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Sing Me A Story; Connecting Kids with Songwriters at Riot Fest

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 News

“The one thing all kids have, regardless of circumstance, is imagination,” Austin Atteberry told John and Ray Friday morning.

Atteberry is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the nonprofit, Sing Me A Story. The group encourages children in hospitals, children’s homes and hospice organizations to write and/or illustrate stories about anything that they want, and in turn, distributes those stories to songwriters who turn those stories into songs.

“If we could bring those imaginations to some of the biggest microphones in the world to remind us that we all have a lot more in common than we often attribute to ourselves, we will have really done something,” Atteberry says of Sing Me A Story.

“We have about 2,000 songwriters who participate in our program,” Atteberry said.

The organization began partnering with music festivals across the country to work with artists, recording these stories turned songs on-site. This weekend, Sing Me A Story has partnered with Riot Fest, Sinai Children’s Hospital and The Chicago House to work to turn children’s stories into music.

Past musical partners have been Mayday Parade, Less than Jake and a handful of other songwriters in Nashville to turn the product of imaginations into music.

Listen to Austin Atteberry on the John Howell and Ray Stevens morning show:

Extra weekend train service planned for Riot Fest, football games

(CHICAGO) The CTA and Metra will provide additional bus and rail service to accommodate customers going to Riot Fest, the Chicago Bears game and the Northwestern University football game this weekend.

Riot Fest will run from noon to 10 p.m., Friday through Sunday at Douglas Park in the North Lawndale neighborhood. The CTA will provide longer trains on the Pink Line from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. all weekend and operate more frequently from 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Friday, and from noon to 11:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the CTA said in a statement.

The California stop at the Pink Line is located two blocks from the festival’s east entrance. Additional bus service on the #12 Roosevelt will begin 3 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until 7:30 p.m. each night, according to the CTA. Extra service on the #49 Western, #52 Kedzie/California and #94 South California from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each night.

Metra will also provide extra rail service to help accommodate concertgoers, with Metra BNSF trains scheduled to make extra stops at Western Avenue throughout the weekend, the rail agency said.

The Chicago Bears home opener at Soldier Field will begin Monday night at 7:30 p.m. against the Philadelphia Eagles. The CTA will operate the #128 Soldier Field Express between Union Station, Ogilvie Station and Soldier Field. Additional service on the #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express service for customers heading to the game. Extra service will begin 2 hours before game time and continue for one hour after the game ends. Free train rides will be available for two hours after the game at the Roosevelt station courtesy of Miller Lite, according to the CTA.

The Northwestern University Wildcats football game at Ryan Field in Evanston will begin Saturday at 7 p.m. against Duke. The CTA will run longer trains on the Purple Line two hours before the game. Ryan Field is a few blocks west of the Purple Line’s Central station.

Additionally, a partial platform closure at Blue Line Harlem station will begin 9 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 4. During the platform renewal work, the Forest Park-bound trains will not stop at the station.


CTA to provide extra service for weekend events across Chicago

(CHICAGO) The CTA will be providing additional services to accommodate customers going to Riot Fest, the Zac Brown Band concert and the Chicago Bears game this weekend.

Riot Fest at Douglas Park runs Friday through Sunday and is located off the California Pink Line station, about two blocks from the festival’s east entrance.

Longer Pink Line trains will operate during the evenings and begin to run more frequently around 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Extra bus services will also be available for routes Nos. 18, 16th/18th, 52, Kedzie/California, and No. 49, Western routes beginning about 5 p.m. and concluding around one hour after each night’s festival ends.

Zac Brown Band concert-goers will be provided with additional bus services for routes No. 80, Irving Park and No. 152 Friday night.

The routes will be running from about 5:30 p.m. until one hour after the concert ends at Wrigley Field.

The CTA will operate bus route No. 128 Solider Field Express between Union Station, Ogilvie and Solider Field, for the Chicago Bears 2015 season opener versus the Green Bay Packers Sunday at noon.

Also available Sunday will be an additional bus route, No. 146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express.

Additional service will begin around 9 a.m. and continue until one hour after the game concludes.

The CTA urges customers going to and from events this weekend to purchase tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines at rail line and CTA vending machines.