Friday, April 27, 2012

I'll Go to #BBSUMMIT12@ in My Robe

I realize 100 donations in one day was a stretch, so I've extended this until Friday, May 4th.  
I need 83 more donations as of 9:01am 4-27-12  Just $1 will help support a great cause AND solve my dilemma of what to wear!

As you may know I am walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on June 2 and 3. I have not yet reached my fundraising goal of $1800 so I am BEGGING for donations. Any amount will do even $1, yes just $1. But that $1 will not only help breast cancer research it will also give you the chance to see me IN PUBLIC in my pink robe and slippers with NO MAKEUP!

Not exactly like this...
That's right....if I can reach 100 donations for $1 or more TODAY April 26, I will attend the #BBSUMMIT12 in my robe and slippers. Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye. Not going to #BBSUMMIT12, so sad.  I'll post pictures so that you know I'm true to my word.

...more like this, because I'm a practical kind of girl.

Repost this, retweet this, get the word out!

Here's my donation link or you can Paypal me at just put Avon Walk in the memo.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Warner Bros. New Year's Eve Resolution Reset Blog App and DVD Giveaway

Warner Bros. Pictures is proud to announce the release of the hit romantic comedy New Year’s Eve on DVD and Blu Ray May 1st! This all star comedy stars Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katherine Heigl, Sofia Vergara, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zac Efron, Jon Bon Jovi, and Josh Duhamel!

April is a perfect time to think about all those resolutions you made that may have been placed on the backburner. With the New Year’s Eve Resolution Reset Blog App you can double check and make sure you are on the right path to making your resolutions come true!

Take The Quiz! Are you on your way to making the most out of 2012? Take this quiz and find out if you are a Resolution Renegade!? One lucky blog reader who takes the quiz will win their very own copy of New Year's Eve on DVD.

To Enter:  Share your results in a comment below and please include your email address.  Contest begins today and ends May 10, 2012 and the winner will be notified via email.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Warner Bros. and Partnershub. I received no compensation.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation “Dentist by 1” Electric Toothbrush Giveaway

Many parents don’t know that children should visit the dentist within six months of getting the first tooth – and no later than the first birthday. In fact, Illinois children don’t visit the dentist, on average, until they are 3 ½ years old.

A visit by age 1 allows you and your child to develop a relationship with a dentist, which can help set a foundation for good oral health and detect potential dental problems before they progress. Your little one could have pain in one of his or her teeth, but may be too young to tell you.

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is kicking off “Dentist by 1,” a statewide public service campaign to educate parents about the benefits of taking their children to the dentist by age 1 and to encourage them to schedule a visit.

In conjunction with the campaign, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is offering one of my readers an Oral B Smart Series 5000 electric toothbrush ($160 value) to help promote good oral health! (Open to Illinois residents only).

To enter, tell me about your child’s first trip to the dentist or something funny about their oral health care habits in the comments under this article along with your email address. This Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation “Dentist by 1” Electric Toothbrush giveaway begins today and ends on Wednesday May 2, 2012.  Winner will be chosen by and notified by email.

For additional entries:

Pledge to take your kids to the dentist by age 1 or to regular visits at and tell me in the comments below. When you pledge, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation will donate an oral health kit to a local, underprivileged child and will also send you a kit! (Kits include a toothbrush, floss, toothpaste and a children’s oral health tip sheet.)

“Like” Delta Dental of Illinois on Facebook for more information about upcoming contests and tips on establishing good oral health habits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

 “Like” Look It's Megryansmom on Facebook for additional giveaways.

Disclaimer:  Delta Dental of Illinois provided the electric toothbrush for this giveaway
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Avon Walk

I grew a beard.

I sent a gajillion letters and emails and now it's getting down to the wire.

Tues April 24th will be 39 days before I walk 39 miles to fight breast cancer! Can you believe that? I walk in 39 days!! And I'm still falling short of my goal.  I pledged to raise $1800 for breast cancer and if I don't reach my goal, sadly I'll have 2 choices, neither of which appeal to me.  

Now I'm turning on the begging mode...

So, I'm having a friendly competition with my teammates. Whoever can get the most funds between now and Friday April 27th will get a little prize =) 

I know, I know, whoop de doo!  I get a prize if you donate.  That stinks.

So here's what I propose to do!

Anyone who donates to me will be in a drawing for TWO admissions to Sky High Sports AND a $25 gift card and whatever prizes I find in the prize closet. Even if all you can spare is a dollar. It all adds up! So please, donate at least $1 if you can and tell everyone you know to donate $1 to my fundraising efforts as well! You can donate by clicking on the Avon logo above in the sidebar or the PayPal button also in the sidebar.

If every one of my subscribers donates just $1 that's over $500!  And if you tell a friend and they donate, that's $1000.  So basically, I'm asking you to donate and to get 2 of your friends to donate so that I reach my goal. 

It's a great cause and I think you might have that much in change in your couch cushions.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Xperience Days - Giveaway

I know it's just April, but you're going to blink and it will be the end of May and Junior's Graduation Day and then you'll blink again and it will be Father's Day.

Everyone knows how difficult it can be to find a great gift for the man in your life, especially if they are the kind of guy that has everything already.  Why settle for traditional gifts when unique gifts for him are just a simple click away?
Xperience Days is the Country's leading Experience Gift Company. Since 2004, they have helped over 100,000 people give unique Gifts and create lasting memories in the form of Experience Gifts. At Xperience Days they offer thousands of unique gift experiences nationwide, from fishing trips on the Colorado River to taking the controls of a Steam train!. All of the unique gifts are presented in the form of a gift certificate which may be redeemed by the recipient at their convenience, and all experience gifts are sent in an attractive Xperience Days Gift Pack.


Xperience Days has generously offered to send one of my readers a $75 gift certificate towards a unique gift experience of their own. Browse the site and then leave a comment telling me which experience would make the most memorable Father's Day gift ever.

Winner will be chosen by on May 4th and notified by email, so be sure to leave one in your comment.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Eric Carle Stories - Giveaway

A Brown Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle will be playing at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater mainstage, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago beginning May 2 through May 27th.

Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 10:15 am; Friday at 10 am and Noon; Saturday at 10 am, Noon and 3 pm; and Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Tickets, $15 - $41, are on sale now. For tickets and information, go to or call the Victory Gardens box office, 773.871.3000. For discounted rates for pre-schools, schools, day care facilities and play groups of eight or more, contact GroupTix at 773.327.3778 or visit

Brown Bear, Brown Bear what do you see?

I see a ticket giveaway for a lucky reader looking at me!


The Chicago Children's Theatre is offering a pair of tickets for the rare evening performance on Friday, May 4th at 7 pm to one of my readers.  To win, leave a comment telling me TWO of the other animals encountered in Eric Carle's book Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do You See?
Winner will be chosen by on April 27th, and notified in an email so be sure to leave one in your comment.  Please make sure you are definitely able to attend the above performance as there are no substitutions.

Disclaimer:  I received tickets to a performance for sharing this information with you.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Bright Starts Ultimate Baby Shower Blogger Event

are excited to present 

The Baby Shower Event 
from May 7th to May 28th

This is a free blogger event and accepting signups now.


 today, grow your readership and offer one amazing baby shower gifts giveaway!

(and tell them I sent you over!)

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Navy Pier Welcomes Sixth Annual Green Festival

Navy Pier Welcomes Sixth Annual Green Festival, the Largest, Longest-Running Green Consumer Event, May 5-6

Green Festival, the nation’s largest and most trusted environmental consumer event returns to Chicago May 5-6, 2012. Featured at the weekend-long show at Navy Pier will be leaders in the social justice and environmental community, including speakers, entrepreneurs and activists; an organic beer, mead and wine pavilion as well as a dedicated kids’ area for learning about easy and fun ways to incorporate green at a young age.

In the center of it all is a unique marketplace of more than 350 eco-friendly businesses, featuring the latest and greatest in sustainable products and services. Green Festival is the only national sustainability event that screens exhibitors for their commitment to social justice, sustainability and ecological balance using co-producer, Green America’s green business standards.

Chicago Green Festival 2012 Program Highlights:

· Do-It-Yourself Workshops

· Green Kids Zone

· Green Living Stage

· Green Business Pavilion

· Green Jobs and Careers

· Sustainable Home and Garden Pavilion

· Renewable Energy

· Beer, Mead and Wine Pavilion

· Organic Local Food

· Fair Trade Pavilion

· Community Action Pavilion

· Sierra Club Green Cinema

· Yoga and Movement Pavilion

Tickets can be purchased online at for $15 or at the show for 25 when purchased at the event door, discounts given when purchased in advance, reduced admission for seniors. Free admission for those who ride a bike to the event and park with the bike valet, as well as youth under eighteen and union members with valid identification, Green America and Global Exchange members, Sierra Club members with membership card and volunteers. For volunteer opportunities, visit

All tickets provide access to the entire exhibitor floor, all panel & speakers discussions along with all film presentations.

Disclaimer:  I received a Press Pass for sharing this information
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Santa Margherita Facebook Contest

Every mom deserves a little relaxation, and what could be more relaxing than a weekend getaway? Just in time for Mother's Day weekend,  one lucky mom will be ringing in the holiday with style! In honor of the introduction of the refreshing new Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosè, Santa Margherita is hosting a fantastic Facebook contest.

If lounging at a beautiful hotel in an exciting city, sipping on the new Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosè sounds up your alley, point your kids (or yourselves!) in the direction of Facebook! By simply telling Santa Margherita why their mom deserves a getaway, they'll be entering you for the chance to win a Las Vegas Mother's Day Weekend for two, including airfare, two nights at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino and a memorable Mother's Day Brunch featuring HGTV star and entertaining expert Monica Pedersen. Other great prizes include bottles of wine, boxes of chocolates and copies of Monica Pedersen's new book, "Make it Beautiful." Encourage your kids to enter or log on to Facebook to enter on behalf of your own mother!

Because Italians' love of their mothers is internationally renowned, Mother's Day provides the perfect occasion for America's favorite Italian wine to introduce Americans to the delicious new Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosè. The Sparkling Rosè joins an acclaimed lineup of Santa Margherita wines that also includes Pinot Grigio, Prosecco and Chianti Classico Riserva. The #1 Imported Italian Wine crafted this beautiful, sparkling blend of Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Chardonnay, and a hint of Malbec in the crisp, easy-drinking style for which Santa Margherita is renowned.

The new Santa Margherita Sparkling Rose isn't available in stores until May but you can enter to win the contest here today.

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Santa Margherita prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Stanley Steemer - A Giveaway

Ughhh Dirt just never quits!

Despite your best intentions for cleaning this spring, you should not have to do it alone. Cleaning more than 200 tons of dirt last year, Stanley Steemer knows dirt! Call the experts at Stanley Steemer and let them help you achieve that deeper level of clean in your home this season.

Americans doing their spring cleaning might make the home look or smell better on the surface, but vacuuming and cleaning machines only remove some of the dirt, dust and particulates that cause allergic reactions. In a recent national poll commissioned by Stanley Steemer, the nation’s largest deep cleaning service, nearly half of respondents predicted spending less than four hours total on this year’s spring cleaning. But only 19 percent reported having ever used a professional for cleaning.

To combat this difficult allergy season this spring plus truly make your homes clean, consumers should consider a deeper cleaning twice a year by the professionals at Stanley Steemer.

Not just for carpet cleaning, Stanley Steemer’s expertise extends to hardwood, tile, air ducts, water damage restoration, and more!

Stanley Steemer’s proprietary equipment and cleaning processes remove more than 98% of dry soil from floors.  With over 70 branches and 220 franchise locations in 48 states, Stanley Steemer services 95% of the country.

Want to see Stanley Steemer in action? Check out the Stanley Steemer van and crew as they visited fellow blogger Corine Ingrassia’s home of Complicated Mama:

Schedule a cleaning with your local branch by calling 1-800-STEEMER

To win a $100 Stanley Steemer gift card leave me a comment telling me about your toughest spring cleaning chore.

Increase your chances of winning by:

liking Look It's Megryansmom on FB
liking Stanley Steemeron FB
liking Megryansmom on Twitter
liking Stanley Steemer onTwitter

Contest runs until April 27, 2012 and the winner will be notified by email so be sure you leave one in your comment! 

Disclaimer: The gift certificate, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Stanley Steemer through MyBlogSpark.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sesame Street Live: Elmo's Super Heroes! - Ticket Giveaway

Calling all super heroes! Super Grover has lost his super-ness! Never fear, the fabulous five Super Heroes are here -- featuring Elmo as Captain Fuzzy! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Zoe and all their furry friends are on a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover.

Singing and dancing their way through fun lessons on healthy habits, they discover how exercise, rest, nutritious food and good hygiene can save Super Grover -- and turn your children into Super Heroes, too! You’ll be feeling good when Elmo’s Super Heroes! comes to town!

Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie…and more. Each performance is 90 minutes of singing, dancing and audience participation, including a 15-minute intermission. The perfect length for very young children!

Coming soon to:

Rosemont, IL; Akoo Theatre (formerly the Rosemont Theater)
Thursday, May 3 – Sunday, May 6

Thursday, May 3: 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
Friday, May 4: 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 5: 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM & 5:30 PM
Sunday, May 6: 1:00 PM & 4:30 PM


Merrillville, IN; Star Plaza Theatre
Wednesday, May 9 – Sunday, May 13

Wednesday, May 9: 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 10: 10:30 am & 7:00 pm
Friday, May 11: 10:30 am & 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 12: 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm
Sunday, May 13: 1:00 pm & 4:30 pm

Save $3 on tickets for all performances with this coupon

• Tickets on-sale at the box office and all Ticketmaster locations.
• To charge by phone, call 800-745-3000.

Enter to win a family 4-packs of tickets by leaving me a comment telling me who your favorite Sesame Street character is.

Increase your chances by:

liking Look It's Megryansmom on FB
liking Sesame Street Live on FB
liking Megryansmom on Twitter
liking Sesame Street Live onTwitter

Winner will be chosen  on April 24, 2012 and notified by email, so make sure you leave one in your comment.

Disclaimer:  I received tickets for my family as well as tickets for the giveaway for sharing this information.
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cadillac-Premiere Sponsor of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago

Cadillac is the proud Premiere Sponsor of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago for the second year in a row!

On SATURDAY, April 14 and SATURDAY, April 21, Chicago area Cadillac dealers will make a $50 donation on a walker's behalf for every test drive!

If you know someone walking in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago all you need to do is get their 6-digit Participant # to give to Cadillac at the time of the test drive, then the donation will be made to the walker's account.

Don't know a walker but still want to help?  I just happen to be walking in the Avon Walk and my Participant # is 242132. Bring your friends and family and I'll get a $50 donation for everyone that gets behind the wheel of a shiny new Cadillac

The test drivers will receive a receipt validating their test drive. Limit one donation per person. Must be 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license.

List of participating dealers:

Barrington IL, Motor Werks
Bourbonnais IL, David Bruce Auto Center
Chicago IL, Grossinger City Autoplex
DeKalb IL, Sycamore Cadillac
Hammond IL, Napleton Cadillac
Hodgkins IL, Ettleson Cadillac
Joliet IL, Bill Jacobs Cadillac
Libertyville IL, Weil Cadillac
Lincolnwood IL, GrossingerAutoplex
Lombard IL, Heritage Cadillac
Matteson IL, Arnie Bauer Cadillac
McHenry IL, Gary Lang Cadillac
Merrillville IN, Schepel Cadillac
Naperville IL, Cadillac of Naperville
Northbrook IL, Steve Foley Cadillac
Oak Lawn IL, Frank Shirey Cadillac
Schaumburg IL, Patrick Cadillac
Tinley Park IL, Tony Rizza Cadillac

But Cadillac is doing so much more than making donations to the Avon Walk!

The Top 5 Individual Fundraisers will receive the Ultimate Camping Experience from Cadillac!

Five winners will receive a private chauffeured ride* in a Cadillac SRX to the Avon Walk Opening Ceremony on Saturday morning for them and one guest.

They'll spend the night in a luxury-filled tent at the Wellness Village, complete with butler service and foot massages. Sleeping tents will be stocked with air mattresses, pillows, linens, lavish amenities and so much more!

And when the weekend and the walk are all over, a private chauffeured ride home* in a Cadillac SRX after the Closing Ceremony!

Thank you Cadillac for your continued and generous support!

Please call the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Chicago office for more information or if you have any questions: (773) 248-3120.

If you can't test drive and would like to make a donation please click the link above on the right, which will take you directly to my personal fundraising home page.  No donation is too small and is greatly appreciated.

*Ride in Style! Cadillac will provide a driver and an SRX Cadillac as transportation from the location of your choice (within a 50-mile radius of Soldier Field) to the Opening Ceremony and will pick you up from the Closing Ceremony at Soldier Field. Transportation will include you and your guest as long as you are both coming from/going to the same location.

**Winners will be selected from the Top 5 Avon Walk Chicago individual camping fundraisers as of 11:59pm CT on Tuesday, May 15. Only donations appearing in the Avon Walk Participant Center at this time will be included in the fundraising totals. Promotion runs from Monday April 9, 2012 through Tuesday May 15, 2012 at 11:59pm CT. Donations mailed-in but not yet processed or posted will not be included.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Great Easter Gifts from Fannie May - SUPER Quick Chocolate Giveaway

'Hoppy’ Easter! 

Whether you’re looking for a last minute Easter Basket or are in need of some delicious Cream Easter Eggs for an egg hunt, Fannie May is sure to satisfy any Easter chocolate need.

The first Fannie May retail store was opened by H. Teller Archibald in 1920 at 11 N. LaSalle St. in Chicago. By 1935, there were nearly four dozen retail stores in Illinois and several neighboring states. During World War II, while other companies chose to change their recipes when ingredients were scarce, Fannie May stuck with its exact recipes, making only what it could which often meant closing shops early because no more candy was available - never was the taste of the candy compromised.

Through the years Fannie May developed candies that went on to become favorites that were often the center of many family and holiday traditions. Quality has always been the driving force behind the making of Fannie May chocolates. Fannie May stands by all its products and for over 90 years has provided high quality gourmet chocolates with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Fannie May has several convenient locations throughout Chicagoland, including the popular 343 North Michigan Avenue store or the 1020 Lake Street location in Oak Park. These tasty treats are also available online at

Happy Easter Basket $49.99 

This fun and festive Easter chocolate gift basket is filled with Fannie May Easter favorites, including a three oz. milk chocolate bunny, six oz. white chocolate bunny, 2.3 oz. peanut butter button egg, an assortment of four, two oz. cream eggs (one of each flavor: fruit & nut, chocolate butter cream "green may," yellow butter cream and raspberry cream), seven oz. mint cookie cluster gable, six oz. jelly bird eggs and three, one oz. chocolate bunny pops.

Assorted Cream Eggs $24.99

Easter wouldn't be the same without Fannie May cream eggs! This yummy Easter delight includes eight, two oz. eggs in an assortment of flavors including, milk peanut butter cream, milk vanilla butter cream, dark vanilla butter cream, pink fruit & nut, dark raspberry cream, chocolate nut, trinidad and dark coconut cream.

Super Quick Giveaway! For your chance to win the beautiful and delicious Happy Easter Basket pictured above please leave me a comment telling me your favorite flavor of Fannie May Cream Eggs.  As always, please leave your email in the comment so I can easily contact you.  I'll notify the winner on Thursday, April 5th and Fannie May will try their best, but I cannot guarantee delivery by Easter.

Disclaimer:  I was provided product by Fannie May for the purpose of review and to facilitate this giveaway.
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Space Dogs - Available on DVD Today

A circus dog and a stray go on an out-of-this-world adventure to become the world most famous canine cosmonauts.
Based on the true story of Belka and Strelka, two dogs who were sent to space by the Soviet Union in the 60's.

It's a beautifully made children's movie with music, a good plot and a happy ending. Available today April 4, 2012 at all major retailers for $24.99 SRP.

Rated: G (General Audience)
Studio: Phase 4 Films
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
Run Time: 88 minutes
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Monday, April 2, 2012

A Brown Bear, a Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Chicago Children's Theatre looks forward to bringing back internationally acclaimed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia to the Windy Ciy with Mermaid's all-new production of A Brown Bear, A Moon and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle.

Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, Mermaid Theatre's all-new triple-bill brings to life three Eric Carle all-time family favorites - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Performances are May 2-27, 2012 on the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater mainstage, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 10:15 am; Friday at 10 am and Noon; Saturday at 10 am, Noon and 3 pm; and Sunday at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Tickets, $15 - $41, are on sale now. For tickets and information, go to or call the Victory Gardens box office, 773.871.3000. For discounted rates for pre-schools, schools, day care facilities and play groups of eight or more, contact GroupTix at 773.327.3778 or visit

Mermaid Theatre has performed for more than four million spectators on four continents. Locally, Chicago Children's Theatre last hosted Mermaid Theatre's smash hit, nearly sold-out run of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at the Field Museum in 2010. Mermaid's emphasis on imaginative design elements, original music, and challenging texts syncs right up with Chicago Children's Theatre's aesthetic. So what better way to acquaint young audiences with the visual and performing arts as well as the pleasures of reading than a school or family trip to enjoy the wonder of A Brown Bear, A Moon and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle.

For more information about Chicago Children's Theatre visit or call 773.227.0180.

Disclaimer:  Information was provided by Chicago Children's Theatre. I was offered tickets for the performance for sharing it with you.  
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