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See the Bella Voce Chamber Choir Perform “Holiday Delights” in Chicago

Bella Voce Chamber Choir

 
Seeing a holiday-themed play or musical is one of the best ways to get into the spirit of the holiday season. This year, Chicago welcomes the beautiful and talented voices of the Bella Voce Chamber Choir. The popular choir has received praise from around the United States and the Holiday Delights selection is sure to kick off the holiday season in a big way.

Holiday Delights brings a choral ensemble full of new arrangements comprised of popular Christmas carols. The choir will also put their own unique touch on songs, namely Renaissance classics, to fill the St. Procopius Abbey.

The Christmas theme will resonate with every attendee, no matter their background. Get into the holiday season in fashion by attending a performance by the Bella Voce Chamber Choir in Lisle near Chicago.

Children and adults alike will love the harmonious voices time and time again. Tickets are currently available at a discounted price so hurry and get yours sooner rather than later. Such a popular performance is sure to sell out quickly, especially as the Christmas season looms ever nearer!

Performances take place on December 17th and 18th so plan accordingly!

We here at Bill Walsh Chevrolet can’t wait for the Bella Voce Chamber Choir to be in town!

Go to the Chicago International Film Festival this October

Chicago International Film Festival

The Chicago International Film Festival has already started, but there’s still plenty of time to go and see a few films! Starting October 13 and lasting two weeks until the last day on October 27, the CIFF is one of the biggest film festivals of the year.

The Chicago International Film Festival is the oldest competitive film festival in North America. It was started in 1964 by graphic artist Michael Kutza, who wanted to create a competition film festival that offered a different selection than what was being presented by Hollywood. That tradition of film festivals is still present today.

The first ever CIFF was held in 1965 and honored classic actors like Bette Davis for their contributions to film. Since then the festival has hosted guests such as Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Viola Davis, and Sophia Loren, to name just a few.

CIFF has also launched the careers of many now-famous creators and actors like Martin Scorsese and many others. CIFF shows a variety of films made by Illinois filmmakers as well as creators from around the world. Proceeds from the festival will go to programs hosted by Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of CIFF, including the Chicago International Television Festival and the organization’s year-round education program.

The 4 Best Restaurants in Chicago: Satisfying Your Palate

4 best restaurants in Chicago

Looking for someplace out of the ordinary in Chicago for that special date? Check out our list of top restaurants in the Windy City.

Hop in your car and drive to some of the best restaurants in Chicago. This includes some old and new places, each of which has some truly inspired cooking. Whether you’re in the mood for classic American fare or something exotic, you won’t be let down. Check out some of the top places to dine in the Chicago area.

According to the Chicago Eater, one of the top places to visit is Leña Brava. Headed by Rick Bayless, you can have Baja-inspired seafood and visit a mescal bar all in one location. Thanks to its brewery, the pub-like atmosphere in the restaurant is truly unique. Plus, with complex flavors that will leave your mouth watering, you won’t want to leave.

Stop by Giant for some unparalleled pasta dishes. Chef Jason Vincent puts together phenomenal plates at this small space in Logan Square, offering the best house-made pastas around. Plus, with locally sourced Midwestern ingredients, you know it’s all fresh.

Roister is headed by the renowned Alinea family. This modern restaurant has a unique atmosphere (the chefs prepare food in front of you), with loud music, an urban feel, and unpretentious elegance. Roister has oysters, steak, lamb, lobster, squash slaw, and more. Plus, with exquisite foie gras and Japanese Wagyu, you’ll think you died and went to heaven.

Finally, The Rosebud is an classic Italian group of restaurants each famous in their own right and second to none with friendly service and delectable, authentic cuisine. Some signature dishes include antipasti, bruschetta, Mama’s meatballs, and pasta fagioli soup. If you go to The Rosebud, you won’t regret it.

These are just some of the many restaurants in the Chicago area. Leña Brava, Giant, Roister, and The Rosebud each offer unique selections and atmospheres, guaranteeing a great time out to dinner with family or friends.

Jazzin’ at the Shedd: Things to Do This Summer in Chicago

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Stop by the Shedd Aquarium every Wednesday for a summer concert series called Jazzin’ at the Shedd. This annual event showcases the city’s finest musicians at one of the most scenic areas in the region. This Navy Pier event also has refreshments and beverages, as well as a stunning fireworks display.

According to the Shedd Aquarium, you can also check out the 32,000 animal residents at the aquarium. Exhibits include a Wild Reef, Abbot Oceanarium, and the Amphibians. You can also take a tour of the lake on a Shoreline Sightseeing Classic Tour, getting a front-row seat to the fireworks display.

You can also see some renowned researchers and scientists in an informal setting at the Jazzin’ Science Pub. Ask questions, enjoy some drinks, and learn about recent breakthroughs in various fields. There will be special guests on the following dates:

  • August 17
  • August 24
  • September 14

Advanced tickets are just $18, while you can also buy them at the door for $20. For those looking to take the Jazzin’ Shoreline Fireworks Cruise, it’s just $35. Members can get in for free—just one of many benefits to joining the Shedd Aquarium society.

If you’re looking to have a fun night on the town or you simply want to support one of the best aquariums in the country, stop by the Jazzin’ at the Shedd event for an unforgettable experience.

Starved Rock State Park Cabins

Starved Rock State Park Cabins

Getaway Spot: Starved Rock State Park Cabins in Northern Illinois

If you’re visiting northern Illinois and are looking for a memorable place to stay after a long day hiking through Starved Rock State Park, check out the Starved Rock Cabins. These highly-rated accommodations are located at the Starved Rock Lodge, right on the grounds of the state park.

The Lodge offers two different cabin options. The Sunset Cabins are picturesque log cabins located next to the grounds’ indoor pool. This is the perfect option for couples, as each room sleeps two and has full amenities—some rooms even have a fireplace! The rustic Pioneer Cabins sleep more visitors and are best for families. These cabins are also located further from the busy Lodge and are secluded in the scenic forest.

These cabins in Oglesby, Illinois are the perfect destination due to their location south of the Illinois River. They’re also not far from Matthiessen State Park and the Margery C. Carlson Nature Preserve. Check out a side of Illinois you haven’t seen by retreating to the exciting Starved Rock State Park Cabins!

Explore These Top-Notch Lake Michigan Locations for Boats This Sumer

Lake Michigan Locations for Boats

Looking for places to take your boat on Lake Michigan this summer? Given the 80-plus harbors and marinas in the region, it can seem overwhelming. Here are a few of our favorite Lake Michigan locations for boats:

Chicago – Of course, you cannot go wrong with Chicago, one of the nation’s most cultural cities, with more free zoos and opportunities to check out art than anywhere else.

Michigan City – Check out the Washington Park Municipal Marina, which can accommodate boats measuring up to 100 feet in length. If you’ve got a larger-than-life boat, this is the spot for you.

Saugatuck – Frequently cited as one of the top tourist destinations in the Midwest, Saugatuck is prized for its preservation of history, and everything is in walking distance of the harbor.

Lake Charlevoix – A beautiful medium-sized lake situated near the northern edge of Michigan, you can get to this through a small canal that leads from the Great Lake to the small one. Plenty of places to stop for a picnic lunch!

Of course, there’s no better way to tow your boat around than in a brand new pickup truck! To learn more about what trucks we have available or to take one on a test drive, visit us anytime at Bill Walsh Chevy.

5 Top Parks to Visit in Chicago This Summer

Parks to Visit in Chicago

Ah, the open air, green grass, and blue sky! Does it get any better than this?

Now that the sun is shining and school is out, there’s no better way to spend the day then at one of the many stunning parks of the Chicago area. Just be sure to pack plenty of fresh water and wear lots of sunscreen!

Here are some of our favorite parks to visit in Chicago to keep in mind this summer:

  • Lincoln Park (no, not the band)– This enormous park contains both a free conservatory and a free zoo, making it one of the nation’s top parks.
  • Millennium Park – No trip to Chicago would be complete without a stroll through this park, checking out the Bean.
  • Burnham Park – This lakefront park offers beaches, boating, and a skate park.
  • Maggie Daley Park – This newer park features plenty of playgrounds and, if you visit in the winter, an ice rink.
  • Jackson Park – Lastly, if you love birds, you can’t skip Jackson Park, a birder’s paradise which also has lagoons available for fishing.

And if you’re looking for some road trip tips – or if you’re in the Chicago area already – be sure to visit us at Bill Walsh Chevy, and get a tune-up. We’d love to see you and hear how you’re enjoying the summer!

 

Tahoe K9 Units: Chevy Police Vehicles Keep Police Dogs Safe

tahoe k9 units

Our men and women in blue can’t get enough of the new Chevy Tahoe, especially when it comes to police dogs. In fact, the Tahoe K9 Units rank among the most popular in the US, especially thanks to the model’s roomy interior and advanced climate control.

For police forces around the country, the Chevy Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is a no-brainer. According to Chevy, the PPV keeps dogs nice and comfortable with advanced heating and cooling, and plenty of cargo room easily fits a large kennel.

“Our K-9s live with our deputies and their families. They are on duty with our deputies every day – responding to calls for service, training, and creating an unbreakable bond,” said Oakland County (Michigan) Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “The K-9 Unit is an invaluable tool that serves our community and the Tahoe PPV is an important part of our operation.”

Because heat exhaustion is the number one killer of police dogs, having a good place to relax is important. The Tahoe provides necessary shelter from bumper to bumper, whether units are doing drills or in the field. There’s no substituting for Chevy quality.

Ottawa Township High School Joins Reform Effort

Ottawa Township High School board members made a unanimous decision. The school is now supporting the reform effort Vision 20/20. With the opening statement on the Illinois Vision 20/20 website, “Education is an investment in our children’s future, our state’s future, and our nation’s future,” it comes as no surprise that 200 Illinois school districts have signed on.

The program will take state legislative goals by the reigns for the next six years. Vision 20/20 aims to reform education at every level: the state board of education, teacher certification reciprocity with surrounding states, and promoting 21st century technology. “It is our responsibility as educations to reflect upon the current state of education in Illinois and take action to create an education system that meets the needs of all students,” the website says.

The stakes are high with over two million school children in Illinois. The program uses discussion with field experts and reviews of current literature to determine the best practices. Research is a major player in the program. With the hopeful implementation of the program, only time will tell how effective it really is.