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A Tour Of The Ramova Theatre

A Tour Of The Ramova Theatre

Chicago has had a long history of amazing theatres. Embracing its storied past as Bridgeport's premier movie palace, the Ramova Theatre, born in the late 1920s, now rises like a phoenix to reclaim its iconic status. Transformed into a 1,500+ capacity music venue, it stands as a cultural beacon on Chicago's south side, boasting celebrity co-owners in the form of Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Hudson, and Quincy Jones. The much-anticipated Slo 'Mo's Pleasure Palace NYE, set to grace the venue, promises a grand evening of nostalgic allure. A live jazz band, reminiscent of the era's clubs and speakeasies, will be expertly directed by Akenya. The stage will come alive with scintillating dance performances choreographed by the illustrious Empress Darling Shear, complemented by DJ sets courtesy of Slo 'Mo's VITIGRRL & Icey Bby. To transport guests into a whimsical universe, a strong suggestion echoes through the air—immerse yourself in the spirit of the 1920s/30s, but with your unique flair. Picture the glamour of that bygone era and bring it to life with your attire, infusing the night with a blend of history and personal style. The Ramova Theatre's journey began in 1929 as a movie palace adorned with a distinctive sign and Spanish-inspired architecture. Today, after meticulous restoration to preserve its architectural heart, the venue has evolved into a multifaceted space, encompassing a live concert hall, a craft brewery in partnership with Other Half Brewing, a beer garden, and a grill. Lighting up the intersection of Halsted and 35th Street, it not only hosts top-tier performing acts but also serves as a hub for educational programs, workshops, and community outreach initiatives. Mark your calendars for the fall of 2023, when the Ramova Theatre will officially open its doors to a new era of entertainment and community engagement. For more details, visit [www.ramovachicago.com](http://www.ramovachicago.com/) or stay connected on Instagram and Facebook by following @ramovachicago. Get ready to witness the revival of a cultural landmark, blending the charm of the past with the vibrancy of the present.

Celebrate The Magical And Final Season Of The "Baseball Palace Of The World"

Celebrate The Magical And Final Season Of The "Baseball Palace Of The World"

Many in Chicago, including Cubs fans, regard Old Comiskey Park as the true baseball palace of the city. Some even argue that it was the best ballpark ever built, surpassing Fenway Park, Tiger Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Yankee Stadium. In true Chicago fashion, we often don't appreciate what we have until it's gone, and now we long for the days of Old Comiskey. "Last Comiskey" is a new book that celebrates the final, surprising season of Comiskey Park in 1990. Written by first-time author Ken Smoller and published by Eckhartz Press, this book serves as a nostalgic tribute to Comiskey Park, the home of the Chicago White Sox from 1910 until its demolition in 1991. The book's foreword, or "First Pitch," is penned by Ozzie Guillén, a key figure in the history of the team who played during the ballpark's final season. “When the history of the game is written, Comiskey Park is really important,” said Guillén. “We may have taken that history for granted while we were playing there. At the end of the day, you think back about how many great memories took place at Comiskey Park.” “During the historic final season of Comiskey Park, my goal was to capture the ballpark from every angle to preserve my childhood memories,” stated Smoller. “This book provides a great opportunity to share these photographs with White Sox and baseball fans, many of whom never got the chance to see the 'Baseball Palace of the World' before it was gone. With talk of a new ballpark in the South Loop, it is important to remember what was lost when Speedway Wrecking demolished the historic structure in 1991.” This book complements the 2023 documentary "Last Comiskey" by Matt Flesch. Tom Shaer, a longtime Chicago sportscaster and Emmy Award winner, served as Senior Editorial Consultant on the book. The project began as a diversion for first-time filmmaker Flesch during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the producer, writer, and director of the film, Flesch created a documentary that captures all the key moments from Comiskey’s final season, including the surprising pennant chase by the young underdog White Sox. This team featured future stars like rookies Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura, emerging ace Jack McDowell, and a very young and raw Sammy Sosa in his third MLB season. The young team was anchored by veteran leaders Carlton Fisk and Guillén, and highlighted by a record-breaking season by closer Bobby Thigpen, who set the all-time single-season save record with 57. The film features interviews with many of the 1990 players, as well as media members, vendors, security guards, executives, legendary organist Nancy Faust, and lifelong fans. The goal of "[Last Comiskey](https://www.stadiumvagabond.com/lastcomiskey)" is to serve as a permanent companion that will provide a physical and tangible reminder of the last days of Comiskey Park. The book blends Smoller’s photographs with the content from the "Last Comiskey" documentary, supplemented by new material to provide greater context. "Last Comiskey" is a love letter to an underrated ballpark and an underappreciated legacy baseball franchise. Thanks to Ken Smoller's fantastic photography, taken when he was a mere teenager, the book offers a soothing voyage to a less complicated, more colorful era of the national pastime. You don't need to be a White Sox fan to deeply enjoy and appreciate this tribute to a cherished piece of baseball history.

Creepy Meets Tiki At Electric Funeral Bar In Bridgeport

Creepy Meets Tiki At Electric Funeral Bar In Bridgeport

Electric Funeral bar at 3529 S Halsted St. carves a unique niche for itself with heavy metal, punk, and goth themes, standing out in a neighborhood dominated by sports bars and taverns. Named after a Black Sabbath song, Electric Funeral’s eclectic decor is worthy of the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne. The dark walls, dim lighting, and red draped curtains create an oddly inviting atmosphere. An Ouija board hangs above the bar, accompanied by other quirky novelties like a “Funeral No Parking” sign. True to their claim, Electric Funeral puts the “fun” in funeral. The menu is whimsical and includes tropical cocktails such as: * Electric Funeral: A signature cocktail featuring coconut rum, blue curaçao, orange juice, lime juice, vegan foam, topped with a dehydrated orange and chilled with a skull-shaped ice cube. * The Morgue-arita: A frozen drink made with blanco tequila and sangria. * The Last Responder: A margarita with blanco tequila, spicy ginger syrup, pineapple and lime juices, a Tajín rim, and a candied ginger skewer. * The bar also serves other canned cocktails, seltzers, ciders, and wine, and will make mocktails upon request. * Though food is not available onsite, patrons are encouraged to BYO from nearby establishments, such as Ramova Grill across the street. Belly up to the bar and enjoy the dark, dive-y, and delightful atmosphere at [Electric Funeral](https://www.instagram.com/electricfuneralbar/reels/?locale=us&hl=am-et). Story by [Laura P. Neary](https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurapneary/)