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Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater
Formerly the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater 2433 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
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Free parking available at the now unused garage of the closed Children's Memorial Hospital on Lincoln Avenue
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There are so many dining options on the same block as the theater -- Thai, Italian, Middle Eastern, Mexican -- you might as well eat here before the show.
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4.8 average rating
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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Dec 05 2009

As a big fan of the movie, I expected I would enjoy a "radio play" of It's A Wonderful Life, but would not be as moved as I always am by the movie. Was I wrong! I found myself so engaged by the players in this production that I was teary more...continued

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13 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 05 2009

My wife and I attended the show Saturday afternoon. The show was delightful. The lines were spoken crisply and clearly. The cast was animated. The setting was warm and holiday-like. Singing the carols was a perfect introduction to the show. ...continued

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9 reviews
3 stars
attended Nov 29 2009

Excellent! The design of the production was terrific, incorporating the audience into the old style radio broadcast, with On Air and Applause signs, along with sponsor ads and sound effects. It was a great time, and a great production from a...continued

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From the Frank Capra classic, based on the story short

“The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern

Directed by Marty Higginbotham

From the original director and Ensemble that bring this holiday tradition to Chicago since 2004. Join the American Blues family as we take you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday classic—It’s a Wonderful Life with live Foley sound effects, an original score, and a stellar cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. From the moment you walk through the doors, you will be transported back to the Golden Age of Radio and experience the story of George Bailey like never before.