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University Of Chicago Artists-In-Residence Announced

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Existing conditions at Garfield and Prairie, where the Washington Park Arts Incubator will open in early 2013.

Last week, the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life initiative announced the selection of five Chicago-based artists for its 2012-13 artists-in-residence program. The artists are musician LeRoy Bach, photographer Cecil McDonald Jr., musician Tomeka Reid, filmmaker Cauleen Smith, and writer Avery R. Young. “The number and quality of applicants exceeded our expectations and underscored the need for more programs of this kind on the South Side of Chicago,” said Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African-American History and a member of the jury. “The 2012-13 Arts and Public Life artists-in-residence program will provide great opportunities for the artists to hone and showcase their crafts and will add to the cultural richness of the surrounding community.”

Chicagoist emailed Cauleen Smith, who told us, “Too often students are cast in the role of passive consumer just as artists are increasingly cast in the role of service provider. I look forward to creating an environment where ‘creative reciprocity’ defines the relationships in play around the Incubator, from artists to students to community members to small business people to commuters using the EL – I think will all benefit from shedding expectations about roles and embracing the process of recognition that comes from dealing with each other as people.”

The artists will move into the Washington Park Arts Incubator studio space at the end of December/early January to begin their 10-month residency. Over the course of their residency, they’ll have access to academic and research resources, studio space, a woodshop, performance and practice space at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and program and exhibition space at the Incubator. Each artist will also receive $10,000 and a stipend for materials.

During the next few months the artists will spend the bulk of their time acclimating to the new studio space and mapping out their ambitions for their residencies.

“This residency prioritizes public engagement over studio introspection,” Smith said. “To my mind, there are many constituencies that appear to require engagement, mainly the University of Chicago students, the Washington Park residents, the Chicago Arts community. This creates a new equation for the artist. Rather than entering the Incubator space and the community with a preconceived idea of what would be cool, it makes more sense to spend some time exploring the dreams, desires, and urgent needs of stakeholders and proceed from there.”

The artists will begin exhibiting their work as programmed presentations and crits in the spring. While much of their activity will take place at the Incubator, the artists will work with the campus proper, particularly the Logan Center. There are plans to open up the Incubator regularly for informal conversations between community members and the artists-in-residence.

The artists-in-residence represent a diverse blend of talents, backgrounds, and interests. LeRoy Bach is a musician and composer who has been active in the Chicago music scene for over 25 years. In addition to leading the monthly gathering Low Tide Dance, he is currently a member of the Black Monks of Mississippi, and maintains a busy performance schedule. He has collaborated with musician Marvin Tate, guitarist Bill MacKay, musician Tim Kinsella, and writer Avery R. Young, among others.

In an email interview with Chicagoist, he said, “Our residency will be based out of a sturdy, neglected, brick building. We’re going to offer this sleeping building some music and new poems, new wood floors, and new plumbing, and it’s going to gather us together and shelter us with dances and dinners and planning meetings. Maybe at these meetings we sort out policy that continues to honor the existing infrastructure and social life of this neighborhood.”

Cecil McDonald Jr. works in photography, video, and text to “explore the intesections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture.” He currently is an adjunct professor and teaching artist at Columbia College’s Center for Community Arts Partnership. He studied fashion, house music, and dance club culture at Columbia, where he later received his MFA in photography. He has received numerous awards for his work and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Tomeka Reid is a cellist, composer, and educator who has led string improvisation workshops in Italy and the US and co-directed the string program at the University of Chicago’s Laboratory School for seven years. Her work has been showcased at festivals including Umbria Jazz, An Insolent Noise, and Vignola Jazz and she has been awarded numerous residencies for composition and participated in the 2012 Jazz Composers Institute at the University of California Los Angeles.

Avery R. Young calls his blend of phonetics, linguistics, hymns, and jazz, “Sunday mornin’ jook-joint.” A Cave Canem fellow, Young has worked as a teaching artist and mentor for youth in creative writing and theatre. His work explores the politics and attributes of the African-American experience. His essays on HIV awareness, misogyny, and sexism in arts and media, educational reform, and workplace art integration have appeared in a variety of publications and his written work has been published in several anthologies. He has performed at the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Lollapalooza, WordStock and on BET, MTV, ABC, and WGN.

Cauleen Smith creates multi-channel film and video installations that “incorporate scuptural objects and text, drawing from her roots in structuralist filmmaking to afro-futurist narrative strategies.” She has held consecutive residencies in Chicago at ThreeWalls, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and the Experimental Sound Studio, exhibited at the MCA, and was named Outstanding Artist by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.

“I want to be helpful in thinking about how we want a vital, safe, and solvent community to look,” she said. “As a filmmaker I have a lot of training in coordinating, facilitating, and staging. I hope these skills can be helpful in materializing ideas and clarifying intentions.”

We look forward to seeing what unfolds as these artists create work and engage with the community around them.

By Julia Weeman,  in  on December 9, 2012 1:00 PM

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Showbiz Chicago Podcasts with the ‘Scrooge & Marley’ Cast

Showbiz Chicago Gets Up Close and Personal with ‘Scrooge & Marley’ star Tim Kazurinsky (Marley’s ghost) and co-producer Tracy Baim

Posted on 06 December 2012 by Michael Roberts

Podcast with Tracy Baim

Podcast with Tracy Baim from Michael Roberts (click here)

Producer and Founder/Editor in Chief of WINDY CITY TIMES discusses the new film SCROOGE & MARLEY.
Tracy Baim was executive producer of the award-winning and critically acclaimed lesbian feature film Hannah Free starring Sharon Gless. She was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named a Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 leader in 1995. Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Media Group, which produces Windy City Times, Nightspots, and other gay media in Chicago. She co-founded Windy City Times in 1985. She has won numerous gay community and journalism honors, including the Community Media Workshop’s Studs Terkel Award in 2005. Baim is the author of Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage. She is also the co- author and editor of Out and Proud in Chicago: An Overview of the City’s Gay Community and author of Where the World Meets, a book about Gay Games VII in Chicago. Her recent books are The Half Life of Sgt. Jen Hunter, about lesbians in the military prior to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and the biographies Leatherman: The Legend of Chuck Renslow and Jim Flint: The Boy From Peoria.

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Podcast with Tim Kazurinsky click here

Posted on 04 December 2012 by Michael Roberts

Tim Kazurinsky discusses his role in the film Scrooge & Marley as well as his recent roles in Hairspray, The Odd Couple and his remarkable career spanning from Second City to SNL. For more information on the film please visit   Related: Showbiz Chicago The Odd Couple Review
Tim Kazurinsky kicked off his show-biz career at Chicago’s famed Second City Theatre. Movie appearances include Neighbors, Somewhere in Time, and three Police Academy films. A former cast member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Tim returned home to Chicago to co-write such screenplays as My Bodyguard, About Last Night, The Cherokee Kid and For Keeps. He was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award for his screenplay for Strange Relations, starring Paul Reiser, Julie Walters and George Wendt. Tim still enjoys performing and has done guest star roles on “You’re your Enthusiasm, Still Standing, According to Jim, and in Jeff Garlin’s I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With. Tim lives in Evanston, Ill., with his wife, Marcia, their two kids, and way too many pets.

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Up Close and Personal with Bruce Vilanch–One of the Many Stars in New ‘Scrooge and Marley’ Film

Star Of New “Scrooge And Marley,” Bruce Vilanch, Gives Great Interview


The world contains quite a few people who seem to always be playing to an invisible camera. But Bruce Vilanch is one of those truly rare people who is always cracking jokes off the top of his head that are actually funny.
Vilanch is known for his work both behind and in front of the camera. The two-time Emmy winner has written material for many of America’s top comedians, but is probably best known to the public for his time as a regular on Hollywood Squares. Vilanch has been head writer for the Academy Awards since 2000. In 1999, he was the subject of a feature-length documentary, Get Bruce!, about his life as Hollywood’s most sought-after humor writer.

It’s easy to see why Vilanch is such a valuable commodity in Hollywood. In person, he’s endearingly clever in a down-to-earth way, loves playfully entertaining everyone around him, and seems unable to stop saying things that are genuinely hilarious.

Vilanch was in Chicago for the shooting of the new film Scrooge & Marley, a contemporary retelling of the classic Dicken’s tale, A Christmas Carol, “with a gay twist,” that will premiere during this year’s holiday season. In a casting stroke of genius, Vilanch plays the comic/tragic character Fezziwig in the film.

Though he already had on his Fezziwig wig for our interview, the makeup department had not yet glued on his Fezzi-beard. He stroked the strawberry blonde locks of his wig lovingly, and told me, “My old hair—it’s come back to visit. It’s been living in a condo in Boca Raton, and now it’s decided to come out of retirement.” In fact, his real hair today, with its strawberry blonde color and shoulder-length Prince Valiant styling, looked rather similar to his Fezzi-wig—just a bit less bushy.

Not done hamming it up, Vilanch began to croon to his wig: “‘Hello my old friend … ‘ I feel like Sweeney Todd,” he quipped. “‘This is my burden … .’ Soon there will be a beard to complete the picture. I will look like a nightmare version of myself from the Seventies. I can’t wait!”

In Dickens’ original Christmas Carol, Fezziwig is young Scrooge and Marley’s boss. He’s a generous, ethical businessman who treats his employees like family, cares about their welfare, and throws lively holiday parties for all. Sadly, he is forced to sell his business to avaricious corporate interests who care nothing about worker morale. Scrooge and Marley, grown more callous over time, side with the heartless new owners.

“I play Fezziwig, who you’ll remember from Dickens,” Vilanch said. “But this is a different kind of Fezziwig. He’s a guy who owns a disco in the Seventies and he’s Auntie Mame—Rosalind Russell and Auntie Mame.” Vilanch threw back his head, causing his wig to flounce. “He’s all, ‘Oh how droll, how vivid!’ He’s a pretty fabulous character, and he brings young Scrooge and Marley in [to his business] and of course they do him dirt—you know the story. And then we see his downfall. But then there’s a resurrection. It’s very biblical.”

Though Scrooge & Marley is a modern, gay-themed retelling of A Christmas Carol, Vilanch’s character follows the traditional Dickensian arc. “He’s a jolly old soul who gets caught up in his vices and gets caught up in their chicanery. And eventually he’s something they [the spirits] show Scrooge, to show what a bad guy Scrooge has been through the years. So Fezziwig’s kind of a poster child for excess. But at the same time, he’s brought down by the hand of somebody who is genuinely sinister. And he’s not. And I like him.”

Dickens’ Fezziwig symbolized the end of an era he knew well, the Industrial Revolution. Dickens’ saw it as a time when small businessmen and local industries like Fezziwig’s were disappearing, swept away by more ruthlessly profiteering business practices and cutthroat corporations. The Fezziwig in Scrooge & Marley also symbolizes the end of an era: the pre-AIDS gay culture.

“Fezziwig is the end of that party that was going on in the gay community in the Seventies, that was ended by the AIDS epidemic,” said Vilanch. “Suddenly everything got very serious and everything that we were told would happen because of what we were doing suddenly happened—and not because of what we were doing. It was totally coincidental. It was the end of some kind of a party that had been going on since I think Stonewall. There was a great deal of joy about liberation and getting a movement going and all that, and that came crashing down when people began dying. And ironically enough, that movement, because of the epidemic, became a real genuine political movement, which is as forceful today as it can be.”

Vilanch was living in Chicago in 1970, working at the Chicago Tribune, when he met Bette Midler. Midler hired him to write jokes for her, marking the start of a successful collaboration that has lasted through the years. After moving to L.A., Vilanch began writing material for other famous comics as well, including Joan Rivers, Richard Pryor, and Lily Tomlin, and for television shows like ABC’s original Donny and Marie Show and The Brady Bunch. Vilanch heard about the Scrooge & Marley project from his friend, the film’s co-director and co-writer, Richard Knight.

“I had done his radio show when I was in Chicago doing Hairspray, and we’ve been friendly ever since. And he talked about making this strange gay take on A Christmas Carol. When you consider Christmas Carol’s been done every other way—I mean, I’m waiting for the al-Qaeda version, that’s all that has been missed—so I thought, how could I not be a part of it? It’s so original, so unusual.”

Vilanch also considered a gay version of A Christmas Carol in it’s wider cultural context. “I think that the reason to do a gay version of anything is to show that we’re all basically the same under the skin. That the humanity is the same. We just have wildly different cultural perspectives and ways of expressing ourselves. But it’s the humanity of it all that’s important,” he observed.

“And gay community, and gay culture, for want of a better word, is just so much fun. It’s so festive and everything-is-in-quotes and over-the-top exaggerated, because it’s a culture that had to live under the thumb of a straight culture for years, so its take on things comes from being oppressed. And that’s always funny,” said Vilanch. “I mean, I’m Jewish, too, and we have that in common: we were oppressed for five thousand years and that’s why so many funny people are Jews. When you’re at the bottom, you kind of have to look up and laugh, because you don’t see the sun a lot.” Vilanch paused, then added warmly, “And eventually, you do.”

Originally Posted Nov 21, 2012 8:11 am by Mister D

Windy City Times
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Big LLou Johnson – Golden Voice of BB King’s Bluesville Joins Chicago Blues Mamas For Obama as Co-Host


Big LLou Johnson The Golden Voice Of BB King’s Bluesville Joins Chicago Blues Royalty as Co-Host of Chicago Blues Mamas For Obama Concert: One Night, One Stage, 10 Blues Divas, One Voice


CHICAGO, November 5 – Big LLou Johnson will join Chicago’s Blues Royalty on election night as co-host adding a sultry spice to The Chicago Blues Mamas for Obama show at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse, Chicago. Cookie Taylor (Koko Tayylor’s daughter) will co-host this historic concert when for the first time ever, 10 of the city’s most noted Blues Mamas will join in solidarity for one night on one stage with one voice for America and women’s rights and issues.  Calling the election night play by plays is NFL Alum Mike Jennings. Featuring the Chicago Blues Mamas For Obama: Deitra Farr, Shirley King (daughter of the blues), Sharon Lewis, Shirley Johnson, Katherine Davis, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, Holle “Thee” Maxwell, Liz Mandeville, Ellen Miller and Peaches Staten and special guests. The golden voice of BB King’s Bluesville, Big Llou promises to sing one for the First Ladies of the Blues and First Lady Michelle Obama. Johnson’s sultry bass voice has been compared to the likes of Barry White and Isaac Hayes. Born and raised on the rough and tumble west side of Chicago, Big Llou is a sought after emcee, hosting some of the biggest events in blues including The Blues Music Awards in Memphis, The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise as well as festivals across the US.  As the beloved voice of BB King’s Bluesville on Sirius XM satellite radio, Big LLou credits that long-time association as the reason he fell in love with the blues all over again!


Chicago’s Blues Royalty add a l’il sugar and a whole lot of spice to “Sweet Home Chicago” — President Obama’s hometown when, for the first time ever, 10 Chicago Blues Mamas take the same stage to sing the blues for Obama and women’s rights and issues.

Spend Election Night with Chicago’s Blues Royalty, Cookie Taylor, Big Llou Johnson and NFL Alum Mike Jennings.  Featuring 10 Chicago Blues Mamas: Deitra Farr, Shirley King (daughter of the blues), Sharon Lewis, Shirley Johnson, Katherine Davis, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, Holle “Thee” Maxwell, Liz Mandeville, Ellen Miller and Peaches Staten and special guests.

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 6, 2012; 7:00pm (ELECTION NIGHT)

WHERE: Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Avenue, Chicago

TICKETS:$13 online (includes $3 service fee),  $10 cash only at Door  CALL: 773.381.4587 or VISIT: BOX OFFICE

$ 5 valet parking


LINKS : (Shirley King singing a message to President Obama)

PHOTO OPP:  Chicago Blues Mamas Royalty: Deitra Farr, Shirley King (BB King’s daughter), Sharon Lewis, Shirley Johnson, Katherine Davis, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, Holle “Thee” Maxwell, Liz Mandeville, Ellen Miller and Faye Peaches Staten; Joyce Threatt (Cookie Taylor), Big Llou Johnson and Mike Jennings, NFL Alumni.  INTERVIEWS: upon request

CONTACT:             Lynn Orman Weiss @    847.452.6469

Abbe Sparks @ 224.567.9166

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Party Full of Election Night Blues:Chicago Blues Mamas for Obama at Mayne Stage 11/6

Chicago Election Night Parties 2012: Watching Parties In The Windy City

Didn’t manage to get your hands on tickets to Obama’s election night rally at McCormick Place but still looking to diffuse political angst by surrounding yourself by some friendly strangers in the president’s hometown?

We’ve gathered a number of Chicago election night parties to serve as McCormick Place alternatives this Tuesday. Most of the events and free and many feature specially-priced and -themed drink and food specials — perfectly suited for either celebration or sorrow…

Blues Mamas For Obama @ Mayne Stage

The Mayne Stage (1328 W. Morse Ave.) ishosting a special musical event on election nightwhich will be music to the ears of at least one political party’s loyal supporters: The “Chicago Blues Mamas for Obama” — ten female blues musicians including Cookie Taylor and Deirta Farr who will be singing about women’s rights. NFL alum Charlie Brown provides commentary on the election results. $13


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Lawyer finds solace in his art

June 8, 2012

By Pat Milhizer —
Law Bulletin staff writer
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Bradley Weiss prosecuted government contractors accused of fraud in Washington, D.C., in 1999 when he developed Parkinson’s disease after a toxic injection during nasal surgery.

He moved home to Chicago and eventually became of counsel at Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C. to represent plaintiffs in civil rights and employee rights litigation.

He worked at the firm until 2010 when Parkinson’s symptoms prevented him from practicing law.

“I was a very good communicator. I used to speak well, used to do teaching, lecturing. I did lobbying for the government. I did all kinds of stuff,” Weiss said. “When I lost the ability to do all that stuff, I felt I couldn’t represent my clients like I should.

“So I began to segue into something else — arts.”

Weiss, 58, picked up a camera in 2004 during a trip to France. He came home with about 3,000 photos.

Two years later, he went to Colombia and captured images of mountains, ranches and residents. More photography trips followed in Mexico, New York and Costa Rica.

“I’ve always been creative, but I never knew I could shoot until I tried it,” Weiss said. “And the more I shot, the more support I got for it.”

In January, he brought his Costa Rica photos, which documented the village and people of Montezuma, to the Chicago Photography Center. Twenty-five of those photos — and some of his others — were displayed Thursday at a reception at Mars Gallery, 1139 W. Fulton Market, that attracted about 250 people.

The gallery will show Weiss’ photos through June 21. Twenty percent of all sales will benefit Rush University Medical Center.

Miner, Barnhill & Galland co-sponsored the event. Weiss said the firm became like family after Parkinson’s symptoms appeared.

“That firm has been there for me from start to finish,” Weiss said.

William A. Miceli, co-managing partner at the firm, called Weiss “remarkable.”

“He’s never lost his focus on work and has persevered with the disease,” Miceli said. “It really has not affected his heart and desire to be productive. And that has been an inspiration.”

As a lawyer, Weiss showed creative skills in cases, Miceli said.

“He is the kind of lawyer that can see relationships and put together a narrative that will support the prosecution of a case. That’s really what he brings. He brings the creative element in the process,” Miceli said.

Weiss will donate a percentage of his sales to Rush because that’s where he recently underwent treatments.

With “deep brain stimulation,” surgeons drilled two holes in his head in December. The following month, they connected wires from his head to a device implanted in his chest.

With another device that Weiss wears on his waist, he can send electric charges to his brain to help stimulate movement.

Shortly after the treatment, Weiss could use his hands freely again and walk without a cane. He could eat whatever meals he wanted. A week after the treatment, he went dancing late into the night.

He admitted that he faces dark days, but he talks about them in a matter-of-fact tone — without any hint that he’s looking for sympathy.

“You work through it day by day,” Weiss said. “Planning for the future is almost impossible. You don’t know what the future is going to be.”

His photos — samples are available at — provide something that Parkinson’s can’t take away.

“It’s an ability,” Weiss said, “to communicate.”



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Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

Brilliant Litigation Attorney Stricken with Parkinson’s Disease Turns Professional Artistic Photojournalist with Debut of His Photos at Chicago’s Mars Gallery Thursday, June 7, 2012

June 4, 2012 – CHICAGO -– Brilliant litigation attorney Bradley Weiss, who was stricken with Parkinson’s Disease at the height of his Washington, DC career with the Department of Justice and as Of Counsel at Chicago’s prestigious law firm, Miner, BarnHill & Galland, turns professional artistic photojournalist with the debut of his photo series Montezuma Nights at Chicago’s Mars Gallery, opening Thursday evening June 7, 2012, 1139 W. Fulton Market.  Curated by renownedcurator and photographer Susan Aurinko. Opening night reception is being sponsored by a collaboration of the many different connections in Bradley’s life including his former Chicago law firm  Miner, Barnhill & Galland and Highland Park restaurant 2nd Street Bistro with live music by The Side Cars.  Thanks to a risky surgery called DBS (deep brain stimulation last December) Bradley’s Parkinson’s has slowed down and according to him, he is almost back to his old self!  To honor the Rush University Medical Center doctors who gave Bradley his life back, a portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter (Rush) as a deep hearted thank you.

Opening Reception of Montezuma Nights – A Photographic Exhibition by Bradley Weiss, Curated by Susan Aurinko. Portion of art proceeds benefits Parkinson’s disease.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

6:00pm – 9:00pm



1139 West Fulton Market, Chicago  –  312.226.7808

In honor of: The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter and its team of magnificent doctors

Live Music by The Side Cars

Food graciously provided by 2nd Street Bistro, Highland Park

Libations graciously provided by Miner, BarnHill & Galland

Free to public

A portion of art proceeds opening night will benefit The Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program at Rush University MedicalCenter as a deep hearted thank you to the doctors that gave Bradley his life back!

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Chicago Super Bowl? Rahm Emanuel Asks NFL To Consider Soldier Field As Possible Host

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel floated the idea Thursday of the Bears’ Soldier Field hosting a future Super Bowl.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and pitched Chicago’s Soldier Field as a Super Bowl host.

“Obviously, they’re gonna have their first [cold weather] Super Bowl in another city. We’ll see how that goes,” Emanuel said Thursday, referencing the New York area’s hosting of the 2014 game, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“But we talked about why [not] Chicago? Just two weeks ago [we] had a bunch of world leaders here. Sixth-largest NATO summit. And if we can do that, it would be an appropriate place to have a Super Bowl,” the mayor continued.

In response to the mayor’s prodding, Goodell pointed out that Soldier Field has a smaller capacity than typically expected of Super Bowl-hosting stadiums, the Chicago Tribune reports. Further, the city would need to prove it could host those who travel to Super Bowl-hosting cities without going to the game itself.

And there is also the issue of Chicago’s notoriously harsh January weather to consider.

Nevertheless, Goodell commented that if the New York Super Bowl is deemed a success, that could pave the way for a city like Chicago to be considered as a potential host for the big game, NBC Chicago reports.

Emanuel declined to comment on whether he would support increasing capacity at the stadium for a Super Bowl bid, CBS Chicago reports.

Goodell was in town as part of a commemoration of Soldier Field becoming the first NFL stadium to achieve LEED status. The stadium got a facelift in 2003 that included a number of eco-friendly improvements like energy efficient lighting and electric vehicle charging stations.

The news comes after rumors that the city could be one of several U.S. cities contemplating a bid on a Summer Olympics as early as the 2024 games. The mayor’s office told the Tribune last week, however, that Emanuel is not interested in pushing for another Chicago Olympic bid.

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Recess Could Become Mandatory in Illinois Schools

Recess Could Become Mandatory in Illinois Schools

A bill passed by the Illinois Senate earlier this month will make recess mandatory in schools statewide if Gov. Pat Quinn and the House follow suit and sign off on the plan.