THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO

Enter Here To Find Things To Do In Chicago

Chicago, The Windy City, is filled with incredible and exciting things to.  There are fun things to do with kids this weekend and always concerts in Chicago tonight.  Whatever it is you might be seeking at any point in time, there is a very good chance it is happening somewhere in Chicago. 

Our very helpful Chicago Travel Guide can be of assistance as you determine what you want to do and perhaps hotels near me in Chicago and the best restaurants.  It’s always best to check out any great city with a travel guide and a game plan for your action!

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

What are some top attractions in Chicago?

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

Chicago is simply overflowing with arts and culture.  Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum or the Chicago History Museum.  You can also check out the Art Institute Of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. 

If you are seeking performing arts then Chicago is the place for you.  Chicago is home the Hamilton Chicago and of course the Joffrey Ballet.  There is also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Opera. 

The city is also a huge sports town.  You can always find the upcoming events and schedules at ThingsToDoInChicago.co.  We have the Bears Schedule, Northwestern Football Schedule, and of course all the hockey action with the Blackhawks and Chicago Wolves

Check out some live action of a recent concert in Chicago:

Getting To Chicago

Chicago is a favorite tourist destination. It is one of the best cities in the US with world-class museums and restaurants and it is home to Jazz and comedy. It is known as the Windy City. Of course, getting there first is most important, so it is helpful to know a few things about the airports.

Midway can handle all of the major airlines and is one great option for flying to Chicago. If you charter your bus beforehand can save valuable time and produce your journey a lot more pleasant. The rental car buses depart with just a few folks. When travelling in a bigger group, the typical taxi or limo services are not able to cater for such parties within a car.

The airport provides a number of shops to pass the moment. Smaller airports are not going to provide that sort of exposure. O’Hare International Airport provides an assortment of choices for vehicle rentals. Midway International Airport is in the middle of a large dining overhaul. If you’re planning to fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), you’ve got ten car rental companies to pick from.

Based on the pick up location and destination of your journey, an alternate taxicab service may be the best option for you. Chicago Destinations While traveling to Chicago learns more about the region and the places you may visit when you remain in the region. Chicago Destinations Your visit to the Windy City is certain to be fun and full of excitement.

Chicago Growth And Development – Entertainment and Living Options

To stay on top of all the best things to do in Chicago or any city, you must be aware of all the new development and amazing places being constructed to lure in residents and give people a nice quality of life. There is a mammoth new development in Chicago called The 78. It’s a $7 Billion plus mega-project that will include entertainment options and venues. In fact, the entire city is under an immense new construction boom. It truly is remarkable how much new development is going on for a major, established city. Just check out the new digs around the Northwestern campus as well. Incredible.

Chicago 2020 Broadway Season Is Something Special

Broadway In Chicago really did it big time in 2020. Some true smash hits from Broadway are coming to town. Dear Evan Hansen is returning to the Windy City after a super successful run in 2019. Sensational musicals Mean Girls, Frozen, and Come From Away will also be in Chicago this coming season. It’s a power packed year for theatre lovers in Chicagoland.

Shedd Aquarium

The aquarium is always a big hit and an excellent place to take the kids. Also a perfect trip for a school field trip. Shedd in Chicago is no different. Shedd said please don’t hesitate to nurse anywhere you’re comfortable. Shedd has a rather prosperous penguin breeding program. Shedd is a well-known place and can readily get crowded during summer, weekends or holidays. Shedd also receives a huge part of its power consumption from solar power, and it’s always increasing. In reality, Shedd has also made tremendous progress in the field of waste management.

Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, zip code 60605.

It is possible to re-enter the Aquarium if you maintain your ticket. You only have to go to Shedd Aquarium! In general, Shedd Aquarium is a good location for families to devote an enjoyable weekend at. If you prefer to be part of the Shedd Aquarium’s workforce, you can volunteer for sure positions. Shedd Aquarium is among the world’s biggest indoor aquariums, housing around 32,000 creatures. Shedd Aquarium is among the most fascinating areas to visit when in the Chicago region. You can’t tour the complete Shedd Aquarium in simply a day so instead join their membership to visit it frequently. Perhaps check out the Shedd Aquarium for catching a concert at the Aragon Ballroom.

You can leave and return inside if you maintain your ticket. When you purchase your tickets, make certain that you reserve your time for any shows you would love to see as you will require a ticket to enter. Buying tickets early is almost always a fantastic idea. They can be purchased exclusively at the front gate of Dollywood and cannot be pre-purchased. If you wish to find discounted tickets, take a look at the discount section above.

Hotels In Chicago


When visiting Chicago of course it is imperative to check out all the hotels in Chicago so you can make the best choice for what you want. There are hundreds and hundreds of great hotels to choose from. The Centrally Situated Palmer House Hotel – The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel Has Been a great stay for our family . This Hilton hotel is centrally situated and just two blocks from the Art Institute and Millennium Park. We walked to almost anything we did. We got tired, Lyft and Uber automobile services delivered us as taking public transportation, about the same cost. Named after its proprietor his hotel burned from the Great Chicago Fire. 

Today, the hotel is a popular place to go for social gatherings in its spectacular lobby. This could be a great option for after a Thalia Hall Concert or after a long drive back from a Notre Dame Football game. This hotel takes you back with ceilings offering guests of business conferences and weddings both hospitality and old world charm. Our loved using the Executive Floor Lounge. For everyone remaining floors, the lounge provides evening hor doeuvres and breakfast. The lounge is an upgrade in the fun element and a family. To give you a notion of how Hilton Palmer Parker House is at Chicago, here’s the distance from the hotel and a list of Chicago restaurants and nearby attractions. We walked to all except the Museum of Industry and Science. 

Chicago Attractions – The Art Institute along with Millennium Park – Willis Tower – Field Museum of Natural History – John Hancock – Water Tower Place – John G Shedd Aquarium – Adler Planetarium – Lincoln Park Zoo – Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago restaurants – Als Beef – Giordanos – Lou Malnatis – Xoco – The Purple Pig – Portillos – Self Guided Walking Chicago Food Tour – I Really like to sample food in Various cities, but there’s never Appear to be sufficient meals. Thats where food tours come in. Rather than joining one, we created our very own Chicago food tour with the aid of knowledgeable friends. 

Who says you need to eat a whole meal at one restaurant? These innovative meals work when there are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Map them out on Google Maps along with make your very own Chicago food tour. Appetizer: Charcuterie in The Purple Pig – First Course: hotdogs At Portillos – Second Course: An Italian sandwich in Als Steak – Dessert: Churros with chocolate in Xoco – Chicago Deep Dish Pizza – Im not going to get into that the Chicago Deep Dish pizza wars. They’re all Chicago classics in their very own right.

Playoff rematch with NDSU another step in SIU’s growthon December 1, 2021 at 11:49 am

Prairie State Pigskin

Playoff rematch with NDSU another step in SIU’s growth

Read More

Man shot to death in Woodlawn: policeSun-Times Wireon December 1, 2021 at 9:03 am

A man was fatally shot Dec. 1, 2021, in Woodlawn. | Sun-Times file photo

About 1:05 a.m., he was standing in the 6200 block of South Eberhart Avenue, when a man wearing a ski-mask approached and fired shots.

A 28-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday morning in Woodlawn on the South Side.

About 1:05 a.m., he was standing in the 6200 block of South Eberhart Avenue, when a man wearing a ski-mask approached and fired shots, Chicago police said.

He was struck in the neck and shoulder, and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His name has not yet been released.

Area One detectives are investigating.

Read More

Horoscope for Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021Georgia Nicolson December 1, 2021 at 6:01 am

Moon Alert

After 6 a.m. Chicago time, there are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions. The moon is in Scorpio.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Be smart and check everything about banking, shared property, debt and credit cards because something unexpected could affect these areas and catch you off guard. It might put you at odds with an authority figure. (Yikes!) Know what’s happening because this could affect you financially.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Slow down and take it easy because today is a bit dicey and certainly full of surprises. Difficulties with parents, bosses and authority figures might arise. (Never forget the power of courtesy.) Someone you know will throw you a curveball.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your work routine will be interrupted today. Computer glitches, staff shortages, broken equipment, misplaced papers, canceled appointments — something. You might also be thwarted by rules and regulations or that old “we’ve always done it this way” excuse. Good luck.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Parents take note: This is an accident-prone day for your kids, so be extra vigilant. Know where they are at all times. Meanwhile, social events might be canceled. Possibly, an unexpected invitation will surprise you? Guard against sports accidents.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Get dressed because something will interrupt your home routine today. Someone might knock at your door. Meanwhile, small appliances might break down or a minor breakage could occur. (“No!”) The thing to know is that things will not flow as you expect them to go. Get ready.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Pay attention to everything you say and do because this is an accident-prone day for your sign. On the upside, because you can think outside of the box, you might have a clever, original idea? More likely, someone in authority or someone older than you will squelch your plans. (Bummer.)

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Keep an eye on your money and possessions today because it’s a crapshoot. Anything can happen. You might find money; you might lose money. Your possessions might be harmed or stolen. Restrictions related to children, sports or social activities might arise. Oh well.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today the moon is in your sign at odds with stern Saturn and opposite wild, wacky Uranus. It’s not an easy day. Keep your head down and your powder dry. Expect the unexpected. Expect to be thwarted by rules, regulations and authority figures. (Yikes!)

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today you feel restless. You have that feeling that you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. This is totally appropriate because in your chart, the moon is “agitated” and it’s hiding, as well. This means your subconscious is being rattled by the universe. No biggie. Gone by tomorrow.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Relations with friends and members of groups are dicey today. They might say or do something that surprises you? They might also try to restrict you or they might oppose your ideas. Don’t take this too seriously because this is just a temporary dark on your horizon. (Just for today.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

This is a poor day to ask a boss, parent, teacher or the police for permission or approval. Give these people a wide berth. If you do ask them for a favor, their response will likely be, “Talk to the hand.” Meanwhile, they might surprise you. Tread carefully.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Travel plans and anything to do with college and university schedules will be interrupted today. Almost certainly. Give yourself extra time so that you have wiggle room to deal with the unexpected. Surprising news in the media might catch you off guard. Someone might lay down the law. Oops!

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor, rapper Riz Ahmed (1982) shares your birthday. You are ambitious, resourceful, passionate and fiercely independent. You have big dreams and fantasies. People love your wit. This year is the end of a nine-year cycle for you which is why it is totally appropriate for you to wrap up things and finish projects and certain events in your life. Clean your slate to begin something new next year.

Read More

Northwestern falls in overtime to host Wake ForestSun-Times wireson December 1, 2021 at 4:59 am

Northwestern guard Ryan Greer (2) dribbles around the defense of Wake Forest forward Dallas Walton (13) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at the Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. | Allison Lee Isley/AP

Pete Nance led the Wildcats with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Boo Buie scored 12 points and Elyjah Williams added 11.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Jake LaRavia made the go-ahead jump shot with five seconds left in overtime then came up with a steal on the ensuing possession to give Wake Forest a 77-73 victory over Northwestern in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Tuesday night.

After Northwestern’s Boo Buie made a layup to tie the score at 73 with 20 seconds left in overtime, Wake Forest called timeout then worked the ball to LaRavia. He hit the jumper then came up with the steal a few seconds later as Buie lost possession. LaRavia was fouled and made two free throws to finish off the victory.

LaRavia and Alondes Williams scored 21 points each for the Demon Deacons. Williams had nine rebounds and LaRavia seven. Isaiah Mucius added 12 points.

Pete Nance led Northwestern with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Buie scored 12 points and Elyjah Williams added 11.

There were eight ties in an eight-minute stretch of the second half as the score moved from 51-all to 64-all. The Wildcats’ Ryan Greer hit a jumper to tie it at 64 with 2:35 remaining and neither team scored again in regulation. The back and forth continued in overtime with four lead changes in the first four minutes.

Toward the end of the first half, Wake Forest went on a 13-0 run to lead 32-20 but Northwestern responded with a 12-2 run. Wake Forest led 37-32 at the break.

Wake Forest (7-1) bounced back after taking its first loss, losing 75-61 to LSU in the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic last week.

Northwestern (5-2) opened the season 5-1 for the second consecutive year.

Read More

Michael O’Brien’s high school basketball notebookMichael O’Brienon December 1, 2021 at 4:04 am

Sandburg’s Ryan McPolin (2) drives toward the basket past Lemont’s Brock DiBartelo (11). | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

Highlights and thoughts on Tuesday’s top games.

Tonight was fantastic because of how normal it was. Just a typical Tuesday night high school basketball game. There was a band and cheerleaders and two teams fought hard to the end.

It’s been a long time. Tournaments and shootouts are great and everything, but there’s nothing like settling back into the normal rhythm of doing something you love.

Lemont’s going to be a fun team to track over the next couple of seasons. I’ve probably mentioned in one of these notebook what I think of Sandburg. Those kids always play hard when I’m in the gym, it’s been the same way under a few coaches now. When I go to Orland Park I see a close game, it doesn’t matter who the Eagles are taking on. That was the case tonight.

A new episode of the podcast was released this morning and Joe Henricksen did a story on some slightly under the radar seniors that should have big years.

Tomorrow I’ll post Joe’s big list of the top 30 games of the season. On to tonight’s action.

Tuesday’s top games

Glenbrook South 71, Lake Forest 54: Expected this to be a bit closer based on how well Lake Forest played last week. But the Titans roll in Glenview. Nick Martinelli scored 25 and Cooper Noard had 22.

Geneva 57, Bartlett 51: Only have the score on this one. I’ll be out in Bartlett on Thursday to get a look at the Hawks and 7-2 senior Conrad Kluczynski, Good to see they were competitive against a solid program like Geneva.

Andrew 71, Argo 48: The Thunderbolts are 5-0. Things seem to be happening. Michael Morawski led the way with 24 points and Davonte Evans had 14 for the Argonauts. And thanks to @argoboyshoops for including the leading scorer of the team that beat them in their tweet. That’s first class and very helpful.

Mount Carmel 65, King 34: Boy the Jaguars have had a rough schedule to start the season. Simeon and the Caravan so far with Kenwood tomorrow. Deandre Craig scored 27.

Romeoville 69, Plainfield South 56: Deone Cunningham had 15 points and seven rebounds and Troy Cicero added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists.

Stevenson 66, Carmel 52: Nice win for the Patriots, a team I don’t know much about this season. The are 4-1 now.

Curie 55, De La Salle 34: Phoenix Bullock scored 15 and Carlos Harris added 11. This is the third consecutive loss for the Meteors, who were expected to be pretty good this season.

Yorkville Christian 90, Sandwich 52: The Mustangs keep posting big numbers. Jaden Schuut scored 24.

Bloom 68, Lincoln-Way East 53: Big night for KJ Cobb with 24 points. He was 9 of 10 from the field and made all five of his three pointers.

Minooka 70, Oswego 48: Ricky Hill scored 29 and Minooka is off to a strong start this season.

Yorkville 55, Plainfield North 48: Feels like both Yorkville schools popping up in the notebook is a first. Jason Jakstys, a 6-8 sophomore, led the Foxes with 23 points.

Beecher 71, Tri-Point 45: We didn’t forget Beecher Watch. The Bobcats picked up their first conference win tonight. Duane Doss had 19, Adyn McGinley 14 and Mitch Landis added 13 points. That’s a 5-0 start.

Fenger 64, UP-West 24: I talked a bit about Fenger’s interesting start to the season on No Shot Clock. The Titans are a small school to keep an eye on.

Read More

Lemont shakes off inexperience, wins at SandburgMichael O’Brienon December 1, 2021 at 2:33 am

Lemont’s Matas Castillo (1) controls the ball as Sandburg’s Ty Binns (21) defends. | Allen Cunningham/For the Sun-Times

Lemont has an exciting generation of basketball players on its hands. Nojus Indrusaitis, a 6-4 sophomore, is already garnering interest from colleges and the Castillo twins, a pair of juniors, are exciting playmaking guards.

Lemont has an exciting generation of basketball players on its hands. Nojus Indrusaitis, a 6-4 sophomore, is already garnering interest from colleges and the Castillo twins, a pair of juniors, are exciting playmaking guards.

What Lemont doesn’t have is much experience. Teenagers are still adjusting to life after all the pandemic shutdowns. Tuesday in Orland Park was one of the first real road games most of Lemont’s players ever experienced.

“There was a band and cheerleaders,” Lemont coach Rick Runaas said. “[Indrusaitis] has never [played in front of] a band. He’s never [played in front of] cheerleaders. He played 13 games last year for us and then AAU, with no one yelling at him that he needs to improve his dunk game. Just not getting called out like that. It’s all new.”

That likely explains some Lemont’s shaky start to the season and its letdown in the second half against Sandburg.

Rokas Castillo, who missed key free throws late in the season-opening loss to Bradley-Bourbannais, drained the crucial free throws in a 58-55 win on Tuesday against the Eagles.

“I think I just learned from that mistake,” Castillo said.

Indrusaitis had a handful of breakaway dunks and finished with 12 points and six rebounds. Matas Castillo had seven points and nine assists. He has a knack for finding Indrusaitis and his brother on fastbreaks where one of them leaks out early.

“We have a lot of connection together so it makes it easy on the court,” Matas Castillo said. “On defense we can switch without talking and on offense we know where we are going.”

Rokas Castillo scored 16. Senior Patrick Gardner (six points, nine rebounds) and junior Miles Beachum (eight rebounds) helped give Lemont (3-2) a significant advantage in the post. They out-rebounded Sandburg 38-28.

That advantage helped Lemont survive a brutal night at the free-throw line. They shot just 16 of 33.

“In the first half we played our best half of the season and in the second half you saw more like we’ve been playing, just kind of skittering along and not playing with the confidence that I’m used to some of these kids playing with,” Runaas said. “When things click for young kids it looks good. And when there is a little more pressure we haven’t handled it that well. That’s a little bit disconcerting but I think it’s going to come with time.”

Lemont led by 19 at halftime. Sandburg (1-4) cut it to 42-33 in the third quarter and then made a real charge in the fourth.

A three-pointer from senior James White made it a four-point game with 23 seconds left to play. Rokas Castillo made all four of his free throws from then on to seal the win.

Ryan McPolin led the Eagles with 21 points and five rebounds and senior Ty Binns added 15 points.

John Daniels, who coached at Stagg for 14 years, took over at Sandburg this season.

“We’re playing a lot of guys because I’m new,” Daniels said. “Everybody has got to get a chance. I have to see what they can do. They are working hard in practice. The first year is always hard. The effort is great. They are great kids and they play hard.”

Watch the final minute of Lemont at Sandburg:

https://t.co/MAstrPdpqh

— Michael O’Brien (@michaelsobrien) December 1, 2021

Read More

1st of 4 accusers takes stand at Ghislaine Maxwell trialAssociated Presson December 1, 2021 at 1:06 am

In this courtroom sketch, Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., who was one of Jeffrey Epstein’s pilots, testifies on the witness stand during Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in New York. | AP

The witness, using the pseudonym “Jane,” was the first of four alleged victims expected to testify against Maxwell at a New York City trial where she is charged with recruiting and grooming girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to at least 2004.

NEW YORK — The first of four women described as key accusers in the indictment against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell testified Tuesday that Maxwell was often in the room when the witness, then just 14, had sexual interactions with the financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Prosecutors went to the heart of their sex trafficking case against Maxwell with their second witness, a woman in her early 40s who was introduced to jurors as “Jane,” a pseudonym she said she prefers, in part to protect a 22-year acting career.

During sexual encounters that began in 1994 and continued through 1997, Maxwell “was very casual,” she told a New York City jury. “Like it was no big deal.”

The witness testified in a quiet but steady voice, though she got choked up twice and also dabbed at her nose with a tissue as she described the sexual encounters. She said Maxwell instructed her on how to give Epstein sexual massages and sometimes physically participated.

She also largely avoided looking at Maxwell, except when she pointed an index finger when she was asked to identify her. Maxwell maintained a steady gaze in the witness’s direction, occasionally writing notes that she passed to lawyers. Some jurors leaned forward to hear the witness while occasionally glancing at Maxwell.

The witness’ testimony was offered by prosecutors to support their claims that Maxwell recruited and groomed girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to at least 2004.

The witness first met Epstein and Maxwell in 1994 when she was attending a music camp in pursuit of a singing career, she said. She said she was eating ice cream with friends when Maxwell approached with a Yorkshire Terrier, drawing their attention. After her friends left, she spoke with Epstein, who had then arrived and introduced himself as a donor. They discovered that they both lived in Palm Beach, Florida, she said.

The woman and her mother soon received an invitation to Epstein’s home and though her mother was not included in subsequent invites, she remained “very impressed and enamored with the wealth, the affluence,” and believed Maxwell and Epstein must really think her daughter was special, the woman testified.

Soon, Epstein and Maxwell were taking her shopping for clothes, including underwear from Victoria’s Secret, and asking about her life after her father’s sudden death in a way that didn’t happen at home, where soul-searching conversations never occurred, she said.

The cycle of abuse started when Epstein abruptly took her by hand one day and said, “Follow me,” before taking her to a pool house at the home. Then he pulled down his pants, pulled her close and “proceeded to masturbate,” she said.

“I was frozen in fear,” she said. “I’d never see a penis before. … I was terrified and felt gross and felt ashamed.”

Another time, she was taken to a massage room where he and Maxwell both took advantage of her, she said.

“There were hands everywhere and Jeffrey proceeded to masturbate again,” she said.

Other encounters involved sex toys or turned into oral sex “orgies” with other young women and Maxwell, she added.

On cross-examination, defense lawyer Laura Menninger immediately attacked the witness’s credibility, asking why she waited over 20 years to report the alleged abuse by Maxwell to law enforcement and why she brought two personal injury lawyers along to her first meeting with the FBI.

Menninger also asked if it was true she had previously spoken to her siblings and others close to her about Epstein’s behavior, but left Maxwell out of the earlier accounts.

“You never mentioned Ghislaine Maxwell?” the lawyer asked.

“I don’t know,” the witness responded, adding she only remembered being uncomfortable with going into all the details.

Menninger also elicited testimony from the woman that she was awarded $5 million from a fund set up to compensate victims of Epstein and received $2.9 million once lawyer fees and expenses were deducted.

The cross-examination was expected to continue Wednesday.

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty. One of her lawyers said in an opening statement Monday that she’s being made a scapegoat for Epstein, who killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell at age 66 in 2019 as he awaited a sex trafficking trial.

Earlier Tuesday, a former pilot for Epstein testified that he never saw evidence of sexual activity on planes as he flew his boss and others — including a prince and ex-presidents — for nearly three decades.

Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., the trial’s first witness, acknowledged that he never encountered sexual activity aboard two jets he piloted for roughly 1,000 trips between 1991 and 2019.

Although he was a government witness, Visoski’s testimony seemed to aid the defense of Maxwell as he told Maxwell attorney Christian Everdell that he never saw sexual activity when he left the cockpit for coffee or a bathroom break and never found sex toys or used condoms when he cleaned up.

And when he was asked if he ever saw sex acts with underage females, he answered: “Absolutely not.”

Visoski also acknowledged that ex-President Bill Clinton was a passenger on a few flights in the 2000s and he had piloted planes with Britain’s Prince Andrew, the late U.S. Sen. John Glenn of Ohio — the first American to orbit Earth — and former President Donald Trump aboard.

Epstein’s plane was derisively nicknamed “The Lolita Express” by some in the media after allegations emerged that he had used it to fly teenage girls to his private island, his New Mexico ranch and his New York City townhouse.

Maxwell, 59, traveled for decades in circles that put her in contact with accomplished and wealthy people before her July 2020 arrest.

Asked by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maurene Comey where Maxwell stood in the hierarchy of Epstein’s world, Visoski said Maxwell “was the Number 2.” He added that “Epstein was the big Number 1.”

That testimony supported what Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz told jurors in her opening statement Monday: Epstein and Maxwell were “partners in crime.”

Read More

Notre Dame AD Swarbrick not surprised at coach Brian Kelly’s departure as search for replacement opensMike Berardinoon December 1, 2021 at 1:15 am

New LSU football coach Brian Kelly gestures to fans after his arrival at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La. Kelly, formerly of Notre Dame, is said to have agreed to a 10-year contract with LSU worth $95 million plus incentives. | Matthew Hinton/AP

Kelly bolted the Irish for LSU, where he’s getting a reported $95 million over the next 10 years.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — For the last 12 years, coach Brian Kelly and athletic director Jack Swarbrick worked in concert to return a tattered Notre Dame football brand to national prominence.

As coach-administrator relationships go, theirs appeared to be as solid and productive as any in modern college sports. When Kelly surpassed legendary Knute Rockne in September to become the winningest coach in Irish history, he made a point of crediting Swarbrick for his unwavering support throughout that unlikely climb.

So it couldn’t have been easy for either man when Kelly called Swarbrick on Monday to confirm the breaking news that was sweeping the internet: He was resigning to become the next coach at LSU.

Emotional, yes, but not as surprising as you might assume.

”There’s just a sense you get when you work closely with somebody for 12 years that there’s a certain restlessness, and I could sense that,” Swarbrick said in a news conference Tuesday at Notre Dame Stadium. ”There was a Freudian slip or two along the way that sort of grabbed my attention. And whether that was intentional or not, it feels a little bit like somebody who might be open to a different opportunity.”

Kelly, 60, will get that at LSU, along with a reported contract that will guarantee him $95 million over the next 10 years. According to Swarbrick, Kelly made no attempt to secure a counteroffer from Notre Dame, which last fall gave him a three-year extension through 2024.

Kelly, who also was linked to the USC opening that went to former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He flew back to South Bend for an early-morning meeting with Irish players Tuesday.

The last three LSU coaches — Ed Orgeron (2019), Les Miles (2007) and Nick Saban (2003) — won their first national titles while at the Southeastern Conference school. Despite three perfect regular-seasons (2012, 2018 and 2020) and a 54-9 mark in his last five seasons at Notre Dame, Kelly still is looking to check that box.

Swarbrick declined to name an interim coach but made it clear Kelly had worked his last day for the Irish. Depending on the outcome of the conference championship games Saturday, No. 6 Notre Dame could qualify for its third College Football Playoff in the last four years.

More likely, however, is a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game. Any interim coach wouldn’t be a candidate for the full-time role, Swarbrick said.

Defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, 35, is considered the leading candidate among current Notre Dame assistants to replace Kelly. Those assistants remain on the road, trying to hold together a top-five recruiting class in 2022.

Recruiting coordinator Mike Elston, associate head coach Brian Polian and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees also could factor in. Among that four-man group, only Polian, who went 23-27 in four seasons at Nevada, has head-coaching experience.

Clark Lea, who is coming off a 2-10 debut at Vanderbilt, spent four seasons as an Irish assistant — including three as their defensive coordinator — before leaving for his alma mater.

Luke Fickell, whose undefeated Cincinnati team ended Notre Dame’s 26-game home winning streak in early October, is another potential fit. Freeman’s former boss has the Bearcats poised to become the first Group of Five participant in the playoff.

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, who has spurned previous NFL overtures, is another hot name.

Less likely would be a homecoming for former Irish assistant Urban Meyer, who now coaches the Jaguars in the NFL. He won three national titles as a college coach — two at Florida and one at Ohio State — but he has a history of embarrassing episodes.

Read More

Marine Academy official removed after sending anti-vax email to familiesNader Issaon December 1, 2021 at 12:29 am

Marine Leadership Academy | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

Commandant Larry Kaifesh was “spreading false information about vaccines, which is just contrary to everything Dr. [Allison] Arwady and I have been preaching and speaking about,” CPS CEO Pedro Martinez said Tuesday.

A retired Marine Colonel and former GOP candidate for Congress has been removed from a high-ranking position at Chicago Public Schools’ Marine Leadership Academy, a Logan Square school already immersed in scandal, after he emailed families about the “dangers of vaccinating children,” schools chief Pedro Martinez said Tuesday.

Larry Kaifesh, the commandant at the Logan Square military academy, encouraged parents not to vaccinate their children as he cited a fringe website that he said showed “very concerning” vaccine information that he incorrectly claimed was a government database.

Sun-Times Media
Larry Kaifesh

His email, with the subject line “Important Update,” said had tested positive for COVID-19 and “was surprised with the test results as I have no major symptoms minus some sinus congestion.” He went on to say he chose not to get vaccinated because of the information he read online.

Reached by phone, Kaifesh declined to answer questions, saying, “I can’t really talk. … I can’t really add anything.”

Block Club Chicago first reported the email Tuesday.

Federal, state and local health officials, as well as independent epidemiologists and other medical experts, have found COVID-19 vaccines to be safe and extremely effective against the virus, both in preventing serious illness and death and slowing the spread.

Asked about Kaifesh at a press conference with City Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwardy Tuesday, Martinez said he had been removed from the school. Kaifesh was the top military official at Marine Leadership Academy, earning a $108,212 salary.

“This was mainly, frankly, spreading false information about vaccines, which is just contrary to everything Dr. Arwady and I have been preaching and speaking about,” said Martinez, who along with the commissioner had encouraged more families to get students vaccinated at the press conference.

Kaifesh, a 23-year veteran with combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan, ran an unsuccessful 2014 campaign for the U.S. House in the northwest suburban 8th Congressional District against then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth. He has not sought elected office since.

Marine Leadership Academy was already dealing with this month’s revelation that almost a dozen staffers were fired for either committing or failing to report sexual misconduct.

Read More

Blackhawks reward Josiah Slavin’s hard work with NHL callBrian Sandalowon December 1, 2021 at 12:32 am

Josiah Slavin was recalled to the Blackhawks on Monday. On Sunday, he required stitches. | Courtesy of the IceHogs

Slavin has made efforts to refine his skating to bolster his physical two-way game.

Forward Josiah Slavin has worked hard to improve his skating. For the time being, he’ll continue refining it in the NHL.

Recalled Monday from AHL Rockford in a swap with Philipp Kurashev, the 22-year-old Slavin has been one of the IceHogs’ most consistent forwards, collecting four goals and four assists. His game, though, is unfinished and that fundamental aspect has required most of Slavin’s attention.

“It’s been a lot of work on my skating,” said Slavin, the brother of Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin. “I’m not the prettiest skater. It’s not always the most effective way when you’re not pretty, so in the offseasons my skating is my main focus.”

This past summer, Slavin participated in his agent’s summer camp which had a skating coach, which he said really helped him improve.

“You can never have too perfect of a stride, right?” Slavin said. “There’s always more ways to improve your stride and get the most efficiency out of each stride. So that’s kind of where the focus is.”

Slavin doesn’t need to be told how important an efficient stride is. Whether it’s the NHL or in the AHL with the IceHogs, a hockey season is a grind and every bit of energy helps.

Wasteful skating doesn’t.

“It’s a long season, right? Eighty-two games, so you’ve got to be the most efficient in every stride that you have,” said Slavin, whose head hit the ice Sunday and required stitches. “That way you don’t wear yourself out in the first 20-30 games. It’s a long season. Each stride is more work to be done. If you’re efficient in each stride you don’t have to take as many, right?”

What Slavin is doing earned him his first NHL recall, though he joins a team that’s struggling to score goals. On Tuesday, the Hawks moved out-of-favor forward Dylan Strome to a line with Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach.

Slavin won’t be depended on to score goals. Instead, if he gets into a game, he’ll be asked to keep doing what he was in Rockford: win puck battles and use his 6-3, 189-pound frame.

“It’s nice to reward these kids that are working hard and playing well,” Interim Hawks coach Derek King said.

Hard work has been a theme for Slavin, who had to scrap to make the NHL after being a seventh-round pick in the 2018 draft. But Slavin didn’t think his draft slot meant all that much.

“I was a seventh-round pick, but I don’t think being drafted says anything,” Slavin said. “That’s when the work starts. I kind of took it as that and I just went to work after that.”

King recognized that work ethic.

“All of these guys, whether you’re a first-rounder or not or other rounds, they work hard, but I think coaches seem to gravitate to these seventh- or sixth-rounders that… they push themselves,” King said. “They know how to compete all the time. That’s what he does. He’s earned it. We’re rewarding him and I’m looking forward to seeing him at this level.”

NOTES: Rockford announced top prospect Lukas Reichel is in concussion protocol and will not play in its game Wednesday after crashing into the boards during the third period Sunday. Interim IceHogs coach Anders Sorensen had no timetable for Reichel’s return to the lineup.

“I saw him today, he was in good spirits,” Sorensen said. “He said under the circumstances he’s feeling pretty good.”

* Hawks defenseman Calvin de Haan did not practice due to lower back soreness. King said de Haan is day-to-day, and there was no point to have him push through it for practice.

“It’s probably just old age I guess creeping up on him,” King joked about the 30-year-old blueliner.

Read More