Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Better Day - A Different World

Let's take you back to a better day. Hey (late) 70's and 80's babies -Don't you miss some of the best black sitcoms that ever aired on TV? The Cosby Show, 227, Sanford and Son, heck Amen? We've been missing the college and post-college drama of the Hillman crew from A Different World..That was really, really good TV!

Take a look at the clips below. These were two of the more memorable episodes when Whitley was just about to get married to Byron Douglass...and not DWAYNE (oh the humanity)!.. In the first clip. He apologized about the mistakes he made during their relationship (oh Chicas have you been there?). He even said the one of the most memorable quotes of the series , "You set a standard, and I couldn't hang. Or I wasn't quite ready." Oh Dwayne!
This clip is so real that you might get a little teary eyed just watching it.

The next clip is from Whitley's wedding day....the real fans know what happens in this one!


RD - ChicaGoGetter

Your Halloween Fiasco - Lupe

We're sure you checked out some of the hotter Halloween parties this past weekend ( take a gander at the pics from the reMix party at Mix this past Friday -saw a couple ChicaGoGetters in the slide show...scandalous!), so you know you're free tonight and you have to go to The House of Blues to check out Lupe Fiasco.

He's known to have an AWESOME stage presence, so this is a concert you won't want to miss.
When: October 31st : 8 p.m.
Price: $35-$37.50
Ticketmaster: 312-559-1212 Box office: 312-923-2000
House of Blues:
329 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60610

Read More Learn More Change the Globe - Cancer Killers

I used to be super-duper e-mail forward averse but I received the message below from a close friend who's family shares my family's history of being affected by cancer.
This note is especially important to share with you today, the last day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I must admit that I thought I was pretty well versed in all of the cancer preventative measures, but definitly gained an incredible amount of information by reading this!

Subject: Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins...

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins...

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment , it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic , environmental , food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract, etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet , Equal , Spoonful , etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus , especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.
c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish , and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics , growth hormones and parasites , which are all harmful , especially to people with cancer.
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice , whole grains , seeds , nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts)and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
e. Avoid coffee , tea , and chocolate , which have high caffeine.Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water: best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis , or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger , unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily , and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.
Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers.
This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat , high heat , and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead , he recommends using glass , such as Corning Ware , Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.
Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Also , he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

XOXO RD - ChicaGoGetter

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Daddy's Little Girl -Francine Lucas-Sinclair

Remember The Coldest Winter Ever? The book that had young and old tenderonis glued to its' pages as we dove into the life of Winter...daughter of a gangsta...high roller..shot caller who internalized a hustler's spirit to survive. Although Francine Lucas-Sinclair is the daughter of one of the most notorious organized crime legends in U.S. history, surprisingly her story reads nothing like Winter's. As the movie American Gangster, inspired by her father, Frank Lucas' life starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, hits theaters this Friday, she shares her story with Glamour magazine in their November Issue. Click here to read it!
You'll be surprised to see what this Chica has to say about her life as the daughter of the American Gangster.

The ChicaGoGetter Team

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GoGetterCertified - Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?"

"Why Did I Get Married?" has been out for a couple weeks now and boasts an all-star cast of Chicas (including Janet Jackson, Ms. Jill Scott and up-and-coming superstar Sharon Leal among others). Mr. Perry has refined his writing and directing style with every film project and this holds true with his latest release.

"Why Did I Get Married?" is good for anyone looking for a good film, but it is a must see for couples. A few folks that we've spoken to have admitted to seeing themselves in some of the characters. The film takes a hard look at the complexities of male and female relationships, and although it takes a more lighthearted route in some cases, it touches on subjects that are often too taboo to address, even with the one you love.

The movie will have you ROLLING and crying...Check it out..its Certified!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Music Mix - Case of the Mondays

Ever had a day when you've given your all and it seems like even that is not enough? Or what about a day when you felt like just hitting the snooze button..or maybe you just forget to set the alarm clock altogether?...Well that's what we call (also made favorite by the ever so hilarious flick Office Space) a "case of the Monday's". Even the most upbeat Chica has one every now and again...and it can be brutal!

We, like many of you, take these days as just a normal fact of life,get through them, and make the next day a better one...with this in mind..we have (just for you) our "Case of the Monday's mix"...

Friday, October 19, 2007

ChicaGoGetter Quotes

-Everything ain't for everybody - Jill Scott

GoGetterMusic - ChicaBreakBeats

So obviously we wanted to do something just a wee bit different with the music mix this week...a couple of folks on the ChicaGoGetter team have dabbled in dance and one of us has done a lil breaking (hardly a B Girl...but a wanna B Girl..another story for another day). At any rate these songs are haute fire...and if you ever want to try your hand at breakin..check out our friends at the Old Town School of Folk Music ( For $135 you can score an 8-week class with Anacron (a true dance industry/breaking pro) and learn the basics.

That Elusive Dramatic Smokey Eye

We have to give it up to MakeupMaverick! She's taking us to school! This Chica has a series of Makeup How To Videos on YouTube that will keep you looking fresh in your war paint. We thought it appropriate to send you off into the weekend with a little info on how to achieve that sultry smokey eye look. She truly knows her business! Hey MakeupMaverick- Thanks for keeping your fellow Chicas looking MARVELOUS.

The ChicaGoGetter Team

Simple Because We Love It - Solid Gold

LeBron and Kanye TURNED OUT SNL a few weeks ago and we were ROTFL (RollingOnTheFloorLaughig) and LQTO (LaugingQuietlyToOurselves) at work after seeing this one. Even if you weren't into Solid Gold back in the day'll love how much of a good sport King LeBron was on the show...HILARIOUS.


For some reason Homecoming is high on a ton of people's priority lists this year (including ours). Chicas and gents have been on their K.West workout plan now for weeks trying to make sure that their re-emergence to their Alma Maters are peeeerrrrrfect... And why not? People are going to be asking, how you're doing, where you've been, and who you're dating (if they haven't already been stalking your profile on FaceBook since the last time they've seen you) so its fair that you want to be at your best... give the people what they want is what we always say! So with that, we've pulled together a list of the top Do's and Don't for a FABULOUS Homecoming weekend:

DO make sure you've made plans to kick it and reconnect with your friends from your college days. No one knows and appreciates the person you've become or are becoming like the people you shared showers with inside of a dinky freshman dorm.
DON'T make the mistake of only sticking with the same folks that you kicked it with in school. If you've graduated from a reputable school, most of the folks who are coming back to visit are probably good people to network small connection can go a looong way when you're looking for that next job or are in need of a recommendation.
DO book a reasonably nice hotel room (if you're going out of town). You're out of school so long gone are the days of crashing on floors and couches.
DO bring your host or hostess a great gift if they are opening their home to you for a weekend (for free). Bring something from your town or city that they cannot get easily where they are.
DON'T make the mistake of thinking that you don't need to look your best. Your Homecoming may be the last time that some folks see you for the next year or more. Treat your last impression like your first impression.
DO speak to at least one person that you may have disliked or were intimidated by in the past. Hell, you're grown and there is nothing that they can do or say that can stop you from living the life you've been living. You never know, maybe the feelings you had for them were unfounded.
DON'T be afraid to have a couple of drinks with a few pals. But....
DO upgrade from taking vodka shots to popping open a couple bottles of wine before you head out to party
DO party.. and we mean PARTY.. You didn't come to sit and be a bore...after the game..the tailgating, the coronation ball and the step show grab some RED BULL and stay out until 2 or 3 in the A.M. Why not, you only live once and you can only re-live college life once a year!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

How's That Voice?

There have been so many huge parties and club events in the city as the summer is winding down so why not be "low key" this weekend with a little Karaoke?
2201 S Wentworth Ave 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60616
Phone: (312) 927-7334
Hours: Daily 5pm-2am
You can get drinks at a decent price and even order some authentic Chinatown food from Penang, located right downstairs at this ultra-chill spot. You and your crew can rent one of several VIP lounges. Seating is cozy and comfortable--mostly red leather couches.
A few members of the ChicaGoGetter Team rented a VIP room for a B-Day bash last year and were pleased by the location and eclectic atmosphere. We'd suggest calling ahead to make reservations and ensure you have the best service.
Lincoln Karaoke
Neighborhood: Lincoln Square
5526 N Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 895-2299
Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 7:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.
Fri-Sat 7:00 p.m.-5:00 a.m.
This gem on the city's North Side has dubbed itself "karaoke heaven" They boast 9 different rooms of various sizes, all with brand new cutting edge sound systems, including plasma TV's, innovative lighting systems, wireless microphones, and customer service buttons. They also have a large bar and lounge area. If you celebrate a Birthday or graduation with there you receive get a free birthday cake or bottle of Champagne! Our prices are affordable ($25 per hour to rent a room) and they offer parking in back!
Lincoln Karaoke has recieved a 5 Star review from the folks on However, folks have noted that the song selection can use a minor upgrade.
Trader Todd's
3216 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone: (773) 348-3250
Hours: Mon-Fri 4pm-2am, Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-2am

Trader Todd's is a laid-back Lakeview/Wrigleyville bar but the atmosphere can get pretty lively when it comes to Karaoke time!.
The bar is pretty well-known for its tropical drinks which feature fresh-sqeezed juice.
Karaoke begins every night at 9pm.
Cheers peeps

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Spa Week in Chi-Town

When: October 15th - October 21st
Price: $50
Reservations recommended. Complete list of participants:
Event Phone Number:
Get select treatments at 15 area spas and salons for $50. Contact individual spas for appointments.
Read more about Spa Week here.
Participating spas include:
Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon and Spa

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Have Drinks and Get Dirty This Friday

Have plans for Friday evening? No? Check this out:

Darfur/Darfur In Chicago For A Limited Time

October 7, 2007—October 12, 2007 at The Field Museum

The Crisis in Darfur
Over 300,000 people from the Fur, Massaleit, and Zaghawa tribes, among others, have been killed or injured in the Darfur region of western Sudan and in the neighboring country of Chad between 2003 and 2006. Their children are dying, their cultures are being erased, and the killing continues.

The Exhibit
Darfur/Darfur is a traveling exhibition of digitally projected images that tells two interwoven stories: of the peoples’ rich cultural traditions, and of the horrors of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. The exhibition draws on the work of eight photographers who have documented this crisis: former U.S. Marine Brian Steidle, and photojournalists Lynsey Addario, Mark Brecke, Helene Caux, Ron Haviv, Paolo Pellegrin, Ryan Spencer Reed, and Michal Sadfie. Accompanied by Sudanese-inspired music, the eight-minute program of changing images will be projected on the north fa├žade of The Field Museum each night from October 7 through October 12, between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00pm.In addition, the exhibit will be hosted inside the Field Museum from 10:00am-4:00pm and at fourteen other locations in Chicago including the DuSable Museum, and multiple community, arts, and faith based congregations.To find out more about the crisis in Darfur visit

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Chill To Jill - ChicaGoGetter Mix

In the Chi today was truly the first real day of Fall...The sun will be totally down by 1/2 past 6 and its just one of those days when you want to head home...cook...grab a book and just chill out. So why not chill to some of the finest cuts from Miss J-I-L-L S-C-O-T-TTTTTT (real fans know what we're talking about).

A few folks have asked, "How do I use the playlist?". Its very simple: Click on the song that you want to hear and press the "play arrow/icon". You can scroll up and down the list by using the navigation bar located on the right side.

Enjoy and look out for more ChicaGoGetter Mixes.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Fall Fashion In Chicago!

Chicago's Fall Fashion Week is here and is jumping off with Fashion Focus 2007. Tonight you can check out some fresh finds Gen Art's Fresh Faces In Fashion show
When:Tuesday, October 9
Pre-Show Reception 7:30 p.m.
Runway Show 8:30 p.m.
Where: Millennium Park Chase Promenade North
Randolph Street, Between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive
Admission: $75–$125 per person per VIP ticket (includes great seating, gift bag, After-Party VIP Lounge access)
$50–$60 per person per General ticket
GEN Art 2007 Designers

Abigail Glaum-Lathbury
Apparatchik (designer is Tram Nguyen)
Biasline by Soo Choi
Dieter Bennet (designers are Dieter Kirkwood & Bennett Cousins)
Moire Conroy
Nora Marcella (designers are Nora & Marcie Volini)
Wrath Arcane (designers are Sean Bilovecky & Brian O’Neill)
One of One Jewelry (designer is Samantha Goldberg)
Kingsley Handbags (designer is Lisa Kingsley)
Winifred Grace (designer is Winifred Grace Gundeck)

***Want more daily fashion coverage? Check out our friends at MyFashionation! This site stays on top of the hottest fashion and more!

Monday, October 8, 2007

VH1 Hip-Hop Honors - Tonight - Chi-Town Is Representing!

Be sure to tune into the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors tonight! Our homeboys Common and Lupe Fiasco along with Skateboard P (Pharrell) and Busta Rhymes will be tearing down the house with renditions of A Tribe Called Quests' certified classics like "Bonita Applebaum" and "Scenario". VH1 Hip-Hop Honors is always a good show so sit back relax and enjoy!

Friday, October 5, 2007

"Between Barak and a Hard Place" - Perfect Place To Be Caught This Weekend

"Between Barack and a Hard Place" takes a look at a nation divided. Red state versus blue. Smokers versus non-smokers. Art lovers versus philistines. Dozens of potential presidential candidates versus each other. And the terrorists versus…well, everybody. The Second City uses its razor-sharp wit and irreverent satirical viewpoint to ease the tension of being stuck "Between Barack and a Hard Place".
The cast of "Between Barack and a Hard Place" includes Joe Canale, Ithamar Enriquez, Molly Erdman, Brian Gallivan (two-time Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee), Brad Morris and Amber Ruffin. Ruby Streak is musical director and Craig Taylor is stage manager. Set design is by J Branson and stylist is Butch Jerinic. The producing team for "Between Barack and a Hard Place," includes Executive Producer and CEO for The Second City Andrew Alexander; Vice President of The Second City, Kelly Leonard; Producer Kirk Hanley; and Associate Producer Alison Riley.
Tickets for "Between Barack and a Hard Place" are available by phone at 312/337-3992 or on-line by clicking here .
The show schedule and ticket prices are as follows:
Tuesdays - Thursdays 8pm $19.00
Fridays and Saturdays 8pm & 11pm $24.00
Sundays 7pm $19.00

**ChicaGoGetter tip - Make your reservations early; Weekend shows tend to sell out pretty quicky due to the weekend tourist rush**
The ChicaGoGetter Team has been to Second City several times and have never been disappointed. This theater company boasts alumni who have shaped the comedy landscape over the years like Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report); Steve Carell (The Office, Evan Almighty), Chris Farley (SNL, Billy Madison, Tommy Boy, Wayne's World); Mike Myers (Austin Powers,Shrek); Jim Belushi (The Blues Brothers, According To Jim); Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters, SNL); Shelley Long (Troop Beverly Hills, Cheers, Frasier);John Candy (Only the Lonley, Cool Runnings, JFK); Bill Murray(Groundhog Day, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters);Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock, Mean Girls).

Second City is a perfect destination for a date or an evening hanging with your girlfriends.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Only 28 Days Left For These $31 Deals

Through the end of October you can take advantage of tons or great deals on services offered by some of the areas most popular salons and spas. PrettyCity is offering 31 Days of $31 spa treats to raise awareness and fund for Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization .
Contact the salon to set your appointment but remember you MUST mention that you are booking a "Pretty in Pink"
treatment. No coupon necessary. No restrictions apply.
Take a look at the list below for some of our highly reccomended spas and services. Also click HERE for an extended list (there were just too many to include here).

Shen Shen Health & Harmony
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
2764 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 935-4325

·Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture: Great for stress relief, weight loss and smoking cessation. (normally $60)
·30 Minute Manual Lymph Drainage Session (normally$50) ·30 Minutes of Bodywork or Energy Work: Choose from Cranio-Sacral Therapy, The Trager Approach or Reiki. (normally $50)

Spa 195
Neighborhood: Gold Coast/Streeterville
195 N. Harbor Dr. Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 552-9000

·Goumache Peel & Eyebrow Arch: Gentle goumache peel brightens and rejuvenates skin finished by a clean-up on tired brows. (normally $75)
·Pumpkin Pedicure: Traditional spa pedicure with hints of pumpkin scent. (normally $52)

Spa Space
Neighborhood: West Loop
161 North Canal Street Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 466-9585

·The "Real Deal" Brazilian Wax: We use only the highest quality wax and never "double dip" a stick. (normally $60)
·Coco-Mango Manicure & Mini Pedicure Combo: A decadent treat in an hour! Luxurious mango sugar scrub and coconut oil massage for your hands and a quick fix to relax your feet and update your polish. (normally $60)

Spacio: A Day Spa for Men and Women
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
2706 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 244-6500

·Aroma-Rain Massage: Calm the spirit and caress the muscles with an aromatic massage performed under the Vichey shower using Decleor's essential oils. (normally $55)
·Seasonal Manicure with Paraffin Treatment: A 45 minute treatment featuring a sea-salt scrub infused with pineapple and papaya enzymes to remove that dry, calloused skin. (normally $45)
·Brow Wax with Lash Tint: Wake up picture perfect with our semi-permanent color treatment

Urban Spa Chic
Neighborhood: River West
1401 W. Hubbard St., 2nd Fl Chicago, Illinois 60622 (312) 492-8050

·Signature Pedicure with Complimentary Solar Oil and a Pair of Walkaways: Receive a complimentary solar oil to maintain and condition the cuticle and nail. (normally $45)
·Aroma Massage (30 min): Enhance your massage experience with a shot of an aromatherapy body butter. Receive an aroma massage with one of our four Decleor aromatherapy blends: Relax, Flow, Detox or Tonic. (normally $60)
·Chemical Peel with a Soothing and Hydrating Mask: Choice of Glycolic, Lactic or Salicylic Acids. (normally $110)

Elizabeth Adam Salon and Day Spa
Neighborhod: Water Tower Place
845 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 908E Chicago State, IL 60611 (312) 988-9611

·Autumn Face Treatment-30 Minutes: Fix the effects of fun in the sun and restore skin tone and vitality, with the help of pumpkin pulp extracts. (normally $65)
·Orient Essence Ceremony-Upper and Lower Back: An unparalleled sensory experience, a relaxing massage with Aromatic herbal bags soaked in warmed exotic oils and Ginger exfoliation-30 minutes. (normally $75)
·Brazilian Bikini Wax: A "take it all off" bikini wax, except on the top, where a tiny vertical strip is left. Choose soft or hard wax. (normally $55)

Check It Out - Congo Square Theater: Elmina's Kitchen

Congo Square Theatre Company is a Chicago-based African-American theater ensemble. Through the August Wilson New Play Initiative the company has put on a ton of plays in honor of the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright who had been a supporter of Congo Square since its' inception. Currently, they're showing a play by Kwame Kwei-Armah, "Elmina's Kitchen", a story of gun crime, racism and a difficult father-son relationship. Tickets are only $25 (could be a great outing for you and your Chicas or for a smooth date) Check out the link.

Jen-ChicaGoGetter Team

Monday, October 1, 2007

Touch Yourself and Protect The Ta-Ta's...

...the girls or whatever you may call them. Breast Cancer is real and it is affecting tons of Chicas old and young. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and serves as a perfect time for you to check in with yourself and get into the habit of performing a breast self exam monthly. The best way to attempt to beat cancer is to know your body and be able to tell when something is a little off.

According to the folks at AstraZenica Healthcare Foundation inding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. However changes that may be signs of breast cancer include:

-Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast
-Change in breast size or shape
-Dimpling or puckering of the skin
-Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away
-Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
-Pulling in of the nipple
-Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast
-An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple

Sounds a little scary, but knowing the signs and speaking with your doctor is a lot less scary than undergoing a mastectomy, radiation, or even chemotherapy if you're diagnosed.

Don't know the first step in performing a self exam? Click here: Self Exam 101 to learn how.

Y Bar Tuesdays? Why Not!

The last Y Bar Tuesday event on September 11 was packed and there was more fun to be had than a Chica could shake a stick at ( and tons of beautiful people to feast your eyes on too- the ChicaGoGetter Team was in the building to celebrate a blazing birthday for 432 Entertainmen'ts Jeff Beckham) so why not check out this month's installation?! Bryan Wallace, Stephen Mitchell and our friends from 432 Entertainment are bringing you Avant-Garde.

Send your RSVP to

ChicaGoGetter Certified - GET YOURS!- Amy Dubois Barnett

Amy Dubois Barnett former Editor of Teen People and Editor-In-Chief of Honey magazine has dropped a witty, funny, wise and fresh book "Get Your's! - The Girlfriend's Guide To Having Everything You Ever Dreamed Of And More".
When I heard the book was coming out a few months ago I was a little put off by the title. I've perused many-a-book that offers "10 steps to this" "7 rules for that" and "14 Days to that". Those type of books can sometimes come of rather preachy and feel like they are written for a person with tunnel vision or a singular goal (career success, relationship success etc. etc.). These are subjects relevant to some women, but they rarely serve as a "one-stop-shop" for real Chicas who need a little advice on the things that really matter like family, friends, health/wellness and spiritual growth.
Amy's book comes off as a conversation from a close girlfriend who has been there done that and bought a postcard.!She is real about her life and the stumbling blocks she's had to step over to achieve her successes. The book is in hardback only right now and retails for $22.95.