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Millennium Park Summer Movie Series Lineup 2015

May
19

Thanks for the heads up DNAInfo!

PritkerPavilionThe weekly screenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting June 23 with “Back to the Future,” the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events said Friday. The series is underwritten by the Millennium Park Foundation and co-curated by the department.

The movies will be free and shown on a 40-foot LED screen at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St. Here’s the full list:

• June 23: “Back to the Future” (1985)

• June 30: “Apollo 13” (1995)

• July 7: “Big Night” (1996, rated R)

• July 14: “Edward Scissorhands” (1990)

• July 21: “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” (1971)

• July 28: “Almost Famous” (2000, rated R)

• Aug. 4: “Drumline” (2002)

• Aug. 11: “The Aviator” (2004)

• Aug. 18: “Dirty Dancing” (1987)

• Aug. 25: “Mahogany” (1975)

• Sept. 1: “The Breakfast Club (1985, rated R)

Brookfield Zoo Kids Free Days

Aug
15

Hey there moms, dads, aunties, uncles, grandparents, godparents, babysitters:

Brookfield Zoo Kids Free Days

Julia’s Peanut Basil Linguine

Jun
24

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of linguine pasta (cooked)
  • 6 eggs (scrambled and cut into small chunks)
  • 1 small onion (sliced into half rings)
  • 3 teaspoons of basil (chopped)
  • 5 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 5 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Sriracha hot sauce

Step 1 – Combine together peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil (save the rest for cooking), brown sugar and Sriracha hot sauce in a small bowl and stir until all ingredients are blended together to make the sauce.

Step 2 – Pour 3 tablespoons of olive oil into a heated wok on medium heat, add onion and cook for about 5 minutes or until slightly translucent.

Step 3 – Add blended sauce to the wok and stir for about 3 minutes on medium heat.

Step 4 – Turn heat to low and add linguine and scrambled eggs. Toss generously.

Step 5 – Plate pasta and sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of basil on each helping.

ENJOY!

10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Jun
09

Father’s Day is around the corner, here are some gift ideas to help with your search for the perfect Father’s Day gift! 🙂

 

1. Rechargeable USB Travel Razor from Sharper Image – for the well groomed Father

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2. Baby Daddy Baseball Cap from CafePress – for the new Daddy

Baby Daddy Cap

 

 

3. Mr. Barbecue Grilling Set from Amazon – for the BBQ fiend Father

Mr. Bar-B-Q 94001X 18-Piece Stainless-Steel Barbecue Set with Storage Case

 

 

4. Star Wars Golf Club Covers from ThinkGeek – for the geeky golf loving Father

 

 

5. Fitness Tracking Bracelet from Jawbone on Ebay – for the health conscious, gadget obsessed Dad

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6. French Coffee Press from Crate & Barrel – for the caffeine fix Father

Bodum® Chambord 34 Ounce French Press

 

 

7. NBA Live 14 from Abt Electronics – for the basketball/gamer Dad

 

8. Whiskey Glass Set from Bed, Bath & Beyond – for the whiskey enthusiast Dad

 

 

9. Eye Glass Holder from Uncommon Goods – for the “where are my glasses” Father

 

 

10. Tool Chest from Menards – for the “can’t stop fixing things” Father

10 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts

May
09

Here are some fun and easy Mother’s Day gifts you can craft with your little ones!

 

1. Kitchen Herb Planter

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Take a used coffee can and plant useful kitchen herbs such as cilantro, mint, rosemary or thyme that Mom can use for cooking OR plant aloe which is great for cuts and minor burns that happen while cooking.

 

2. Personalized Glassware (Via Make It & Love It)

 

3. Chevron Tote Bag (Via GingiberSnap.com)

 

4. Homemade Salt & Sugar Scrubs (Via Brit + Co.)

 

5. Child Silhouette Framed Photo (Via HGTV.com)

Silhouette Frames

 

6. Mother’s Day Room Service (Via Seven Thirty Three)

Give her the breakfast in bed she's always wanted.

 

7. Butterfly Footprint Canvas Art (Via Plain Vanilla Mom)

 

8. Family Portrait Collage (Via Better Homes and Gardens)

Collage Family Portrait for Mother's Day

 

9. Mother’s Day Mix Tape (Via Blog 5 to 9)

Valentine's Mix Tape CD Sleeve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Chocolate Chip Macaroons – so quick and easy to make! (Via Learnvest.com)

Julia’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

May
02

Here’s a healthier alternative to the traditional chocolate chip cookie (although I love those too).

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Prep Time: 1 hour

Yields about 50 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of oats
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cups of butter (softened)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar (packed tight)
  • 2 eggs (large)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups of white raisins

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray baking sheets with vegetable cooking spray.

Step 2 – In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, stir with a fork and set aside.

Step 3 – Use a large mixing bowl and gather butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Use an electric mixer and beat ingredients until texture becomes creamy.

Step 4 – Sprinkle 1/3 of the flour mixture into the creamed mixture and beat contents until blended. Continue adding the flour mixture 1/3 at a time and mixing in between until fully blended. Add raisins and stir with a large spoon.

Step 5 – Take tablespoon sized portions and place on baking sheets. Cook 15-20 minutes or until desired softness and/crispiness is reached.

*Make sure to leave cookies on baking sheets after removing from oven for at least 3 minutes before transferring them to cooling rack.

ENJOY!

Julia’s Spinach Mozzarella Lasagna

Apr
14

This is my take on veggie lasagna (especially for those of you who are not feta cheese fans) – it’s all about the mozzarella cheese – YUM!

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 9 cooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 10 chopped cloves of garlic
  • A splash of vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh rosemary
  • 16 oz of fresh spinach
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 26 oz of roasted garlic tomato sauce
  • 10 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with vegetable cooking spray

Step 2 – In a large skillet, melt butter and saute garlic and onions for about 3 minutes or until the onions are tender. Add spinach and saute until soft.  Stir in the broth and rosemary and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Lastly, stir in tomato sauce and turn off heat.

Step 3 – Line the bottom of the baking dish with 3 lasagna noodles, then spoon 1/3 of the spinach sauce on top of the noodles and finish by sprinkling 3 cups of mozzarella cheese. Repeat twice (noodles, spinach sauce and cheese). The top layer of cheese should be 4 cups (instead of 3 cups) of mozzarella cheese.

Step 4 – Place baking dish in oven and cook for 1 hour, uncovered. Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting to serve.

ENJOY!

75 Celebrities You Will Never Look At The Same Way Again

Mar
13

Buzzfeed does it again..! Not sure if these are all true but, seriously #29 — mind blown.

What you are about to read may change you forever.

1. Kesha has an IQ of 140 and scored 1500 on her SATs.
2. Oprah’s real name is Orpah.
3. Marilyn Manson’s real name is Brian.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio was named Leonardo because his pregnant mother was looking at a Leonardo da Vinci painting in a museum in Italy when DiCaprio first kicked.
5. Tim Allen was arrested in 1978 for possession of 1.4 pounds of cocaine and was jailed for two years.

6. Justin Timberlake’s mother was Ryan Gosling’s legal guardian while they filmed The Mickey Mouse Club.

7. Jerry Springer was the mayor of Cincinnati.
8. Steve Buscemi spent his early days as a New York City firefighter.

9. When Madonna moved to NYC, she worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. She got fired because she squirted jelly on a customer.
10. Christopher Walken traveled with the circus when he was 15 as a lion tamer.
11. Sylvester Stallone’s first movie was a porn called Party at Kitty and Stud’s.
12. Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond movie he appeared in.
13. Chuck Norris’ real first name is Carlos.
14. Elvis was a natural blonde. He began dying his hair black in high school
15. Johnny Depp suffers from coulrophobia. He is afraid of clowns.

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16. Nicolas Cage’s middle name is Kim.
17. Alanis Morissette has a twin brother named Wade.
18. Ashton Kutcher is also a twin. His brother’s name is Michael.

19. One last twin: Scarlett Johansson is a twin. She is three minutes older than her brother Hunter Johansson.
20. Martin Lawrence was born in Germany.
21. Justin Timberlake is the voice of the “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign.
22. Bruno Mars’ real name is Peter Gene Hernandez.
23. Miley Cyrus’ real name is Destiny Hope.
24. Ashton Kutcher’s real name is Christopher.
25. Brandy killed someone in a car accident. She failed to break immediately.
26. Laura Bush also killed someone in a car accident.
27. Michael J. Fox’s middle name is Andrew.
28. Anne Hathaway wanted to grow up to be a nun.
29. Dr. Ruth is a trained Israeli sniper.
30. Adele and Taylor Swift are basically the same age. Adele is 25. Taylor Swift is 24.

Taylor Swift: Getty Images/Jason Merritt – Adele: Getty Images/Jason Merritt

31. R. Kelly is illiterate.
32. Ryan Gosling was almost in the Backstreet Boys. He was offered a place in the band.
33. Mark Wahlberg went to jail for 45 days for beating a Vietnamese man in what was believed to be a racially motivated attack.
34. Martin Luther King Jr. was a huge Star Trek fan. Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols actually was convinced to stay on the show after meeting MLK.
35. David Bowie’s eye is permanently dilated because of a fight he got in when he was 15.

36. Steve Jobs used to relieve stress by soaking his feet in Apple’s company toilets.
37. When Bill Murray was 20, he was arrested at Chicago O’Hare for trying to smuggle 10 pounds of marijuana onto a plane.
38. Martha Stewart used to be a fashion model.

39. Nicolas Cage once bought a pet octopus because he thought it would help with his acting.
40. Woody Harrelson’s dad was a hitman.

41. Joaquin Phoenix was raised in a cult. His parents brought him and his siblings up in the Children of God cult until 1978.
42. Tom Cruise was the inspiration for Christian Bale’s mannerisms in American Psycho.
43. Leighton Meester was born in prison while her mom was serving time for smuggling drugs.
44. Leonardo DiCaprio has a 38-pound Sulcata tortoise. He got the tortoise after attending the North American Reptile Breeders conference and asking for the biggest one they had. The tortoise could live for 80 years.
45. Jim Carey dropped out of school when he was 16 and worked as janitor.
46. Tom Cruise has an asymmetrical face.

47. Nicolas Cage once did mushrooms with his cat.
48. Nicolas Cage was also once stalked by a mime. “I was being stalked by a mime — silent, but maybe deadly. Somehow, this mime would appear on the set of Bringing Out the Dead and start doing strange things.”
49. Jennifer Lawrence used to look exactly like Justin Timberlake did in 1999.

50. Tim Curry was the voice for Nigel Thornberry on the cartoon The Wild Thornberries.
51. Jackie Chan was in a porn film.
52. J.K. Rowling was fired from her job as a secretary for daydreaming too much. After that, she wrote the Harry Potter books.
53. Dennis Rodman has 28 siblings.
54. James Lipton was a pimp in France.
55. Natalie Portman has been published in TWO scientific journals.
56. Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln. He is the third cousin, four generations removed.
57. Emma Stone is not a natural redhead. She’s actually blonde.
58. Christina Hendricks is also not a natural redhead. She’s a blonde too.
59. Tom Hanks was once enrolled in seminary school to become a priest.
60. Samuel L. Jackson was part of a group of students that held a group of trustees at Morehouse College hostage, one of which was Martin Luther King Sr.
61. Kobe Bryant is fluent in Italian. See here.
62. Ryan Reynolds and Alanis Morissette dated from 2002–2007.

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63. Rob Lowe is deaf in his right ear. It may be from a undiagnosed case of the mumps.
64. Matthew Perry is missing part of his middle finger because of a door-shutting accident.

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65. Matthew McConaughey is terrified of revolving doors.
66. Tyra Banks is terrified of dolphins.
67. Louis CK is a Mexican citizen.
68. Jeremy Renner was a successful makeup artist before he became an actor.
69. Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz are second cousins.
70. It’s Ree-anna not Ree-ona.

71. Jason Sudekis’ uncle is Norm from Cheers.
72. Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers did the voice of Donny on the Wild Thornberries.
73. Jaleel White, aka Urkel, did the voice for Sonic the Hedgehog.
74. Ed O’Neil, aka the dad on Married with Children, is a black belt in Brazilian jujitsu.
75. Megan Fox has toe thumbs.

15 Amazing, Not Photoshopped Photographs

Dec
04

Thanks Adam Albright-Hanna of PurpleClover.com

1.

Tiny Man or Humongous Rabbit?

Tiny Man or Humongous Rabbit?

It’s a humongous rabbit that’s sometimes sold for food, but more commonly kept as pets. Know as “The Flemish Giant,” these over-sized bunnies have been bred as early as the 16th century near in Belgium.

What does it eat?

Whatever it wants.

 

2.

Giant Ducky

Giant Ducky

That’s not a perspective trick or anything — it’s actually an enormous rubber ducky. The jumbo bathtub toy, which is almost 40 feet tall and 45 feet long, was created by the media company Four and has shown up at harbors all over the world.

 

3.

Not a Painting

Not a Painting

This National Geographic photo caused a mini-scandal when its readers refused to believe this was an actual photograph, but it really is. Taken at twilight in the Namibian desert, the orange background is actually a sand dune (not the sky) and the spots are actually tuffs of white grass. The blue foreground is a product of being in the shade.

 

4.

Yes, Goats Do Grow on Trees

Yes, Goats Do Grow on Trees

OK, there aren’t any trees that actually sprout goats like leaves, but in the Moroccan desert it’s not uncommon for the animals to climb and hang out on the limbs.

 

5.

Traffic Laws Vary From Country To Country

Traffic Laws Vary From Country To Country

This truck is transporting all of the corn because who wants to go back and forth all day loading and reloading your crop when you can do it all in one trip? Apparently, this type of cargo transport is common in Somalia, where this photo was taken.

 

6.

Mutant Sea Octopus?

Mutant Sea Octopus?

Nope, it’s just a bunch of seaweed off the coast of New England’s Innsmouth Beach.

 

7.

Chance Of Rain

Chance Of Rain

This indoor cloud may not actually spew rain, but it comes close. It’s the work of Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, who is able to make an indoor cloudy day by creating an atmosphere of just the right humidity, temperature, lighting and blast of a fog machine to briefly summon its appearance.

 

8.

No Lock Needed

No Lock Needed

No one is sure how exactly the bike got there, but it is, in fact, a real bike stuck inside a real tree. We’re just glad that whoever was riding it was able to hop off before that tree sprung up out of nowhere.

 

9.

Does a Bear Sit in the Dining Room?

Does a Bear Sit in the Dining Room?

Sure, if it’s this bear. Meet Brutus, a bear/actor who’s been raised in captivity his whole life and is, by all accounts, completely harmless. While we’re sure he’d love to get into films, look for him on television, as he’s starred in multiple commercials.

 

10.

Advantage: Gravity

Advantage: Gravity

Not Photoshopped. This insane match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer actually took place in Dubai a few years ago. The world’s highest tennis court is generally used as a helipad on top of the Burj Al Arab skyscraper.

 

11.

There Goes the Neighborhood

There Goes the Neighborhood

Nope, not a portal into another dimension. This is The Inversion House, a 2005 art project made by a pair of Houston sculptors who peeled back the exterior skins to create the illusion.

 

12.

It's Always a Close Call

It’s Always a Close Call

This is actually how all landing flights at the airport on the Island of St. Maarten look. The extra-short runway is only 40 feet from the beach, leading us to wonder how soon, exactly, something terrible will happen.

 

13.

This Person Is Normal-Size ...

This Person Is Normal-Size …

… but the table and chair are not. The huge sculpture, named “The Writer,” is located in Hampstead Heath in England and was created by Italian artist Giancarlo Neri as a monument to writing.

 

14.

Earth-Eating Robot Monster

Earth-Eating Robot Monster

Yes, this terrifying thing is real but, to our knowledge, has not yet gained sentiency nor is currently waging war on humans. It’s an excavation machine, designed by German engineers.

 

15.

Trippy House

Trippy House

If you saw this photo online, you would think it’s Photoshopped. If you saw it in person, you would think your drink was spiked. But the actual story is that this Parisian apartment was covered in a huge Dali-esque tarp while the building was undergoing a renovation. It’s actually pretty cool.

A Dozen Chicago Speed Camera Maps

Nov
02

Thanks Randy Rivero!

Check him out if you need your computer and/or laptop repaired. Or if you are simply looking to buy a new computer, he can build you a custom machine — especially to suit your needs 🙂

These are the first speed cameras to roll out in Chicago. Here are their locations so you can avoid these areas.

  1. Abbott Park, 49 E. 95th St. Chicago (Map)
  2. Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, 3857 W. 111th St. (Map)
  3. Curie High School, 4959 S. Archer Ave. (Map)
  4. Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento (Map)
  5. Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave. (Map)
  6. Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave. (Map)
  7. Humboldt Park, 1440 N. Humboldt Dr. (Map)
  8. Jones High School, 606 S. State St. (Map)
  9. Legion Park, 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. (Map)
  10. Marquette Park, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave. (Map)
  11. McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Rd. (Map)
  12. Washington Park, 5531 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive (Map)