“That whole destination thing, there’s something to that,” said FitzGerald, who compares what he is seeing to the game “Monopoly.” “This little strip here from FitzGerald’s down to the Wire you’re starting to see some houses on those monopolies,” he said, referring to the board game’s development options. “I think Berwyn wants to see hotels.” Boosted by a recent $10 million streetscape improvement project, Roosevelt Road is being developed as the town’s “entertainment corridor,” said Berwyn Development Corp. Executive Director Anthony Griffin. “We do have some thoughts of building upon the music scene of Roosevelt Road,” Griffin said. The corporation, which contracts with the city, dedicated about $230,000 in local taxes toward the $1.2 million Wire renovation, Griffin said. The money came from a tax increment financing program, which diverts tax dollars from the city and schools toward economic development projects, he said. Wire is projected to generate nearly $50,000 per year in property and sales taxes, he said. Other recent arrivals include Wing Boss, a Culver’s restaurant, Sushi Junkie and a retail bake shop at Turano Baking Co., he said. The building that houses Wire was a theater in the 1930s, said David King, president of David King & Associates, the Oak Park real estate firm that managed the building’s sale. The space was later occupied by a local council of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which sold it to Neville and the other investors, King said. The new owners stripped the interior to bricks, hauling away about 30 truckloads of material from two dozen offices and several bathrooms that had made up most of the second floor, Neville said. A stage and an elaborate lighting system were erected in the cavernous space that remained, along with a bar built from some of the building’s beams. Neville estimates the venue will accommodate around 350 people. “It’s important to us that music comes first here,” he said. Three of the four investors in Wire play in local bands and plan to perform at the new venue.

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In many cases, these voyages don’t involve a single band or musician but are all-out music festivals at sea that promise fun and mayhem. Two major companies, Sixthman and Entertainment Cruise Productions, have been key players in this travel movement, but others are chartering ships (and selling out the voyages) on major cruise lines like Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and NCL. Making friends with thousands of strangers on a cruise ship is easy when you already have something in common: you all love the same type of music. Past cruises have included John Mayer, 311, Pepper, Rick Springfield, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hootie and the Blowfish, Colbie Caillat, Shinedown, Lifehouse, 3 Doors Down, Train, Zac Brown Band, Barenaked Ladies, Guster, and dozens of other artists. Here are several upcoming musical cruises that feature seriously large names in jazz, bluegrass, rock, pop, country, and more on some of the industry’s most well-known vessels. Kid Rock’s Chillin’ the Most Cruise Like him or hate him, one thing is for sure: Kid Rock knows how to party, and so do his fans. In March 2014, Kid Rock’s 5th Annual “Chillin’ the Most Cruise” departs on Norwegian Pearl from Miami to Key West for some craziness on Bourbon Street, as well as the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas. The beaches of Great Stirrup Cay will be transformed into a “redneck paradise,” so crack those PBR’s open and get ready for let loose. If four nights onboard aren’t enough, there is also an option to book the “pre-cruise party” and stay an extra night onboard before the main events get underway. kidrockcruise.com/ PRIVATE ISLANDS: The ultimate cruise perk Jazz Cruises Holland America takes the concept of the traditional jazz boats of the Mississippi River to a modern level with a jazz cruise to San Juan, Turks and Caicos, St. Maarten, and a cruise-line owned island in the Bahamas .