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President Trump, never had a glass of alcohol?


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray dive into their own history with drinking as President Trump makes statements about how he doesn’t drink. This all comes from Bret Kavanaugh saying how he feels about beer. Plus more on President Trump commenting on Kavanaugh’s case.

What To Do This Weekend: May, 6th – 8th, 2016

For the Adults:

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Old Crow’s and Moe’s Cantina, River North, Chicago

whiskey and tequila

Sample various whiskeys & tequilas with other whiskey & tequila enthusiasts while celebrating Cinco De Mayo & The Kentucky Derby!  Over 50 unique whiskeys, bourbons, tequilas & mezcals available to sample.

Contests will be held for best Derby Hat & Best Sombrero, and all attendees will receive over $200 in “Freebies.”

Tickets are $60, and can be purchased at http://whiskeyandtequilafest.com/.



Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: Various Sessions (visit website for details)
Soldier Field, Chicago

beer fest

Chicago’s largest beer festival just got an upgrade…to Soldier Field.

The price of a general admission ticket includes, but is not limited to, 48x two-ounce samples, a Chicago Beer Classic signature tasting cup, limited-release beers on the grass of Soldier Field, a fully-loaded pretzel necklace making experience, activities and beer education.

Also offered, a Stadium Tour during the event available for an extra $10 at the event or as an add on to the ticket purchase.

Tickets are selling out quickly at http://chicagobeerclassic.com/.


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park

Women looking for a “Girls Day Out,” can head to this free event where there will be a variety of vendors, entertainment and activities for women.

Lady a women's expo

Features include fashion shows, shopping, wine tasting, home improvement and remodeling vendors just to name a few. Mrs. Illinois International 2016 – Nicole Zwiercan will also have a meet and greet!

Free gift bags will be give to the first 500 attendees. More information can be found at the event planner’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/22CMevents/


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bolingbrook Promenade, Bolingbrook

Car owners are urged to bring their prized vehicles out the morning of May 7 for the first Supercar Saturdays event of 2016. The diverse event “welcomes everything from classics and muscle cars to exotics and modified contemporary cars.”

bolingbrook car show

The event is not limited to car owners, as enthusiasts and families are encouraged to join. RSVP for the FREE event at: http://www.supercarsaturdays.com/rsvp.asp

Immediately following the Supercar Saturdays event on May 7th, all participants and spectators are invited to Drive to Autobahn Country Club for a complementary car show, a touring session on track, autocross, and karting.


For the Kids:

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Pilcher Park, Joliet

The Joliet Park District is hosting Fairy Fest at Pilcher Park. Families can “enjoy fairy flower walks, discover fairy food, make enchanted crafts and see entertainment from winged hostesses!”

It is urged to come “dressed in wings” because there will be wand making for all ages.

Regular admission is $10.

Breakfast with the Fairies runs from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., costs $15, and includes admission to the Fairy Festival following the breakfast.

fairy fest

Registration can be found by clicking here or visit www.jolietpark.org.


Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cricket Hill at Lincoln Park, Chicago

kids and kites

The city of Chicago will provide kite kits for children to build, decorate and fly at the park near Montrose Harbor for the event’s 18th year. Admission is free!

Other activities include face painting, balloon artists and crafts.

For complete details, visit www.chicagokidsandkites.us

Delays on the Red & Blue lines expected, construction on I-55 at Lake Shore Drive and parade Closures in the loop.

Compiled by Jen DeSalvo for the Big John Howell Show on WLS-AM 890.

Americans drink more when merry, polls shows

By Lauren Booker, Special to CNN
(CHICAGO) As countless revelers will prove on St. Patrick’s Day, drinking and being merry go hand in hand. Now a poll is backing up that truism.
The Harris survey found that Americans who are 21 and older more often choose to drink alcohol during good times instead of when facing a challenging day.
Drinkers of legal age crack open a bottle to celebrate a special occasion (86%), on their birthday (73%) or when having an amazing day (72%).
On the other hand, they drink significantly less when facing a horrible day (60%), feeling stressed (52%) or after a breakup (40%). And when they were experiencing tough times, 40% of them drank beer.
Addiction medicine specialist Dr. Steven Melemis thinks otherwise, however. Based on his 30 years of experience, he said patients turn to alcohol during tense situations.
“They tend to drink more when under stress or after a stressful period,” Melemis said in an email.
The Harris poll evaluated 1,360 periodical alcohol drinkers’ habits in December 2015, based on demographics such as gender, region, politics and age.
Men reached for beer on any occurrence from break-up heartache to having a birthday, according to the poll.
Women poured themselves a glass of wine during a stressful moment, fabulous day, their birthday and celebratory occasions. When life took a turn for the worse, ladies brought out the liquor.
“Liquor is the booze of preference for women, Midwesterners, Southerners, baby boomers, matures, independents, suburbanites, rural dwellers and those with no kids in the house, while each of their counterparts reach for a cold one,” according to the Harris Poll.
Millennials’ first choice for alcohol was beer. Generation Xers and baby boomers go for a mix of beer, wine and liquor, depending on the occasion. People 70 and older leaned toward liquor during unpleasant times and wine for jubilant occasions.
“While there’s little deviation from the choice of wine based on demographics, a few key groups do stand out in their drink of choice. Men and millennials both turn first to beer for their celebratory toast, while Southerners turn to liquor,” the poll found.
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