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Sponsor Spotlight on ChicagonistaLive!

by Tracey on April 18, 2014

Our show would NOT be possible without the support of our local sponsors! We are especially excited when companies come back to LTYM for a second year; ChicagonistaLive! is one such repeat supporter.

ChicagonistaLive! is a locally owned and run website/webcast. Run by the amazingly talented MJ Tam and Beth Rosen, and co-hosted by Nancy Loo and Duong Sheahan, ChicagonistaLive encapsulates what both the Internet and Chicago are all about: innovation, entrepreneurialism, and community building.

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ChicagonistaLive, the webcast, is always a surprise of topics! It is unique in that the focus is not finite, but rather, all-reaching across the many branches of media. ChicagonistaLive isn’t a traditional broadcast that has adapted to incorporate the new trends of social media; ChicagonistaLive was BORN FROM the newest trends. It is that perfect blend of traditional and social media that leaves the viewer feeling as though they are a part of the broadcast instead of a passive listener. I have watched these ladies interview celebrities (both local and international) from every field of expertise with a comfortable finesse that causes me to think they’re actually talking TO ME and not the camera. In fact, the producers are so keenly in touch with the world of social media that their shows have upwards of 4 million Twitter impressions in the hour of the show with a national audience that is highly engaged.

Though the focus is mainly Chicago-centric, at any given time, the ladies of ChicagonistaLive can be found all around the world, reporting from remote corners or atop famous architecture. In fact, there weren’t any webcasts in the month of April as two of the hostesses were spread across the globe; Beth Rosen in Europe with her son and MJ Tam in Asia on a fantastic media coverage of a national hotel chain.

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MJ went all over the continent! I was fascinated by her updates and photos and found myself considering new locations as “dream vacation” destinations. If you’re looking for information about a possible tour of Asia, I encourage you to follow her journey for recommendations.

Thankfully, ChicagonistaLive is making up for lost time by hosting 2 shows in May! You will find them broadcasting live at  2 pm on May 20th. (Additional webcasts will be announced on their site soon.) I can’t wait to see where they will broadcast from. Previous episodes have been broadcast from as high as the iconic John Hancock Building and Willis Tower all the way down to the tables of the infamous Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier and many more; you never know where they will turn up next!

With all that happens in Chicago in the Springtime, I am anxious to see what these powerful women will cover next.

If ever you miss their live broadcast, you can find the episodes on the ChicagonistaLive YouTube channel and website. On Chicagonista.com, all of the finest art, entertainment, restaurants, shops and services to be found in Chicago and the surrounding area are showcased for your ease. If you are a resident of Chicago, you will appreciate the extent of their reach as no corner of the city is left unresearched or unexplored. Visitors to Chicago; this is the real deal. 

Are you interested in any specific information about Chicago? Want to know about the best places to eat or new and exciting events that will available this summer? Check out ChicagonistaLive and subscribe to their email list, and follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

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Truly, no words are great enough to express our gratitude to ALL of our local sponsors! We try, but it’s never enough. Please show your support for the sponsors by browsing their sites, sharing their information, and supporting their stores!

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Special Donation Ticket Day!!

by Tracey on April 16, 2014

Last year, Melisa and I decided that we would do a one-day-increase of the amount of money we donated to our charity of choice. We liked it so much, and it felt so GOOD to do it, that we have decided to repeat the idea with the 2014 show!

This means that for 12 hours, TODAY ONLY, if you purchase your tickets via the Ovationtix.com site, or by calling the box office, instead of 10%,  we will donate 20% of the ticket proceeds directly to RecoveryOnWater.org  (ROW)! If you purchase between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm, CST, you will receive not only a ticket to the most amazing show in Chicago, but $4 dollars will go directly towards a local charity that assists women in their recovery during and after treatment for breast cancer!row logo

Seriously, this is huge, folks! Spread the word on your social media sites, via the telephone or simply by shouting out the car window to your neighbors: TODAY IS THE DAY YOU SHOULD BUY A TICKET!!

 

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Do You Believe In Magic?

April 15, 2014

Our second–and final!–rehearsal was on Saturday in the fantastic space loaned to us by our friends at 2nd Story, a Chicago-based “collective of story-makers and story-lovers working together to build community through the power of storytelling”. We met at their headquarters on Ravenswood in an renovated lighting factory with beautiful woodwork throughout (and even a reproduction of a Frank Lloyd Wright Garden Sprite in the entryway). The space felt…magical. We were thrilled to have Brandi of Balee Images with us once again, to capture our day. All photos here were taken by her. (Thank you, Brandi!!) Before starting our full run-through of the show, there was a little business to take care of and I do mean “little”, as in TINY. We took a few minutes to welcome the newest LTYM Chicago baby, “Macey Tralisa” (Not her real name), who was born only a week and a half before, into the family. After […]

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Spotlight on Paulette Delcourt

April 14, 2014

Paulette Delcourt is one of those people who has the rare ability to be genuinely kind-hearted AND extremely witty. It’s a combination that has made me snort-laugh while eating dinner TWICE now. by Paulette Delcourt The doula was AWOL. The doctor was late. The nurse told me to “just hold it”. That is how my first hour as a mother started: waiting on a baby who wanted to meet her parents so badly, she couldn’t wait for dumb stuff like a fully equipped medical staff. The baby who laid sideways, who kicked and jabbed me like a baby boxing kangaroo burst into the world 45 minutes after I was wheeled into a room. I was amazed at how what appeared to be a “normal” room became a state-of-the-art birthing center. Shiny instruments blinded me with their science. Blinky beep-y stuff popped out of faux-wood laminate closets, and a parade of hazmat-suited strangers left little room for my […]

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Spotlight on Kari Wagner Hoban

April 11, 2014

Lots of laughter from today’s spotlight on Kari Wagner Hoban. We are so happy to bring her voice to this year’s stage! ~~ by Kari Wagner Hoban I first heard of Listen to Your Mother last year when a few of my friends auditioned and then got selected to be a part of the cast. I knew it had something to do with being a mom. Or having a mom. Or knowing a mom. Ok maybe I didn’t exactly know what it was all about but I got to wear makeup and go into the city with a dear friend, so I was really, really excited! It wasn’t until after watching my friends and their amazing cast mates tell their stories on that stage last May that I really wanted to be a part of it. That it wasn’t only about being a mom, knowing a mom or having a mom. That it was an […]

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