Randhurst Village, at the corner of Rand and Elmhurst Roads in Mount Prospect, will present its annual Halloween Fall Festival, a free family festival featuring fun activities and events including a pet costume parade, exotic owls from the Stillman Nature Center, performances and fun crafts on Saturday, October 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The festivities kick-off in center court (between The Children’s Place and Carson’s) along Randhurst Village Drive at 11:30 am and continue until 4 pm. The event opens with a costume pet parade, sponsored by the Daily Herald. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Registration opens at 11:30 am in front of AMC Theatre. For more information, visit http://events.dailyherald.com/.
More free family fun begins at 1 pm with pumpkin decorating stations, keepsake hats made by you with the help from the Rad Hatter, stunning live owls will join the fun, along with other awesome performances. Take a break and enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, treats from some Randhurst Village restaurants and more. Everything will take place outside Carson’s south exit in the street and courtyard area.
New features this year include an energetic Balloon Show by Magical Balloon Dude Dale. A show for all ages blends comedy, artistry and music in a one-man balloon show with incredible balloon designs. The 30-minute show will begin at 1:30 pm. At 2:30 pm, the stage turns over to Ryan Freeman and team from RC Juggles Entertainment for an astonishing and enjoyable Magic Show. Guests will be amazed by illusions, impossible escapes, mind reading and comedy.
The free event will also feature the engaging Rad Hatter, Tony Melendez, who will teach kids and parents how to create their own over-the- top, spectacularly designed keepsake hats. Stop by the pumpkin decorating stations and take home your own pumpkin! (Pumpkins for kids only, one per person.)
Special guests will again include majestic owls from the Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington. Spice up your Halloween look with a visit to one of our glitter tattoo artists and take a ride on the horse-drawn wagon through Randhurst Village.
Guests will be dazzled by the sand sculpture created by The Sand Sculpture Company in Woodstock, IL. They are the current record holder for the World’s Tallest Hand Built Sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records, and pending a record for the World’s Tallest Sand Sculpture at 34’ 8 5/8”. Master sculptor Ted Siebert will create a scary sculpture of Frankenstein and his family – watch it unfold beginning October13 in front of AMC Theatre.
Randhurst Village is located at the intersection of Rand Road (Rt. 12) and Elmhurst Road (Rt. 83) in Mt. Prospect, IL 60056.
For more information, visit www.RandhurstVillage.com or call (847) 259-0500. Follow on Facebook and Twitter.
Mark Spreyer stopped by WGN TV Morning News prior to the fest to chat about some feathery friends, and Magical Ballon Dude Dale and Jonathan from RCJuggle Entertainment also made an appearance to get viewers excited for the weekend’s festivities. Check it out below:
Real Urban Barbecue, a Molise PR client, is the official BBQ partner for BBQ for the Troops, an initiative that raises funds for local military and their families through exciting events and social media campaigns. The Chicago Automobile Trade Associate (CATA) and the USO of Illinois are partnering to host the 5th annual Barbecue for the Troops on July 15. 100 dealerships throughout the area will simultaneously fire up their grills in support of our local troops.
Check out the clip from ABC 7 Chicago below that featured Real Urban Barbecue at the BBQ For the Troops Media Preview on June 28:
Chef Jeff Shapiro with Real Urban Barbecue, along with Ray Scarpelli, Chicago Automobile Trade Association Chairman, and Jessica Dolan, Vice President of Development for the USO of Illinois, made a few stops to our local TV stations to help spread the word on the weekend’s initiative.
The day began at FOX Good Day Chicago! Check out the full clip, and some photos of the delicious spread, below:
Chef Jeff Shapiro and Ray Scapelli then visited Windy City Live! The full clip below:
Sip, Sip, Olé! Celebrate National Tequila Day at Mercadito Chicago
Enjoy a special prix fixe menu including your choice of specialty tequila cocktail
Salud! Mercadito Chicago, Molise PR client, is raising a glass to National Tequila Day with a special prix fixe menu including a specialty Mercadito tequila cocktail of your choice, available on Monday, July 24 from 3 p.m. to Midnight.
The National Tequila Day prix fixe menu costs $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and includes a trio of guacamole, two dishes of ceviches or botanas, four tacos, one side dish, a dessert of your choice and specialty tequila cocktail.
First, pick your beverage of choice from Mercadito’s offering of specialty tequila cocktails including: Margarita Tradicional, Gato Amargo, La Vida Rosa, Pepino el Pyu, Hibis-Calyptus, Casagria, V-9, Little Market, Paloma Diabla, Misty’s Sleeve, One-Thumbed Mayan, Smokey Pablo, Big Nose Goes to Mexico and Tres Viejos.
Begin your meal with a trio of guacamole including Tradicional, Mango, and Toreado. Next, choose two from the following: Ceviches include Camarón, Mixto, and Dorado; and Botanas including Flautas, Queso Fundido, and Corn Masa Quesadillas.
Taco options include (must be four of the same): Espada, blackened swordfish, chile de árbol aioli, cabbage-jalapeño slaw; Estilo Baja, beer-battered mahi-mahi, chipotle aioli, Mexican coleslaw; Camarón, shrimp, roasted garlic, avocado, chipotle mojo; Carne, ancho-marinated skirt steak, onion, cilantro, asparagus, leek-poblano salsa, crispy shallots; Pollo, thyme–marinated chicken, corn, scallions, garlic mojo, crispy red onions; Carnitas de Puerco, braised pork, cabbage, onions, cilantro, peanut salsa, chicharrón; and Hongos, wild mushrooms, onion, cilantro, salsa verde, queso fresco, radish, crema fresca.
Featured side selections include: Brussels Sprouts, Mac & Cheese, Elote Mexicano, Green Rice Casserole, Plátanos Machos and Arroz y Frijoles.
Finish on a sweet note with dessert options including: Torrejas de Bolillo, Pastel de Chocolate, Tres Leches, and Flan de Cajeta.
For more information or to make your reservations, call 312-329-9555 or visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com.
Imerman Angels, the leading global one-on-one cancer support community and Chicago PR client, has been named a Scale Award recipient at the 2017 Creator Awards for their work in providing free personalized connections that enable one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. The Scale Award, which includes a $180,000 grant, is given to established organizations that are ready to take their business to the next level.
The event, hosted and sponsored by WeWork, received 600 applicants that were narrowed down to five Scale Award finalists who had the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of judges and explain how and why they are ready to expand. In addition to Imerman Angels, Chicago nonprofit Bunker Labs and Detroit-based The Empowerment Plan took home top honors in the category.
Founded in 2006 by cancer survivor Jonny Imerman, Imerman Angels to date has enabled more than 34,000 connections in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. These one-on-one relationships provide a cancer fighter or caregiver the chance to ask personal questions and receive support from someone uniquely familiar with the experience. Recent medical studies have shown that psychosocial support during and after the cancer fight is crucial to quality of life.
“We are thrilled that our work over the past 11 years has been recognized through this large award,” says Ben Bornstein, Imerman Angels CEO and Executive Director. “This grant will allow us to scale our one-on-one cancer support services by expanding our presence in other US markets outside Chicago including Detroit, Los Angeles and New York, plus reach more people touched by cancer around the world by expanding our digital presence and hiring additional cancer support specialists, including those who speak other languages.”
In addition, other benefits of receiving this grant include expanding Imerman Angels’ network of partner organizations, and of course, ensuring that their services remain completely free to anyone seeking support so no one has to face cancer alone.
For more information on Imerman Angels visit www.ImermanAngels.org or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).
¡Hace calor aquí! Chicago Restaurant PR client Mercadito Chicago, is welcoming summer with their monthly Mixology Academy course on Saturday, June 17 and Dame Calor Experiential Dinner on Monday, June 19.
June Mixology Academy with Bulleit Bourbon – Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m.
Just in time for summer, La Mez Agave Lounge, located downstairs at Mercadito, hosts its monthly Mixology Academy course, led by Beverage Director Paul Tanguay. The course will feature cocktails crafted with Bulleit Bourbon.
Guests are invited to learn insider tips and techniques to craft perfectly balanced cocktails at home, all while absorbing a bit of useful alcohol history about Bulleit Bourbon and getting saucy with friends and classmates. Appetizers will be provided, courtesy of Mercadito Chicago’s Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval. Guests are also welcome to purchase items off of the regular menu.
Mercadito’s Mixology Academy course costs $45 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Dame Calor Experiential Dinner – Monday, June 19 from 6-9 p.m.
Celebrate warmer weather with a special Dame Calor Experiential Dinner. Hosted by Mercadito’s Executive Chef Patricio Sandoval and special guest Paul Sauter of Diageo, guests are invited to enjoy four courses expertly paired
with Don Julio Tequila pours.
Guests will begin the night with a Guacamole Trio that includes Sandia, Durazno and Pepino. Guests will then indulge in a Ceviche Trio that includes Camaron, Dorado and Mixto and delight in a selection of tacos, including Carne, Pollo, Langosta and Pescado. The night ends on a sweet note with Tres Leches.
The Dame Calor Experiential Dinner costs $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.
Fore more information or to make a reservation, please call 312.329.9555 or visit https://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.
The Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5K & Walk returns to picturesque Montrose Harbor on Saturday, June 17. Over 2,000 runners and walkers will come together along the beachside course to raise funds to support Imerman Angels and its mission of providing one-on-one support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers.
In addition to on-course gourmet surprises, runners and walkers alike will be treated to a signature brunch buffet from award-winning Blue Plate Catering – honored with the 2016 Leading Caterers of America Award. Each participant (21 and older) also receives a trip to the Mimosa Bar, Cold-Brewed Coffee Station featuring High Brew Coffee and an ice-cold beer.
Created by the 2014 Catering Chef of the Year Paul Larson, the brunch menu features a full spread of brunch items including a variety of savory and vegetarian breakfast sandwiches; apple wood smoked bacon; baked cinnamon-raisin French toast casserole; house made breakfast bread assortment, a seasonal fruit display; Blue Plate pastries; roasted breakfast potatoes; Kiddo “pancake” dogs; and mini yogurt parfaits.
Participants have the option to walk or run the chip-timed 5K course, or opt for the single mile course, in honor of a loved one who has battled cancer. Form a team or walk as an individual; this is a family event and all are welcome. Registration for the 5K course costs $50 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-12. The one-mile course is $40 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-12. Children under five are free.
Those who cannot make it on June 17 may register as a virtual runner for $30 and still help raise funds supporting the Imerman Angels mission.
Brunch Run 5k Supporters
Imerman Angels, a Molise PR client, is proud to partner with generous sponsors and partners including: Deloitte US, Magnus Charitable Trust, Blue Plate Catering and Fleet Feet Sports Chicago.
For sponsorship opportunities contact Dave Louthan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-273-1312. To register for the Imerman Angels Brunch Run 5k & Walk, visit brunchrun5k.com or call 866-IMERMAN (463-7626).
Imerman Angels CEO, Executive Director and 3-time cancer survivor Ben Bornstein stopped by WGN AM 720 Steve Cochran Show to chat about the annual Brunch Run, as well as Imerman Angels’ mission: Click the photo below for the full clip:
Ben, along with the Imerman Angels cheering squad, also stopped by ABC 7 Chicago to chat about what the Brunch Run has in store for participants:
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Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Chicago PR firm client, is gearing up for warmer days with a U2 Pre-Party and VIP Reception featuring live music from UZoo – The Unforgettable U2 Tribute Band on for Saturday, June 3, plus a new Summer Patio Acoustic Series on Fridays and the Hard Rock After Dark series featuring live band karaoke on Thursday nights, and live music on Saturday nights.
U2 Concert Pre-Party & VIP Reception – Saturday, June 3 from 3-6 p.m.
Come in the name of love! Before legendary Irish rock band U2 packs Soldier Field on Saturday, June 3, Hard Rock Cafe invites guests to join in on the U2 Concert Pre-Party featuring a free, live performance from UZoo – The Unforgettable U2 Tribute Band beginning at 3 p.m.
Plus, guests have the option to purchase tickets for the U2 VIP Reception for $75, which includes a three-hour open bar package, hors d’oeuvres, and round trip transportation to the concert at Soldier Field.
Lisa Allen from 101.9 FM THE MIX Chicago will be onsite with THE MIX Road Crew from 3-5 p.m. doing a U2 concert ticket giveaway.
Tickets for the U2 VIP Reception are limited and can be purchased by clicking here.
Summer Patio Acoustic Series – Fridays from 5-7 p.m.
Chicago’s al fresco season begins when Hard Rock Cafe introduces its Summer Patio Acoustic Series, on Fridays from 5-7 p.m. Kicking off on May 5 guests are invited to the outdoor patio for live music and Happy Hour specials extended to 7 p.m.* Check the Hard Rock Cafe website weekly for updates on performers.
Hard Rock Cafe’s Happy Hour features half-priced appetizers* including Spinach Artichoke Dip, Classic Nachos, Wings in your choice of Buffalo Style or grilled with dry seasoning or tossed in Hard Rock’s Classic Rock, Tangy or Heavy Metal sauces, Balsamic Tomato Bruschetta, Tupelo Chicken Tenders and Potato Skins.
Happy Hour drink specials include $5 Drafts, $5 pours of house red and white wine from Inspiration Vineyards and $6 shots of Jameson, Fireball and Jack Daniel’s.
*Happy Hour is available at the cafe Monday through Friday from 4-6 p.m. Half-priced appetizer Happy Hour special excludes Hard Rock Cafe Chicago’s Jumbo Combo.
Hard Rock After Dark – Live Band Karaoke on Thursdays and Live Music Saturdays at 9 p.m.
Rock star guests can take to the Hard Rock stage for live band karaoke, Thursdays at 9 p.m., and belt out the greatest hits from their favorite artists backed by a full band. Guests will also enjoy drink specials including $4 Chicago draft beers and $5 well drinks.
Every Saturday night at 9 p.m., guests are invited to stop in and jam out with house band The Local Group, playing music ranging from Chicago traditional blues, rock and R&B to jazz, pop and country.
Hard Rock After Dark is open to all ages.
To learn more about Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, call 312-943-2252 or visit www.HardRock.com/chicago.
Mercadito Chicago, a Molise PR client, is set to participate in Timeout Chicago‘s first ever Taco Thursday event at Joe’s on Weed Street Thursday, May 11 beginning at 6 p.m. Guests to the event will sample a taco from each of the participating restaurants from around the city, and also sip on two complimentary drinks.
The Taco Thursday event will also feature a live DJ set and games throughout the night. Taco bout a good time!
Show mom how much she rocks this Mother’s Day at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, a Molise PR client, with a Mother’s Day brunch buffet and a live music show from Leaders of the Pack on Sunday, May 14, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Families are invited to indulge in a full spread of brunch favorites including: a Honey Baked Ham carving station, sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, French toast, roasted red potatoes, hash browns, fruit and mini muffins. Guests will also enjoy assorted juice options, coffee and tea. Adults are invited to order beverages and cocktails from the regular menu for an additional cost.
Beginning at 11 a.m., enjoy a special performance from Leaders of the Pack, a trio of leading ladies that celebrate the greatest girl groups and female artists, spotlighting the 1940s big band era of the Andrews Sisters, to the Rock & Roll sounds of the 50s, and the 60s pop of the Shirelles, Ronettes, the Supremes and more.
Mother’s Day Brunch and Live Music Show at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
Sunday, May 14
Brunch buffet begins at 10:30 a.m.
Performance by Leaders of the Pack begins at 11 a.m.
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago
63 W. Ontario, Chicago IL
$35 for ages 10 and up, $25 for children 9 years of age and under
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PRESS START TO ROCK – UNOFFICIAL C2E2 AFTER PARTY AT HARD ROCK CAFE CHICAGO
BENEFITTING READING WITH PICTURES
Featuring a cosplay contest, 80’s themed live music, drink specials from Revolution Brewing, raffle prizes and more!
Press Start to Rock at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Chicago PR client, the unofficial C2E2 after party on Friday, April 21 from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. featuring live music, drink specials, a cosplay contest and more!
The event will benefit Reading With Pictures, a Chicago 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with educators, governments and comic book artists to create educational comics that are used to get children engaged in learning about everything from algebra to sustainability.
Press Start to Rock will be hosted by comic con personalities Erica Fett, Nicole Salera and The Chicago Bombshells, and emceed by Groovie Louie. Guests will get down to 80’s themed tunes with live musical acts Insane Ian, Boy Meets Robot and Freaks Who Geek. Guests will enjoy beverages courtesy of Revolution Brewing, tabletop games organized by Geeky Gatherings and exciting raffle prizes. Video game consoles will be made available by I Play Games.
Dress to impress! Enter the cosplay best-dressed competition for your chance to win great prizes. Cosplay is highly encouraged, but not required.
Real Urban Barbecue Offers Special Easter Holiday Carryout Menu
Featuring items like slow-smoked ham and prime rib, traditional sides dishes and homemade desserts from the Real Urban Bakery
Chicago PR Agency Molise PR client Real Urban Barbecue, located in Downtown Highland Park (610 Central Ave. #177), Vernon Hills (1260 S. Milwaukee Ave) and Oak Brook (2119 Clearwater Drive), is offering a special Easter carryout menu perfect to fit any family gathering. RUB’s holiday menu is available for pick up Friday, April 14 through Sunday, April 16.
Build your full Easter spread with Real Urban Barbecue favorites including:
- Slow-Smoked Prime Rib
- Sliced Smoked Michigan Turkey Breast
- Whole Smoked Bone-In Berkshire Pork
- Sliced Smoked Ham
- Traditional side dishes like: Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes, Sweet Potato Soufflé and Golden Corn Bake
- Homemade desserts including Chicky Cupcakes, Rainbow Cake Balls and Three Layer Carrot Cake
For more information call 847-947-6474 to reach all three locations, or visit www.RealUrbanBBQ.com.
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EXHIBITIONISM – THE ROLLING STONES
Celebrate the New Exhibition at Navy Pier,
Grand Opening Party to be Held at Hard Rock Cafe with Hot Rocks Band
Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Chicago PR client, is celebrating the grand opening of Navy Pier’s newest exhibition with a grand opening party for Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones, on Saturday, April 15 featuring The Rolling Stones tribute band Hot Rocks Band.
Guests of all ages are invited with complimentary admission to Hard Rock Cafe to join in on the celebration with a night of live entertainment from Hot Rocks Band, a tribute band that presents a theater-like Rolling Stones experience with the music, the look, the costumes and energy of the famous English rock band. Guests will also have the opportunity to win tickets to the exhibition, opening April 15 at Navy Pier.
Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones blockbuster exhibit, delivered by DHL, is the largest touring exhibition of its kind at nearly 15,000 square feet. A highly immersive and interactive music experience featuring over 500 rare Rolling Stones items spanning the bands influence on fashion, recording, film and art, culminating in a mind-blowing 3D concert finale.
Hard Rock International is the world’s largest curator of music memorabilia, and Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Chicago PR client, is proud to partner with Exhibitionism to offer guests an even more expansive music and history experience. Guests who visit the exhibit between Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, July 30 will receive a complimentary ice cream cookie sandwich when they show their exhibition ticket at the cafe.
Marcia Frost recently mentioned Hard Rock Cafe’s partnership with Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones on her CI Living segment for WCIA 3, a CBS-affiliated television station for Central Illinois. Click the photo below to check out the full clip:
Hop on over to Hard Rock Cafe, Molise PR Chicago PR Firm client, for a special Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15 with seatings at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Bring a camera, grab somebunny special and pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny who will be hopping around the cafe all morning long.
Enjoy a full spread of brunch favorites including: a Honey Baked Ham carving station, sausage and bacon, scrambled eggs, French toast, roasted red potatoes, hash browns, fruit, assorted breakfast cereals, and mini muffins. Guests will also enjoy assorted juice options, coffee and tea. Adults are invited to order beverages and cocktails from the regular menu for an additional cost.
Each brunch reservation includes an exciting Easter egg hunt for the kids. Eggs will be filled with candy and hidden throughout the cafe’s mezzanine and outdoor patio for the little eggs-plorers. Find the golden egg and win a special Hard Rock Cafe Easter basket to take home.
For more information, visit www.HardRock.com/Chicago.
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