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.

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

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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

Chicago Auto Show Feb. 9 – 18 @ McCormick Place
Feb 9 @ 10:00 am – Feb 18 @ 10:00 pm

Chicago Auto Show Feb. 9 – 18

The Chicago Auto Show will be held February 9 through 18, 2019 at McCormick Place, 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616.

First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 111th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability.

Chicago Auto Show, Bat Mobile from 2013. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Chicago Auto Show, Bat Mobile from 2013. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is the nation’s oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. The CATA has produced the Chicago Auto Show since 1935.

All Chicago Auto Show exhibits are held in the McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.

Guests at the Auto Show taken in 1963. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Guests at the Auto Show taken in 1963. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Dates & Times

  • February 9-17 | 10 a.m. – 10 p.m
  • February 18 | 10 a.m. – 8 p.m


  • McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois, 60616

Ticket Prices

  • $13 for adults
  • $7 for seniors aged 62 and older
  • $7 for children 7-12

Free Admission for children 6 and younger when accompanied by a paying adult. Family members only.

Veterans Town Hall at Elmhurst College Feb. 13 @ Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall, Elmhurst College
Feb 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Veterans Town Hall at Elmhurst College Feb. 13

Elmhurst College will host a Veterans Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, from 5 PM until 6 PM at the Schaible Science Center, Illinois Hall, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Elmhurst College Veterans Town Hall meeting Feb. 13, 2019


National Hellenic Museum hosts 6th Hippocrates Trial Series @ The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
Feb 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

National Hellenic Museum hosts 6th Hippocrates Trial Series

In a Live Court Room Debate, Prominent Judges, Lawyers and Jurors Bring The NHM Trial of Hippocrates to Life with Non-Scripted Drama for Guests to Experience First-Hand

The National Hellenic Museum (NHM), 333 South Halsted Street, is hosting its 6thNHM Trial Series event The Trial of Hippocrates on Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph Drive. The Trial of Hippocrates will be a non-replicable evening of compelling and timely debate by reputable lawyers with proceedings and decisions by notable judges and jurors. Guests are invited to participate by exploring the arguments of each side and submitting their guilty or not guilty vote to literally tip the scale and make their verdict heard.

Hellenic Museum Display, Greek American museum. Photo Courtesy of the Hellenic Museum

Hellenic Museum Display, Greek American museum. Photo Courtesy of the Hellenic MuseumHelenic

Attendees of The Trial of Hippocrates will experience the court in the style of ancient Athens, for one night only, with a modern twist featuring the non-scripted wit of dynamic legal presentations, as professional lawyers debate whether the great Greek physician Hippocrates is guilty of violating his oath when administering medical care to the dying King of Thebes. The King, desperate to be cured, offered Hippocrates many treasures and riches for remedies to his several ailments. Upon his death, the king’s son and heir charged Hippocrates for violating the Oath he had written when taking up his medical practice, citing that Hippocrates stole his father’s last days. Additional information on the story of Hippocrates and oldest extant text of the Hippocratic Oath are available to be read in advance of the trial online.

Presiding over The Trial of Hippocrates will be U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras (presiding), U.S. Court of Appeals Judge William J. Bauer, U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman and Cook County Circuit Judge Anna H. Demacopoulos, while the counsel will include Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices, Patrick M. Collins of King & Spalding, Tinos Diamantatos of Morgan Lewis, Christina Faklis Adair of Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato, former U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and former U.S. Attorney Dan K. Webb.

“We are thrilled to present the 6th installment of our NHM Trial Series with The Trial of Hippocrates. This is one of the most engaging events we hold each year!” said National Hellenic Museum President Dr. Laura Calamos. “This truly unique event brings Hellenism alive, including our love of learning by prompting critical thinking and citizen involvement in decision making.  The lively tradition of debate and the use of juries in democracy is brought to life for all who attend, whether they are doctors, lawyers, Greek or not Greek. It’s not every day that we as ordinary individuals get to listen to some of the best attorneys in the state argue a case with all the authentic drama as if it’s an official trial.”

Doors open for The Trial of Hippocrates at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person in advance and can be purchased online or by calling the Harris Theater Box Office at (312) 334.7777. For more information, or call (312) 655.1234.

About the National Hellenic Museum

The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) portrays and celebrates Greek history and the Hellenic legacy through educational classes, exhibits and programs. With a growing repository of over 20,000 artifacts, the Museum catalogs and highlights the contributions of Greeks and Greek Americans to the American mosaic and inspires curiosity about visitors’ own family journeys through cultural expression, oral history and experiential education. Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the NHM provides lifelong learning for the whole community using artifacts and stories to spark inquiry and discussion about the broader issues in our lives.

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