This week in Chicago, there was a point that with windchill, it “felt like -25 degrees.” In our opinion, that warrants double-pants, hot toddies and staying within five feet of the fireplace. However, we do have day jobs that force us to brave the elements and interact with other humankind outside of our homes. (It’s a gift. Truly.)
So on Wednesday of this week, we decided to look past the frigid temps and get cultured–specifically by some mediocre bar food and one of Beautiful’s last performances at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. If you don’t know, Beautiful is about the early life and career of chart-topping legend Carole King. As a fun throwback note, Mandy and her parents tried to see this musical the year it opened on Broadway (2014) when it starred Jessie Mueller. The rush tickets ran out four years ago, but thanks to TodayTix in 2018, we scored inexpensive, central seats for a fraction of what they would have cost by buying directly from the theatre. We highly recommend this service to Chicago theatre-goers (or any place TodayTix has a presence–check out their site!).
Before the show, we grabbed a bite at Randolph Tavern, which is conveniently located directly across from the theatre. In full transparency, their location may have been the best part of the experience. The menu was overwhelming (including barbecue, Mexican, and Asian foods, oh my!), and the waitstaff didn’t exactly help narrow down the selection; however, the food we chose was decent (Morgan enjoyed the brick chicken and “The Loop” drink, Mandy devoured her “dry” shrimp tacos and Daisy Cutter beer, and they both dug the “bacon & eggs” starter). In a pinch, or simply for convenience, we’d go back, but likely only to accompany a show across the street.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical runs until January 28 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. If you’re into jukebox musicals, the 1960’s, and/or heavy Brooklyn accents, get your tickets and Feel the Earth Move today!