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Chicago Is About To Conjure Up A Lounge Dedicated To Magic

By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on May 26, 2017 5:25PM

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Back in the day, Chicago was apparently the place to be for magic, particularly the good kind—meaning Ricky Jay-style close magic and sleight-of-hand, not your David Copperfield corn. As folks like the Reader and Thrillist have explored, from the '20s through the '70s and beyond, famed bars New York Lounge and Little Bit O' Magic cemented our city's rep as Prestidigitation Nation (sorry). Now, one of the most notable torch-bearers of that history is opening up Chicago's only full-time magic venue.

According to Chicago Tribune theatre critic Chris Jones' Thursday scoop, the folks behind Chicago Magic Lounge, the show, are opening up Chicago Magic Lounge, the room, later this year.

CML—which currently does shows Thursday and Saturday nights at the Uptown Underground—will take up permanent, nightly residence at 5050 N. Clark St., in Andersonville. The Lounge will feature a cabaret theatre and close-magic 40-seater space and is set to open on Dec. 1.

We'll deal out more details as they become available. In the meantime, check out Jones' story and pre-game with Chicago Magic Lounge action below until December. We'll duly update ur list of 50+ Great Places To Take Your Parents When They Visit Chicago by then.