Like live music? Poetry? Comedy? Spoken word? CAKE Chicago is for you! Every first Saturday of the month, the quirky, yet loveable Ripley Caine brings CAKE Chicago to the Red Line Tap, on December 3. CAKE is a great opportunity to see local talent with all artists falling somewhere on the LGBTQ spectrum. Each CAKE Chicago show features 3-4 acts for the evening.

I've taken the opportunity to catch a few CAKE shows in the past few years and have been blown away by some of the talent that graces the stage at the tiny little venue. Carrie Lydon's folky Shoes for Mabel and Chicago favorites, The Locals are definitely ones to catch if you can.

The host herself is even known to play at CAKE. Ripley Caine and the Full Moon are set to release an EP called Scotch very soon, so now is a good time to catch them and preview the tracks live.

Oh and get this...if you're coming from out of town and are interested in performing, yes performing at CAKE, email Ripley. She's game.

Recently, CAKE has added a dose of fun to the gig: theme nights. Imagine a room peppered with 80s themed attire mimicking the appreciation of artists such as Olivia Newton John, George Michael, and Wham. December's theme is Michael Jackson. Could be a thriller!

The Red Line Tap is located at 7006 N. Glenwood Ave. in the Rogers Park neighborhood. It is easily accessible via public transit (which is also suggested since parking can be quite challenging). Please note that there is a $5 cover for this event with the proceeds going directly to the artists.