When tourists and locals aren’t busy enjoying the many eats of Chicago, they can be found hitting the city’s extensive night life. However, if clubs aren’t your thing, then you’re sure to enjoy a fun filled evening at the Baton Show Lounge.
For the past 43 years, Baton has been entertaining Chicago locals and visitors alike with a “Tops of the Nation” female impersonation show. We spoke with owner Jim Flint about the Chicago Hall of Fame establishment and what visitors can expect at the Baton.
What can people expect when going to Baton?
I can describe our guests in one word- enthusiastic! Baton attracts locals and tourists alike with a very mixed crowd, including a big alternative crowd. Baton features three talented sound technicians to ensure top of the line sound and stage quality for every single show.
Is the “Tops of the Nation” show the only performance visitors can enjoy at Baton?
In addition to the “Tops of the Nation” show playing twice a day (8:30pm and 10:30pm) every Wednesday-Sunday, Baton also conducts a Miss Continental and Mr. Continental pageant every summer. This is the biggest female impersonation contest in the nation and brings candidates from 50 cities. The winner receives a prize that includes 60 bookings at Baton Lounge and airfare/hotel accommodations. Who needs Vegas?!
For the lush in us, how are the drinks?
We offer several specialty cocktails at Baton including Cherry on Top (Harmonie Blush) and Harmonie Blush Martini served with a purple glow stick.
Can we expect to see any stars in the house?
In the past we’ve had the pleasure of entertaining Janet Jackson, Jennifer Hudson, Dennis Rodman, Joan Crawford, and Shirley McClaine.