<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Chicago Events, Concerts, Shows and Things to Do]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcchicago.com/the-scene/events http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.com en-us Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:33:24 -0500 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:33:24 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tour Lincoln Park Zoo's ZooLights]]> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:04:44 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/ZooLights.png The ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo have been a Chicago tradition for 19 years. Take a tour of the zoo as it has been magically transformed into a winter wonderland.]]> <![CDATA[First Responders Rock Out For Charity]]> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:19:45 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Rock+the+Badges.png The Rock the Badges charity fundraiser is a Battle of the Bands that matches three bands representing the Chicago Fire Department against three bands representing the Chicago Police Department. The money that is raised will go towards the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Ignite the Spirit fund.]]> <![CDATA[For The Love of the Violin]]> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 10:55:21 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000004022532_722x406_45828675728.jpg 4 Strings Attached is a non-profit that teaches students from age 4 to 17 to become master violinist. Under the direction of Martin Lopez, the young violinist learn to perform in front of big crowd lying on their backs, with their eyes closed and even behind their backs.]]> <![CDATA[Teen's Memory Lives On Through Zoo Exhibit]]> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:27:34 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Panamanian+Frog.png Stacey Blundell was killed 12 years ago in a tragic drunk driving accident. Her parents and brother have found a permanent way to memorialize her. Art Norman reports on how a rare frog exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo is keeping her memory alive.]]> <![CDATA[Festival Showcases Artists With Disabilities]]> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:59:36 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Bodies+of+Work.png The Bodies of Work Festival is an 11 day celebration that illuminates the disability experience through art forms such as visual art and dance. NBC 5's LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]> <![CDATA[Pulp and The City]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:25:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/WindyCityPulp.png Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention is going on this weekend. Fans can browse more than 100 vendors selling collectible pulp magazines, artwork and vintage paperbacks.]]> <![CDATA[Robots Invade Chicago -- Again]]> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 08:01:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/MSIROBOTICS.png Robots have taken over the Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate National Robotics Week.]]> <![CDATA[Documentary Brings Attention To Illinois Pageant]]> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 11:02:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Miss+You+Can+Do+It.png The Miss You Can Do It Pageant held in Kewanee, Illinois was created to give girls and women with special needs a memorable experience that will leave them with an abudance of self confidence. LeeAnn Trotter reports on the premiere of the HBO documentary "Miss You Can Do It".]]> <![CDATA[Preserving The North Shore's Black History]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 13:15:52 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Shorefront+Legacy+Center.png Black History Month 2013 |Shorefront Legacy Center was founded by Dino Robinson, he started this endeavor because of the lack of historical resources documenting Black history on the North Shore.]]> <![CDATA[Strictly Sail Show Docks at Navy Pier]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:15:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/StrictlySail.png The 2013 Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show has anchored into Navy Pier from Jan. 24th-27th.]]> <![CDATA[Family Opens Jokes 4 Miles Theater Space]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 19:35:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/jokes-4-miles.jpg Miles Austrevich lost his battle with brain cancer last month at the age of 20. Throughout his ordeal, he believed laughter was the best medicine. Now his family is paying it forward. LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]> <![CDATA[Test Drives, Interactivity Offered at Auto Show]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:19:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Jeep+Track.JPG

It's not always enough to see the cars, right? Sometimes you want to touch them and -- better yet -- take a ride.

The 2013 Chicago Auto Show will feature four test tracks. The popular Jeep test track -- allowing show-goers to climb into a Wrangler and get a ride on an obstacle course -- makes a return, as does the Toyota Test Track.

But this year's show will also feature new experiences by Ram and Fiat/Chrysler, event organizers say.

For those who think the show itself offers "too little" and the test tracks "too much," interactive displays could be the "just right" some want.

Many of the automakers' displays will include interactive tablet displays allowing the public to learn more about the vehicles. Others, like Kia and Road America, will offer interactive games.

Large test drive simulators will be available from Honda, Mini and Toyota.



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<![CDATA[Organizers Hope to Drive Social Media Buzz Heading into Auto Show]]> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:50:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/181*120/2009+Nissan+370Z.jpg

Event organizers are hoping to ramp up the buzz heading into this year's Chicago Auto Show before the public gets a chance to ogle all of the hottest wheels.

The Media Preview days this year have been rebranded a Twitter-friendly "#SMP13," which naturally invites attendees to get word about the auto show onto social media channels.

The days are geared toward manufacturers, exhibitors and media outlets to host press and marketing events geared directly toward the buying public, particularly those active in the social media space. Last year Toyota announced its 100 Cars for Good program and Nissan unleashed the refreshed 2013 370Z.

But this year will feature several specific events that aim to drive up the excitement, including the Word of Mouth Marketing Association Driving Engagement Awards, Technori Pitch and automotive roundtables hosted by Autoweek, Cars.com and Edmunds.

And while the preview days aren't open to the public, Chicago Auto Show organizers have worked out a deal with Groupon to offer exclusive tickets to several people in the Chicago area who are found and deemed to be digital-savvy influencers.

The #SMP13-branded Media Preview Days are Feb. 7 and 8 with the public show opening Feb. 9.

Follow the Chicago Auto Show on Facebook, on Twitter, on YouTube, and on Pinterest.

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<![CDATA[Backstage With The Rockettes]]> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 19:32:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Rockettes1.png The world famous Rockettes give NBC 5 a backstage look at their high kicking Radio City Music Christmas Spectacular show.]]> <![CDATA[1st Look Loves: Shobha]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:18:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/2012_08_Shobha_Columbus_Circle.jpg

What’s not to love about the Shobha? When you want to look your best and you need your eyebrows groomed as well as other parts of your body tended to, Shobha is the place to go. With over a decade of experience and excellence in hair removal, Shobha caters to a clientele that includes top beauty editors, A-list celebrities and busy New Yorkers.

Shobha is known for its consistent quality and client sensitivity embodied in its line of products and all-inclusive treatments for the brows, body and bikini area. Shobha herself, founder and entrepreneur extraordinaire, has fused her Indian cultural heritage with a high-powered business education and background (Harvard MBA, Fortune 500 work) to create a successful company infused with warmth and fantastic services and goods.

Good news for Washington, D.C.! !ith four upscale locations in NYC, Shobha will be opening its doors in spring 2013 in Washington’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. D.C. will soon see what Lucky magazine says about Shobha, “fast, efficient and ultra-hygienic!"

For more information, visit the website.

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<![CDATA[Looking Back on 2012 with 1st Look]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:33:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/LOOKINGBACK.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as we take a look back at the best of 2012. ]]> <![CDATA[1st Look's Best of Adventure 2012]]> Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:33:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BESTOFADVENTURE.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky as she takes a look back at some of 1st Look's most exciting adventures of 2012.]]> <![CDATA[Tribute Held For Late Photographer Steve Starr]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:33:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Starr-Tribute_9.jpg

Late Chicago photographer Steve Starr's vision came to life in a glorious way Wednesday night.

Starr died last month of a sudden heart attack at the age of 65, but the last project he was planning was a 12-12-12 event to showcase his "Faces in the News" photographs.

The affair at The Murphy quickly shifted into a tribute to Starr's unique spirit.

The sad thing is, it's almost as if he knew he wasn't going to be here, because he spent so much time saying, 'This is how I want it to happen. This is the timing. This is the look,' so we just kind of facilitated that which he put in motion," said Starr's friend, fashion photographer Mark Roscoe.

Hundreds of friends and Starr's family, including sisters and nieces, were on hand for the celebration, which included fashion shows and musical performances.

"He was a perfectionist, and it turns out that his friends made it perfect," Starr's older sister, Bobbi Weiss said. "He would have loved it if he were here."

And even though the party stayed upbeat, there was an overwhelming feeling that something -- or someone, was missing.

"Even though this is a celebration, it's a bittersweet celebration because he should be here to see it, and that's more than a little upsetting to me," event emcee Candace Jordan said. "We'll all try to be happy and smiley, but we've lost someone that we loved to pieces."

Along with his photography work that appeared in virtually every Chicago publication over the years, Starr was a designer, collector, artist and a foremost expert on the Art Deco era.



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<![CDATA[Steve Starr Tribute Event]]> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 01:28:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Starr-Tribute_14.jpg Friends, family gather to remember popular Chicago photographer who died of a heart attack last month.

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<![CDATA[1st Look's Best of 2012]]> Thu, 13 Dec 2012 11:15:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/1LK_3191_WEB_PROMO.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky to take a look at the best "1st Look" moments of 2012, Saturday after "Saturday Night Live" on NBC.]]> <![CDATA["Book of Mormon" Takes on Chicago]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:18:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Book-of-Mormon-chicago.jpg

One of the most popular musicals in history began an extended Chicago run on Tuesday.

"Book of Mormon" is on stage at the Bank of America Theatre from December 11 through June 2.

The musical is created by the two minds behind the "South Park" cartoon, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, who are known for pushing the envelope.

"Oh, it's offensive, we didn't set out to make it offensive, but we're just offensive people so it just came out a little offensive," Stone said.

The production has one nine Tony awards including "Best Musical" during its New York run. Ben Platt, who plays Elder Cunningham in the production, says he's surprised at how well the show has done.

"I love that at the same time it's both raunchy comedy and it's got all that South Park hilarity but it's also a sincere love letter to musical theatre," Platt said.

As for the raunchy themes, the creative duo never worried about offending the Mormon church.

"The church is pretty awesome and they're really good at PR, and they said exactly what they should have said, which was something like they live in the same country we do that allows us to have this religion," Parker said.

Tickets are sold out through March 3rd, but seats remain for performances through June 2.

There's still a chance at getting into one of the earlier sold-out shows. A daily pre-show drawing will make a limited number of tickets available for $25 each day.

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<![CDATA[First Lady's "Night Before Christmas"]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/michelleobamareads.jpg First lady Michelle Obama teamed with actor Rico Rodriguez this year for the reading of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."

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<![CDATA[Jamar Rogers: Life After "The Voice"]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:35:47 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/JamarRogers.jpg Jamar Rogers has been quite busy since he was voted off the hit NBC show. He's writing a book, writing for Insider.com and recently appeared on a Christmas special. LeeAnn Trotter reports on what keeps him going.]]> <![CDATA[Judge Orders Pitchfork to Turn Over Chief Keef Video]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:49:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chief_keef.jpg

The company that runs the popular Pitchfork Music Festival has until the middle of next week to turn over the complete footage recorded of teen rapper Chief Keef holding a rifle.

Pitchfork TV several months ago decided against using any of the footage, shot for a feature on the rapper, but prosecutors want the video to see if the teen violated his probation by holding the weapon.

Judge Carl Anthony Walker made his ruling Wednesday, saying prosecutors had successfully argued they had no other way of seeing the footage, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was convicted last year of pointing a gun at a Chicago police officer, and as part of his probation is banned from holding or using weapons.

Pitchfork Media must surrender the footage by next Wednesday, Dec. 12. Walker said he would make a decision as to whether Cozart violated his probation the following Monday, one day before the rapper makes his debut on a national label with his CD "Finally Rich."

Cozart came under fire in September for joking on Twitter about the shooting death of an 18-year-old rival rapper, Joseph "Lil JoJo" Coleman. He later claimed his Twitter account was hacked.

Police have been looking into whether Chief Keef or anyone he knows had anything to do with Coleman's death.

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<![CDATA[1st Look Loves: "The Dash Snow Initiative"]]> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:25:10 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/dash-snow-initiative.jpg

Among the glittering events happening in Miami for Art Basel is a private dinner and auction presented by Chanel and Paddle8.com to benefit the Henry Street Settlement’s Boys & Girls Republic (BGR) and the Dash Snow Initiative.

A group of Snow’s closest friends are honoring his memory by raising funds for an after-school program in his name, and the artists donating works include high-wattage names, such as Julian Schnabel, Ryan McGuinley, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Dan Colen, among many others.

This unique project honors Snow’s legacy by giving back to the most vulnerable youth in BGR's community, a neighborhood with significant meaning in Snow's life.

Bidding is open until tomorrow, December 5th at 12pm EST — please visit Paddle8.com for more information.

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<![CDATA[Baby Elephant Plays with Mom]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:50:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BabyElephant1204.jpg The Oregon Zoo's new Asian elephant calf plays in wood shavings with her mom, Rose-Tu. The female calf was born at 2:17 a.m. on Nov. 30 and weighed 300 pounds. ]]> <![CDATA[Your #Chicagogram Photos: December 2012]]> Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:53:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Chicagogram-street-roachbyt.jpg Check out your Instagram from all over the city tagged #chicagogram.

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<![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

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<![CDATA[City Releases Summer Festival Dates]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:27:28 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/Taste-couple-2012.jpg

Even though a measurable snowfall has yet to hit the ground this season, Chicagoans can already start dreaming about warm weather activities.

The city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has released the dates for 2013 festivals.

Taste of Chicago will be held July 10-14, replicating this year's recipe of a shortened festival and avoiding the Fourth of July weekend.

Other highlights include the return of the Millennium Park Music Series late May through mid September, the Chicago Blues Festival on June 6-9 and the Chicago Air and Water Show on August 17-18.

Click here for the full list of city-sponsored events.

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<![CDATA[Rockefeller Tree-Lighting Time Lapse]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:52:32 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/tree_add_P10.jpg A time-lapse video of the tree-lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center.

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<![CDATA[Mike Tyson Headed to Chicago Stage]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:02:27 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/mike-tyson-spike-lee.jpg

Mike Tyson has been bitten by the acting bug.

After a limited Broadway engagement, the former heavyweight champion is bringing taking his one-man show "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" on the road. The production hits Chicago on February 15-17 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre.

The play, directed by Spike Lee and written by Tyson's third wife, Kiki Tyson, ranges from his poor upbringing in Brooklyn, to many of his big moments in and out of the ring, such as his tumultuous marriage to actress Robin Givens and the infamous biting of Evander Holyfield's ear in a 1997 match.

The play will hit more than 36 cities across the country.

Tyson's acting credits include a popular role in The Hangover movies.

Pre-sale tickets are already available.



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<![CDATA[The Meaning Behind Rockefeller Christmas Tree]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:30 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/134312125.jpg This year's lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas Tree represents joy and hope at the start of the Holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Rockin' with the Rockettes at Radio City]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:51:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/rockettes1stlook.jpg Join us for the Rockettes 85th celebration at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. ]]> <![CDATA[Join 1st Look for Game Night with a Twist]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:12:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/237*120/1stlookgamenight.jpg Join host Ali Fedotowsky and watch "1st Look" Saturdays after "Saturday Night Live."]]> <![CDATA[Chicago Lights Its Christmas Tree]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:52:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/chicago-2012-tree.jpg

The holiday spirit came to Daley Plaza Tuesday night.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel lit Chicago's 64-foot Colorado spruce from Prospect Heights at 5 p.m.

The tree, donated by Barbara Theiszmann, was one of 25 submitted to the city. Mary Slowik, of the Department of Cultural Affairs said the tree had to be at least 55 feet tall, had to be a spruce or a fir and had to have a nice shape. This one fit all three and more.

"It's going to be missed," Theiszmann told the city, "but I'm glad it's going to be downtown."



The night's free festivities started at 4:30 p.m. with Santa and the cast of "A Christmas Carol." The Christkindlmarket also opened Tuesday.

The tree remains in the plaza until January.

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<![CDATA[Chicago's "Boss" Gets Fired]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:52:41 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/228*120/kelsey+grammer+boss.jpg

Turns out there is an entity strong enough to take down Chicago's fictional Mayor Tom Kane.

Starz announced Tuesday that it is canceling "Boss" after two seasons.

The show was set in Chicago and featured Kelsey Grammer portraying the iron-fisted mayor of the city.

The cable network did not offer a reason for canceling the show, but low ratings are likely to blame.

Deadline.com reports that negotiations are in the works for a two-hour movie that would wrap up the remaining story lines.

The cancellation is a blow for several Chicagoans who worked as extras on the show and in the behind-the-scenes production.

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<![CDATA[Weird News Photos: Holiday Edition]]> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 06:59:37 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/turtle-1217.jpg From the Santa Bandit to the Grinch Cop, check out these weird, offbeat news photos — with a holiday twist — from around the world.

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<![CDATA[Make your Heart Sing at "Once"]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:03:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/ONCE.jpg If you're looking to spend some time on the Great White Way, make sure check out "Once." Join Ali onstage as she grabs a beer from the Irish Bar set and see just what it takes to put on one of the most creative shows on Broadway! Once: A New Musical 242 West 45th St., New York, NY 10036 / 212- 239-6200]]> <![CDATA[See the Origin of the Universe at the Brooklyn Museum]]> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:33:12 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BROOKLYNMUSEUM.jpg Showcasing some of the best and most diverse talent in the city, the Brooklyn Museum should be on every visitor's radar. With the art of Mickalene Thomas on display, no self-respecting art lover should miss a trip to this museum. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 / 718-638-5000]]> <![CDATA[Mickey, Minnie Light Up Mag Mile]]> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 23:36:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Mag+Mile+Lights+Fest+2.jpg

Lights, camera, Mag Mile!

More than a million people traveled to Chicago on Saturday to see the 21st annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival.

The parade began at 5:30 p.m. Grand marshals Mickey and Minnie Mouse were joined by fellow Disney characters to host the magical evening as they lit up the mile and make their way south to the Fireworks Spectacular finale, which began at 7 p.m.

Santa Claus, Chicago sports stars, Garrett Popcorn Shop's popcorn and a float made entirely of candy were just a few sights seen during the 40-float procession.

The show doesn't stop there. Festival attendees can shop extended hours at participating stores after the parade as well as peruse other offers and events from area shops, restaurants, hotels and attractions.

With less than an hour to go before the Magnificent Mile lit up like a Christmas tree, thousands of spectators gathered along Michigan Avenue to stake their spot.

Getting downtown for the event was no picnic and heavy traffic was expected for the event. The DuSable Bridge closed around 3:30 p.m. and Michigan Avenue closed to vehicle traffic from Oak Street to Wacker Drive at 4:30 p.m.

The festival kicked off at 11 a.m. along Michigan Avenue and includes a full day of events, including the namesake illumination of more than one million lights on 200 trees and a fireworks spectacular.

Many who made the trip downtown early started the day off by participating in holiday-themed activities on Lights Festival Lane (Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue) and wandering through booths offering gifts and goodies from Chicago vendors.

Check out The Magnificent Mile's website for full details and information for full information.
 

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<![CDATA[McCormick Tribune Ice Rink Open Through Mid-March]]> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:51:08 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/160*120/skates_generic.jpg

If you've been in denial that the winter season is upon us, this latest development should shake you out of it.

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park officially opened Friday.

Use of the rink is free, but skate rentals will cost you $10.

City officials said the rink draws more than 100,000 skaters annually. Click here for a schedule and holiday hours.

The rink remains open through mid-March.



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<![CDATA[Family, Friends Remember Photographer Steve Starr]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:18:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Steve-Starr-027.jpg

Family and friends of the late photographer Steve Starr are remembering a man who touched many lives.

Starr, a well-known figure on Chicago's social scene, passed away on Monday after collapsing on the sidewalk outside the Drake Hotel where he was lunching with friends. According to the coroner, the 65-year-old suffered from Arteriosclerotic coronary heart disease and died of a heart attack where resuscitation was not possible.

Starr, 65, worked as a freelance photographer and his work was seen in several publications around town.

"I think he overworked himself and just wanted everything to be perfect. He would send me a lot of stuff and ask me what I thought," Starr's sister, Adrienne Ingebrigtsen said.

"We were just working together at a lot of events and he just taught me so many things. He introduced me to so many people," fellow photographer Mila Samokhina said.

Starr was passionate about old Hollywood glamour celebrities, and recently published a book about Latin movie stars. He was also an expert on art deco and frequently wrote about both topics in the Chicago Art Deco Society magazine.

"The articles are just filled with his wit and his voice. Really fundamental information, but things you wouldn't know, and there was always a really funny turn of phrase in there that was so Steve Starr," said Keith Bringe of the Chicago Art Deco Society.

Starr was planning a photo exhibit on December 12th called "The Face of News," composed of photos of people in front of and behind the camera.

One of the hosts, Candace Jordan, says the show will go on as a celebration of his life.

"He was quite frankly one of the nicest people I've ever. He was obviously the hardest working guy in show business, at four events a day," Jordan said.

A private burial will be held for family only.

"My uncle Steve -- he truly was a star. He had such an artistic soul, always so creative. He was doing what he loved with the people that he loved and that loved him in the city that he loved," Starr's niece, Lori Zaitz, said.

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<![CDATA[Cute Baby Panda Named]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:18:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/babypanda.jpg As is tradition with pandas born at the San Diego Zoo, the cub's name was announced in an official 100-Day ceremony, Xiao Liwu. The name means "Little Gift" in English. At the time of the naming ceremony, he was tucked away in his den with mama Bai Yun. Zoo vets can be seen measuring the tiny Panda.

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<![CDATA[Chicago Photographer Steve Starr Dead at 65]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 11:59:24 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/steve_starr_blurby-2.jpg

A well-known figure on Chicago's social scene passed away on Monday.

Photographer Steve Starr died after collapsing on the sidewalk outside the Drake Hotel, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Starr, 65, had just finished lunch and had told his friends that he wasn't feeling well.

Any Chicagoan who's been to a local fashion show or charity event over the past few years has probably run into Steve Starr.

He was hard to forget. His well-tailored suits, old-school camera and gregarious nature helped him stand out from the crowd, along with his distinctive manner of taking photos which often required multiple takes and his insistence that the subject smile.

Starr was planning a photo exhibit on December 12th called "The Face of News," composed of photos of people in front of and behind the camera.

Show host Candace Jordan said that she would like the show to continue as celebration of Starr's life.

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<![CDATA[Exhibit Profiles the Women of War]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 19:02:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/women-ww2.jpg Pritzker Military Library aims to educate visitors of the role women played during the allied victory of World War II. LeeAnn Trotter reports.]]> <![CDATA[Ali Picks Up Her Pom Poms at Cheerobix]]> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:21:06 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/CHEEROBIX.jpg You want to see spirit fingers? Watch what happens when Ali Fedotowsky joins the cheer squad to get herself in shape with the coolest workout routine in Chi-town! Indigo Studio 213 W Institute Place, Suite 704, Chicago, IL / 312-612-YOGA]]>