Show the love in downtown Evanston!

Downtown Evanston - Show the Love!

More than 3 dozen downtown Evanston businesses are participating in a fun giveaway. Come to the Hilton Orrington plaza (intersection of Orrington and Church) at 12:30 pm on Saturday, February 13, for a chance to catch a heart-shaped parachute with a surprise gift from a local business. According to

You might walk away with Giordano’s “golden tickets” (dinner for two), a coupon for jewelry at Ayla’s Originals, free classes to Pure Barre and Exhale Evanston, tickets to the movies, a gift certificate for a bouquet at FlowersFlowers, coupons to Becky and Me Toys, or a gift card to enjoy a delicious meal at Found, Bistro Bordeaux, Creperie Saint Germain and much, much more. One lucky person will catch a free night at the Hilton Orrington!

For more information on participating businesses, visit

Afterward, shop and dine in downtown Evanston to help raise money for Foundation 65, an organization that provides arts and literacy grants to District 65 schools. Check out the Valentine’s specials listed below. Please note that businesses with an asterisk on the website are donating a portion of sales on February 13 and/or 14 to Foundation 65.

Springtime snow in Chicago

Springtime in Chicago

At long last, spring officially arrived in Chicago on Saturday, the vernal equinox. Or at least it did according to the calendar. Unfortunately, Mother Nature forgot to check the calendar and treated us to some very winter-like weather today.

The forecast is for above-freezing temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday before dropping again at the end of the week, so with any luck, our Winter Wonderland will be gone before the cold weather returns.2015-03-23 09.35.21


Opening Day at Wrigley Field – Celebrating 100 Years

Today is opening day at Wrigley Field, which is celebrating its 100th birthday. The Cubs are playing their home opener against the Phillies under chilly conditions and winds that are expected to gust more than 30 mph.

The tweets are already rolling in:

The first pitch is thrown out by 4 Hall of Fame Cubbies…

And Mayor Rahm Emanuel is tweeting from the game….

The Cubs score first, in the 2nd inning…

Crains Chicago Business says that billionaire investor Warren Buffett is interested in putting some money into the Cubs. It was reported yesterday that the Ricketts family is examining options for financing the $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field, including bringing in outside investors. The Ricketts family shares Buffett’s Omaha roots.

After three innings, the Cubs hold a 2-0 lead…

Oops, there went our lead…

Not a sellout, but our Chicago weather certainly hasn’t helped…

Our Cubs trail 4-2 in the 7th and the stands are emptying out. Maybe they were literally fair weather ’cause today sure is not “fair weather” – 40°, overcast and windy.

And finally…