Sat & Sun
Summertime2024
The Sugar Hole It is with wide eyes and sticky lips that Color Club announces the opening of The Sugar Hole, the world’s only puppet-powered ice cream walk-up window! Nestled in the leafy green understory of Chicago’s sweetest neighborhood, Irving Park, The Sugar Hole opens between the hours of 3 and 8 PM on summertime Saturdays and Sundays. The industrious puppet employees of The Sugar Hole will greet visitors and take their orders. Their fuzzy felt hearts beat for soft serve ice cream and they can’t wait to delight Chicago’s sweet teeth with their tasty recipe for good times. The Sugar Hole can be found on the Hamlin-facing side of Color Club, at 4146 N. Elston Avenue.
3:00 to 8:00 PMHamlin Walk-up Window
6/5 to 7/13
June/July2024
The Sarcoma CycleThe first repertory production in Chicago in over a decade, THE SARCOMA CYCLE is a thematic trilogy of plays set in three distinct time periods:

1. NANOBLADE 1998: set in the Cook County Hospital during a technological overhaul in medical practice. Romance, chaos, and madness ensue. Performs 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/29, 7/13.

2. SPRING BREAK 2020: a multimedia grand guignol set during the Covid lockdowns. A spectacle that spirals into strange revelations. Performs 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/29, 7/13.

3. THE MOURNING LIGHT 2050: set in River City, Chicago, in the distant future. About the family of a tech CEO who’s invented program to communicate with the dead in Virtual Reality. Prophesies from another realm threaten to tear the family apart. Performs 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/29, 7/13.
VariesColor Club Ballroom

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18
June2024
Resonance Arts Presents
Cross Modulations Series
Mike Perkins and Jeff Chan will open the night with a piano/synth and woodwinds duo. Then, oboist Robbie Lynn Hunsinger teams up with percussionist Tim Daisy for what promises to be an incredible night of music.
7:00 PMColor Club Tavern

$10 @ DOOR
20
June2024
Local Universe Presents
Lefty Parker Residency
Austin-based folk artist Lefty Parker’s month-long residency at Color Club will explore the most intimate corners of his patient music with some of his friends.

6/6 – with Fran & Tobacco City (duo)
6/13 – with Red PK & Friko (solo)
6/20 – with Lucky Cloud & Andrew Sa
6/27 – with Sofia Jensen (Free Range) & Special Guest
8:00 PMColor Club Tavern

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22
June2024
Local Universe Presents
Chloe Troast
Chloe Troast is the only new SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE cast member to join season 49 and was named a NEW FACE at Just for Laughs 2023. Previously, she landed the Amy Pascal Feature Film GOODRICH starring Michael Keaton and shot a recurring role on Paul Feig’s ABC pilot DROP OFF, opposite Ellie Kemper. Chloe can next be seen in HBO Max’s Feature Film SWEETHEARTS, starring Kieran Shipka, and Judd Apatow’s Feature Film, PLEASE DON’T DESTROY: THE TREASURE OF FOGGY MOUNTAIN, opposite Conan O’Brien, Bowen Yang and Megan Stalter.

She regularly performs in her popular and 2022 NYCF headlining solo show AN EVENING WITH PEPPER SLIT. Her digital sketches FEMINISM PROFESSOR and INTERESTING AMERICANS: PEPPER SLIT were profiled by Vulture and she recently released her debut Adult Swim Smalls series DOHLS.
7:00 PMColor Club Ballroom

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23
June2024
Voice Life Studio Presents
Summer Spin
6:00 to 9:00 PMColor Club Tavern

$20 @ DOOR
24
June2024
Backroom ShakespereDetails coming soon…
26
June2024
Shiksa Sings… Chicago!She’s on tour! Join Shiksa, SF-based singer, drag queen and comedian us for a stupid, sexy evening of songs, stories and standup.

Featuring opening performances by Chicago drag’s favorite besties, Neutral Gena and Tiki Vonte, Shiksa is bringing you her best songs and stories, classic and contemporary, plus-freshly rhinoplastied face! 
7:30 PMColor Club Tavern

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27
June 2024
Local Universe Presents
Lefty Parker Residency
Austin-based folk artist Lefty Parker’s month-long residency at Color Club will explore the most intimate corners of his patient music with some of his friends.

6/6 – with Fran & Tobacco City (duo)
6/13 – with Red PK & Friko (solo)
6/20 – with Lucky Cloud & Andrew Sa
6/27 – with Sofia Jensen (Free Range) & Special Guest
8:00 PMColor Club Tavern

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28
June2024
Lunar Ticks // Charlie Otto + His GearLunar Ticks are an eclectic Improvisational/Alternative Rock band from Chicago, IL.

Each setlist is curated from their diverse and expansive song list of originals and covers; debuting new material at almost every show. Extended improvisational passages can turn on a dime or meditate and unfurl in unexpected ways. Lunar Ticks aim to create a unique and memorable experience every time they pick up their instruments.
8:00 PMColor Club Ballroom

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30
June2024
Rudy FranciscoRudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry. Rudy Francisco has shared stages with prominent artists such as Gladys Knight, Jordin Sparks, Musiq Soul Child, and Jill Scott. Ultimately, Rudy’s goal is to continue to assist others in harnessing their creativity while cultivating his own. Rudy Francisco is the author of “Helium” and “I’ll Fly Away” and “Excuse Me As I Kiss the Sky.” He is also an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam Champion and appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon. On this night, Rudy will be performing for an hour and signing books afterwards.
6:00 PMColor Club Ballroom

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12
July2024
Darryl Rahn // JosephineDarryl Rahn is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His unique sense of storytelling and signature guitar style have earned him spots on the same stage as Dawes, Guster, and S.G. Goodman, to name a few. Last year, he appeared on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon as part of the “Battle of the Instant Songwriters” segment. Currently, he is preparing for a summer tour in support of his latest LP, “Dusk,” finishing the first album for his new band Hut, and trying to remember to get some fresh air.

Chicago based singer-songwriter Josephine Luhman delivers warm, lush, heart wrenching folk pop tunes with strong vocals, intimate lyricism and captivating arrangements that contain both sparse, intimate moments and big, swirling walls of sound.
8:00 PMColor Club Tavern

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17
July2024
Lunar Ash // The God Awful Small Affairs //
Local Memory
“Feel it out, take it slow, take time away, to tend to the bones.”
Stewack’s lyrics serve as a fitting encapsulation of the ethos of Lunar Ash: to take one’s time, to move in communion with nature, to honor one’s truth, and to help others to recognize the interconnectedness of all things. What started out as a solo project of Stewack found its true form as a four-piece band, filled out by Mark Jaeschke on guitar, Katie Steel on bass/vocals, and Evan Loritsch on percussion, keys and a number of other instruments.
7:30 PMColor Club Tavern

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26
July2024
Keep honking, we’re forming a divine connectionImproviser, writer, and photoshop power user Natalie Peeples returns to Chicago after a 612 day road trip to share some lessons from the road.

Directed by Claire Favret.
8:00 PMColor Club Tavern

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28
July2024
Trip SitterTrip Sitter is about Joey Z’s experience finding mental peace in cannabis and psychedelics after growing up with bipolar disorder. It features stand up, story telling, experimental music, psychedelic visuals, and an interactive game show.

Joey Z has performed at Moontower JFL (4x), SXSW, Willie Nelson’s Cannabis Convention for the Luck Ranch, and has shared the stage with some of his favorite artists such as Reggie Watts and Danny Brown. Joey is also the creator of the variety event Glow Show, which has toured the US and has been nominated for best comedy show in Austin via The Austin Chronicle ’22 & ’23.
8:00 PMColor Club Tavern

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2 & 3
August2024
Figure DrawingA play devised by an Assembly Theatre ensemble, Figure Drawing follows a couple old men who mourn the death of a friend, a young woman falling in love, a painter trying to get out of a slump, and a photographer who is fascinated by a man in the park. It is a thoughtful, amiable, poetic exploration of how we perceive the world in relation to one another. The set will feature original sculptures by Chicago artist Allie Walter.
7:30 PMColor Club Ballroom

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17
August2024
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSSYears after a personal tragedy, Michael Cruz Kayne talks about grief. Michael is a Peabody and WGA award-winning writer, a four-time Emmy loser, and currently works for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. As a stand-up, he’s appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and as an actor he’s been on Severance, High Maintenance, White House Plumbers and some other stuff. Michael returns to his comedy roots with a pared-down version of a show that had an extended run off-Broadway at the Audible Theater and was named among the Best of Audible 2023. The show is currently nominated for both a Lortel Award and a Drama Desk Award. It was recommended by the New York Times, whose critic tweeted ” ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ is a genuinely buoying show, BTW, and it is comedy: inquisitive, funny, provocative, compassionate. Emotionally, this culture doesn’t know what to do with seismic grief, but Michael Cruz Kayne does.”
8:00 PMColor Club Ballroom

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19
October2024
Local Universe Presents
Grace Kuhlenschmidt
Grace Kuhlenschmidt is an NYC based stand-up comedian, actress and writer who was recognized by the New York Times as one of the top 7 Comedians to Watch. Last year she was also recognized as a New Face by Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival. Grace recurred in the final season of SEARCH PARTY (HBO Max), can be seen in the first season of KILLING IT (Peacock), and also appeared in the first season of ZIWE (Showtime). You can currently watch her on THE DAILY SHOW (Comedy Central).
7:00 PM and 9:30 PMColor Club Ballroom

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Color Club events are open to ALL AGES, unless otherwise noted. Patrons under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Color Club also hosts the following regular activities:

Monday nights — Jazzercise!
Tuesday nights Anthony Meindl’s Actor’s Workshop and DANCE CHURCH
Friday nights — Ethnic Dance Chicago
Sunday mornings — Embodied Movement

***Please note: Color Club’s 100-year-old building requires stairs to access the second floor ballroom and museum/classroom. We are working on improvements to remedy this! The tavern on the first floor is accessible via the corner entrance at Hamlin and Elston. There is also one accessible bathroom on the first floor available by request.***