5 Late-Night Options in Chicago That Don’t Involve a Nightclub
Go ahead and order that coffee
You’ve sipped the last of the wine and signed the bill — now what?
When you’re not up for a nightclub and it’s still a tad early for that final nightcap, why not see a show? Hamilton ended hours ago, but the curtain hasn’t come down everywhere.
One of these five options may be just the ticket.
The Neo-Futurists’ The Infinite Wrench (Fridays & Saturdays at 11:30)
When an experimental theater company can keep a show running for 28 years (Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind), it’s clearly got it going on. Like that now-closed hit, fast and furious is what it’s all about with The Infinite Wrench, which puts ensemble members to the test, performing multiple plays in a matter of minutes, as the audience — divided into teams — calls out what bit is up next.
Stop streaming and set your sights on the Music Box, whose skyward shooting marquee has been a beacon to movie lovers for decades. Serious cinema is a staple here, but the late-night programming is more laid back, with such fare as Fight Club and Highway to Hell, the horror-comedy-action-adventure where Ben Stiller appears as Attila the Hun.
Improvised Shakespeare at The iO Theater (Fridays at 8 and 10:30, Saturdays 10:30)
The old Bard can be a real snooze, but making merry in an Elizabethan manner is anything but at this Lincoln Park operation. Riffing on ideas from the audience, a quick-tongued improv crew whips up wacky tales Will would be proud to call his own.
The Magic Lounge’s Signature Show (Fridays & Saturdays at 7 and 10)
If magic conjures images of some sad-sack working a third-rate room off the Vegas strip strip, think again. Hidden away like a speakeasy Capone might have made his own, this stylish venue is the spot to witness magic done close up by pros who wouldn’t be caught dead pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
The Second City After Hours: A Late Night Improv Show (Fridays & Saturdays at 11) Sometimes, you’ve got to go back to the source. If you haven’t hit this Chi-town institution in awhile, the 60-minute show — with its Rat Pack style and heavy audience participation — will send you home in stitches.