Press: Time Well Spent: A Day With Michael Ingersoll

Press: Time Well Spent: A Day With Michael Ingersoll

Jersey Boys, the Broadway musical telling the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is sure to be this season’s hot ticket. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, the show follows a group of blue-collar boys as they become the biggest American pop pop stars of all time. With a jam-packed performance schedule from October to early April, the best place to catch Michael Ingersoll will be on stage, in his role as Nick Massi. We caught up with the talented Chicagoan to learn how he would spend a rare free day in the city.

10 am: Breakfast at Wishbone (3300 N. Lincoln Ave.)

“You gotta have the crab cakes and wash them down with one of their champagne cocktails. The atmosphere is relaxed and easy, with a friendly  staff and kitschy decor”

11 am: Walk a few blocks north to SACRED ART in Roscoe Village (2040 W. Roscoe St.)

“Set in a comfortable boutique setting, Sacred art is less intimidating, less expensive, and more fun than a gallery. The works are all done by local artists, and there is something for everyone in every price range. They also have Chicago-themed art as the perfect gift or souvenir.”

12 pm: Take a short drive north to the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake-Cook Rd.)

“This is truly a hidden gem of Chicagoland. If you want a beautiful, serene place to read a book, take a walk, or have a unique first date, this is the place. There is also a lovely cafe for a light lunch or glass of wine.”

5.30 pm: Head back into the city and experience Cafe Iberico (739 N. LaSalle St.)

“The best tapas in the city – make sure to great the grilled tenderloin and the spicy potatoes – they’re to die for.”

8 pm: Jersey Boys, premiering at the LaSalle Bank Theatre (18 W. Monroe St.)

“Broadway in Chicago, baby – Jersey style. The theatre scene in the loop has grown tremendously over the past couple of years, and a truly authentic Broadway experience is only steps from any downtown ‘El’ stop.”

11 pm: Head across the street to the Italian Village (71 W, Monroe St.)

“They have some of the best Italian food in the city, and they serve till midnight. Two words: Chicken Parmesan.”

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