Showbiz Chicago Photo Spotlight: Chicago Yacht Club Cruise for the Visually Impaired Co-Sponsored by Wintrust

Showbiz Chicago’s Stacey Crawley took park in the Chicago Yacht Club Cruise for the Visually Impaired Co-Sponsored by Wintrust that took place Tuesday, August 23 at the Chicago Yacht Club, 400 E. Monroe. There were over 100 participants from The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired as well as volunteers from the Chicago Yacht Club and Wintrust. Read more

Hampton Inn in the historic Chicago Motor Club building announces the ideal stress-free stay

With the amount of traffic in Chicago skyrocketing in recent years and the endless search for Downtown parking leaving visitors and residents frustrated, Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave has developed the perfect solution.  Located at 68 E. Wacker Place in the historic Chicago Motor Club building, guests can relieve their car stress with the new “Park & Stay Package”. Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/N Loop/Michigan Ave serves as the quintessential location for a staycation and a perfect hub for visitors to unwind at during their stay in Chicago. With holiday shopping right around the corner and the Downtown festivities that come along with it, the hotel’s close proximity to the Magnificent Mile, State Street, Millennium Park and the Theater District proves to be an essential element in the perfect stay in the city. Read more

Staytion at Renaissance Chicago Downtown hosts great St. Patrick’s Day events

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The first sights of Spring are upon us and as luck would have it, Staytion Market & Bar at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, 1 W. Wacker Drive, announces a variety of unique social happenings throughout March. Offering a twist on typical happy hours, Staytion Bar’s popular monthly events instill a sense of exhilaration and spark a love with the city’s bustling nightlife and endless entertainment. Entry is complimentary, with food and beverage available for purchase. Read more

Geja’s Café celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Dinner Specials

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Dig out that green sweater and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” blinking shamrock pin and over to Geja’s Café on Thursday, March 17th for two very Irish combinations. Geja’s will offer the St. Patty’s Combo ($35/person) featuring a four-course corned beef and potato fondue dinner, which includes Geja’s Famous Cheese Fondue served with Irish soda bread and marbled rye, a crisp greens salad, a Corned Beef and Potato entrée with assorted veggies, and three magically delicious sauces including Green Peppercorn Dijon, Stout Mustard and Guinness BBQ. Of course, no Irish fondue dinner would be complete without decadent chocolate fondue served with green Rice Krispie Treats and assorted fruits. Read more

Experience the Dream of Flight at the Grand Opening of iFLY’s newest location in Lincoln Park


iFLY, the world’s largest Indoor Skydiving operation, is now delivering the dream of flight to adventure seekers in the Lincoln Park area.  The new location at 800 West Scott Street at Halsted marks the 17th iFLY facility in the U.S. Chicagoland residents who have looked to the skies and dreamed of flying like a bird can now make that dream come true.

People of all ages and abilities can experience human flight in a safe, comfortable and fun environment. Each indoor skydiving facility is a marvel of engineering that replicates the experience of skydiving, creating conditions that allow people to fly on a smooth cushion of air. With the help of iFLY certified flight instructors, customers learn to fly, control their bodies in the air and experience true human flight.

“Our mission is to deliver the dream of flight to everybody, whether you’re age three or 103,” said Matt Ryan, iFLY President and COO. “Since 1998, more than seven million customers worldwide have experienced human flight at iFLY in a variety of ways: as a fun excursion with family and friends, a student on an educational Science, Technology, and Math (S.T.E.M.) field trip, a professional skydiver or member of the military for training, and a corporate customer looking for a unique team building activity. Thanks to iFLY, flying is finally available to everyone.”

To prepare for their flight experience, customers complete a training class guided by one of iFLY’s flight and safety instructors, are equipped with flight gear, including goggles, helmet and flight suit, and then with their instructor at their side, they enter the flight chamber and are supported by a cushion of air.

All flight packages include training, flight gear, and flight time with an International Bodyflight Association (IBA) certified instructor. (The IBA has established the Gold Standard for training and safety standards for Indoor Skydiving Instructors). All iFLY instructors meet or exceed IBA standards. For more information about iFLY’s flight packages and prices and to book your flight time at iFLY Lincoln Park, please visit the website at

“We are working hard to complete all the finishing touches in our newest iFLY operation here in Lincoln Park,” said David Janossy, General Manager for iFLY Lincoln Park. “My team and I are pumped to share the dream of flight at our new location. Every day is a new adventure for each and every person at the tunnel. Watching people fly for the first time is a life changing experience for them and just wonderful for each of us helping to make dreams come true.”

About iFLY Lincoln Park:  iFLY Lincoln Park is the 19th and newest of the iFLY operations in the USA. Featuring a 12-foot diameter wind tunnel powered by four quiet and clean running electric motors. People of all ages can fly with us with few limitations. Those folks with shoulder, back or neck injuries should consult their doctor before attempting to fly with us. There is a standard weight limit of 250 pounds for most flyers, but depending on height and body type that number may be exceeded. All instructors at iFLY Lincoln Park are I.B.A. certified as the best-trained and safest instructors in the sport of indoor skydiving. iFLY Lincoln Park is located at 800 West Scott Street off North Halstead Street.

About iFLY Indoor Skydiving: Austin-based iFLY Holdings, LLC is the world leader in design, manufacturing, sales and operations of wind tunnel systems for indoor skydiving. Under the brand names iFLY, SkyVenture, and Airkix, the Company has flown more than 7,000,000 people in a dozen countries since launching the modern vertical wind tunnel industry in 1998. iFLY has 37 facilities operating, 15 currently in construction and another 8 planned to start construction before the end of 2015. iFLY supports and utilizes the safety and training rules set out by the International Body Fight Association (IBA) to ensure safety and progression of the sport of indoor skydiving.

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wood_frameMove over hamburgers and French fries – a healthy, delicious new restaurant is bringing a fresh alternative to fast food in Lincoln Park. Just steps away from the Fullerton “L” stop, Green Bean, 734 W. Fullerton Avenue, offers fresh, locally-sourced ingredients made to order in healthy, organic meal choices that taste great at affordable prices. Promoting the overall health and well-being of the community, Green Bean offers the most expansive gluten-free menu in the area and is entirely nut-free, revolutionizing fast food with its adherence to the new FDA food requirements and 100% physician approved menu options.  Executive Chef Mike Watson teams with co-founders Aaron Bush, who has a background in both the medical field and food service, and respected Dr. Srinivas Ravanam, M.D., M.P.H., to bring an elite pedigree to the healthy transformation of fast, fairly-priced food.   Read more

Stage & Screen Icon TONY ROBERTS’ New Memoir “DO YOU KNOW ME?” Avail October 6

Tony Robert - Do You Know Me - Book CoverTONY ROBERTS reveals the story of his legendary five-decade career on stage and screen in the new memoir “Do You Know Me?” It will be available as a hardcover book through (available for pre-order here) and an audio book from (available for pre-order here), read by the author himself, on October 6. Roberts became a household name through six movies with the iconic Woody Allen and his turn opposite Al Pacino in Sidney Lumet’s film Serpico. His most recent major movie appearance is in The Longest Week with Jason Bateman. In addition, he boasts an accomplished theater career that includes two Tony Award nominations and five Broadway hits for impresario David Merrick. Equally at home in classical theater, he starred in Anton Chekov’s The Seagull on Broadway opposite Ethan Hawke, Laura Linney, Jon Voight and Tyne Daly, as well as the first New York revival of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at The Irish Repertory Theatre. Roberts’ talents extend to audio books as well, starring as Stone Barrington in over twenty five novels by best-selling author Stuart Woods. Please follow Tony on online at Read more

CHICAGO MAGAZINE Debuts Culture Festival in September

cflogo (1)In conjunction with its October 2015 Fall Culture Guide issue, Chicago magazine will debut the inaugural Culture Festival, an exciting day-long, five-program event that incorporates intimate performances, on-stage interviews, and audience interaction with top creative artists in Chicago and beyond. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 26, at Venue SIX10 (610 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago). Read more

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