Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Entertainment District Grows, As Legendary Baton Lounge Announces Move To Uptown

Well, hello there, Baton Show Lounge!

Chicago's storied drag venue is coming to the former Uptown Underground space at Broadway and Leland, taking over both the first floor and basement in the beautiful Uptown Broadway Building.

In today's newsletter, Ald. Cappleman says:

The Baton Show Lounge, currently located in River North, signed a lease to move to 4707 N. Broadway and occupy the first floor and basement.

Known across the country for their drag shows, the Baton was opened 49 years ago by owner Jim Flint. Special guests in the past have included Joan Crawford, Sammy Davis, Jr, Kirk Douglas, Robert Wagner, Shirley McLaine, Joan Rivers, Madonna, Janet Jackson, RuPaul and Chris Farley."
There is no date set yet, but the Baton will be celebrating its last New Year's Eve at its River North location in 2018, according to its website.

We are living in an exciting era in Uptown!

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  1. All the different entertainment venue announcements we've made in 2018 don't take into account that there were many years of planning and work to get where we are today. Now we're collecting the dividends, but more exciting is that many of the area businesses, including restaurants owned by first generation immigrants, will have many more customers. It's a win for them as well.

  2. The Baton does well to provide an entrance through the building and an indoor waiting area. Its success will still rely on more bright outside lights along that dark stretch of Broadway.

    1. The Baton will be taking the first floor where @Properties is currently located, along with the basement where Uptown Underground was located. There will be 2 different stairways down to the basement.