Week #42 – Chicago Theatre

Well, who doesn’t love to check an item off of her to do list? That’s how I’m starting my week after a recent trip to Chicago Theatre to see one of Nate’s favorite comedians: Bill Burr.

We (Nate and I, plus my brother- and sister-in-law and our friends Scott and Katherine) started off the evening at one of our neighborhood favorites, Butterfly Sushi, and then headed straight to the 7:30 p.m. show.

There’s something I love so much about this theater. The iconic sign (which is almost six stories high) and all the lights outside just give it that special touch of excitement. We walked in and the place was packed, but it didn’t take away from the beauty of the lobby. (Did you know the theater is almost 92 years old?!?)

Nate and I had separate seats from the rest of the group because we decided to go last minute, so we navigated through the theater and found our seats right away. The seats were great–on the floor and easy to see. An even funnier surprise was that my friend Amy from grade school sat right next to us (Nate bought the tickets from her friend!). If we weren’t laughing at Bill Burr, the guy in front of us who had a comment after every joke provided constant entertainment as well.

Our time at the theater was brief, but lovely. The show was good, and it’s even better to know that we will be back in December to see JERRY SEINFELD!

Chicago Theatre
175 North State
The Loop

PS-On a side note, I have 10 weeks left in this blog project. The countdown is on! Anywhere you want me to go? Let me know!




Week #34 – Encore & Cadillac Palace Theatre

I was a total ’80s kid. Loved dressing up (I wore two dresses a day…even in kindergarten), crimping my hair, listening to Debbie Gibson and Tiffany, playing video games and pinball, and watching movies. Looking back, I now realize that I watched films that were probably a little too mature for my age, and one of those was Flashdance.

Which gets us to the point of the blog post: Flashdance the Musical. You may not have know this existed, and neither did I until my boss Amy asked if I wanted to go recently. Amy and her friends discovered an awesome deal that you can get a season’s worth of balcony tickets for $10 a show! (God knows I love a good deal.) My co-worker Erin went, too, along with Amy’s friend, Liz.

Before the show, we headed to Encore for some food (didn’t want my stomach to growl the entire show…not cute). Amy and I split baked goat cheese and a little sampler dish of coconut shrimp and chicken skewers. Accompanied by a glass of Prosecco, of course! And some live jazz music too!

The food was just what we wanted, something to tide us over but nothing too heavy. (Could you imagine if I fell asleep at the theatre? Yikes…) Amy’s friend Liz also met us, and we headed over to the theater next door (can’t get a much better before-theater spot) shortly after.

We raced up to our seats just in time for the show to start, and even though we were in the last row, it honestly didn’t matter. PS–How gorgeous is that theatre? I haven’t been to a musical for a while, and Flashdance was such a feel good, dance in your seat kind of show. The dancing was incredible, and the singing was strong too. (Secretly, it rekindled my dream of being a singer, but that’s a whole other blog post for another day.)

It has been awhile since I’ve seen the movie, but I like the way they portrayed it on stage. And who can resist that final scene when she’s dancing for the judges to “What a Feeling”? If you’re like me, you’ve definitely re-enacted that scene a time or two. If only I had some leg warmers…

Encore Liquid Lounge
171 West Randolph Street

Cadillac Palace Theatre
Flashdance the Musical
151 West Randolph Street