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New Drag-Themed Restaurant Lips Will Feature Nightly Shows, 8-Foot Chandeliers And More

Lips, opening in the South Loop later this month, will have a "dragalicious" gospel brunch on Sundays and theme nights.

Lips will feature 8-foot crystal chandeliers, velvet curtains and more.
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CHICAGO — Drag queens will be serving looks and food at a new South Loop restaurant, Lips.

Lips, part of a national chain, will open its first Chicago location Aug. 23 at 2229 S. Michigan Ave.

It’ll be the largest Lips in the country and will feature drag queens Mimi Marks, Mz. Ruff N’ Stuff and Angel LeBare, among others, with food created by Chef Tom Schmitt, previously of the award-winning Little Goat restaurant.

Drag queens will work as servers and performers for customers, with nightly shows focused on humor and campy comedy, lip syncing, singing and dancing.

Besides food, there will be brunch on Sunday mornings, a full bar and themed nights for most of the week: Wednesdays will focus on Broadway with a “demented twist,” Thursdays will see queens doing celebrity impersonations, Fridays and Saturdays will be glittery and glamorous and Sundays will have a “dragalicious” gospel brunch.

The interior of the restaurant has been decorated with jeweled mirrors, 8-f00t chandeliers, walls with pink leopard print and velvet curtains. The stage will feature a throne for a “one-of-a-kind experience,” according to the restaurant.

Lips will be open 7-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and noon-11 p.m. Sunday at 2229 S. Michigan Ave. It’ll be closed Monday-Tuesday. Reservations can be made by calling 312-815-2662.

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