By Jay Gentile
Yes, you could go to a strip club; that's certainly one way to spend an evening. But if you’d rather not surround yourself with annoying DJs and questionable upholstery, burlesque is a great alternative to see some skin in a fun, low-pressure environment that you could actually bring a date to (not that we don’t know people who take first dates to strip clubs). Little known fact: Chicago is a huge burlesque town, and it's only getting bigger. Here’s how to get in on the action.
VAUDEVILLE AT BORDEL
When: Fridays at 9pm(?)
The plush, red-velvet environs of Wicker Park’s secret speakeasy above Black Bull are tailor-made for burlesque, and every Friday things get weird when Vaudeville rolls in with a rotating cast of burlesque dancers, magicians, and palm/tarot readers. Peep tight bodies in tight leather outfits as they pop champagne bottles and twirl tassels, in between swallowing swords and piercing their breasts with needles. There are also fire eaters and Eyes Wide Shut masks, and, if you feel yourself getting a little faint, you can always order food from Black Bull’s menu (served late).