HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Jam Productions is reportedly planning to build a 10,000-seat, open-air amphitheater in the northwest Chicago suburbs, less than a mile west of where the Poplar Creek Music Theater closed 12 years ago.
The new venue, dubbed the Prairie Creek Music Theatre, will have 8,000 fixed seats and 2,000 lawn seats, and share a parking lot and other resources with the soon-to-be-completed 11,000-seat Sears Center arena, according to the Chicago Daily Herald.
The company is expected to present formal building plans to the Hoffman Estates village board later this summer. Construction is set to begin this fall with an opening concert planned for Memorial Day weekend 2007.
The project proves that Jam is still holding its strength in the Chicago concert market, even as Live Nation moves into the city’s club scene with its recent acquisition of House of Blues, Inc., and one year after the Chicago Park District chose Live Nation over Jam to operate the new 7,500-seat Charter One Pavilion on the former site of Chicago’s Meigs Field. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers