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Comedy Bar (map)
157 W. Ontario
River North
phone 773-387-8412



Thursdays, 10:30 p.m.

There are only so many places where you can watch burlesque and unicorn porn under one roof, and the River North "speakeasy" Untitled is one of them. Unbridled, the club's new variety show, is about as bareback as they come. Directed by longtime Chicago burlesque performer Angela Eve, the revamped production now feels like one big love letter to a sexy version of John Waters. Here, the big and bizarre are celebrated alongside wispy pole dancers and creepy upside-down acrobats. Even the ballerina's decked out with a metal strap-on, against which she grates a rotary saw—sparks do more than fly. The hula hooper upstages them all, doing things with a plastic circle that would rival Josephine Baker's banana act. Bring second dates, frenemies. Leave the brosephs behind. —Chloe Riley

Untitled (map)
111 W. Kinzie St.
River North
phone 312-880-1511


The Magic Parlour

Open run: Fri 7:30 and 9:30 PM

This 60-minute, late-night magic show is exactly what it should be: funny, lively, intimate, and utterly baffling. House Theatre of Chicago member Dennis Watkins blends quick-witted improv and physical comedy with freewheeling patter as he performs classic illusions. Though his sleight-of-hand is impossibly subtle, it was the mind reading tricks that seemed to have drawn several inquisitive skeptics back for another look on the night I attended. A curio-shop intimacy and cash bar encourage audience participation, and Watkins, with his Eagle Scout looks, clearly takes a mischievous pleasure in the unexpected. Just let your cell phone go off during the show and see what kind of fun he has. --Keith Griffith $75
Palmer House Hilton (map)
17 E. Monroe St.
phone 312-726-7500
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