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SKETCH COMEDY ARTISTS AROUND THE WORLD ARE INVITED TO APPLY FOR THE 17th ANNUAL CHICAGO SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVAL

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Stage 773 announces applications are now open for The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival’s 17th anniversary. The nation’s largest and most highly anticipated sketch comedy festival takes place January 11th through 21st, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. “SketchFest” continues to grow and evolve year after year, cementing the city's reputation as the comedy hub of the nation. The festival “whose laughs are right on track,” says the Chicago Sun Times, features every form of sketch comedy imaginable, from perverted musical puppets to high-brow political satire.

Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc., City’s Premier Theatrical & Entertainment Scenic Fabrication Specialists, Moves to New Location

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The curtain has risen on a fresh new fabrication venue for Chicago’s premier theatre, entertainment, television, and event scene and set experts. Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc. completed its move from the Goose Island location it has occupied since 1999 to its new and expansive city location at 955 W. Cermak, just west of Chicago’s China Town neighborhood.

MARK TOLAND, MIND READER to appear at Chicago Fringe Festival

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The eighth annual Chicago Fringe Festival, showcasing some 50 acts in nearly 200 performances over nine days of shows will feature comedians, dramas, solo shows, dance, and puppetry… but just one mind reader. The Chicago-based Mark Toland, who has toured nationally and internationally with his one-man show “Mark Toland, Mind Reader” and appeared frequently on Chicago television and radio programs, will put his award-winning mind reading skills to the test for seven performances throughout the festival. The festival runs from August 30th-September 10th, 2017.

KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY, JEFF TWEEDY, TIM KAZURINSKY AND MORE BIG NAMES JOIN THE LINEUP FOR GILDA’S CLUB CHICAGO

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he Second City is excited to announce more big names to the star-studded roster of “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt.”

COLUMBUS TAP ANNOUNCES CHEF-MADE PICNIC BASKET MENU PERFECT FOR A DAY IN MILLENNIUM PARK

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For hotel guests, Chicago visitors, and locals alike, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, has announced a special new Picnic Package through their in-house restaurant, Columbus Tap. Located just steps from Millennium Park, Columbus Tap’s new ‘Perfect Picnic’ menu creates a custom chef-made picnic basket perfect for guests looking for a an upscale meal while visiting the park for concerts, movies, date night, or even just an outdoor gathering with family and friends.

GET YOUR GEEK ON WITH THE FIFTH ANNUAL CHICAGO NERD COMEDY FESTIVAL, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

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The vibrant comedy hub of Chicago, Stage 773, is proud to host the 5th Annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, taking place September 14 through September 17 at 1225 W. Belmont. Featuring an eclectic line up of shows and events, the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival celebrates all that is the Chicago nerd comedy scene. Nerds will unite for one glorious weekend in Chicago to laugh, pay homage, and perhaps worship their favorite genres of nerd-ness.

UCHICAGO’S LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND BLUES MUSIC INITIATIVE

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UChicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, a multi-disciplinary home for the arts at the University of Chicago, this Fall will launch a new year-round blues music initiative with the first Logan Center Bluesfest, an annual public celebration created to honor the South Side roots of the blues’ tradition, October 13–15, 2017.

The Second City & Gilda’s Club Chicago Present: "I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt"

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The Second City is excited to announce “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast of George Wendt” a night guaranteed to destroy one of the world’s most beloved comedy legends, George Wendt--all in the name of charity.