The Heartland Cafe
The Heartland Cafe Credit: Renee McGurk

Kevin O’Neil, CTA Tattler blogger, has been hanging around:

Morse and Glenwood I’ve been enjoying the Rogers Park Morse/Glenwood entertainment corridor lately. The recent opening of MorseL restaurant was the capstone of a true neighborhood renaissance.

You can eat a variety of food at almost a dozen restaurants in a two-block radius from the Morse el station. There’s Los Portales for Mexican, Act One Cafe for American fare, the storied Heartland Cafe, and various burger and Asian restaurants. Then catch a Jefferson Award-winning show at Lifeline Theatre or Theo Ubique.

After the show, have drinks at Chuckie’s, the Sidecar Bar, the Glenwood, Heartland Cafe’s Buffalo Bar, or the bar in Act One Cafe. Or catch some late-night music at the Mayne Stage, Red Line Tap, or a special musical act at the Sidecar.

Best of all, it’s all within walking distance of the newly rehabbed Morse CTA Red Line station.

Credit: Reid Compton

Jessica Marks and Eve Rydberg, aka the Good Night Ladies get inspired by:

Salonathon There’s only one place the Good Night Ladies like to get tipsy and also totally inspired on a Monday night in Chicago, and that is Salonathon at Beauty Bar. One of the great secrets of the up-and-coming “cool kids” performing arts scene, this salon-style event, created by the fetching Jane Beachy, features burgeoning artists of all varieties. It rarely disappoints, offering some of the most increasingly noteworthy voices in theater, music, and performance art in a laid-back, experimental environment. It’s a great place for artists to try out new work since the audience is generally crazy supportive and, well, drrrunk, as there is a free hosted bar before the show. Oh yeah, and it’s free to get in as well. Awesomely, Salonathon’s hittin’ the road and will be doing a one-night-only extraspecial show at the Metro on 12/20 with “You’re Gonna Die: A Holiday Fantasia,” which is sure to be a raucous good time.

2nd StoryCredit: Deb Lewis

Claire Wellin and Scott Stangland, company members in Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol and members of the band Youth in a Roman Field, are fueled by:

The act and the art of telling stories Claire: I’m fascinated by the radio as a form of storytelling and communication in general. The world of sound that opens up when the listener is disconnected from a visual of any sort is amazing. One of my favorite programs is the Third Coast Audio Festival’s Re:Sound. A must-listen episode is “Book Odds,” their ShortDocs challenge charging participants to create stories titled after and incorporating music by the Books. It’s wildly creative.

Scott: Whether watching, performing, reading, or making them up in my own head, stories play a central role in my life and work. Something that inspires me is the collective of storytellers at 2nd Story. Usually found at Webster’s Wine Bar, these talented writers/performers develop personal stories that are clever and witty, sometimes heartbreaking, but always beautiful and engaging. Over appetizers and a glass of wine? Perfect.