Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ticket Master

I love tickets. Doesn't matter what they are tickets for, I'm happy to receive them. There is just something about getting dressed up to go to a show courtesy of Broadway in Chicago, filling up the picnic basket and heading to an outdoor concert at Ravinia, spending a summer afternoon with the Cubs at Wrigley Field or even just catching a matinee at the AMC down the street. Confession of my Crazy Ways: I've kept every ticket in my photo album scrapbooks for as long as I can remember - let's just say the first one saved was The Rockateer!

This past Christmas I was ticket bearer to three family members. My family went in on a gift my dad was sure to love: 2 tickets for the upcoming PGA Championship to be held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin this August. Since the PGA does not send the actual tickets so far in advance, I created a couple faux passes on the computer and wrapped them with an "article" I wrote about dear old dad joining the Senior Tour after an inspiring trip to the Kohler event. Can't wait to hear all about it - wonder if Tiger will make an appearance?

My sister and I love when family members make the trip down to visit us. And if my adorable 9 month old niece isn't reason enough, I thought I'd sweeten the deal by promising my Aunt Christine an outing to an upcoming musical upon her next trip to Chicago. Billy Elliot starts in March - time to make it happen!

Bob and I collaborated on a gift package for my sister and brother-in-law. That aforementioned niece? Sort of the reason they haven't been out to a movie since May 2009. The movie? Star Trek. Not even being 9 months pregnant would stop my sister from seeing that one - yeah, we're Trekkies and proud of it! We picked up a gift card for their closest movie theater and loaded it up for at least 3 movie trips. Well, 2 if they splurged on movie popcorn. Packaged with typical concessions fare of Milk Duds and Sour Patch Kids in a popcorn box, we also added a "movie poster" for The Babysitters starring Lydia and Bob and introducing little Ella. They recently took advantage of the Golf Mill Shopping Center Kerasotes in Niles amazing $4.50 matinee deal to see Up in the Air. Happy to report that Ella was an angel during my babysitting gig!

Tip of the week: You can sign up for a Five Buck Movie Club for Kerasotes theaters to get discounts on 2-week old movies. Be sure to check out what offers your preferred theaters have - AMC MovieWatchers, etc - there is a rewards program for everything nowadays! 

I usually do all of my searching through Ticketmaster, but if I can purchase the tickets at a box office it is worth the walk. Amazing how many fees are associated with buying online, and when you are getting multiple tickets it can really add up!

Other than the musical with my Aunt that we still need to nail down, I do not have any upcoming concerts or shows to look forward to. Time to check out who's coming to town!

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