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Archive for December 26th, 2013

Candlelight vigil in memory of Astor House tenant Charles Roth, who died after being evicted

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(From Cuafe Chi)

Letters to Editors

CHICAGO, IL – On Dec. 13, 2013, BJB Properties evicted four families from the Astor House building at 1246 W. Pratt. Disabled tenant Charles Roth – who had previously been living at home – was taken to Cook County Hospital after the eviction because there was nowhere else for him to go. By the following day, he was on life support, and by Dec. 18, Roth had passed away.

The fallen tenant will be a remembered in a community vigil Friday, December 27 outside 1246 W. Pratt, at 6:30 p.m.

Roth was evicted despite a pending court case that could have otherwise given him additional time in the building. Community members and former tenants are saddened and outraged by what has happened.

“What BJB did to people is wrong. They are evicting elderly people, people with disabilities, and single parents, and putting them on the street,” says former tenant Arbie Bowman.

Adds Marc Kaplan, a member of Northside Action for Justice: “In this holiday season, when many people celebrate a baby who was born homeless, we need to say enough is enough. Every person is a human, has value, and is worth standing up with and fighting for.”

For more information, contact:

Melvin Jennings, 312-256-6772

Arbie Bowman, 773-920-0456

Don’t wait too long to return that gift, warns the Better Business Bureau

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Chicago, ILDecember 26th brings another rush to the stores – the return of unwanted Christmas gifts – but consumers need to be aware the return policies for some retailers have changed and may not necessarily be to the benefit of the consumer.

A number of big named retailers have shortened the amount of time they give for returns and have made specific changes to their policies that effect different types of merchandise. Impacted most will be returns of electronics and appliances. The number of days allowed for these returns have been shortened considerably compared to previous years.

“Many retailers can change policies to place restrictions on returning items this year” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Where consumers have been used to having as many as 45 days to return their unwanted gifts in some case that has been reduced to 30 days but can be as few as nine days”

These changes mean that consumers must take extra care in understanding the return policies of the stores where they shop and should not rely only on what they may be told by a sales clerk. They should look for and read the stores written policy, which by law must be displayed.

Bernas added “Shoppers need to keep in mind that returns are a customer service and are not required by law unless the merchandise is defective.”

For the giver and receiver alike if you must return an item be prepared:

  • Know the stores return policy – Ask what specific return policy applies to the item you are purchasing. Do not assume the regular return policy applies to sales or clearance items. Some merchants consider sales items to be final.
  • Save your receipts – They are usually needed for returns and ask for a gift receipt.
  • Keep the original packaging – Don’t remove electronics or similar products from their boxes before wrapping as the original packaging may be required for a return.
  • Know the online return policy – If you are shopping online, read the posted return policy before buying. If returns are permitted, be sure to print a copy of what procedures and time frame need to be followed, along with complete contact information for the business from which you are ordering.
  • Returns are a courtesy – If you are the gift-recipient, do not assume you have the right to return or exchange an unwanted present. Like the shopper, you are bound by the merchant’s return policy.
  • Understand unusual policies – As an example, health regulations, which can prohibit the return of certain items like hats and intimate apparel.

Consumers, should be aware that retailers are reacting to yearly losses in the billions of dollars that are due to return fraud and that some have taken the additional step of using a computer database to track customer returns and catch fraudulent or excessive returns.

Those retailers that use “The Return Exchange” to monitor returns will ask customers for a driver’s license or some other government issued identification when he or she returns an item.

For additional information on Christmas returns go to www.bbb.org.

For more consumer tips, visit www.bbb.org

Janet Ulrich Brooks and Elizabeth Ledo star in TimeLine Theatre Company’s The How And The Why By Sarah Treem, January 28 – April 6, 2014

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Chicago, IL — TimeLine Theatre Company continues its 2013-14 season with The How and the Why, a smart and provocative new play about science, family and survival of the fittest by Sarah Treem, the acclaimed writer/producer for Netflix’s House of Cards and HBO’s In Treatment. The How and the Why will run at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Avenue in Chicago, February 6 – April 6, 2014 (previews January 28 – February 5).

Keira Fromm will direct The How and The Why, and TimeLine Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks and Elizabeth Ledo form the formidable two-person cast for Treem’s powerful new play about evolution and ambition. Brooks is a five-time Jeff Award nominee for performances at TimeLine and a recipient of the Jeff Award for Solo Performance for her turn as Golda Meier in Golda’s Balcony at Pegasus Players. She most recently was Jeff-nominated for TimeLine’s 2012 hit play 33 Variations. Ledo just received the Equity Jeff Award for Supporting Actress for Tartuffe at Court Theatre, and is a two-time Jeff nominee for supporting roles in The Homosexuals at About Face Theatre (where she is an Artistic Associate) and Uncle Vanya at Court.

In The How and the Why, two women meet for the first time on the eve of a national conference. Both are brilliant evolutionary biologists who share a zeal for science and a bold, contrarian approach to their male-dominated field—even as the graduate student challenges the established scientist with a radical new theory that may change the way people regard sex. As mysteries unfold about their relationship, the two spar over differing views on evolution, feminism and generational divides in modern America.

The New York Times called The How and the Why “a smart, densely textured work about men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny,” and The Washington Post raved that the play “brims with ideas and emotional colors that eddy and refract like rivulets in a lively, plunging stream.”

“There are not a lot of stories about women—professional, historical, relational and physical—like The How and the Why,” adds director Keira Fromm. “It has been called a deeply feminist play, but I see it more as a humanist story told from a female perspective. Women buy the most theater tickets, yet they see themselves the least on stage. Sarah’s play is a refreshing change, a smart new look at the idea of work/life balance as a myth, and a timely reminder of how critical it is for women to be strong advocates for one another.”

Only TimeLine FlexPass Subscribers enjoy priority access to tickets to The How and the Why. FlexPass subscriptions for TimeLine’s 2013-14 season are still on sale, priced from $70 to $198. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.


PREVIEWS: Tuesday, January 28 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, January 29 at 8 p.m.; Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, February 5 at 8 p.m.

OPENINGS: Press Opening Night on Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m.

REGULAR RUN: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (except 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday 3/5), Fridays at 8 p.m. (except no performance on 3/14), Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. (also 6 p.m. on 3/16), through April 6.


  • Post-Show Discussions with the dramaturg and members of the cast on Wednesday, February 12; Sunday, February 23; Thursday, March 6; and Wednesday, March 26.
  • Sunday Scholars Panel Discussion, a one-hour post-show discussion with experts on the themes and issues of the play, on Sunday, February 16.
  • Book Club Discussion, a one-hour pre-show discussion focusing on a book or article related to the themes and issues of the play, on Thursday, February 20.
  • Pre-Show Discussion with members of the production team on Sunday, March 23.
  • Company Member Discussion, a post-show discussion with the collaborative team of artists who choose TimeLine’s programming and guide the company’s mission, on Sunday, March 30.

All discussions are free and open to the public. For further details about all planned discussions, visit timelinetheatre.com/how_and_why/events.htm.


Tickets are $35 (Wednesday through Friday), $45 (Saturday) and $48 (Sunday). Preview tickets are $22. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. For more information, visit timelinetheatre.com.


The How and the Why will take place at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. TimeLine Theatre is located near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The location is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. The LAZ Parking Lot at 3012 N. Broadway is the closest parking and costs $6 for 1-5 hours. TimeLine also offers discounted parking at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center ($8 with validation; 2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall ($9 with validation; 2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking.


TimeLine Theatre is now accessible to people with disabilities with the addition in November 2013 of two wheelchair lifts that provide access from street level to the theatre space and to lower-level restrooms. Audience members using wheelchairs or others with special seating needs should contact the TimeLine Theatre Box Office in advance to confirm arrangements.

Ponderings on Shattered Innocence: Compelling New Book of Poetry Proves Faith’s Power over Heartbreak

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Written by Rami Khalil Nazzal, the raw and heartfelt poetry in ‘Ponderings on Shattered Innocence’ was inspired by the author’s estrangement from his wife, children and the life-changing loneliness that ensued. Above all, Nazzal’s bold words prove that faith and hope will always prevail over adversity. With such pertinence to the lives of many, the book’s poetry is resonating with readers around the world.

Toronto, Ontario – Rami Khalil Nazzal has lived a tumultuous life. Born in Saudi Arabia, educated in the United States and with numerous jobs spanning two continents, some would say he has broad horizons that could be the envy of many. However, Nazzal’s life hasn’t been without its tribulations. Left with an estranged wife and three children in 2005, he did what few do during the ensuing period of divorce counselling – he decided to become a poet.

Fusing his own life experiences with the unwavering power of faith, Nazzal’s latest book was written to provide light and hope to others facing their own dark times. ‘Ponderings On Shattered Innocence: Poems Of Heartbreak, Faith And Hope’ is proof that life’s creator is one force that can never be lost.


The book came from thoughts and inspirations that occurred to me when I returned to Canada after separating from my wife and three beloved children. I believe the poems show a progression from utter sadness and despair to acceptance, patience, and hope.

Underpinning all the poetry is an unwavering faith in the Almighty Creator, whose designs and miracles cannot always be fully understood. I tried to write, too, about the beauty of nature and humanity and, ultimately, about forgiveness.

It is sincerely hoped the reader will derive some inspiration or hope through their own paths.

As the author explains, his current outlook on life is the result of much strife and numerous challenges.

“Things got tough when I moved to the USA at the age of fifteen to attend boarding school. I endured three years of harrowing bullying – a time during which I chose to suffer in silence. My adult life has also seen many trying times – from my failed marriage to a Singaporean-Indian lady to a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, children with birth defects and having to put up with two bosses who worked me harder than I could physically handle and then didn’t pay me – life hasn’t been easy. However, one thing was never shaken – my commitment to my faith,” says Nazzal. “Of course, the worst pain I have suffered has come recently – during the separation from my three beautiful children.”

Continuing, “I’m now passing my experiences and lessons onto others through poetry – which has opened up an entirely new life for me. I’ve had great feedback from friends, family, students and even former bullies! I tackle many themes including loneliness, coping with illness and of course managing life’s love. Even though I haven’t seen my kids in years, my love for them is as strong as ever and this creeps into every word I write. Therefore, love plays a huge part in the messages I share. It’s a very powerful mix of life facets that will enlighten any reader and assist them on their own journey.”

With the book’s demand increasing, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.

‘Ponderings On Shattered Innocence: Poems Of Heartbreak, Faith And Hope’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1b6dxIh.

About the Author:

Adam Rami Nazzal is of Middle Eastern origin. He was born and raised in Saudi Arabia and was educated in the USA. He became Canadian in 1987 and pursued degrees in math, business, and education. He worked in Asia from 1993 to 2011, where he married and had three children. He travelled and taught extensively. He is a pious Muslim and loves and respects people of every race, color, and creed. Currently, he is teaching in Canada.

IDOT, Illinois Police Ring in Holidays with Reminder to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

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Federal Safety Data Shows Increase in Illinois Drunk Driving Fatalities During 2012

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police and hundreds of local police and sheriff’s departments  announced the kick-off of an all-out effort to take drunk drivers off Illinois roads this holiday season. The end-of-year campaign comes on the heels of data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing an increase in Illinois’ drunk driving fatalities during 2012.

“Drunk driving fatalities have dropped overall during recent years in Illinois, but this data shows that drunk driving remains a grave threat,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “The senseless loss of life brought by people who drive after drinking is unacceptable. This holiday season, we want all drivers to take heed and remember that if you drink and drive, you risk arrest and, at a minimum, the loss of your license.”

The 2013 holiday safety campaign features the familiar “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” messages and has at its center stepped up DUI and seat belt law enforcement patrols focusing on the most deadly nighttime hours. Illinois motorists will see this life-saving effort in their communities and around the state from now through the first weekend of 2014. Law enforcement will conduct hundreds of roadside safety checks, safety belt enforcement zones and enforcement patrols looking for drunk drivers and seat belt law violators.

“Every motorist should think twice and consider the consequences before drinking and driving this holiday season,” said Illinois State Police Lieutenant Colonel Terry Lemming. “Law enforcement across Illinois and beyond will be saturating the roadways and interstates pushing for zero fatalities and urge drivers to take responsibility before getting behind the wheel.”

To date in 2013, overall Illinois fatalities have been about 2.5 percent higher than during the same period in 2012. The holiday safety campaign seeks to keep fatalities as low as possible through what can be a very dangerous time on Illinois roads. As of Dec. 17, provisional numbers show Illinois motor vehicle fatalities at 950 for 2013 to date, 20 more than the same period last year.

Recent data for 2012 released by NHTSA showed that Illinois drunk driving fatalities increased rather significantly from 2011 to 2012. NHTSA estimates show 2012 Illinois drunk driving fatalities (motor vehicle deaths involving at least one driver with a BAC of 0.08 or higher) totaled 321, compared to 278 in 2011, reflecting a 15.5 percent increase. Nationally, drunk driving fatalities increased 4.6 percent with 2011 fatalities totaling 9,865 and 2012 fatalities of 10,322.

Despite the increase in 2012, Illinois drunk driving fatalities have declined significantly since 2007, with federal data showing a drop from 439 Illinois drunk driving fatalities in 2007 to 321 in 2012, a 29.1 percent reduction overall, despite the one-year uptick in 2012.

IDOT data shows 10 people died in 10 fatal crashes last year during the Christmas holiday period on Illinois roads (including crashes that occurred from 6 pm December 21 to midnight December 25). Of the 10 individuals killed last year, two lost their lives in crashes involving a driver who had been drinking.

“We want everyone to enjoy their holidays, but we also want our roadways to be safe. So remember this holiday season, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket,” Schneider said.

The Illinois Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, and Click It or Ticket programs are funded with federal safety funds provided through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The programs are administered by IDOT and supported by the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement across the state. For more information about these and other traffic safety programs, go to www.trafficsafety.illinois.gov.

Illinois Department of Insurance Undergoes Review for Accreditation and Receives Recognition

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The National Association of Insurance Commissioners recognized the state’s accreditation team during its December Meeting

CHICAGO, IL –Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron announced the department has received accreditation by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). A state insurance department is given accreditation once it has demonstrated it meets an assortment of legal, financial and organizational standards as determined by a committee of its peers.

“Illinois was first accredited in 1991and this year marks the fifth accreditation review the department has undergone. Every person on the accreditation team should be very proud of this achievement. I applaud their hard work in the field and encourage everyone to keep up the good work,” said Director Boron.

Accredited insurance departments are required to undergo a comprehensive review by an independent regulatory team every five years to review laws and regulations, the financial analysis and financial examinations functions, organizational and personnel practices, and organization, licensing and change of control of domestic insurers to assist in determining a state’s compliance with the accreditation standards.

DOI’s accreditation staff was recognized earlier this month at the NAIC’s meeting held in Washington, DC.

The NAIC Accreditation Program requires that state insurance departments have adequate statutory and administrative authority to regulate an insurer’s corporate and financial affairs, and that they have the necessary resources to carry out that authority.

The Department’s mission is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry’s market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace. The Department assists consumers with all insurance complaints, including health, auto, life, and homeowner. For more information, visit the Department’s web site at insurance.illinois.gov or call our toll-free hotline at (866) 445-5364.

IDNR Reminds Snowmobile Operators to Play it Safe This Winter

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Practicing safety and using common sense prevents accidents

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobile operators and riders to take extra caution this year when snow falls in Illinois. Every year throughout the state, people are seriously injured or lose their lives on snowmobiles. Many of these accidents could have been prevented had reasonable and proper precautions been taken.

In most instances, being alert and sober, knowing the trail, and traveling at a reasonable rate of speed for trail conditions can prevent most accidents. In North America, more than 50 percent of snowmobile fatalities involve intoxicated operators.

Last season (2012-2013) in Illinois, 34 reported snowmobile accidents resulted in three fatalities.

“Most snowmobile accidents or fatalities we see could have been prevented had common sense and safety been practiced before and during the ride,” said Illinois Conservation Police Chief Rafael Gutierrez. “It doesn’t matter what your intentions are before you set out to ride – if you aren’t prepared, accidents are more likely to happen.”

While IDNR encourages everyone to take a snowmobile safety class before their first ride of the season, state law requires that persons at least 12 years of age and less than 16 years must have in possession a valid Snowmobile Safety Education Certificate of Competency issued by IDNR in order to operate a snowmobile alone.

While most of the traditional instructor-led safety courses administered by the IDNR have taken place this year, snowmobilers can also satisfy state safety requirements by taking one of two online courses to become familiar with safe sledding practices or to refresh themselves on staying safe. Individuals can earn legal safety certification through either www.snowmobilecourse.com or www.snowmobile-ed.com. Both courses are administered by private companies, and do charge a fee to take the course.


Basic safety tips for safe snowmobiling:

Never consume alcohol before or during a ride

Know your equipment, and make sure that equipment is in proper working order.

Wear sensible, protective clothing designed for snowmobiling, like a full-size helmet, goggles, or face shield to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips, and flying debris.

Avoid wearing long scarves, which may get caught in moving parts of the snowmobile.

Know the terrain you are going to ride. If unfamiliar to you, ask someone who has traveled over it before. Be aware of trails or portions of trails that may be closed.

Drowning is one cause of snowmobile fatalities. When not familiar with the thickness of the ice or water currents, avoid these areas.

Know the weather forecast, and especially the ice and snow conditions in the area.

Always use the buddy system. Never ride alone or unaccompanied.

Travel at a reasonable rate of speed for your visibility and conditions.

Snowmobile accidents/fatalities by year

Season Reported Accidents Fatalities

2007-2008 66 accidents reported   7 fatal

2008-2009 39 accidents reported 3 fatal

2009-2010 37 accidents reported 1 fatal

2010-2011 47 accidents reported 1 fatal

2011-2012 13 accidents reported 3 fatal

2012-2013 34 accidents reported 3 fatal

*Reminder to riders and hikers: A minimum of 4 inches of snow cover must be present for snowmobile use on state-managed property. Please call ahead to site offices to get the latest snow conditions and trail closures at individual sites. Ignoring these closures can result in a minimum $120 fine and possible arrest. For a list of site offices please visit the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/

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Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents Winter Tap Jamboree January 24-26 at the American Rhythm Center

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CHICAGO, IL – The  Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) welcomes students and performers to its annual Winter Tap JAMboree January 24-26, featuring master classes, Tap Scholarship Auditions, a panel discussion and a Tap JAM at the American Rhythm Center, Chicago’s collaborative arts space in the historic Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 300, Chicago.

Winter Tap JAMboree faculty and class schedule

Among those teaching classes are Ayodele Casel and  Sarah Savelli, who will appear that same weekend in Savion Glover’s STePz at the Harris Theater. Also on the faculty are some of Chicago’s finest, including CHRP Founder/Director  Lane Alexander, Starinah Dixon, Bril Barrett, Nico Rubio and more. Classes for teens and adults take place Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Faculty members will participate in a panel discussion on a topic to be determined Sunday, January 26 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

Tap Scholarship Auditions

CHRP is offering up to $10,000 in tuition awards to dancers between the ages of 12 and 18 who compete in its annual Tap Scholarship Auditions Saturday, January 25 at 7 p.m. at the American Rhythm Center. These scholarships make it possible for deserving young tap dancers to attend CHRP’s annual Rhythm World, the preeminent festival of American tap, taking place July 7-August 3, 2014, with a faculty of more than 25 master teachers/performers from around the globe. Participants must register for at least one Tap JAMboree class

Master classes are $20 per class plus a $15 registration fee. Tap Scholarship Audition registration is $15. To register, visit chicagotap.org. The Tap JAM, which takes place Sunday, January 26, 4-5 p.m. at the American Rhythm Center, is open to the public for a suggested donation of $5 at the door.


CHRP is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Target, The Boeing Company, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, Live Marketing, The James S. Kemper Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Arts Midwest, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, L&L Hardwood Flooring, So Danca, People’s Gas, The Service Club of Chicago, The Walmart Foundation and generous individual donors.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project

Founded in 1990,  Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) builds community by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education and community outreach programs. During the last 22 years, CHRP has produced multiple community-based collaborations involving shared revenue programs, concerts and touring opportunities, including:

  • annual National Tap Dance Day concerts, featuring an array of tap and percussive dance artists
  • a shared revenue program designed to assist Chicago’s budding tap community to build capacity through audience development, created in 2001
  • Thanks 4 Giving, another innovative shared revenue program launched in 2005 as part of its annual Global Rhythms concerts at the Harris Theater, through which CHRP has partnered with more than 100 Chicago-based nonprofits to raise funds for a wide variety of service agencies
  • participation in the 5th Anniversary Beijing International Dance Festival, assembling 70 artists to represent the United States
  • establishment of the American Rhythm Center (ARC), providing a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations in the historic Fine Arts Building
  • curating the first ever, full-length performance of concert tap dance on a main stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2012

CHRP’s vision is to establish the first global center for American tap and percussive arts, creating a complete ecosystem of education, performance, creation and community in a state-of-the-art facility uniting generations of diverse artists and the public.

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