The Lincoln Lodge was the first place I was exposed to comedy in Chicago, and is certainly one of the best rooms for standup in the city. They've just kicked off their 13th season with four sold out shows featuring Chicago ex-pat Pete Holmes this past weekend, and have a solid block of shows announced through the end of the month. A few highlights include:
Ken Barnard, featuring Julia Solomon, Joe Kwaczala, Ricky Gonzalez and The Amazing Tomas! on Friday, October 19th.
Ken Barnard was one of my favorite local acts here in Chicago before he relocated to LA in the Summer of 2011. He was caustic with an eye for the absurd, with a presence that either upped the hilarity or the discomfort level in the room, depending on the audience (I've seen both). Solomon, Kwaczala, and Gonzalez are all very talented local standups (and cast members at The Lodge), and The Amazing Tomas! is a magician who can be seen deepthroating a balloon in the following video:
Eat this! Stories For The Love of Food on Wednesday, October 24th.
Five days later, The Lodge is hosting the launch of a new food-focused storytelling series called Eat This!. The inaugural show will feature stories (and a few samples) from Doug "Hot Doug" Sohn, Chicagoist Editor Chuck Sudo, Producer of WGN's America's Best Bites Madeleine Yastrow, head chef at Small Bar: Division Justin White, and a handful of other folks from various facets of the dining industry, as well as several students ages 6-18 from the 826CHI writing program.
You can (and should) buy tickets to both of these shows on The Lincoln Lodge's website. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming shows and special events at this, one of the longest-running and most reliably great venues in Chicago.