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

Networking Socials

360BEYOND Creative Design

Remember the days when you had to put on your best look, grab your business cards, the pencil & pen set with your initials on them and head to a networking event filled with people you’ve never met. This networking event, catered with wine, cheese and strategic conversation was aimed at getting a lead or a few important business cards. Networking was/is a must for developing and growing one’s business; for account acquisition, job leads or just to help one’s business succeed. Those days still exist, but our ever-changing world full of technological advances have created a new form of networking that has even brought socially shy people into the spotlight more and more each day. I know that most of you are used to the term Social Networking, but for the sake of this article we’ll call those of us caught up in online connections through various sites on the World Wide Web, Networking Socials.

Where Will I Take My Next Coffee Break?

There was a time when people went to coffee houses in pairs to chat about work, children, school and pets.  These days chatting at the coffee-house is a slight distraction for Networking Socials; so enter signs posted on windows for the technical eye to see, “FREE WiFi“.  Yes, that’s it, I (emphasis on I) will stop right here and have my coffee; my laptop, cappuccino and I can get some networking out-of-the-way.  Just when you thought your battery might run out, have no fear, electric plugs are being installed in record numbers at these coffee shops.  So in you go and within a matter of 10 minutes you check into as many sites that you are associated with to make sure that you  have not missed an important update or an opportunity to network with a perspective contact.  Finally, you are engaged and on your strategically chatting, writing way.

How Do I Manage My Time?

If you can keep your mind focused on traditional networking for just a moment, I want to remind you of the importance of those face to face networking events.  If you were like me, you had a business card goal.  I would say to myself, “I want to leave here tonight with 10 to 15 meaningful business cards.”  Meaningful meant, I did not just collect business cards to be collecting business cards.   I took time to speak with people and listen to other conversations happening around the punch table.  During these conversations, I was able to meet, learn about, or be pointed in the direction of someone who can be of assistance to me and my goal for networking in the first place.  This concept should be the same for Networking Socials on the World Wide Web, on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in or even via email.  Listen with your eyes, yes I’ll write that again in the next sentence.  Listen with your eyes. Use your eyes to do the job that your ears cannot do, unless you’re on Skype.  Use your writing as your handshake to make the connection.  Make sure you prepare thoughts in advance, so that you can ask the right questions and get out of the chatting, writing, and socializing exactly what you want.  If you’re into sales, ask for the sale, but don’t be surprised of rejection if you haven’t been social.  Social Networking, Networking Socials is about connecting and sharing information.  Read carefully and don’t always be quick to respond.  Offer something important, share, don’t covet information.  Your reward also comes from your investment.  Information is valuable and if you want to learn, you should also be willing to share.

So go on Networking Socialite, the world is one click away from meeting you. Friend somebody, follow somebody on Twitter. Your mind is your limit!  Unlock Your Champion, how many contacts can you keep up with?  Whatever the answer is, don’t let the fear of a face to face meeting stop you, it may not even be necessary, if at all.

If you ever need Social Media Consulting, I’m just one click away.

Unlocking Your Champion, I’m Nicole Cabell