Saturday Adventure with Pat Anderson (on a brief visit from Portland, OR:) After lunch at Sand Bar, in Twin Lakes, WI, shopping at Ginger Blossom (ethnic and traditional crafts, rugs, furniture, sweaters, antiques and more from all over the world) in Richmond, Il. Ginger Blossom is on her farm and the items for sale are located in many small outbuildings, the main barn, on the grounds, and the checkout/office has its own building. Fun adventure.
Saturday Adventure with Pat Anderson (on a brief visit from Portland, OR:) After strenuous shopping at Ginger Blossom, a refreshing stop on the way home, to a place often visited in my youth (1950's and 1960'S although this particular one is since 1963!) a Dog and Suds for an A&W Rootbeer in a frosted glass mug!
Sunday adventure with Pat Anderson (on a brief visit from Portland, OR:) An evening at the Chicago Magic Lounge on Clark Street.
Apparently, as we learned, close up magic was invented in Chicago, there used to be many restaurants and bars which featured magic, eventually, all disappeared, and now a newly opened club features several levels of magic.
Once you find your way into the Magic Lounge through a laundromat, have a drink at the magic bar and be entertained with close-magic (and just a little schtick) by a world-class magician! Buy a ticket to a nightly performance in the Harry Blackstone Theater to see magic, have a drink, and have dinner. See a late-night show and another drink in the 654 Club. Be sure to spend some time in the library and to visit the bathrooms.
The entrance appears to be a laundromat.
See if you can find the doorknob that will get you into the lounge. If you cannot find the doorknob, look for the bell or the phone which will get you help.
Relax in the library/gift shop. All of the books deal with magic and many are antiques, collectibles, rare.
Even the bathrooms are magical!
I stayed with Sparkling Rose. Yumm.
First stop is to wait in the bar before being seated in the theater. You can just come here for the price of a drink and watch close up magic at the bar.
The Blackstone Theater features a full show featuring different magicians each night. You can continue to drink and the menu features delicious light foods. At the beginning of the show, the MC talks about the history of magic in Chicago.
Pat and I had front row, ringside seats.
While waiting for the show, half a dozen magicians circulate providing table side magic is featured.
After the main show, VIP ticket holders attend another show in the New York Lounge which features "new comers" to magic but who are still stellar!
The entire evening was magical. They are well organized, move people from place to place with ease, table and bar service is friendly and efficient, food is unique and delicious. It felt to me like being at an Adult Disneyland!