Please join me for a special holiday season Follow Me on Friday as I cut the ribbon on Le Piano, the newest addition to the Glenwood Avenue Arts District.
Located at 6970 N. Glenwood (between Morse and Lunt in the former No Exit Cafe space), Le Piano is an intimate listening room surrounding a beautiful grand piano. The space is remarkably elegant, from the piano to the furnishings and artwork.
Join me this Friday, December 7th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., for a complimentary sampling of Le Piano’s food offerings and a free beer, wine or soft drink.
Owned by Rogers Park residents, Chad Willets and Joe Quinlan, Le Piano features live performances seven nights a week by Chicago’s finest pianists. Special guest appearances will include artists from all over the world.
Chad has been part of Chicago’s music scene for the past 30 years, playing regularly at Gordon Restaurant, the Drake and the Knickerbocker. It’s his personal conservatory grand piano that graces the space.
Many Rogers Park residents know Joe as the owner of the Lighthouse Tavern on Chase, just east of Sheridan. Appropriately, Joe is in charge of beverages, from the wine and champagne list, to selecting the brewery for their house brew and developing their signature cocktails.
Executive Chef Jen Swanteck, formerly of the Growling Rabbit, developed the food menu. The kitchen will be open every night, except Monday.
Chad and Joe say the club’s aesthetics draw inspiration from the Latin Quarter of Paris. A cozy bar is adjacent to the performance space that includes cove seating banquettes and intimate round tables. With a spectacularly high ceiling, Le Piano’s expansive French windows line Glenwood Avenue’s cobblestone street and look out onto local artist murals along the Red Line embankment, all of which add to the club’s European ambience.
Says Chad, “We are thrilled to be part of the Glenwood Avenue Arts District. ‘Entree Des Artistes’ is on our sign because we want this to be a home for artists from Chicago and throughout the world.”
Each time an artist performs at Le Piano, Chad and Joe will ask them to sign the main wall, which features a painting of can-can dancer and the words “Le Piano” above her head. Chad’s mom was a trumpet player and her old instrument juts out of the wall to the right of the dancer.
Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m. promise to be a big draw, as Chad and Joe recently scored a residency by vocalist Kimberly Gordon and organist Chris Foreman, who are legends performing all over the world, and have been a fixture at Uptown’s Green Mill for several years.
Please join me this Friday as we cut the ribbon on this fabulous new music venue in our community!
Follow Me on Friday is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward’s finest restaurants, pubs, businesses and festivals. About once or twice a month on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub, business or festival where I’ll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It’s a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.
Previous Follow Me on Friday locations include Ethiopian Diamond II, 7537 N. Clark; Waterfront Cafe, 6219 N. Sheridan; the Caribbean American Bakery, 1539 W. Howard; The Glenwood, 6962 N. Glenwood; Bruno and Tim’s Lounge, 6562 N. Sheridan; Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse; the Common Cup, 1501 W. Morse; The Fish Keg, 2233 W. Howard; El Famous Burrito, 7047 N. Clark; The New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan; Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits, 6733 N. Clark; Poitin Stil, 1502 W. Jarvis; Northside Community Resources, 1530 W. Morse; Felice’s Roman Style Pizza, 6441 N. Sheridan; Lighthouse Tavern, 1236 W. Chase; Royal Coffee Chicago, 6764 N. Sheridan; the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf; Taste Food and Wine, 1506 W. Jarvis; Badou Senegalese Cuisine, 2055 W. Howard; Morse Gyros and Chicken, 1335 W. Morse; Den Den Restaurant, 6635 N. Clark; Bop ‘N’ Grill, 6604 N. Sheridan, El Pulpo Loco, 6619 N. Clark; R Public House, 1508 W. Jarvis; the Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood; Twisted Tapas, 1146 W. Pratt; La Choza Mexican Grill, 7022 N. Clark; Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood; the Pottawattomie Park Picnic in the Park, 7340 N. Rogers; Audio Archaeology, 1324 W. Devon; VZN Eye Care, 6814 N. Sheridan; Hops and Grapes, 6816 N. Sheridan; SP Kebab, 6808 N. Sheridan; Devon Heartland Health Center, 1300 W. Devon; The Oasis, 6809 N. Sheridan; Ireland’s, 6511 N. Sheridan; McDonald’s, 6740 N. Clark; Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon; BMO Harris Smart Branch, 6556 N. Sheridan; True Nature Foods at the Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood; Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse; Su Taqueria El Rey del Taco, 7138 N. Clark; The Side Project, 1435 W. Jarvis; NovaCare Rehabilitation, 1214 W. Loyola Court; Leona’s, 6935 N. Sheridan; Capt’n Nemo’s, 7367 N. Clark; Cunneen’s Bar, 1424 W. Devon; Lakeshore Community Partners, 6443 N. Sheridan; the Factory Theater, 1623 W. Howard; Rogers Pier, 6800 N. Sheridan; Safari Lounge & Ethiopian Cuisine, 7124 N. Clark; Clarke’s Diner, 6431 N. Sheridan; the A&T Pancake House and Grill, 7036 N. Clark; Anytime Fitness Chicago-North, 1346 W. Devon; Theater Above the Law, 1439 W. Jarvis; Blaze Pizza–Loyola, 6550 N. Sheridan; Caffé ArrivaDolce, 6451 N. Sheridan; the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, 7363 N. Greenview; the State Farm insurance office of Nick Kosiek, 7051 N. Clark; Red Sea Restaurant, 2043 W. Howard; Bulldog Ale House, 6606 N Sheridan; the Kermes Street Festival at St. Jerome Church, 1709 W. Lunt; I Dream of Falafel, 6558 N. Sheridan; Nodd Pottery, 7063 N. Glenwood; Midnight Mac & Cheeserie, 6981 N. Sheridan; the Heartland Cafe Bar, 7006 N. Glenwood; TJam Kitchen, 1418 W. Howard; and El Garcia, 7517 N. Western; South of the Border, 1416 W. Morse; Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, 6568 N. Sheridan; Urban Warrior Fitness and Wellness, 1546 W. Howard; Argo Tea Cafe, 6576 N. Sheridan; El Campeon, 1200 W. Greenleaf; Hampton Inn Loyola Station, 1209 W. Albion; Anto Pizza Chicago, 1547 W Jarvis; and Redwood Literacy, 7007 N. Glenwood.
I look forward to enjoying some hors d’oeurves and drinks with you as we welcome an exciting new music venue to Rogers Park!