Chicago Live! Season Three Line-up Features Chef Rick Tramonto and More at the Chicago Theatre.


Tom Skilling and Rick Kogan at a previous taping of Chicago Live!

Chicago Live! is Alive and Well and Back for a third season.

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Rick Tramonto will appear May 19.

The fast-paced, popular Chicago Live! showcases who and what is making the news in Chicago. Each hour-long weekly show features topical comedy sketches by The Second City, interviews with newsmakers and athletes, and rare, up-close performances by talent typically headlining theater and music club stages.  In addition, Chicago historian and radio and newspaper personality Rick Kogan presents the “Chicago Almanac,” which spotlights a significant year in Chicago history as a means to reflect on our rich history. Season Three kicks off at 6:30p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011 and continues through Thursday, June 9, 2011. 

Here’s the Line-Up.
Thursday, May 5.
Arlington Park’s Howard Sudberry, former CBS 2 sportscaster will preview the upcoming racing season; local restaurateur and entrepreneur, Billy Dec, will discuss his success with social media; and the local bluegrass band Cornmeal will perform.
Thursday, May 12.  
It’s a “Track-Off”, a competition of emerging Chicago musical talent, with RedEye columnist Kyra Kyles and a performance from the winner; local author James Keene talks about his new book, “In With The Devil”; and the head of A Safe Haven, Neli Vazquez-Rowland will explain his mission. Just added: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Magidan; Joel Hall and dancers of Joel Hall Dance Center.
Thursday, May 19.
WGN Radio’s Garry Meier; chef and author Rick Tramonto (Scars of a Chef); plus Dr. Paul Freeman, retiring founder of the nation’s most diverse orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, and his successor Mei-Ann Chen, are on tap.
Thursday, May 26.
Tonight’s line-up includes: Old Town School of Folk Music’s Chris Walz; Chicago MOTH GrandSLAM champion Shannon Cason showcasing MOTH’s storytelling mission.
Just addedJohn Hilkevitch; and from the Chicago Film Office, Richard Moskal, discussing why Chicago gets Superman and not Batman.
Thursday, June 2.
Enjoy the beautiful voices from members of the Chicago Children’s Choir and Artistic Director Josephine Lee in advance of their Ravinia opening night appearance.  Married jazz-vocal-guitar duo, Petra van Nuis and Andy Brown; Drinking and Writing theatre; authors Kelly O’Connor McNees and Marcus Sakey offering a preview of the Printers Row Lit Fest.

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Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records.

Thursday, June 9. An all-blues program will preview the Chicago Blues Festival. Featured guests will include Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records plus performances by blues musicians to be announced,

    *Additional talent will be announced continually throughout the season.

Tickets for CHICAGO LIVE! are on sale now and priced at $20 and include a
meet & mingle reception (with cash bar) following each taping. Tickets can be purchased at the Chicago Theatre box office at 175 N. State Street, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. All shows take place downstairs at the Chicago Theatre and run from 6:30p.m. to 7:30p.m.

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