Imagine a party where Kanye West, R. Kelly and the Glee cast are passing the mic, singing their lungs out. At Chicago’s Underground, that stuff happens all the time. It opened in 2007 in a basement of a once derelict building and helped turn a moribund area into a vibrant entertainment hub. The post-apocalyptic/military-themed club was a hit from the start, attracting A-listers like Miley Cyrus, Common, Katy Perry, Skrillex and Mark Ronson.
When owner Billy Dec decided to expand and refresh, he took a risk and closed shop to do the job. A sleeker, higher-tech Underground emerged, and it’s a success once again. Dec prides himself on the “ropeless” vibe – there’s no cordoned-off VIP area, and everyone’s fine with that. Sure, Miley and her crew were taken aback at first. “But she keeps returning,” says Dec. He and his team must be doing something right.
Valentine’s day tips for chicago, from colin rebey, aka dj phenom
At Rodan in Wicker Park, when there aren’t DJs, it’s a mix of everything from The Knife to A Tribe Called Quest. Craft cocktails are out of this world.
Headquarters for arcade games, indie rock and a great-looking crowd. Or Ay Chiwowa for tequila.
Millennium Park for ice skating. Nothing beats watching friends wipe out.
Smart Bar or Spybar. With lights low and house music pumping, you’ll find someone to hang out with.
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