3:03 PM CDT, August 25, 2011
Discussions are underway that will likely see the Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, an arts-and-entertainment venue with multiple stages, become a church.
The Edge Comedy Club, which has been renting space at the center, has announced that its shows will end after this weekend. "Our home is no more," The Edge's Dave Odd wrote to supporters. Tony Tomaska, the owner of the theater located at 777 N. Green St., said Thursday that there was no firm deal. He would not comment further.
City Church Chicago has been renting space at the CCPA on Sundays and Mondays. A source confirmed that negotiations were underway that would see the church take over the complex in the fall.
Over the past decade, the CCPA has housed a variety of commercial and non-profit productions, ranging from a Blues Brothers revue to shows produced by Bailiwick Chicago and the Congo Square Theatre Company. But although the spaces were comfortable and the mainstage had an appealing 390 seats, the location west of the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Halsted made the theater hard to find. It proved difficult to attract audiences used to going downtown or to the North Side for live entertainment.
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