The Make-A-Wish Foundation Illinois Chapter’s signature fundraiser, the annual black-tie Wish Ball, will take place on Saturday, May 18th at 6pm at the UIC Forum! This will be an evening to remember, featuring live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing, raffles and much more!
The emcees of the night will be Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini, hosts of Windy City LIVE! If that weren’t enough, actor and comedian Martin Short joins us for a special performance that is sure to be a crowd pleaser! This is an event you don’t want to miss!
Tickets are $500/person, $5000/table and $10,000/premium table. Reserve your tickets now at http://www.events.org/wishball2013.
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. This year, Make-A-Wish Illinois will provide life-changing wish experiences to more than 700 children.
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TV and Movie Season kicks up every summer…and this year we have The Mob Doctor, Chicago Fire and more filming right here in our great city, and they all start with the same thing, a casting call, so here’s one for you!
Think you’ve got the perfect Mob Face for TV? Come check out Simon Casting’s Open Call on Tuesday July 10th @ Rockit Bar & Grill, from 5-8pm. If you are an ITALIAN or IRISH MALE between the ages 30-70…then we want to meet you!
Claire Simon Casting is looking for GREAT FACES to play Mobsters in a New Fox TV Series that will be shooting in Chicago this Fall! This could be your big break…just ask A Chicago Thing’s very own Billy Dec…who we have cast in several television and film projects that have shot here in town!
Please bring a photo of yourself that will not be returned.
See you there, Shelby Cherniet, CSA
Big congrats to my good buddy, and Chicago native, Joe Mantegna who will be forever immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Friday April 29th! I’ve not only had the pleasure of interviewing Joe about his deep love for Chicago in this Olympic video above, but through dinner with him & his wife, visits to his set, time with his fam, phone calls, tweets (haha)… I have not only come to understand that he is an outstanding actor, producer, and writer… But I have found him to be one of the most interesting, honorable, sweet, smart, passionate, cool… human beings I’ve ever met.. And I mean that.
Newer fans may know Joe Mantegna from starring in the hit TV show Criminal Minds, but Joe has had roles in over 100 films and tv shows in his 40 years of show business, notably Godfather III, The Rat Pack, the voice of Fat Tony in the Simpsons, Three Amigos, Up Close & Personal, and Forget Paris. Mantegna received Emmy Award nominations in The Last Don, The Rat Pack, and The Starter Wife.
My fav stories are when Joe tells me about his theater background. He made his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz’s Working. He was awarded a Tony and Joseph Jefferson for his performance as a cynical real-estate agent in David Mamet’s (who will be doing Joe’s induction during the ceremony) play Glengarry Glen Ross. He went on to star in many more productions including A Life in the Theater, The Disappearance of the Jews, and Speed the Plow. Mantegna also co-wrote the Emmy Award Winning Bleacher Bums, which was inspired from his countless days spent at Wrigley Field watching the Cubs play which was then turned into a made-for-TV- movie in 2002. Joe , you are truly a Chicago Thing… And we appreciate you!!!!!!!!!