WBEZ | karaoke http://www.wbez.org/tags/karaoke Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Be a karaoke superstar in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/be-karaoke-superstar-chicago-105792 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Trader%20Todds%20copy.jpg" style="height: 620px; width: 620px; " title="Life is but a karaoke dream at Trader Todd's. (Poggled)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">Karaoke may have originated in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karaoke" target="_blank">Japan</a>, but America has turned this strange little public display of lyric reading, microphone wielding and awesomely bad singing into a national rite of passage. In fact, a rollicking night out with friends is usually not given the title of &quot;epic&quot; until a 3 a.m. rendition of Billy Joel&#39;s<em> Glass Houses&nbsp;</em>is involved.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>If <em>American Idol </em>has taught me anything, it&#39;s that we really like getting up on stage and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mvNCD6M9PI" target="_blank">losing our inhibitions</a> through song--even if that means making complete fools out of ourselves. Karaoke is a way of life in urban music meccas like New York, Portland and Nashville, but Chicago has a great scene too.</p><p><u>Here are a few of my favorite places to sing like there&#39;s no tomorrow</u>:</p><p><strong>Lincoln Karaoke</strong>&nbsp;(Lincoln Square)</p><p>&quot;Private Room&quot; karaoke with comfy sofas, mini egg rolls&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.lincolnkaraoke.com" target="_blank">glow-in-the-dark tambourines</a>. Need I say more?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Chicago Blackhawk VFW Post 7975&nbsp;</strong>(Noble Square)</p><p>Or as I like to call it, the good ol&#39; <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/chicago-blackhawk-vfw-post-7975-chicago-2" target="_blank">VFDubs</a>. Open until 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can sing &quot;I Am Telling You I&#39;m Not Going&quot; and really mean it.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Blue Frog&#39;s Local 22&nbsp;</strong>(River North)</p><p>I rarely find myself in this area, but when I do, I&#39;m usually the only one eating a veggie burger and singing &quot;Burning Down the House&quot; at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.local22chicago.com" target="_blank">Blue Frog</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Shoes Pub</strong> (Lincoln Park)</p><p>Friday night karaoke at <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/shoes-pub-chicago" target="_blank">Shoes</a>&nbsp;is always a good time. When you&#39;re not (ironically) belting Bon Jovi alongside trashed DePaulians, feel free to vandalize the walls with chalk or play darts while drinking some delicious craft beer.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alice&#39;s Lounge</strong> (Avondale)</p><p>Another <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/alices-lounge-chicago" target="_blank">4 a.m. dive</a>&nbsp;with a cheap drinks, friendly staff and a cozy setup&nbsp;for singing/dancing the night away.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mary&#39;s Attic</strong> (Andersonville)</p><p>This is my favorite gay bar for a reason.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hamburgermarys.com/chicago/events.php" target="_blank">MaryOke!&nbsp;</a>on top of Hamburger Mary&#39;s is the most fun I&#39;ve ever had with Wii, Giant Jenga and drag queens combined.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Piece&nbsp;Brewery and Pizzeria</strong> (Wicker Park)</p><p>Live band karaoke on Saturdays! And did I mention that they have the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago? Because <a href="http://www.piecechicago.com/flash/index.html" target="_blank">they do</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Trader Todd&#39;s</strong> (Lakeview)</p><p>Okay, this place is Bachelorette Party central. It&#39;s also <em><a href="http://www.tradertodd.com" target="_blank">amazing</a></em>:&nbsp;kitschy tiki bar atmosphere, drinks with names like &quot;The Naked Jamaican&quot; and over 10,000 karaoke songs for you to croon on a stage that has Christmas lights all-year-round. Seriously, what&#39;s not to love?</p><p><u>Oh, and I have some favorite songs too</u>:</p><p>&quot;You May Be Right&quot; - Billy Joel (<em>Glass Houses</em> forever)</p><p>&quot;My Sharona&quot; - The Knack (watch <em>Reality Bites, </em>then&nbsp;get back to me)</p><p>&quot;Under Pressure&quot; - Queen and David Bowie (NOT Vanilla Ice)</p><p>&quot;Here Comes Your Man&quot; - The Pixies (I sang this song in weird dive bars and honkeytonks&nbsp;<em>way</em> before Joseph Gordon Levitt in <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDzDm-KGCs4" target="_blank"><em>500 Days of Summer&nbsp;</em></a>made it cool again)</p><p>&quot;22&quot; - Taylor Swift (guilty)</p><p><em>Where are your favorite places to karoake in Chicago? What about go-to songs? Sound off in the comments below or let me know what I&#39;m missing out on via Twitter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/be-karaoke-superstar-chicago-105792