The Chicago Tribune will be moving their Chicago Live! performances to the UP Comedy Club at 230 W. North Ave. Chicago Live! will be held on Thursday evenings starting at 6:30 p.m. from Feb. 2-March 22.
Rick Kogan, a Tribune reporter, author and WGN Radio personality will host the hour-long stage shows. Chicago Live! will bring the Chicago Tribune to life, and will feature interviews, arts performances and comedy from The Second City.
All the acts in the show will have a Chicago spin. Each installment will have Kogan’s popular “Chicago Almanac” segment, where he focuses on a certain year in history through words, images and music.
Chicago Live! at UP Comedy Club
“Chicago Live! has always been about sharing the stories of the entire city,” Kogan says. “So we’ll continue – with a few surprises – to inform, entertain and enlighten our audience from this new perch.”
And if that’s not enough, the theater will have a full-service restaurant and bar selling well-know Chicago food items like Eli’s cheesecake, Lou Malnati’s pizza, and Vienna Beef hot dogs.
The show was previously held at The Chicago Theatre Downstairs, and its fall 2011 season had six shows. Guests included U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, former Bears’ safety Gary Fencik, White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams, actor John Mahoney, and Chicago comedy/horror legend Svengoolie.
The winter 2012 roster and ticket information will be announced in January. Can’t make a show in person? WGN Radio 720 will broadcast the shows on Saturdays at 11 p.m.