Most theaters are “dark” on Monday evenings. But at the Playhouse, we’ve decided to use this night off from our mainstage programming to give our neighbors one more chance to enjoy a night out with great art.

In the true style of a mixer, we’re throwing a lot of things together: kicking off the night with an open mic hour, then offering headliners curated by our artistic staff. We’ll keep the fun going at the Playhouse bar, featuring our signature craft cocktails.



Unless otherwise noted, Mixers take place on the first Monday of every month. Doors and our bar open at 6:30pm, the open mic will open at 7pm, and the headliner will begin at 8pm.


Martin & Mild

Monday, April 2nd • 8:00pm

Martin & Mild is a Chicago-based group comprised of Patrick Martin (guitar and vocals) and Christine Mild (vocals) with John Syzmanski (lead guitar), Jake Saleh (bass), Lauren Vogel (fiddle) and Kevin Martensen (drums). With a strong focus on righteous harmony and alt-country/bluegrass/folk-americana feel, you are sure to sit back, tap your toes, and enjoy the sweet sounds.

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Friends of the Bog

Monday, May 7th • 8:00pm

Friends of the Bog combines the raucous folk-punk of DIY bands like The Violent Femmes and Neutral Milk Hotel with the gentle parlour sound of classic Americana outfits like The Carter Family and The Weavers. Founded by six real-life friends in the winter of 2015, the band quickly progressed from playing variety shows around Chicago to recording their debut EP with Steve Albini. Their thoughtful, evocative lyrics are balanced by intricately arranged songs and energetic, theatrical live performances. Friends of the Bog has headlined shows at Schuba’s, Martyr’s, Beat Kitchen, and Quencher’s, among others. Last year, the band released Lyra, their first full-length album. Join the Friends for their Chicago homecoming May 7th, fresh off their east coast tour.

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Interested in headlining? We’re always looking for new acts in a variety of artistic genres – be it music, theater, dance, comedy, or spoken word. Learn more about our application process & requirements here.

Interested in performing during our open mic hour? Sign up in advance here.