A biweekly feature of the hottest happenings (mostly) outside of the Loop
The majority of Boothies live and play in the Loop, and while there is nothing wrong with that, getting out of the Loop opens us up to one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The Loop is a great place for meeting with study groups and hanging out with friends, while also being home to cool parks, bars and restaurants. However, the downside to living in such a vibrant area of town is that many Boothies rarely explore the city beyond the Loop or Hyde Park. And it is a pity, because the Windy City has a lot to offer. Here are some hot places that are well worth a quick Uber ride from the Loop.
Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N Sangamon St, West Loop
Technically located in the West Loop, but typically farther west than most Boothies might normally frequent, Kitchen is a mix of an art gallery, a restaurant and a craft cocktail bar. The place opens its doors in the evening for dinner and then turns into a DJ bar towards the night. Kitchen boasts lofty design with contemporary art pieces hung along the wall, tasty food by Chef Kyle Petersen, and top-notch signature cocktails. It’s the perfect date night spot.
Bordel, 1721 W Division St, Wicker Park
A relatively new cocktail bar from Daniel Alonso, the creator of Fulton Market Kitchen, this speakeasy is situated on the second floor of Black Bull, a Spanish small-plate restaurant. An unmarked entrance enhances the alluring vibe that greets patrons at Bordel. The interior boasts bohemian style, red velvet décor and outstanding old-school cocktails. On top of this, Bordel hosts live events every week: Wednesdays are popular for jazz enthusiasts, Thursdays for Flamenco, and Fridays feature a rotating cast of burlesque performers, magicians, and palm and tarot card readers.
Danny’s Tavern, 1951 W Dickens Ave, Bucktown
Located in the trendy residential area of Bucktown, this unique establishment looks like a typical house from the outside. While there is typically a 20-minute wait to enter, it is well worth it because once inside, patrons are submerged into the dark and funky atmosphere of one of the finest dance bars in Chicago. Drinks are cheap and tasty, but Danny’s is really a place for those who love to dance and have fun. The DJ spins records on vinyl turntables, and rarely does the music get boring. From 80s disco with a transition to hip-hop and on to reggae and Chicago House, Danny’s is pure fun. Cash bar only.
Chicago is known for its great music scene and nightlife. I urge you to get out of the Loop and discover one of these great places or another of the many hidden gems in the city.
Alex Aksakov is a first year from Russia and newly appointed Co-Chair for Audiobooth. When not DJing and getting people crazy hyped up, Alex is busy devising his plan to overtake some of Russia’s largest and most powerful investment banks, to the sound of a killer soundtrack.