Anyone who frequents establishments during the summer months knows that there are usually two temperatures: not cold enough and hell has frozen over. Even so, some places experience this variety of microclimate at any time of the year. So when it comes to dealing with indoor temperature changes, no one does it better than Lifeline Theatre, which is housed in a converted ComEd substation building. Anyone who has sat in a particular section of the Lifeline audience knows the space gets abnormally cold. A cup of cold hot chocolate can’t do much besides make you rush to the bathroom at intermission to get back in time for act two. Luckily, theater people are well aware and have been known to have lovingly draped blankets over certain sets of chairs for the audience. Even though the rest of the seats are pleasantly warm, customers in Lifeline’s ice block section are regularly grateful for those blankets. Although it is admittedly a little shocking on a first visit, you quickly understand why the seats need comfort blankets. If that’s the small price we pay to preserve beautiful brick buildings like the one that houses this theater in Rogers Park, so be it. We are more than happy to have blankets as our lifeline.
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