After our crazy busy Friday, Saturday was a much more relaxed day!
We didn’t set the alarm and had a leisurely morning before getting breakfast (at the hotel again) and heading to the Spa Space on North Canal.
Ready for some relaxation!
When planning our Chicago trip, James found the Spa Space and liked their 3.5 hour “Spa Lovers” couples package. Below is the description from their website:
Begin your spa day together, receiving our signature “Art of Touch” – an instructional massage session for couples. In a candlelit room, you will learn massage techniques especially designed for the needs of your partner, and then receive massage from your partner and a massage therapist. Next, contemplate what you’ve learned as you each receive a one hour Swedish Massage from a professional massage therapist. You will be reunited in our private dual pedicure room. Bask in the romance!
We both enjoyed the instructional massage session, me possibly more than James just because my part (where I got the massage from James and the masseuse) was focused on relieving the different aches and pains caused by pregnancy! It was also nice because I got to go second, so I literally got a 45 minute massage from James and the masseuse and then went to another room where I got a 60 minutes individual Swedish massage!
Our Swedish massages were very relaxing and by the time we met up again for our pedicures we were both in pretty good moods. This was James’ first pedicure and while I think he was ok with it, I think he definitely prefers facials! I on the other hand prefer pedicures, so it was heaven for me… and made my toes look pretty!
After our spa treatments were over, we headed back to the hotel and then for an early dinner. I wanted something hearty and filling (and close), so we decided on Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta and were not disappointed! The helpings were huge, flavorful, and definitely hit the spot!
We then went back to the hotel and I caught a quick nap before getting ready for our Saturday evening’s entertainment.
About 180 degrees from the family fun of Blue Man Group, for Saturday night we headed to Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood for “A Nude Hope: A Star Wars Burlesque.”
This is what we're going to see!!!
I’ve wanted to go to a burlesque show for quite some time and while this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, James was searching the internet for things to do in Chicago thought this sounded fun. The show was playing at the Gorilla Tango Theatre, which is a ways out from downtown, but literally right off the Western Blue Line (subway).
Taking the subway to the theatre
The area was a little rougher than the rest of our adventures in Chicago, but it wasn’t too bad and overall I felt fine with the little bit of walking we had to do.
When we got to the theatre, the previous show had just ended so there were a lot of people milling around from the previous show and a number of people already waiting for the next show (9pm). Shortly before 9pm they opened the doors and we made our way inside.
Outsie the Gorilla Tango Theatre
To say the theatre was tiny is to put it mildly. Including the stage, the entire theatre was about 40ftX30ft (or as James put it, classroom size).
View of the stage from our seats!
Yet what the theatre lacked in size, the performers made up in enthusiasm, confidence, and lots of humor! As a female I know how self-conscious most of us are and for the ladies of “A Nude Hope” to get up there and rock their stuff, regardless of their size and shape, it was truly inspiring. The ladies weren’t the Playmate pin-up type, but regular women who were comfortable in their own skin and enjoyed what they were doing.
The show parodied the original 1977 Star Wars (AKA – Star Wars: A New Hope) and actually did a pretty good job hitting all the main scenes (Leia’s capture and the recording of her SOS on R2-D2; Luke finding the message and then Obi-Wan Kenobi; bar scene where they meet Han Solo; rescuing Leia from the Death Star; Obi-Wan’s death at the hands of Darth Vader; destroying the Death Star; Leia awarding Luke and Han medals for their heroism), as well as a few smaller scenes thrown in to help keep the show moving along.
The main feel of the show was a healthy mixture of dirty humor, Star Wars parody humor, and of course some sexy burlesque action! Each scene normally started with sexy (but covering) clothing, but by the middle to end, it would be down to pasties and some type of sexy bottom covering (underwear, boy shorts, etc…).
The audience was great and really got into it! Everyone cheered at the right parts and there was no judgement, only enjoyment and a lot of laughs! Yet, if you weren’t a Star Wars fan or hadn’t at least seen the movies, the show made little to no sense. Unfortunately, this was the case for James who had never seen the movies and didn’t really even know who the characters were.
Yes, I know, go ahead and be shocked. I have no idea what rock he’s been living under for the past 34 years (since Star Wars came out). And yes, he should turn in his computer programming license because of this. 🙂
Luckily my enjoyment of the evening (and the partial female nudity) helped ease his pain!
Once the show was over, we made our way back to the subway and headed to the hotel. Overall we both had a good evening and definitely thought the show was worth seeing!