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Andersonville To Get a Theater on Clark Street?

Andersonville residents want it all. First, they clamored for a new park on the site of the crumbling Edgewater Medical Center. Then, they said they wanted an on-street bike corral. Now, neighborhood residents are hoping to bring a theater to the North Side 'hood. According to A-Ville Daily, the folks behind Hamburger Mary's have developed a plan to convert the Star Gaze space at 5419 N. Clark St. into a two-stage theater, provisionally named "The Ville Theater," that would feature live performances, cabaret shows and possibly movies. According to the Sun-Times, landlord Newcastle Ltd. planned to lease a building to a sandwich shop, and a Newscastle spokesperson claims that theater backers failed to secure written commitments from theater companies when they were shopping the property last year. However, Ald. Harry Osterman says he supports the theater concept. Whether or not the theater concept becomes reality, Andersonville residents deserve some credit: They are invested in their neighborhood, and they always seem to be looking for new ways to improve it.
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