If winter has you dreaming of warm places or wondering where to go for spring or summer vacation, get planning help or at least some ideas at the Chicago Travel and Adventure Show. It’s Jan. 21-22 in Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.
Exhibitors range from Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas to the Caribbean, South Pacific and cruises.
Those folks who like interesting cuisine on their travels may become inspired by the foods prepared by some well-known chefs who will be doing demonstrations in the show’s Taste of Travel Theater.
Chefs will come from all over but some of the local ones are from Arun, Thai town, Community Tavern and Hofbrauhaus.
It’s a fun show that includes unusual activities such as scuba-diving dips and camel rides.
Public admission is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Get single-day and two-day tickets online now for $11 / $18. Use promo code: CHPR. At the door tickets are $15 / $22 cash only. Entry is free for children 16 and under.
For tickets and event information, visit Travel Show.
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is at 555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
Hey Cubs fans, tickets are on sale now for home games at Sloan Park in Mesa AZ. Here are some tips if you snag a ticket for the Cubs’ Wrigleyville West location (yes, that really is the park’s nickname) or to see the Cubs at another of the Cactus League parks.
1. No matter how you feel about the cost of ball-park programs do get the Cubs official Sloan Park Spring Training 2017 program. You might even want to get an extra one for a Cub fan back home who didn’t make the trip.
It will have photos and good info on the Cubs players similar to baseball cards.
In addition, it will have the rosters of other Cactus League teams so you will be able to tell who is or is not on the field when they play opponents.
It will contain highlights from the 2016 Championship season and tell about player’s awards.
The program will also suggest where to stand for autographs and buy Cubs items. It also mentions places to dine and things to do.
2. The first full-squad workout is Feb. 18. The first Cubs spring training game is Feb. 25 when a split squad will play the Oakland A’s in Sloan Park and the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium.
If going to the Scottsdale game check out the Western Spirit, downtown Scottsdale’s terrific Museum of the West. It features western paintings, sculptures and a collection of western gear from saddles and spurs to badges and rifles.
3. When going to Sloan Park, prove to your friends that it is Wrigleyville West by snapping shots of its abutting street signs: Waveland Avenue on the north, Sheffield Avenue on the east side and Clark Street on the west.
The park also looks like a somewhat smaller version of Wrigley Field. However, the famed marquee is inside here.
You can have a message light up on it or take a selfie in front of it.
Sloan Park is at 2330 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Mesa, 85201. 480-668-0500.
Most schools will be closed Jan. 16. Government offices and banks will also be closed because the third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday honoring the great civil rights leader born Jan. 15, 1929 and assassinated April 4, 1968.
A Baptist minister, an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington where he gave his famed “I Have a Dream” speech and the 1964 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, King also worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to change segregated housing in Chicago in 1966.
Chicagoans may wonder what he would say now, half a century later, if he saw the violence that plagues some of the city’s neighborhoods.
The question might be discussed at some of the events this weekend, or Monday and during the week when several organizations celebrate his birth.
Here are some of the places to go for those celebrations.
Chicago History Museum
Lyric Unlimited, an outreach arm of the Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Chicago History Museum, is doing Chicago Voices TALK beginning at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 at the History Museum. The program includes panel discussions and gospel music.
While at the museum see civil rights artifacts. Check details at Chicago Voices TALK.
The History Museum is at 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. Public admission $10, CHM members $5.
Zoo general admission is free Jan. 16. But also go to the Discovery Center for a noon musical celebration by the Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project and the Shift’s Englewood Youth Orchestra. For information visit Brookfield Zoo.
The North Gate entrance is at 1st Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield. The South Gate is at 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield.
Lincoln Park Zoo
The zoo holds day camps during school holidays. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, preK through fourth grade camps are Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The theme is “All About Birds,” but camp groups will explore the zoo and have activities regarding animal diversity, conservation and how the zoo cares for animals. The youngsters will also learn interesting animal tidbits such as why hummingbirds build nests using spider webs.
Camp headquarters is the Judy Keller Education Center. Cost is $68 a camper ($58 zoo members). Visit zoo camp for more information.
Black Ensemble Theater
The theater hosts programs by the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, 7 p.m., Jan. 19. There is also a pre-show reception 6 p.m. in the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural center
Go to see Sketch N’ Tyme, The Robbert Reddrick Trio, Alexis Rogers, Yahdina Udeen, Dawn Bless, Red Clay Dance and RIZE Youth Dance Company. The program is sponsored in part by the Driehaus Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Tickets are $12.
The Black Ensemble Theater is at 4450 N. Clark St., Chicago. Visit AAAAChicago for more information.
See more Martin Luther King Jr. Day options.
First, the Convention
You know Cubs Convention 2017 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago is sold out. But you can catch some highlights and commentary on WGN-TV Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. CT.
The program, hosted by WGN sports commentator Dan Roan, will show some of Friday’s opening ceremonies, player and coach interviews, Cubs legends interviews, some of the seminars and a bit from “Friday Night with Ryan Dempster.”
If you miss the Jan. 14 Convention special watch the show Sunday, Jan. 15, on CLTV at noon.
Or watch both times. After all, you’re probably still replaying the final out in the Cubs World Series Championship game.
Secondly, the White House
You know the Cubs were invited to visit President Barack Obama at the White House. It’s been delayed due to schedule conflicts but it is finally taking place Jan. 16, a few days before the White House changes hands. So catch the coverage of the historic meet and greet event Monday on Chicago stations’ news reports.
Third, Cubs Spring Training
The Cubs open their Spring Season in Arizona on Feb. 25 with a split squad. The games are against Oakland A’s in the Cubs’ Sloan Park in Mesa and against SF Giants in Scottsdale. Both games start at 1:05 p.m. For the complete Spring Training schedule click here. For tickets visit Cubs Tickets.