As Chicago slowly emerges from its pandemic-induced slumber, officials continue to look for ways to goose the city's entertainment scene.
The latest bid to encourage people to leave the house and hang out in bars and clubs: A citywide karaoke contest, announced Wednesday.
The first round of "Chicago Sings Karaoke" kicks off Oct. 9 and runs through Oct. 18, with semifinals on Oct. 23 and the final slated for Nov. 6. The winner will receive $5,000.
Eighteen neighborhood venues are hosting the preliminary round, whittling down contestants to 18 semi-finalists. Six finalists will compete for the title at Park West, performing in front of a panel of to-be-determined celebrity and VIP judges.
Contestants must be 21 years or older and only Chicago residents can enter. A complete list of rules and venues is posted online.
For inspiration, here's Timeout's ranking of besk karaoke songs ever.