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john hancock center

from chris farley posted in television by donkeyoti

On December 18, 1997, Chris Farley was found dead in his apartment on the 60th floor of the John Hancock Center. Found by his younger brother John, Chris Farley expired due to opiate (morphine) and cocaine intoxication.

Farley was 33 years old; the same age as his idol, John Belushi.

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the second city (chicago)

from tina fey, stephen colbert, chris farley posted in television by donkeyoti

Opened in December of 1959, the Second City has gone from being a quirky northside improv theater to being a proving grounds for those who aspire to be in the entertainment industry (especially comedy).

With its roots in the improvisational games of Viola Spolin, the Second City was opened by Spolin's son, Paul Sills, along with Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins. Their comedy and theatrical style was non-conformist and experimental compared to their peers, and this drew the top talent from each generation.

In the 60's, performers like Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, and Fred Willard were here. In the 70's, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner performed. Since then, comedic talent has cycled through the place on a regular basis: Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carell, Bob Odenkirk, and many more.

The Second City has branches in several other cities, including Toronto and Los Angeles.

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improv olympic theatre

from chris farley, tina fey, mike myers posted in television by donkeyoti

Now known as iO Chicago, the group formerly known as the Improv Olympic Theatre was founded by Charna Halpern and Del Close in 1981. The style of iO is longer form improv, and the group has trained over 5,000 people. Some of the more recognized graduates include Chris Farley, Tina Fey and Mike Myers.

Halpern and Close co-wrote the book Truth in Comedy, The Manual for Improvisation.

There is a west coast affiliate of the same organization called iO West in Los Angeles.

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briar street theater

from tom waits posted in music by nevereatshreddedwheat

Tom Waits collaborated with his wife Kathleen Brennan on the play Franks Wild Years based on the song "Frank's Wild Years" off of his 1983 album Swordfishtrombones. It premiered at the Briar Street Theater in Chicago on June 22, 1986 and played through July, performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Waits played the title role of down-on-his-luck Frank O'Brien. Gary Sinise (Steppenwolf co-founder / Lt. Dan) directed and the cast also included Gary Cole (a.k.a. Office Space's Lumbergh) and featured some magic tricks devised by Teller (½ of Penn & Teller). The album Franks Wild Years, containing songs from the play, was released in 1987, completing the trilogy started by Swordfishtrombones and Rain Dogs.

Briar Street Theater was formerly a horse stable for Marshall Field and Company and is presently home to the Blue Man Group.

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marina city

from wilco posted in music by ratsnamgod

The corn cob buildings featured on the cover of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot are the towers of Marina City in Chicago. Marina City is a mixed residential/commercial location. 2010 census data reported 929 residents. Businesses include the House of Blues, Bin36, a bowling alley and a bank.
The album's title is derived from The Conet Project, which is also sampled on the track "Poor Places".
Hear Phonetic Alphabet NATO, disc 1, track 4

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