During the main event, southpaw David Diaz, former WBC world lightweight champion, will dispute the finer points of pugilistic philosophy in a 10-round debate with “Red Hot” Robert Frankel. Diaz, a Chicago native, won the national Golden Gloves three times, and currently holds a professional record of 35-3-1, winning 17 fights by KO. For the co-main event, light heavyweight Andrzej "The Polish Prince" Fonfara (15-2, 6 KO's) will take on Adam Jaco (10-3, 4 KO's). To pique the audience’s appetite for cobra-fast jabs, dancerly footwork, devastating star punches, and the sweet music of pummeled human meat, undefeated Russian welterweight Anton Novikov (18-0) and California’s Dashon Johnson (11-3-3) will test the adhesive on each others’ hairpieces for eight rounds. Junior welterweights Aslanbek Kozaev (13-0) and Hector Alatorre (16-13-0) will also battle. Doors open at 7 p.m., fighters touch gloves at 8 p.m., and the judges begin a slow waltz at 11 p.m., signaling the end of the evening’s festivities.
The 'K' of the Chicago Sky's logo towers above the other letters, two thin prongs poking out from the top—a nod to the most famous of the city's iconic buildings. Fittingly inspired by the Chicago skyline, the Sky's uniforms have represented the Windy City since 2006. In those years, some of the WNBA's top players have donned the blue and yellow threads, including Candice Dupree, Epiphanny Price, and Sylvia Fowles—a defensive star who also wore red, white, and blue in London in 2012. In 2010, the Sky transitioned from the UIC Pavilion to a new, permanent home court, packing its neatly folded coaches into suitcases and moving to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
In case of a zombie apocalypse, a few simple principles could be a survivor's salvation: Be prepared, be paranoid, and above all, run. Participants in the Infected Zombie 5K Trail Run get a chance to practice, and can play either living or dead as they navigate a woodland arena infested with walking, crawling, running, and climbing zombies. Some courses may challenge runners with additional obstacles, such as climbing walls, tire fields, and haystacks. Meanwhile, the zombies attempt to satisfy their hunger for fast food by surprising the runners and snatching flags off of their waists. Whether they've been caught, the living make up with the dead at the after-party, which features unlimited beer, award ceremonies, and live music.
Ranked one of Five Podcasts that Will Change the Way You Think by Forbes Magazine, Intelligence Squared Debates has opened the floor on timely, politically-charged issues during more than 60 interactive Oxford-style debates—typically broadcast live from New York on more than 220 NPR stations, on PBS, and on Wall Street Journal's WSJLIve. In past debates, Arianna Huffington and P.J. O'Rourke have dueled over whether the two-party political system makes it impossible to govern. Malcolm Gladwell has advocated banning college football amid rebuttals from sports broadcaster Tim Green.
Whether the topic is Palestine's UN admission as a full member state, the pros and cons of religion, or the Internet's effect on our ability to stay open-minded, audience members get to question luminaries who have included Paul Krugman, Alan Dershowitz, and Karl Rove and throw tomatoes at them when they're deemed out of order. Each attendee is also afforded the final vote––for, against, or undecided––to crown the debate's winner.
Both a bold marriage of visual art and music and a tag-team of architectural ingenuity and sonic technology, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park straddles Chicago’s ‘front lawn’ with an artistic swagger that never overwhelms its plush green lawns. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the pavilion’s brushed stainless steel ribbons blossom into a 120-foot-high backdrop that mirrors a metal flower spreading its tendrils into the sky, or, as a New York Times writer likened it to, “a celestial gateway to another universe.” As writers from Time Magazine to USA Today have marveled at it’s sleek design, so too have many come forth to praise the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for its state-of-the-art acoustics. Wynne Delacoma, the classical music critic for the Chicago Sun Times, proclaimed that the outdoor venue “sounds as good as it looks.” Wynne went on to declare that its LARES sound system—notable for its suspended speakers that distribute sound to the far reaches of the venue while never obstructing the audience’s visual field—produces “that same warm, enveloping sound,” of an indoor theater. All of this, of course, is in service of its docket of diverse musical acts. National headliners such as Wilco and Tori Amos have entertained throngs of fans here, while the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has taken residency upon its vaunted stage, once even backed by then-senator and future president Barack Obama. A total of 11,000 music-loving fans can take in a show—4,000 in fixed seats and another 7,000 sprawled out on the ‘great lawn’—absorbing each note from beneath an intricately woven quilt of trellised pipes equipped with speakers that deliver front-row-clarity to every seat in the house. Flanked to the east by Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan, and to the west by the illuminated high-rises of Michigan Avenue and beyond, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion is a perfect place to spend an outdoor evening enchanted by the sounds of classical music.
The Under Armour All-America High School Football Game pits some of the country's top pigskin-handling seniors against each other in an All America game broadcast by ESPN. More than 90 promising young athletes pull out their hardest-hitting demonstrations of skill and announce their college destinations at the game, pumping up alumni and convincing burnt-out mascots to squeeze into the giant head one more time. The game has previously catapulted athletes including first-round NFL picks Julio Jones, currently a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons, and A. J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals, onto the national stage. Tropicana Field contains the on-field and in-stand energy within a giant dome, protecting heads from the elements and sky-diving long snappers.