Chicago Boat Show Jan 9 – 13
Jan 9 – Jan 13 all-day

Chicago Boat Show Jan. 9 – 13

Shop more than 600 of the Newest Power & Sailboats, 100 RVs, Plus Activities for the Whole Family at McCormick Place January 9-13, 2019

The Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show® cruises into the Windy City showcasing more than 600 boats, 100 RVs, plus the latest in marine accessories, outdoor gear and technology at the best prices of the year.

This year’s Show has many exciting features from an extensive boating and sailing seminar series, which includes some of the biggest names in sailing, to one of the first-ever hybrid yachts, and so much more!

Pool at the annual Chicago Boat Show. Photo courtesy of the Progressive Chicago Boat Show

Pool at the annual Chicago Boat Show. Photo courtesy of the Progressive Chicago Boat Show

5 Ways to Make the Most of This Year’s Show

  1. Download the App!
    • NEW! Yep, there’s an app for that. Download ‘The Chicago Boat Show Pass’ app for iOs or Android. Why? Here are the top reasons to download today:
      • Access exclusive deals! Before and during the Show, you have access to deals and discounts, from products on the Show floor to popular Chicago restaurants!
      • Have the chance to win prizes! At the Show, the app will give attendees access to scan their phone at numerous kiosks for the chance to win exciting prizes.
      • Put the Show in your pocket! Save paper by managing tickets, navigating the Show, scheduling seminars, accessing a complete exhibitor and product list, plus more!
  2. Join in on Nautical Family Fun:
    • NEW! Remote Control Sailboat Racing: Have you ever sailed in January…in Chicago? The remote control sailing pond offers you the chance to do just that. Race against your family, friends and teammates to see who is the fastest sailor in the Midwest!
    • NEW! Chicago Maritime Arts Center Build-a-Boat: Put your boat building skills to the test! Build a boat from a sheet of aluminum foil and compete to see whose design can hold the most golf balls without sinking. Open to kids and adults. Top competitors from all categories will get a prize.
    • Huck Finn Trout Pond: A favorite for children and parents alike, The Huck Finn Trout Pond, which is stocked with rainbow trout, offers free fishing for kids 12 and under.
    • PaddleFest: Free paddle sports demos will be offered throughout the show in an indoor pool. Attendees can get out on the water and experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports.
  3. Take the Helm (or Wheel) – Hands-On Education:
    • Sailing & Boating Seminars: More than 150 hourly boating and sailing seminars are available for sailors of all levels, featuring some of the most recognized names in sailing such as John and Amanda Neal, Pam Wall, Nigel Calder, Brian Adams and Howard Rice. Full and half-day paid seminars will also make for the most comprehensive sailing education program under one roof. See the seminars page for topics and schedule. Full-day advanced seminars are featured here.
    • Progressive® Boat Club: Attendees can test their boating IQ at Progressive’s state-of-the-art Oculus Rift virtual reality experience, putting themselves at the helm of a virtual boat race, navigating simulated waters, all while trying to beat the clock. For those looking to improve their nautical know-how, the Annapolis School of Seamanship will be on deck with an array of hands-on boating courses.
    • Chicago Sailing Sail Simulator: An actual true-to-life sailing experience on dry land! Designed with beginners in mind, users will tack and jibe and use the tiller to keep the boat level on the show floor as fans fill the sails and move the boat from side to side.
    • Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills: Guests of all ages are invited to set out on a simulated “boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more.
    • RV Info Center: The nation’s leading RV expert, David Solberg, will be on hand to chat with attendees about the joys of RVing. He will also cover many topics including cool RV tools, gadgets and must-have apps, care and maintenance, things to know before you go, connecting to the campground and even traveling with pets.
  4. Dive into the NEW! Boats, Sailboats, RVs & More:
    • Iconic brands returning to the show for the first time in years include Fountain Powerboats, Baja Marine and Donzi Marine. Some of the other can’t miss boats this year, include:
      • The Queen of the Show: Carver Yachts will showcase the largest yacht at the show: the new Carver 52 Command Bridge, a 52-foot yacht showcasing the ultimate in luxury with an open-concept cockpit, an eye-catching design and cutting edge technology.
      • Green Technology: The GreenLine 40 is both energy efficient and stylish; built with Hybrid driving power, solar roofs, and an enhanced design that increases energy efficiency and performance.
  5. Find Your Beach:
    • The Corona Find Your Beach Bar & Cantina, featuring the Island Party Boat, serves up an island resort ambiance along with icy cold beverages and tasty casual fare, and live music. It is the perfect place to take a break, meet up with friends and mingle with other boat and RVers.

Additional Fast Facts

WHEN: The Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show® will be open Wednesday-Sunday, January 9-13, 2019.  Show hours are as follows: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, January 10 and Friday, January 11; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 12; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, January 13.

TICKETS: Through January 9, tickets purchased in advance are $2 off the regular price of $15 for adults. Tickets purchased at the show are $15 for adults, and children 12 years old and younger are free.

MORE INFO: For more information on the Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show®, download the Chicago Boat Show Pass app or connect on Facebook, Instagram, orTwitter.  #ChiBoatShow.

About the Progressive® Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show: The Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat and sport shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit To learn more about Progressive Boat Insurance, which insures more than one million watercraft, please visit or contact Julie Kolencik at, (440) 395-2019.

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival Jan. 10 – 20 @ Stage 773
Jan 10 @ 3:00 pm – Jan 20 @ 11:00 pm

Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival Jan. 10 – 20

The nation’s largest and most anticipated sketch comedy festival returns for its 18th year with more than 120 performances over 8 days

SketchFest Executive Producer Jill Valentine is thrilled to announce the official line-up for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, taking place January 10 through 20, 2019 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Since its inception in 2002, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has grown to be the largest festival of its kind, with over 1,000 artists and 10,000 patrons annually from around the world. A comedic melting pot, the Chicago SketchFest has evolved as a sketch comedy haven starring local favorites, award-winning international ensembles, veterans, and fresh talent.

“Every year, SketchFest has become bigger and better and is such an essential part of the Chicago comedy community that has withstood the test of time for an unbelievable 18 years,” said Valentine. “It is always a pleasure of mine to witness how a new local group or one-man show is able to shine and find their comedic voice to make audience members laugh uncontrollably. This festival would not have made it this far without the support of writers, performers, and comedy lovers who every year come together under one roof to enjoy all things funny in the comedy capital of the world. It truly is a unique event!”

Chicago Sketch Comedy Logo

Chicago Sketch Comedy Logo

The eclectic 2019 line-up will boast 120 shows in 8 days. Headliners include the two-man show, Parv and Pudi,comprised of Danny Pudi, best known for his role in the TV sitcom, Community, alongside Parvesh Cheena, and The Fail Yours, featuring Derek Mize and Eric Eikey from FUCT, NYC’s most outrageous comedy group. Sketchfest longtime favorites The Cupid Players, Rehner and Nixon, Off Off Broadway, and Patty Vazquezfrom WGN Radio, return to represent the essence of the Chicago sketch comedy scene, while great, out of state ensembles, Brick Penguin and newcomer, Welcome to Anhedonia, a puppet show embracing nerd culture, make their mark in the annual festival. Featured international participants for the 2019 SketchFest consist of HUNKS, Hot Raw Fire, the award-winning troupe from Montreal, and Sketchersons. The entire schedule for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival may be viewed at

Tickets for the 18th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival go on sale on December 1st at 12 p.m. Individual ticket prices are $15, and festival passes are available for $24 (Thursday), $48 (Friday), $60 (Saturday), $36 (Sunday), $120 flex pass good for up to 10 shows or $225 for an all festival pass. New this year, VIP Packages of two drink tickets and two show tickets for $40 and four drink tickets and four show tickets for $80 will be available.

Performances take place at the top of each hour from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Thursday shows; 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. for Friday shows; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for Saturday shows; and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 13th and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 20th.  Tickets and information are available online at, by phone 773.327.5252, and in person at the Stage 773 box office, located at 1225 W Belmont.

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is supported by the following sponsors, CH Distillery, Official Liquor Sponsor of SketchFest, Time Out Magazine, Official Media Sponsor of SketchFest and Home Run Inn, Official Neighborhood Sponsor of SketchFest.

About Stage 773

Stage 773 is a vibrant anchor of the Belmont Theatre District and home to Chicago’s finest off-Loop talent. As a performance and tenant venue, our four stages provide entertainment for everyone: comedy, theatre, dance, musicals and more. We are a not-for-profit, connecting and catalyzing the theater community, while showcasing established artists and incubating up-and-coming talent. Stage 773 is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Southwest Side Chicago Community Mayoral Debate @ 115 Bourban Street
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Southwest Side Chicago Community Mayoral Debate

A mayoral Debate will be hosted by the Southwest Side GOP Organization on Monday Jan. 14, 2019 at 7 pm at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W 115th St, Merrionette Park, Illinois 60803.

Chicago mayoral candidates Paul Vallas, Gerry McCarthy, Bob Fioretti, and John Kozlar have confirmed and more are expected according to the organizers.

Very few mayoral debates are planned and this could be your one chance to hear some of the more public-concerned candidates on the issues like fighting crime, rising taxes, reforming government, weeding out corruption and improving schools.

The debate is open to the public.

Voting sticker from Chicagoland election. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania. Vote. Election

Voting sticker from Chicagoland election. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Marriott Lincolnshire hosts Million Dollar Quartet @ Marriott Lincolnshire Theater
Jan 16 – Mar 10 all-day

Marriott Lincolnshire hosts Million Dollar Quartet



A twist of fate. An epic jam session. An electrifying musical. 

There’s a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on with the smash hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, running January 16 through March 10, 2019 with a press opening on January 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Inspired by a true story, this rockin’ tribute is directed by James Moye, joined by Jeff Award-winning Musical Director Ryan T. Nelson. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET captures the contagious spirit, freewheeling excitement, and thrilling sounds of the once-in-a-lifetime event where four of music’s best talents came together.

“Marriott’s theatre in the round set up brings out a level of intimacy to this production unsurpassed in previous renditions,” says James Moye. “Audiences will feel as though they are in the room at Sun Records jamming with these music legends, and we cannot wait for everyone to experience this truly unique night.”

Marriott Lincolnshire Million Dollar Quartet

Marriott Lincolnshire Million Dollar Quartet

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations that is both poignant and funny. Relive the era with the smash-hit sensation featuring an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, R&B and country hits, performed live onstage by world-class actors and musicians. Hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET stars Christopher J. Essex as “Johnny Cash,” Rustin Cole Sailors as “Elvis Presley,” Shaun Whitley as “Carl Perkins,” Nat Zegree as “Jerry Lee Lewis,” David Folsom as “Sam Philips,” Laura Savage as “Dyanne,” Zach Lentino as “Brother Jay,” and Kieran McCabe as “Fluke.” The cast is understudied by Lexis Danca, Brian Grey, Colte Julian, Doug Pawlik, Jake Saleh, Anthony Scandora and Steven Romero Schaeffer.

The production will feature set design by Jeffrey D. Kmiec, costume design by Theresa Ham, lighting design by Jesse Klug, sound design by Robert E. Gilmartin, properties design by Sally Zack, hair and makeup design by Miguel A. Armstrong and musical supervision by Patti Garwood.

The performance schedule for MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., with select Thursday 1:00 p.m. shows. Ticket prices range from $50 to $60, excluding tax and handling fees. Call for student, senior, and military discounts. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings there are a limited number of dinner-theatre packages available for purchase through the Marriott Theatre Box Office. To make a restaurant reservation, please call 847.634.0100. Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets, please call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or go to

Visit for more information.

Mayoral candidates to debate at Midway business group @ The Red Barrel Restaurant
Jan 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Mayoral candidates to debate at Midway business group

The United Business Association of Midway will host a Mayoral Debate with three of the 21 candidates running for office. The debate will be held at the Red Barrel Restaurant at 5214 S. Archer Avenue in Chicago beginning at 8:30 am.

UBA hosts regular meetings addressing issues facing the Midway Airport region in the Southwest Side of Chicago.

Candidates who have confirmed include Gery Chico, Jerry Joyce and Paul Vallas.

Continental breakfast will be served.

For more information visit UBAM’s website at:

Midway Airport Airplane taking off. Flights, Planes, Travel

Midway Airport

Katsenes slate holds fundraiser Jan. 17 @ Silver Lake Country Club
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Katsenes slate holds fundraiser Jan. 17

The People Over Politics candidates, Cindy Katsenes, William Healy and Michael Milani, will host a fundraiser at the Silver Lakes Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Avenue, Orland Park, on Jan. 17, 2019, from 6 pm until 8 pm.

Tickets are $50 per person.

The fundraiser includes appetizers, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages

For more information or to reserve tickets, go to

Orland Park Trustee Candidates Billy Healy, Michael Milani, and Cindy Katsenes

Orland Park Trustee Candidates William Healy, Michael Milani, and Cindy Katsenes

For Sponsorship Opportunities call  708-774-1444.

GOLD $1,000

Paid for by People Over Politics. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois. Contributions or gifts to People Over Politics are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

African American History Month February
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

African American History Month February

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The response was overwhelming: Black history clubs sprang up; teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils; and progressive whites, not simply white scholars and philanthropists, stepped forward to endorse the effort.

African American Soldiers during Civil War [District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln] (National Park Service)

African American Soldiers during Civil War [District of Columbia. Company E, 4th U.S. Colored Infantry, at Fort Lincoln] (National Park Service)

By the time of Woodson’s death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in bringing more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

(Excerpt from an essay by Daryl Michael Scott, Howard University, for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History)

Executive and Legislative Documents

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to African American History Month.

For more information click here

Memorial Breakfast for Miriam Zayed Feb. 3 @ Niko's Restaurant
Feb 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Miriam Zayed Memorial Bruncmh Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at Nikos

SAVE THE DATE Sunday Feb. 3, 2019 10 am Nikos Restaurant, 7600 S. Harlem Ave

The Arab American Democratic Club (AADC) is proud to host a Memorial Breakfast on Sunday February 3, 2019 at Niko’s Restaurant from 10 AM until 1 PM to honor the memory of AADC Board member Miriam Zayed.

There is no cost to attend the brunch.

Community Leaders who worked with Miriam Zayed will be among the speakers that include Arab American Institute President James Zogby, former Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn, AADC Vice President Saad Malley, and Miriam Zayed’s daughter Lena Hussein who will Make special presentations to Malik Ali, Ghada Talhami and Nemer Ziyad.

We have more individuals who will be attending to speak about Miriam Zayed’s Legacy.

Miriam Zayed passed away on Oct. 3, 2018. The week before she died, Miriam participated in a candidates Forum & Brunch that she helped organize. She was very proud of the community turnout. She also was very proud that the keynote speaker at the event, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, was able to report that the state will approve legislation to officially designate April as Arab Heritage Month

Please put this event in your schedule. We have further announcements about the program we will share as we get closer to the event date.

AADC Flyer for commemoration honoring Miriam Zayed Feb. 3, 2019

AADC Flyer for commemoration honoring Miriam Zayed Feb. 3, 2019