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Uptown Underground Speak-easy Burlesque Venue Now Officially Open

By Mina Bloom | February 18, 2015 2:15pm | Updated on February 19, 2015 8:23am
 Kiss Kiss Cabaret producers Chris O. Biddle and Jenn A. Kincaid
Kiss Kiss Cabaret producers Chris O. Biddle and Jenn A. Kincaid
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UPTOWN — The wait is over: Retro-themed adult entertainment venue Uptown Underground is officially open.

The folks behind the venue, Jenn A. Kincaid and Chris O. Biddle, who are also the producers of burlesque show Kiss Kiss Cabaret, announced on Facebook Tuesday they finally obtained their liquor license from the city after months of trying.

That means they're now set to host Kiss Kiss Cabaret in their new location in the Uptown Broadway Building at 4707 N. Broadway for the first time Friday evening. Tickets can be bought on the venue's website.

Kincaid and Biddle originally intended to host a grand opening party on New Year's Eve, but couldn't officially open due to longer-than-expected delays with the licenses, Kincaid said.

Kincaid told DNAinfo Chicago in January 2014 to expect a full bar, a 150-seat main stage and a 50- to 60-seat cabaret stage. She said it would be a "speak-easy style" venue, which makes sense considering the Uptown Broadway Building is rumored to be a former Al Capone speak-easy, and formerly housed the popular Equator nightclub.

In addition to burlesque, the venue will host shows ranging from comedy and music to dance and variety shows in the spirit of vaudeville, Kincaid said.

More details to come.

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