Sep 29, 2011

Blue Man Group: Chicago

Ten years ago, my then boyfriend (now husband) and I went to see Blue Man Group.  It was one of the best times I can remember having when we were dating.  It was a lot of fun and gave us so much to talk about for days if not weeks after. We still regularly recommend seeing them whenever the topic comes up.  And for awhile now we had talked about going back.  We had seen that the show had been updated (though I think we'd have gone back even if it was the EXACT same show) and it was one of those...'one of these days we need to go' things.  That was until last week.  We were invited to a media night and it just happened to be the night after our 8 year wedding anniversary.  The timing was perfect.  So I found a sitter and off we went. 
Because we weren't sure what the traffic would be like and we had been invited to a preshow party, we left extra early.  We arrived to a near empty parking lot right next to the Briar Street Theater.  With the help of an employee who had popped out a side door we learned that we needed to go inside and pay for parking.  So we did and then we set off to kill almost an hour.  We stopped in a place to go potty and I spotted the most delicious looking desserts. We hadn't eaten dinner yet but this was date night so we had dessert first.

What do you think? Could you have resisted? That's chocolate chip cheesecake and eclair cake.  Both were amazing and we shared.  Awww, aren't we cute! (Ok not really I MAY have threatened to stab him with a fork at one point.  But it's ok, it was just a plastic fork.)

Then we headed off to our preshow party at Wilde.
It is a beautiful place and just a few block walk from the theater.  If you are looking for a place to dine before the show.  (There are actually a TON of places to eat within walking distance!)

After enjoying conversation and some yummy wings, we headed back to the Briar Street Theater for the show.
I really think if we painted him blue he could sneak into the show!!

The lobby is not to be missed.  As you can see it has a very industrial feel. It is filled with tubes that you an listen to things through.  I think it is one of my husbands favorite parts as he loves to touch and play with stuff everywhere we go and HERE it is actually encouraged.

Once we entered the theater we weren't able to take photos....
So you will just have to trust me when I say that it is a full on sensory assault, in the best way possible.  If you've never been, Blue Man Group is sort of music meets comedy meets art.  It's like the best circus act ever in the middle of an amazing rock concert!  
And the updated show rang especially true for me as a social media lover because the new show really speaks to the technology age.

The Blue Men interact with three GiPads and poke a little fun at our multitasking, over-sharing society.  At times there is a magic show feel to the act when you are left wondering 'how'd they do that?'

Overall the show is something that can not truly be put into words.  You have to see it to fully understand it.  Along with the paint spraying drumming most people think of when it comes to Blue Man Group, there is so much more.  It's a great show for all ages, as long as they can handle loud music because it does get rockin' in there. 

After the show I managed to catch a quick photo with one of the Blue Men!!

And if you want to make a full day downtown, use the promo code below when you order and get a ticket to Skydeck Chicago with your Blue Man Group ticket!  You all know how much I love Skydeck Chicago!!!


  1. I've always wondered what one of their shows would be like. You were standing right next to one of them ... what is that makeup like? Is it a mask or really makeup?

  2. Looks like you had a great time. I've always wondered how that show was!


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