2014 Chicago Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today

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2014 Chicago Fringe Festival Kicks Off Today

The Chicago Fringe Festival, presented by Blue Moon, has announced its line up for the 2014 Festival. Performances in the fifth annual Chicago Fringe Festival take place in five venues in Jefferson Park, today, August 28 - September 7. Entrance to the Fringe Festival, called Chicago's "Best Performing Arts Festival," by the Chicago Reader, is a one-time button purchase of $5, after that all individual performances are $10. Passes with a discounted ticket price are available when attending multiple performances: five-show pass is $45, ten-show pass is $80 and an unlimited pass is $175. Each venue will have a box office for day-of purchase and the box office for the entire Festival is located at Fringe Central, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave, Fischman's Liquors. Tickets may be purchased at chicagofringe.org.

The 2014 Chicago Fringe Festival includes 48 performance groups from around Chicago and beyond, including return performers Cosmic Jello, Dream Theater, Nicole Kearney, Rebecca Kling, Philip Low, The League of Miscreants and Wishbone Theatre Collective. Additionally performers hail from: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, New York, Washington, and Canada.*

The main box office, information and activity center for the Chicago Fringe Festival is Fringe Central, at Fischman's Liquors, 4780 N. Milwaukee Ave. A party tent will house activities throughout the festival, including after-parties, preview events, music, and more including the opening reception, Thursday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. The opening reception is a free event that includes the Opening Ceremonies, one-minute previews by participating artists and a dance party.

The five Jefferson Park performance venues are:

· Stinking Onion Stage - Congregational Church of Jefferson Park Gymnasium, 5320 W. Giddings Street

· Deep Dish Stage - Congregational Church of Jefferson Park Meeting Hall, 5320 W. Giddings Street

· Ketchup-less Stage - The Gift Theatre, 4802 N. Milwaukee Ave.

· Lake Effect Stage - Youth Company Chicago, 5340 W. Lawrence Ave.

· Early & Often Stage - Magnolia Banquet Hall, 4751 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Some of the performance groups in Chicago Fringe Festival 2014 have participated in other prominent Fringe Festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival, Indy Fringe and the New York Fringe Festival.*

The complete list of performances and times, company and performance descriptions and venues are available at chicagofringe.org.

*Please note performances, times and venues may change or be canceled without previous notice.

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