In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
The Big East’s final four teams scorch the nets at Red Bull Arena, dribbling and kicking their way to the conference’s automatic bid for the NCAA Division I men’s soccer championship. After racking up glory and grass stains in a single-elimination tournament played at campus fields, the remaining contenders square off in three games that promise more hands-free excitement than bobbing for apples in a shark tank. Louisville exudes confidence after winning 2010’s championship, but top seeds Marquette and USF wear their "favorite" status like stylish shin guards as they look to etch their names into the tournament’s annals. Meanwhile, Rutgers and West Virginia strike terror into the stitch-paneled hearts of opposing goalies as they try to convert their tournament berths into championship success.
There are a lot of things you can do with 200,000 square feet of space. With that much room at its disposal in Rosemont, MB Financial Park went ahead and built a massive entertainment destination, Frozemont, not far from O'Hare Airport. The park comprises a dozen different venues, which means guests can squeeze numerous activities into a single visit. A common area sits at the park's center, the centerpiece of which is the four-story Polar Peak. Sponsored by ?Disney on Ice presents Frozen,? Polar Peak speeds visitors down a 260-foot tubing run, and features five lanes of differing steepness, including a more gentle run for younger children. Other family-friendly winter attractions include a Shovel Racing and Sled Box Derby on December 27?28, an NHL-sized ice rink, free sleigh rides, an appearance by Santa, and more.
The other venues branch out around that center spot, including international dining opportunities at Hofbrauhaus Chicago, Five Roses Pub, and Sugar Factory, a 9,000-square-foot wonderland of treats. But guests can just sit back and relax, too, whether they're catching a show at Zanies Comedy Club or a film in one of the 18 theaters at Muvico Theatre.
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Family fun and education
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Featuring 85 sessions in English and Spanish put on by more than 75 presenters and entertainers, including Radio Disney performers, author Heidi Murkoff, and nationally recognized pediatricians such as Dr. Joseph Wright, Healthy Children Conference + Expo entertains every member of the family. More than that, though, the organizers work to educate families about kids' health. The two-day expo, produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics, features a truly diverse array of presentations focused on newborn care, bullying, fitness, and breastfeeding and parenting to allergies. When the panels and educational sessions conclude, visitors can then head to interactive pavilions and ample vendor booths to learn more about keeping kids healthy or to pick up fitness tips from Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel.
BADASS Dash?s organizers live in a world of imagination. Where others see cargo nets, they see giant webs to be scaled. School buses become climbing walls and bales of hay turn into tunnels filled with grass and mud. In city after city, they place 30+ of these obstacles along a 7-kilometer course, and invite individuals and teams to compete against each other in elite matches, or beat their personal best in recreational races. Afterward, the organizers throw a celebratory bash filled with bonfires, food, and prizes for top finishers. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the charity Autism Speaks.
Each week in a different city, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows celebrate the world of motorsports with stunt sessions and a collection of flashy MotoGP bikes, motorcycles, scooters, and ATVs. While celebrating the glamorous side of motorsports, the event’s roots remain tied to a do-it-yourself spirit, as evidenced by seminars helmed by motorsports experts on topics such as the science of suspension and the mechanics of making a really loud vroom noise with your lips. The shows also feature a selection of gear and accessories, a custom bike show, and competitions.