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Looking for a way to spend Father’s Day? How about Topgolf?

On Sunday, June 18, visitors can show dad a good time by booking a bay at Topgolf. Reservations are $115 per bay and include two hours of Topgolf gameplay. If you reserve bays for the first time slot of the day, reservations are only $75 per bay.

Dads can enjoy a hassle-free Father’s Day with no waiting – bays can be reserved online!

To get more info and reserve a time, click HERE!

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Jena Friedman, comedian best known for her special and album American Cu*t and her work on The Daily Show, is coming to Chicago! She’ll be doing a special performance as part of the 4th Annual, “26th Annual Comedy Festival” at one of Jena Friedman’s favorite Chicago venues, The Hideout: 1354 W. Wabansia Ave. It all happens June 2, 2017: Doors at 9:30, Show at 10:30. Show is 21 and over, $15, Ticket link is HERE!!!

Jena Friedman got her start in comedy in the city of Chicago after graduating from Northwestern. In the three years after college, she spent her time honing her comedy skills in venues like The Hideout, and co-founded the renowned monthly show ENTERTAINING JULIA at Town Hall Pub before handing it off to colleague and fellow comedian, Beth Stelling and co.

Friedman has had an exciting string of recent events and releases, as one of the Colbert Election Special panelists, co-star of UNDECIDED the movie, and of course the release of her hour of comedy taped at the Slipper Room in NYC, American Cu*t which Paste Magazine named one of the Top 10 Comedy Specials of 2016. The special was subsequently released as an album, garnering acclaim from Flavorwire, Splitsider, NYLON and more. Friedman is also poised to direct her debut film, Serial Dater starring Imogen Poots, Timothy Simons and John Cho (Variety).

Jena Friedman’s album version of her hour-long special was released on Inauguration Day, on iTunes. The album and special deliver a probing examination of feminism and the U.S. body politic. Taped in August, before the Fall of America, Friedman’s special immortalizes the insanity of the 2016 election as well as being female in America… while women still had hope. Though the election is over, the sentiments are evergreen and useful and will remain so throughout “Trump’s America.”

Jena Friedman is a stand up comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker. She is currently a correspondent for National Geographic Explorer and has worked as a field producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman. American C*nt, is now available on Seeso and Amazon, and and on iTunes as an album.

Praise For Jena Friedman’s Recently-Released Hour Special American C*nt

“… please do get this album so you can enjoy Jena Friedman’s whip smart comedy as well as revisit a more hopeful time.” -The Comedy Bureau

“New York-based comedian Jena Friedman’s American Cunt is a hilariously sharp, somewhat depressing hour of political comedy with an unapologetically feminist stance.” -Flavorwire

“Jena Friedman is scared for us, and rightly so. But, fortunately, the comedian and former Daily Show producer is offering up some laughs for those of who could use a some a dose of humor with her new comedy special, American Cunt, now available to stream on Amazon.” -Ms. Magazine

“The provocatively-titled American Cu*t is a powerful set of material. It’s rife with fiercely and unapologetically feminist material that worries openly how a healthy portion of our electorate “would rather see a tweeting asteroid crash into our country than let a woman lead it.” I hope that historians use American Cunt as a kind of running commentary about the weird and wonderful time we’re currently living in, cutting between this electoral insanity and Friedman’s cutting remarks about it in one glorious and hilarious montage sequence.” -Paste

“Many will be protesting, while others have opted to seek refuge in whatever literal or figurative blanket forts they can assemble. No matter what your plans are, I’d like to throw another option into the ring: Jena Friedman’s newest album American Cunt, available today on iTunes.” -Splitsider

“Friedman, a vicious defender of women’s rights her entire career (which included stints writing for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Late Show with David Letterman), and vocal Trump critic, sees her role for the next four years as very specific: “I want to be the part of the yarn you dangle in front of the cat to distract him from activating the nuclear launch codes.”” -Vogue

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Enjoy a Friday night after work with great music on the patio discovering black-owned cigar brand LUJ luxury cigars as paired with some of your favorite Sip and Savor drinks. BYOB as well for all you alcohol lovers.

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Join the Scenemakers Board for Party in Pamplona!
This fundraising event offers a unique opportunity to network and mingle with other young professionals from around Chicago as you support new play development at Goodman Theatre. First, enjoy a preshow reception with complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres at Roanoke Restaurant. Then, head over to the Goodman to see Pamplona—a new drama about literary legend Ernest Hemingway, starring Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Stacy Keach and directed by Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls.

Tickets are just $65, and a portion of each ticket
supports new play development at the Goodman!

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I had a blast the other night as the red carpet host for the brand new luxury magazine that has come to Chicago: ChicagoMod. The event was super glamorous and loaded with stars including Monica Raymond and Miranda Rae Mayo from Chicago Fire, several stars from Hamilton and more. It took place at Morgan Manufacturing in the Loop. Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney donned the inaugural cover and I had the opportunity to interview him on the red carpet. Check out my interview below!

Hopefully we’ll be grabbing that beef sandwich soon. In the meantime, check out all the pics from the ChicagoMod party!

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Wish Upon A Wedding, a 501(c)(3) granting weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or life-altering health circumstances, is holding its first designer wedding dress sale open to the public April 29 and 30 at The Lakewood at Paramount Events in Chicago.

Approximately 1,000 wedding dresses including 200 new dresses from BHLDN, Anthropologies’ designer wedding dress line, are for sale. All dresses have been donated to Wish Upon a Wedding from former brides and bridal boutiques across the country. Wedding dresses range in price from $150 to $1500 in sizes 0-24.

Previously worn wedding dresses have been professionally cleaned and properly stored, and many have never been worn. Some designers represented in the sale are BHLDN, Vera Wang, Pnina Tornai, Maggie Sottero, Hayley Paige, and Eve of Milady, among many others.

“This is the first time we’re holding a wedding dress dash where brides from near and far have the opportunity to choose from hundreds of designer dresses for an extreme discount,” said Wish Upon A Wedding National Board President, Alison Phillips. “This organization survives on donations and volunteers. Approximately 75 percent of earnings from the dress dash will go toward future wedding wishes.”

For anyone not able to attend the dress dash, donations can be made by visiting, http://www.wishuponawedding.org.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE:
The Lakewood, 1758 W. Lake St., Chicago, Ill. 60612
*Venue parking and street parking available

DETAILS:
Two-day public wedding dress sale featuring nearly 1,000 designer dresses
New, sample and donated designer wedding dresses available
Approximately 30 volunteers to assist brides
Cash or credit accepted

WHO:
Wish Upon a Wedding National Board President, Alison Phillips
Lakewood/Paramount Events Owner, Jodi Fyfe
Local area brides-to-be

ABOUT WISH UPON A WEDDING
Wish Upon a Wedding is a nonprofit organization granting weddings and vow renewals for couples facing serious illness or a life-altering circumstance. With support of volunteers, donations, and wedding and event industry professionals nationwide, Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings for couples seeking to celebrate their love and commitment with their closest family and friends. To learn more, visit http://www.wishuponawedding.org.

ABOUT THE LAKEWOOD
The Lakewood is a distinct private venue by Paramount Events. Open and modern with polished concrete floors and lofted ceilings, it provides an inviting, versatile backdrop and can be completely customized to bring any vision to life. From hosting corporate events and non-profit functions to weddings and trade shows, the Lakewood boasts space for a 500 guest reception-style event or 225 guest seated dinner. The venue also features an on-site kitchen operated by executive chef Devon Quinn, offering a seasonal and elevated culinary program.

BHLDN
Brought to you exclusively by Anthropologie, BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”) focuses specifically on weddings. Our carefully edited collection of heirloom-quality wedding gowns, mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses, artisanal accessories, reception decorations and more caters to the bride in search of unusually beautiful things. Through collaborations with top designers such as Anna Sui, Catherine Deane, Marchesa Notte, and Tadashi Shoji, BHLDN is proud to carry many exclusive styles. Two standalone boutiques in Chicago and Houston, as well as thirteen shops inside Anthropologie stores across the country, offer bridal and bridesmaids consultations with a dedicated stylist. One-on-one styling advice is also available to online customers who wish to create an event representative of their own unique style. Shop the full collection and learn more at www.bhldn.com.

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Giant Steps, a Lisle school that works exclusively with children and young adults on the spectrum, is hosting a charity fundraising gala. The annual charity auction serves as a pillar fundraising event for Giant Steps, generating much-needed proceeds which directly support the school’s mission of providing exceptional therapeutic services for individuals with autism and their families.

This year’s theme is “Giant Steps Derby: Race to the Future.” The Kentucky Derby-themed auction will be held Friday, April 21st at Bobak’s Signature Room in Woodridge, IL. To go along with the Kentucky Derby theme, one of the headlining auction items this year will be a Kentucky Derby experience, including tickets on ‘millionaire’s row’ and premium hotel accommodations. Tickets will be available for purchase through our website, www.mygiantsteps.org/auction2017.

About Giant Steps: Since 1996, Giant Steps has been focused on providing education, therapeutic and recreational programs for Elementary, Junior High and High School students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families and the community. Giant Steps is currently designated as a therapeutic day school in the State of Illinois licensed and certified to exclusively serve students with a primary diagnosis of autism.

The school’s goal is to improve a child’s ability to interact, communicate, and develop academic and daily living skills through a one-on-one integrated approach. To learn more about Giant Steps visit mygiantsteps.org.

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TV Guide Magazine held its first ever Chicago-based cover party at RockIt Bar & Grill last night in Chicago. The event is part of a long-standing series held in New York and Los Angeles, paying homage to the magazine’s cover stars, their cast mates, producers, and creators. 
 
Last evening’s event celebrated Chicago Fire’s Jesse Spencer & Taylor Kinney, along with their cast mates, and extended cast mates from other branches of Dick Wolf’s renowned franchise. 
 
Guests included fellow Chicago Fire co-stars Eamonn Walker, Monica Raymund, Miranda Rae Mayo, Yuri Sardarov, DuShon Brown, Randy Flagler, and Robyn Coffin as well as fellow Chicago series stars such as Chicago Med’s Yaya DaCosta, Brian Tee, Lorena Diaz and Jurgen Hooper, and Chicago Justice’s Philip Winchester. 
Guests enjoyed drinks by CH Vodka, Jack Daniels, Heineken, and Segura Viudas Brut. The close-knit cast mates all hung out, took photos with fans and joked around while enjoying menu items from Chef Mike Sheerin’s new menu for Rockit Bar & Grill. 

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Looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift for your incredible mother? The Legends Series is happy to announce a special Mother’s Day celebration with the icon, Smokey Robinson. Treat your mother to an experience and evening to remember with the gift to see a legend live!

The event will take place at The Venue inside the Horseshoe Casino. It will be on May 14th, 2017 at 7pm sharp. Tickets sales are to begin on March 17th and you can grab them at the Horseshoe Casino Gift Shop, ticketmaster.com, Concertmgmt.com, or by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Come and enjoy this perfect Mother’s Day gift!

 

The Legends Series is being brought to you by Al Kennedy and Concert Management Inc., which has promoted sold-out shows for artists and entertainers such as Chance The Rapper, Floetry, and Martin Lawrence, to name a few. Earlier this month, the company launched the inaugural “The Legends Series” tour with famed R&B groups, The Whispers, and The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. “The Legends Series” will continue throughout the year with more iconic R&B acts including from the Motown sound to the funky disco eras. “Bringing celebrated acts like Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osbourne, Kool & the Gang, and so many more to Chicago has always been a pleasure of mine,” says Al Kennedy, president of Concert Management Inc. “Chicago has always been the pulse of live music and many artists know, when you come to Chicago to perform, you better bring you’re A-game, because Chicago audiences demand and expect a great show”. To stay up-to- date on upcoming “The Legends Series” concert dates as well as other Concert Management’s shows, please visit https://www.concertmgmt.com/.

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A special screening of the Power Season 4 premiere episode was on Tuesday, June 13th at Showplace Icon in Chicago with cast members Joseph...