Sunday, March 29, 2015

Ho, Ho, Ho, It's Magic!

Lots of magic at the Uptown Underground!
The Chicago Magic Lounge, a new weekly happening at the Uptown Underground, has successfully established itself Chicago's new home for a lost Chicago tradition: close-up magic.

Step back in time to Chicago’s old-school magic bars, and become immersed in a night full of close-up magic, bar magic, table-hopping magicians, and main stage acts of the highest caliber. The Chicago Magic Lounge aims to bring you the city's best magic every Thursday night. Teaming up with the Uptown Underground, the Lounge is dedicated to revitalizing an important Chicago tradition. Close-up magic just got a lot closer.

Chicago has a rich history of magic performed in front of your eyes in bars. Magic bars were all the rage during the 1960's and 70's and that live magical entertainment was just a short ride away for many Chicagoans. There was the well-known New York Magic Lounge in Lincoln Square, the famous Schulien's in North Center, and South Side club Little Bit O' Magic. People flocked to the magic bars to share the laughter and awe generated from the miracles of Chicagoan magicians. They were all places to see magic happen up-close and personal, providing an exciting and unforgettable experience. They pioneered what is now known as the "Chicago Style" of magic: magic right at your table. 

Chicago Magic Lounge performers include headliner Jim Bergstrom along with magicians John Sturk, Lee Benzaquin, Luis Carreon, Kex Lang, Mike Rhodes, and Bill Weimer, the man who literally wrote the book on Chicago magic bars: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t.

The 8:00pm show includes close-up, strolling, and bar magic, with showcase acts on the stage throughout the night. At 10:00pm show is the Magic Lab - a chance for magic performers to test out material and work on new effects for their professional or amateur acts.

The goal of the Chicago Magic Lounge is to provide an unforgettable experience that will leave the audience wondering not only how the magicians do it, but what will happen next.

Chicago Magic Lounge
Every Thursday Night at 8:00pm.

Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway (just south of Lawrence Ave), Chicago, IL 60640.

$20 tickets and more information are available at 773.867.1946 or

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