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Buffett Surprises At Illinois Restaurant

On the surface, it seemed as far from Margaritaville as you could get -- a crowded Chicago suburb on an evening laden with cold winds, thick fog and a steady drizzle.

On the surface, it seemed as far from Margaritaville as you could get -- a crowded Chicago suburb on an evening laden with cold winds, thick fog and a steady drizzle. But island folk-rocker Jimmy Buffett braved the elements last night (Nov. 3) to appear at "pre-opening party" of the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant in Downers Grove, Ill., playing a surprise 30-minute set with local act Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band.

Buffett's performance included "Stars on the Water," "Boat Drinks" and "It's Five O' Clock Somewhere," which he'll perform tomorrow with Alan Jackson at the 37th annual Country Music Association Awards. He even invited a few crowd members on stage to dance on the requisite closer "Cheeseburger in Paradise."

The event benefited the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Downers Grove, with organizers estimating that $50,000 was raised. The restaurant officially opens for business tonight.

As for Buffett, his future plans include an all-country album titled "Conchy Tonk," which he will record at his Shrimp Boat Sound Studios in Key West, Fla.