Jan 24 2017

Upcoming 2017 Concerts in Chicago

Published by under Local Events

After a rough 2016, it’s time to get back on track in the New Year. There’s no better way to do so than by jamming out at some great concerts. Luckily, Chicago is a hub for musicians of all kinds. Whether you want to flashback in time or rock out to current hits, you are sure to enjoy one of these 2017 concerts in Chicago.

2017 Concerts in Chicago

Neil Diamond

Step back in time and enjoy the classics of the 60s and 70s at this Neil Diamond concert. Diamond is considered to be one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time—and for good reason. Popular hits like “I’m a Believer” and “Sweet Caroline” are staples in the music industry, even today. Make sure you catch the opportunity to sing along with this Brooklyn-born crooner on May 28th at the United Center, and purchase your tickets here.


After releasing the single “Yellow” in 2000, Coldplay has rocketed up the charts, becoming one of the most recognizable bands in the industry. Now on their seventh album together, this band’s A Head Full of Dreams Tour is coming to Solider Field Stadium on August 17th, giving you the perfect excuse to head out on the town during the city’s gorgeous summer weather. Get your tickets to see this show-stopping performance here.

Bon Jovi

It’s your life; it’s now or never—so you better book tickets to see Bon Jovi on tour when the band comes to the United Center on March 26th. Bon Jovi first received world-wide recognition after the success of their third album, Slippery When Wet. They came back into the spotlight when their 2000 single “It’s My Life” hit charts after a second hiatus. To check out this band, purchase tickets here.

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Dec 15 2016

Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular to Perform Feats in Chicago

Production companies around the world put on Christmas-themed plays and musicals from all eras. This year, Cirque Music is putting on a show of their own and this time they’ll be stopping in Chicago! This year’s Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular is bound to be one show you won’t want to miss.

This fun-filled family-oriented event offers the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. This year’s show will feature a whole host of feats as well as live music.

The Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular features some of the most talented gymnasts, entertainers, and musicians from all over the world. This year’s show will feature feats of strength, skill and grace. To top it all off, a live symphony will perform holiday classics to create the perfect send off into the holiday season.

Experience a full sensory experience designed to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The end goal of the show is to bring people together and if that isn’t just perfect for the holidays, we don’t know what is!

Make sure to get your tickets now because this holiday event is bound to sell out quickly!

Here at Sierra Mazda, we can’t wait for the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular to stop in Chicago!

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Nov 16 2016

Top 5 Best Roadtrip Songs for Holiday Travels

Published by under Driving Tips,Road Trip

best roadtrip songs

Traveling to see family over the holidays? You might be dreading the miles and miles of open road ahead of you on your journey, but one of the perks of the job is making that roadtrip playlist. Here’s some of the best roadtrip songs to add to the mix, complete with car-themed puns.


Hit the Road, Jack – Ray Charles

Okay, so while you can’t really heed Ray’s advice to not “come back no more,” you can start off your journey by hitting the road to this classic rhythm and blues track.


Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna

The younger ones in your car might actually recognize this one. Rihanna’s pop vocals appeal to everyone in the vehicle to just shut up and drive, which makes it excellent for parents who just want to play the quiet game.


Highway to Hell – AC/DC

We’ve all been there—the middle of your trip, when it feels like you’ve been driving forever but you still have so long to go. Get over that midpoint disappointment by jamming out to some classic rock.


No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn – Beastie Boys

Raise your morale with this loud party anthem that’s easy to shout along with.


Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf

Is there anything as iconic as that deep, thumping beat and that opening line—“get your motor runnin’/head out on the highway”? Born to Be Wild makes you feel adventurous and cool when you’re behind the wheel, making it one of the best road-trip songs for your holiday travels.


If you want to know whether your sound system is in working order to play your best roadtrip songs, or you need any other vehicle maintenance, just stop in at Sierra Mazda first and we’ll take care of you!

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Oct 20 2016

Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade in Chicago

Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade in Chicago launched for the first time last year, organized by the Chicago Cultural Mile Association and gathering a wide range of creative communities in Chicago including the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Silent Theater Company, and more.

The Halloween Gathering Festival and Parade starts with an afternoon festival where artists from all over put on performances, show art, and play music. Then, in the evening, a huge parade is held along the Chicago Cultural Mile. If you want to see what the Halloween Gathering looked like last year, check out the video on the CCM website recapping last year’s event.

The goal of the festival is not just to create a fun Halloween event but to bring to light artists who have animated the city of Chicago, celebrate the vast array of cultures and kinds of art present in Chicago, and recognize Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.” As the festival’s website says, Halloween is the day when we “don masks and costumes, wrestle with demons, grapple with morality, play with personas, and watch darkness unfold and light fade.”

The festival will take place from 2 to 5 in the afternoon in Millennium Park and Sir George Solti Garden on Saturday October 22, with the parade taking place that evening 6 to 8 along Columbus Dr. from Balbo St. to Monroe St. Both events are free and open to the public. You can find information on how to get involved or sponsor the event on the Chicago Cultural Mile website.

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Oct 06 2016

2016 Mazda CX-9 Test Drive: Spacious and Fun

Published by under Mazda CX-9

2016 Mazda CX-9 test driveNews writer Gary Gastelu wrote an article in September detailing his 2016 Mazda CX-9 test drive, where he acknowledges that the CX-9 is a “three-row Miata,” offering “a bright spot of fun” in the mid-size crossover segment.

This seems to be the general consensus about the all-new CX-9. Its rating on Car and Driver is 5 stars, which is pretty amazing, and C&D’s first drive review of the CX-9 praised its ability to maintain functionality and interior space while offering the most stylish and elegant vehicle in its class.

Car and Driver says the CX-9 looks like a luxury vehicle, putting luxury cars in its segment like the Infiniti QX60 to shame, and its interior uses the finest materials, with plastics so soft they feel like leather. Optional all-wheel drive and standard features like LED headlights, a backup camera, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Mazda Connect make the CX-9 one of the most feature-complete SUVs on the market.

The Mazda CX-9 sports a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine where most in its segment have a V6, giving it 227 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm, which Mazda says is where owners driving crossovers usually stay at anyway, so there isn’t a need for a more powerful V6 engine at 4500 rpm.

Finally, the CX-9 has class-leading fuel economy, with max highway mpg at 28. Mazda has even included a cooler that helps cool the engine without using additional fuel, making it the most innovative crossover on the market in terms of improving efficiency.

In many ways the CX-9 offers the very best in its class, so come to Sierra Mazda and take it for a test drive today!

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Sep 26 2016

The Best Chicago Drive-ins to Visit in the Fall

Best Chicago Drive-ins to Visit

The leaves are changing, the air is cooling and you just pulled out your trunk of sweaters from the attic. Summer has ended and fall is welcoming us with open arms. But even if pumpkins are in and pool passes are out, there are some traditionally summer activities that you don’t have to kiss goodbye just yet. So, gather up some blankets, pour some hot tea in a travel mug and pack up the car! Here are the best Chicago drive-ins to visit this fall.

Cascade Drive-in

This West Chicago drive-in offers weekend features in rain or shine (that’s top up or down, for you roadster fans). Open since 1961, The Cascade is the largest drive-in in Illinois. They offer concessions (including, of course, Chicago-style hot dogs). They also allow customers to bring in their own outside food (with the exception of anything from Scooby’s Hot Dogs next door, who refuse to dim the lights for the movie-goers’ sakes!). With double features every Friday, Saturday and Sunday into the fall months, the Cascade drive-in makes a great weekend outing.

Harvest Moon Drive-in

Head south from Chicago to Gibson City where you will find Harvest Moon Drive-in. This outdoor theatre was opened in the 1950s, shut down in the 1980s, and then reopened for the love of film. It even survived a tornado (which probably didn’t prevent them from screening “Twister” years later!) Visit Harvest Moon for a movie or two, in rain or shine. Arrive early to grill out and let the kids play on the playground or rent out a lawn game like cornhole from the Tiki Hut. Want extra bang for your buck? Visit on select weeks in September to participate in the 5th annual Fright Fest for Halloween themed double features, costume contests and more.

If you’re in the mood for some spooky good prices and friendly people, come on down to Sierra Mazda today for a new ride!

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Sep 12 2016

Three Fall Road Trips to Take in your Mazda MX-5

Fall road trips

The best way to enjoy any season is to give yourself the time to take it all in. Autumn offers changing colors, cooler weather and the scent of harvest. Get the most of this season by choosing from one of these fall road trips to take in your Mazda MX-5, ordered from shortest to longest.

Drive the Red-Arrow Highway in Michigan

For a quick jaunt into the afternoon sun, Midwestern sightseers can’t go wrong with the Red-Arrow Highway. The two-lane, tree-lined road curves along the southeastern edge of Lake Michigan. Bring a sweater and drive with your Mazda’s top down in the autumn sun, enjoying the changing colors of the foliage. Red-Arrow Highway will lead you to plenty of inviting beach towns along the way and straight to one popular vacation spot, Harbor Country, Michigan.

Cruise the Great River Road

It’s true, the Great River Road runs all the way from Minnesota to Louisiana, following the Mississippi River. For your fall road trip in your Mazda MX-5, you don’t have to be quite so ambitious (though by the time you reach New Orleans, you’ll certainly have the top down!). But, even if you stick to the Illinois portion of the Great River Road, you won’t be disappointed. Hop on at Fulton or Moline to see breathtaking views, state historic sites—even Popeye’s home in Chester, IL!

Make the Trek to Yellowstone

If it’s one-on-one time with your co-pilot (or your Mazda MX-5!) that you want, take a handful of days to make your way to Yellowstone National Park. This trip will give you over 20 hours of driving time, which is more than enough to enjoy the “road” part of a road trip. Plus, what can be more American than heading out west in your roadster? Take I-90 and make a pitstop at the Badlands or the Black Hills for extra sightseeing.

No matter where you’re going on your last big trip of the end of summer, stop in at Sierra Mazda to get your car road-ready first!




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Aug 25 2016

Talented Bands at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival

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Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival

Although we hate to say it, the summer season is finally coming to a close. Here at Sierra Mazda, we are going to miss the warm weather and the long nights of summer. However, before the season officially comes to a close, there is one last chance to celebrate it at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival! The festival, which takes place on Labor Day Weekend, brings some of the most talented musical acts in the country to the local area to perform. End summer with a bang by catching these talented bands at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival on stage!

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Insanely popular during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Toad the Wet Sprocket is a band with a name that is certainly fun to say! It is even more fun to see them in concert.

Rusted Root

Combining good vibes with a folk music sound, Rusted Root is one of the most recognizable musical acts in the industry! You will be able to recognize their music during the Last Fling Festival.

Sugar Ray

A true throwback to the music of the 1990s, Sugar Ray was an icon of the music of that era. Now they are returning on stage during the Labor Day festivities!

Celebrate the end of summer the right way by catching these acts and more at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Festival!

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Aug 07 2016

Introducing the Mazda Interactive Website

Published by under Mazda News

Mazda Interactive Website

Mazda has some of the most advanced vehicles that you will find on the road today. The team at Mazda also believes that it should integrate the most advanced technology into everything that it does. That commitment helped bring about a recent change for the Mazda brand.

According to a report from Marketing Daily, Mazda recently renovated the Mazda website in order to make it more interactive.

During their research, the team at Mazda discovered that their customers were using mobile devices to shop and research vehicles more than ever. In fact, 60 percent of the website’s traffic came from mobile devices.

Unfortunately, the Mazda website was not built with mobile reach as a priority. Sensing that they needed to change in order to provide the best experience for their customers, the Mazda team redesigned their website to make it even more accessible.

“We developed the new site to combat against the existing hard-coded system that took a significant amount of development work and testing every time we made a change, which made it difficult to quickly turn-around changes to the site,” Eric Watson, director of marketing operations for Mazda North American Operations.

No matter how you are planning to research Mazda vehicles online, the best resource to use is the newly-improved Mazda interactive website!

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Jul 25 2016

The Epic Million Mile Miata Trip

Published by under Mazda Miata

Million Mile Miata Trip

A Miata might not be a convertible that impresses from the start, but it actually has a lot more to prove than you think.

Those who love Miatas love minimalism and this is a car that makes the driving experience a priority. One writer took a journey with the Miata to prove just this.

Alex Kierstein, of RoadandTrack.com, took a 2862 mile trip with just his Miata. The top down, no radio, and no phone calls. Just him and the open road, from Knoxville, Tennessee to Monterey, California.

With a Miata that had already accumulated more than 335,000 miles, Kierstein began to travel through the steep San Juan Mountains that put nothing between him and the gorge below but naked cliff.

He even made it to the famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to take the Miata for a few laps. There’s nothing quite like driving a car with that many miles and an open top around a race track!

Kierstein’s overall goal? To get this Miata up to one million miles. And, after the journeys it has gone through with Kierstein, it might just get him there.

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