Best Revival of a Stand-Up Standby

The Lincoln Lodge

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Open run: Fridays 8 PM, Subterranean, 2011 W. North,, $10

When the Lincoln Restaurant abruptly shut its doors in December 2013, we didn't lose just the old-school Civil War-themed diner; stand-up showcase the Lincoln Lodge was suddenly without a home, and the 14-year-old institution—which boasts such alumni as Hannibal Buress, Natasha Leggero, and Kyle Kinane—was put in jeopardy. Wicker Park's Subterranean came to the rescue, and in February the comedians got right back to it in the rock club's lounge. While we'll miss the wood paneling and breakfast skillets, the new venue has the potential to introduce an entirely new crowd to the talent being fostered. And according to lead cast member Ricky Gonzalez, there are plans for the Lincoln Lodge to start booking national acts on Sub-T's main stage. The group's current members (Gonzalez, Rebecca O'Neal, and Derek Smith among them) can be found at open mikes and other showcases around the city almost every night of the week, but their punch lines hit hardest in the place they call home, and to celebrate the new one, the Lincoln Lodge is forgoing a summer hiatus and forging on at 8 PM every Friday.