TBOX #11 – The First Modern TBOX (2006)

The 11th TBOX in 2006 was the first truly “MODERN” TBOX – all in Wrigleyville, it was a circuit, it was sponsored by a major beer company and the RedEye newspaper, we had professionally printed badges… and reached 3,400 people. We were growing up!

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The following is told first person by TBOX Owner Christopher Festa…

2006 topped 3,400 people and was the first year we moved to the “All-Wrigley” format, taking place entirely between Roscoe and Grace streets along Clark and Sheffield. It was probably the first TBOX that “felt” like what TBOX was today. It was still just 1/6 or 1/7 of today’s size, but it was getting there as being a “Destination” Chicago Party Event!

"Lemon Boy" - One of the Great Personalities of the Middle Years of TBOX
“Lemon Boy” – One of the Great Personalities of the Middle Years of TBOX

Some other Firsts and Lasts at TBOX 2006…

  • It was the first year of the long, rectangular “Backstage Pass” badges we use to this today. And…
  • The last time that I (ahem) “Borrowed” the Super Expensive Color Printer in the Middle of the Night at one of my friends’ workplaces to print them all off, and then cut them and laminate them myself…
  • It was the first OFFICIAL year for the Royal Court, but I had made these ridiculous giant cutout numbers for people to wear, that almost all broke off.
Festive Girls at TBOX #11 in 2006
Festive Girls at TBOX #11 in 2006
  • It was the first year I had TBOX INTERNS to attend to my needs and follow me around all day – Michelle and Virginia were awesome!
  • People were REALLY starting to say, “Hey, I better wear a costume… and the more outrageous, the better…”
Mr. Festa with Giant Royal Court Numbers in 2006
Mr. Festa with Giant Royal Court Numbers in 2006
  • And it was the first year that people started calling me “MR. FESTA” – just because a friend innocently made me a fast food name tag that said “MR. FESTA” — and it just caught on like wildfire.

And the Countdown to TBOX… that’s not new! We unearthed this email from the archives below!

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