The usual list is out there, visit the Zoo, Navy Pier, all the Museums, (and I agree) but what if you took time to shake up the tradition and visit more places in Chicago this winter.  Here is a unique #ChicagoRadio top things to do this winter list by @NicoleCabell


Take a great holiday individual or family photo in front of your favorite Chicago landmark with @360Beyond (A unique Chicago Photographer and small business (indoor or outdoor photos).  He sets up a photo shot like no other, $75 Winter Photo Special, can be delivered to your email inbox within 48 hours after editing. His photo of the Chicago Bean or whatever you’d like to call it is featured at the top of the page and a pic of that he calls “The Sky Is The Limit” is featured below. 360beyond@gmail.comDSC_0147.jpg


  • Stony Island Arts Bank


The South Shore Cultural Center, in Chicago, Illinois, is a cultural facility located at 71st Street and South Shore Drive, in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. It encompasses the grounds of the former South Shore Country Club. Wikipedia

Address: 7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649

Opened: 1908

Area: 65 acres

Phone: (773) 256-0149


Dusable Museum

Celebrate Kwanzaa 2015 (Open to all)

740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 947-0600


Saturday, December 26th, Umoja– Unity

Sunday, December 27th, Kujichagulia– Self Determination and Ujima– Collective Work & Responsibility

Tuesday, December 29th, Ujamaa– Cooperative Economics and Nia– Purpose

Wednesday, December 30th, Kuumba– Creativity and Imani– Faith

Location: Ames Auditorium


Michigan Avenue from Water Tower Place to Roosevelt

Instead of going to the Magnificent Mile (for self)

Volunteer to take a low income child who has never been up and down the mile at night

Look at the wonder and joy in their eyes, tell them they could own a business there one day

Carol with them, buy hot chocolate, buy them the gift that you intended to by yourself


Harlem Globetrotters

Family basketball show

December 29 – 30, 2015

The famous Harlem Globetrotters demonstrate ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.


Lakeview Polar Bear Club Polar Plunge
When: Jan. 30
Where: Oak Street Beach, 1000 N. Lakeshore Drive
Hours: Plunge begins at 12 p.m., but participants should arrive by 11 a.m.
Admission: Early registration/donation is $30 per swimmer, and regular registration is $40 per swimmer. The event is free to watch, but donations are encouraged.
What It’s About: Every year since 2002 LBPC has been raising funds for families dealing with crises by jumping into Lake Michigan in the dead of winter.


eta Creative Arts Foundation, Inc.
7558 S South Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619-2644 – Phone: (773) 752-3955

Repairing a Nation by Nikkole Salter 11/13/15 – 1/3/16

Lois Davis’ family suffered tremendous losses throughout the burning of “Black Wall Street” during the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921. 80 years later, she pressures her family to join a class- action suit for reparations; she could really use the money. A fun holiday celebration takes a dramatic turn when a family member’s past deception forces a “reparations” issue within the family. Playwright Nikkole Salter probes the wounds of inequity and flawed relationships to offer an opportunity to right a wrong and heal a family.


Black Ensemble Theater New Years Eve 2015

4450 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640



If You haven’t tried their food, you must!

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant
6120 N Broadway, Edgewater, Chicago 773 338 6100
7537 N Clark Street, Rogers Park, Chicago 773 764 2200

Mon – Thurs and Sun 11am to 10:00pm, Fri and Sat 11am to 11:30pm


Escape Artistry

  • Flatiron Arts Building
  • 1579 N. Milwaukee Ave. Suite 350
  • Box Office (773) 789-9535 // Mon-Fri // 10a-5p

December 24, 2015 – Jan. 30, 20

You and 9 others are trapped in The Railcar and must solve clues to escape within an hour at the Flatiron Arts Building.

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I have been told, “You are sitting on gold with that mind and voice of yours.” So I use it to inspire others. Until next time, I’m Nicole Cabell.

Nicole Cabell

Happy New Year 2011!

Click on 2011 to Celebrate

This year has been full of learning, excitement and even some moments of sadness and exhaustion. Through this 2010 journey, I have become more aware of my low level of tolerance for those words, things, actions that bring other people down, that destroy families, that feed the greedy. I have prayed stronger, needed less and have had a greater appetite for love and to give love. I have often used my words, that are a gift that I was given from my creator at an early age, to spread messages that are generated from my experiences, and/or my physical, spiritual and emotional connections to others and their experiences.

I felt the pain (as much as possible) of our children whose lives were snuffed out by the anger of violence and prayed for us to #StopChicagoYouthKillings, and was encouraged by the voices of my twitter/facebook friends to the tune of hundreds who felt the same way. In 2011, I pray that we continue to spread outcries from various people and organizations that received national headlines in 2010 bringing attention to neglected children in inner city communities across this “great” USA. Our children need to know that we care about them and the future of the human race. I grew up in a faith that recognizes that cutting down our children, basically destroys access to the future.

My strong, gentle and caring husband has a quote that I basically use as much as possible, because I love it so much. C’s quote is, “Progress is measured by the support you give another.” I have always wanted to be in a position to do as much for others as I possibly can, and one of my favorite people Oprah Winfrey does this well. I have had dreams of having a large bus and just going through the City of Chicago and doing for those who need it most, asking for nothing in return. In this dream, I imagine holding on to the feeling that perhaps the little bit that I am able to give, helped someone believe that this world can be a better place for everyone.

That is my hope for 2011, simple and sweet, that you, the one who is reading this message, that they, the ones who cannot see, that this world, this America, this Chicago will find peace at last. I know that God can deliver us all through dark days into the light of tomorrow that carries more hope and more promise than the past. So forget what happened yesterday, the journey is a part of the process that will carry you to the exact place that you are supposed to be. You just need to believe in whatever it is that brought you this far. Thank you God for an amazing husband, a beautiful child, family, extended family, in-law family, friends, animals, earth, wind, fire, water, metal, love, life, laughter. For 2011:

I wish that all troops can be returned home to their families as quickly as possible and that they receive the care they need to heal.

I pray for families and friends, for healing and strength with a bond eternal.

I pray for my facebook and twitter connections that all of you will be protected by love and God’s promise for you.

I pray for the hungry that they will find food, clothing and shelter in this world of ours in limitless supply.

I pray for those who need jobs that the economy will strengthen and make your finances stable.

I pray for our children (my child) that you will know that you are loved and that you will be protected with every step you take and every move you make.

I pray for those who care for children everywhere, that you receive the patience and support you need to love the children that you come in contact with.

I pray for the mothers (my mother and mother in-law) that you are blessed for the love that you give to your children everywhere.

I pray for the women and men of the world that you find the support, love, strength that you need to be strong.

I pray for my husband that you are given the tools that you need to continue to enhance the beautiful visions that you have and have shared with our family and that the canvas that we have painted for each other continues to flourish.

This is my wish for #2011

My husband and I are creating a family covenant and marriage covenant that will be prayed over as we take part in a watch service to ask for God’s protection and love. We will also pray for world peace and therefore for each and every one of you.

Love God, Love Self, Love Others, Love Always


From Our Family to Yours Happy New Year!