This summer counts my second year in Chicago; it’s safe to say that by now I’ve done my fair amount of bar hopping but one specific place that I personally can’t seem to keep away from is Cole’s bar, and it’s no secret that neither can anyone else.
Every Wednesday night for seven years now comedians all around the city have been gathering at Cole’s for open mic night. This event was not only the first event that Cole’s bar ever hosted but also one of the most significant ones to this day. Open mic was first created & hosted by Cameron Esposito, who now happens to be a very successful and well-known comedian.
Esposito not only put the whole thing together, but after speaking to many performers that night, it was apparent that she became a very influential character to many LGBT and female aspiring comedians who at the time felt discouraged to pursue a career in comedy that was predominantly ran by men.
With the help and support of the owner of the bar himself, Coleman Brice, they created such a comfortable space for the entire community that it truly explains the reason why after so many years this weekly event is still as acknowledged as when it first kicked off.
Per ritual, a local band by the name of “Foz the hook” opens up the night. They usually perform at 9:30pm and have also been part of it all since day one. The open mic is now being hosted by Sonia Denis and Rebecca O’Neal, and it is a first-come-first-serve type for those interested in giving stand up a try. Although it is preferred that you sign up early the day of. Or if you simply wish to just sit back and watch the show, Cole’s is probably the only open mic in town that will not only offer you free drinks just for sticking around but more importantly will make you feel right at home. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to have a great time on your otherwise regular hump day!