Other sites recommended by Val

Tried and True: A valslist favorite

From Val: This is one of my fave local places – they make great dinners in a bag – they deliver to your home, you put some finishing touches on the recipe, and in 15 min you have a great dinner! Delicious, convenient, and healthy all rolled into one.

Located in Wilmette, IL.

Boomer Website for the Over 50 Crowd: Vibrant Nation, an online community where smart, successful women 50+ connect with others to make the most out of life every day. Topics range from Going Green to Health and Beauty to News and Politics. The common theme is interaction between members, both on the site’s many message boards and in blog posts allowing members to share their opinions and/or expertise. They also offer a vast Question and Answer section as well as guest contributors and expert advice.

  • Each month, Vibrant Nation features a valslist “5 Artists to Know” page!
Music Writers Workshop: 10-Minute Musicals from Theatre Building Chicago

Theatre Building Chicago acts as an incubator to develop original musical works and to support both acclaimed and emerging theatre companies and artists. They provide unique space and technical, marketing and consulting services. Since opening its doors on March 15, 1977, Theatre Building Chicago has hosted over 800 plays, 9,000 events, 500 theatre companies, 1,078,000 audience members, with more than 29,375 actors, designers, directors and other theatre artists appearing in over 25,000 performances. Also devoted to the cultivation of musical theatre writers, lyricists and composers, each season they present about 20 new musicals in a variety of styles and development formats. Over the last two decades, they have premiered 260 new musicals in Chicago and seen several of them soar into other productions on Broadway and across the country.

Another Great Music Source: Amie Street

The music store with dynamically-priced MP3 downloads. On Amie Street, the community determines the price of music. Every song starts cheap (or even free!) and increases in price up to 98 cents as more and more people purchase it. Rather than act as a warehouse for music you already know you want, we want to direct you to the best underexposed music. As you browse Amie Street and purchase music, the site learns more and more about your tastes, and our recommendations for you quickly become customized.

MySpace Music: Resource for Finding Any Artist

About the easiest way to hear any artist: simply type the artist name and “MySpace” into Google to access their main page. A fantastic resource for music! MySpace has become THE central hub for musicians – signed and unsigned, stadium performers and bar jammers, known by millions and known by few – just about every artist is here. Search for your favorite artists or discover new artists. You’ll hear 5 streaming songs from the artist, get tour dates, see photos, and read blogs.

Music/Design Blog: is the digital playground of a design connoisseur + music concierge born in the Midwest, but who’s heart will always belong to the west coast. Saying, “This girl’s got taste,” is an understatement.

"The CraigsList of the North Shore"... and more:

The Mission of Make It is to be the community network that helps North Shore women make our lives and the lives of others better.

We do this by creating the most trusted and easiest to use resource and magazine to find and share information and connect with the remarkable people, businesses and non-profits in our community.

  • Each month, MIB features a valslist “Playlist of the Month” including Chicago concert suggestions.
Pandora: Find New Music that Sounds Like the Artists You Love

Pandora is a music discovery service designed to help you enjoy music you already know, and to help you discover new music you’ll love.

It’s powered by the most comprehensive analysis of music ever undertaken, the Music Genome Project: a crazy project started back in early 2000 to capture the complex musical DNA of songs using a large team of highly-trained musicians.

Just tell them one of your favorite songs or artists and they’ll launch a streaming station to explore that part of the musical universe.

New Cutting-Edge Music Venue/Restaurant Just North of Chicago: SPACE

SPACE (The Society for the Preservation of Art & Culture in Evanston) provides a flexible creative canvas for the community. Serving as an ideal venue for music, dance, visual arts, theater, and literary arts, the versatile 3,000 square foot area offers exceptional sight lines and sound. The rustic urban décor is highlighted by the wood floor, made from the original timbers of an East Coast barn, as well as vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls. With collapsible tables and chairs and portable staging and technologically advanced video and audio recording equipment, the S.P.A.C.E is versatile as well as stylish. By combining flexibility with functionality, it’s a venue that could easily be used for hosting a business meeting by day and showcasing an up-and-coming band by night.

Unsigned Artists, this Site is for You: The Next Big Sound

The Next Big Sound shifts the current music industry model on its head by allowing ANYONE the chance to play the role of a record executive, predicting which bands they think will become superstars. Listeners go to and are presented with a simple online music player streaming the best unsigned music in the country. When they find a band or artist that they are passionate about and believe could become the next big sound they are able to register for the site (free) and “Sign” the band to one of the 10 roster spots on their own virtual record label.