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We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas

Bret Michaels

We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas

Whatever your beliefs are and whatever you celebrate (or even if you don’t celebrate), I want to send good wishes and cheer to everyone this holiday season. I hope everyone finds peace and love in their heart. Occasionally I get a little personal in my posts but for good reason. With it being so close to the end of the year, I find myself deep in thought reflecting on 2017.

I’m excited for this year to come to a close. It wasn’t the greatest year by far for me but I’ve realized it wasn’t the worst either and I am very blessed. This past week was a huge reminder of what a wonderful life I live, in spite of some the pitfalls I occasionally stumble upon. I often feel lonely yet I have some truly special people in my life who love me and are always there for me. And this week, some of them made me feel extra special.

This holiday season, though I don’t celebrate in the traditional sense, I am especially grateful for my friends and family. Remember, it’s important to always count your blessings, no matter how small. I am definitely counting mine from dancing all night with the best of girlfriends, sharing uplifting words with a stranger, receiving unexpected thoughtful gifts, going on a fun date, seeing some old friends that live far, getting my ER bill taken care of from a couple months ago, meeting Bret Michaels for the 2nd time (see photo above), sharing my favorite Christmas tradition (Chinese food and a movie) with new friends, seeing incredible Christmas light displays, having some time off work, and so much.

There are things to be grateful for every single day. So, though many of us face obstacles and downfalls in life, we must find the positive in it all. And surround yourself with great people. Having an incredible support system makes everything so much easier. Thank you to everyone who has continuously supported me and my endeavors with Now You Know. And huge thanks to all the new people who have recently subscribed, commented, or shown love in any way. I couldn’t do it without any of you.

As always, please let me know how I can make Now You Know even better. I do this for you and your opinions, comments, and suggestions matter.

Happy Holidays.

No major events this week but check out what’s happening for NYE. If you don’t have plans yet, I’ve listed a bunch of New Years Eve 2018 Chicago Events via this link.

I am also sharing more details about the Chicago Dining Out Passbook 2018 I mentioned last week. You can find full details and access to my discount code to get the book for $39 instead of $99 here (NowYouKnow).

Also, Jingle Bowl at Bowlmor AMF is still happening through the 1st of the year. Here are the details:

Jingle Bowl: Bowlmor AMF Offers Festive Promotions to Celebrate the Holidays – Beginning on Dec. 21 through Jan. 1Bowlmor AMF centers in Chicago, including Bowlmero Naperville and Bowlero Romeoville, will celebrate the annual “Jingle Bowl” by offering special freebies, parties and contests to celebrate the holiday season. Highlights include an Instagram photo contest where guests will have the chance to win a $100 bowling gift card, a special day to bowl with Santa, and a $1 cookie day. Guests who are interested in learning more can visit to find the nearest participating venue. December 21 – *Bonus Gift Card Offer – When Bowlmor AMF guests purchase a $50 gift card, they will receive a $15 bonus gift card.*

Jingle Bowl

Jingle Bowl: Bowlmor AMF Offers Festive Promotions to Celebrate the Holidays

Monday, December 25 – $10 All You Can Bowl – Guests who have signed up for Bowlmor AMF’s email clubs before 12/23 will receive a $10 coupon to bowl an unlimited amount of games for up to two hours.

Wednesday, December 27 – $1 Cookies – Bowlmor AMF centers will offer their famous, delicious cookies for just $1 each. Select centers will also offer $10 arcade cards for only $4.

Thursday, December 28 – BowlMoji Bonus Day – Guests who have downloaded Bowlmor AMF’s BowlMojis sticker pack will receive a free game of bowling when they show the app on their iPhones. Valid on 12/28 only.

Friday, December 29 – Wacky Bowling Day – Bowlmor AMF will offer wacky bowling tips for guests to have fun, be creative, and roll the silliest way possible.

Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve – Bowlmor AMF centers across the U.S. will host their annual New Year’s Eve Parties, with daytime celebrations for families and an evening celebration for adults. Parties can be booked quickly and easily online.

Monday, January 1 – New Years Day – Bowlmor AMF encourages customers to hit the lanes on New Year’s Day and stay active! Did you know bowling burns about 240 calories per hour?

And here’s a little 411 on a new spot Opening Soon:

Wells St. Market unveils Jimmy Bannos, Jr.’s brand new fast-casual concept, Piggie Smalls Gyro Shop, debuting in the much-anticipated food hall and market coming to the Loop in early 2018. Piggie Smalls will offer an authentic take on Greek street food at the market, including signature dishes such as the Jimmy the Greek Salad and The Chicago Gyro – made in the Greek tradition of rotisserie pork, not lamb – providing guests with a fresh take on the classic Greek sandwich.

Katie Cahmann