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The Harold

Open run: Wed-Thu 8 PM, Fri 8 and 10:30 PM, Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM, Mon 10:30 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


Improv teams use an audience suggestion to create interweaving story lines that result in a connected long-form narrative.

The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience & Hootennany

Open run: Mon 8 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


An old standby, this weekly show transforms performer monologues (delivered by a different guest each time) into inspiration for a night of masterful long-form improv. The best-of-the-best iO talent typically make up the cast, so the show hops from literal moments from the story to abstract, playful scenes with aplomb.

Joe Barr, Joanna Connor

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-477-4646

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Open run: Thu 8 PM, Fri-Sat 8 and 11 PM
iO Theater 1501 N. Kingsbury, Chicago Lincoln Park


Seven strapping men in swashbuckler shirts improvise a two-act Shakespearean play based on a title suggested by the audience. At the show I saw, "The Taming of the Jew" inspired the Bard's usual themes (religion, family, betrayal) and plot devices (murders, disguises, fortunes gained/lost) as well as an uncomfortably funny circumcision. Director-performer Blaine Swen, a veteran of long-form Shakespearean improv who swears they don't conspire during the intermission, has assembled a vigorous ensemble of actors and proven improvisers. Their experience doing Shakespeare flowers in the language: they relish iambic dialogue, execute perfectly timed asides, occasionally utter rhyming couplets (some hilariously forced: "Let us be quick-sa, and get to the bar mitzvah!"), and drop parodic phrases ("scurvenous knave," "midfortnight report") and well-placed anachronisms (the bar mitzvah had a DJ). Even the ending echoed the real plays: story lines resolved tidily—and uproariously. —Ryan Hubbard

Vance Kelly & the Backstreet Blues Band

Sat., Sept. 22, 9 p.m.
B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-528-1012

John Primer, Joanna Connor

Sat., Sept. 22, 9 p.m.
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-477-4646

Bear Who?, DJ Trilogy, Newlife, DJ Blakish

Fridays, 10 p.m.
Vain Nightclub & Lounge 2354 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-435-0130

Eptic

Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-929-5959

Irie Trinity

Sat., Sept. 22, 9 p.m.
Wild Hare 2610 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-770-3511

Arthur Buck

Sun., Sept. 23, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Indika

Sun., Sept. 23, 9 p.m.
Wild Hare 2610 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-770-3511

Anne-Marie, Goody Grace

Mon., Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Golden Street Reggae Band

Tue., Sept. 25, 9 p.m.
Wild Hare 2610 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


773-770-3511

Hyukoh, Inner Wave

Fri., Sept. 28, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Record Company, Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear

Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Syml, Flora Cash

Sat., Sept. 29, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Strfkr

Oct. 2-3, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Soccer Mommy

Thu., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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The Revolution

Fri., Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-929-5959

Julian Lage Trio

Fri., Oct. 5, 9 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

SG Lewis

Sat., Oct. 6, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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Leftover Salmon, Amy Helm

Sat., Oct. 6, 9 p.m.
Park West 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-929-5959

Tom Morello

Mon., Oct. 8, 8 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Alma

Tue., Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501

Dreamers, Weathers

Wed., Oct. 10, 7 p.m.
Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago Lincoln Park

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773-525-2501