Theater

Smokey Hollow and Uptown Underground

Intriguing nightlife theater around Chicago


Looking to add a fun twist to your night? Need a break from the norm where you can give your mind an escape with a different sort of entertainment? Three venues — two in River North, one in Uptown — focus on more than bottle service or sports on TVs to ensure you have unique experience.

Smokey Hollow, which opened in late October, offers shows set against a room of exposed brick and red velvet curtains that buck the norm with vaudeville, magic shows, impersonators, contortionists and so much more. 343 W. Erie.

Cabaret, burlesque, magic and more all take place at Uptown Underground, a swanky, hip subterranean club in a historic building in Uptown on Chicago’s North Side. The venue harks back to an era when big bands and mobsters would gather at nearby venues like the Green Mill and Aragon Ballroom. Live music and comedy get thrown into the mix so take a ride uptown and get thrilled. 4707 N. Broadway.

Another spot that’s been open a few years offers another escape from the norm: Untitled Supper Club. This massive 18,000-square-foot venue combines a restaurant, whiskey library and eclectic live music venue that features burlesque, Motown, funk, jazz, soul and more. 111 W. Kinzie.

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