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New Andersonville Bar And Restaurant Will Feature Up-Close Magic

Photo: Magic Lounge Website

A new entertainment space in Andersonville that will serve both liquor and food will feature live, up-close magic shows.

The Chicago Magic Lounge will not be the first time this type of concept has opened in Chicago, but they hope to provide a unique experience for its patrons. The business will open at 5050 N. Clark St., hopefully by year’s end.

The owners currently operate the business two days a week on Thursday and Saturday (Wednesdays they do mind readings) at the Uptown Underground theater, 4707 N. Broadway. The shows feature up to six magicians each night who perform close-up magic, bar magic, and stage magic.

The new space that opens in December, will offer the company a full-time gig in a 120-seat cabaret theater with a separate 40-seat ‘1920s-style, speakeasy-type bar’ called the 654 Club. The venue will occupy around 6,000 sq. ft., where a former commercial laundry service used to be.

“This project is about a passion to rebuild a community and give the members of that community somewhere to go,” co-founder Joey Cranford told the Chicago Tribune. “Magic is such a solo art; there is nowhere in town for magicians to gather, unless you want to hang out in a magic shop in the middle of day and drink bad coffee.”

Cranford, who will run the club with his partner, Donald Clark Jr., says that when the club opens, there will be a sign on the door and multiple secret entrances.

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