Bus Trip: Private Lives at ShawChicago

Sunday, December 06, 2015, 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM. $35.00.

Brilliant and witty, Noel Coward’s comedy of manners, Private Lives, is a delightful romp of a play. While honeymooning with their new spouses (coincidentally at the same hotel,) a divorced …

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Bus Trip: The Best of Second City

Saturday, November 21, 12:45 PM – 7:00 PM. $48.00.

Experience some of the funniest sketches, songs, and improvisations from the Second City’s fifty-five year history live and in person performed by The Second City Touring Company. This is where it …

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Winter Eating to Keep Warm

Wow. The first snow of the year hit tonight. Tomorrow’s going to be a great day to make a pot of piping hot chili. I usually just mix up whatever’s in the fridge, but if you’re a recipe-kind-of-person, a great …

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Do You Love A Capella Music?

Have you noticed the surge in popularity of a capella music? Since The Sing-Off debuted on NBC in 2009, a capella has really hit the mainstream. The breakout stars of the singing comeptition show, Pentatonix, have won a grammy …

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Music to Start Your Day

According to music psychologist David M. Greenberg of the University of Cambridge and City University of New York, the best way to wake up in the morning is by listening to music that plays at a tempo of 100 to …

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The Artwork of Bruno Sowa

When next visiting Eisenhower, please take a minute to view the exhibit in our display case. It features artwork, including paintings and wood carvings by Bruno Sowa, the father of one of our patrons. It’s beautiful work and we think …

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From Hell

While certainly better known for the superhero masterpiece Watchmen, for my money, Alan Moore’s best and most satisfying work might be From Hell, the obsessively-researched recounting of the Jack the Ripper murders. Of course, no one knows who …

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Bus Trip: Chicago’s Early Film Industry

Monday, October 19, 2015 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM. $35.00.

Go behind the scenes at the Chicago History Museum with an archivist to view photos, prints and architectural drawings that document Chicago’s early film industry. Learn about production studios, movie …

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Bus Trip: Schweikher-Langsdorf Home & Studio

Friday, September 18, 2015, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM. $45.00.

Hop aboard our bus as we visit one of Illinois’ hidden architectural gems, architect Paul Schweikher’s 1938 home and studio sited on 7.5 acres in Schaumburg. An organic integration of …

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Image Comics Added to Hoopla Digital

We’re super excited that titles from Image Comics are now available for our patrons to access instantly on their smartphones, tablets, and computers using our digital media service, Hoopla Digital!

The addition of Image titles broadens Hoopla’s catalog of more …

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Refused: The Shape of Punk to Come

Like last week’s recommended band, Veruca Salt, this week’s band released a new record after nearly 20 years apart. The members of the Swedish hard-core quartet Refused put aside their differences for a reunion tour, ultimately leading to the …

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Bus Trip: Sights of the City

Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. $25.00.

Visit the Green City Farmer’s Market. Shop for specialty foods from local producers and buy lunch. Take time to visit Lincoln Park Zoo or the Conservatory and then meet at …

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Veruca Salt – Ghost Notes

After about 17 years of changing line-ups, the original members of mid-90’s, Chicago rockers, Veruca Salt have come together with “hatchets buried, axes exhumed” to release a new album. Called “unabashedly decade-specific” by NPR’s Katie Presley, Ghost Notes sound like …

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Bus Trip: Maker and Muse at the Driehaus Museum

Friday, June 19, 2015, 8:45 AM – 2:00 PM. $30.00.

Created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the jewelry of Maker & Muse illuminates the artistic ideals defining every facet of design. Our special one-hour guided tour highlights …

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27 Seriously Underrated Books

Recently, the online magazine, BuzzFeed asked its readers to offer suggestion of great, underrated books. The list contains many international best sellers, a couple of books adapted into movies, and even a Nobel Prize winner or two, so I’m not …

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Bus Trip: Plant Hunters at the Morton Arboretum

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. $25.00.

Tour the Arboretum grounds by tram, then stop at the Sterling Morton Library to experience Plant Hunters, an exhibit featuring artifacts relating to famous plant hunters and exploring modern conservation …

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Bus Trip: Sense and Sensibility at Chicago Shakespeare

Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM. $40.00

Jane Austen’s deliciously charming romance is full of wit, passion and now, glorious song. This is the world premiere of Tony Award-nominated composer Paul Gordon’s musical, specially commissioned by Chicago …

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Bus Trip: Garfield Park Spring Flower Show

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. $20.00

Escape the end of winter and put some spring in your step at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Enjoy gorgeous flowers at one of the largest conservatories in the world, long …

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Bus Trip: Puppet Opera Theatre

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 2:45 PM – 6:30 PM. $20.00

Following the tradition of the Kungsholm Puppet Opera, Rolling Meadows’ Opera in Focus presents scenes from well-known operas performed by beautifully designed puppets in a show for both opera aficionados …

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Bus Trip: House of Blues Gospel Brunch

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. $40.00

The House of Blues Gospel Brunch is legendary. Join us for local talent performing both traditional and contemporary Gospel songs selected by the legendary gospel artist Kirk Franklin. Before and …

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Academy Awards Contest 2015

Look for Academy Award Contest entry forms at the Answers Desk. Check off your selections from this year’s nominees. Entries with the most correct answers will be eligible to win prizes. In the event of a tie, prizes will be …

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