What could be geekier than a building where you go to look
That was the idea on Paul Lundgren's mind when he and Scott
Lunt decided to move their Geek Prom to the Great Lakes Aquarium
after the NorShor Theatre closed in October and left the annual
What better way to showcase your venue as a great place to
throw a party than to open its doors to hundreds of nerdy-looking
folks and rock 'n' roll music? That's what ran through aquarium
director Chad Netherland's mind when the opportunity to host
Geek Prom arose.
Call it a meeting of the minds: The third annual Geek Prom
begins with the traditional Grand March of couples at 8 p.m.
Saturday in the aquarium. Trailer Park Queen will headline
the show at 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
Grandma's Sports Garden in Canal Park will throw a pre-prom
party complete with a foosball tournament at 6:30 p.m. The
night closes with a post-prom party at Pizza Luce at midnight.
Lundgren, Lunt and nearly a dozen other volunteers have planned
a bigger bash for the same $4,000 as last year. Because the
aquarium has a unique ambiance, Lundgren figured they'd spend
less on decorations this year and put more money into the
There will be a "Funtime with Mark Lindquist," which
sounds frighteningly funny if you know the outspoken garage
rocker. "Will It Float?" will invite guests to guess
if certain odd items will either float or sink in a large
tank of water.
Geek Prom organizers hope to draw nearly 400 people because
of the unique location. The first two proms drew more than
300 people to the NorShor Theatre.
Netherland hopes the event will show people the possibilities
for throwing a party -- from weddings to corporate events
-- at the Great Lakes Aquarium. He'll have staff members on
hand to give full tours and answer questions.
"The Geek Prom gets a lot of attention and obviously,
we don't have an awful lot of money this year," Netherlands
said of his budget. "We're just doing something that
we hope can get us some attention."