We had the pleasure of spending this past New Year’s Eve at the AMAZING Chopin Theatre in Chicago. If you’ve never been, go! As mentioned on their website, Chopin Theatre is an independent arts center in the heart of Chicago’s artistic neighbourhood, Wicker Park.
Established in 1990 and operated by the husband-and-wife team of Zygmunt Dyrkacz and Lela Headd , it has hosted a tour de force of approximately 1,400 events with over 7,000 presentations (5,000 theatrical, 900 film, 800 literary evenings and over 100 music, dance, visual arts and social events). The theatre has also produced over 110 of its own productions, mostly Eastern European, and has hosted performers from every state in the U.S. and from over 40 countries. Chopin Theatre has also organized over 60 interviews or “Spotkania” with leading Polish and Polish-American cultural and political figures.
Prior to stepping foot inside Chopin Theatre on December 31, 2010 we had never heard of this charming place. But our jaws dropped when we walked inside and were taken back in time.
The decor consists of 19th century furniture that lines the open concept entrance as well as many of the locale’s other rooms. The actual theatre is marked by exposed brick that sets an intimate mood for the performances. It all kind of resembles the great European cabarets of long past.
As the clock inched closer to midnight we enjoyed a magical cabaret performance that preceded a long night of dancing in a cozy underground space featuring a sprawling lounge and dance floor.
We can’t say enough good things about Chopin Theatre and it’s owner Zygmunt who had us engaged in a super interesting conversation even after the party had cleared.
We can’t wait go back to Chopin Theatre and suggest you pay them as visit too! ut