Lifeline Theatre's Smartypants Spelling Bee kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave. Register online for $20 or attend the battle of wits for just $10. Fifty competitors will face off during the competition, hosted by WGN's Nick Digilio and judged by Rogers Park's Al Goldberg, Brettly Kawaguchi and Renee Labrana.

All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Lifeline Theatre.