Chicago: Special Holiday Events and theatre briefs.
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>From: "Friends of the Uptown" Holiday Events and briefs
>Special Holiday Events and briefs
>PICKWICK presents 'Peter Pan'
>Special holiday show and sing-along with Jay Warren
>If you want to taste the flavor of entertainment that built and
>sustained the UPTOWN THEATRE and other movie palaces in their prime,
>come out to the historic PICKWICK THEATRE, 5 S. Prospect Ave.,
>in Park Ridge, Illinois, this Friday, Dec. 10, for a special holiday
>Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the program includes the 1924 silent holiday
>classic "Peter Pan" with live pipe organ photoplay accompaniment by
>Chicago's Jay Warren. Jay will add to the program with a special
>If you haven't seen the Prairie-Art Deco-Cubist-Mayan-Gothic-styled
>PICKWICK and heard its organ in action, then we suggest you treat
>yourselfto this presentation for this holiday season. The PICKWICK is
>sited prominently at the nexus of Touhy Avenue and Northwest Highway
>in the uptown district of Park Ridge.
>Tickets are $9 in advance, $8 for students and seniors (advance), $7
>for children under 12 (advance), and $11 (all tickets) on the day of
>the show. You may charge by phone by calling (773) 205-7372.
>The Silent Film Society of Chicago
>'Peter Pan' via Silent Era
>PICKWICK organ via CATOE
>A more-democratic CONGRESS
>CONGRESS THEATRE and historic Chicago will be celebrated in a "winter
>benefit" event for the local historic preservation advocacy group
>called Preservation Chicago from 6 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec.
>9, at the CONGRESS, 2139 N. Milwaukee Ave.
>A $35 donation gets you music, food, a building tour, and a chance to
>bid on historic artifacts and items of interest. Call (312) 255-0015.
>Designated a city landmark in 2002, the CONGRESS is one of the city's
>top two intact movie palaces in Chicago (the other being the restored
>but closed AVALON/NEW REGAL). Take time to look at its many original
>paints and surface treatments and original bronze and crystal
>The opportunity to see the building during a tailored function is a
>rare treat. The building stays busy with popular music shows and capacity
>CONGRESS THEATRE homepage
>CONGRESS THEATRE via city landmarks
>Preservation Chicago (not updated)
>Schedule posted for CHICAGO tours
>The CHICAGO THEATRE, 175 N. State St., is hosting building tours
>quite frequently. Call (312) 462-6300, or view the Web site for
>details. If you haven't toured it recently, make your plans today!
>Tales of investment woe plague UPTOWN owner Robert Lunn
>Local media noted recently that the UPTOWN THEATRE, 4816 N. Broadway,
>is part of the foreclosed and former real-estate portfolio of
>would-be developer Rudy Mulder. The beneficial interest in the UPTOWN
>and other Chicago foreclosed commercial properties formerly owned by
>Mulder, et al was assumed by Lunn Partners, 1 N. Franklin St., which
>is led and majority owned by local investment adviser Robert Lunn.
>Lunn, according to the Tribune, spent 17 years with Morgan Stanley &
>Co. before working at Lehman Brothers. He also has served on the
>board of The Laboratory Schools at the University of Chicago, the
>For at least two months, Lunn's corporate and private assets have
>reportedly been frozen due to pending litigation against him and his
>companies. This week, Chicago Sun-Times columnist David Roeder
>revealed former Bulls basketball star and former Chicago auto
>dealership owner Scottie Pippen as one of the investors who have
>pursued Robert Lunn for money entrusted to him.
>According to Roeder, Pippen's lawsuit states that out of $17.5
>million he invested, Lunn placed about $7 million with Mulder,
>without disclosing the business relationship or Mulder's foreclosure
>in October 2003. Pippen was awarded an $11.8 million judgment against
>Lunn by a Cook County court, according to reports.
>Where does that leave the historic UPTOWN? In not dissimilar
>circumstancesfrom its recent past. This is its current status, according
>to its neighbors and advocates:
>1. Reportedly for sale for around $2.5 million.
>2. In trouble with the city and Cook County circuit court judge
>Daniel Joseph Lynch (of E-2 nightclub fame) in a four-year-old
>building court case. Robert Lunn and previous owners Cercore
>Properties have repeatedly ignored court deadlines and orders for
>exterior inspections and repairs. This has resulted in continuing
>daily fines but no subpoenas or jail time for Lunn, Mulder or the
>other former alleged owner-partner John Terzakis.
>3. Without significant court advocacy as both the National Trust for
>Historic Preservation and Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
>have been asked to attend the hearings and enter an appearance.
>Both organizations have declined to become active advocates this year.
>4. Vacant, boarded-up and secure, with no active marketing, prospect
>or plan for its renovation and reuse. Tax increment financing and
>historic preservation incentives for development would be available
>to a project that is favorable to officials.
>5. In view of Lunn's problems, there has been talk of the court
>appointing a receiver to manage, market and sell the property. It is
>hoped that the court may seize some of Lunn's remaining assets in
>order to begin the court-ordered exterior inspections and repairs.
>Chicago Tribune story, Nov. 24, 2004
>Chicago Sun-Times, Dave Roeder, Dec. 1, 2004 column
>Lunn Partners LLC (defunct Web site)
>National Trust for Historic Preservation
>Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois
>Three cheers for the RIVIERA and ARAGON!
>In contrast to the inactivity of owners evidenced by the shuttered
>UPTOWN, one only has to look south and east at Broadway and Lawrence
>to see the regional demand for popular entertainment presented in
>This fall has been a busy time for both houses, with many premium-
>priced, capacity shows. Several hard-to-get ticket events have been
>happening at both venues, including a "Rock the Vote" event at the
>RIVIERA and the Pixies band reunion at the ARAGON.
>If you haven't patronized the RIVIERA or ARAGON lately, take a look
>at their calendars and go! You'll be surprised by the quality of
>their original design and construction AND by the TLC that their
>current owners, operators and managers provide to keep the venues
>viable and popular.
>For now, the only way the UPTOWN's marquee gets lit is from the glow
>of the RIVIERA and ARAGON marquees and the beaming smiles of their
>patrons who happen to walk by.
>ARAGON BALLROOM via Jazz Age Chicago
>Fun new UPTOWN photo posted online!
>Volunteer Kanae Hirabayashi has provided us with a wonderful new photo
>that we have used for a signature image on our YahooGroups homepage.
>Check it out! Only the falcons and the pigeons have a better view ...