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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - PORTAGE PARK, LAKEVIEW, LOOP, LINCOLN SQUARE, NAPERVILLE

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PORTAGE PARK

On March 28th, the Monkeys and More Exotic Animal Rescue is hosting a fund-raiser at the Portage Theatre located at 4050 N. Milwaukee.

Owners, Annette and Ed Parzygnat, offered to bring "Lisa Marie, our chimpanzee, if it would help to promote our event."  The show will be an "All-Star Legend Tribute."

Ed is a passionate Elvis impersonator (the later years) and will also feature the following on the bill:  Steve Bobbitt as Rod Stewart; Curt Lechner as Tom Jones; Quentin Flagg as the "Rock 'n' Roll Crooner" (he does Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and so on), and Flagg and Bill Downey as the Blues Brothers.

To read more, click here.

LAKEVIEW

Schuba's Tavern, a 20-year-old bar in Lakeview, surreptitiously announced opening another location on the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue.

Despite the challenges most bars and taverns are facing, Schuba's has become an important player in the Chicago music scene featuring artists on the eve of making it big.  In addition to offering music Schuba's provides regional cuisine at their restaurant, Harmony Grill.

To read more about this and other success stories in Chicago, click here.

LOOP

Last year MillerCoors announced that they would move to Chicago in June 2009.  The company will move into 250 S. Wacker across from the Sears Tower.

As part of the incentive to move into Chicago, the city approved $6 million in tax-increment financing (TIF).  The estimated $21.8 million that MillerCoors will spend to renovate includes new offices, which take up the top nine floors and installing new fencing and landscaping to the river walk area just west of the building.

An additional requirement of the agreement is to have at least 325 employees in the headquarters five years years from now.

To read more about MillerCoors' move, click here.

LINCOLN SQUARE

Starting on March 12th "American Ethnic" opens.  It's a piece about how young men and women of color have been portrayed on the stage, screen and radio.

As a new spin on this particular performance, it is audience inspired and comes to Lincoln Square by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company.  The actors and producers vote on the themes suggested by audience members.

The theme this year centers around mass media's "role in perpetuating gender and racial stereotypes."  To read more about the incredible cast and the evolution of this extremely interesting performance, click here.

NAPERVILLE

I admit it.  I like musicals, especially award-winning musicals.  So imagine my surprise and joy at finding out that Summer Place Theater in Naperville will be hosting "Even Stephens."

The program will be cabaret-style and feature the works of Stephen Schwartz, of "Wicked," "Godspell" and "Pippin" fame and Stephen Sondheim, whose credits include "Company," "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Into the Woods."

The show starts March 13th at Wesley United Methodist Church, 21 E. Franklin St.  To learn more about this fabulous event, click here.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:55 AM by Dean's Team

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