Wrigley Field to Host Art & Theater Event, 8/27

Wrigley Field to Host Art & Theater Event, 8/27 In partnership with the Park at Wrigley, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and the Belmont Theater District presents "ART & THEATER @ THE PARK," Sunday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. featuring local artists showcasing fine art, crafts and a family-friendly LOL Comedy Showcase featuring ComedySportz's infamous improv matches, Storytown Children's Improv and the best of Laugh Factory's standup comedy including audience prizes and live music.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with local artists showcasing fine art and crafts, followed by entertainment from popular Storytown Children's Improv, ComedySportz's infamous improv matches and the best of standup comedy from Laugh Factory. Continuing their commitment to bringing the best of art and music to the heart of Lakeview, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is excited about the partnership with the Park at Wrigley and the community.

"We are pleased to be partnering with the Park at Wrigley to bring the best of Chicago off-loop theater, comedy and artists to the newest outdoor community park," said Maureen Martino, executive director, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. "There really is no better way to celebrate the summer than with art, comedy and music in the heart of Lakeview - there is fun for the whole family."

Alicia M. Senior-Saywell with the Belmont Theater District added, "The Belmont Theater District is thrilled to showcase our comedy and improv theaters next door to Wrigley Field, bringing together Chicago neighbors. Stay tuned to BTDChicago.com for our BTD Month of Theater, where all of October will be filled with special events, artist meet-and-greets, BTD Theater Nights, Open Houses and enticing ticket offers all month long!"

"ART & THEATRE @ THE PARK" is free to the public. No reservations are required, but space is limited so we recommend arriving early to secure a place to enjoy all the festivities. Visit parkatwrigley.com/events for more details and parkatwrigley.com/visit for directions. Schedule of events follows. Free Parking is available at the Toyota Camry (GREEN) lot, 1126 W. Grace St.

Schedule of Events and Performances

11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Local artists showcase their fine art and crafts throughout the day, as well as offering select pieces for sale.

Interactive games, arts and crafts and family activities

11:30 - 11: 45 a.m.

The Japanese Culture Center will be presenting a demonstration of the dynamic martial art of Aikido. Aikido translates to the 'the way of harmonizing with energy'. The techniques demonstrated will consist
of movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent's attack. Aikido also is recognized for its unique philosophy of peaceful reconciliation of conflict.

12 - 1:15 p.m.

Storytown Children's Improv presents an hour-long, improvised show complete with musicians and artists. From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure, designed and shaped by the kids in the audience so no two stories are the same. Suitable for ages 3-10 and the whole family!

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

ComedySportz offers a 60-min, family friendly, head-to-head improv match, where two teams of comedians face off in a series of high energy challenges, songs, and games, inspired by audience suggestions and volunteers. ComedySportz - bringing all ages comedy to Chicago for the past 30 years!

3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

World-famous Laugh Factory Chicago brings a night of standup comedy, dating stories and prizes to The Park at Wrigley! Host Paul Farahvar along with producers Andrew Sitter and Ross Kelly bring the most hilarious standup comics to discuss funny relationship stories ... but the show doesn't end there! Select audience members have the chance to share their own dating stories during the show, and win prizes!

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Live DJ and dancing

LAKEVIEW EAST FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS

For more than 13 years, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce has presented one of the most unique and popular art festivals in Chicagoland. Every aspect, from artists to musicians to vendors and everything in between, is specifically selected by the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce in order to bring the best to the heart of Lakeview. The Lakeview East Festival of the Arts showcases more than 150 juried artists featuring paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry and more. These original pieces are for sale in a wide range of price ranges. In addition to the art, the Festival has become a center of activity for the weekend with live demonstrations, entertainment stages, family activities and a garden oasis. Lakeview East is a dynamic and diversified neighborhood community rich in culture, history and the arts. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce works hand in hand with their local residents and business owners and is pleased to offer its neighbors and the Chicagoland area with one of the premier fine art outdoor festivals. For more information, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact 773-348-8608, LakeviewEastFestivaloftheArts.com

BELMONT THEATER DISTRICT (BTD)

The BTD is Chicago's largest theater district, with 50+ theaters and theater companies in Chicago's vibrant Lakeview and Lakeview East neighborhoods, and works to raise awareness to Chicago's 2M+ theater goers about the wealth of superb, diverse theater concentrated in our area. BTDChicago.com is the ultimate guide to Chicago's largest theater district, with Free & Under $15 Ticket Deals, show listings for all BTD Partner Theaters, local neighborhood deals for theater-goers, as well as a range of events throughout the year including BTD Open House & Tour and October 2017 BTD Month of Theater.

BTD website: BTDChicago.com

BTD Month of Theater, Oct 2017: BTD EVENT PAGE

Free & Under $15 Theater Tickets listing: BTDChicago.com/BTD-Free-Discounted-Theater-Tickets

PARK AT WRIGLEY

Sitting in the heart of Wrigleyville, the Park at Wrigley offers a beautiful open-air destination for farmers markets, community events, festivals, dining and much more. The Park at Wrigley serves as Wrigleyville's town square - a year-round gathering place for neighbors, families, fans and visitors. ParkatWrigley.com

STORYTOWN CHILDREN'S IMPROV

Storytown is Chicago's premier improv company for young people and fun for the whole family.

Storytown Children's Improv, Resident Theater at Stage 773, 1229 W Belmont Ave, Tel 773-245-3443, StorytownImprov.com

COMEDY SPORTZ

Notorious for family friendly, interactive comedy, ComedySportz brings 30 years of competitive improvisation to the heart of Wrigleyville.

CSZ Theater Chicago, 929 W Belmont Ave, Tel 773-549-8080, ComedySportzChicago.com

LAUGH FACTORY

For the best in standup comedy, come to Laugh Factory Chicago! As a pioneer in the comedy industry, Laugh Factory has earned the title of "world famous!" Laugh Factory Chicago, located minutes from downtown in the heart of East Lakeview, offers an iconic venue space perfect for hosting an array of events including: fully produced comedy shows, comedic roasts, and televised comedy line-ups.

Laugh Factory, 3175 N Broadway, Tel 773-327-3175, LaughFactory.com/Clubs/Chicago

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