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Chicago’s Holiday Events and Attractions

All across Chicago, venues are offering live performances for the Holiday season. From fine dining to theater performances, nighttime adventures to family-friendly frolicking, having an audience is the most precious gift of all to these businesses. Consider any of these local events for your holiday fun.

Theater Wit is hosting Chicago’s premiere of “Who’s Holiday!” through Dec. 26. Another Chicago debut is happening at the Apollo Theater, where Love Actually? “The Unauthorized Musical Parody is on through Jan. 2, 2022.

Chicago Philharmonic is celebrating a return to in-person performances with a “Holiday Brunch Concert” on December 12, hosted by City Winery Chicago – West Loop. Chicago’s children can enjoy some holiday fun at the Chicago Children’s Theatre where they can attend The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party. Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is live (and free) at the Strawdog Theatre Company.

Summer Auto Happenings in the Hood

Chicago has been bombarded with car events recently and there are more to come.  In just three days’ time, check out Woodstock’s Meet and Car Show.  Skip’s Fiesta is hosting this event at Country Club Road at County Fairgrounds between 8 am and 3pm. Or you can choose (on the same day) this year’s eighth annual Chicagoland All Wheel Show North in Mundelein.  The event doubles as a fundraiser for Mundelein’s Old No. 1, 1925 fire truck restoration fund. The event is held from 10am to 12pm with the award ceremony at 3.45.  participants will be able to check out 25 different types of cars, motorcycles and trucks.

On July 29 at Heritage Park, there is the Classic Car Show and Touch-a-Truck event at W. Dundee Road featuring, cars, trucks and music with NBC The Voice’s very own Keith Semple. Registration here.

And the following day is the Algonquin Founders’ Day Cruise in Algonquin presented by BGV Motorsports and the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce. A fundraiser for the Chamber’s Scholarship Fund, all automobiles are welcome and for everyone else there will be music, vendors, food and a way to support downtown business.  Check out BGVMotorsports.com

This is just a snippet of the car-related stuff going on in Chicago over the summer.


Only Two Burgers Left in Chicago Burger-Off

Len Rizzi (photographer)
Len Rizzi (photographer)

Thousands of suggestions for a new kind of burger creation were submitted by a variety of wannabe and actual chefs in McDonald’s recent “Chicagoland Burger Build-Off.” After careful consideration the McDonald’s operators in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region whittled down the field to only two finalists: A Chi-Town Classic featuring Canadian bacon and smoked applewood bacon strips; and a Rio Crisp Burger complete with tortilla chips and guacamole.

So which of the two is going to be the winner? Just as the ideas came from the people, the ultimate winner will also be chosen by the public: both burgers are now being served in the region’s restaurants to see which becomes the most popular. The inventor of the burger of choice will receive $5,000 in cash and a paid vacation to Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Not to mention being able to tell everyone you created a McDonald’s featured burger.

McDonald’s will also promote the new burger with some fun advertising. Cossette Chicago advertising agency created a TV spot which hopes to inspire excitement over the new-fangled burgers and the fact that the public gets to choose the final winner.

Not only is McDonald’s trying to promote the contest, it would also like to employ the momentum from the contest to have customization of local menus get people into fast food restaurants and boost sales.