This month Jon and I visited a hidden gem tucked neatly into the
North Shore, right in our own backyard. We pass it all the time and
figured it was time we dug a little deeper into its 1914
The Wilmette Theatre, located in the middle of the village I
call home, is way more than a quaint little bijou showing both
first-run films and hip and artsy indies. It has become a place for
stand-up comedy, full-on musicals, children's theater, lecture
series (including a brand-new one all about sex), and even some
fabulous burlesque and female impersonation. Oh yes, the 'burbs
have come a long way.
Jon and I decided to partake in the theater's new Monday Night
Music Series, happening the third Monday of each month. Admittedly,
Mondays are not the most popular for date night, but think of how
easy it will be to find a sitter and how adventurous you'll
Jon and I attended the first of the new music series
performances, all about the decade we met and fell in love: those
We got our glasses of wine (served at all of the over-21 events)
and settled into the theater's cozy space to be taken back in time.
We were encouraged to cause a little commotion, dance and sing
along. It was super fun to hear songs like "Let's Hear it for the
Boys," "Time of our Lives" and "9 to 5" sung with all-out unabashed
glee and a bit of Broadway performance verve. A very unique and
silly date night indeed.
This month the Monday Night Music Series takes place on Oct. 15,
with a show called "An Evening of Song and Cabaret … with a Twist."
They describe it as "the Andrews Sisters meets The Backstreet Boys
with a little Lady Gaga and Madonna thrown in for fun."
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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