Downtown Dash 9/10/11: Meet Team Blu Belles sponsored by Northeast Cooling

Downtown Dash 9/10/11 is almost upon us!

Saturday 9/10/11 will see Downtown Dash participants making their way through all many of obstacles and challenges to weed out the faint of heart from the weekend warriors using Social Media as their major tool.

Northeast Cooling is pleased to sponsor a second team. Meet Team Blu Belles:


Jhonita Williams is one half of our Team Blu Belles. Her Twitter handle is @jwill1. She’s a Digital Media Maven for airlines and CPG clients by day and a card carryin’, diaper bag slingin’ Super Mom by night.” She is a self proclaimed dancer with “beyond superior” skills. She may dance her way through Downtown Dash! She loves Chicago and the color purple, not to be confused with the book of the same name by Alice Walker. (She may love that, too, we’ll have to consult her.)








Jeanelle Sims is the yin to Jhonita’s yang, the salt to her pepper, or the other half of Team Blu Belles! You can find her on Twitter with the handle @chowbelle. She is an a Native of Hyde Park and an avid social media junkie. She’ll dance to anything with a good beat. She also enjoys experiencing a wide variety of global cuisine and watching all kinds of sports. Her favorite color is pink!









Be sure to LIKE their profile page on the Downtown Dash website.

We will be providing some fabulous prizes from The Beer Bistro.

Think you have what it takes to compete against Team Blu Belles? It’s not too late; you can still register for Downtown Dash! Click HERE!

Be sure to follow Team Blu Belles’s progress on 9.10.11 via Twitter from 11 am to 3pm during Downtown Dash.




Downtown Dash: Meet Northeast Cooling’s own Team Two Cool

Meet Team Two Cool sponsored by Northeast Cooling

Poised and Ready to win Downtown Dash

Team Two Cool is headed by Captain Apryl Valy (@princessv13) and supported by her loyal and at-the-ready teammate, Nicole Marsel (@nikole17).

They both have a strong Social Media presence and are ready, willing, and able to rock through the Downtown Dash and bring it all home for Northeast Cooling (@refrigeration)!

Be sure to check out  and LIKE Team Two Cool’s Facebook page!


Join us on Wednesday September 7th for Dash to It: Downtown Dash Pre-Game Warm Up at Market Bar.



We will be providing some fabulous prizes from The Beer Bistro as well. Think you have what it takes to compete against Team Two Cool?

It’s not too late; you can still register for Downtown Dash! Click HERE!


Be sure to follow Team Two Cool’s progress on 9.10.11 from 11 am to 3pm during Downtown Dash.

Here’s where you can find Team Two Cool during Downtown Dash:










Northeast Cooling is also sponsoring Team Blu Belles. Keep watch for information on our other fantastic team!





End of Summer Activities and Events in Chicago

End of Summer Fun in Chicago!

Back to school season is upon us and the summer is just about to draw to a close. So what can you do to squeeze out that last bit of summer fun? Luckily, we’re having some gorgeous weather, so that allows for all kinds of park and forest preserve activities.


Here are some activities happening around Chicago in the coming weeks to enjoy as the summer winds down.

On August 30th you can enjoy free Gyros in Chicago. You pick the place and time! You’ll need to sign up and print your coupon here or here.

As we move into September there is Cabernet Day Chicago at the RedHead Piano Bar on September 1st.  $15 gets you a variety of wines to taste and some fine music to enjoy.

Also on September 1st is the Free Hot Summer Nights Music and Dancing event at Chicago Botanic Gardens if you happen to be in the suburbs. Orqesta Con Son will play Latin music. There will also be dance instructors on hand to help you get your grove on. You could perfect your Merenge or sway the night away with some sultry Salsa steps!


Labor Day weekend boasts a myriad of fun activities in Chicago.

Many museums are free if you’re a Bank of America cardholder! Check out Free Things to do in Chicago’s website for details.

You can also find free museums if you have a Chicago Public Library Card. Reading is Fundamental and money saving!

Let’s not forget the Fireworks at Navy Pier that continue Wednesdays and Saturdays through September 3rd.


Labor Day Weekend is also jam packed with music festivals!

The Chicago Jazz Festival is FREE and runs from September 1st thorugh the 4thNorth Coast Festival takes place in Chicago September 2nd through the 4th.  Although, not Chicagoland, but certainly worth the drive, Pearl Jam graces the fine state of Wisconsin September 3rd and 4th  at Alpine Valley.


September brings Downtown Dash to Chicago on 9/10/11!

As September continues the coolest Social Media Urban Scavenger Hunt, Downtown Dash will take place on 9/10/11 through the streets, on the rails, and maybe even on the waterways of Chicago. You just never know what you’ll be asked to do during this race around town. If you’re involved in Social Media this is the event for you. There will be a variety of prizes and an after party to conclude the day of physical and social activities!


Free Movies in Chicago Parks continue through September 16th. Enjoy some fresh air and a movie before we’re forced to don our parkas.

The Chicago Botanic Gardens boast free Top Chef cooking demos through October 2nd.

Finally, if you’re going back to school or you have small people that are (thankfully) returning to academia, check out Fatwallet for lots of back to school and extra-curricular savings!


Enjoy the rest of the summer, Chicagoland!  Although Autumn is pretty spectacular here, too!

Northeast Cooling Sponsors Downtown Dash 9.10.11



Get Ready for Downtown Dash on September 10th in Chicago!

Again this year, Northeast Cooling is proud to work with Leyla Arsan of Lotus Marketing Services and ING DIRECT in sponsoring their upcoming event, Downtown Dash! Northeast Cooling is the hardest working commercial refrigeration repair outfit in town and that means we are also the hardest playing outfit in town. A perfect event for us to sponsor!

Downtown Dash is an Urban Scavenger Hunt like no other!

Where else can you compete with your virtual friends in real time and in real life?  Two person teams will utilize Foursquare and Twitter to receive clues and complete physical challenges for this urban scavenger hunt. Think “The Amazing Race” only with Chicago providing the entire course! You could be running through a hotel lobby, hopping on the El, or paddling down the Chicago River to complete your challenge. Each challenge is sure to be an adventure in itself!

At 11 am on  Saturday September 10th, Downtown Dash will start at ING DIRECT Cafe in Chicago. From there a series of clues will lead you around our glorious city on an adventure to remember.

CHECK IN TO WIN! Did we mention there are Prizes?

While you’ll be using your Jedi-Social Media skills to check in at various locations and complete challenges, you’ll also be in the running for some mighty fine loot! This challenge isn’t just about fame and glory and the honor that comes with winning! Oh no! There are prizes to sweeten the deal! Just how can you win those prizes?

“Teams can win prizes for the pre-game competition, the Social Engagement Challenge, and individual challenges on event-day. Three grand prizes are available for first, second and third place teams. Follow@DTDash on Twitter and like the Downtown Dash Facebook page for hints leading up to the IRL scavenger hunt.”

Northeast Cooling will be sponsoring three (3) teams this year and providing some pretty awesome prizes courtesy of the great folks at The Beer Bistro. We still have room for two (2) more teams! So if you’re planning on entering let us know! We could be your sponsor! Leave a comment here if you are in need of a sponsor!


After a hard day of scampering around Chicago, what better way to end the day than with a party? Libations and a place to take a deep breath after all the action will round out the event.

So you want to join the fun?

  • Find yourself a partner who is also involved in Social Media (no minimum followers required).
  • Make sure you both have Smart Phones (charge them and update your apps).
  • Go to the Downtown Dash website and Register your team!
  • DONE! You are set for an adrenalin pumping day of fun, camaraderie, and healthy competition!

    Remember that’s 9.10.11


Ice Cream Decadence in Chicago August 18/19

Join Northeast Cooling at the Chicago Ice Cream and Gelato Festival as we indulge in two days of pure ice cream bliss.


Head on over to Grand Piazza at 1431 West Taylor Street in the heart of Little Italy on August 18th and 19th from 6-9 pm to experience the wonders of ice cream at The 3rd Annual Chicago Ice Cream & Gelato Festival.

This isn’t just an ice cream cart on a hot summer’s day. It’s ice cream as an art form, lovingly crafted into gourmet decadence. Come out and see for yourself!

There will be ice cream Chef Battles, Ice Cream Making demos, along with an Artisan Marketplace. Rest assured there will be plenty of mouth-watering ice cream to keep you cool! There will even be a book signing by author and ice officiando, Jeni Britton Bauer.

Also on hand will be a Grill Section featuring great food, Finch Beer Co.  and Koval Distillery products, and good wine!

Ice Cream provided by:

  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams of Ohio
  • Zingerman’s Creamery of Michigan
  • Mitchell’s Soda Shop
  • Shawn Michelle’s Canady le Chocolatier
  • Hudsonville Polyscience (The Anti-griddle)
  • Graeter’s of Ohio
  • Homer’s Ice Cream

Fabulous ingredients provided by:

  • Tate’s Bake Shop
  • Crave Brothers Cheese
  • St. Germain Liqueur
  • Barry-Callebaut Chocolate
  • Finch Beer
  • Koval Distillery
  • The Marion Street Cheese Market
  • Goose Island

Our Chefs:

  • Jeni Birtton Bauer of Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams of Ohio
  • Toni Roberts of The WIT Hotel
  • Fabrice Boutet of The Palmer House Hilton
  • Jove Hubbard of The James Hotel
  • Ben Roche of MOTO
  • Malika Ameen of Top Chef: Just Desserts
Northeast Cooling will be on hand at the event to perform a free diagnostic evaluation on any commercial refrigeration issues should they occur.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids.

Don’t miss your chance to win TICKETS to this amazing event courtesy of Northeast Cooling!

Three ways to win:

1. Like our Facebook page. We will randomly award a ticket to two (2) NEW LIKERS.

2. Mention @refrigeration AND @ChicagoIceCream AND include the Eventbrite link in a TWEET.

3. Leave a comment here on the website that includes your favorite flavor and favorite ice cream establishment.


All winners announced Monday, August 15th.  Winners chosen at RANDOM.