Category Archives: Andersonville

Andersonville Midsommarfest June 8 – 10

To me, Andersonville’s Midsommarfest is the real kick off for the Chicago festival season. 

Midsommarfest is Andersonville’s annual summer street festival, now
entering its 47th year. Each year, nearly 50,000 people throng Clark
Street from Foster to Catalpa for two days of music, dancing, kids’
entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region sell
their wares to passers-by, while ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge
bands keep the party going.

We are very excited to announce that this year’s 47th annual Midsommarfest street festival will kick off on Friday evening, June 8th with a special performance by 16 Candles!
This opening night celebration will take place on Clark Street between
Balmoral and Catalpa Avenues beginning at 5:00 pm, and will also feature
food from some of your favorite local restaurants and of course cold
beer and sangria.

More details and show schedules online.

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Fortune Feimster Kicks off Gay Pride Weekend for Back Lot Bash

Back Lot Bash is an outdoor live music and
entertainment festival started in 2004 by three Chicago women. Back Lot
Bash is now  one of the most highly anticipated and attended pride weekend
events for lesbians in the country.

Showcasing local and emerging musicians as well as established
performers of different genres, Back Lot Bash highlights unity, equality
and inclusiveness in an environment that is festive and celebratory of
everyone in our community.

Thursday’s Comedy Kickoff event will be held at Mayne Stage Theater
1328 W. Morse Ave in Chicago.

Fri/Sat/Sun will be  in the heart of
Chicago’s diverse Andersonville neighborhood at 5238 N. Clark St.,
Chicago 60640. Back Lot Bash is easily accessible by both of Chicago’s
major north side highways and by public transportation.

This years line up is  awesome!  With 4 days of events!

Lesbian comedian from the Chelsea Lately show, Fortune Feimster makes her Chicago debut on Thursday 21st with a night of comedy.

Get ticket info and complete details at  Back Lot Bash Chicago


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Scrooge and Marley Cast Party May 6th at Marys Attic

Come meet the cast and crew of Scrooge & Marley, a new kind of Christmas movie, being filmed in Chicago this May.

Several stars and behind-the-scenes personalities will be greeting the public on Sunday, May 6, at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St. (upstairs from Hamburger Mary’s), 3-5 pm. A $20 entry fee avails you of a choice of hors d’ oeuvres, half-priced drinks, and a chance to win some fun prizes.

 
Among the cast and crew that will be on hand for this spectacular event are:

David Pevsner (Law and Order: LA, Criminal Minds),
Rusty Schwimmer (North Country, The Perfect Storm),
David Moretti (Dante’s Cove, Shut Up and Kiss Me),
Ronnie Kroell (Eating Out: Drama Camp, BRAVO’s Make Me a Supermodel)

Plus Drew Anderson, Nicholas Bailey, Scott Duff, Amy Matheny, Fawzia Mirza, Becca Kaufman, Diana Simonzadeh, Tommy Beardmore, and Colin Sphar.
 
You will also have the opportunity to meet directors Richard Knight, Jr. and Peter Neville, and more cast and crew from the film!
 

Scrooge & Marley is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic story of the holidays, A Christmas Carol. Recounted from a gay sensibility, with heart, comedy and music, the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale of a man’s redemption at the holidays—thanks to the help of three ghostly spirits—comes alive from a fresh perspective that will appeal to audiences of every persuasion. The screenplay is written by Ellen Stoneking, Richard Knight, Jr. and the late Timothy Imse

 

For information on the upcoming film, please visit www.scroogeandmarleymovie.com.
 
Tickets are available at the door.
 

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Big Gay Brunch Club at Adriactic Cafe Restaurant Feb 19

Sunday  Feb 19th  1pm-3pm, BIG GAY BRUNCH CLUB CHICAGO takes over Adriatic Restaurant in Andersonville!

Though the family that owns this Edgewater spot is Serbian, much of the
menu isn’t. Many of the meals do feature ingredients used in traditional
Serbian cuisine, but the owners have worked to Americanize the entrees.
The result: comfort food with a Mediterranean twist. Specialties
include the Adriatic plate, a carnivore’s dream of mixed meats such as
pork chops, chicken and liver; a daily fish special; and housemade
cevapcici.

Bottomless Sangria and mimosa’s. And an amazing buffet for $25 inclusive of tax and gratuity.

For appetizers:
Hummus
Kaymak ( homemade type of cream cheese)
Creamy rolls (made with ham, smoked meat, cheese, sour cream)
Meze ( smoked meats chicken, beef and pork, mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, olives)
Spicy feta spread , Capraise sandwich, Cornbread

Salads:
Green salad, Tomato, Cucumber, Pickled vegetables, Potato salad

Soup of the day

Main course:
Sarma (stuffed cabbage), Pork schnitzel , Breaded fish, Veal with veggie, Chicken in mushroom sauce
Beans , Grilled mixed meat , Rice, Mashed potato, Grilled vegetables, Baked potato

RSVP  on Facebook.  $25  cash at the door.

5553 N. Clark St.

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CREW Bar Annual Charity Chilli CookOff Jan 28

NBC 5’S WAYNE JOHNSON RETURNS AS HOST OF CREW’S 2012 CHARITY CHILI COOK OFF

 

Wayne Johnson, food and lifestyle reporter for NBC Chicago, will return as host of Crew Bar + Grill’s Annual Charity Chili Contest on Saturday, January 28th, from 12PM to 2PM.


The annual chili contest lets patrons sample eight different chili recipes for a $10.00 donation to the Edgewater based non-profit, Care for Real. Organized by the Edgewater Community Council, Care for Real is a volunteer operated food pantry and social services group supported by donations from the community. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili recipe, $100 in cash, and the category for best presentation of your chili, the “Nate Berkus award”, which nets a $50 Crew gift card.

 

Crew Bar + Grill

4804 N Broadway

Chicago, IL   60640

Crew Bar + Grill, located at Broadway and Lawrence, is Chicago’s premiere, award winning gay sports bar.  In 2010, Mike Sullivan and Mark Robertson joined the business as co-owners alongside Steve Milford and Brian Wells. Now well into its seventh year, Crew has become a fixture of the Uptown entertainment district with a mix of big games on over 20 HD, flat screen televisions and great food and drinks.

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Santa Speedo Run comes to Chicago Dec. 10

The famous Santa Speedo Run is now happening in Chicago! 


It began in Boston in 2000 with 5 guys just looking to spread some
holiday spirit.  Since then it has attracted thousands, intent on
raising money for children in need, to run through the streets of
Boston, and several other North American cities, in December dressed
in Speedo’s and holiday flair.

SATURDAY  Dec. 10th
12:00 – 3:00
The run will launch it’s first ever Chicago Santa Speedo Run  in Andersonville!

Introducing
the new Santa Speedo Run in Andersonville! This first year, folks  will be
running for Vital Bridges!

“We are asking for a $20 minimum donation to
participate in the race, so start your fundraising!”

Dress Code for the Run:
As the name of the event implies, you will
want to wear a speedo and a Santa hat. Elves, Reindeer, Hanukkah
Harrys, etc. ALL are welcome! Bags will be provided for you to ch
eck
your clothes at The Sofo Tap. 4923 N. Clark.

 



Schedule of Events:

12:00pm – 1:30pm / Sign-in @ The Sofo Tap (4923 N Clark)


1:30pm / A few words while we get ready, then sing our Christmas Carol!
2:00pm / We begin our run along Clark St. north to Balmoral and back to Sofo (1 mile)
2:30pm / Awards

Spread the word and invite your friends!

RSVP  on  Facebook

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In The Jungle – Final Weeks! Theatre in the Round


In the Jungle
 is a play about a fight between two men, George Garga and C Shlink.   –  and it is being staged inside  Brown Elephant in Andersonville!

Wakadoo Productions and the Howard
Brown Health Organization are pleased to present Wallace Dirge’s
adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, directed by
Emmy-nominee Keaton Wooden
. As part of an ongoing mission of Wakadoo
Productions to use Art to serve the community in tangible ways, half of
all ticket proceeds will go to the Howard Brown Health
Organization to
help promote sexual wellness in Chicago for the LGBT community.

Dirges’ In the Jungle, an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the
Jungle of Cities, is an allegorical story of the epic battle between a
wealthy businessman and a poor bookseller in 1912 Chicago.


The
production is running  until  Dec. 18th  at Brown Elephant, 5404 N Clark, at the site of the historic Calo
Theatre in Andersonville.
Each evening the thrift store will be
transformed into a 1912 makeshift boxing ring, with set designed by the
talented Shaun Renfro.

Edward Eberwine III plays  George Garga.  Written in Germany in 1921 but set in Chicago, 1912, In the Jungle portrays the arbitrary duel of a lumber merchant and a poor book clerk.  It takes place in the form of a boxing match, with each scene representing one round. Shlink is a wealthy lumber merchant at the start of the play and Garga is only a clerk in a book lending library. 

The setting was partially inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, but contains Brecht’s unique imagination and mistaken assumptions about America.  Among the many themes of the play are communism, capitalism, animalism, love, hate and human isolation.  It is a dense, nihilistic portrayal of the human condition. 

We want to make a powerful, memorable event that will not only affect Chicago emotionally, but also physically,” explains director Wooden. “This piece is a tale of the senseless power of hatred, its devilish intimacy and its ultimate destruction, how easily we resort to it and how painful the results are. The danger and perhaps even the draw of this story is its acknowledgment that we all have thought to resort to the vulgar actions made by these characters. I am thrilled to bring this haunting story to the Chicago community.”


“Overall, this a remarkable production, a powerful piece of work
performed in an unlikely setting, with a host of amazingly strong
performances – 9 out of 10 STARS… “


**DISCOUNT TICKETS**
  you can all now get discounts to see the
show. 
Originally a $30 ticket, you can now get 1/2 price tickets! 

Go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/207296 and type
 in the promotional code “georgewins” for a $15.00 ticket.

For more information, please visit InTheJungleChicago.com
and    facebook.com/inthejunglechicago

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IN THE JUNGLE – A very cool Play in the Round at Brown Elephant in Andersonville

In the Jungle
 is a play about a fight between two men, George Garga and C Shlink.  

Edward Eberwine III plays  George Garga.  Written in Germany in 1921 but set in Chicago, 1912, In the Jungle portrays the arbitrary duel of a lumber merchant and a poor book clerk.  It takes place in the form of a boxing match, with each scene representing one round. Shlink is a wealthy lumber merchant at the start of the play and Garga is only a clerk in a book lending library. 

The setting was partially inspired by Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, but contains Brecht’s unique imagination and mistaken assumptions about America.  Among the many themes of the play are communism, capitalism, animalism, love, hate and human isolation.  It is a dense, nihilistic portrayal of the human condition. 

The show is currently in rehearsals and will open at the Brown Elephant Thrift Store in Andersonville  on November 17th, 2011. 

How cool is that?!

Wakadoo Productions and the Howard Brown Health Organization are pleased to present Wallace Dirge’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, directed by Emmy-nominee Keaton Wooden. As part of an ongoing mission of Wakadoo Productions to use Art to serve the community in tangible ways, half of all ticket proceeds will go to the Howard Brown Health Organization to help promote sexual wellness in Chicago for the LGBT community.

Dirges’ In the Jungle, an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, is an allegorical story of the epic battle between a wealthy businessman and a poor bookseller in 1912 Chicago. The production will run from Nov. 17th-20th and Nov. 30th-Dec. 18th  (16 shows) at Brown Elephant, 5404 N Clark, at the site of the historic Calo Theatre in Andersonville. Each evening the thrift store will be transformed into a 1912 makeshift boxing ring, with set designed by the talented Shaun Renfro.

We want to make a powerful, memorable event that will not only affect Chicago emotionally, but also physically,” explains director Wooden. “This piece is a tale of the senseless power of hatred, its devilish intimacy and its ultimate destruction, how easily we resort to it and how painful the results are. The danger and perhaps even the draw of this story is its acknowledgment that we all have thought to resort to the vulgar actions made by these characters. I am thrilled to bring this haunting story to the Chicago community.”

Tickets for $30 are on sale to the public and may be
purchased by visiting
Brownpapertickets.com/event/207296.

For more information, please visit InTheJungleChicago.com
and    facebook.com/inthejunglechicago

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Famous Fido Dog Adoption Fun Oct. 15-16

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Dog Adoption Sat. Sept. 10 in Andersonville


Over a dozen dogs need a home, this Saturday, Sept. 10th!!



Dogs who really need
Loving and Happy Homes will be on hand and available for adoption at the event – 
 
These dogs are  all saved from Kill-Shelters and REALLY  need your support!

Saturday, September 10, 2011       9:30am – 5:00pm

Famous Fido Rescue   and Adoption Alliance
5430 North Clark    Chicago, IL 60640        Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:   773.907.0305
 
or visit us us at:    Famousfidorescue.com   


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Gay SoftBall World Series Week in Chicago 2011

 Gay Softball World Series  2011 Chicago!

Just  days  away!   Events  begin this Sunday, August 28th starting at CREW. 4804 N. Broadway. Celebrate the end of the Softball Season with a Beer Bust and Fundraiser for GSWS. 2pm – 5pm     Help out the Chicago Gay Softball World Series. It’s 3 hours of Coors Lite for $20. Raffle prizes too.


Opening Ceremonies   08.29.2011   @   Navy Pier – Chicago
Opening Ceremonies for the 35th Annual NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series will take place on Monday, August 29, beginning at 5:00p.m at the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. It’s going to be  a huge star-studded event!    Admission to the Opening Ceremony is FREE!  But Donations will be accepted, $10 is suggested,  to support the Ben Cohen “Stand Up” Foundation.


Closing Ceremony   will be  Saturday 09.03.2011  @  Waveland Ave – Chicago
SERIES 2011, INC. IS ‘TAKING IT TO THE STREETS’  FOR CLOSING STREET FAIR IN BOYSTOWN
 “Final Say” and “DJ Bill Bennett” Help Wrap Up World’s Largest Annual LGBT Sporting Event
4-10pm.  

Admission is free for all Series 2011 participants and CMSA Members. Sports enthusiasts and members of the LGBT and greater Chicagoland community are welcome and encouraged to attend the Closing Street Fair for a $5 suggested donation at the gate, which will benefit Series 2011 charity partners.




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Dog Rescue Rummage Sale in Andersonville Aug. 21-22


 
  LET’S HAVE GREAT FUN
& HELP SAVE LIVES!


 
3rd Annual:
RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE!
 
Saturday, August 21, 2011
10:00am – 7:00pm


Sunday, August 22, 2011
11:00am – 5:00pm
 
Monies raised at the RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE will help our rescue dogs by providing…


Much Needed Food!
Medical Care!
Spaying & Neutering Services!
Necessary Shots!
and Micro-chip to ensure that these dogs can be located if lost again in the future.
– in addition, you can help by donating items that can be sold – items from your attic or from your spring cleaning can help us raise funds and save a life!
 
Please contribute to our worthy cause, it will also help fund our rescue cookie boxes, allowing us to raise funds for the many animals we are trying to save lives at kill shelters!
 
Please contact Gloria to make donations and donate items at:
   
Famous Fido Rescue     and Adoption Alliance
5430 North Clark    Chicago, IL 60640    Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:    773.907.0305
 
or visit us us at:      www.Famousfidorescue.com    
 
VOLUNTEER – ADOPT – DONATE   —   JOIN OUR ALLIANCE!

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New Ownership Team Purchases Sofo Bar

4923 N. Clark Street, Inc.
d/b/a Sofo Bar (“Sofo”)
announces the completion of a transaction
under which 100% of the shares of Sofo have been acquired by Mark Robertson, Mike Sullivan,
Steve Milford and Brian Wells.

“Sofo is a terrific neighborhood bar, with a great staff and loyal customers,” says Mark
Robertson, the newly named President of the corporation. “All of Sofo’s bartenders are staying on, and we look forward to working with all of them to grow the business in the years to come.”

Milford and Wells opened Crew Bar + Grill in 2004, at 4804 N. Broadway, in the Uptown
neighborhood. Sullivan and Robertson joined Milford and Wells as principal owners of Crew in
January of 2010. Sofo will be operated as a separate corporate entity and S.W. Crew, Inc., the
corporation that operates Crew Bar + Grill, does not have any ownership interest in Sofo.


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Animal RESCUE Rummage Sale July 16-17


2nd Annual:
RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE!
 
“CHRISTMAS IN JULY!”
Saturday, July 16, 2011
9:00am – 7:00pm
&
Sunday, July 17, 2011
10:00am – 5:00pm


Items for sale include:
Furniture, Home-decor & accersories, housewares, antique furniture, linens, one-of-a-kind collectibles, apparel, books, DVD’s, Children’s Items, and much more!
 
Monies raised at the RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE will help our rescue dogs by providing:
Much Needed Food!
Medical Care!
Spaying & Neutering Services!
Necessary Shots!
and Micro-chip to ensure that these dogs can be located if lost again in the future.

Famous Fido Rescue    and Adoption Alliance
 
5430 North Clark   Chicago, IL 60640    Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:    773.907.0305
 
or visit us us at:
Famousfidorescue.com   

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Rummage Sale – To Help Animal Rescue June 18-19 in Andersonville

1st Annual:

RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE!
in  Andersonville
 
Saturday, June 18, 2011
10:00am – 7:00pm
&
Sunday, June 19, 2011
11:00am – 5:00pm
 
Monies raised at the RESCUE RUMMAGE SALE will help our rescue dogs by providing:

Much Needed Food!
Medical Care!

Spaying & Neutering Services!
Necessary Shots!

and Micro-chip to ensure that these dogs can be located if lost again in the future.

– in addition, you can help by donating items that can be sold – items from your attic or from your spring cleaning can help us raise funds and save a life!
 
Please contribute to our worthy cause, it will also help fund our rescue cookie boxes, allowing us to raise funds for the many animals we are trying to save lives at kill shelters!
 
Please contact Gloria to make donations and donate items at:
   
Famous Fido Rescue    and Adoption Alliance
5430 North Clark   Chicago, IL 60640     Rear Parking Lot
 
Please call us at:    773.907.0305
 
or visit:   Famousfidorescue.com

   

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Big Gay Brunch Club Chicago at T’s June 12 Andersonville


The Big Gay Brunch Club
(BGBC) takes over T’s
 in Andersonville this
Sunday June 12th, 11am-1pm. 

followed by
Andersonville Midsommarfest!


5025 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-784-6000

$25 Includes bottomless Mimosas,
Bloody Mary’s, Coffee, Tea and Soda.

And one menu item from the list below

Mac & Cheese, Cobb Salad, Fish n Chips or Veggie Burger


RSVP on FACEBOOK


Next month –  Sunday July 17th @ El Mariachi tequila bar & grill….3906 N. Broadway! 




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QUEERGASM May 28th at Marys Attic


QUEERGASM!

A Cabaret of
Queer Performance


Saturday May 28,
7-9pm. 
Mary’s Attic
5400 N. Clark Ave
Chicago IL


Northwestern University’s Queer Pride Graduate Student Association presents an evening of burlesque, drag, stand up, sketch comedy, belly dance, poetry, music, and more!  Featuring DAAN, Candy Lawrence, Jay Welch, Rebecca Kling, Dan Stermer, Mo Welch, Trandroid, Oliver Bendorf, Lahore Vagistan and more!


Come find out what makes YOU queergasm!


Queergasm! is part of NUQPGSA’s annual Queertopia! academic festival, and is co-sponsored by The Sexualities Project at Northwestern, NU Performance Studies, and NU Gender Studies.


northwestern.edu/queerpride

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Crew’s 7th annual Kentucky Derby Party – Saturday May 7th

MY….
WHAT A BIG HAT YOU HAVE!

When it comes to horse racing’s premier event, THE KENTUCKY DERBY, the competition isn’t limited to the track itself.

The Kentucky Derby and its sister event, the Kentucky Oaks, are the only sporting events that are also fashion events.
 
Derby attendees spend as much time and money on their race-day apparel as they do at the betting window — maybe more!  And Derby fashionistas are in a race to see who can be declared best dressed.

JOIN CREW!

Crew’s 7th annual
Kentucky Derby Party

Saturday May 7th
Hosted by Sofia Saffire
 
$4.00 Mint Juleps and
$12.50 Mimosa pitchers

(Photo Nick Adams from Guys and Dolls and  Priscilla)
 
You pick the winning horse and we’ll buy you a drink!
 
Horse selection begins at 4:00 pm.
 
Best Hat Contest
1st place $75, 2nd place $50, 3rd place $25 Crew gift card!

See you at the races!

CREW BAR + GRILL      4804 N. Broadway Chicago, IL Phone: 773 784 CREW (2739)

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Sunday April 3rd Famous Fido Animal Rescue Event Las Manos Gallery





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Tim Weber and Restoration Hair Salons….What Makes Them One of The Best in Chicago?


While there is no shortage of hairs salons in the Chicago area, there is definitely a clear distinction between high quality professional salons, and other average haircut salons.

WHAT MAKES A
GREAT SALON?

Without customers there would not be a hair salon. Therefore, amazing customer service must be a priority. However, it is surprising how many salons forget how import this is.


Customer service is not just about being cordial and providing the minimum service requirements. Hairdressing salons are in an extremely competitive market. Therefore, hair stylists must go above and beyond to create a great experience for you. Doing all the little things (Ensuring you know the cut a person wants, being friendly, and giving customers your undivided attention) will go a long way to be a great hair salon.

And you want to feel comfortable –  not intimidated. And at Tim Weber’s  RESTORATION salons , they make you feel comfortable, and deliver a great experoence.



Tim opened the original Restoration salon open in Chicago’s historic Lincoln park district in 1993… starting out as a tanning salon.  Restoration has since grown into the established salon it is today. With the success of the first salon,   Weber then had a vision to open a second salon in the quaint and up-and-coming Andersonville neighborhood.  This dream came to fruition in December of 2008.

Our focus is on hair. Our goal is to restore. Our desire idea is to make you happy.  Our commitment is to the needs of our clients. We really do strive to bring you a relaxed yet professional environment. 0ur salons are comfortable, stylish and reflect the creativity of our staff.”  says owner Tim Weber.

How do you find a great staff to ensure a good fit with a salon? 

Weber reveals, “To ensure the highest quality of cosmetologisty, Restoration sets up an “audition”  instead of a traditional interview process. The audition assesses personal style, professionalism, cut and color technique, versatility and personality.  We  want to make sure you get great service and a high-quality experience that will leave you feeling relaxed rejuvenated and restored!”



Customers RAVE about RESTORATION!

“I always look forward to my appointments at Restoration Salon which boast a clean, comfortable and relaxed setting.”

“Most salons make you feel like your being evaluated and judged from the minute you walk in, all the stylist are friendly and fun they have a work dynamic that allows everyone to sit back, relax and truley enjoy themselves, which is more then I can say for”

“Restoration Salon is lovely and the staff are always fun and friendly.”

“Tim Weber and his team know how to have fun, provide great service, and offer a full complement of hair treatments at affordable prices.”

We don’t know ANY OTHER SALON in Chicagoland that gets perfect scores, across the board.

Amazing reviews on MetroMix!
A perfect score on City Search !
Rave reviews at YELP !



Restoration Hair Salons

5349 N Clark St 
(between Summerdale Ave & Balmoral Ave)  (773) 769-3237
2151 N. Sheffield Ave    (south of Webster)  (773)327-2151


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