Showing posts with label circus. Show all posts
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Friday, November 25, 2022


ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar





Featuring the Best of Chicago’s Nightlife Entertainment; 

Highlighting the World of Burlesque, Boylesque, Magic, Sword Balancing, 

Circus, Dance and More

The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque© is proud to announce its return this holiday season with the sixth edition of Chicago’s favorite alternative holiday show, a twist on the original story and a live event not to be missed, directed by Miguel Long and choreographed by Dylan Kerr, December 1 - 31 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.  The two-hour experience begins with a cocktail hour which includes craft vendors from local artists (Thursday nights), special pre-show performances (Friday and Saturday nights), and brunch fare (Sunday matinees), followed by Tchaicovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite in a saucy, alternative and adult retelling of the holiday classic. Each week features the best of Chicago’s nightlife entertainment in the roles of Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Vodka and Mother Ginger, featuring sword swallowing, belly dancing, classic burlesque and more. 

I'll be out for the press opening Dec. 1st so check back soon for my full review. Holiday performance schedule includes Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. with a special New Year’s Eve closing night performance Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. This New Year’s Eve special event includes a party following the show with cheese and charcuterie snacks, two drink tickets for after the show, a midnight “pole dancer booty drop” countdown with balloons and prizes, a DJ and more. 

There are no performances Friday, Dec. 24 and Saturday, Dec. 25. Admission is available for those 18 years old and older (21+ to drink). Tickets are Industry/SRO, $20; house left general admission, $30/$40 at the door, house center general admission, $40/$50 at the door and VIP, $75/$100 at the door with New Year’s Eve tickets house left general admission, $60/$70 at the door, house center general admission $80/$90 at the door and VIP $150/$200 at the door. Tickets are now on sale at and and, based on availability,  at the door one hour before the performance.

Audiences are invited to follow Clara and her Buttcracker on a wild hallucinogenic trip from a boring-AF holiday party to the Land of Sweets where they battle rats, save the day and learn that body and sex positivity are to be celebrated. A combination of fairy tale and exotic trip down the rabbit hole with the best of Chicago’s nightlife entertainment. The Buttcracker highlights the world of burlesque, boylesque, magic, sword balancing, circus, dance and more.

The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque© cast includes Elena Avila*/^ (Clara); Olivia Lindsay* (Buttcracker);  Claire Francescon* (Drosselmeyer); Autumn Christensen* (Sugar Bum Fairy);  Baby Bagos Hood*/^ (Boss/Rat King); Hannah Silverman* (ensemble); Mandyn Mueller+/^ (ensemble); Eilish Morse-O'Rourke* (ensemble);  Yasmyne Williams*/^  (ensemble); Savannah Sinclair*/^ (swing) and Sierra Buffum*/^ (ensemble understudy). Features soloists for the roles of Vodka, Tea, Chocolate, Coffee, and Mother Ginger rotate weekly. Every week includes a different kind of performance from the best of Chicago’s nightlife entertainment.

The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque© production team includes Miguel Long+ (director); Dylan Kerr* (choreographer); Brighid Martensen*/^ (costume designer); Gabrielle Strong* (set designer); Samuel Stephen+ (lighting designer);

Rowan Doe^ (props designer); Jake Snell+ (stage manager) and Carlie Rummel* (backstage manager); Kayla Drescher* (magic consultant). Jaq Seifert^/(sub)version productions (producer) and Caylei Hallberg* (producing assistant).

Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs). = (any with respect)

Information on tickets:

New Year’s Eve

Saturday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m.

Ticket prices: HOUSE LEFT GA $60/75 at the door, HOUSE CENTER GA $80/$100 at the door, VIP $150/$200 at the door.

This special closing performance of the 2022 run includes a make-your-own cheese and charcuterie board, two drink tickets for after the show, a midnight “pole dancer booty drop” countdown with balloons and prizes, a DJ and other special guest performances. 

Regular Performances:


Ticket price: $75/$100 at the door

This upgraded ticket includes reserved seating at your own cafe table right on the theatre floor with early entrance to the theatre and a private VIP bar, meet and greet with cast members and official Buttcracker swag. 

General Admission

Ticket price: $40/$50 at the door

General Admission tickets include first come, first served seating in the center section of the theater.

House Left General Admission

Ticket price: $30/$40 at the door

General Admission tickets include first come, first served seating in the house left section of the theater.

Standing Room Only (SRO)

Ticket price:  $20

A limited number of standing room only tickets will be available at the door, based on availability.

ADA Accessible seating is available, email for more information or to make reservations.


The Buttcracker: A Nutcracker Burlesque© subverts the classic holiday ballet to promote diversity in body, gender expression, sexuality and race. The show utilizes the platform of parody to encourage audiences to imagine a more inclusive world, redefining the art of the tease through an alternative take on burlesque. This performance would not be possible without the generous support of individuals and companies who understand the value of having alternative adult entertainment during the holiday season, as well as supporting our mission of subverting audience’s expectations of what live entertainment looks and feels like. 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Teatro ZinZanni Bringing Love, Chaos, & Dinner Cirque Cabaret To Chicago In April of 2019

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar

Love, Chaos, & Dinner Premieres in Chicago
Launching this Spring
In Brand New Venue in Chicago Theatre District


Here at ChiIL Live Shows, we're seriously stoked for Love, Chaos, & Dinner to open in Chicago as a long running dinner destination. Circus arts have made a resurgence in new and creative ways, and Chicago's talent pool runs deep. This style of  dinner theatre featuring everything from campy cabaret to breathtaking aerial arts and more, has taken cities by storm. Chi, IL is ripe for The Spiegeltent ZaZou, a Belgian mirror tent filled with historic touches, which will host this self described "Kit Kat Klub on acid". We can't wait!

With great excitement, Teatro ZinZanni today announced the premiere of Love, Chaos, & Dinner, the critically acclaimed show combining the best of cirque, cabaret, spectacle, live music, comedy and fine dining.  Presented by Randolph Entertainment, performances are scheduled to begin on April 5, 2019 at a brand new location in the center of Chicago Theatre District. The Spiegeltent ZaZou, a Belgian mirror tent filled with historic touches, will be located on the 14th floor in the newly opened Cambria Hotel Loop-Theatre District.  The previously forgotten space was discovered in 2017 during the renovation of the hotel when dropped ceilings were removed revealing the original grand space within the 1926 historic building. 

Described as the “Kit Kat Klub on acid, Teatro ZinZanni brings to Chicago an international cast of premier entertainers for its anticipated engagement.  Love, Chaos & Dinner features the master of madcap improv Frank Ferrante, cabaret star Lady Rizo, and acclaimed Chicago natives aerial trapeze act Duo Rose. The company will also feature entertainment from comedians Joe De Paul and Tim Tyler, hoop aerialist Elena Gatilova, Parisian acrobat Domitil Aillot, and the body juggling Anastasini Brothers.  Teatro ZinZanni’s founder Norm Langill will direct the production.  The menu will be designed by Chicago’s own Debbie Sharpe – The Goddess in The Goddess and Grocer.

Broadway In Chicago is will be handling the sales and marketing for Teatro ZinZanni. Group tickets for 10 or more are now available by calling (312) 977-1710 or visiting

About Teatro ZinZanni
Teatro ZinZanni was founded in 1998 launching a wholly original new form of entertainment combining a unique fusion of cirque, comedy, cabaret, spectacle, and live music while serving up a multi-course feast. Inspired by the great cabarets of Europe, a team of creative artists and theatre professionals who have been working together for over 40 years created Teatro ZinZanni led by Founder Norm Langill. Teatro ZinZanni has brought in celebrated artists from the worlds of cirque, clowning, cabaret, music, aerial arts, magic, and illusion.  Performers over the years have included internationally recognized names like Joan Baez and Ann Wilson.  The show in Chicago is presented in the Spiegeltent ZaZou on the 14th floor in the newly opened Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop located in the Theatre District.

About Randolph Entertainment

Randolph Entertainment is a partnership of some 25 people who share in the vision of bringing an extraordinary experience to Chicago. A group of mostly Chicago based individuals; the partnership is committed to being a good neighbor and contributor to Chicago’s vibrant cultural community. Stanley Feig, a veteran of the entertainment industry with a career spanning several decades, manages the partnership. 

About Debbie Sharpe
Two parts rock n’ roll, one part Chicago, and one sassy Aussie, Debbie Sharpe is The Goddess in The Goddess and Grocer. The Goddess got her background in rock n’ roll catering, traveling the globe and feeding some of the most influential musicians of our time including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2 and Fleetwood Mac. Instantly falling in love with Chicago, she got off the Paul McCartney tour bus and laid down roots in the Wicker Park – Bucktown neighborhood in 1990. Serving a colorful, globally inspired menu of creative sandwiches, vibrant salads, mix-and-match square meals, and gourmet pantry items, she opened The Goddess and Grocer in 2004 and it was an instant hit. At The Goddess and Grocer, we believe in the power of community, the influence of music, and most of all, we believe great food brings people together.

Love, Chaos, and Dinner
Enter a realm where reality and dreams converge; an experience unlike any other! Teatro ZinZanni is a whirlwind of international cirque, comedy and cabaret served with a multi-course feast.  Described as the “Kit Kat Klub on acid”, the fast-paced action unfolds around, above and alongside guests as world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen, and aerialists fill our intimate Spiegeltent ZaZou, a unique jewel box mirror tent. Teatro ZinZanni’s signature blend of Love, Chaos & Dinner has played to sold out audiences in Seattle and San Francisco. Don’t miss the show The New York Times calls, “A feast for the senses” and the “city’s hottest ticket!”

Spiegeltent ZaZou
The Cambria Hotel Loop-Theatre District
32 W. Randolph St.

Begins Performances April 5, 2019
Wednesday-Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sundays Brunch Matinees at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets start at $123 and include a 4-course meal
Broadway In Chicago Subscription and Group Sales:  (312) 977-1710  

Individual Tickets – Presale begins November 26, 2018 and General Onsale begins December 7, 2018

Monday, June 9, 2014

TOMORROW: Liquid Soul and March Fourth at Lincoln Hall (21+) #HighlyRecommended

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar Tues 6/10 at Lincoln Hall
8:00 PM   21+  $14.00

ChiIL Live Shows will be there shooting stills. It's our 14th wedding anniversary and we're way beyond jazzed to get to spend it with two of the most fun bands to see LIVE. We can't wait!  Highly recommended.

Here's some crazy cool partner acro on STILTS that we shot when March Fourth played Martyrs last year!  Check it out. Then go see them LIVE already.

Click the links below for loads of our past original photos, videos and coverage on BOTH bands.

A kaleidoscope of musical and visual energy mere “mortal” bands cannot compete with, Aside from their marching band themed costumes, and multi member drum and brass corp, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though this group of about 20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). The show will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe and through the deepest grooves of American funk, rock, and jazz then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers. They’ve headlined too many major festivals to name, multiple times, as well as playing prestigious venues from The Kennedy Center to a cultural exchange tour of China.

(We've been huge Mars Williams fans since back in the Psychedelic Furs days.   Here's Mars in orbit at Chicago Folk and Roots Fest 2011 with Soul Sonic Sirkus.)

Liquid Soul, the Grammy-nominated combo that has built its reputation on a compelling mix of jazz, hip-hop, funk and hard-bop, makes its Telarc debut with the release of One-Two Punch.

Pioneers of the acid-jazz movement during their early days in the Chicago club scene of the mid-1990s, Liquid Soul has evolved over the past dozen years into a musical compendium of sounds and styles that starts with jazz and embraces hip-hop, R&B, dance, funk, techno, world, spoken-word and much more. 

Led by innovative saxophonist/composer Mars Williams, the eight-piece collective has conquered nearly every corner of the U.S. and is looking to turn up the juice in Europe and other parts of the world via their Telarc debut.

2014 US Tour Dates 

Fri. Jun 6 Omaha, NE Omaha Summer Arts Fest  

Sat. Jun 7 Wichita, KS Wichita River Fest  

Sun. Jun 8 Madison, WI Marquette Fest  

*Tue. Jun 10 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall  
with Liquid Soul

Wed. Jun 11 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Center  
with The Brass Messengers

Thu. June 12 Davenport, IA River Music Experience
with The Winter Blues All-Stars

Fri. June 13 St. Louis, MO 2720 Cherokee
with Hellzapoppin

Sat. Jun 14 Kansas City, MO Boulevardia   

Sun. Jun 15 Columbia, MO The Blue Note   

Thu. June 26 Durango, CO Animas City Theater 

Fri. June 27 Louisville, CO Steinbaugh Pavilion  

Sat. June 28 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Arts Festival 

Sun.  June 29 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Arts Festival 

Fri. July 4 San Rafael, CA Marin County Fair 

Sat. July 5 Reno, NV Cargo  
with Diego's Umbrella

Wed. July 9 Seattle, WA Westlake Park   

Wed. July 9 Bellingham, WA Downtown Sounds  

Fri. July 11 Veneta, OR Oregon Country Fair   

Fri. July 18 Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Big Room   

Sat. July 19 Chico, CA Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sun. July 20 San Diego, CA Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Tue. July 22 Vail, CO Bud Light Hot Summer Nights

Wed. July 23 Glenwood Springs, CO Summer of Music

Thu. July 24 Frisco, CO Concerts in the Park

Fri. July 25 Denver, CO Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sat. July 26 Ames, IA DG's Tap House
with Dead Larry

Sun. July 27 Chicago, IL Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Tue. July 29 Hamden, CT Spaceland Ballroom

Wed. July 30 Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live at the Queen
with Zach Deputy

Thu. July 31 New York, NY Watermark
with Philly Bloco + Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution

Fri. Aug 1 Portland, ME Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sat. Aug 2 Philadelphia, PA  Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Sun. Aug 3 Mills River, NC  Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Fri. Aug 8 Nevada City, CA Miner's Foundry Cultural Center

Sat. Aug 9 Ashland, OR Ashland Armory
with SambaDa

Fri. Sept 12 Walla Walla, WA Gesa Power House Theater

Sat. Sept 13 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theater

Mon. Sept 15 Portland, OR Mondays on the Mall

Here's the latest Via March Fourth:

My, what a busy summer!
MarchFourth is on a mission to visit each and every one of you this year it seems (more info about the US fall tour coming soon). Seriously. It will take a lot of scrolling to get to the bottom of this show list! From San Diego, California to Portland, Maine to Tampa, Florida, and from the mountains of Telluride, CO (8700 ft) to the streets of New Orleans, LA (0 ft) and everywhere in between, there's a pretty good chance we're headed your way (except maybe the southwest, since we just returned from there). Let's hope the A/C in the bus is fixed for good this time, because this summer is going to be HOT!!!

For a little taste of life on the road with M4, I suggest you check out stilter/stunter Phill's blogHe's kind of new to M4, joining after stilt veteran Sid Simpatico retired last summer due to a knee injury. Phill's been writing these great tour recap posts on Facebook for a while, but now he's taken to the blogosphere. I'm sure there will be much to write about this summer, so keep an eye there to follow our adventures! Here's a video from our birthday show this year of Phill and the gang doing stilt acro to "Surfunk" (a newish song by Taylor Aglipay). 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Zoppé Family Circus is in Addison Through Mother's Day #Circus #ChiILPicksList

ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Picks List For Unique Fam Friendly Activities This Weekend

ChiIL Mama will be there... will YOU?! 

We've shot stills at Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Brothers, Cirque Shanghai, Cirque Eloize, El Circo Cheapo, CircEsteem and more.  We've even caught a number of Cirque du Soleil performers for video interviews. 

Still, there's something to be said for the little guy. Zoppe Family Circus has a a small town, parking lot tent charm that's too much fun. And it's hard to beat a show where the performers include people you know! Today we'll excited to be rolling video and shooting stills at Zoppe: An Italian Family Circus.

We can't wait to see our old friends and my kids former circus team creative directors Carlo & Orlene and their talented family!  They're back on the road, foot juggling & performing and we miss them here in Chicag! My kids learned so much from them over 2 years.  

Remaining Shows: Sat 1, 4 & 7 and Sun 1 & 4 

DISCOUNT TICKETS: Zoppé Family Circus is back in the Chicago burbs in#Addison, IL through Mother's Day. Check 'em out! 

Come on out to Addison and see The Zoppé Family Circus!!!
Dates: May 7 - 11, 2014
Location: Addison next to Caputo’s Fresh Market, 510 West Lake St.
Times: Saturday 1, 4 & 7 pm, Sunday 1 & 4 pm

Monday, October 21, 2013

Photo Recap: Midnight Circus at Commercial Park10/13 #MCITP #OriginalPhotos

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama and enjoy Midnight Circus vicariously through our photo filled recap.   Then go see them live already.  Only one weekend left, till you have to wait for next year!  We caught them last Sunday at Commercial Park and as usual, they ROCKED!  3 generations of our family saw the show together and everyone from the grandparents down to the kidlets loved it.  



2333 W Sunnyside Avenue
Friday, October 25th 7:00pm
Saturday, October 26th 2:00pm & 5:00pm
Sunday, October 27th 1:00pm & 4:00pm

Click here for our past Midnight Circus coverage.
Here are some of our favorite shots:

We also have some video clips coming soon so check back with ChiIL Live Shows like we vote in Chi, IL... early and often.

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