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No other city represents the entertainment form of Improv better than Chicago. In its 19th and largest year so far, Chicago Improv Productions is presenting the Chicago Improv Festival that started on Monday, 5/2, and runs through Sunday, 5/8. This weeklong showcase of Improv entertainers from across the globe have brought their talent to the best known Improv venues in Chicago, including Second City (e.t.c. Theater: 1608 N. Wells St.), The iO Theater (1501 N. Kingsbury St.), and Annoyance Theatre (857 W. Belmont Ave.). The schedule is extensive with types of shows including long form, short form, dramatic, and experimental. Up to 9 countries will be represented with no less than 170 talented groups to show us how it's done.


Mother's Day and Friend for a Cure's 14th Annual Mother's Day Breast Cancer Walk/Run is right around the corner. It's not too late to register or become a sponsor. The event begins at St. Thecla School (6323 N. Newcastle Ave.) on Sunday. 5/8, at 9:00am. Registration is free for children under 12 but anyone older may register online for $27.37 ($25 + fees) or $30 on the day of the event BEFORE start time so be sure to get there early if not registering ahead of time. The fundraiser will benefit the nonprofit Insight Breast Cancer Organization which provides transportation, child care and delivery meals to cancer patients in the metropolitan Chicago area.


Wabash Ave., between Van Buren St. and Roosevelt Rd., has Columbia College Chicago art students to thank for the Wabash Arts Corridor "Big Walls" mural project that is beautifying the neighborhood from now until May 13th. Columbia began the Wabash Arts Corridor project in 2013 and this year it has literally gotten huge with this year's "Big Walls" installations. Follow the link above to see photos of these stunning works of art in process as covered by South Loop's blogsite, Sloopin™.


Tickets are now on sale for next Saturday's, 5/14, Zoo-ologie fundraiser gala at Lincoln Park Zoo (220 Cannon Dr.) from 8:00pm to midnight, brought to you by the Zoo's Auxiliary Board.  Admission is $135 - $180 to enjoy a night of elegance and adventure in the Urban Zoo-Fari tent with DJ Rock City, dancing, animal encounters, drinks and food stations featuring culinary experiences from local restaurateurs such as Vanille, Presidio, RJ Grunts, Firefly, and more. There will also be exciting items up for bid during the silent auction. Thanks to great fundraisers like this, Lincoln Park Zoo is free to the public all year round.


The city of Evanston held a Human Services Committee this past Monday, 5/2, at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. On the agenda to discuss was concern over the shrinking dog beach located where Church St. meets the Lake. The Evanston Round Table news source reports that lakefront expert, John Shabica of Shabica & Associates, was at the meeting to explain that the water level has risen 4 feet in the past 3 years, shrinking some beaches including the dog beach but none have been completely eroded so far. He contributes the harsh winters of 2013 and 2014 to the problem by covering the Lake with so much ice that it halted evaporation and left us with a higher water level once melted. No immediate resolution was reached as it may take up to seven different government agencies to approve any kind of action such as importing sand to bolster the beach or creating offshore wave breaks to interrupt the strength of waves before they erode the shores any further. The Human Services Committee meets on the first Monday of every month and hopefully will come up with a plan during their next meeting on 6/6.


Posted: Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:20 AM by Dean's Team


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