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Get to Know President Barack Obama

Friday February 28, 2014

President Barack Obama came to the world's attention with his spirited bid for President of the United States in 2008. He was inaugurated as the nation's 44th President on January 20, 2009 and won a second term in 2012.

Find information about President Obama including where he went to college, his political career in Illinois, and who the first dogs are.

You can also learn about Chicago's very own Michelle Obama, who was raised on the south side of the city. (Before Michelle Obama met President Obama her name was Michelle Robinson. She was born on January 17, 1964 and was raised by a city worker and a stay-at-home mom. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School and enjoyed a career in corporate law, the public sector, and community relations.)

Also read: 2014 GOP Primary in Illinois l April 2014 Events in Chicago l March 2014 Events in Chicago


Chicago's theWit Gets Healthy

Friday February 28, 2014

Looking for something healthy to eat but in a trendy restaurant? Chicago's TheWit is the first hotel in the Midwest to partner up with SPE Certified, a restaurant certification program that pairs chefs with nutritionists to create meals that are low in salt, saturated fats, and processed ingredients.

Over 10 healthy items are now offered at theWit's first-floor restaurant State and Lake where Chef Evan Percoco is serving butter-and-cream free soup made with squash from a Michigan farm, seared salmon with chive yogurt, and Amish chicken with a mustard-maple glaze. For dessert, the hotel's pastry chef Toni Roberts has created avocado brownies made sans diary, eggs, or sugar.

SPE menu items are also offered in-room, at the hotel's on-site spa, and in spring 2014 will be available upstairs at theWit's trendy ROOF bar.

Learn more about the healthy restaurant items offered at theWit.

Also read: Cross-Country Skiing in Chicago l March Events in Chicago l Best Walking Tours in Chicago

Nordic Fun in and Near Chicago

Thursday February 27, 2014

Even with the cold weather, if you are wanting to get outside and exercise, you can. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are two great ways to stay fit during the winter.

We researched some of the best spots in and near Chicago to enjoy Nordic sports. And while the City of Chicago doesn't have decided ski trails, you can create your own in Lincoln Park, among other places in the city.

Read our Guide to Nordic Sports in and Near Chicago.

If downhill skiing is more your thing, snow enthusiasts will be impressed with the heartland's ski resorts that include something for everyone, from easy cruiser trails to challenging runs with steep vertical drops. Read our Guide to the Best Ski Resorts and Winter Activities Near Chicago.

Also worth checking out: Ice Skating at Chicago's Millennium Park l Guide to the Art Institute of Chicago l Taking Public Transit in Chicago

Any Johnny Cash Fans Out There?

Thursday February 20, 2014

February 26 is the birthday of the late (and great) Johnny Cash and in his honor Chicago's Untitled is hosting a tribute evening to the life and music of the "Man in Black."

Country band Iron Horse will be performing and playing the best of Cash's hits. Iron Horse specializes in Cash covers around Chicago and has been spotted on America's Got Talent and headlining for "Cash For Kids," Chicago's only Johnny Cash Festival.

Tip: If you are ever in Nashville, check out the Johnny Cash museum. The museum features the earliest known Johnny Cash letters and documents as well as the handwritten manuscript to the last song ever written by the prolific songwriter, just days before his passing. Visitors also are given an extensive look into Cash's non-entertainment related life including his childhood and early adulthood and his service in the United States Air Force.

The night will also feature a special appearance by Adam Lee, who plays Johnny Cash in the award winning musical Million Dollar Quartet. (I have seen Million Dollar Quartet -- worth going to. Million Dollar Quartet tells a story based on a "serendipitous" night in 1956 that brought four young musicians, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash, together to create a legendary album.  The musical is on stage at the Apollo Theater in Chicago.)

Untitled is located at 111 West Kinzie Street; 312-880-1511.

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