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Edgewater Theatre Awarded $150K Becoming Third Local Company Recognized By Rick Bayless

It was announced this week that Jackalope Theatre will be one of two recipients of the largest funding to date to a single theater from the Bayless Family Foundation. Since his initial commitment to help fund the arts in 2017, celebrity chef and Frontera Grill owner Rick Bayless and his wife Deann have awarded over $500K to local theaters in the Chicago area.

Edgewater’s Jackalope Theatre (5917 N Broadway) along with Lifeline Theatre Company in Rogers Park (6912 N. Glenwood) will each receive a $150K “Stepping Stone” grant tat will be distributed over three years. Both theaters applied for the grant expressing the need to strengthen their administrative staff. To date, almost 30 theater companies have been recipients from the foundation.

“We are extremely thankful and humbled to receive this grant from Chef Rick Bayless and The Bayless Family Foundation,” the Jackalope Theatre said on their social media. “This very special honor will help us survive and thrive in the greatest theatre city on earth!”

Jackalope is not the first Edgewater company to be recognized by the Bayless Family Foundation. Raven Theatre was one of 17 companies throughout Chicagoland to each receive a $10,000 grant back in 2018. This past February, Steep Theatre (1115 W Berwyn) along with Albany Park Theater Project and Porchlight Music Theatre were awarded grants totaling $150K that was distributed among the three.

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