Category Archives: From the Neighbors

From the Neighbors: Edgewater Arts Festival Volunteer Registration

We have a number of Edgewater Glen neighbors that are both organizing and participating as artists in the Edgewater Arts Festival this year. The festival will take place on Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday, September 24th.

If you would like to volunteer to help make the festival a success this year, the registration form and instructions are below.

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2017EdgewaterArtsFestival-VolunteerRegistration (PDF)


From the Neighbors: Edgewater Artists In Motion Is Seeking Volunteers

Hi Folks!

Our neighbor Patricia, Edgewater Artists in Motion Board Member & Volunteer Coordinator, is seeking neighborhood volunteers for this year’s Edgewater Arts Festival. If you are interested in helping support our neighborhood Arts Festival see Patricia’s note below.

You can contact Patricia at

“Edgewater Artists In Motion (EAIM), a 501c3 organization, will have its annual Edgewater Arts Festival (EAF) on September 23 and 24, 2017. The EAF is held on Granville between Broadway and Sheridan Rd. This 3-block community and family focused fair will sponsor 100 arts and crafts tents, youth art and performance gallery, kid’s activity corner, 3 performing stages with popular acts, beer garden, and a pet stage.

We are proud to have the support of Alderman Harry Osterman, Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, Loyola University and many local businesses. Last year we had more than 12,000 attendees at our fair.

I hope you join us again as an EAF volunteer. We plan to have great acts and food vendors and lots of great performers from the community. Many of your neighbors and friends will display their artistic talents.

As you know this fair does not happen without your support so if you can help and bring a friend or relative too, we have a place for you. There are opportunities for teens and adults. Put us on your calendar and I will be back at a date closer to the fair to get your committed participation as a volunteer. For more about us visit our website shown below.”

Patricia Levine
EAIM Board Member/Volunteer Coordinator


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Little Free Library Hosts, Families, Volunteers & Friends Are Invited to The Edgewater Reads Holiday Gathering

Our neighbors Tom, Dan, Taylor & Eric wanted to let everyone know about their holiday party on December 11th. See details below. Happy Thanksgiving!

“The Edgewater Reads team invites Little Free Library hosts, families, volunteers and friends to join us for a Holiday gathering on Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 4 to 6 pm. For more information and to RSVP, send an email to by December 10.

Happy Holidays from Tom, Dan, Taylor, Eric and the team”

Around the Hood: Neighborhood Holiday Party at Firehouse Chicago


Well folks… It looks like we’re having a neighborhood holiday party at Firehouse Chicago. If you would like to celebrate with your neighbors, bring a donation for Care for Real and we’ll see you at The Firehouse on the 20th. Thanks for sending this in Ashley!

“Please join us for a neighborhood holiday party at the firehouse on Rosemont. Santa, cookies, carolling (if you are a good singer, or just enthusiastic, we need you!) December 20th, 4-7pm” – Ashley (Edgewater Glen Neighbor)


Edgewater Glen playwright’s play “The Prodigal Dude” will be performed this weekend

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We heard from our neighbor Cindy that “Prodigal Dude” written by Edgewater Glen Playwright Rich Goode will be performed this Saturday. The cast of the play also includes many Edgewater Glen residents. If you are interested in checking out your neighbors in action we included the information below.

Fun Fact:

The flyer above was designed by our neighbor Dick Merrill who also designed our original Edgewater Glen Map in 1973

Thanks for sending this in Cindy!

“The Prodigal Dude – a play to benefit St. Gertrude’s Heart To Heart ministry for seniors! We are delighted to announced that the Zuranti Foundation has agreed to match all of the funds raised at the event, up to $2,500! This makes attendance at the event all the more important.

Our play will be held in the Social Hall, 1401 W. Granville. The production is a modern, rock n’ roll retelling of the familiar tale of the Prodigal Son, written by parishioner Rich Goode. The stage will be filled with familiar faces—school parents, parishioners, from toddlers to seniors, and the best band in Chicago. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

Doors open at 7:30pm and the play will begin at 8:00pm. Concessions, including beer and wine, will be available at the event.”

Around the Hood: Chicago Filmmakers Firehouse Rennovation

Ridge Firehouse

Chicago Filmmakers is launching its first public event to raise awareness about the organization’s campaign to renovate the historical landmark firehouse in our area. Thanks for sending this in Sarah!

“Hey all! Please consider supporting Chicago Filmmakers‘ campaign to restore the firehouse on Ridge Ave. into a vibrant media arts center for the Edgewater community as well as a permanent home for our 40+ yr old organization.

Plus, you’ll be supporting local filmmakers who are taking part in this women in film doc series. Each of these award-winning films have gone through CF’s fiscal sponsorship program, and these doc filmmakers are using their work to help the organization that first supported it. If you can’t attend any of the screenings (Oct-Nov), you can still make a tax-deductible donation through the EventBrite page. Every little bit helps!” – Sarah (Edgewater Glen Neighbor)

Event Details:

Eventbrite Details Here

5 Films by Women: Chicago Filmmakers Firehouse Fundraiser

Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 2:30 PM – Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 5:30 PM (CDT)

“5 Films by Women” is a series of powerful documentaries made by five local filmmakers, all women, who have come together in support of Chicago Filmmakers’ fundraising efforts.  Sponsored by Loyola University’s The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership and the School of Communication, the four-part series will take place at the Damen Student Center Cinema at Loyola University (6511 N. Sheridan Road) during the months of October and November.

Sunday, October 11 at 2:30 pm: BAND OF SISTERS by Mary Fishman

Kicking off the series is Mary Fishman’s deeply moving story focusing on the life experiences and current-day stories of more than a dozen nuns, many of whom were central agents in the great social movements of our time.

Sunday, October 25 at 2:00 pm: SPILLED WATER by May Tchao + at 3:30 pm: JENS JENSEN THE LIVING GREEN by Carey Lundin

May Tchao’s debut feature SPILLED WATER explores the lives of four Chinese women as their country’s rapid economic transformation shifts their roles, rights, and status as mothers, wives, and daughters. Through their intimate stories, we learn how and why gender equality in China is so hard-earned.

Sunday, November 1 at 2:30pm: THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL by Pamela Sherrod Anderson

Pamela Sherrod Anderson’s THE CURATORS OF DIXON SCHOOL shows us that public schools in Chicago aren’t all metal detectors, minimal expectations, and mind-numbing routine. The film highlights Dixon Elementary, where enlightened educators implemented the idea that art should be an integral part of the everyday learning environment, with museum-quality works openly adorning the halls.

Sunday, November 15 at 2:30pm: SOLE SURVIVOR by Ky Dickens

In the history of aviation, there have only been 14 sole survivors of commercial airline disasters. Most have never spoken publicly about the loss, the guilt, and the immense pressure of feeling “spared.” Ky Dickens’ SOLE SURVIVOR, broadcast on CNN, profiles four of these survivors who publicly share their complex, personal stories for the very first time.


Single Screening: $15

Doc Series Pass: $50

Doc Series Pass + “Women in Docs” donor designation: $100

To learn more about Chicago Filmmakers’ move to the firehouse, please visit and to learn more about the “5 Films by Women” series, please visit Tickets are available online through Chicago Filmmakers and walk-up tickets will be available at each screening.

From the Neighbors: Getting in the Halloween Spirit with Mark

Feeling inspired after checking out the Edgewater Fall Arts Festival?

Well boy are you in luck!

Our Edgewater Glen neighborhood crafter extraordinaire, Mark, has come up with some inventive tips to create your own seasonal decorations this Halloween. You can see his detailed instructions for creating this awesome Fall Leaf Bowl and Autumn Leaves Candle Holder by selecting these links or check out his entire collection of crafting ideas on his blog Slumbering Alligator Concepts.

Just a month left to start hoarding candy before the masses of kids descend on Edgewater Glen. 🙂

Happy Halloween!

Meet the Neighbors: Chicago Is! A Hometown Musical Revue

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Hi Folks – Our neighbor Jason has another show he wanted to let the neighbors know about. It looks like a great musical revue celebrating Chicago if you are interested in checking out some of the great artistic work coming out of Edgewater Glen lately.

Three Cat Productions is thrilled to showcase Chicago based composers with Chicago Is! A Hometown Musical Revue.   More than just Michigan avenue, Garrett’s Popcorn, and the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Is! tells the story of Chicago through the eyes of seven Chicagoans.   Each character explores their memories of the city they love. Pairing these stories with music from over a dozen Chicago composers,   Chicago Is! celebrates what makes our city great.

“There is nothing more exciting than celebrating Chicago with the music of these fantastic composers,” stated Jason Paul Smith, Artistic Director of Three Cat Productions.

From musical theatre to jazz to comedy, the diverse mix of composers represents an array of musical genres. Chicago composers include Big X and Caucasians, Mark Burrows, Steve Clark, Cheryl Coons, Rob Dorn, Elizabeth Doyle, Michael Duff, Gary Gimmestad, Cory Goodrich, Matt Griffo, Owen Kalt, Joanna P. Lind, Megon McDonough, Tina Montgomery, Steve and Karen Multer, William David Sherman, and Susan Werner.

Chicago Is! A Hometown Musical Revue is running at the Chicago Park District’s Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan Road (Edgewater by Granville el stop on Red Line). Chicago Is! stars Debbie Baños, Katherine Bellantone, Jerico Bleu, Charlie Mann, Aaron Mitchell Reese, Lauren Twombly, and Brian Zealand.

The show is conceived and directed by Jason Paul Smith, Three Cat Productions, Artistic Director. Musical direction and various arrangements by Roy Freeman Resident Stage Manager is Jess Koster. Resident Lighting and Set Designer is Pat Henderson.

Previews are April 30 & May 1, 2015. The regular run is May 2 – May 30, 2015. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturday matinees at 4:00pm at the Berger Park Coach House Theater at 6205 N. Sheridan in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.   Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

Tickets are $25 each for all performances. Senior tickets available for $15. Tickets can be purchased on our website at or via phone at 312.970.9840.

Street parking (paybox until 9pm) is available on Granville, side streets, and Broadway (Handicapped and a limited parking is available. Please call the box office for special parking arrangements).

From the Neighbors: Cabaret on the Lake (Tomorrow)


Host Rob Dorn performing (photo by Jill Howe)

Our neighbor Jason is the Artistic Director over at Three Cat Productions. They do three main productions a year and have two free monthly events for the neighborhood. They are having an event this Friday evening with an exceptional group of performers. If you are interested in checking it out, see Jason’s note below.

“Three Cat Productions is committed to bringing talented artists to the Edgewater neigborhood.  As a member of the Edgewater Glen community, I wanted to share the Three Cat artists with our neighbors.  Berger Park is a beautiful venue, perfect for a variety show.  By inviting performers from all over the Chicago area to Berger Park,  we hope to provide a unique evening for the neighborhood.   We want the event to be free and encourage all to attend.” – Jason (Edgewater Glen Neighbor)


(Chicago, IL) Three Cat Productions celebrates Chicago based performers with Cabaret on the Lake.   Cabaret on the Lake is a free monthly variety show featuring storytellers, performance artists, singer-songwriters, comedians, and more.    The event is held on the second Friday of each month at the Berger Park Cultural Center (6205 N Sheridan Road).  This month’s event will be held on Friday, April 10 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are free.  Hosted by Rob Dorn.

April’s Cabaret on the Lake outstanding performers include Brittny CongletonRuth KaufmanJames Robinson-ParranLisa Scott, and David Sherman. Cabaret on the Lake is part of  Three Cat Productions, Edgewater’s Artists Incubator program.  Three Cat Production is committed to creating exciting opportunities for artists of all types and the development of new work.   In 2014, Three Cat Productions provided opportunities for over  250 artists in the Chicago area.

Brittny Congleton is a big haired comedic songstress, hailing from Kentucky, but has loved calling Chicago her home! Performing regularly with Chicago Kids Company, HEY LADIES, an all female Southern musical sketch comedy troupe she co-founded, and being a regular host & variety act with Vaudezilla Burlesque and Cabaret keeps this goofy gal pretty busy.

Ruth Kaufman‘s true, short story, “The Scrinch,” is in St. Martin’s anthology The Spirit of Christmas, foreword by Debbie Macomber.  Writing accolades include: 2011 Golden Heart® winner, runner up in RT Book Reviews’ national American Title II contest and a 2012 Indie Excellence Award for her co-auhtored roadmap to greater self-esteem. Find Your Inner Fabulous. An attorney with a Master’s in Radio/TV, Ruth is a Chicago on-camera and voiceover talent, freelance writer and editor and workshop presenter.

James Robinson-Parran has been active as a composer, conductor, pianist, songwriter and soloist.  Some notable experiences include commissions by the Chicago Composers Forum, several appearances as principal conductor, pianist, and vocal soloist with Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago, an appearance with the Jazz band of Morgan Park High School at the Chicago Jazz Fest, as well as work with Circle Theatre, Open Door Repertory Theater, the Jeff Kowalkowski Ensemble, Lucky Pierre, and many others.   Most recently, James has shared the stage with legendary folk singer Anne Hills, and Paul Amandes in two stage productions of “Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps” based on the book by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize winner, Ted Kooser.

Lisa Scott is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Tell Me When It Hurts was originally developed in a Chicago Dramatists workshop with Stage Left Theater. Her play-in-progress, La Familia Dune, was part of the 2013 Chicago New Work Festival. Scott also is a storyteller and has been seen at Here’s The Story and This Much Is True. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

David Sherman is a singer, composer, actor, writer and recovering fitness junkie.  He has studied improvisation at I.O. and Second City.  He wasted his youth touring the country with the world’s greatest mambo rock band.  He is currently wasting his time performing with The Swing Shift Orchestra and his original glam-pop band, The Steak House Mints.  He has written a children’s book and for a variety of live productions.  He is currently writing a musical. His hobbies include waiting patiently and punctuation?

Host Rob Dorn most recently appeared as Jacey Squires and top tenor in the Barbershop Quartet in Paramount Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “The Music Man.” He has performed in hundreds of theaters across the country, including The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hey City Stage, Minnesota Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. Locally he’s worked with Silk Road, Three Cat Productions, Court Theatre, Wisdom Bridge, Apple Tree, Light Opera Works and Pegasus Players. He toured for many years with the pop vocal group, “Three Hits and a Miss” and currently sings with Alan Gresik’s Swingshift Orchestra at Chicago’s Green Mill. Rob is also an award winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator.

Three Cat Productions’ 2015 season also includes the Cabaret on the Lake at the Berger Park Cultural Center on April 15th (and continues the second Friday of each month); Bab Fab, the 8th annual Barbra Streisand tribute benefit on April 25 at Stage 773; Chicago Is! , a hometown musical revue featuring Chicago’s top composers which runs April 30 to May 20, 2015 at the Berger Park Coach House Theater, and the Next Draft staged reading series on April 20 (and continues the third Monday of each month).

Three Cat Productions was founded in 2007 with a mission to create connections between theater, music, audience and artists through the production of cabaret concerts, contemporary musicals and plays, the re-invention of classic work, the development of new works and new artists, and by creating educational and outreach opportunities for the Chicagoland community. Visit the web site at