When we announced the guest lineup of our first Chicago Live! show of the new season, we sold out of tickets within a couple of days.
Who knew that Tribune editor Gerould Kern, joining our stage to talk about the paper’s recent redesign, would draw such a crowd?
Word that Billy Corgan would be on the show probably didn’t hurt either, as news spread like wildfire across The Smashing Pumpkins front man’s fan websites.
If you are not one of the 200-some lucky ticket holders to tonight’s show, you can still catch all of Chicago Live! when it is broadcast at 11 p.m. Saturday night on WGN Radio.
This Summer Season of shows, Thursdays through Aug. 25 at the Chicago Theatre Downstairs, marks our fourth run and a continuation of our partnership with The Second City, the crew from North and Wells who help us keep our stage running smoothly and inject their signature brand of comedy into each show.
Since our first season last fall, we’ve featured more than 120 guests, representing the same variety of voices and stories – from the worlds of politics, sports, business and arts – found every day in the Chicago Tribune. Gerry will talk more about that and other innovative ways we’re sharing our reporting and storytelling during his conversation on stage with our host, Rick Kogan.
And then, as we do on every show, we’ll mix it up with guests from other sectors of the city. Logan Pause, captain of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire, will talk with the Tribune’s David Haugh about his team’s friendly match Saturday with Manchester United. And another segment will introduce you to the folks behind the Bughouse Square Debates, an annual event the Newberry Library hosts to maintain the tradition of public debate and free speech. Hecklers welcome.
-- Lara Weber, executive producer, Chicago Live!
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