Ladies wrestle arm in arm

By Cristina Aguirre

Lady arm wrestlers dressed as bananas, strawberry shortcake and Abraham Lincoln strutted around a dimly lit bar playing up their wrestler personas and collecting money for charities while an arm wrestling battle took place on stage. It was a combination of improvisation and athleticism on April 15 at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street, 940 W. Weed St., which housed the Ninth Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers event, one of four the league puts on every year. The league is part of the Sideshow Theatre Company, 1105 W. Chicago Ave., and was the largest bout to-date with approximately 800 people in attendance.