Summertime Movies In The Park! Enjoy!!

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It’s Summertime in Chicago and it is time for out door movies at Millennium Park with a picnic basket and a blanket or chairs. The lineup has been announce of movies that it will be screening this summer. The celebration begins  June 21 with that Chicago classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this spring. Everyone will be able to enjoy the movies being shown from Purple Rain to Finding Nemo.  It’s double feature on the night of the full moon: Moonstruck  and the scary thriller Silence Of The Lambs.

The movies will be featured every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on a 40-foot screen. Confirm on the city’s website site before you head out, because the schedule could be subject to change. The final film to be screened on August 30th is still TBD, but the city promises it will be a Chicago favorite and you’ll be able to vote on it. Seating is first come, first served, so get there early if you want a good spot. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986; PG-13, 103 min)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Soul Food (1997; R, 115 mins)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
A League of Their Own (1992; PG, 125 mins)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Thelma & Louise (1991; R, 120 mins)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (Full Moon Double Feature)
Moonstruck (1988, PG, 102 mins)
Silence of the Lambs (1991, R, 118 mins)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Kartemquin Films 50th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

West Side Story (1961; Unrated, 152 mins)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Grease (1978; PG-13, 110 mins)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Finding Nemo (2003; G, 100 mins)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Purple Rain (1984; PG, 111 min)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Favorite Chicago Film, to be chosen by the audience at a later date

Jay Pritzker Pavilion is in Millennium Park at 201 E. Randolph St.




Copa América Centenario Is Here In Chicago!!

Copa America is here and if you love futbol aka soccer then Chicago is where you are going to be this weekend!!! Copa America Centenario  USA 2016 has arrived and many people from around the world are gathering on Chicago’s lakefront for an enjoyable weekend of futbol!!! So many matches being played and so much history behind the love of the sport and the tournament! The tournament is 100 years old with teams playing 32 matches throughout the United States in 10 cities with stadiums over 50,000 seating capacity for fans & 16 teams from the Americas will compete involving two Conmebol and Concacaf :
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This is a great opportunity for Chicago to shine brightly in the world of futbol to be one of the host cities and it is the first time being hosted outside of South America.  If you are in the city to watch one or more of the matches, have a great time, enjoy great food, and some fabulous futbol!! Goaaaaaaaaaal!!
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For more information and the complete schedule, be sure to check out the website:

15 Islands You Need in Your Life: No Passport Required!

Deal Expert, Chicago

Stunning, shimmering sunsets across the water, the peaceful lullaby of waves crashing and the wind blowing, the feeling of truly being removed for your everyday life … yep, islands are pretty much the best. While it’s wonderful to get that coveted passport stamp, there are plenty of islands to escape to that don’t require a passport.

Let’s countdown…


1. Mount Desert Island, Maine

Home to Acadia National Park and the historic, upscale town of Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island is 108 square miles of rocky coastlines, evergreen forests and crystal-clear lakes, not to mention some of America’s oldest luxuries. See for yourself why this stunning, glacier-carved landscape inspired the likes of Rockefellers, Fords, Vanderbilts and Carnegies to contribute to its conservation.

How to get there: Mount Desert island is accessible by car via Bar Harbor Road. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Bangor International Airport (an hour away), or fly into Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (15 minutes away).

Mount Desert Island Maine



2. Shelter Island, New York

Located off the eastern tip of Long Island, Shelter Island is pretty much the Hampton’s charming, less high-maintenance little sister. One third of the tiny island is owned by the Nature Conservancy to protect its natural marshlands, and it is full of nature and bird-watching trails. The rest of the island boasts some of the oldest buildings in America. Shelter Island Heights is officially recognized on the National Register of Historic Places for its collection of rural residences that have remained essentially unchanged since 1872.

How to get there: Shelter Island is about a three- or four-hour drive from downtown New York via I-495 E. There are no bridges, so commuters must take the South Ferry to the island. Out-of-state visitors will find it easiest to fly into New York City and drive from there.


Shelter Island NY



3. St. Simons Island, Georgia

Ranked as America’s No. 1 Favorite Beach Town in 2014, St. Simons Island offers “a triple threat of southern charm, serenity, and affordability” (Travel + Leisure). The 18-square-mile island amid the Atlantic is dotted with miles of pristine white-sand beaches, ancient oaks and lush green golf courses. A bike or trolley ride around the island delivers you to some of the area’s oldest plantations or to the iconic 1872 lighthouse.

How to get there: St. Simons Island is accessible by car via Torras Causeway. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Jacksonville International Airport or Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (90 minutes away), or into the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (20 minutes away).

Be sure to stay at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, which is now offering $70 in exclusive extras for Travelzoo members.

St. Simons Island



4. Ocracoke, North Carolina

Majestic wild ponies, 13 miles of pristine sand beaches and the oldest lighthouse on the East Coast — these are only a few of the highlights of Ocracoke, the outermost island of the Outer Banks. First settled by colonists in the 1750s, the island serves as a perfect place for seaside recreation, exploration and relaxation. It’s also a history-lovers paradise with its 250+ historic structures and Civil War artifacts.

How to get here: Ocracoke is only accessible by ferry, boat or small plane. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Norfolk International Airport or Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport — both are about two hours from the island.

Ocracoke NC


5. Amelia Island, Florida

An enchanting blend of French, Spanish, English and Mexican influences have shaped the landscape and culture of this 400+-year-old Florida island. Bask in 13 miles of Atlantic coastline, try your luck at one of the island’s gorgeous golf courses or take a horse-drawn carriage down 50 blocks of unique housing, shops and dining in the historic district of Fernandina Beach. Whatever you choose, you’ll understand why the island has consistently been recognized as one of the Top 10 Islands in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler.

How to get there: Amelia Island is accessible by car via FL-200. Out-of-state visitors can fly into Jacksonville International Airport (30 minutes away).

Stay at the 4-star Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort and check out these awesome activities while you’re there.

Amelia Island

Continue reading “15 Islands You Need in Your Life: No Passport Required!”

The Gospel Fest 2016 Gave Us the Spirit!!


This year Chicago’s Gospel Fest gave us the spirit!!! The 1st weekend in June always a soul stirring spirit filled weekend of great music!! The Gospel Fest is the kick off to the Summer music  festival season in the city and this year it was simply the best!!! It has been a few years since I have attended because it usually rains on the first night but not this year.  The Festival had been held at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, and the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park for many years then it was moved to the historical Bronzeville neighborhood south of the former site of the Ida B. Wells Public Housing development, on King Drive between 37th street and Pershing Road. However, this year it returned back to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Also, the Chicago Cultural Center hosted several local gospel artists and choirs such as Jessica Love (a.k.a. JLove), “Chicago’s Next” featuring Kymar Garner, Ebony and Ron Poindexter, and the exciting Kenwood Academy Highschool Concert Choir (I am biased because Kenwood Academy is my alma mater) for an afternoon of contemporary gospel and some hymnals to set a wonderful tone for the beginning of the event. The workers who come out of their offices at lunchtime were in for a delightful treat for those who stop by on their lunch break and for the public who visit the cultural center.


Friday night June 3rd 6pm the downtown area of Chicago along the lakefront was the place to be! The night was warm and the sunset beautiful with many people in the grass area with their blankets some had arrived earlier in the day waiting with anticipation, while others were arriving from work but prepared to enjoy a night of gospel filled evening!! Others were sitting in the seating area but I think many preferred the grass area with a blanket and shoes off! There were food trucks so if you did not have time to grab any food before arriving, there definitely was something to eat and drink while enjoying the night.

It began with the Orchestra Ebenezer Ministry followed by Kenny Lewis and One Voice. It was a joy and a treat to start what was going to be some dancin’, shoutin’, and foot stompin’ good time!! Next up it was the Celebration of Gospel Quartets featuring The James, The Douglas Singers, and The Victory Travelers. They moved the crowd as though we were in a church filled with the holy ghost. The grand finale was the Gray Boys Production presents: Percy Gray, Jr. & Joshua’s Troop, and the Chicago Mass choir!! WOWZER is my word for the evening!! I clapped, danced, shouted, snapped my fingers, and walked away from the park with a new sense of renewal. Truly the Gospel Fest 2016 gave us spirit and food for the soul.

The following night opened with The Great Migration Centennial Mass Choir featuring Dr. Cynthis Nunn & The IMEJ Mass Choir and Rev Derrick Wells and The Christ Universal Temple Ensemble. They had the park filled with so much energetic powerful music which made for a great afternoon because it had rained earlier but by the time it was time to get the praise party started the clouds opened up to let the sun shine through. Then it was Brian Courtney Wilson and William Murphy. By this time many were trying to catch their breath from dancin’ and singin’ it was time for the Queen of Gospel Ms. Shirley Ceasar. It was amazing to see her live but even more so amongst so many people of all races and religions enjoying the gospel. She was followed by Travis Greene and then it was time for Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Group to take us home. The day into the night was magical!

If you are in Chicago next year the 1st weekend in June, Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park is the place to be.  The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) did a fabulous job this year and I am looking forward to attending again next!!! For more information on the Gospel Fest and other festivals going on in Chicago, be sure to check out the website:


Chicago is giving us great gospel this weekend!!

Gospel Fest 2016

Every year the 1st weekend in June is the kick off to the Gospel Fest in Chicago!! The beginning of a Summer of fantastic festivals in the city and great live music to enjoy with family and friends!! So grab a blanket, a basket of deliciousness & then head over to Millennium Park or head over to The Chicago Cultural Center for more musical delightful treats!! Be sure to check the City of Chicago website for more information. Enjoy!!!



Are You Ready Chicago 4 the Farmer’s Markets?

Chicago Farmers Market

Wooohoooo!! It’s that time of the year for locally grown fresh fruits, flowers, & vegetables along with other goodies for the entire Summer!! Let’s support our local farmer’s who are giving us not only a wonderful way to enjoy delicious fruits & vegetables but also tasty honey, breads, and other delightful treats!!! The complete schedule & location of the Farmer’s Market in your neighborhood can be found on the City of Chicago website!! If you are not in Chicago, please be sure to locate a farmer’s market in your area!!!


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Food 4 Thought: What books are you reading?


The books you are reading may not be the same books that Millionaires are reading. This list is for those who know that iron sharpens iron and books can be crucial in the pursuit success for many people. Are you reading any of these books? If not perhaps now that Summer is here one of these recommendations will be on your Summer list of books to read!! So the question is: Food 4 Thought: What books are you reading?

10 Best Business Books of All Time – Recommended by Millionaires


You Will Learn: A better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition. The truth is, you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses.

Co-written by David Heinemeier Hansson a previous guest here!

What Brenton Hayden had to say, “My favorite book is Rework. They have a chapter in there “Fire the Workaholics.”  If you’re working too hard, you’re not doing it right.  That’s not to say not to work hard, but you need what I call clarity breaks.

If you’re tired, don’t work anymore.  If you’re frustrated, stop working.  If you’re angry, don’t write anymore emails, don’t do anymore work, your work will always be affected by that.  If your project is taking significantly longer than you had anticipated, it is probably time to cancel that project or see if there is something that you’ve got that is an MVP of a viable product.”

Buy REWORK on Amazon.

Inbound Marketing

You Will Learn: How to stop pushing your message out and start pulling your customers in. Inbound Marketing is a how-to guide to getting found via Google, the blogosphere, and social media sites.

What Jerry Mills had to say, “There’s a great book by, anybody who is thinking about starting a business they should read this book, it’s called Inbound Marketing by the guys at Hub Spot.”


Awaken the Giant Within

You Will Learn: Practical guidelines for concentrating your thoughts and emotions on the attainment of your goals.

What Derek Sivers had to say: “I read  Awaken the Giant Within. Someone who was a real mentor to me gave me this book and said you should read this. With that kind of heavy recommendation from somebody I admired, I really gave it my full attention and really dove in and read it not just once but like five times over the next five years and really ingested it.”



You Will Learn: That we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

What Frank McKinney said, “I want everybody to listen very carefully. There is a great author out there by the name of Malcolm Gladwell. You may have heard of him. He wrote ‘The Tipping Point’, he wrote ‘Blink’, and he wrote a book called ‘Outliers.’

I read in ‘Outliers’ that to become an expert at anything in life, you need to put in 10,000 hours. If you want to be an expert real estate person, you want to be an expert author,  I did the math.. It takes five years at  forty hours a week to equal 10,000 hours. I was so astonished when I looked back and realized that’s exactly what I did.”

Buy OUTLIERS on Amazon.

The Dip

You Will Learn: If your goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you’re in a Dip—a temporary setback that will get better if you keep pushing. But maybe it’s really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try. This book helps you determine which one you are in.

What Michael Port had to say: “One of my colleagues Seth Godin wrote a great book called The Dip. It basically makes one big point. He says there’s this American idea that you never should quit anything you do. The person who doesn’t give up always wins. He says actually that’s not necessarily the case. Sometimes quitters do win. That’s different. That’s not contradictory to the concept of the pursuit of mastery, what I’m suggesting earlier. It’s not about dabbling. It’s not about a little bit of this, little bit of that, little bit of this. It’s about having the fortitude to look at what you’re doing and identifying the dip, as he calls it.”

Buy THE DIP on Amazon.

Good to Great

You Will Learn: How good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness.

What Michael Port said, “If you read Good to Great by Jim Collins, it talks about great leaders deal with reality. They don’t make stuff up. They don’t pretend things are one way when they’re actually another way.”

Buy GOOD TO GREAT on Amazon.

Rich Dad Poor Dad

You Will Learn: The principle that income-generating assets always provide healthier bottom-line results than even the best of traditional jobs.

What Dane Maxwell had to say, ” It all started when I read the book Rich Dad Poor Dad. I’m not a typically really super intelligent guy so I really appreciated the simplistic way that Rich Dad Poor Dad explained financial wealth. He talked about passive income and not exchanging time for money.”

Buy RICH DAD POOR DAD on Amazon.

E-Myth Revisited

 You Will Learn: The life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. Plus the distinction between working IN your business and working ON your business.

What Brad Schy said, “I’d say if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, that you should read Michael Gerber The E-Myth.  I would absolutely recommend that.  Now I wish I had again implemented everything that he said. ”

Buy THE E MYTH on Amazon.

War of Art

 You Will Learn:The resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself.

What Michael Hyatt said: “Steven Pressfield is an absolutely must read and I don’t know how many copies I’ve given away of the War of Art, but you need to read his whole discussion about the resistance.”

Buy THE ART OF WAR on Amazon.

Four Hour Work Week

 You Will Learn: Whether your dream is escaping the rat race, experiencing high-end world travel, earning a monthly five-figure income with zero management, or just living more and working less, The 4-Hour Workweek is the blueprint.

What Hanny Lerner had to say: “I love the book  the 4-Hour Work Week and although not everything obviously relates, but I love the idea of building a business that can run without you there working.  You need to work on your business, not in your business.  It’s so true.  If you build a business around everything being done without you there, A) you have more time to do other ideas and other ventures and B) you just can enjoy life.  It’s a great book.”

Buy THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK on Amazon.

The Lean Startup

 You Will Learn: Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, the Lean Startup relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

What Neil Patel has to say: “The Lean Startup was one of them.  Another one is The Dip by Seth Godin.  Those are some books that I would check out if you want to be an entrepreneur and figure out how to create a business online.”


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