TimeLine Theatre and Flub A Dub Chubs.

Show Me Chicago takes a look at what’s happening today in the Windy
City:  TimeLine’s new offerings, a talk for architecture buffs and a special
one-day discount at Flub A Dub Chubs for Show Me Chicago readers.

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TimeLine Theatre scene from the Farnsworth Invention.

FREE EVENT at the Chicago Architectural Foundation.

Stop by the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a free lunchtime lecture on “The 300 East Randolph Vertical Completion.”  Chicagoans have watched the expansion of 300 East Randolph since 2006, as builders have nearly doubled the size of the massive Blue Cross, Blue Shield building, adding 24 new floors to the original 33 stories. Learn about the challenges of this project, as well as the innovative features of the building’s original design that made the expansion possible.  Programs are 45 minutes in length, and you are welcome to bring your lunch.  FREE.  No RSVP required (Please arrive early; seating is limited).  Chicago Architecture Foundation, Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan, (312) 922-3432.

CHEAP EATS…
EVEN CHEAPER TODAY IF YOU MENTION SHOW ME CHICAGO.  Just say SHOW ME CHICAGO and get 10% off your entire order all day today at FLUB A DUB CHUB’S.

Located in the Lakeview neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from Timeline Theatre, FLUB A DUB CHUB’S affectionately known by its loyal clientele as Flub’s, serves Chicago’s signature dish, the Chicago red hot, with a flair.  A great spot for families or singles, the comfortable, friendly, subterranean venue also offers burgers, chicken and sides.  Go ahead, splurge, order the most expensive thing on the menu, Greg’s Hangover Burger, a heady burger that’s topped with cheddar, bacon, and egg.  It will set you back all of $8.25 unless it’s a Tuesday; then it will cost $7.25 as all burgers are $1 off on Tuesdays.  Other favorites are the Flubby, a traditional Vienna dog number and the Roe, a classic half-pound cheeseburger served on a pretzel roll and topped with bacon and avocado, named a favorite for 2009 by Chicago magazine. Flubs offers Monday through Thursday specials including: Mondays, 50 cents off the Flubby; Tuesdays, $1 off burgers; Wednesdays, free drink with meal; and Thursdays, the Chubby for the price of the Flubby. Currently they have one table outdoors.  The good news, next week a newly created outdoor space will be ready to rock.  Be forewarned, Flub a Dub Chub’s does not serve liquor but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a brew with your dog.  You can order your favorites from Flubs, head to the upstairs bar, Monsignor Murphys, and have your food delivered hot and quick.  Hours: Weekdays, 11a.m. to 9p.m.  Friday and Saturdays, 11a.m. to 10p.m.  3021 N. Broadway.  773 857 6500.

OPENING NIGHT AT TIMELINE.

The Farnsworth Invention OPENS TONIGHT in previews at the TimeLine Theatre in Chicago. The original play written by Aaron Sorkin, creator of television’s award-winning, West Wing, poses the question: Who will unlock the key to the greatest innovation of the 20th century: The ruthless media mogul, or the self-taught Idaho farm boy.   The story, loosely based upon historic events, pits David Sarnoff, the media mogul and Philo T. Farnsworth, the Idaho farmboy, in a race to claim credit for the invention of television.  

Sorkin’s show first opened on Broadway in December of 2007 to mixed reviews and closed after a 3 month run.  Tonight’s presentation has been reworked under the direction of TimeLine’s founding director, Nick Bowling whose track record includes a long list of accolades including an Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Direction for The History Boys’ TimeLine production.  If Bowling’s unprecedented success with the Chicago production of History Boys (versus N.Y.’s  History Boys )  is any indication of the Bowling magic, Chicago may be getting what New York missed.  We’ll just have to wait and see.  The press opening is this weekend.

TIMELINE THEATRE…A CHICAGO SUCCESS STORY.
TimeLine Theatre came on the scene 13 years ago as the little theater that thought it could.  Many thought otherwise.  The Chicago Tribune took one look at TimeLine’s mission and dismissed it by saying “They’re gambling on history…betting they can find a niche for themselves by specializing in history plays–and unsettling ones at that.  Time and the vagaries of history will tell.”  42 plays, six world premieres and 11 Chicago premieres later, TimeLine is looking good.  Look for TimeLine to be on the scene for a long time.

TICKETS.
Tickets are $25 (Wednesday – Friday) or $35 (Saturday & Sunday). Preview tickets are $15.  Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Group rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Timeline Theatre Box Office at 773.281.8463 x24 or buy online via timelinetheatre.com.
       
Location/Transportation/Parking/Accessibility
TimeLine Theatre is located at 615 W. Wellington Ave., inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, near the corner of Wellington and Broadway in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. CTA El stops at Wellington (Brown/Purple lines) and Belmont (Red/Brown/Purple lines) are nearby. CTA busses #36-Broadway, #76-Diversey, #77-Belmont, #22-Clark and #8-Halsted stop nearby. TimeLine offers parking for $8 with validation at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center (2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall (2836 N. Clark), both within two blocks of TimeLine. There is also limited street parking and other paid parking lots nearby. Visit timelinetheatre.com for complete directions and parking information. There are two flights of stairs totaling 18 steps between the street and the theater space, with no elevator

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