Week #42 – Chicago Theatre

Well, who doesn’t love to check an item off of her to do list? That’s how I’m starting my week after a recent trip to Chicago Theatre to see one of Nate’s favorite comedians: Bill Burr.

We (Nate and I, plus my brother- and sister-in-law and our friends Scott and Katherine) started off the evening at one of our neighborhood favorites, Butterfly Sushi, and then headed straight to the 7:30 p.m. show.

There’s something I love so much about this theater. The iconic sign (which is almost six stories high) and all the lights outside just give it that special touch of excitement. We walked in and the place was packed, but it didn’t take away from the beauty of the lobby. (Did you know the theater is almost 92 years old?!?)

Nate and I had separate seats from the rest of the group because we decided to go last minute, so we navigated through the theater and found our seats right away. The seats were great–on the floor and easy to see. An even funnier surprise was that my friend Amy from grade school sat right next to us (Nate bought the tickets from her friend!). If we weren’t laughing at Bill Burr, the guy in front of us who had a comment after every joke provided constant entertainment as well.

Our time at the theater was brief, but lovely. The show was good, and it’s even better to know that we will be back in December to see JERRY SEINFELD!

Chicago Theatre
175 North State
The Loop

PS-On a side note, I have 10 weeks left in this blog project. The countdown is on! Anywhere you want me to go? Let me know!

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Week #23 – “Breakup at a Wedding” Movie Screening & Miller’s Pub

A handful of my friends are moving back to Chicago this summer, including Ali, my good friend from college, and her husband Adam. Ali and I met freshman year through our sorority, and lived together our senior year at U of I—needless to say, we’ve been through a lot.

Ali has lived and worked in NYC as an actress since we graduated from college, and although I visit New York often, it just got hard to see each other. So I was pretty excited when she messaged me on Facebook to announce her move!

We reunited over sushi last week, and I’m happy to say it was just like old times. When she asked me to come to the screening of her new feature film, Breakup at a WeddingI couldn’t wait to support her. Watch the trailer here! Having planned my wedding less than two years ago I was pretty intrigued by the title…ha!

We went to DePaul University’s CDM Theatre, where Ali and her co-star Mary Grill (she also appears on The Mindy Project) were hosting the screening. The movie features a bunch of hilarious young actors Ali’s been working with for years. With a small budget and 12 days of filming near JFK Airport, they were able to make a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt film.

Here’s the scoop: The night before her wedding, the bride-to-be (Ali!) decides she doesn’t want to married, but convinces her fiancé to go through the motions on their wedding day (except for signing the marriage certificate part). The groom hopes a present at the wedding with change Ali’s mind. Does it? (This is the part where you go to the website and pre-order the movie that comes out on June 18th if you want, hint hint.)

Seeing Ali larger than life on the silver screen for the first time was surreal. I’m so proud of her and her friends for the awesome film they made, and I’m glad we saw it in a theater. It’s pretty cool to hear people laughing at your friend’s jokes—especially when your friend is on screen.

I should also mention that at the screening, I also met Ali’s husband Adam and saw one of our sorority sisters, Stacey, who I haven’t seen since college (many years, people)!

After we snapped some photos at DePaul (Ali’s dad even brought his own red carpet!), we headed over to Miller’s Pub (another new spot) for a celebratory cocktail or two (a Midwest Mule and a wheat beer for me). This place felt so old-school Chicago, like the décor (with it’s street signs and Chicago memorabilia), the bartenders (in white shirts with black vests), and the people (a solo man next to us has been coming since the early ’90s) haven’t changed in years. There’s comfort in the familiar, and this was a great place to get together with old friends, and new, in my beloved city of Chicago.

Cheers, Ali!

Breakup at a Wedding
Release Date: June 18, 2013

Miller’s Pub
134 S. Wabash
The Loop

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