This Friday, one of Chicago’s most important community missions and one of Wrigley’s most iconic watering holes are teaming up to host the Joke at the Oak Comedy Showcase.

Chicago Gateway Green is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to the greening and beautification of Chicago’s expressways, gateways and neighborhoods through landscape enhancement, litter and graffiti removal and the installation of public art.

Chicago Gateway Green developed the Expressway Partnership program, joining the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois and Chicago’s corporate community to transform the city’s expressways into beautifully-landscaped parkways. More than 100 gardens comprise the Program, covering almost 150 acres of roadside landscapes on all major expressways leading into and out of the city. Each garden is carefully planned using native shrubs, trees, and perennials that require fewer resources and are well adapted to the harsh roadside growing conditions. We work closely with professional landscape crews to provide plant care, weed control, mowing, and litter pickup from April through October to ensure our gardens always look their best! Look for our signature Oak Leaf signs along the expressways.

Joke at the Oak was started December 12, 2018 as an open mic to give rising comedians a chance to compete for featured and headlining sets Wednesdays, and to participate in our charity showcases Fridays.


To get your tickets to this Friday’s event, head to Gateway Green’s website. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission this Friday, July 15, 2021 from 7pm-9pm.

About the Host

Pat Treuer, Colorado raised, started doing stand up when he was a young man at 23. After his first show he knew that comedy and making lives better one laugh at a time was his true dream. As a young comedian there was one show that didn’t go quite as well and left him feeling discouraged and doubting himself. At that point he chose to walk down the path of corporate life. After 13 years of working for money instead of happiness he realized something was missing. It was time to get back on the horse, and back to doing what he loves. Pat decided to quit his job and put everything he has into his dream, being a comedian.

Knowing the struggle for up and comers, he was inspired to start his own weekly show at his favorite bar in Chicago, The Irish Oak. He has since then encouraged and inspired many new comedians to not be afraid to follow their dreams. Not only is Pat genuine and kind, he is pretty hilarious. Every week Joke at the Oak gets better and better, and every week another funny human with a dream gets the confidence to do what they love.


Featured Image Credit: The Irish Oak on Facebook


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