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Venue Mon May 28 2007

Ice Factory - 2002-2007


(Photo: Joseph Mohan)
Sunday night was the swan song of Chicago and Grand's no longer best-kept secret: The Ice Factory. Not only an underground venue, the hub that was quite literally named for it's former occupation also hosted independent label FP Records, film showcase The Ice Capades and poetry showcase The Urban Sandbox. Seth Vanek, departing Ice Factory resident (and drummer for Velvetron and Crap Engine) cited deterioration of landlord relations as the chief cause for the Factory's demise. Earlier this year, the residents had attempted to gain proper licensing for the venue, but apparently to no avail. But for a final hoorah, the gang could have asked for nothing finer: food, drinks, and people flowed freely through the space, talking, dancing, and eventually all participating in the Ice Factory's signature Good-Time Sing-Along Chorus, with no less than Devin Davis on drums backing the hoarse-throated crowd. As of this time, there is no word as to the re-location of the Factory's many permanent or occasional inhabitants.
 
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