Wednesday, March 20, 2019

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: WIN 4 Tickets ($60 Value) to Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents The World Premiere of The Time Warp Trio Through April 20, 2019

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Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents 
World Premiere of The Time Warp Trio,
Based on the book series by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Now playing through Sunday, April 20

**ages 5+**

(L to R) Brian Tochterman Jr. as Sam, Delvin James as Joe, Darian Tene as Freddie, Jennifer Betancourt as Queen Guinevere, and Drew Johnson as Merlin
Photo by Suzanne Plunkett.

Guest Review:
by kimberly robb baker

This is my second time attending a KidSeries show at Lifeline, and so far they really can’t be beat in terms of creating enriching entertainment that is relevant for my three kids, from toddler to tween.

It was a pleasure to experience the company’s take on The Time Warp Trio, a series of books by Jon Scieszka, artfully adapted for Lifeline by ensemble member heather Currie.

The story begins when Joe gets a book for his birthday from his namesake uncle, a mysterious magician. The book is just as mysterious as the giver, for Joe and his two friends Sam and Freddie (yay for adding some gender diversity where the original story had three boys) find that the book transports them to three very different eras in time.

As if birthday parties weren’t enchanting enough for the young audience, they get to spend some time in King Arthur’s court, with pre-historic humans and woolly mammoths, and a hundred years into the future where the very intimidating robots have a surprising purpose.

My 10-year-old’s favorite part was the prehistoric era—perhaps because the plot centered around a very lax hygiene routine?

(L to R) Darian Tene as Freddie, Delvin James as Joe, 
Brian Tochterman Jr. as Sam, and Drew Johnson as Duh
Photo by Suzanne Plunkett.

We all loved the puppets and costumes throughout—especially a very convincing giant (the farting sound effects were a big plus here), an absolutely gorgeous dragon puppet, and some smaller puppets in the future scene that gave us the “pulled back” view we could otherwise only have in a movie theatre.

The trio, played with full enthusiasm by Delvin James, Brian Tochterman Jr., and Darian Tene, were smart and proactive. There were fun riddles, audience interactions, and plenty of learning opportunities (Did dinosaurs and humans exist at the same time? What is a fulcrum? How can you convince Merlin you’re a great magician?)

My 8-year-old daughter loved the ending best of all. Let’s just say there’s more to mom than meets the eye.

Oh, and the book was available for sale in the lobby. The kids were already reading aloud to each other in the car, so score one for the book lovers’ team.

(L to R) Brian Tochterman Jr. as Sam, Delvin James as Joe, Darian Tene as Freddie, 
and Jennifer Betancourt as Mom
Photo by Suzanne Plunkett.

Kimberly Robb Baker is a Chicago based writer, blogger, consultant, story teller, and mother. You can find her worky stuff here: and her artsy fartsy stuff here:

Plus Performances with 
Touch Tour and Audio Description on March 24,
Open Captioning on March 23, Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performance on April 14, and Stories Come Alive! Hour Workshops Every Saturday and Sunday During the Run

Enter Below for your chance to
WIN 4 Tickets ($60 Value) to Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents The World Premiere of 
The Time Warp Trio  
(*Winner's choice of the following dates ONLY:  March 30 - April 7. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m or 1 p.m.) 

Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents the world premiere of The Time Warp Trio, based on the children’s series by Jon Scieszka, Illustrated by Lane Smith, with adaptation by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Frances Limoncelli, and directed by Lifeline Theatre ensemble member Heather Currie. 

When Joe receives a magical book for his birthday, he and his pals are unexpectedly hurled across time and space. They first arrive in Camelot, a land menaced by an evil knight, a terrible giant, and a fire-breathing dragon. With quick thinking and a dash of courage the newly formed “Time Warp Trio” manages to survive, but the mysterious Book soon thrusts them into further adventures – each more challenging than the last! Save the day with wit and bravery in this adaptation of stories from Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith’s Time Warp Trio series. This production is recommended for children ages five and up and runs approximately one hour with no intermission.

The Time Warp Trio runs Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, April 20 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Press opening is Sunday, Mar. 17 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, Apr. 14 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Mar. 16 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Mar. 17 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting

Accessible Performances: The Sunday, Mar. 24, 11 a.m. performance will feature a pre-show touch tour of the set at 10 a.m. and live audio description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. The Saturday, March 23,
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. performances will feature open captioning for patrons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. And there will be an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. for patrons with social and/or cognitive disabilities. For more information about Lifeline’s accessibility services, please contact Accessibility Coordinator Erica Foster at 773.761.4477 x703 or at

PLUS: Join Lifeline Theatre every Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m. during the run of The Time Warp Trio (following the 11 a.m. show, or before the 1 p.m. show) for our Stories Come Alive! Hour. Children will enjoy an interactive storytelling session and on-your-feet theatre games. The cost is only $5 per child. Reservations are recommended, though not required. Contact Lifeline Theatre at 773-761-4477 for more information.

The complete cast and production team for The Time Warp Trio includes:
Guest artists: Jennifer Betancourt (Ensemble), Delvin James (Joe), Drew Johnson (Ensemble), Darian Tene (Freddie), Brian Tochterman (Sam); Understudies: Anthony Kayer, Amanda Roeder, and RJ Cecott.

Lifeline Theatre ensemble members Heather Currie (Director), Frances Limoncelli (Adaptor), and Diane Fairchild (Lighting Designer); with guest artists Mark Blashford (Puppet Designer), Tristan Chiruvolu (Stage Manager), Joe Griffin (Sound Designer), Jennifer McClendon (Production Manager), Angela McIlvain (Scenic Designer), Jenny Pinson (Properties Designer), Joe Schermoly (Technical Director), Jonah White (Master Electrician), and Brenda Winstead (Costume Designer).

The Time Warp Trio runs Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, April 20 at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Press opening is Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. Regular performance times are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., with an added autism/sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, Apr. 14 at 3 p.m. (Previews are Saturday, Mar. 16 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and Sunday, Mar. 17 at 11 a.m.) Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting

Lifeline Theatre also offers “Name Your Price” tickets one half-hour before the show (subject to availability), group rates and other discounts available upon request. A party room is available for full-service birthday and special event parties. Lifeline Theatre is accessible by CTA (Red Line Morse stop/busses) and free parking is available at Sullivan High School (6631 N Bosworth Ave., lot located on the corner of Bosworth Ave. and Albion Ave., with the entrance on Albion) with free shuttle service before and after the show. Street parking is also available. Lifeline is accessible to wheelchair users and visitors who need to avoid stairs.

Now in its 36th season, Lifeline Theatre is driven by a passion for story. Our ensemble process supports writers in the development of literary adaptations and new work, and our theatrical and educational programs foster a lifelong engagement with literature and the arts. A cultural anchor of Rogers Park, we are committed to deepening our connection to an ever-growing family of artists and audiences, both near and far. Lifeline Theatre – Big Stories, Up Close.

Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by Alphawood Foundation; A.R.T. League Inc.; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; Chicago CityArts, a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; CIG Management; CNA Foundation; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; FlexPrint Inc.; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Michael and Mona Heath Fund at The Chicago Community Trust Foundation; Illinois Arts Council Agency; Illinois Humanities Council; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The National Endowment for the Arts; The PAV Grant Fund; The Polk Bros. Foundation; Rogers Park Social; The Saints; S&C Electric Company Fund; The Shubert Foundation; The Steele Foundation; Th Manufacturing; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.

(L to R) Drew Johnson as Sellbot, Darian Tene as Freddie, Delvin James as Joe, and Brian Tochterman Jr. as Sam; in Lifeline Theatre’s “The Time Warp Trio,” adapted by Frances Limoncelli, directed by Heather Currie, based on the book series by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith; previews begin Saturday, March 16, 2019, Opening Sunday, March 17 and running through Sunday, April 20. Lifeline Theatre is located at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave. Chicago, IL 60626. For tickets call the box office at 773-761-4477 or visit Photo by Suzanne Plunkett.

WIN 4 Tickets ($60 Value) to Lifeline Theatre KidSeries Presents The World Premiere of 
The Time Warp Trio
(*Winner's choice of the following dates ONLY:  March 30 - April 7. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m or 1 p.m.) 
Enter through midnight 3/25/19.  Winner will be e-mailed and announced here and on our social media outlets.

Disclosure: It's our pleasure to partner up with Lifeline Theatre once again on a ticket giveaway for our readers. They have provided complimentary tickets for our giveaway. As always, all opinions are our own.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

3rd Annual Great Chicago Egg Hunt in Maggie Daley Park 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2019

Chicago Park District and Medieval Times 
Shell Out Festive Fun at 
3rd Annual Great Chicago Egg Hunt in Maggie Daley Park

Everything it’s cracked up to be, this event – now in its third year – just keeps getting bigger and better!

Eggs mark the spot at Maggie Daley Park, as the Chicago Park District and Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament today announced plans for the 3rd annual Great Chicago Egg Hunt. The city-wide event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 19, on the park’s central lawn, for children ages 2-12. Check-in for pre-registered families and, pending availability, walk-up registration will begin at 9 a.m.

From hunting for more than 25,000 candy-filled eggs with the assistance of chivalrous Knights in full regalia, to photo opportunities with Medieval Times’ monarch, Queen Maria Isabella, the Great Chicago Egg Hunt is all it’s cracked up to be and more. Outside of four waves of colossal egg-hunting (10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.), families are invited to participate in interactive knights-in-training drills (for children ages 6-12), crafts, including donut decoration with Stan’s Donuts, story time with Big City Readers, entertainment by Mary Macaroni, games and more. Discounted tickets to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament performances will be available on-site for purchase.

In response to growing demand and back-to-back, sold-out egg hunts, this year’s registration cap has been raised to 1,500 children. Advance registration is highly recommended and available at The registration fee is $10 per child, when purchased in advance online, and $15 on-site, day-of. Walk-up registration will be limited and cash-only.

“The Chicago Egg Hunt garners massive interest from families throughout the greater Chicago area, with each year building upon the successes of those previous, said Chicago Park District Superintendent and CEO Michael P. Kelly. “We’re thrilled to partner with Medieval Times to transform the park into a truly unique and memorable experience that brings families together.”

For additional information regarding The Great Chicago Egg Hunt, presented by Medieval Times and Maggie Daley Park, visit or call (312) 552-3000. Maggie Daley Park is located at 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago. Parking is available in the Millennium Lakeside Garage, accessible from South Columbus Drive, or at metered spaces on upper Randolph Street.

About Chicago Park District
The Chicago Park District is celebrating its 85th year anniversary, and is the 2014 Gold Medal Award winner, recognized for excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,800 acres of parkland, more than 600 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 12 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY. 

Follow us at facebook/chicagoparkdistrict, on Instagram/chicagoparks and on Twitter @chicagoparks.

About Medieval Times
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament was founded in 1977 in Spain. It launched in North America in 1983 and has since opened nine castles across the United States and in Toronto, Canada, entertaining more than 69 million guests over the past 34 years. Medieval Times’ Schaumburg, Ill., castle, which opened in 1991, is the only entertainment venue of its type in the Midwest. Medieval Times is located at 2001 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, Ill. For tickets, visit

Monday, March 18, 2019



Celebrate Warmer Weather with a Variety of Easter Festivities, Seasonal Brews and More

Hofbräuhaus Chicago, the 20,000-square-foot German microbrewery, restaurant and beer hall located in Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district, will hop into spring with a variety of new offerings including seasonal spring brews, an Easter Kinderfest on April 14 and a special Easter Sunday brunch buffet on April 21.

To pair with its authentic German fare, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will introduce three spring beers brewed in March, April and May. “Märzen,” a rich amber beer with a smooth and drinkable malt flavor, will be available throughout the month of March. In April, guests can enjoy Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s “Royal Export,” a pale, flavorful and malty brew. These seasonal brews will join the three beers brewed onsite and offered year-round at Hofbräuhaus Chicago: Lager, Hefe Weizen and Dunkel.

To celebrate the arrival of each new seasonal beer, Hofbräuhaus Chicago continues “First Thirst-Days” the first Thursday of every month. Brewmaster Rob Hunter will host a small keg tapping ceremony at 7 p.m., providing visitors with more information about the seasonal beer, free samples of the new brew and brewery tours upon request. April’s “Royal Export First Thirst-Day” will be held on Thursday, April 4.

Hofbräuhaus Chicago will continue its seafood specials during Lent now through April 20 featuring a rotating selection of options. Additionally, the restaurant will offer a special Friday Fish Fry with $5 half-liters with the purchase of a fish fry meal every Friday throughout Lent. Daily seafood specials will be available for lunch and dinner and will feature:
Salmon Burger
House-made salmon burger served with pretzel bun, arugula, mozzarella cheese and French fries

Oven Baked Flounder
Breaded flounder filets with ratatouille and rise

German Rollmops
Pickled herring fillets with German potatoes and a yogurt sauce

Trout “Miller Style”
Whole trout lightly floured and baked with parsley potatoes

Seafood Stuffed Filets
White fish filets stuffed with crab meat, sautéed green asparagus and risotto

Salmon Meat Ball
Salmon meat ball with Dijon lemon sauces and wild rice

Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s guests can kick off Easter early with the restaurant’s Easter Kinderfest, Sunday, April 14 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant will offer fun for the whole family including a magician, pinwheel decorating, face painting and meet and greets with the Easter Bunny.

The Easter fun will continue Sunday, April 21 with Hofbrauhaus’ Easter Sunday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance for photos with guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The entire family is invited to enjoy the buffet featuring both American and traditional German specialties such as a both German and mashed potatoes, a carving station featuring mustard glazed pork roast and bourbon honey glazed ham, a German Crepe station and more.

Hofbräuhaus Chicago is located at 5500 Park Place in Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park entertainment district.  Valet parking is available for a minimal charge. Parking is also available in the nearby parking garage (free with validation). For reservations and more information, call 847-671-BREW (2739) or visit

North American Pizza & Culinary Academy To Host Spring Break Camp in Lisle, IL

Family Friendly Foodie Fun

North American Pizza & Culinary Academy is hosting a Two-Day Kids Spring Break Camp on Thursday, March 28 & Friday, March 29 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at their culinary school,  located in Lisle, IL, at 1970 University Lane. This camp promises to teach kids some yummy and fun basic cooking techniques that they can use forever! Plus, they’ll learn to make family favorites like Chicken Pot Pie and Taco Salads!

March 28, 2019 11:00 am
March 29, 2019 1:00 pm


Come hangout out with NAPCA this spring break and learn a new skill in cooking and baking everyday.

Things we’ll learn:

Recipe reading
Basic sanitation
Knife skills
What tools are for what job
Time management
Baking and Cooking
Seasoning and balancing flavors



Chicken Pot Pie
Italian Mixed with Homemade Croutons
Lemon Parmesan Vinaigrette
Lemon Ricotta Cookies


Taco Salad
Homemade Tortilla Chips
Pico de Gallo

Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Check out additional information on the NAPCA website.

MCA Women's Board honors iconic artist Judy Chicago at second annual luncheon event April 30, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, noon

MCA Women's Board honors iconic artist Judy Chicago at second annual luncheon event 

The Women's Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has announced renowned feminist artist Judy Chicago is the featured guest for the second annual MCA Women's Board Luncheon, Visionary: Celebrating Judy Chicago. Dedicated to honoring exemplary women artists around the world, the luncheon brings together the city's most influential leaders in support of arts education and public outreach programs that inspire local youth to find their civic voices. Guests enjoy a curated program featuring a conversation between MCA Chief Curator Michael Darling and Judy Chicago, discussing her work as an artist and activist.

Judy Chicago is an artist, feminist, educator, author, and influencer whose career spans five decades. A pioneer of feminist art and education since the 1970s, Chicago is best known for her work The Dinner Party (1974-76), a monumental multimedia project that has been exhibited in six countries and celebrated in countless publications. An author of numerous books, Chicago's work has been translated into numerous foreign editions, bringing her art and philosophy to readers worldwide. Visionary: Celebrating Judy Chicago is organized by event co-chairs Janet Anixter and Nicole Drexler with Women's Board President Ellen B. Wallace, and takes place at the Standard Club on Tuesday, April 30, at noon.

Judy Chicago founded the Fresno Feminist Art Program at California State University in the early 1970s before turning her attention to the subject of women's history for her celebrated work, The Dinner Party. Having observed an absence of iconography about the subject of birth in Western art, Chicago created Birth Project (1980-85), a series of birth and creation images executed by 150 skilled needle workers around the country. Her inquiry into issues of power and powerlessness led to projects such as PowerPlay, which examined the gender construct of masculinity, in addition to The Holocaust Project: From Darkness Into Light.

Chicago's most recent body of work, The End: A Meditation on Death and Extinction, debuts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC in the fall of 2019 to coincide with the publication of a major monograph by Scala. Chicago's work is included in the collections of the British Museum, Moderna Museet, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Getty Trust and Getty Research Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and over 25 university art museums such as Brandeis, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, UCLA, Canterbury (New Zealand), and Cambridge (UK).

The proceeds of the Visionary: Celebrating Judy Chicago luncheon support the Women's Board Learning Studios and the museum's work with schools, teachers, and teens. The MCA's reputation of being at the forefront of learning is directly linked to the Women's Board, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year with inaugural Visionary Luncheon honoree Annie Leibovitz. Upon the museum's founding in 1967, a group of impassioned women created the MCA's Women's Board to connect the museum and its community through dynamic educational programming and events for visitors from Chicago and beyond. The Women's Board's significant contribution to name the Learning Studios continues to support the initiatives of the museum's Learning and Public Programs department.

Ticket prices are $10,000 (Sponsor) or $5,000 (Benefactor) for a table of 10; or $500 (Patron) or $300 (Individual) for one ticket. All tickets include valet parking and a commemorative dinner plate and can be purchased at or by calling 312.397.4017.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

WIN 4 Tickets (2 winners/$64 Value) To THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE at Filament Theatre

ChiIL Mama's Chi, IL Picks List:

Based on book by Kate DiCamillo
Adapted by Dwayne Hartford
Directed by Kathryn Walsh
March 30 - May 26, 2019
Sensory-friendly performance on Sunday, April 28th

Enter Below
WIN a family 4 pack of tickets 
(2 winners/$64 Value) 
for winners' choice of one of the following performances:
Sat, March 30th @ 3:30pm
Sun, March 31 @ 3:30pm
Sat, April 6 @ 1:00pm 

We'll be out for the press opening Saturday, April 6th, so check back soon for our full review. I had a chance to catch this stellar story a few years back at Chicago Children's Theatre and it's truly a treat to see this family friendly favorite come to life on stage. We can't wait to see Filament Theatre's take on this classic. We're also elated to partner up with Filament on a sweet ticket giveaway. Two of our lucky readers will win family 4 packs of tickets to the winner's choice of 3 preview performances. Enter below.

Filament Theatre brings to the stage The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, playing March 30 - May 26 at Filament Theatre, 4041 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. Based on Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo’s best selling book, adaptor Dwayne Harford has crafted the beloved story for the stage. Director Kathryn Walsh returns to Filament Theatre to bring new life into what the Chicago Tribune calls “the most charming of narratives.” Single tickets are currently available at

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane will feature Nik Kmiecik as the Musician voicing the inner thoughts of Edward Tulane with Juanita Andersen, Mariah Copeland, and Filament Resident Artist Alejandro Tey filling out the rest of the characters. Kathryn Incardona and Laila Sauer will understudy.

The cast of Filament Theatre’s The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (top, l to r): Juanita Andersen, Mariah Copeland (bottom, l to r): Nik Kmiecik, Alejandro Tey.

The production team for Edward Tulane includes direction by Kathryn Walsh, original music by Filament Resident Artist Timothy McNulty, costume design by Filament Resident Artist Noël Huntzinger, set design by Sarah Watkins, sound design by Matthew Chapman, lighting design by Jessica Carson, stage management by Sarah Collogne and Emma Franklin, with production assistance from Danny Kapinos, Cat Perez and Auden Granger. 

In the words of one young Filament patron, the story of Edward Tulane is “happy, then sad, then all mixed up.” Edward Tulane is an expensive toy rabbit made of china. He is loved by a little girl named Abilene, but Edward has no interest in anyone other than himself. On an ocean voyage, Edward is accidentally thrown overboard and sinks to the bottom of the sea. So begins his journey—a journey over which he has no control, for he is a toy rabbit. He can neither move nor speak. As years pass by, Edward meets many different people in many different situations. Through this miraculous journey, Edward learns what it is to love, what it is to lose that love, and how to find the courage to love again.

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company, Inc., Woodstock, Illinois. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was originally commissioned, developed and produced at Childsplay in Tempe, Ariz. David P. Saar, artistic director; Steve Martin, managing director. 

For more information including age recommendations, visit

Accessible Performances: 
Filament Theatre offers a sensory-friendly performance of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane on Sunday, April 28 @1pm. This performance is reserved specifically for families who have at least one member with special needs. Tickets are now available.

Filament Theatre, 4041 N Milwaukee Ave in Chicago

Previews: Saturday, March 30 @ 3:30pm; Sunday, March 31 @ 3:30pm; and Saturday April 6 @ 1pm.
Press performances: Saturday, April 6 @ 3:30pm & Sunday, April 7 @ 3:30pm
Regular run: Saturday, April 13 - May 26, 2019
Curtain Times: Saturday @ 1pm & 3:30pm; Sunday @ 3:30pm.

Tickets: Previews: $16. Regular run $16 for children, $19.50 for adults, $18 for seniors. All ticket fees included in price. Tickets are available at For questions call the Filament office at (773) 270-1660.

About the Artists:
Kate DiCamillo (Author) Kate DiCamillo’s writing journey has truly been a remarkable one. She grew up in Florida and moved to Minnesota in her 20s, where homesickness and bitter winter led her to write. Since then, the best-selling author has explored settings as varied as medieval castles, a magician’s theatre and the bustling streets of Memphis, while continuing to enjoy great success. No matter where her books are set, their themes of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances and their messages of shared humanity and connectedness have resonated with readers of all ages around the world. Born in Philadelphia and raised in the South, DiCamillo now lives in Minneapolis.

Dwayne Hartford (Playwright) Dwane Hartford is the artistic director at Childsplay in Tempe, Ariz., where all of his plays for young audiences have premiered. Hartford has had six plays published by Dramatic Publishing. He won the AATE distinguished Play award for Eric and Elliot in 2005 and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane in 2018. The Imaginators was produced and aired on KAET TV, Phoenix PBS affiliate. His adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities was part of New York University’s New Plays for Young Audiences Workshop and has been performanced at Seattle Children's Theatre; People’s Light and Theatre in Malvern, Penn.; and Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston. The Bully Pulpit is included in the anthology The Bully Plays and is being produced in schools and communities around the country. His other published plays include The Color of the Stars and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, which has been professionally produced all over the country, including Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Md.; Dallas Children’s Theater; Chicago Children’s Theatre; and South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif. Harford lived in Phoenix with his dog, Henry, He is originally from Maine and received his bachelor’s in fine arts from the Boston Conservatory. 

About Filament Theatre:
Filament Theatre creates immersive and site-specific theatre that inspires, empowers, and activates young people and their communities. Filament envisions a future in which the leaders of tomorrow approach others with radical empathy, serving as ambassadors for their communities and stewards of the Earth. 

The company’s staff is comprised of Julie Ritchey (Artistic Director) and Christian Libonati (Managing Director).

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is supported in part by the Stephanie Cutter Group. Filament Theatre’s full season of programs is supported in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Chicago Community Trust, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Saints, and Wintrust Community Banks. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

For additional information visit 

WIN a family 4 pack of tickets 
(2 winners/$64 Value) 
for winners' choice of one of the following performances:
Sat, March 30th @ 3:30pm
Sun, March 31 @ 3:30pm
Sat, April 6 @ 1:00pm

Enter through midnight March 25th


Disclosure: It's our pleasure to partner up with Filament Theatre once again on a ticket giveaway for our readers. They have provided complimentary tickets for our giveaway. As always, all opinions are our own.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

LUCKY STRIKE SOCIAL AT WRIGLEYVILLE Brings Foodie Fun, Craft Beverages, Bowling and Arcade Gaming To Wrigleyville


Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville will become the fifth Lucky Strike Social to open and provide the perfect intersection between bowling, chef cuisine, and arcade gaming in one social setting

ChiIL Mama will be out for the press opening March 14th, so check back soon for my photo recap and review. 

Lucky Strike Entertainment (LSE), the leader in entertainment concepts for all ages, will debut its latest creation, Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville, in Chicago’s iconic neighborhood on Friday, February 15 at 1027 W Addison St. Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience and a new destination for North Siders with time to spare, bringing together chef-driven food and craft beverages, along with eight Lucky Strike Lanes, over 100 electronic gaming systems including the exclusive Daytona Championship USA Motion SDLX - a first in the world of its kind, plus two private party rooms, and a “Prize Room” retail store in over 30,000 square feet of social space with unprecedented views of Wrigley Field. 

“Wrigleyville is one of Chicago’s most spirited neighborhoods, and we are excited to join the community,” says CEO of Lucky Strike Entertainment, Steven Foster. “You can feel the energy as you walk down Addison, and we look forward to contributing to the growth of this already booming area surrounding Wrigley Field.”  

Upon arrival, guests will make their up to the second level where they are welcomed by floor to ceiling windows that offer an unparalleled view of Wrigley Field, as well as the neighborhood’s famed Addison St. and the Addison CTA Red Line station. Complemented with the venue’s various activation areas, this space will allow guests to unleash their inner child all while enjoying a truly unique experience in Wrigleyville. 

The new Wrigleyville venue will feature eight acclaimed Lucky Strike Lanes (LS), universally recognized in national media as the leading brand in the boutique-bowling category. Lucky Strike was born with DNA from The Big Lebowski, having been launched in 2003 by Steven and Gillian Foster with some of the original décor from the Coen Brother’s original movie set. Lucky Strike has been featured on Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, HBO’s Entourage and Newsroom, Undercover Boss, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Stephen Colbert, The Voice and countless other media platforms. Over the years, Lucky Strike has hosted a full spectrum of celebrities, thousands of corporate and private events, and has contributed to hundreds of charities.

For another “WOW” factor, Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville will offer more than 100 state-of-the-art electronic games, ranging from boardwalk classics to super deluxe attractions. In addition, this North Side location will play host to the exclusive Daytona Championship USA Motion SDLX, the first in the world of its kind that took nearly two years to develop.

In addition to the high tech gaming, Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville will also offer “Prize Room,” the venue’s 428-square-foot retail store offering more than 250 prizes including novelties, electronics, game consoles and other amazing prizes, served by a digital E-Ticket system to track winnings and claim prizes. Eliminating the need to cash out or take home tokens or tickets, gamers have the opportunity to activate every game using their E-Ticket and will be able to exit and reenter at any time.  


The food program at Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville will elevate traditional pub fare into modern, handcrafted culinary staples in an open kitchen setting. With menus designed to share among friends, patrons can enjoy small bites of Kalua Pork Nachos, Andouille Stuffed Mushrooms, and Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls, along with a selection of 10oz. burgers that include the Bring Da Heat Burger, Mushroom & Swiss Burger, and the Ultimate Burger, as well as slider options such as Filet Mignon, Cubano, and Caribbean Jerk Chicken. Additional food menu items include a selection of crafted pizza, handheld sandwiches, and dessert items to satisfy any sweet tooth.  

The vibrant cocktail menu consists of a selection of handcrafted cocktails, wine options, as well as beers served on draft and in bottles or cans. Cocktail options include the Pink Elephant with Grey Goose, triple sec, peach liqueur, orange, pineapple and cranberry juice, with a sugar rim; the Blackberry Basil Mule, mixed with Absolut, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, blackberries, basil, topped with ginger beer; and the Malibu Mermaid with Malibu, pineapple juice, milk, crème de cacao, and finished off with cayenne pepper and a sugar rim.

To complete the unique experience, guests will be able to watch their favorite sports teams away from all the crowds at Lucky Strike Social’s 56’ long industrial-style bar. With four 82” 4K TVs alongside two 12’x7’ LED video walls surrounding the bar area, Chicago sports fans will not miss a single play as they sit front and center to watch the action.

With a one-of-a-kind array of entertainment options, Lucky Strike Social at Wrigleyville offers two exciting private suites for guests to enjoy. For larger gatherings, venue buyout options that accommodate up to 750 guests are also available. Whether it be an upcoming birthday party for any age, a social outing, a company team building event or a spirited Chicago Cubs post-party, event packages are custom tailored to provide the perfect setting for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Lucky Strike Entertainment is the creator and operator of a range of entertainment concepts throughout the country that cater to any age, featuring premium bowling, restaurants, bars, live music, dance clubs, billiards and game rooms. Lucky Strike has also been universally recognized in the media as the leading brand in the boutique bowling category. With state-of-the-art private and semi-private function rooms, Lucky Strike has hosted countless entertainment and sports celebrities, thousands of corporate and private events and has contributed to hundreds of charities. Lucky Strike Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Steven and Gillian Foster and Kevin Troy, with the opening of Lucky Strike in the heart of Hollywood. The global entertainment company continues to grow, with multiple locations across the county. For more information, please visit 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Calling Chicago's Young Comedians Ages 8-18 for KENAN THOMPSON'S ULTIMATE COMEDY EXPERIENCE #ROADTONYC - KIDS SHOWCASE - March 16 at The Laugh Factory in Chicago

KENAN THOMPSON'S ULTIMATE COMEDY EXPERIENCE #ROADTONYC - KIDS SHOWCASE - March 16 at The Laugh Factory in Chicago - 3:00-5:00 pm

The mission of Kenan Thompson's Ultimate Comedy Experience is to showcase the raw talents of up-and-coming actors and comedians, ages 8-18, to agents, producers, and an audience of their family, friends and peers. Kenan Thompson and his team will provide the Ultimate Comedy Experience to 2 winners. Kid stars Judah and Brittni Howery will host the kids comedy showcase. Young stars will be performing their best material in hopes of taking their careers to the next level!  We have a few more performance spots left, so if you know any funny kids ages 8-18, email for details. Follow @youngstars360 & @360_comedy for updates. Event is open to the public and families are welcome to attend! 

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Cherie Chiles-Buchanan is the Founder and Executive Producer of Kenan Thompson’s Road to NYC. Cherie partnered with Kenan in 2011 and they’ve provided a platform for many of today’s favorite comedians & actors. Cherie is also the Founder and CEO of simply c 360 and Young Stars 360, a multimedia entertainment organization established in 2010. Cherie and her team has been producing live talent showcases, involving celebrities, in major cities since 2011. They’ve helped discover many young kid and adult stars in the music and tv/film industry.

REVIEW: Choir of Man at Broadway Playhouse Through March 17, 2019

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Dugan celebrating his 18th birthday at The Choir of Man
Photo by b. kenaz-mara

MARCH 12 – MARCH 17, 2019 

by bonnie kenaz-mara

It was our great pleasure to catch opening night of the first U.S. tour of THE CHOIR OF MAN. It was my son's 18th birthday and we both thoroughly enjoyed these bawdy Brits. The eclectic mix of music ranged from a classic English ballad, to show tunes, and rock from the 70's through the present. My son, Dugan, knew all but about 2 of the tunes and was thrilled to hear contemporary songs in new arrangements and a closing number he sang with his cast at Bristol Renaissance Faire. Much of the audience was joyfully singing along, including my son and me

The multi-talented cast of nine men not only sang acapella numbers with finesse, but they all also played instruments ranging from bagpipes and accordion to percussion beer mugs! 

We were even treated to several tap numbers, table dancing, interesting choreography, and acro stunts.

Sometimes theatrical productions that attempt to simulate the camaraderie of pubs or rock concerts miss the mark, but THE CHOIR OF MAN nails it. This show was too much fun, and made me want to come hang out at "The Jungle" pub as a regular. This high energy show made for an entertaining night out that's an appealing multigenerational pick for all ages. Highly recommended. 

Bonnie Kenaz-Mara is a Chicago based writer-theater critic-photographer-videographer-actress-artist-general creatrix and Mama to two terrific teens. She owns two websites where she has published frequently since 2008: (adult) & (family friendly). 

The runaway hit of numerous international music festivals is hitting the road for its first U.S. tour. Known across the globe as “the ultimate-feel good show,” THE CHOIR OF MAN offers 90 minutes of indisputable joy. It’s a party. It’s a concert. It’s a pint-filled good time set in a real working pub that combines hair-raising harmonies, high-energy dance, and live percussion with foot-stomping choreography. The multi-talented cast of nine handsome men sings everything – pub tunes, folk, Broadway and classic rock. It’s the best singing, dancing, stomping, pub crawl of a show you’ll ever attend!

The show celebrates music that has wide appeal including songs by Adele, Queen, Paul Simon, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more. The cast features world-class tap dancers, acrobats, singers, instrumentalists and poets, ensuring that there is something for everyone in this joyous and uplifting show for all ages.

THE CHOIR OF MAN is the latest show from the creative minds of producers Nic Doodson and Andrew Kay – the team behind Soweto Gospel Choir, The Magnets, and the award-winning North by Northwest.

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Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30PM
Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30PM
Thursday, March 14 at 7:30PM
Friday, March 15 at 7:30PM
Saturday, March 16 at 2PM and 8PM
Sunday, March 17 at 2PM and 7:30PM

Individual tickets are currently on sale and range in price from $39-$79 with a select number of premium tickets available. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710 or emailing  For more information, visit

AIDAN BANYARD (Joker) Training: Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Buckinghamshire New University. Theatre Credits: The Joker in The Choir of Man (Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Norwegian Cruise Lines and International Tour), Lead Vocalist in Viva Voce (International Tour), Richard
Lewis in My Land’s Shore (Ye Olde Rose and Crown) Young Soldier/ Frankie Epps in Parade (Hope Mill Theatre). In concert: Principal Vocalist in On Broadway (London Reading Rooms) and Hear My Song (Battersea Barge), Principal Vocalist in WestEndFest: MisCast (St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden). Workshop: Kate and The Devil (Kings Head Theatre). TV/Film Credits: Gram Parsons in Autopsy: The Last Hours of Gram Parsons (ITV Studios/Netflix), Student in NHS GUM Clinic Awareness Online video. Aidan has also produced and performed in his own revue shows Buble To Broadway, Not Just Noise and Let it Snow to great critical acclaim.

ANDREW BATEUP (Pub Bore) Andrew is from a quaint village in the English countryside called Wadhurst. He read music at The University of Manchester before studying Musical Theatre at The Royal Academy of Music in London. Upon graduating he went straight into the major UK Tour production of Joseph and
the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, performing the roles of ‘Reuben’ and ‘Butler’ for just over 2 years. Andrew performs regularly as a singer across the UK and internationally. He spent some time with the Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble The Swingle Singers before joining The Flyboys, a four part male
vocal harmony group who mash up Frank Sinatra with the likes of Bruno Mars and Christina Aguilera. Having performed in the original workshops of the show, Andrew is thrilled to joining ‘The Choir Of Man’ US Tour 2018-19 and would like to thank his girlfriend Charlotte, his agent Katy and his parents for their continued love and support.

TOM BRANDON (Hard-Man) Tom Brandon is from Rostrevor in the Northeast of Ireland. A strength and performance coach by day, he trained in Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Professional Credits include: Spend, Spend, Spend (Union Theatre, London), Showtime: Shuffled (Watford Palace Theatre), Heaven on Earth (Workshop), The Beautiful Game (Union Theatre, London), Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Birmingham Hippodrome, Alhambra Theatre, Grand Opera House Belfast). Tom is thrilled to be touring the USA for the first time and would like to thank his Mammy and Daddy for all their unwavering support. Sláinte! @tombrandonuk

MATT COX (Tapper) Matt received his National Diploma in Musical Theatre from The Hammond. His theatre credits include 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Dick Whittington (The London Palladium), Adonis in Mary Poppins (Germany), Thommy/Kohlmeyer in Das Wunder (Germany), Ensemble/Cover Robin in Robin Hood (Cambridge), An Evening of Dirty Dancing (UK Tour), Bitzer/Swing in Shaun the Sheep (Middle Eastern Tour), and Soldier in National Reisopera (Holland). TV/Film: Connor Maynard in “Can’t Say No” (Music Video), Regaine - (TV Commercial)

CONNOR GOING (Piano-Man) Connor studied music as part of an M.A. (Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. After which, he completed a postgraduate diploma in Musical Theatre – awarded with distinction – from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Connor is delighted to be joining the
2018-19 USA Tour as an original cast member of The Choir of Man. Theatre credits include: Chuck/Cover Ren in Footloose (UK & International Tour), Piano Man in The Choir of Man (Australia Tour), Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (Reid Concert Hall), Actor D in Noël Coward: A Talent to Amuse (St. James Studio Theatre), Eric Ashley in Lord Dismiss Us (Rehearsed Reading, Above The Stag Theatre), Troy Bolton in High School Musical (SECC Clyde Auditorium), Stephen/Credits while training include: Soloist in Curtain Up! (Prince Edward Theatre), David Bascombe in Tony in Copacabana (Glasgow King’s Theatre).
Carousel (Sir Jack Lyons Theatre), Larry in Closer, Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins, Scott Furnish in Fanat-ical (workshop). TV & Film credits include: Harry in Awakening (RCS), Backing Vocalist in U2 at the BBC (Abbey Road Studios). Commercial: Mrs. Brown in The 12 Days of Christmas TV (TalkTalk).

DENIS GRINDEL (Narrator) Denis hails from Donegal in the North West of Ireland. Having initially studied law and business at University College of Dublin, he then pursued a Masters in Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Upon graduation, he was lucky enough to be cast as the
leading man in the West End production of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments. Denis is beyond excited to bring The Choir of Man to America. Theatre credits include Jimmy Rabbitte in The Commitments (West End, Original Cast); Lead Vocalist in Rhythm of the Dance (European Tour) Michael Collins in Collins in
London (Irish London Centre); Laertes in Hamlet (Principal Theatre Company); Spring Awakening (Helix, Dublin) Rent (Irish Tour). Film credits include When The Seagulls, Jack Mulligan. Rep: Keddie Scott Associates. Instagram: denbarrypaddy, Twitter: @DenisGrindel

PETER LAWRENCE (Beast) Peter has been with The Choir of Man since its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017. Having recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has been working on projects such as The Wind in the Willows, performed at Kew Gardens with the Australian Shake-
speare Company and Playcraft Live at The Derry Playhouse in Northern Ireland filling in the gaps around The Choir of Man tours. Peter is first and foremost an actor-musician with a pub/lounge singing background and almost 20 years of experience with the guitar learning everything from folk to flamenco and traditional classical music. Outside of theatre, Peter’s main passion is songwriting, writing and poetry and as a result, is delighted to be involved in such a collaborative company embarking on this US tour.

MARK LOVEDAY (Barman) Mark is former chorister of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal Choir at St James Palace and a graduate of Drama Studio London. He has been a member of The Choir of Man since 2016 and recently featured in the British independent film Rise of The Footsoldier 3: The Pat Tate Story.

JOHN SHEEHY (Casanova) After completing a Degree in Structural Engineering and a Masters in Business Studies, Johnny decided to follow his true passion - performing. Hailing from Cork in Ireland, he studied acting and directing in Actorsvision Cork before moving to Swindon in 2015 to train in dance at Liberatus School of Performing Arts. As semi-finalist in The Voice of Ireland 2015, he has performed live to audiences of over one million viewers. In 2016, Johnny had a number one single in Ireland. His professional performing career began with the inception of The Choir of Man in 2016 and since he has
toured theatres in China and India with The Magnets along with The Choir of Man tours of UK, Australia and the US. Johnny also travelled to India twice to train as a Yoga Instructor (500hr RYT) and he incorporates this into his performing life. As an avid Liverpool F.C. fan he has also spent many a day

belting out songs on the famous Kop!

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