Goodman Theatre offers ‘Music Man’ revival

(Published June 30, 2019)

Goodman Theatre opened its revival of the Tony-Award winning musical, “‘The Music Man” last month, running through Aug. 4 in the 856-seat Albert Theatre. Tickets are $45-$142 and available at, by phone at 312-443-3800 or the box office at the Goodman Theatre, 170 North Dearborn. 

The New York Times calls the show “musical comedy at its feel-good best” that “glows with enjoyment.” Tony Award-winning Director Mary Zimmerman helms the production, her 16th at the Goodman. 

“The Music Man,” written by Meredith Willson, based on the story by Willson and Franklin Lacey, opened on Broadway in 1957 and garnered five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was later adapted for the screen. 

Zimmerman’s production is led by Geoff Packard as the charismatic con man Harold Hill, who stumbles upon River City, Iowa with the grand promise of a marching band, but a lack of musicality. Monica West stars as Marian Paroo, the local librarian who knows of Harold’s deceit. 

After a delay in construction, Lakeshore East children’s play area project will wrap in early July

Construction on the new play area at Lakeshore East Park started later than expected, June 17, but Community Relations Director announced the delay June 7. In an email sent to area residents, Casciano cited unforeseen “underground conditions.”

The Lakeshore East park will also features live music every Wednesday evening, except July 3. 

CPD seek community business partners

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) launched a new community policing initiative designed to build and foster a collaborative partnership with local businesses in communities across Chicago.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched the program in June in response to violence in and around business areas. 

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and if we want our neighborhoods to thrive and grow, then we have to ensure we’re supporting our local entrepreneurs while rooting out any bad actors,” said Mayor Lightfoot in a press release. “This initiative is not only about building partnerships and nurturing trust between small businesses, it represents a new era of collaboration between the Chicago Police Department and our communities.

All police districts will have a designated Business Liaison Officer to work closely with the District Commander and BACP to provide positive engagement opportunities for entrepreneurs, address chronic problems or concerns of business owners and improve overall public safety through collaboration with the community.

Each Business Liaison Officer will work directly with businesses in their district to establish engagement strategies to encourage positive community interactions and relationships. Districts will hold monthly community meetings with all local business owners to strengthen the ties between entrepreneurs and their communities by notifying residents of available neighborhood workforce opportunities and ensuring all businesses are connected to city network services and resources. These new meetings specifically focus on local business concerns and opportunities versus the broader community public safety issues discussed at CAPS meetings.

This new initiative is part of the Chicago Police Department’s community policing strategies and its ongoing efforts to improve the communication and cooperation between police officers and the communities they serve.

Grant Park Music Festival is underway

Through August, starting at 6:30pm every Wednesday and Friday and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays, enjoy free admission to beloved classical performances. Audiences can also attend open rehearsals, docent-led talks, and pre-concert lectures throughout the week.

Please visit the Grant Park Music Festival website,, for up-to-date information about weekly special guests.

Roosevelt Collection to feature new restaurant from Food Network star

In June the Roosevelt Collection Shops announced The Lucky Well,  a new restaurant will join the center in early 2020. The Lucky Well is known for its Memphis-style dry-rub meats, is led by chef Chad Rosenthal, a chef featured on The Food Network’s “Chopped Grill Masters.”  

The Roosevelt Collection location will focus on barbecue, top-shelf whiskey and classic craft cocktails within a live blues atmosphere.

“It has been so exciting to work with Chad on bringing this concept to Chicago,” said Shannon Ridgeway, general manager of Roosevelt Collection Shops. “We’re thrilled to add another growing small business to Roosevelt Collection and bring this new experience to our neighbors and Chicago locals.”

LondonHouse rooftop to offer pop up Japenese shaved ice shop

LH Rooftop, the tri-level rooftop bar and restaurant at LondonHouse Chicago, launches a month-long pop-up serving kakigori – a Japanese style of shaved ice known for its delicate texture – at the rooftop’s outdoor cupola. An alternative frozen treat during National Ice Cream Month, the kakigori is available on weekends in July, and guests can enjoy a variety of artisanal shaved ice flavors, which they may customize with boozy additions. Shaved ice flavors include Golden Raspberry/Watermelon, Black Sesame, and Spiced Condensed Milk for $10 each. Guests can indulge in a kakigori cocktail by adding spirits for an additional $4. Spirits include Kahlua, Malibu Cream, or Appleton Estate 12-Year rum. LondonHouse Chicago’s LH Rooftop is 85 E. Upper Wacker Dr., Floor 22-23. Table reservations at LH Rooftop can be made via OpenTable or by calling 312.253.2317.

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