Everything you need to know for the 1st anniversary Frunchroom show

Is it that spring has finally arrived? Is it our lineup of talented readers? Perhaps it’s because it’s our first anniversary show? Whatever the reason there’s a hum in the air about tonight’s Frunchroom.

Fuchroom_vol5Here’s everything you need to know. Even if you’ve been to The Frunchroom before, read on for updated info on where to park and where to eat.

Who are the readers?

Tim Baffoe
Sports columnist, high school teacher, pizza driver, Ginger

Elaine Hegwood Bowen

Bill Savage
Editor, writer, Northwestern professor

Angel Simmons
Author, speaker, ccolumnist, co-host of Do Not Submit – Englewood

Carrie Williams
Editor, Tribune Content Agency; Writer, Daily Southtown

What’s the time? 730pm

Where’s the place? O’Rourke’s Office (11064 S. Western Ave.)

Is it free? It is! But if you want to bring a few dollars to donate to the Beverly Area Arts Alliance (see why below) then everyone will think you’re smart and good-looking and generous.

Are there seats? Yes, but it’s limited. So get there early. Otherwise, wear shoes for standing.

Where do I park? Very important update: DO NOT park in the Leona’s lots. You can either use the lot at the muffler shop just north of O’Rourke’s or the lot just west of Waldo Cooney’s on 111th. Or there’s usually street parking available on Western or 111th.

How do I get there via transit? Take Metra’s Rock Island line to 111th St. Walk west toward Longwood then up the hill and keep going until you hit Western Avenue. Make a right and you’re there.

Where can I eat? Get to O’Rourke’s early and order in from Waldo Cooney’s or Barracco’s on 111th and you can get a 20% discount, plus they deliver right to the bar. Manzo’s Burgers is also nearby. If you don’t mind a walk there’s Home Run Inn Pizza up the street or Horse Thief Hollow for an after-show meal.

What are the stories like? Some are sincere, some are tongue-in-cheek. One may be a call-to-action, another might make you think. One might be historical, one might make you remember a place you haven’t been since childhood. Basically, like having a conversation with someone you haven’t seen in a while. You can listen to stories from our first event here.

Who’s helping you with this? I’m producing this in partnership with The Beverly Area Arts Alliance (or The Alliance, for short). They’re a great non-profit and you should check out some of their other upcoming events including tomorrow’s Earth Day celebration at Horse Thief Hollow: enjoy live music from 6-8pm. Anyone who rides a bike to HTH and posts a photo of it in front of the restaurant to the HTH Facebook page will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Plus, the next Beverly Art Walk will be October 1st so save that date!

A big thanks to Monica Wilczak, Sal Campbell, David Barsotti, Chris Wilczak and Lizzy Benner who’ve given this event material, financial and moral support. And a huge thanks to O’Rourke’s Office for hosting us. (Thank them by purchasing beverages and tipping profusely.)

And, of course, huge thanks to all our readers and, in advance, to you for coming.

About Scott Smith

Chicagoan, husband, father, writer.
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