Whether you’re a longtime fan or attending for the first time, we think there will be something for you at The Frunchroom.
South Side Weekly named us one of the Best of the South Side and with our eighth edition, we think we’ll live up to that reputation.
Here’s everything you need to know. Even if you’ve been to The Frunchroom before, there’s new info here for you like the artists whose work you’ll see and details on our craft cocktails.
Blogger, poet, mystery writer, essayist, wife and nerd
WGN Morning News anchor and lifetime South Sider
Blogger, tech consultant, softball player and father to many
Eric Charles May
Writer, professor, Sox fan, native South Sider
Jamie Nesbitt Golden
Journalist, mom, coffee-drinker, Buffy-expert
What’s the time? 730pm. But show up by 7-715pm to guarantee yourself a seat, chat with friends, get a drink from the bar and settle in. Even in our bigger location, we always pack the room and standing room only is a possibility.
Where’s the place? Beverly Woods Restaurant (11532 S. Western Ave.) in the Caravan Room.
What’s the cost? We ask for a $5 donation at the door to support the work of the non-profit Beverly Area Arts Alliance, which co-produces the show, sets up the room and coordinates the beautiful art you’ll see in our space.
Wait, there’s art? Yes, we will have gorgeous visual art from G.L. Smothers and Katherine Kampf (that’s her work at right) on display. Another great reason to come early.
Where do I park? Beverly Woods has ample parking. Park in the north lot and you’ll be closest to the entrance for the show.
How do I get there via transit? We’re a more car-friendly destination than a transit-friendly one. It’s a 15-20 walk from Metra’s 1115th St. stop on the Rock Island Line.* Or you can take the Western Avenue CTA bus (note to North Siders: this is a reaaaaally long ride) or the Pace 349.
Where can I eat? Get there early and you can eat in Beverly Woods’s restaurant area (try their famous rolls). Snapper’s is right next door for some fast-food fish and Lumes Pancake House is across the street. For more nearby restaurants, there’s this list from Yelp.
You mentioned drinks? Beer, wine and liquor will be available at the cash bar.
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. This review from South Side Weekly really captures what we’re about.
Who’s helping you with this? I’m producing this in partnership with The Beverly Area Arts Alliance (or The Alliance, for short).
A big thanks to Monica Wilczak, Sal Campbell, David Barsotti, Jane Zia, Chris Wilczak and Lizzy Benner who’ve given this event material, financial and moral support. And a huge thanks to the McGann family and Beverly Woods for hosting us. (You can thank them by purchasing beverages and tipping profusely.)
And, of course, huge thanks to all our readers and, in advance, to you for coming.
* Take Metra’s Rock Island line to 115th St. Walk west on 115th St. then make a left on Longwood to 116th St. and make a right. Walk toward Bell Ave. and make a left until you get to 116th Pl. then make a right. Walk to Western Ave. and make a right. Cross Western at 116th St. You’ll see Beverly Woods on your left. This is kinda confusing so Google Maps will be your friend.
Who doesn’t love young writers? The Illinois Writing Project is hosting a Writing Palooza on April 29, 2017. We bring together schools from the Chicagoland area along with their families and famous community writers. Your name was suggested by Marianne Flanagan, one of our IWP folks.
Would love to talk to you about the possibilities. Adrianna Gibbs was our keynote last year.
Hi, Pat. Please send me an email: ourmaninchicago at gmail.com
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