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'Three Days on Thorndale' Event to Feature Thorndale Avenue Newcomers

 The Jackalope Theatre Company moved into a storefront on Thorndale Avenue last year.
The Jackalope Theatre Company moved into a storefront on Thorndale Avenue last year.
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EDGEWATER — Residents can get a sneak peek of Thorndale Avenue's newest attractions next week during the "Three Days on Thorndale" event.

Edgewater Workbench's 3-D printers, the Peterson Garden Project's "Teaching Kitchen," Jackalope Theatre's new theater and more will be on display May 29-31.

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) came up with the event to celebrate the occupation of all of Thorndale's empty storefronts, said Ally Brisbin, co-founder of Edgewater Workbench, a do-it-yourself center opening soon.

She said Thorndale has taken a turn for the better after struggling for years with crime and a sluggish local economy.

"It is really exciting, and I think [Thorndale is] taking a positive turn," she said. "We’re filling the last empty storefront."

On Thursday, May 29, Edgewater Workbench, at 1130 W. Thorndale Ave., will open its doors from 5-7 p.m. to show off its 3-D printers, used to print spare parts, trinkets and really anything else you can dream up.

Then, from 6-8 p.m., the Peterson Garden Project will show off its brand new kitchen in the Broadway Armory. At the same time, Swift Elementary School will be celebrating its centennial.

On May 30, MB Financial's new bank branch at 5930 North Broadway will open. Jackalope Theatre, which has a storefront on Thorndale, will show off its new theater space in the Broadway Armory.

On May 31, After School Matters will unveil its new "bricolage" mural across the street from the Thorndale "L" station.

For a full list of events, visit the 48th Ward's website.

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