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1225 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657
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Dine at Coopers across the street and park during the show for free. Get there 2 hours before your show and make a reservation.
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Cooper's restaurant and bar across the street is handy, and the food and beer are good and reasonably priced.
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"Hizzoner: Daley the First"
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4.5 average rating
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59 events
44 reviews
2 stars
attended May 08 2009

Simple but poignant...good job by Neil Giuntoli as ' Daley the 1st.'

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21 reviews
1 stars
attended May 08 2009

I truly enjoyed this production. While I did not grow up in Chicago, living here makes it impossible not to hear stories about the "Great Mayor Daley". The play did give me some insight to his personality that I was not aware of. I highly...continued

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7 reviews
3 stars
attended May 29 2009

It was wonderful! Amazing protrayal of Richard J.! Brought back memories and provided insight. Bring some friends, you'll enjoy the after-theater discussion.

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Hizzoner: Daley the First A Gipeti Entertainment Production Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902 – 1976), authoritarian politician, family man and dynasty builder, whose life was inextricably bound to Chicago, the city he loved, is explored in Hizzoner: Daley the First. Written by and starring Neil Giuntoli, it is directed by Stefan Brun and opened March 2, 2006 at Prop Thtr to critical acclaim. _Hizzoner _is a theatrically intimate look at the man atop Chicago’s political machine and a major influence on national policy and politics – Richard J. Daley. Set in the changing and tumultuous history of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Hizzoner offers a behind-the-scenes view of a world rarely scene beyond City Hall as well as personalities who worked with Daley and some – like Jesse Jackson – with whom he had a crucial crossing of paths. There is also a glimpse into how “Da Mare” may have seen himself. Giuntoli, a Chicago native and relative of Chicago’s Mayor Anton Cermak has written four plays and has a long list of additional credits including movie and television roles in “Shawshank Redemption,” “Memphis Belle” and “Waterworld” among others. His notable TV guest appearances include “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “CSI: NY,” “CSI,” Monk,” “NYPD Blue,” “Ally McBeal,” “Chicago Hope,” “Seinfeld” and “ER.” Hizzoner has been performed more than 300 times for audiences around the Chicago area. The show’s cast contains many of its original cast members.