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2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof

Hot Event Alert: Round up the gals now for the Chicago Fire’s second annual Soccer & Style Fashion Show on Thursday, site September 25th at Revel. Whether your pals are the football loving kind or not, this must-hit event is perfect for any smart woman who appreciates fashion with a dose of charity. For Chicago Fire lady fans, there is no better way to get an up-close-and-personal look at some of the team’s favorite, model-material players and coaches as they walk the run way for charity to benefit the Chicago Fire Foundation.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT at Revel event space on Randolph (440 West Randolph Avenue).

Tickets start at $50 for general admission and include complimentary cocktails. A $75 VIP ticket is available that includes front row seating, three drink tickets and a gift. The fashion show will be emceed by local media personality and Good Day Chicago Anchor Natalie Bomke. Purchase tickets HERE.

Chicago Fire Soccer & Style Fashion Show

I had the chance to attend last year’s Soccer & Style Fashion Show at The Roof, read my full review HERE. Although the venue has changed this year, I expect a similar atmosphere of high energy, great beats, gorgeous crowd, impressive fashion and serious eye candy.

Players and coaches will walk the runway in some of the hottest looks of the season including Vera Wang tuxedos, Calvin Klein and Joseph Abboud for the Men’s Warehouse, fashion-forward street and athletic wear by Bumpy Pitch and Chi Boys, eyewear trends by Eye Candy Optics, and hats from BlaQ ZinQ, the luxury headwear brand created by Fire forward Robert Earnshaw.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

While we love all our Chicago teams, the Fire just seem to get it right when it comes to throwing events. From their Art of Futbol event this spring, to the legendary White Party each summer, to their annual Fashion Show, the Fire know how to throw a party with class and style.

Can’t make it to the fashion show on Thursday? The Chicago Fire’s season ends on October 24th, get out to Toyota Park today before it’s too late – view the Fire’s remaining schedule and search for tickets HERE.

The Fire have had a rough season, one that has been filled with too many tied games and not enough wins. They currently sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference with 30 points, 17 points behind conference leaders, D.C. United. But as with all of our Chicago teams, losing seasons don’t keep us from supporting the team on and off the filed.

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

2013 Chicago Fire Fashion Show

Personally, I can’t think of a better way to support the Fire at the end of a lackluster season than watching them strut their impressive stuff down the runway while sipping cocktails. See you on Thursday.

For more information, please visit www.chicago-fire.com.

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Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest

Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest

Mark the calendars, treatment round up your family and friends for the Chicago Bears Meijer Family Fest at Soldier Field on Saturday, viagra August 2nd! This annual event provides Bears fans a sneak peak of the team and all of the action ahead for the upcoming 2014 Bears season.

Outdoor activities begin at 3:00pm CT with doors of Soldier Field opening at 5:00pm CT. Player introductions will start at 6:30pm and a full team practice at 6:45pm. This is an ideal opportunity to get a close look at the players, search watch a full practice, and take in all that Soldier Field offers on a warm summer night at a fraction of the cost of regular season tickets. Tickets start at just $8.00 and for groups of 20 or more, are only $6.00! Purchase HERE.

Attendees will enjoy activities for all ages, sponsor booths, live music and fireworks after the practice.

I had the chance to attend Family Fest last year and brought along my twin 2-year old daughters. While I would never consider bringing along toddlers to a regular Bears game (I’m a die-hard fan, but I do have limits…), this event was perfect for my kids. We were able to enjoy the music and activities outside the stadium, take our time climbing those famous steps without the hustle and chaos of a normal Sunday, and even made a few laps around the causeway before taking our seats to watch the practice unfold under the lights.

young Chicago Bears fans

Warning: Strollers are not permitted inside Soldier Field and must be checked at the designated secure stroller parking areas outside

This event is perfect for young families and friends looking to get their “Bears fix” before the preseason begins. I encourage all fans to consider heading over for the event and bringing the kiddos along for the ride.

Buy tickets today before they sell out, as they always do – and mark the calendar now for Ladies Day at Training Camp in Bourbonnais on Wednesday, July 30th.  We’ll see you there!

 

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What are modern day fans really doing at Wrigley?!?  Can there be a happy correlation between the faithful Cubs fans who actually watch the game and endure the losing and those that just show up for the party?  On behalf of the true baseball fans out there, pills I am often surprised when Chicagoans (mostly fair-weathered fans or transplants) say they don’t love to watch the Cubs, seek but they do love going to the largest beer garden in the city.  wrigley100I’ve always thought that Wrigley is the best ballpark and baseball experience in the MLB, regardless of whether the Cubs are winning. But this weekend at the Pirates/Cubs series, I paid particularly closer attention to some ‘other’ fans at the Friendly Confines.   tripadvisorThere are even reviews of Wrigley Field on Trip-Advisor, good and bad, and while I am still dreaming that the Cubs will reach .500 before the All-Star break, I thought I would give some perspective on what (not so hopeful) fans are doing at Wrigley… After the torrential downpour Saturday night the Cubs began to play around 8:15 pm and I witnessed some younger guys participating in an online dating game of sorts called Tinder.

The beauty of this online dating site is that it is based on finding a match that is in your immediate radius.  So if you happen to not be watching the game you could potentially meet your next date with few swipes and a stroll to the hot-dog stand between innings.  Interestingly enough a minor league ball park in Minnesota had the same idea…Get Your Beer Goggles Here! Baseball Team Hosts Tinder-Themed Game Along With $1 Brews  – The Saint Paul Saints helped their fans get on base with “Tinder Loving Care Night,” featuring a live on-field version of the dating app plus prizes for in-stadium hookups.

Wagering always keeps fans entertained at the game;  all kinds of bets from the over/under of how long it takes to sing take me out to the ballgame to one of my favorite activities to partake in while watching is a little side betting game call “DIRT NO DIRT”.

Also referred to as “Moundball”, this is the game played when everyone in your row takes out about five or six dollar bills, someone donates their cap and at the end of every inning everyone puts a dollar into the cap and whoever’s turn it is will call “Dirt” or “No Dirt” in reference to where the baseball is left by the fielding team or umpire at the end of the half inning.  I think I once collected $27 from this endeavor. Moundball has become so popular the MLB has its own Moundball twitter account complete with prizes and rules – Check it out Mounball MLB.

Finally, what about those of us who actually watch the game and learned to keep score as kids?  Keeping score on a #Wrigley100 scorecard is a great way to pass the time and have a souvenir for years.  Maybe if we all took a little more time reading about the players and keeping score, one of these days the Cubs would surprise us with some consistency.  This year is the 100 year anniversary at Wrigley …

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Wrigley 100 Fan photos from the Chicago Tribune

Celebrate the ballpark, Celebrate the fans and Celebrate the team! GO CUBS GO!

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AT&T's public relations manager Erin McGrath gave me the red carpet treatment at the Michigan Avenue flagship store's summer fitness event. And no, <a href=

pharmacy I don’t know what I was thinking with those hoop earrings. Photo credit: AT&T ” src=”http://sportsdivasinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SDI-ATT-sharon-erin.jpg” width=”430″ height=”286″ /> AT&T’s public relations manager Erin McGrath gave me the red carpet treatment at the Michigan Avenue flagship store’s summer fitness event. And no, sovaldi I don’t know what I was thinking with those hoop earrings. Photo credit: AT&T

Full disclosure: if you follow me on Twitter (which you should because duh), you know that I’ve occasionally complained about my cellphone service. Yes, I have AT&T. I’ve had AT&T since it was Cingular and the most advanced game you could plan on your 1.5-pound cellphone was “Snake.” Am I dating myself? Whatever. The point is, we’ve been through our ups-and-downs, but AT&T is the longest relationship I’ve ever had and it’s mostly been pretty good. Fourteen years strong…and don’t hold that one year I decided to go to Verizon against me. I was in college. Probably hungover. Or drunk. Regardless, it was a dark time. Moving on.

So when I was offered to cover AT&T’s flagship store’s fitness and tech event this past Saturday, I jumped at the opportunity. First off, I love tech. Second, I love fitness. And third,

Our free yoga class. Great workout. Bad choice of hairstyle.

Our free yoga class. Great workout. Bad choice of hairstyle. Photo credit: AT&T

I love free stuff. All of this was happening at the same time. I dropped everything I was doing (which was nothing…) and headed to Michigan Avenue.

The event – especially the staff – did not disappoint. There were free fitness classes all afternoon including a boot camp, Pilates, piloxing and yoga. Between every class, there were even fitness competitions for both adults and children where the winning team got a prize. Towards the back, there was a running coach monitoring people on a treadmill as they tried out the new Pear app. Pear pairs (get it?!) with your smartphone to track your heart rate, calories, and workout time. It comes with a wearable strap that fits so comfortably around your waist that you forget it’s even there. When you’re finished, you see exactly how much work you put it. It’s definitely on my wish list.

I arrived about half-hour before the 1pm yoga class and met with AT&T’s public relations

Pear's interface is sleek and easy to use.

Pear’s interface is sleek and easy to use.

manager Erin. She gave me a tour of the store, we participated in the balance challenge (ahem – and killed it), and we did yoga.

A lot of times when you’re going to events like this (free, at a retail store, on a Saturday afternoon, touristy area, etc.), the freebies aren’t that great. The offerings are so-so. It’s so crowded that you get basically no face time with anyone involved with the event. And if there are any classes, they are abbreviated to the point of basically nothing and can be written off as “this was a total waste of my time and I demand a that 45 minutes of my life back.” Definitely not the case here. Katie and Jaime from Southport Fitness basically kicked my butt. And it was yoga. Being that I’m a Pilates reformer devotee (and Crossfit newbie), I was surprised at how stretched out and flexible I felt when we were finished. I’m definitely not giving up my dates with the reformer or the squat rack, but I am going to add yoga to my routine.

Kale. Yum.

Kale. Yum.

As all of you fit chicks know, the best way to finish your workout is with some post-workout hydration. Now, as much as I’d love for that to be a mimosa (since it’s technically all fruit – grapes and oranges, people), a smoothie or some fresh-squeezed juice is probably the better way to go. We headed over to the food side of the store and talked with a nutritionist. She gave us a recipe for kale – my favorite green vegetable – and some tips and tricks for how to make whole, fresh foods more fun. We finished our food tour with a stop at the juice station where we had fresh-squeezed juices that were amazing.

Aside from the fitness focus, the store itself is very Chicago-centric. Everywhere you look, SDI ATT Chicago signthere are reminders of this great city. From iPhone cases designed by local designers to city-scape wall art to flashing lights and videos, Chicago is central to the design and feel of AT&T’s flagship store.

The flagship store is set up to be less “consumer sales” and more conversational and fun. With round tables, a huge wide-open space and a robot (a robot!), AT&T’s Michigan Avenue store is both a fun place to drop in to shop, to play or to get a quick yoga workout with Chicago’s most flexible and encouraging instructors.

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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

More and more teams today are realizing that in order to gain more fans they need to do a better job courting the folks who appreciate the aesthetic attributes of the sport.

In Chicago’s competitive pro sports scene, sildenafil the clear front runner in this space is the Chicago Fire.

Chicago’s soccer club continuously puts out culturally-significant events that leave us impressed with a renewed interest in the game, salve the club and the players, which always leads me to ask, “why aren’t more teams doing this type of thing?”

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

The easy answer is “because they don’t have to”. Unlike the majority of their pro counterparts in our city, the Fire doesn’t sell out every single game and the size of the club’s fan base pales in comparison to that of the ‘other’ football team in town. We’re all aware of the never-ending ‘futbol debate’ that rages on between American football fans and the lovers of soccer, and whether you love footy more than football, with Toyota Parks’ southwest city location, catching an impromptu match isn’t as easy as jumping a cab over to Soldier Field.

But if you prefer extracurricular sporting events that involve good lighting, art, civil conversations, DJs and cocktails, then the Chicago Fire has an event for you! After all, this is the team that brings us sexy events like the Fashion Show at the Wit (check out my review from 2013 here) and the incredibly popular White Party. The Fire has a flare for throwing high-brow events that celebrate and promote the game effortlessly.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Stanton

I recently had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Fire’s fourth annual Art of Futbol at Prairie Production studio on Randolph with friends Elizabeth Stanton and Monica Gostkiewicz. This annual event rotates between slick venues around the city and brings together a curated collection of donated art that in some shape or form celebrates the game of futbol. A handful of the artists donate a portion of their proceeds to the Chicago Fire Foundation.

Art of Futbol

Over 50 artists submitted art with 25 on display including several of the Chicago Fire players as well as one of our favorite Bears, Martellus Bennett. The art exhibit ranged from mixed display to oil on canvas to photography with all pieces sharing the common feature of futbol.

Art of Futbol

DJ Anton Trizna spun while a diverse mix of guests mingled, sipped complimentary wine from E & J Gallo, beers from Heineken and water from Fiji while nibbling on impressive light fare from Shakout sushi, Carnivale, and Cabot cheeses. The scene was lively and inviting with hands-on exhibits that allowed guests to paint and leave behind a personalized mark on a community piece of art. A handful of players (very difficult to identify in street clothes) mingled with guests and roamed freely among the crowd that skewed heavily male (70/30).

Monica Gostkiewicz, Monica Murphy, Elizabeth Stanton

Monica Gostkiewicz, Monica Murphy, Elizabeth Stanton

The Fire are known for throwing great events and the warmer weather brings not only ideal conditions for matches at Toyota Park but the slew of upcoming must-hit events that warrant your attention. Check out these upcoming Fire fundraisers and be sure to make your way to Toyota Park this summer for some of the best futbol in Chicago.

Chicago Fire Soccer Club – Fire Brews + Bites

Saturday, June 14: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Hosted at Carmichael’s Steakhouse, this event allows World Cup fans to sample a variety of brews from local breweries, snack on various appetizers, and socialize with other attendees while viewing World Cup games on the big screen.

Purchased tickets here: Fire, Brews, and Bites

Save the date for the 2014 Chicago Fire’s 3rd Annual White Party: Date & time are TBD – always held in August, and always one to sell out – this is one of the hottest international events of the summer and a must-hit for any gal – futbol fan or not. Check out the pics and info from the Chicago Fire Foundation’s 3rd Annual White Party for a taste.

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Ladies Night at the Cell

Calling all my LADIES…Oh yes, cialis sale it’s Ladies Night at the Cell on Friday, May 23rd!  The Chicago White Sox present their annual night just for the ladies, and this year they gave us a matchup that you certainly will not want to miss: the New York Yankees.

This is the perfect opportunity to grab your girls, kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, and head out to the Cell to say farewell to the “Ultimate Bachelor”, Derek Jeter as he plays his final games at US Cellular.

As if the matchup wasn’t a big enough incentive, the Sox are offering heavily discounted tickets for this premiere matchup. Get your specially priced tickets at www.whitesox.com/ladies and receive 10% off merchandise from the Sports Depot.

Jeter Farewell Tour

Jeter Farewell Tour

First pitch is 7:10, but you will want to arrive early enough to enjoy the pre-game activities.  The Sox organization knows how to plan a night just for the ladies, check it out:

  • Zumba outside Gate 5 from 5:45pm-6:45pm
  • Make-up consultants in section 107, 154 & 156
  • 10% off all ladies merchandise at the Chicago Sports Depot (receive coupon from link to map below)
  • The incredible Girl Band performing outside Gate 4
  • $250 shopping spree giveaway at Chicago Sports Depot to one lucky lady
  • Massage therapists in section 107, 158, 159 & 535

Download event details and stadium map for White Sox Ladies Night 2014 Map HERE 

Another perk this year for purchasing the special discounted tickets? One lucky lady and three of her friends will win a chance for an on field photo opportunity.

After you enjoy all of that go grab a cold one and some of the delicious food at the Cell and settle in for exciting baseball.  It’s the South Siders vs The Evil Empire and as we know these are always big statement games.  With the explosive offense of the Sox and the depleted roster of the Yankees this is setting up to be a monster game for our boys.  Hawk Harrelson said this year’s Sox offense reminds him of the ’27 Yankees, so what better time to show it then against the Yanks themselves.

Fireworks Night on April 25th

Top off your ladies night with a spectacular fireworks display.  At the Chicago White Sox Ladies Night you will get it all:  exercise, pampering, shopping, music, drinks, food, fireworks, the Sox, the Yankees, Derek Jeter and a great time with your girls and ladies from all over Chicago.  Stop looking for something better to do and grab your tickets today at www.whitesox.com/ladies. See you there!

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