Chicago Party Aunt

  • 02 Oct - 08 Oct, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

For a big city, sometimes Chicago feels very small, especially when it comes to having a good time. At least that’s the mythology folks that are Chicago natives want you to think. The reality is different than that, but the “City of Broad Shoulders” cliches are still pretty funny. Chicago Party Aunt is an animated series that leans heavily on those cliches, but it’s also got a heart and a pretty good cast. Chicago is a party town and Diane is the biggest party animal there. Even though she’s well beyond peak partying years, she and her harsh ’90s haircut still like to drink and have a good time wherever she can. First, her husband Kurt (Chris Witaske) leaves her after one too many benders almost spelled the end for his iguana Butkus; then her favorite coffee shop closed, bought out by a “wellness” concern next door; the salon where she works has gotten a new manager, Gideon (RuPaul Charles). There is a saving grace, though; it’s the 18th birthday of her nephew Daniel (Rory O’Malley); she wants him to experience life before he goes off to Stanford for college. Creators have made Diane into an irresponsible middle-aged drunk whose ability to still party hearty is looked at with equal parts envy and sadness, sure. But Diane also has a soft spot for Daniel, and in their adventures together, she’s always going to have his back.