9th ANNUAL HOWLER AT BAULER
A crowd of 1,100 attended LCA’s 9th Annual Howler at Bauler, the largest in the event’s history. Special guests included 5th District Congressman Mike Quigley, 11th District State Rep. Ann Williams and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith.
Children of all ages enjoyed games, dancing to music of, and the magic of Danny Orleans, America’s premier family magician, whose performance was sponsored by our friends at Bridgeview Bank. Wizard Gary Sinclair led the annual costume parade, always one of the event’s most popular activities. The Parade featured creative and amusing costumes of many types. A face painter and balloon artist were also on hand to help entertain the youngsters.
Screams of joy greeted the arrival of Engine 22 from the Lincoln ParkFire House, as children rushed to get in line to climb into the driver’s seat or don a fire fighter’s hat.
LCA member and sponsor Jeff Lawler, proprietor of Geja’s Cafe and always a favorite at LCA events, provided complimentary cheese and chocolate fondue served hot with bread, cake, grapes and strawberries throughout the two-hour event. (If you enjoyed these offerings at the event, they are available on Geja’s new To Go Menu.) Candy, hot chocolate from City Grounds, and cider were served by LCA volunteers. Bentley’s Pet Stuff provided dog owners with delicious treats to take home to their pets. Bentley’s has opened a new store at 2210 N. Halsted Street.
Two raffle drawings brought guests prizes ranging from 3 pair of Blackhawks tickets, Coldplay tickets, a 40-inch television set, gift certificates from restaurants and salons, a Chicago tour by one of the City’s top rated guides, children’s books and more. In addition to LCA, raffle donors included Lettuce Entertain You, Oyster Bah, Anne Moore, James Borkman, Live Nation, Natural Elements Salon, Navy Pier, Nails Boutique and Bridgeview Bank.