Zanies reopens Feb. 12 in Rosement, plus streams a Valentine’s Day show

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Doug George, Chicago Tribune
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Zanies Comedy Club has Valentine’s Day plans. The Zanies location in Rosemont will reopen for live performances Feb. 12, headlined over the weekend by Larry Reeb and Brian Hicks and with calendar of live shows announced through early March. And Zanies will also continue its series of streaming standup performances (titled “Laugh More Live”) with a special Valentine’s Day “Cupid Edition” taped from the Chicago club, with regular streaming host Calvin Evans.

There are no plans yet to resume live performances at the downtown club on Wells Street, said Zanies spokesman Rick Gieser. The Rosemont live performances will be at reduced capacity, with 50 tickets sold per show and social distancing precautions and special cleaning procedures in place.

“This is kind of like what we did over the summer, this is just in reverse,” he said referring to Zanies’ reopening in July during the pandemic. At that time, the downtown club opened first, though both were forced to later close again in the fall. All shows will have a headliner plus featured comics, just like before.

Live shows at Zanies in Rosemont, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont; tickets $30 plus two-item minimum (ages 21+) at 847-813-0484 and

Feb. 12-13: Larry Reeb

Feb. 14: Brian Hicks

Feb. 18-20: Ralphie Roberts

Feb. 25-27: Brian Hicks

Feb. 27: SXSW Festival showcase (in-person event recorded for SXSW)

March 4-6: Mike Toomey

More shows from March 11 are shown on the Zanies online calendar.

“Laugh More Live: Cupid Edition” is 8 p.m. Feb. 14 with stand-up comics Pat Tomasulo, Carly Kane, Joe Kilgallon and T-Murph, hosted by Evans. Livestream tickets are $10-$25 at