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The Comeback of 'Crazy Howard McGee'
A large and enthusiastic sold-out crowd of returning beer drinkers and newcomers gathered at the Garfield Park Conservatory for the 10th annual “Beer Under Glass” event, which was the kickoff to Illinois Craft Beer Week. Presented by Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, “Beer Under Glass” gave participants the opportunity to enjoy a variety of beers supplied by popular craft breweries in the Chicago area as well as experiencing the Conservatory’s attractive layout of eight indoor display houses and outside gardens. "Beer Under Glass” is a fundraising event that benefits the Conservatory's programming and mission while celebrating Chicago craft beer. Revenue from ticket sales and GPCA membership support GPCA's mission to change lives through the power of nature and connect people to plants.
The End Of Hamilton in Chicago
AFTER making its Chicago premiere on September 27, 2016, the celebrated musical Hamilton
will end its three-year-plus run at the CIBC Theatre (formerly the PrivateBank Theatre) on January 5, 2020. Tickets for the final block of tickets are now on sale at the CIBC Theatre Box Office, at the Broadway in Chicago Ticket Line (800-775-2000) and online at www.BroadwayinChicago.com. The CIBC Theatre Box Office will be open for advance sales from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. By the end of its 171-week run in Chicago, Hamilton will have presented a total of 1,341 performances, which will have been attended by more than 2.6 million people, nearly equal to the city’s population. "More people have seen Hamilton in Chicago than any other city, including New York," said producer Jeffrey Seller. "Chicago has been a cornerstone of our mission to make Hamilton as accessible to
as many people as possible. We've loved our time here, and you can bet that 'we'll be back'."
SUPERSTAR radio host "Crazy Howard McGee," who has been off radio since his release from WGCI in 2007, has returned to the airwaves as a weekend and fill-in host at WVAZ-FM, commonly referred to as V103. Currently, he is on from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. McGee, a South Sider, was among the top three highest-rated morning hosts in Chicago when he learned through a newspaper report that his show would be replaced by Steve Harvey’s nationally syndicated show. Once known as “The Mayor of Chicago Radio,” McGee, during his absence from radio, turned entrepreneur and operated several South Side chicken restaurants and launched an entertainment and special events company. It was Derrick Brown, director of urban programming for iHeartMedia Chicago and urban adult-contemporary brand coordinator for iHeartMedia nationwide who was instrumental in McGee's comeback.