Chicago Cabaret Week

THANK YOU for YOUR PARTICIPATION in 2022! We’re looking forward to 2023!

Cabaret has been at the heartbeat of Chicago’s nightclub scene for more than a century. Hence, the first-ever, citywide Cabaret Week festival took place during May 6-16, 2022. Dozens of artists at a dozen intimate venues around the city brought their personal renditions of American songbook, blues, jazz, burlesque, pop, French chanson, international song, and Broadway. Get carried away by Chicago Cabaret!

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  • Alliance Française (River North)
  • Beverly Art Center (Beverly)
  • Cliff Dwellers Club (Loop)
  • Davenport’s (Wicker Park)
  • DePaul School of Music (Lincoln Park)
  • Drew’s on Halsted (Lakeview)
  • Epiphany Center for the Arts (West Loop)
  • Fulton Street Collective (West Loop)
  • The Haven (Bronzeville)
  • The Hideout (Bucktown)
  • Newport Theater (Wrigleyville)
  • Old Town School of Folk Music (Lincoln Square)
  • Le Piano (Rogers Park)
  • Polo Inn (Bridgeport)
  • Venus Cabaret at the Mercury (Lakeview)


  • Acts Of Kindness Cabaret with Hilary Feldman
  • Anne & Mark Burnell
  • Chicago Cabaret Professionals
  • Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion
  • Christy Bennett’s Fumée Jazz duo
  • Claudia Hommel
  • Clotilde Rullaud & Chris McCarthy
  • Feathered Beaus
  • Greta Pope
  • Jackie Smook
  • Joan Curto
  • Madeline Morgan
  • Nancy Hays and Mary Heffernan
  • Paul Motondo
  • Peek-Easy
  • Sama Sama Project with Lou Ella Rose
Collages and design elements by Tricia Marschman
Cast of the Cabaret Week kickoff, at Ephiphany Center for the Arts, May 6, 2022

Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion ran during the day
concurrently with Chicago Cabaret Week at night!

The Chicago Cabaret Week Performers: More than 15 performances with over a thousand audience members, hosted by Claudia Hommel of Working In Concert, Hilary Feldman of Acts Of Kindness Cabaret, Anne Burnell of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, and Kyle Hustedt of The Cabaret Project. They were joined by diverse local performers: Lynne Jordan, Paul Montando, Joan Curto, Sama Sama Project, The Feathered Beaus, Jackie Smook, Greta Pope, Madeline Morgan, Ava Logan, Peek-Easy, Evelyn Danner, Nancy Hays, Wydetta Carter. There was burlesque. There was accordion music.  There was laughter and clinking of glasses.

The Venues: The Hideout Inn, The Epiphany Center for the Arts, The Venus Cabaret, DePaul University, LePiano, The Polo Inn, Beverly Arts Center, Haven Entertainment Center, Davenport’s Piano Bar, Cliff Dwellers, Drew’s on Halsted.

Near and Far: Performers from afar included Clotilde Rullaud, Mylène Launay, Maryline Rollet, Wilfried Touati, Patrick Pernet, Michèle Barbier, and Isabelle Georges from France, Jeff Harnar and Alex Rybeck from New York, Jeanie Carroll from Las Vegas, and Myriam from Los Angeles. Also from France, Olivier Betti (grandson of the composer of “C’est si bon”). From near, Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion Conference participants, vocal coach Elisabeth Howard, opera singers Helene Alter-Dyche and Susan Arjmand. Co-chairs of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International David Reithoffer and Brett August and his wife Dr. Carey August. Former cultural affairs commissioner Mark Kelly, and “mayor of 43rd Street” Norman Bolden.

The Cause: Anne Burnell and Claudia Hommel developed Chicago Cabaret Week to promote cabaret as a Chicago art form. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events provided a grant for both concerts to highlight cabaret stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

See you at next year’s Cabaret Week here in Chicago.
Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion 2023 conference is in France!



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