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New Edge Theatre Set To Open In 2015 With Alderman’s High Hopes

Ald. Osterman Shows His Flex Pass

Ald. Osterman Shows His Flex Pass

In an email sent out last Tuesday, Alderman Harry Osterman expressed his dedication to the arts community in our neighborhood. He has stated regularly of his plan to incorporate arts into our neighborhood and attract art-related businesses and events to Edgewater.

Ald. Osterman stated,  “The Arts community in the 48th Ward continues to grow and thrive. As Alderman, it has been a priority of mine to invest in and support our existing theaters as well as attract new companies that are a good fit for the community.”

Among many items addressed in the email such as the Flex Theatre Pass, About Face Theatre’s Arrival, and the Pivot Arts Festival;  he announced the future home of the new Edge Theatre. The building located at 5451 N. Broadway was is in need of dire repair. The space also needed to be green-lighted by the Illinois EPA because of previous hazardous materials used at the site. Yet the potential is significant because of the high ceilings and the 7,500 square foot space.

Li'l Buds Theatre Performs

Li’l Buds Theatre Performs

The theatre will be future home to Li’l Buds Theatre whose commitment is to be ‘dedicated to enriching the lives of children of all backgrounds through theatre and the performing arts’. The building was purchased by Ann Phillips (a Li’l Buds Theatre board member) and her husband. When it is completed in Fall of 2015, the space will have 100 seats and a multi purpose room which can be used for anything from a rehearsal space to class workshop area. They also plan to rent out the space to other groups in need of this type of venue.

The theatre is yet another development along Edgewater’s N. Broadway corridor, as the street sees a terrific revival. Sara Dinges, Economic Development and Communications point person for the Alderman, says their commitment for the arts is strong, “The alderman has not only been focused on the development of  N. Broadway, but has also has been committed to local arts. This is a win win for the development of N. Broadway.”


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