Marriott Theatre to hold general auditions for ELF, Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Marriott Theatre will hold general auditions for young performers for ensemble roles in ELF on Monday, July 20th, from 10am-5pm at the Marriott Theatre Rehearsal Warehouse (1342 Barclay Blvd, Buffalo Grove, 60089). They are specifically seeking boys and girls under 4'10" tall, able to play 8 to 12 years of age, who can sing and dance.

Bill Maher slams Costco in op-ed

Maher writes: “Make no mistake about it: Battery cages torment animals. Physically, the animals’ muscles and bones waste away from lack of use, just as yours would if you were unable to move around for two years. That’s why multiple investigations into battery cages document animals with deteriorated spinal cords, some who have become paralyzed and then mummified in their cages. It’s so common that the industry has a name for it: cage fatigue.

Initiative to Improve Services for Adoptive and Guardianship Families

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services today announced that it has been selected as one of eight sites to participate in a five-year initiative to improve services for adoptive and guardianship families.


The Goodman hosts “An Evening of Sharing” honoring the life and legacy of Russ Tutterow (1946-2015), Chicago Dramatists’ Emeritus Artistic Director whose commitment to developing plays and playwrights for the American theater spanned three decades and hundreds of artists.

Camp Reinberg in Palatine Opens to the Public July 3, 2015

Families and groups in Cook County now have the option to camp close to home in Forest Preserves of Cook County. Three of five new and revitalized campgrounds are now open to the public, ushering in a new era for the preserves.

“As part of our Centennial Celebrations, public camping has returned to the forest preserves,” said Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. “Camping is a time-honored tradition and now people can do so conveniently, located just a short drive from home.”

Nathans Gives Back for the 4th!

On July 4th, 2015, Nathan’s Famous will donate 100,000 of its signature world famous beef hot dogs to Food Bank For New York City. The official presentation will take place during the company’s annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. With this gift, Nathan’s Famous will have donated a total of 800,000 hot dogs to Food Bank For New York City since 2008.

Nathan’s Famous President Wayne Norbitz will present the donation to a representative of Food Bank For New York City, which is part of the Feeding America network.

Gotta Dance World Premiere Cast & Creative Team Announced

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke announced today the initial casting for Gotta Dance, the new Broadway-bound musical based on the critically acclaimed 2008 documentary about professional basketball’s first ever aged 60-and-older dance team.  Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn, Tony® Award nominee Andre De Shields, five-time Emmy® Award nominee Georgia Engel, Tony Award-winner Lillias White, television and film icon Stefanie P

Chicago Yacht Clubs 107th Race to Mackinac July 10-11, 2015

More than 3,000 sailors aboard 324 sailboats will embark on the 333 mile voyage from Chicago to  Mackinac Island for the 107th Race to Mackinac, presented by Wintrust, Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, 2015.

With racers from as far away as New Zealand, the Race to Mackinac begins with the Parade of Boats off the east end of Navy Pier at The Chicago Lighthouse. Participation in the Race is by invitation only.

Gift Theatre welcomes nine new ensemble members into artistic home
The Gift Theatre’s artistic director Michael Patrick Thornton, co-founder William Nedved and associate artistic director Paul D'Addario are proud to announce nine artists have joined the company ensemble: playwrights Will Eno and Laura Marks; directors Marti Lyons and Erica Weiss; and actors Cyd Blakewell, Darci Nalepa, Keith Neagle, Mary Ann Thebus, and Kyle Zornes. Conceived in 1997 by Michael Patrick Thornton and William Nedved, The Gift’s mission was to grow and nurture an ensemble while laying roots in an artistically underserved Chicago neighborhood.
Osprey Pair Featured on Chesapeake Conservancy Webcam Foster Two Chicks

The Chesapeake Conservancy today announced that Tom & Audrey, a nesting pair of osprey who make their Maryland home along the shores of Kent Island, have accepted two foster chicks in their nest.


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