The Comedy Bar
Some of Chicago’s best comedy clubs aren’t actually comedy clubs. Many of the city’s most noteworthy stand-ups carry on in places without doormen, two-drink minimums, or even a stage. The Lincoln Lodge, the city’s premier stand-up revue for more than a decade, spent most of its existence in the back of its namesake, the late Lincoln Restaurant; Uncharted Books, a used bookstore in Logan Square, hosts Congrats on Your Success, the venerable monthly series produced by Rebecca O’Neal. Joining the ranks is the Comedy Bar, which moved into the third floor of Gino’s East in River North in February. Over the years, managerial upheavals have plagued the operation—Jim Belushi was running things at one point—but the programming has remained consistent, featuring national headliners as well as hometown heavyweights, among them Danny Kallas, Sean Flannery, Mike Lebovitz, and Kellye Howard. Throw deep-dish pizza into the mix and all bets are off.