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'Parks and Rec' Star Nick Offerman Returns to Chicago Roots Friday

The red meat-loving man’s-man is headed to The Music Box Theatre in Lake View to promote his new book “Paddle Your Own Canoe,” answer questions from fans and even sing.

Parks and Rec's Nick Offerman in Lakeview, Chicago | Credit: Getty Images
Parks and Rec's Nick Offerman in Lakeview, Chicago | Credit: Getty Images
Chicago better get ready for red meat references and deadpan comedy as Park and Recreation’s Nick Offerman heads to Lake View for a special appearance on Friday.

Offerman, who plays the government-hating Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec, is spending the night at The Music Box Theatre to present his new book, “Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living.”

It’s a memoir of the actor’s life, including everything from growing the manliest moustache possible to excerpts about his hilarious wife Megan Mullally—known to some as Karen Walker from her Will & Grace fame.

“My dad always told me that the best way to learn is to make a mistake, so by that token I should have learned a great deal and I hope that the benefit of my jackassery will be a boon to those reading the lessons I have to offer,” Offerman told USA Today.

The event, brought to The Music Box by Unabridged Bookstore, kicks off at 6 p.m. at 3733 N. Southport Ave. It’s there Offerman will read passages from his book, answer questions from the audience and sign copies for fans.

After that, the theater will play one of his favorite movies starting at midnight. The entire event is a big party to celebrate “Paddle Your Own Canoe,” which comes out Oct. 1.

Offerman moved to Chicago in the 1990s after growing up in Minooka, IL. It’s here where the actor performed at companies like the Steppenwolf Theatre.

Tickets to the event cost $30 each, which includes a copy of his new book. Tickets fr two people and one book are $40. They can be purchased online.

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