EVENT: Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration @BaconSportsBeer @BaconSports (11-23-13)

UPDATE: This event happened!  Watch my #socialvideo recap below!

If you like bacon, sports, beer, and fun then this celebration is for you! With a ticket to the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration brought to you by Bacon Sports, you get unlimited tastings of bacon inspired creations from some of Chicago’s top restaurants, a healthy dose of craft beer tastings, plus all the fun and activities you can handle.

WHAT:   Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration

WHEN: Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

WHERE: Union Station Great Hall, 500 West Jackson Boulevard

TICKET COST: General Admission – $100 (2pm – 6 pm)

VIP Ticket – $200 (1pm – 6pm) Use promo code “havefun” to avail of 40% off!


There will be Nerf games, multiple pop-a-shot hoops, a bumpin’ DJ, action photo booth to take crazy photos, a putting green, TV’s with games on, sports trivia, and various interactive games from some of Chicago’s top companies.

Make sure to wear your favorite or most random jersey or sports attire as we’ll be handing out awards to the people who go hardest in the paint.  

You’ll be sure to leave this Celebration fully satisfied by the hat trick of awesomeness so get your tickets now!

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EVENT: November’s ‘Luck Be a Lady’ #Casino Night @UntitledChicago @Movember (11-19-13)

@UntitledChicago lounge

Untitled’s ‘Luck Be a Lady’ Casino Night has proved itself a winner as the sensational monthly event has drawn in hundreds of gamers, drinkers and enthusiasts alike. At the upcoming November event, guests are invited to support a moustache growing charity event as Untitled and Brugal Extra Dry offer high-class gaming including blackjack, craps and roulette tables, 1950’s-inspired cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment.

WHAT: November’s ‘Luck Be a Lady’ Casino Night

WHERE: Untitled, 111 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL 60654

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m)

TICKETS: Complimentary Admission but an RSVP is encouraged at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/untitled-casino-night

Untitled Chicago Casino Night

On Tuesday, November 19, Untitled will be teaming with the men’s health global charity, Movember during the evening’s Casino Night. For every $5 that guests donate to the organization, they will receive $250 worth of casino chips in return. Amazing prizes from Brugal and other sponsoring brands will be given out at end of the night to guests with the most chips.

Throughout the evening, the Chicago-based Sam Fazio Trio, will play a unique mix of American standards, swing tunes and pop classics plus an arousing group of burlesque performers will make their way through the room.



Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches on men’s faces around the world. Through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.


For more event information, contact cy@mjprchicago.com or call 312-880-1501.


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Lunch at @PizzeriadaNella with @JenTravelsLife @MonikaRydz #LincolnPark

Tucked away in Lincoln Park is Pizzeria da Nella.  Monika and I enjoyed a decadent lunch including lobster risotto, caprese and my favorite… pizza.  The food was absolutely delicious and fresh.  You will not be disappointed dining here.  Check out the attached social video to see Monika and I eat way more than two women should.

Address: 1443 W Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Phone Number: (773) 281-6600

Pizzeria Da Nella location

Pizzeria Da Nella Lobster Risotto

Pizzeria Da Nella Caprese

Pizzeria Da Nella Pizza


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Join language learning classes at Multilingual Connections! @M_Connections

Like many Americans, I studied a foreign language in high school and college.  A lot of good that did me.  Sure I can get around in Cancun, but that’s because their English is better than my Spanish.

As an adult, I have increasingly felt the desire to learn another language and if possible, in another country.  Until then, there’s Multilingual Connections in Bucktown.  So far I’ve participated in classes, private lessons, community conversation and bootcamps.  My instructor, Tony Marsh is a fantastic teacher and has made learning a more streamlined process.

Multilingual Connections is a Chicago-based, woman-owned business that helps connect individuals and organizations to their communities and world through translation, interpretation and transcription services and interactive, immersive and culturally-rich language training. They are passionate about language and take pride in the quality of the services they offer. Get to know Multilingual Connections, and let them help open doors to your world!



Multilingual Connections adult

Multilingual Connections offers interactive, immersive and culturally-rich language training options for adults – whatever your needs!

Offerings include:

Weekly Classes (Romance & Specialty Languages)
Bilingual Boot Camp
Tutoring (Private & Semi-Private)

Their list of languages continue to grow and includes Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic, Korean, Russian, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Greek, Japanese, Urdu and more!

For educators and not-for-profit employees who need language skills at work, they offer 20% off our Fundamentals classes and Bilingual Boot Camps.


Multilingual Connections kids

Looking to connect your child with his or her heritage? With the community? With the world as a whole? Whatever the motivation – the Multilingual Kids program is your source for convenient, culturally-rich and affordable language learning. At Multilingual Connections. At your child’s school. At your home!

Offerings include:

Classes at our center
School programs
Summer camps
School holiday camps

Interactive, immersive and culturally-rich language classes include Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and Korean, and tutoring options include Polish, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Japanese and more.

For more information, visit the website at http://mlconnections.com/

Multilingual Connections

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Petergof Nightclub’s Alien Invasion 2013 #Event #Venue #Holiday

The Friday after Halloween may seem like a hard night to get folks to dress up, but not if you are Petergof Nightclub in Northbrook, IL.  Connected through my friends at Paradigm Next (thanks Yana and Alex), Alien Invasion 2013 was to be my first time visiting this venue.

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Petergof is a restaurant, a banquet hall, an event space and a nightclub all rolled into one great space with a big, free parking lot.  Cocktails were moderately priced at $7-$9.  The space is beautiful, well-maintained and the staff was friendly (which is HUGE for me).

Check out the attached video to see all the fun including a costume contest, gregarious DJs, girls dancing in bikinis, the mesmerizing saxophone player and more information about Petergof in general.

You can also keep up with Petergof Nightclub on Facebook for the latest event information and lots of pictures from the event.

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Watch @JenTravelsLife on #Halloween @IAmSteveHarvey

Hey Friends!  Check out the video above to see us on Steve Harvey TV on WMAQ for Halloween 2013.  This episode aired October 31 at 2PM in Chicago.  Check here for your local listings to Steve Harvey TV.  Trick or treat!

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@VirginAtlantic Launches New Kids Pack #kidfriendly


Keeping kids entertained at 30,000 feet can be a difficult task but the experts at Virgin Atlantic have come to the rescue with the introduction of a new kids pack.


Once on-board, all children under 12 are given either a red or black waterproof bag – perfect for keeping their bathing suits in once on vacation – which is full of useful and fun items for the journey ahead. The bag contains a child-sized eye mask printed with either star-shaped sunglasses, Kanye West’s style shutter shades, goggles or snorkels, warm socks with a sneaker or sandal design, a rainbow pen and a Lonely Planet Travel Journal. Also being introduced into the pack in December is a Where’s Wally? book.

Gemma Lochrie, Senior Cabin Crew at Virgin Atlantic commented: “We have so many families travelling with us and we know how difficult it can be for parents trying to keep children entertained on what can be a really long flight. We always try to make it as easy as possible and in addition to our new kids packs, we’ve put together a few simple tips to help parents arrive at their destination stress-free.”

Virgin Atlantic Kid

Cabin crew tips for families travelling with Virgin Atlantic

  • Ensure your little ones receive a children’s meal on-board by ordering one online 48 hours in advance. The meals offer plain food designed to appeal to children. Examples include: Pasta Bolognese with dinosaur pasta, yogurt tubes, Fruit Shoot juice, bags of fresh fruit and vegetables, mini Chedders, raisins, jam sandwiches
  • Although Virgin Atlantic’s award winning inflight entertainment gives kids a superb selection of the latest movies as well as their own dedicated TV channels, if you know your child has a favorite show load it on to an iPad or DVD player as this can buy you precious quiet time
  • Speak to our crew once on-board as they provide all parents travelling with children with a plastic bag – we know they generate a lot of trash.
  • Take pre-made cartons of formula which are easy to pour into bottles rather than making up the powder which is fiddly and messy.
  • Although we have a “baby-box” on board with a few diapers, jars of baby food, plastic spoons and straws for emergencies, make sure you take plenty with you!
  • Before your trip buy new toys and keep them hidden.  Get one new toy out every hour to entertain your little one and put each toy away before getting out the next new distraction
  • It’s fine for children to walk up and down the aircraft during the flight as they will get restless. Try and keep them seated and strapped in during the meal and drinks services though as the aisles can get blocked with the carts
  • Avoid giving children sugary treats and soda on-board.  It makes them more restless and fidgety and just means more trips to the restrooms!
  • Bear in mind that the toilets are always very busy at the end of the flight and are locked and out of use when the seatbelt sign goes on for landing so make sure to do your toilet trips with plenty of time to spare to avoid any accidents!

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9 Reasons You Need More Than One Video With @JenTravelsLife

Every now and then I take my own good advice and do something really smart, like create a video that says explains what I have been saying since the dawn of man…

You need videos- with an “s”.


Well, I’m glad you asked- because Mom recently convinced me to create a video of what I was explaining to her on the phone.  She’s so smart.  So, here are 9 reasons you, and every business, needs more than one video.

  1. VARIETYwhy you need videos #social video

PS:  This video is dedicated to Mom for taking me to gymnastics when I was younger.

Learn How To Use #Hashtags With Basics From @JenTravelsLife

#Hashtags are an organic community creation.  Some things come and go.  Some things linger forever.  Originally used to categorize conversations about the #NaturalDisasters, they has evolved into a promoter’s dream-come-true; “more online noise” and everything in between.

In this video, I include some basic tips for understanding the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE & WHY related to hashtags.  If you have specific questions, you may leave them in the comments below or tweet me @JenTravelsLife.

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Test Drive a #LincolnMKZ #LincolnMKX & get a FREE @Sunda Sushi Roll

Hey Chicago!  The good people over at @LincolnMotorCo are coming to Chicago and want YOU to test drive the new #LincolnMKZ #LincolnMKX!  If THAT wasn’t enough to get you behind the wheel, they’ve sweetened the deal with chef-inspired gifts from some of Chicago’s TOP restaurants!  Click the links below to join in the fun!

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WHAT:  Re-discover The Lincoln Motor Company…  Experience the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid or the MKX and be thanked with a complimentary chef-inspired gift.

Your #OffTheMenu experience will include:

  • Private drive in the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKZ Hybrid, or MKX
  • Complimentary chef-inspired gift
  • Optional red carpet arrivals photo



#OffTheMenu #LincolnMKZ #LincolnMKX @LincolnMotorCo @Sunda


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