For film buffs and casual fans alike, Talk Cinema isn't just about seeing movies—it's also about bragging rights. That's because the sneak preview film series gives guests in 11 major cities the chance to be among the first to see new independent and foreign films prior to their wider theatrical releases. Created in 1992 by film critic Harlan Jacobson, whose work has appeared everywhere from The New York Times
to Film Comment, the series aims to provide cinephiles with an intellectually stimulating viewing experience that might also include post-screening talks led by influential critics and filmmakers. Aficionados who want to take the hobby to the next level can also sign up for Talk Cinema's guided tours of international film festivals, which help with navigating the scene in places like Palm Springs, Havana, and San Sebastian.
Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers never lets up. Having racked up countless accolades in his football career, including enshrinement in the NFL Hall of Fame and making grown men cry with biopic Brian's Song, he could have just retired. But after his running back days, Sayers became a computer entrepreneur and funneled his success into founding the Gale Sayers Center. With a mission of motivation, education, and inspiration, the organization strives to modernize underfunded schools with the financial support and technology that help boost academic results. The center offers after-school and public speaking programs to prepare students for college and careers, and mentoring and motivating sessions with local leaders to encourage youth to aim high.
Looking for a vicarious filmic experience? The theater at Big Cinema Golf Glen in Niles lets you live the drama of your favorite movies.
Don't worry about packing a snack. This theater has a great restaurant so you can keep the fun going.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this theater is a great spot for families.
Enjoy the beautiful weather with an exciting movie at Big Cinema Golf Glen's open air theater.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The Big Ten Conference: Just How Big Is It?
It has more schools than its name indicates. The addition of Penn State in 1990 upped the conference’s membership to 11, with the Nittany Lions joining Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Expansion continued in 2010 with the addition of Nebraska, and Maryland and Rutgers brought the total to 14 in 2014.
It’s more than just football and basketball. The conference fields teams across 18 men’s and women’s sports, including track, gymnastics, and field and ice hockey.
You could drive 1,300 miles and never leave Big Ten country. The conference stretches from New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers) in the east all the way to Lincoln, NE (Nebraska) in the west.
It helped define college sports as we know them. During the 1895 meeting that eventually formed the conference, school presidents restricted athletic participation to “full-time students who were not delinquent in their studies,” a definition that would help shape the future of intercollegiate sports.
Pickwick Theatre, home to one of the Chicago area’s largest theaters, showcases the latest Hollywood blockbusters inside a historic, registered-landmark building. Patrons flood their visual and aural receptors with the theater’s current list of films displayed on one of three screens, including an expansive main auditorium that seats 1,000 people or mannequins comically brought to life. Popcorn and soda keep bodily hungers sated throughout films' airtime and prevent stomach growls from interrupting key dialogue.
Are you ready for unforgettable moments of theater? If so, then Lynnettes School of Dance in Park Ridge has all the shows for you.
Break out of your shell and sign up for a dance class at Lynnettes School of Dance.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.