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Janelle Rominski, NBC Chicago Street Team

Christmas is coming this weekend to Chicago’s Union Station as Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour arrives.

July 24 – 26, get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the all-new motion picture, Disney’s A Christmamas Carol, starring Jim Carrey and directed by Robert Zemeckis.ACCTT Logo lo-Res

The best part, it’s all FREE!

A five-car train will be on Track One and will feature an entirely interactive experience. Visitors will enter through the first car, and proceed through the length of the train where they will enjoy many exhibits.

Those exhibits include a digital portrait gallery, a model shop featuring actual models used in the filming of the movie, the Tunnel of Technology where people will learn about the motion-capture techniques used in theChristmasCarol1 film, an HP TouchSmart PC Face-Morph station where kids & and adults can age themselves and alter their photos (like Jim Carrey does to create the seven characters he plays in the film) and more.

The world’s largest inflatable state-of-the art 3-D theatre will be located in the Great Hall, and will feature exclusive clips from the film.

Throughout Union Station, the halls will be decked, snow will be on the ground (yes, snow in Chicago in July) and carolers will sing Christmas favorites.

Website: www.ChristmasCarolTrainTour.com
Tour Dates: Friday, July 24 – Sunday, July 26, 2009
Opens 9 am Daily
Chicago’s Union Station
225 Canal Street
Free Admission

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Janelle Rominski, NBC Chicago Street Team

The 6th Annual Lake County Film Festival (LCFF) begins tomorrow (Wednesday, March 4th) and runs through Tuesday, March 10th.  It will be hosted by the College of Lake County and will feature over 100 works including documentaries, narratives and short programs.

Enjoy a relaxed evening as the LCFF kicks-off at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in downtown Libertyville on March 4th. Doors open at 6 pm and short films will be previewed at 7:30 pm. This event is free to attend.

lcffMonday and Thursday films at the LCFF are free.  The educational documentary, The Providence Effect, is free to anyone working in education. Plus, all day on Saturday and Sunday there will be filmmaking panels and a free film room.

One Featured Documentary: The late musician and Chicago native, Wesley Willis, is shown in Wesley Willis’s Joyrides (by Chris Bagley & Kim Shively) that chronicles his life and rise to fame in the underground music world through his friends and family.

One Featured Narrative: Desperate Housewives actress, Dana Delany stars in Route 30 (by John Putch) playing the role of Amish Martha.  The film is about three interconnecting stories set along the Lincoln Highway in South Central Pennsylvania.

One Featured Short Program:  Chicago=Awesome (by Dan Lamoureux). It’s about why Chicago should host the 2016 Olympics.

March 8th the awards ceremony will take place at Gurneez Diner at 9 pm. Once again, this event is free to attend.

Ticket Prices
Individual Ticket – $7.00
Full Day Pass – $15.00
Full Festival Pass – $35.00

For full festival information visit www.LakeCountyFilmFest.com

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JenChicago, NBC5 Street Team

Tuesdays at sunset in Grant Park. *sigh*

I almost don’t even have to say anything more…. The Chicago Outdoor Film Festival is an amazing gift that everyone is invited to enjoy and many take the city up on it.

Grab a blanket, snacks, your best pals and some sparkling grape juice (because technically… there’s no alcohol allowed. Umm… right.) and head out to enjoy a picnic with about a million (I have no idea how many people… a lot) other friends of Chicago.

Thank you to all of the people that chatted with me. Thank you, Daley for helping to make this happen. I think this video exemplifies so much of what is wonderful about Chicago. Beauty, energy and wonderful people. It’s no wonder we are a candidate city for the 2016 Olympics! (Whoop- whoop!)

Oh, Chicago… I just love your guts!

Music by Rick Cates, City Lights.

More videos and fun at JenChicago.com

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Megan Bowers, NBC5 Street Team

Tonight is the official kick-off to the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival. They place a big screen in Grant Park and showcase different classic movies every Tuesday night through August 26th. It’s like going to the drive-in without the exhaust fumes and privacy to snuggle up on your date.

However, NOT watching the movie should not be your intention this week because they are showcasing, All About Eve. This 1951 film is an all-time classic and is #16 on AFI’s 100 Best Movies in 100 Years. I’m not sure if you know this or not — but that’s a big deal, a very big deal.

I’m sure you may be asking, “Megan, what is this movie about?” Or even, “Megan, this film was made 36 years before you were born, shouldn’t your classics be considered Austin Powers or Independence Day?”

Well I will answer both of those questions:

1. This drama stars Bette Davis, as Broadway legend Margo Channing. Miss Channing has everything: a successful career, close friends and a man who loves her. She also has a ‘fan’ named Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve is an up and coming actress who manages to worm her way into Margo’s life, in order to “study her like a blueprint”. Eve’s sweet facade is soon seen through by a number of people, but ultimately achieving her goal of Broadway stardom, leaving a trail of unhappiness, and contentment, behind her.

The film won 6 Oscars, including ‘Best Picture,’ so it’s certainly worth your time. Plus, this is one of Bette Davis’ best performances.

2. I love old films and I don’t think they make them like they used to. I’m talking back in the days of Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, when actors had to act and actually (GASP!) be good at it! These days, anyone with a pretty face that looks good half naked can make a movie, and in my opinion, they’re just not worth my $8.25 in the theatres on a Friday night.

It’s over at Grant Park between Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street and it starts at 8:57 p.m. Get there early to confirm a spot near the front and bring some snacks! You should definitely bring a blanket, but I suggest taking a chair because the film is a little over two hours. For more information on the event, including the movie itinerary, check out cityofchicago.com.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Watch the weekly “Word On The Street” segment on 24/7 Chicago: Secrets of the City,” at 12:05 a.m., immediately following Saturday Night Live on NBC5.

Bastille Day

We taped this week’s segment at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, a beautiful, swanky hotel in the heart of the — well, Viagra Triangle, but don’t hold that against it. Everything about this spot is French-themed, which presented some challenges for our report. Needless to say, my French needs some touching up, despite the fact that my passport says I’m still Canadian. Time to turn in my card.

Anyway, this week the Sofitel has been celebrating Bastille Day, the uprising during the French Revolution that led to the creation of modern-day France. Their restaurant, Cafe des Architectes, is offering a traditional French-themed lunch and dinner fixed priced dinner. Make sure you also check out Le Bar for some lighter bites and jazz after 6:30 p.m. on some nights.

Chicago Outdoor Film Festival

You know it’s summer when the Chicago Outdoor Film Festival kicks off.
Starting this week, every Tuesday night until August 26th, the movies kick off at dusk rain or shine. They’re held in Grant Park at the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street.

Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party

Oprah has called this one of the best places to hook up … or meet your mate … or something like that. Anyway, I haven’t been to this party yet, but I’m told it’s a whole lot of drunken fun. We’re talking about thousands of people, music, food and raffles.
Grab your tickets now because this puppy has been known to sell out.

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Liz Holland, NBC5 Street Team

It’s finally here. Sex and the City– all 2 hours and 20 minutes available for your viewing pleasure this Friday.

I remember when I could go from dorm room to dorm room, only to hear SATC on infinite repeat. Admittedly, I was not sold from the beginning, but you can’t deny the dynamics between the cast and the hilarity of the situations that transpire.

Whether it’s Carrie’s fashion, Samantha’s unapologetic sexcapades, proper Charlotte and her quest for love, or quirky Miranda and her trails of motherhood, we ladies can somehow relate.

Above all else, I am going to see the movie this weekend because of the CLOTHES! Ohh The FASHION! Better than Devil Wears Prada, I will gush about the amazing clothes I can only aspire to wear. The cast has already been making the rounds in high end eye candy at the London and New York premieres.

Patricia Field, SATC’s award winning stylist and fashion designer, has outfitted the movie stars with six seasons of stunning dresses, boots, stilettos, handbags, hats, coats, and accessories. After all, Elle Magazine did dub SATC,

“the biggest thing in fashion since the invention of pants”.

Not to sound cliche, but I am most excited about getting a closer look at the flamboyant veil and princess style wedding dress by Vivienne Westwood. The New York Post reports that Carrie’s custom made dress costs upwards of $18,000 and her “Extreme Gladiator Platform” shoes by Christian Dior cost $770 plus $100 for added Swarovski crystals. Delish.

Back to Chicago, grab your favorite pair of shoes and plan on drinking some stiff Cosmos at the Victor Hotel for a Premier Party and Fashion Show, this Friday at 7 pm. For $35 you can attend a reception complete with gift bags, Champagne, Martinis (of course), and bites from Fleming’s Steakhouse. Cheers ladies!

Victor Hotel

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

I wish I could say that I share the breathless excitement many of my female brethren are feeling for the release of the Sex In The City movie, but I’m more than willing to wait for the DVD release — or the HBO release for that matter. In fact, I’ve purposely refrained from even talking about it, and thankfully, my lady friend hasn’t even raised a peep about wanting to go and see it.

I mean, I understand what the fuss is all about, and what SATC meant in terms of female empowerment and all that good stuff. I even enjoyed the first few seasons when the show was still under the radar, but like most programs that gain superstar status, I felt the quality suffered under the increased glare and scrutiny (Seinfeld??). Plus, it’s hard to create significant character development in a 30-minute sitcom, where the characters are typically one-dimensional at best. But don’t let me rain on the parade, not that my perspective will, ladies. Drink your Cosmos (the worst fad to come out of that show), and have fun!

Better yet, It gives the perfect opportunity to talk about sex, which I do on a weekly basis while co-hosting Dr. Berman’s Better Sex Podcast with renowkned Chicago sexpert Dr. Laura Berman. It’s a no-holds-barred look at a subject that many people are embarassed to talk about — but judging by the high numbers we receive — aren’t afraid to listen to. It’s a place where a conversation about “Mr. Big” might mean something very different than the character on SATC.

We tried something new this week, videotaping our audio podcast taping, and creating a teaser video. The idea is to make it viral so it can spread. This week we tackled viewer questions, and of course, if you have any sex and relationships questions, email bettersex@nbc5.com, or use the form on this page. Of course, you’ll remain anonymous.

For now, here’s to better sex — because you deserve it.

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