“David Bowie Is” Rocks My World

bowie1Before seeing the new exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, I wasn’t a huge fan of David Bowie, having been scarred by “Let’s Dance” and “China Girl” back in the ’80s, after his peak. But not only did the MCA’s new exhibit give me a new appreciation for his art, it features a neat technology that makes this exhibit, at an art museum, as immersive sonically as visually. I loved it.
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iFly open now in Rosemont

A new iFly location opened up in Rosemont in late May. Yes, I’m a bit tardy, but here’s an image of my foray into indoor skydiving. I was nervous for no reason. It was surprisingly fun. The cost is high, so I don’t know if I’ll be back for myself, but I did promise my kid he could try it.

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Another iFly location is slated to open in Naperville this July. Check it out!

Take A Ride With An American Classic

Note: I’m reproducing this story I wrote from the Windy City Guide’s April-June issue, because it’s kind of a cool idea (although expensive). I’m not hugely into cars, but I do love finding unique businesses around me, and this is certainly one of them!

A relatively new company (founded in 2010), ACR is a rental company that offers over 100 classic and muscle cars from almost every make and model from 1955-1972, along with select pre-war cars (such as a Packard) and modern classics – a Viper and a Shelby, for example. A few styles of pickup trucks and motorcylces are also available. If you’re in the Chicagoland, Milwaukee or Lake Geneva markets, you can take advantage of the chance to ride, as owner Patrick M. Hurst says, “cars that are meant to be driven.” Continue reading

Winter Is Still Happening!

It’s March now, and we’ve made it through Daylight Savings Time (I’m apparently one of the few people who doesn’t suffer any ill effects from the “spring forward” time change). But it’s still cold, and now we’re expecting up to five inches of snow tonight and possibly again this weekend, so spring still feels like a long way off.

It’s been a hard winter. I happen to know for a fact that some of our cultural institutions have suffered – not making attendance goals for the season, for example. I myself have spent a lot of time indoors watching Netflix and building the Robie House out of LEGOs instead of being out and about.

My apologies for letting this blog languish. I was going through a divorce, which should be final this week – I have less cash on hand, and more work to do, so I’m not posting as much, but I am going to try to be more regular. Now that spring is coming (well, we hope), it’s a time of renewal.

I will say that being in this area has helped with my breakup recovery. There’s so much vitality here, it’s hard to stay down. So much to do, so much to think about, new possibilities everywhere. I also give credit to food and a renewed interest in cooking, travel, and the wonderful women who have reached out to me to tell me their own divorce stories. Also, video games helped (see my article from last week on The Mommy Gamers).

Now I’m back, just in time for the most wonderful time of the year in Chicago. Bring on spring!

This weekend on Museum Campus – new at the Adler and Shedd

A couple of cool exhibits open today at the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium, and I had a chance to check them both out last week.

The first is “Cosmic Wonder” at the Adler Planetarium, a new live show inside the Adler’s state-of-the-art Grainger Sky Theatre. The press release says that the show “tells the compelling story of how, through time, we have pieced together an understanding of the cosmos, inviting audiences to ask questions and help scientists unlock modern mysteries of the unknown.” Continue reading

The Second City’s “Let Them Eat Chaos” makes us laugh

Photo by Clayton Hauck for Second CityLet me start out by saying that I’m not much of a reviewer by nature; I always seem to have those damned inconvenient rose-colored glasses on that allow me to find the good in everything, no matter how vile. I even gave the movie “Showgirls” a lukewarm review back in the mid-1990s. I’m not comfortable swinging out those witty takedowns and bon mots that the Internet is full of these days. I don’t like snark (although I can write it when pressed), and I don’t nitpick about moments and themes and Big Ideas. Not that Second City deserves any. I just know what I like. And I will simply tell you, I laughed a lot during Second City’s 101st Revue “Let Them Eat Chaos,” now playing, and I liked it. Continue reading

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s “The Elephant and the Whale” fires up kids’ imaginations

Lately, one of my favorite things to do with my kid is see a Chicago Children’s Theatre production on a Friday night. And the group’s newest show, which opened last week, offers everything I love about CCT – engaging visuals, good music,  and creative storytelling. “The Elephant and the Whale,” an original tale about circus animals, is playing now at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. This “spectacle in miniature” isn’t just an exciting live theater event, it’s also a fascinating way to experience a story. Continue reading