Looking for a night of magic? You’ll find exactly that at Chicago Magic Lounge, a 1940s speakeasy-style lounge that brings the tricks—and delicious food and drinks—to you tableside.
Chicago Magic Lounge is located in Chicago’s iconic Andersonville neighborhood. The exterior of the joint is nondescript — just double doors painted in black, with small inset windows to reveal a laundromat within. Around the doors, old magic show flyers are plastered, so faded into the building facade that you wouldn’t think twice about it. In fact, you wouldn’t even know you were in the right place if it weren’t for the address.
The double doors give way to a small huddle-space, where eager magic-lovers wait before a wall of washing machines, spinning a never-ending cycle of fake laundry. The washing machines are, of course, a trick door, one that swings open to reveal the hidden lounge within.
The lounge is a swanky, 1940s, Art Deco affair: think velvet and gold everywhere. The lounge consists of three parts: the library entry room, a bar and the theatre itself. The bar serves up craft cocktails, and the bartender might even mix in a card trick or too while shaking up your drink.
In the theatre, expect a heavy dose of close-up magic alongside the mainstage event. Magicians perform within the 120-seat theatre, where a 43-seat lounge on the lower level provides the opportunity to have wandering magicians perform tricks for you tableside.
Chicago Magic Lounge is hoping to reawaken a long-standing tradition of magic in the city. To take part, you’ll just have to find the trick door and discover the magic within.
Chicago Magic Lounge is located at 5050 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640. For tickets and more info, visit their website.