Happy Medium Ventures is the leading curator and steward of legendary Chicago nightlife venues, London House, Mister Kelly’s, the Happy Medium, and the Rush Street scene, from 1946-1970’s; the epicenter of Chicago’s entertainment district. Today, Happy Medium Ventures is reviving this bygone era for a new generation of fans through an unprecedented collection of photos, recordings, press clippings, and first-person interviews with key players in the Rush Street scene — from celebrity performers at London House, Mister Kelly’s and other Rush Street venues, to the employees behind the scenes, patrons of the nightspots, family and friends. Happy Medium Ventures aims to capture the fun and excitement through a new TV series, and other original content about this captivating chapter of Chicago history.
SUCCESS & EXPANSION
Building on the success of live entertainment at the London House, the Marienthal brothers opened Mister Kelly’s in 1956; a nightclub venue that launched the careers of familiar comedians and singers such as Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Bette Midler, and Barbara Streisand. Located on the notorious Rush Street in downtown Chicago, Mister Kelly’s revolutionized the nightclub industry. Both clubs became synonymous with big talent and celebrity life style. The brothers themselves became Chicago superstars sharing tables with politicians, business tycoons, and athletes, along with famous performers.
A CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
In 1960 the “Mayors of Rush St.” built what became their greatest pride, a theatre and discotheque called The Happy Medium. There, the Marienthals produced and created original comedic and musical productions, introducing performers such as Jerry Stiller, Ann Meara, Helen Reddy, Donna Mills, and Oscar Brown Jr.
A WONDERFUL PAST COMES BACK TO LIFE
David Marienthal has interviewed and recorded dozens of performers, employees, family members, and even customers. David is able to access well known performers, and others, based on the good will created by his father and uncle. These interviews are full of interesting personalities, vivid details, and dramatic recollections. The collection also includes dozens of vinyl LPs recorded at Mister Kelly’s and the London House, with elaborate liner notes. Happy Medium Ventures will tell these stories and inspire others through the dynamic and multi-faceted archival trail that these Chicago spots have left behind.