Saturday, January 7, 2023

Winter at Chicago Magic Lounge Marks the Company’s 5th Anniversary and Return of Family Show Sundays

Chicago Magic Lounge Presents 

Comedy Magician Harrison Lampert’s


Wednesdays beginning January 4, 2023

HarrisonLampert, credit Sarah Elizabeth Larson

Here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows, we adore Chicago Magic Lounge, Chicago’s home for close-up magic. We came out and covered their ground breaking over 5 years ago, and their grand opening, and we've been regulars ever since. 

Photo by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

The magic starts at the secret entrance through the wall of dryers, a nod to the prior use of the space at 5050 N. Clark as an industrial laundromat. The secrets don't stop there. Think classic Scooby Doo mysteries as you enter the magic library with bookcases full of volumes of tricks and biographies of famous magicians from all eras. Then there's the fun Art Deco design of the main theatre space as well as the front bar. Even some of the bathrooms contain illusions. 

Most of their shows are 21+ (16+ with legal guardian) and make for a great adult night out. If you have littles at home, check out the Family Show on Sundays  afternoons at 3pm, great for all ages 5+. They're back after a 3 year pandemic hiatus so bring the whole family and enjoy a magical afternoon. 

This month, I'll be reviewing their Artist-In-Residence series with Harrison Lampert’s Mixtape, now on stage Wednesdays at 7:00pm, January 4 – March 29, 2023. Harrison’s Mixtape combines magic, stand-up, sketch, improv, and some good ol' fashioned silliness all peppered with late 90s/early 2000s nostalgia. It's a comedic roller coaster out of the mind of Philadelphia 90s kid Harrison Lampert. Tickets for all Chicago Magic Lounge shows are available at the box office, (312) 366-4500 or online at

Who's Harrison Lampert? We don't really know. What we do know is that outside of his passion for finding the greatest lunch deal of all time and trying to understand the color teal, you may have seen him multiple times on your tv and phone. And now, he's bringing his show Mixtape to the Chicago Magic Lounge. 

Harrison Lampert is an actor, comedian, and magician originally from Philadelphia. He has been seen in GHOSTED, Fresh Off The Boat, American Housewife, as well as The Daily Show. Lampert was also featured in the viral video "Magician Sells Weed to a Cop." He is an alumnus of The Groundlings Sunday Company and is a frequent performer at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. 

Mixtape will be presented on Wednesdays at 7:00pm, January 4 – March 29, 2023. Tickets are priced $40 (Main Floor) and $45 (Front Row). 

Chicago Magic Lounge is pleased to announce the return of the Family Show! Happening monthly, the Family Show is a one-hour performance perfect for kids and adults alike. Winter performances take place Sunday January 4, February 5, and March 5 at 3pm. Tickets are priced $35 (Standard) and $45 (Front Row). 

Also Happening at Chicago Magic Lounge

Music & Magic

Mondays at 7:00pm

Tickets: General Admission $30

The Showcase

Tuesdays at 7:00pm

Tickets: Standard: $35; Front Row: $40

Artist-in-Residence Series

Wednesdays at 7:00pm

Tickets: Standard: $40; Front Row: $45

The Signature Show

Thursdays-Sundays at 7:00pm, Fridays and Sundays at 10pm

Tickets: Front Row $85, Premium Main Floor (main floor banquette and main floor cabaret) $72.50, Standard (rail and elevated banquette) $65, Mezzanine $52.50. 

The Signature Show was conceived in 2015 as an homage to the historic, Chicago magic bar scene. Experience close-up magic right at your table during the cocktail hour, followed by an hour of stage magic featuring masters of their craft performing feats of prestidigitation and sleight of hand. Guests who purchase Premium tickets (Front Row, Main Floor Cabaret, Main Floor Banquette) are invited to an exclusive performance of close-up magic directly after the main stage show in our 43-seat close-up gallery, The 654 Club.

Photo by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

Chicago Magic Lounge’s 5th Anniversary

Come celebrate as Chicago Magic Lounge marks 5 years since bringing Chicago-style close-up magic back to the city! Join us for a very special week of Signature Shows February 23-26. Performer details and special offerings to be announced at a later date. 

Note about the menu refresh – new items include: 

BAKED GOAT CHEESE, chèvre, charred peppers, and Calabrian chili gremolata, served with a grilled baguette.

FLATBREAD, caramelized onions, pancetta, roasted figs, and parmesan, herbs, 

FRIED CHICKEN SLIDERS, and VEGAN SLIDERS, two Impossible™ sliders topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, vegan dijonnaise. Winter also marks the return of our seasonal drink The Cursed Apple, hot spiced cider (spirit-free or spiked).

Tickets for all Chicago Magic Lounge performances are available at the box office, (312) 366-4500 or online at Chicago Magic Lounge is a 21+ venue. Ages 16+ allowed to ticketed evening shows with a legal guardian. Ages 5+ are allowed to The Family Show. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. 

The staff and performers of the Chicago magic lounge are fully vaccinated for covid 19. Ticket holders must attest to being fully vaccinated against covid-19 or have tested negative within 48 hours prior to your visit to enter the premises. 

For a complete schedule of performances and more information about Chicago Magic Lounge, resident and guest performers, and more, please visit

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