Archive for February, 2008

Irit SilvermanIrit Silverman NBC5 Street Team (Video)

Lincoln Park has a new hot spot: Soiree Bar and Bistro (located at 2438 N. Lincoln Avenue). I recently attended their grand opening celebration and was treated to an exclusive look inside. As soon as you walk in, Soiree’s Parisian-inspired ambiance sets the tone for an elegant experience. Soiree offers a French-inspired menu including sauteed frog legs with porcini cream sauce and grilled salmon with beurre blanc.

Slideshow: More Pics From Soiree

Martinis seemed to be the drink of choice, so I ordered a signature Soiree martini from the bar (tres magnifique!) and headed back to the Cointreau VIP room. Circular red velvet couches and a private entrance give VIPs the ultimate luxury and privacy. The grand finale was a performance by an amazing French singer. Whether you are looking for a bite to eat, a night out with friends or just a cool new place to chill, Soiree is a unique and cool new destination. Check out the video to see what I’m talking about!

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Kaylee King, NBC5 Street Team

Three nights deep into Wilco’s five night Winter Residency at The Riviera Theatre, I was fortunate enough to jump in the crowd and hear what everyone was buzzing about.

The audience was an artsy 30-something group dominated by males who quietly knew every word to every song.

The goal of the five shows was to play every song out of their stunning six album repertoire, resurrecting songs like Blue-Eyed Soul and Monday.

Lead singer, Jeff Tweedy admitted several times that he forgot how to play some songs, for example Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s Kamera. Along with admitting his faults that no one would have noticed if he didn’t, Tweedy frequently talked with the crowd and even answered when one fan told him not to play Theologians, with, “Oh now you’re in for it.” Soon after they played it.

With wife Sue in the crowd Tweedy made frequent glances her way and sent a dedication of I’m the Man Who Loves You to her.

The audience was heated for the entirety of the three hour show, packed with two sets and an encore. Andrew Bird, violinist, also from Chicago, joined Wilco on numerous songs throughout the night as well as a horn troupe Tweedy named the Super Pros.

It’s obvious the band knows how to put on a show with intricate lighting and a new guitar for nearly every song.

To learn more about Wilco, check out their website at www.wilcoworld.net or to hear 93XRT’s The Eclectic Company with Jeff Tweedy go to www.93xrt.com

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Janelle Rominski, NBC5 Street Team (Video)

The “Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors” convention returns this weekend to Chicago – and I’ve got your tickets! Please look at the bottom of this blog on how to win tickets.

It will be held at the Wyndham Chicago O’Hare Hotel on February 22 – 24, 2008.

I’ll be at Fangoria all weekend bringing you the highlights of each day right here on NBC 5’s Street Team.

Fangoria has tons of events happening daily and below are some things to look forward to.

There will be many exciting guests at Fangoria Chicago this year including Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger in the flesh!) Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th films: Kane Hodder and Sid Haig from The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween, etc. and many more guests.

Englund will speak about his new directorial effort, Killer Pad, along with his recent acting roles in Red and Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer.

Other actors slated to appear include Richard Kiel (Happy Gilmore, Twilight Zone, and the voice of “Jaws” from James Bond 007: All or Nothing) and Tony Todd (Night of the Living Dead, Candyman and Final Destination).

There will be a reunion for the 1980’s classic, Friday the 13th featuring actors Ari Lehman, Adrienne King and Betsy Palmer along with the film’s composer Harry Manfredini.

Hosts from the SCI FI Channel’s Ghost Hunters, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, will hit the stage talking about their hit television series.

There will also be a plethora of people from behind the scenes of horror films, such as Neil Marshall, director of The Descent.

This convention will offer photo opportunities with your favorite characters, autographs and a costume contest.

General admission tickets are available in advance or at the door for $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for children 6-12 are $15 at the door only and children under 6 are free. Show hours are Friday 2 – 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 7 pm.

For more information visit online at http://www.FangoCon.com


E-mail me (before 2/21/2008 at 2 pm) at: chicago.fangoria.tickets@gmail.com with the following information:

– First Name
– Last Name
– Day you want to attend (Saturday or Sunday only)
– City/Town on your ID

I’ll e-mail you back to confirm your win.

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AlphaWomen Unite!

Kaylee King, NBC5 Street Team

AlphaWomen, a worldwide community that supports women who are continuously striving to be the best they can be, welcomes you to have hors d’oeuvres and cocktails with them.

Tomorrow, the group will meet to network and talk about real-life women’s issues like careers, romance, money, shoes, handbags and more. Sponsors for the event include, Sephora, Equinox, Penisula Spa, H20+, Bare Essentials, MORE Cupcakes, Pratesi Linens and many more. Partial proceeds from the sponsors’ products will go to the Lung Cancer Alliance Organization.

When: Thursday, February 21
6-9 p.m.
Where: Sofitel Hotel’s Paris Foyer
20 E. Chestnut
Tickets: $20 in advance/$30 at the door

To learn more about AlphaWomen and to purchase tickets for tomorrow’s event go to www.alphawomen.com

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The Local Tourist, NBC5 Street Team

“Nor is it out of character that Chicago’s grandest achievement- a largely manmade arc of lakefront parks and beaches – began as a mistake, from waste thrown into Lake Michigan – a 75-year-old dump.” Pat Colander

It is a great time to be in Chicago. OK, so maybe it’s so cold you can buy ice cream at the grocery store half a mile away and it’ll have freezer burn by the time you get home, and 40 degrees seems like an invitation to don a bathing suit and jump in the lake, and you’re beginning to think that bears have the right idea. Really, right now is a great time to be in Chicago.

First of all, the Art Institute and the Field Museum are fre*e all month, and the Adler Planetarium and Shedd Aquarium through Friday. Then starting Friday through the 29th is Chicago Restaurant Week. Dine at some of the city’s top restaurants for $21.95 for lunch and $31.95 for dinner. Just the word “ice” makes me shiver at this point, but that isn’t going to stop me from checking out the Museum of Modern Ice. It’s only here through next Friday, and then Millennium Park gets to thaw out.

Speaking of thawing out, remember that really crazy warm day we had back in January? Besides being an almost cruel tease, it was also the inspiration behind this evening’s E-Coustic Chicago event at Joe’s. Chris Steinmetz worried about global warming, and faster than you can say “ozone” pulled together an extravaganza of artists and music to benefit the environment. You can hear my chat with host Marty Casey about the event, and then join me this evening. (It’s only $10!)

Have a great weekend!


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Danielle Barrera NBC5 Street Team

Kiki’s Bistro, 900 N. Franklin, will salute the Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired with a France versus USA wine tasting dinner on Thursday, February 28. Tasting will begin at 6:30 pm.

Patrons will enjoy a four-course prefixed menu, with a French and an American wine accompanying each course. Special guest wine expert Craig Goldwyn will guide the tasting. Craig Goldwyn is the Manager of Schaefers.com, author of AmazingRibs.com and the former wine critic for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post.

Tickets are $75.00 per person. Reservations are recommended. This event is open to the public. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Chicago Lighthouse. Street parking is available, and Valet Parking is Complimentary. Kiki’s is located off the Chicago Avenue Brown line.

To make a reservation, or to obtain further information on the “Lighthouse French/American Wine Dinner” at Kiki’s, call 312/ 335-5454. http://www.thechicagolighthouse.org http://www.kikisbistro.com


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The Local Tourist, NBC5 Street Team

Remember back in January when it was about 70 degrees outside? I do. And I remember thinking “so this is global warming”. Despite the unexpected pleasure of running on the lakefront path in shorts when Belmont Harbor was a sheet of ice, it concerned me, but like most people I didn’t do anything about it. Chris Steinmetz did.

Musicians are known as advocates of the environment, and as the executive producer of Acoustic Chicago, Steinmetz was able to quickly put together an amazing and eclectic collection of artists to benefit the environment. Tomorrow night they’ll take over Joe’s on Weed with music and painting and dancing and fashion and photography and more.

“E-coustic Chicago can be a springboard to raise awareness and expose a lot of the options to take ones participation to the next level, whatever that may be,” said Steinmetz. He hopes this event will “give beginners information and inspire them to step up their pro environment thought processes as well as engage the pro active members of the community.”

NBC5’s Ginger Zee is lending her talents, and Marty Casey will be hosting. I had the pleasure of talking with him about the event and he’s thrilled to be a part of it. I’m also looking forward to this environmental extravaganza and I hope you’ll join me!

E-Coustic Chicago Art & Environmental Celebration
February 20, 7pm
Joe’s, 940 W Weed St
$10 in advance, tickets: www.stonecutterrecords.com

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