On Saturday, June 22, the Summerland tour will arrive at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Bands on the trip include Everclear, Live, Filter, and Sponge. Sound good? If so, Living Social has $23 general admission tickets! Stay out of the casino, and you’ll have a cheap evening.
The Davis Theater is an old cinema in Lincoln Square. It’s not as plush as the multiplexes, but tickets are cheaper. And isn’t it great to support a local business? All this makes the Davis my favorite first-run spot.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday this summer at 10:00 am, it is showing kids’ movies. Admission is just $1.00, and the list is great: Madagascar 3, Space Jam, How to Train Your Dragon, among others. The series launches on June 18 with Paranorman.
There’s also a $3.00 kids’ combo special, if you want to have lunch and a movie.
4614 N. Lincoln Avenue
Riverview Tavern in Roscoe Village has plenty of food and drink specials on Mondays, including a buy one, get on free deal on pizza. American drafts are $4, wine bottles are half price, and kids eat free between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm.
1958 W. Roscoe Street
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story is a new musical that tells the story of Buddy Holly. He was one of the early rock-n-roll stars who suffered the first great rock-n-roll death, in a plane crash. Holly had great songs that highlight his great, tragic story. The musical is running at the Cadillac Palace Theatre from June 18 to June 27, and discount tickets are available.
Tuesday, June 18 is International Picnic Day. Who decided? Why? Who knows? But it’s as good a day as any for some cheap fun. Pack a basket, bag, or cooler with some sandwiches, fruit, and drinks from your fridge, and head out to your nearest park – or backyard – and enjoy.
One place to take your picnic is to Millennium Park, which is showing the movie Chicago with Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones for free, starting at 6:30 pm in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.
Vidal Sassoon Academy needs models to help students practice their skills, so it offers great prices to attract people. Haircuts start at $19 – $10 for those with a student ID. Student services are offered Sunday through Thursday at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, and models should allow a full three hours. To make an appointment, call 312-726-2279.
Vidal Sassoon Academy
181 N. Clark
Illinois WorkNet is a state-supported organization that helps employers find workers and workers find jobs. That’s a good thing, yes? On Thursday, June 20, they are holding a large job fair at Niles West High School in Skokie. Doors open at 10:00 am for veterans and 11:00 am for everyone else. it will feature such employers as Federal-Mogul, NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Peacock Engineering. Industries include manufacturing, hotels and accommodations, trucking, retail, financial institutions, healthcare, medical, non-profits, engineering, restaurants, retail, science and technology, and education. Some companies will be accepting resumes, others will hold on-site interviews. The research is always good even if no job comes of it.
Niles West High School
5701 W. Oakton
Bon Jovi will be playing at Soldier Field on Friday, July 12. They’ve long been a favorite band, and they’ve long been known for great concerts. Want to see the show? Goldstar has discount tickets for as little as $10.00.
Cosley Zoo is a small zoo in Wheaton. It has 150 animals from 60 different species. Among the residents are lots of North American birds, coyotes, cows, ponies, and snakes. There are daily activities in the summer, too.
Admission to Wheaton’s zoo is free for Wheaton residents and for everyone under the age of 18. Non-residents age 18 – 54 pay $5, and those 55 and over pay $4.
The Cosley Zoo is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from April to October.
1356 N. Gary Avenue
Momma Cuisine, a blog about family cooking written by Johanna Cook, is joining forces with Buick to promote the cars and celebrate farmers’ markets. They will be swinging through the Chicago area this summer:
June 16: Geneva – Guest Appearance by Jessica Murnane of OnePartPlant.com
Address: Metra parking lot (NW corner of South Street & 4th Street)
June 29: Wilmette
Address: Downtown (east side of tracks at Central, in Metra Parking lot)
July 20: New Lenox – Guest Appearance by Rob North of Craftsman & HGTV’s “Designed to Sell” show
Test Drive Event w/ Buick
Address: Village Hall – 1 Veterans Parkway
July 25: Western Springs – Guest Appearance by Christina Scoleri of VH1’s “Mob Wives Chicago” show
Address: Hillgrove Avenue (between Lawn & Grand Avenue)
August 3: Vernon Hills – Guest Appearance by Chef Rick Gresh of David Burke’s Primehouse
Address: Metra Parking Lot 75 East Route 45
Admission is free, but reservations are recommended.
The Congress Hotel is an old-line hotel – not fancy, but not bad, either. It’s in a great location – right by Grant Park, near good restaurants, and a quick jaunt to the museum campus and North Michigan Avenue. The neighborhood is fine, with a lot of students at nearby Columbia College Chicago. (I’ve spent a ton of time in the area, dragging a child to music lessons at Columbia.) Groupon is offering a deal of $97 a night. If you are checking out Chicago on the Cheap to prepare for your big trip, you might want to take a look!