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Next week you can feel like you’re making a difference with your binge drinking. GiveForward.org, a Chicago-based website that allows people to fundraise online for any charity or cause, is hosting Party for a Reason at one of Chicago’s newest bars, Old Town Social.

The event is technically the pre-party for Run for a Reason, a 5K race to benefit local Chicago charities. For those of us that consider beer pong the most exhausting athletic activity we can fathom, don’t worry: the proceeds from the party will also be going towards Chicago charities. Party for a Reason will take place on Thursday, September 10th at will and feature a two-hour open bar, appetizers, and what’s sure to be a young party-loving crowd.

To get your tickets today, head to http://www.party4areason.com. But wait, there’s more! Use discount code NBC before September 8th and get your ticket for $20!

Party 4 a Reason
Thursday, September 10th
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Old Town Social
455 W. North Ave
Tickets: $25; $35 at the door

For more information on GiveForward, check out http://giveforward.org/

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Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

Wow, this is a way cool bang-for-the-buck concert experience. Don’t miss your chance to see The Plain White T’s in a very intimate setting tonite (8/28/09). Only 1500 tickets are being sold for Lake Effect, a charity show they are headlining tonight at The Palmer House.

$75 includes three bands performing (Plain White T’s, Chicago blues artist Melvin TaylorPWTs Dave Tirio, Cara Carriveau and Tom Higgenson plus the Gentlemen Of Leisure Band which happens to be one of President Obama’s favorite Chicago bands)…it also includes an open premium bar, an amazing array of food stations created by the Palmer House’s Executive Chef Stephen Henry and Pastry Chef Fabrice Bouet…and, as an added bonus, a limited number of behind-the-scenes tours of Palmer House will be conducted by docents from the Chicago Architecture Foundation.  Most importantly…100% of the proceeds benefit the Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care’s Good Mourning Program (providing support for families and children of all ages in overcoming the loss of a loved one).

Don’t pass up this opportunity to help out a wonderful organization while enjoying a phenomenal experience.  Got o www.LakeEffectParty.com or call 847-692-8897 to purchase tickets.

Tom Higgins from The Plain White T’s just spoke to me about this show – listen here:

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank, NBC Chicago Street Team

For the first time since his arrest a week ago, Chicago Blackhawks star right wing, and alleged co-perpetrator of assault Patrick Kane will address the media regarding the “incident” in Buffalo. The 2009 U.S. Olympic Men’s Orientation Camp next week at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, Illinois commences Monday morning. Kane is obviously a member of that team, and since there will be a ton of media present…Here’s what the official statement from Team USA reads


“Patrick Kane will make a statement to begin the press conference we have scheduled for Monday at 9:15 a.m. in the media workroom. This will be the only time during the camp that Patrick will address the on-going legal proceedings he is part of in Buffalo.”

It doesn’t say whether Patrick will take questions or not. I’m guessing he won’t. I’m also making a very safe prediction here: his prepared statement will sound like it was poured over by numerous lawyers, image-consultants, public relations professionals etc….So it should be interesting to hear what he has to say. I’ll be there and hopefully tweeting from it. And I’m going to try and do a live post, based on my tweets which you can follow here. This story has certainly created a firestorm on the blogs, and will probably continue generating even more headlines and web traffic as it develops further.

Oh and after the Kane statement, the Director of Team USA Hockey will give an introduction/synopsis of the camp, and they’ll unveil all three versions of their new 2010 Olympic jerseys shortly thereafter.

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See more of Paul M. Banks’ work at the Washington Times, Walter Football.com and The Sports Bank

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rebecca_1Rebecca Taras, NBC Chicago Street Team

 

If you were at a block party over Lollapalooza weekend and heard that “special guests” were going to be arriving via limo, logic might lead you to believe that perhaps a band member or two might stroll on through for a little self promoting. But the guests who attended the 14th annual Optimus Block Party last Saturday got a completely different form of musical entertainment when Rod Blagojevich showed up to sing a little Elvis Presley. As if that wasn’t enough to keep you thinking “only in America,” he brought along a Fabio look-alike (his proverbial rabbit in the hat.)

The Optimus anniversary Block Party started on August 1, 1996 as an impromptu casual get-together of clients and industry friends to celebrate the employee purchase of Optimus from their owner, Anheuser-Busch.  “We had Zimmerman’s, now Binny’s, down on Grand, deliver a bunch of cases of almost every brand of beer except Bud because for the 10 years under A-B ownership, we could only serve their products,” says Optimus owner Tom Duff. ” We got a permit, blocked off the parking lane on the street, and threw a party.  This was all good-natured tongue-in-cheek, we love our A-B friends, and have worked on Bud spots tons over the years.”

Perhaps you’ve never heard of the Optimus Block Party, but rest assured that anyone in the advertising community has seen this baby grow into a man. The bash has become a symbol of the Chicago ad world for the best annual get-together for the entire industry nation-wide. There was an episode of the TV Show “Trust Me” that aired last season starring Eric McCormack (of Will & Grace) that centered around all the characters at the ad agency going to the “Optimus Block Party that everyone goes to. NBC-OptimusGirls

Optimus is a production and post production company with offices in Chicago and Santa Monica. They shoot, edit, design, color, audio mix and finish various forms of video content, from TV commercials to webisodes to design pieces. The multi-leveled urban studio in Streeterville has the ability to handle the entirety of a production (or individual components) from script to air, all under one roof. Of course, their client list speaks for itself and includes all the top ad agencies that work with clients such as Unilever’s Dove and Suave, Taco Bell, Sears, Nintendo, Aveeno, Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, Cricket, KFC, AllState, Safeway, and Harris Bank. nbc-blagoonly

With that being said, attendees of the Block Party are made up of agency clients, post houses, production companies, music houses, the unions, the Film Offices and anyone else in the film and TV world here in the Windy City. And why Blagojevich? “Well, we always try to do something off-beat for our party,” says Duff.

It worked.

For more information on Optimus, visit www.optimus.com

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rebecca_1Rebecca Taras, NBC Chicago Street Team

Whether or not you’re a music junkie, the opportunity to see Grant Park transformed into a playground for party-goers is entertainment in itself. The third annual GALApalooza event is only one week away, giving guests an exclusive sneak preview of the Lollapalooza event grounds in a VIP fashion. NBC-galapush2

Outdoor lounge seating, cocktails and creative nibbles – you just might forget there’s actually a concert to watch. Lollapalooza artist Vampire Weekend and Chicago sensation Hey Champ will take the stage, in addition to performances by Park District Kids and DJ White Shadow.

Friends coming in to town for the music filled extravaganza? The James Hotel is offering a special overnight package on August 6 which includes two general admission tickets to GALApalooza, overnight accommodations in a king guestroom, and valet parking at The James. Rates start at $579. For more info or to book a room, visit www.jameshotels.com.

GALApalooza takes place on Thursday August 6th at 6 p.m. at the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park. Lounge experiences are available at the $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 level and single tickets are available for $150. For more information or to make reservations, call Alison Krzys, Director of Communications for Parkways Foundation at 312.742.4807 or visit www.parkways.org.

Since 2005, Lollapalooza and GALApalooza have raised over $4 million dollars for Parkways, which directly impacted Chicago’s neighborhood parks.

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Janelle Rominski, NBC Chicago Street Team

Yesterday marked one month since the passing of Michael Jackson and the beginning of the Michael Jackson Thriller Zombie Walk in Wicker Park.

The Horror Society and Custom Vibes hosted this event where approximately 1,000 people joined together and dressed-up in zombie attire to honor the “King of Pop”.

Copy of IMG_2580The night began with a social hour where everyone was mingling in the center of Wicker Park; Michael Jackson’s tunes were playing, zombies were dancing, photos were being taken, makeup was being applied, edible fake blood was being sold and non-zombie onlookers gazed with amusement and confusion.

Once the zombies were gathered together they all walked and danced together, with traveling boomboxes, throughout the streets surrounding the park.

The Zombie Walk concluded with everyone walking through the Wicker Park Fest grounds where all the zombies danced to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

After the walk, zombies were treated to their choices of two after parties held at the Debonair Social Club or the Members Only AV Loft.

For more photos of the Michael Jackson Thriller Zombie Walk, click HERE.


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Lindsay_small_2Lindsay Saewitz, NBC Chicago Street Team

The long-awaited opening of Sarks in the Park finally came this past Friday, but the late night hours came sooner than expected. Sarks, now open ’til 3am on Friday and 4am on Saturday, was the destination of choice for nostalgic North Shorers and excited Lincoln Parkers all weekend long.

Sarks is famous for the Loretta, a sandwich consisting of grilled French bread, white brick cheese, diced

Disaster Before & After

Disaster Before & After

tomatos, onions, and green peppers, and your choice of bacon, ham, or homeade spicy sausage called “The Disaster”. If you’re extra-hungry,  try “The Animal” (or as a waiter referred to it, Pig on a Bun) which combines all three meats together. Although the Loretta didn’t sound particularly appetizing at first, the sandwich proved to be a deliciously satisfying late night snack (two nights in a row, actually….. ). Try your Loretta with a side of cheesy hash browns, but if you like your spuds well done make sure you specify extra-crispy, otherwise they may be a little under cooked for you.

As many didn’t know about the new late night hours, Sarks was slightly desolate at midnight, but when the sun came up the 40-seat patio at Sarks was hopping. Sarks controls the entire patio with exception of one table left for House of Hunan and is the perfect spot for catching some rays and people watching (warning: you may run into your highschool classmates).

The servers and staff at Sarks were friendly and laid-back, and the owners are truly passionate about making sure this Evanston-favorite succeeds in Lincoln Park. Although Sarks lacks some restaurant essentials that you may expect from a restaurant in Lincoln Park (like lemons for water and straws), it makes up for it with character, scene, and a sandwich you’ll be daydreaming about for weeks.

Patio at Sarks in the Park

Patio at Sarks in the Park

Sarks in the Park
444 W. Fullerton Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 404-9000
httl://www.sarksinthepark.com
info@sarksinthepark.com

Mon-Thu. 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Sat. 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Sun. 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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