs are throwing their first ever “Wrigleyville Block Party!” This block party is inspired by the one-day festival held last year during the Northwestern-Illinois football game at Wrigley. The festival, nicknamed “Wildcat Way,” ended up being a great success and the Cubs are hoping the same for their three-day one. I was able to attend the Wildcat Way last year and had a blast at it. Between the food, drinks, good people, and the game, what was not to like? This block party will take place across three weekends during the summer weekend series against the Yankees, Sox, and Cardinals.

The Wrigleyville Block Party will feature live music from some of Chicago’s top cover bands, family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts, a basketball hoop attached to PNC Bank’s Virtual Wallet Van, a photo booth, a Wii Home Run Derby station, and the new Cubs Trolley complete with eight flat-screen TVs, video game consoles and more. This block party sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun and a great way for the Cubs to provide something extra for their fans. It’s nice to see them giving back to their supporters and wanting them to have an awesome time at Wrigley besides just watching the game. Rockit Wrigley is also right across the street so if you ever get hungry or thirsty and don’t want what the block party offers, there are other options out there!

The festivities will take place on the Cubs’ red and purple parking lots which are located on the west side of Wrigley Field. Party will start at 11 a.m. and go until 8 p.m. daily throughout the festival weekends starting on June 17. Come on out and support the Cubs and join in on the fun that Wrigleyville has to offer!

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Fighting Illini v. Northwestern Wildcats football at Wrigley Field!

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Wrigley field is one of the most iconic baseball stadiums in the country- located right here in the great city of Chicago and has served as the home field of the Chicago Cubs since 1916.  However, did you know that it also was the home of the Chicago Bears (see pic above of the Bears at Wrigley Field) between 1921-1970 & even held the record for holding the most NFL games played within a season up until 2003?

Well I’m super excited that Wrigley will again host football (which hasn’t happened in 40 years!) w/ my alma mater, the Illini, going head-to-head w/ the Wildcats on November 20 for this highly awaited collegiate Big 10 conference game.  Who will join me to watch this game at Rockit Wrigley with the Chicago Illini Club w/ food & drinks??  For tickets, visit www.chicagoillini.org… Let’s go Illini!

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Victoria's Secret Models join Cubs vs Sox Party at Rockit Wrigley w/ B96.3 Broadcasting Live!

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We now have the most epic preparty combo ever in chicago this Friday at rockit wrigley! our cubs vs white sox “crosstown classic” kickoff party is now adding b96 radio “stylz & roman” broadcasting live from inside rockit wrigley from 10a-2p (fyi, last time we joined forces the party was over the top!)… and we now have a couple Victoria’s secret pink supermodels joining the party as well as they stop into chicago to promote the new cubs/sox pink gear that rocks! Doors open 9am as we are also showing world cup kickoff… everyone is invited!

And, just to share in the fun as I always do, I am giving one twitter follower or facebook friend a chance to be my personal guest from the time we eat, drink, hang w/ the Victoria’s secret supermodels & b96 at rockit Wrigley for the big preparty… all the way through sitting front row at the cubs vs sox game with me as I got you a ticket!!!! All you have to do is tweet me or post on my page, the craziest pickup line you’ve ever heard (as suggested by a twitter follower) and include in that message, to follow me/friend my page…I will pick the best one by midnight tomorrow/Thursday! Better hurry!

Read more for contest specifics, cross town classic history and new victoria’s secret pink line….

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Cubs Opener Party Monday! Wrigleyville will be NUTS!

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It’s a party every summer in wrigleyville, but w/new owners of the cubs, not having the best weather last year, and it being our 1st cubs opening day celebration at the new rockit Wrigley, I get the feeling my team & I will be immersed in extra fun this summer in wrigleyville… and we hope you will be a part of it too!
I’m hearing 1st of all that the biggest “do not miss” party day is opening day, this Monday (4/12)! Rockit Wrigley for example has b96 (96.3fm) airing live from Wrigley’s cubs opener on our patio from 10a-2p! you for sure should tune in to hear the energy, or better yet, with or w/o tix, just come & join us! If you do, you could win “impossible to find” tix for the opening game, concert seats to rihanna, cool gear, gift certificates,… trust me, insane giveaways w/insane parties! You just need to be there!
And as for us, we are just gonna keep the party going thru game 2 (weds 4/14)! Somehow we have the honor of being chosen as the actual location for the official post game radio show “Cubs 10th Inning on the WGN Cubs Radio Network!” yes, you have to turn in again, but if you or anyone you know is going to the game, or is near the neighborhood, there is only one way to be a part of the culture, fun, energy & celebration, and its to be live w/us!
in just the 1st two games of the year next week, looks to me like are going to have a great summer.. all you have to do is jump in and live it up! If we can help in anyway, whether you need our private party room that looks directly across the street at Wrigley (click here for pics & info), a table reservation, or just anything… email Kris@RockitRanch.com! For other radio fun, Click here for a fun quick clip of me live yesterday on wgn giving away killer stuff on Michigan ave in the rain- and answering questions about how we all started in the biz- haha! and then click here to enjoy that new commercial I tweeted about yesterday when in the editing room- just telling it how it is I guess- notice us laughing about the 9a-2a party opening day- just ridiculous!

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It’s a party every summer in wrigleyville, but w/new owners of the cubs, not having the best weather last year, and it being our 1st cubs opening day celebration at the new rockit Wrigley, I get the feeling my team & I will be immersed in extra fun this summer in wrigleyville… and we hope you will be a part of it too!

I’m hearing 1st of all that the biggest “do not miss” party day is opening day, this Monday (4/12)! Rockit Wrigley for example has b96 ( click to hear on radio ) airing live from Wrigley’s cubs opener on our patio from 10a-2p! you for sure should tune in to hear the energy, or better yet, with or w/o tix, just come & join us! If you do, you could win “impossible to find” tix for the opening game, concert seats to rihanna, cool gear, gift certificates… trust me, insane giveaways w/insane parties! You just need to be there!

And as for us, we are just going to keep the party going thru game 2 (weds 4/14)! Somehow we have the honor of being chosen as the actual location for the official post game radio show “Cubs 10th Inning on WGN!” yes, you have to turn in again, but if you or anyone you know is going to the game, or is near the neighborhood, there is only one way to be a part of the culture, fun, energy & celebration, and its to be live w/us!

in just the 1st two games of the year next week, looks to me like are going to have a great summer.. all you have to do is jump in and live it up! If we can help in anyway, whether you need our private party room that looks directly across the street at Wrigley (click here for pics and info), a table reservation, or just anything… email Kris@RockitRanch.com! For other radio fun, click here for a fun quick clip of me live yesterday on wgn giving away killer stuff on Michigan ave in the rain- and answering questions about how we all started in the biz- haha! and then click here to enjoy that new commercial I tweeted about yesterday when in the editing room- just telling it how it is I guess- notice us laughing about the 9a-2a party opening day- just ridiculous!

Want to win tickets from me? Be the 1st five people to have 20 friends sign up as a fan of this page www.facebook.com/rockitwrigley and mention your name…and win 2 tickets (i have 10 tix, so 5 winners!) to Opening Day! Winners announced by this Sunday at 6pm!!!

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My First Chicago Radio Promotion!

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If you are all about immediate gratification & want to win stuff fast, click the radio segment above as we are giving away a ton of gift certificates & pre/post cubs parties at Rockit Wrigley on wgn tomorrow (weds 4/7)!  If want to hear a little backstory on it… read on…
(kr don’t do the click here to read on…)
Having started out in the biz w/pretty much nothing but hunger, I was never able to afford the luxury of advertising on tv, radio,… or really anything outside of a handshake and a chance to make an impression good enough to allow me the opportunity to maybe build a nice long lasting relationship, as those mean everything to me.  Although it caused me to work a million times harder along with my team of 500+ a rockit ranch who have evolved the practice of building relationships aggressively, we have thankfully become a whole lot stronger because of it. Cut to 2010 w/ businesses like sunda, rockit and underground, and you may have heard that most of our ad/marketing focus is now all about social media and new forms of communicating online… so you are probably wondering, why radio now!?!?  Well, for what its worth, here’s what I’m thinking…
Its very targeted for something that is usually seen to be so broad.  Our newest property Rockit Wrigley is special because it is nestled in the smack dab middle of the wonderful neighborhood Wrigleyville on the northside, where I was born and raised.  Wrigleyville is special because for 5mos or so a year, millions of people from around the planet celebrate the world famous chicago cubs baseball games that go on in the middle of wrigleyville at Wrigley field, which is across the street from our place rockit Wrigley. Wgn radio, has covered those Wrigley field games, and has spoken to those millions of fans, for decades, or should I say generations,… and to me, that’s a sign of a ton of real long term relationships built, which again, means everything to me.
I also think in general the relationship between radio and baseball fans has always been unique on its own no matter where it is…Its like a conversation amongst friends about an ongoing passion and experience… and like any other marketing initiative these days, in addition to sticking with all the tactics you obsess about, you have to include everyone and everything if you can no matter what, so I thought I would take a modest little attempt, by accepting a very reasonable radio partnership offer, to try to share with the great big baseball/wrigleyfield/cubs/wrigleyville conversation too, and give a way some really fun things to people I admire, enjoying experiences I enjoy too! Not sure if its the right move, but sometimes you just got to do whatever it takes, to keep creating great relationships out there… because that means everything…… let ya know how it goes!!
Info on giveaway:
Wgn’s Garry Meier will be doing his infamous Drive-Thru Window giveaway shortly after 2:30pm on Wednesday, 4/7/10.  He will encourage his listeners to drive up to WGN Radio’s Showcase Studio on Michigan Avenue (on the plaza level of the Tribune Tower).  As long as you are on wheels, and are one of the first twenty-five people, you qualify for the prize.  He will then reward the first (25) listeners that correctly recite the Phrase That Pays with a $25 Gift Card for Rockit Wrigley.  In addition, (3) of the envelopes will include the Golden Ticket, which is good for a Cubs Party at Rockit Wrigley ($150 value)….  You should have this party- it rocks!  listen to the radio announcement above if haven’t already… and win!
Oh, and check out my second big radio event next week- for opening day of cubs season 2010!!!!!!!!!!!  April 12th at 10a sharp to 2p we have my friends stylz & roman from b96 coming out to do a live remote at rockit wrigley!  They have a huge fun party following so it’s the perfect crew for one of the biggest cubs’ parties of the year- opening day!!!!!!! And!! For all those on site they are raffling off two tix to that cubs season opener, rihanna concert tix, and a ton more!!  Rockit Wrigley is opening at 9a sharp that day! Be there!
And the very next game, on weds 4/14, we are back with wgn doing a live remote after the Milwaukee game at rockit Wrigley into the night!!!!!  Can’t wait!  Hope you will spread the news and join us!
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If you are all about immediate gratification & want to win stuff fast, click the radio segment above as we are giving away a ton of gift certificates & pre/post cubs parties at Rockit Wrigley on wgn tomorrow (weds 4/7)!  If want to hear a little backstory on it… read on…

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Rockit Billboard Social Media Campaign

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Rockit Billboard Campaign from A Chicago Thing on Vimeo.

Having grown up in the city looking at these billboards everday of my life, I certainly never thought I would have anything to do w/ one myself! Especially these days when it seems like social media is taking over every aspect of advertising & communication. Not until an opportunity presented itself that I just couldn’t resist! So we combined our new social media strategies with this new billboard opportunity and created a whole fun contest on Rockit Wrigley’s Facebook fan page so that all could be a part of it- literally- putting someone’s face, logo, business, philanthropy,.. up on the billboard w/us after this weekend- and giving all who participate in the fun a $25 gift certificate!
tell your friends and family, company, philanthropy of choice, etc!  All the details are on “WEBSITE” and I would highly recommend jumping on this as it ends this Friday!
Having grown up in the city looking at these billboards everday of my life, I certainly never thought I would have anything to do w/ one myself! Especially these days when it seems like social media is taking over every aspect of advertising & communication. Not until an opportunity presented itself that I just couldn’t resist! So we combined our new social media strategies with this new billboard opportunity and created a whole fun contest on Rockit Wrigley’s Facebook fan page so that all could be a part of it- literally- putting someone’s face, logo, business, philanthropy,.. up on the billboard w/us after this weekend- and giving all who participate in the fun a $25 gift certificate!
tell your friends and family, company, philanthropy of choice, etc!  All the details are on www.facebook.com/rockitwrigley and I would highly recommend jumping on this as it ends this Friday!

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Video of Half Price Tuesday Night Ice Skating at Wrigley Field!

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The chicago entertainment, fashion & hospitality industry comes out to rockit Wrigley every Tuesday night to eat, drink, network & party- then someone put a rink out across the street in front of Wrigley field- and then this all happened…  watch the video, it speaks for itself…. And share it! Haha!

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setting the stage for live music

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took this pic of elton john & billy joel stage going up @ wrigley field this morning! i can’t tell you why i was randomly standing in the middle of wrigley field this morning, but put 8/20 in your calendars now – once i let word out here in the upcoming days – tix will go fast and you will want the date free! 

speaking of celeb singers @ wrigley – hung w/ green day at rockit yesterday before the game – super cool guys – billie joe armstrong threw me some sick backstage passes for their show at allstate tonight – figuring out how to bring peeps that follow me on twitter- btw, if you aren’t following me on twitter – it’s crazy entertaining behind the scenes sneak peak stuff that most never see – and i give out extra concert tix & free stuff for fun on it too all the time! just click here to follow me on www.twitter.com/billydec.

and i guess speaking of twitter and celeb singers, i sent tweets about my interview w/ david cook yesterday before his dinner at sunda, asking for cool questions to ask – and omg i got 100+ tweets back! and as promised – i asked him many of your questions as i always read my tweet replies – and they will make it to the final interview when airs on this site in the next couple weeks! so keep checking back and stay in touch!

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