Lisa Allen


FREE Yoga Event at Navy Pier September 5, 2018

On September 15, guests are invited to officially kick off the Fall into Yoga series by participating in the first-ever VibeUP Yoga Social at Navy Pier. FREE and open to all ages and fitness levels, the festival promotes relaxation and rejuvenation ahead of the fall season, with access to a series of yoga sessions and a wellness marketplace from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Polk Bros Park Performance Lawns. Interested individuals must register online in advance and bring their own mats to the event.

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Registration, Check-in and free giveaways

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m. Yoga 1 – Slow Flow
Slow-paced session, focused on breath and fluid movement

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Yoga 2 – Vinyasa
Fast-paced session, focused on seamless transitions of postures using breath

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Mindful Market Mingle
Market/mixer, featuring live DJ, free food and beverage samples, giveaways from wellness partners/yoga studios and more

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Yoga 3 – Slow Flow and Meditation
Slow-paced session, followed by guided meditation

Field Museum gets boozy to celebrate 125 years! August 29, 2018

Raise a glass to the Field Museum’s 125th birthday with the science of alcohol

This September, celebrate the Field Museum’s 125th anniversary at a pop-up installation at Logan Square’s nationally acclaimed cocktail bar The Whistler. Join them for birthday drinks and listen in on talks with scientists on the history, science, and uses of alcohol.

The front windows of The Whistler will be transformed into a diorama featuring original specimens from the 1893 World’s Fair, where the Field Museum got its start. You’ll be able to get up close to a scene with Field Museum specimens including a red panda, a skeleton of a wolverine, and a cast of a dinosaur bone. Inside, bar-goers will be able to examine mini-dioramas that can be rented out from the museum’s N. W. Harris Learning Collections.

Throughout the month, scientists will be on hand to talk booze—how the brewing process works, what we know about drinking in ancient Egypt and Peru, and how scientists use alcohol to preserve scientific specimens.

Here’s a programming schedule:

Sunday, September 9, 6pm—7pm: Biology of Beer, a talk with Field researcher Matthew Nelsen and Brewer Marty Scott of Revolution Brewing, about the science of alcohol

Tuesday, September 18, 7pm—8pm: Hard Stuff, a talk with Field Curator Ryan Williams and Lucas Livingston of the Art Institute on ancient brewing practices in Egypt and Peru

Sunday, September 30, 6pm—7pm : Pickled, an interview with Field’s Collections Assistant Kayleigh Kueffner and Staff Scientist Holly Lutz about preserving animals in alcohol

Madonna’s Truth Or Dare Back for ONE DAY ONLY August 24, 2018

Madonna: Truth or Dare
Tuesday, September 4

Location: ArcLight Cinemas, 1500 N. Clybourn

Madonna: Truth or Dare covers the Queen of Pop’s controversial 1990 Blonde Ambition Tour during the peak of her fame and in support of her fourth studio album, Like a Prayer. Directed by Alek Keshishian, this documentary was the highest grossing documentary of all time until Bowling for Columbine in 2002. Madonna, who just celebrated her 60th birthday, caused near riots during her documentary’s Cannes screening in Paris.

Ed Sheeran and Don McLean August 21, 2018

This is like, singer/songwriter perfection right here.

Weird Al performs with Weezer August 10, 2018

Taylor Swift duets with Bryan Adams August 6, 2018

Toto Covers Weezer’s HASHPIPE August 1, 2018

James Corden + BSB = LOVE July 25, 2018

James Corden performs with Backstreet Boys in Vegas! July 25, 2018


Shawn Mendes goes BOOM July 12, 2018

Bridezillas Wanted. No, seriously. June 27, 2018


#NOWCASTING: The legendary smash hit Bridezillas is back on WE tv!

For 11 seasons, one television show defined and celebrated a cultural phenomenon, which is ultimately and unquestionably the right and privilege of every bride to demand perfection for her wedding.

Doron Ofir Casting cordially invites future brides with an undeniable vision to apply.

Your wedding, your rules, YOUR day! YOU absolutely deserve it!

Be as demanding, and as fearless as you need to be in order to pull off the greatest day of your life. Wear that badge with pride and take your place among the most celebrated, Instagram worthy, social media famous legacies and proudly be the next Bridezilla!

Brides with weddings planned for August through December apply now at:


Jason Mraz pens a love letter to the LGBTQ Community for Pride Month June 15, 2018

“Thank you.

You have inspired me.

Re-wired me.

You showed me what strength is.

You demonstrated courage over and over again.

You risked so much for love.

You never compromised your expression

Even when

Your rights and freedoms were being compromised.

You stood up for me.

You stood up for the world.

And now the world is better because of you.

We still have a long way to go

But know

I am bi your side.

All ways.

Jason Mraz”

Love Letter from Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons June 5, 2018

To our LGBTQ youth. I LOVE YOU. Fully. Completely. I celebrate you. You are beautiful and worthy of love. I hope you let yourself find it and find peace and security in that place. You deserve it. I will fight for you.

I spent far too many years as a confused Mormon. I am no longer confused. I am still a Mormon, but I am one with open eyes and open arms. I give you my word that I will do all I can to create dialogue that leads to change within communities of faith, for that is where change needs to happen most.

I hope you can forgive years of intolerance and injustice to you. Years of judgment. We are a flawed people. And truly, orthodox religion is not a safe place for you, our LGBTQ youth, in its current state. However, I am not one to know what is correct or safe for you in your current state of being. If you don’t feel safe to live your truth due to family or your situation, just know that you are not alone.

There are many people like you that have gone on to be extraordinary beings. Changing the world, in fact. And until you get to that safe place, there are many resources for you find help and love. One of my favorites is the Trevor Project. They are just a phone call away. Waiting to hear you and help you. Please never take your life away from us. We need you. We need your color and unique spirit. The world is a dull place without you.

I love you and TRULY accept you.

Love is love,

Dan Reynolds

Imagine Dragons / Founder LoveLoud Festival

I can’t wait to see this!! BELIEVER! May 24, 2018

Will Smith making a comeback?! May 24, 2018

JT+88 yr old=adorable May 17, 2018

Broadway In Chicago casting for new show, Waitress May 9, 2018

Chicago, IL (May 9, 2018) – Broadway In Chicago is thrilled to announce that WAITRESS, the Tony-nominated musical, will be making its Chicago debut at Broadway In Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement July 3 – 22, 2018, and will be casting two young girls to perform the role of “Lulu” for the duration of the engagement.

WAITRESS tells the story of “Jenna”, an expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.”

The character of “Lulu” is a sweet and carefree 4 to 5-year-old who appears in the production’s finale scene. Qualified young girls should be shorter than 4’2 and be no older than 5 years and 3 months. Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Space is limited to the first 80 applicants to sign up.

The “Search for Lulu” will take place in Chicago at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph) on Tuesday, May 22 starting at 12:00PM (noon). Each audition is expected to take approximately 5 minutes, however this may vary. Parents should be prepared to stay at the audition for approximately 1-2 hours. The audition will consist of the child reading two lines from the show. If possible, parents should bring a current head shot and resume for each child. Headshot, resume and prior acting experience is not required. Sign up here:

Can all interviews be like this one? April 2, 2018

Music in the Graveyard Under a Blue Moon March 29, 2018

I know….I thought it was kinda weird, too! Here’s the info!

An Albany Park cemetery under a full moon is the more than unique venue for this annual showcase of experimental music featuring folk and electronic sounds from local acts performing a night of music you’ll never forget. $20 tickets

MAX stops by The Mix! March 27, 2018