At Chicago Live!, we like to wrap up each of our six-week runs with a themed season finale.
Being a Chicago-centric show, the choices have been easy so far: all-food, all-St. Patrick's Day and all-blues shows have ended previous seasons.
To cap our Summer Season on Thursday, Chicago Live! is celebrating the city's love of sports.
Or, perhaps better put, Chicago's love-hate relationship with sports. It's certainly complicated.
The one sure thing? Chicago loves to talk about sports.
So to keep the conversation going, we've assembled an all-star lineup of Chicago's most fascinating sports figures on this week's Chicago Live! stage.
We'll be joined by Bears tight end Desmond Clark, fresh from Monday's loss to the Giants.
John McDonough, president and CEO of the Blackhawks, knows victory (Stanley Cup!) and defeat (as a former Cubs exec, he may have some interesting words about the recent management changes at Wrigley Field).
Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald will talk Big Ten football and we'll see what former White Sox favorite Ron Kittle has to say about the South Siders' chances as the team travels west.
We'll also have a slice of Chicago sports history you may not know.
In 1937, long before the civil rights movement took hold, a group of African-American women started a golf club at what is now the South Shore Cultural Center.
The group -- the first of its kind in the U.S. -- gave these athletic women a chance to network and have fun in an environment where they were typically excluded.
They're beginning a celebration of their 75th anniversary, and you'll meet a couple of the club's leaders on our stage.
We're excited to have Tribune sports writers David Haugh and Teddy Greenstein sharing the onstage interview duties with host Rick Kogan. And as always, The Second City will weigh in on the week's happenings with its satirical News Desk.
Some tickets are still available, so stop in and see a sports show unlike any you've seen before.
6:30 p.m., Chicago Theatre Downstairs, 175 N. State St.
Trib Nation fans can use the discount code "LIVE" for half-price tickets, which can be bought in person at the box office or online through www.chicagolive.com.
-- Lara Weber
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