Zanies in Old Town
I love going to Zanies Comedy Club in Old Town. It’s the place to go to see stand-up comics before they get famous. Walking into the place feels like you’re stepping back in time to old Chicago, making you want to drink whiskey and smoke a cigar. It’s a narrow and long space with seats filling every square inch and servers slinging cocktails left and right. The walls and ceiling are covered with headshots of all the famous comedians who have graced the small stage. It’s nothing fancy, but that’s what makes it so great.
1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027, chicago.zanies.com
—Kim Knoll, designer, Knoed Creative, organizer/host, CreativeMornings Chicago (Design 50)
Best of Chicago 2015