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LAKEVIEW’S BELMONT THEATER DISTRICT TO CELEBRATE MONTH OF THEATER IN OCTOBER
WITH THE CITY OF CHICAGO’S YEAR OF PUBLIC ART

Chicago’s Largest Theater District to Offer Special Programming, Events & More This Fall

CHICAGO (October 2017) – The Belmont Theater District (BTD) in the vibrant Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago will celebrate a month of theater in October 2017, in conjunction with the City of Chicago’s ‘Year of Public Art’ initiative. The BTD is the city’s largest theater district and acts as an advocate to create, promote and strengthen the diverse artistic offerings of the Lakeview and Lakeview East neighborhoods to their residents and visitors. With boundaries that range from Lake Michigan to Ravenswood Avenue and Diversey Parkway to Irving Park Road, the BTD has more than 50 theaters and theater companies located within a one-mile radius.

“The Belmont Theater District is a cherished part of the Lakeview neighborhood,” says Lee Crandell, executive director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. “The City of Chicago has an incredible arts community, and we look forward to celebrating the offerings of our theaters in October.”

Throughout the month of October, the BTD will share a variety of special programming and offers from the area’s local theater, comedy and performance partners. More information on the theaters is listed on page three. A sampling of offerings is outlined below, and the full schedule is available at www.BTDChicago.com:

Annoyance Theatre & Bar: free tickets to landmark improv show Trigger Happy on Thursday October 12 at 8PM with special appearance and book signing from Annoyance’s award-winning director, author and co-founder Mick Napier. Advance booking is required via TheAnnoyance.com with code BTDTH.

Blue Man Group: discount tickets to the Blue Man Group Chicago 20th Anniversary Show on October 12 at 8PM, to include a surprise anniversary gift for all audience members. Save 35% on tickets with code BTD35 at BlueMan.com/Chicago.

TimeLine Theatre Company: free entry to pre-show pizza party & drinks reception and $12.50 discounted entry for the Tuesday October 24 performance of In The Next Room or the vibrator play. Tickets available at TimeLineTheatre.com with code BTDPIZZA.

ComedySportz: free 7PM improv workshop, followed by discounted entry to ComedySportz’s famous 8PM improv match on Thursday October 19. Throughout the month of October, ComedySportz tickets are only $15 (25% savings). Book at CSZChicago.com with the code BELMONT.

Theater Wit: opens its doors to BTD fans with their popular ‘Backstage Tour’ and Q&A with artistic director Jeremy Wechsler on Monday, October 16 at 7PM. Advance booking is required; RSVP to OpenHouse@TheaterWit.org.

Laugh Factory: free entry to all weekday shows in October. No discount code necessary; full run of shows is available at LaughFactory.com/Clubs/Chicago.

• The Casting Auction: two free tickets ($150 value) to their annual ‘casting party’ on November 3, where roles are selected for the 2018 production at Stage 773. Tickets include an open bar, all-you-can-eat buffet, and live entertainment. Sign up for the mailing list at CastingAuction.com for a chance to win.

Vaudezilla Burlesque Cabaret: VIP access to ‘Boa & Tiaras Costume Nights’ with preferred seating and gift bags for those in costume on Saturdays at 10:30PM. Tickets only $15 (25% savings) at Vaudezilla.com with code BTD.

MCL Chicago: discounted tickets and VIP seating to select nights of their October shows: Picture It! A Golden Girls Musical and Gotcha Covered All-Stars. Discounted $18 – 20 tickets (15% savings) available at MCLChicago.com with code BTDOCT. Shows are at 8PM on October 6, 7, 14 and 21.

Discounted tickets & drink deals at BTD Theaters: Kokandy Productions, Shattered Globe Theatre, Saint Sebastian Players, and Music Box Theatre.

“We are so lucky to have such an engaged and active community of theater-lovers,” says Maureen Martino, executive director of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. “All of our partners have created such incredible experiences for October to ensure all Chicagoans have access to the arts.”

BTD FACTS AND FIGURES

More information on the Belmont Theater District is included below:

• There are 250-300 theaters & theater companies in Chicago, and more than 50 of them are in the Belmont Theater District.

• The BTD has the largest concentration of improv theaters in the entire country: six within just four blocks.

• 15,000 people per week visit a BTD theater with a whopping 750,000 people through the neighborhood throughout the year.

• The BTD hosts 150 shows per week: 7,500 shows per year.

• The BTD is home to 100+ bars, casual cafes and fine dining restaurants that perfectly complement a day (or night) out at the theater.

For more information on the Belmont Theater District, please visit www.BTDChicago.com or follow along on social media via Twitter @BelmontThtrDist or Belmont Theater District on Facebook.

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ABOUT THE LAKEVIEW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The mission of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce (LCC) is to support the prosperity of the local Chicago business community from Diversey on the south and Irving Park Road on the north to Ravenswood on the west and Racine on the east. It especially strives to promote the retail, professional, educational and economic interests of the area, and works to make Lakeview a neighborhood where people wish to live and linger. The Lakeview Chamber is the Sole Service Provider for Special Service Area 27 (SSA 27). It coordinates the development of the SSA and administers the SSA-funded programs. SSAs are a funding mechanism to raise money for services to a designated mixed-use area through a property tax levy. Follow along on social media with the handle @thisislakeview.

ABOUT THE LAKEVIEW EAST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is a broad community based organization designed to represent and help merchants and other business people in the community. It is a policy of the organization to promote goodwill and a pleasant business environment for merchants, consumers, and area residents. As a not-for-profit organization of merchants and various business people, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce works to foster economic growth and development within its boundaries through the collaborative efforts of its staff, volunteer Board of Directors, and the City of Chicago Department of Community Development.