Warm up as the temps go down with a tour of Chicago’s sultry late-night entertainment scene.
Kiss Kiss Cabaret
Now that summer’s outdoor music fests are a faint memory, it’s time to get cozy in the kinds of clubs that offer encounters of the up-close kind.
At Davenport’s Piano Bar (1383 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-278-1830), you’ll find someone tickling the ivories in the piano bar while performers render Cole Porter in the intimate cabaret room. This month’s roster includes Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie, and Marianne Murphy Orland presenting “The Evolution of the Girl Groups,” a show that swings from the Andrews Sisters to The Bangles.
With “Monday Night Live,” popular pre-curtain dining spot Petterino’s (150 N. Dearborn St., 312-422- 0150) comes alive as an old-school supper club, where almost anyone might appear on the bill. Because the show takes place on nights when theaters are dark, it’s common for performers from various productions around town—Jersey Boys, Dirty Dancing—to make an appearance. On November 16, cast members from Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ take a bow.
Across the river, Mastro’s Steakhouse (520 N. Dearborn St., 312-521-5100) serves up its own brand of late-night entertainment. Versatile vocalist Shana Petrone is a regular, performing Thursday through Saturday.
They’re selling more than pizza atop Gino’s East in River North. On the third floor in The Comedy Bar (500 N. LaSalle St., 312-836-0499), gams and laughs are the spot-on combo during The Wiggle Room, a weekly show featuring stand-up comics and the world-famous Chicago Starlets.
With a rotating roster of burlesque dancers, comedians, and magic acts, the late-night variety show at Kiss Kiss Cabaret (4707 N. Broadway, 773-867-1946) at the Uptown Underground hits all the right notes. You can ogle a little leg, have a laugh, and wonder, How did he do that?