Tag: Baton Show Lounge

What some of our favorite restaurants are doing for New Year's Eve!

What some of our favorite restaurants are doing for New Year's Eve!
We definitely know for sure that this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations won’t feel like anything we’ve ever experienced. No more jammed ballrooms around town with ladies dressed in sparkly gowns and men in tuxes BUT we do have some nice options that will still help us ring in 2021, and it damn well better... Read more »

The final New Year's Eve at the much loved Baton Show Lounge

The Baton Show Lounge line-up for the final NYE show. (Photo by Rick Aguilar)
The Baton Show Lounge was all dressed up to say goodbye at its final NYE show on December 31. Balloons were everywhere and every table was topped with the requisite party hats, horns and golden beads. We reserved far in advance as I knew this night would be a sellout and it was. Chuck and... Read more »

Mimi Marks, the world's most glamorous female impersonator, exits Baton but not her fans' hearts

Mimi Marks
Mimi Marks has been performing at the Baton for the last 25 years and on Sunday she took her final bows. The place was standing room only for this legendary showgirl whose titles include Miss International Queen, The World’s Most Beautiful Transsexual, Miss Continental and her very first pageant title from her hometown of Waterloo,... Read more »
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Chilli Pepper: Beloved Baton Show Lounge performer celebrates birthday in style

Baton Show Lounge's Chilli Pepper celebrates her birthday at Ciao Amore Ristorante with friends and chef/owner Cesar Pineda.
Chilli Pepper has been performing as a female impersonator at the Baton Show Lounge for more years than I can remember. When I was single, it was my favorite spot to take family and friends. I even took my husband Chuck there on our first date! The location at 436 N. Clark remains a hot... Read more »

View from a Float: My Pride Parade Experiences Through the Years

View from a Float: My Pride Parade Experiences Through the Years
This year marked the 4th time I’ve had the honor of riding on a float in the Pride Parade.  It is still one of the most thrilling and exhilarating experiences and one that always makes me proud.  For my first two Pride rides, I had the joy of being on the Baton Show Lounge float... Read more »

My Favorite Photo Memories of 2010

My Chicago Magazine feature was definitely a year’s highlight! The City of Big Shoulders had busy feet visiting the many fundraisers, cocktail parties, soirees, get-togethers, galas, launches, previews, openings, meet-and-greets, luncheons, dinners, events, fests and weddings that took place this year.  There were so many moments that will never be forgotten with friends that I... Read more »
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Oprah Winfrey and Chilli Pepper: A Tale of Two Icons and Me!

Dining with Oprah Winfrey and Chilli Pepper at Chicago Cut Steakhouse! The bash of the Titans occurred last night at Chicago Cut Steakhouse when global icon Oprah Winfrey dined with another icon and long-time friend, Chilli Pepper.  Chilli is a top female impersonator at the Baton Show Lounge and has been friends with Oprah for... Read more »

Top Chicago Chefs Highlight Service Club Fashion Show

Top Chicago Chefs Highlight Service Club Fashion Show
Chefs Ryan Poli (Perrenial) and Ryan Pitts (RL) strut their stuff in the finale of The Service Club of Chicago’s fashion show. I think this year’s “Day on the Terrace” Fashion Show, benefitting The Service Club of Chicago, was the best one yet!  There were gorgeous fall/winter collections presented from designers/stores such as Dennis Basso,... Read more »

The Baton Show Lounge, A North Side Institution, Celebrates 41st Anniversary

The legendary Chilli Pepper performs in the Baton Show Lounge’s 41st Anniversary Party. The Baton Show Lounge at 436 N. Clark celebrated their 41st anniversary last night and presented a show that had the packed house on their feet for every number!  Standouts were Sasha Colby and Chilli Pepper although every “girl” gave it their... Read more »
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30th Miss Continental Pageant Wows Park West Crowd!

Aurora Sexton, winner Armani, 1st runner-up Mokha Montrese, 2nd runner-up Naysha Lopez and Kim Moore. The Miss Continental Pageant finals are always held on Labor Day night.  This year’s show, owner Jim Flint‘s 30th, was the best one we’ve attended so far at Park West.  The Continental Pageantry system was started in 1980 to provide... Read more »