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XRT Summer Kick-Off Party

By: Dana Hartung

June 9, 2014
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It’s time to kick winter to the curb and welcome the summer season. Summer 2014, we are so ready for you! Last Thursday evening, Cheeky girls and guys celebrated the start of the summer with XRT’s Kick-Off Your Summer event at the Park Grill at Millennium Park. The finest rock radio station’s big shebang reminded us all why we endure the cold Chicago winters. Rocking out to live music under the shinning sun, I had my first sip of the new Amstel Radler — a mix of beer, lemon juice and other natural ingredients. Now, I am not a brew-master expert, but this new refreshing shandy style beer is sure to be …  Read more

Cheeky Meets Birdy

British Singer-Songwriter Breaks America

June 6, 2014

On Tuesday, British singer-songwriter Birdy (born Jasmine van den Bogaerde) released her debut LP Fire Within here in the states. With a collection of cover versions out of the way on a self-titled album, Birdy is ready to let the world hear her original compositions. Comprising 11 tracks co-written with the likes of Ryan Tedder, Jake Gosling, Ben Lovett and Sia, Fire Within is not to be taken lightly. The world’s most in-demand songwriters and producers thought Birdy was worth listening to. So should you. Cheeky chatted with the 18-year-old pianist while in between tour dates in Albuquerque, New Mexico to get a glimpse of a day in the life of …  Read more

Cheeky’s Summer Read: The One & Only by Emily Giffin

By: Dana Hartung

May 27, 2014
Emily Giffin
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Looking for a sizzling new summer read? Emily Giffin — chick lit author of the novel-turned-movie Something Borrowed (starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin) — has just released her newest book, The One & Only. And it’s definitely a top pick for a warm weather Cheeky page-turner. In Emily’s eagerly awaited new novel, readers meet Shea Rigsby, whose world is turned upside down when a tragedy strikes her hometown of Walker, Texas — a small college town that lives and breathes the game of football. Effortlessly charming, witty and thought provoking, Emily has written another classic tale of forbidden love, loyalty and following your heart. Cheeky caught up with the six-time New York …  Read more