Thursday, February 27, 2014

Beat the Cold This Weekend

With all of the amazing events this weekend, even the cold can’t keep you at home! Between charity events, comedy shows and music, the city is overflowing with fun and entertaining possibilities. Not sure which events to choose? Let us help with a list of noteworthy events that should be added to your weekend calendar!


L.K. Bennett Styling and Shopping Event (900 N Michigan) 6pm-8pm
LUNAFEST (360 N. State) 6pm-9pm
Corey Cox (Bub City) 10pm

Tickled Pink for Bright Pink (108 N. State) 7pm-12am

Wayne Brady (Chicago Theatre) 8pm
Ballroom Dance Party (3868 N. Lincoln) 8pm
Carnival 2014 (325 W. Huron) 11pm-2am

Being a Chef: Fat Tuesday (810 N. Dearborn) 10am-1pm
NHL Stadium Series (Soldier Field) 7pm

CHICAGO (Bank of America Theatre) 8pm


Chicago Polar Plunge (1600 N. Lakeshore, North Ave. Beach) 10am
Chicago Jazz Composers Collective (Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway Ave.) 2pm-4pm
Cheeky + Untitled Red Carpet Oscar Bash (111 W. Kinzie) 6pm-12am

What are your favorite ways to spend your weekend? Share them with us by leaving a comment or by tweeting us at @MonikaDixonPR!

By Marisa Coulter, MDPR Contributor

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

How to Turn Your Instagram Name Into a Link

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We have a few favorite Instagram accounts that we check on a daily basis. During one routine 'gram session we noticed something odd. When typing one person's name, two caret symbols showed up before and after their name. 

After looking at their profile, we noticed their name was actually a link. Thinking this must be a fluke, we dug through forums and discovered you can make your Instagram name linkable. As any social media manager knows, the more opportunities you give users to click through to your content, the better. 

Here's how it's done:

1. Click edit your profile. Add the caret symbols before and after your name. For example, MDPR is now ^MDPR^ 

Hit done.

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2. Your name should turn into a link within a few minutes. The caret symbols only show up when you type someone's name in search, not your actual profile.

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3. The link will go to the address you have in your profile. For example, MDPR links to

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Do you have any other tips on driving traffic with Instagram? Leave a comment!

By Allison Sickert, MDPR Publicist 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Brighten Up Your Weekend

Don’t let this drab weather strand you inside this weekend when our beautiful city has plenty of events to offer! Start by brightening up your weekend with Get Planty at Doc B’s and then see where our list of fun-filled events will take you.


Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen Goes Planty (Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, 100 E. Walton) 5-10pm
Concert for a Cause (House of Blues Chicago) 7-11pm
Phantom of the Opera (Cadillac Palace Theatre) 7:30pm
32 Below (Bub City) 10pm

Gypsy (Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Navy Pier) 7:30pm

Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line (US Cellular Coliseum, Bloomington, IL) 7:30pm
Frank Catalano Sextet (Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway Ave.) 9pm-1am

Country Brunch (Bub City) 10am-3pm
Makeup for the Museum (Edith Hart Boutique, 1917 N. Damen Ave.) 1-5pm
Sushi Workshop at The Chopping Block (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza) 7pm

The Nosh Chicago (Logan Square Farmers Market Grassy Knoll) 10am-3pm
Christopher Wool Exhibition (Art Institute Chicago) 10:30am-5pm
CHICAGO The Musical Brunch (Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club, 3700 N. Halsted St.) 11am-4pm

Ice Skating at Lincoln Park Zoo (Lincoln Park Zoo) 12pm-8pm

What fun events are on your agenda for the weekend? Share them with us by leaving a comment or by tweeting us at @MonikaDixonPR!

By Marissa Coulter, MDPR Contributor

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Find Your Pearl

Valentine’s Day can be a lonely holiday for those not in a relationship. Thankfully, we’ve got the perfect place to enjoy a stress-free Valentine’s Day and perhaps meet that special someone!

Stop by Pearl Tavern to Find Your Pearl and enjoy 1930s inspired evenings on February 14th and 15th. The evening will commence at 9 p.m. (both nights) and keep swinging until close.

Dolls bring your dames and gentlemen bring your fellas, all will enjoy a night of lighthearted fun. With a nostalgic selection of music, décor and cocktails, there’s no telling what the night could bring. Gentlemen, break the ice and bring the lucky lady that catches your eye a creative 30s inspired cocktail. May we recommend the Angry Mermaid?

 Be sure to arrive early to grab the best seats in the house! Don’t miss out on this 30s style soirée and a night to mingle with Chicago’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. 

Join the event on Genuine Entertainment Chicago’s, Find Your Pearl event page and get ready to have a ball! 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

App Updates

Working in social media requires us to be up-to-date on the new apps and tech trends the minute they come out. We love testing out new apps in the office. After much downloading and debating, these are the ones we’ve decided are worth adding to your phone.

  • Paper — Paper is Facebook’s newest iPhone app. Paper acts as an alternative to the original Facebook app. Users can updates from their friends and browse through a variety of other sections. Paper pulls content from big-name publications as well as small blogs to give people the option to read up on topics like sports, tech and cooking.
  • Checkout 51— Every Thursday this app releases 16-30 new offers from brands including SC Johnson, Kellogg’s and Mondelez. Shoppers can then purchase items at any store or online retailer and upload their receipt to the app for a credit. Once you have accumulated a $20 credit on your profile, you can be issued a check or wait until the amount reaches a higher balance.
  • Waterlogue — Waterlogue acts as your own personal painter. This app can take your pictures and turn them into beautifully intricate watercolor masterpieces. With a large variety of presets, you are now able to put a new spin on an ordinary looking picture.
  • Find. Eat. Drink. — Unlike other restaurant apps, Find. Eat. Drink. does not base its reviews on those fueled by overly excited or disgruntled customers. Find. Eat. Drink. enables you to search for restaurants that have been reviewed by chefs, bartenders and those that are familiar with the industry. 

What apps do you find yourself using the most? Let us know by leaving a comment or by tweeting us at @MonikaDixonPR!

By Marisa Coulter, MDPR Contributor