Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"Rebirth of South Loop Cool"

Not that we needed to tell you, but the South Loop is an interesting, evolving and dynamic neighborhood. NBC Chicago recently called it "Cool". Obviously we couldn't agree more, but obviously we're a little biased. In their article, Rebirth of South Loop Cool, they focus on the night life that the Sloop has been missing:
The South Loop used to be one of the most thriving nightlife neighborhoods in the city. The Cotton Club on Michigan Avenue was the place to be. And back when Chicago house music was the main beat of the underground, many of those clubs were located in and around the SoLo -- or the Sloop -- or whatever you want to call it.
They also focus on the new club, The Shrine, we've been mentioning:
Late night options in the area have been sorely lacking, but that will change in June with the opening of Shrine (2109 S. Wabash St). Joe Russo, the founder of The Funky Buddha Lounge and several other concepts in Chicago, is behind this new venue.

It's described as a "new hub for music across an eclectic cross-section of genres" and a destination for "culturally aware urbanites."

The 8,000 sq. ft. venue can accommodate more than 600 guests. Connected to the main club area is a small, upscale lounge called Coup d’├ętat, complete with it's own separate DJ, bar and service staff.

Once a month the venue will feature an "Eyes Wide Shut" series featuring A-List hip-hop, R&B and reggae artist for the same $20 cover charge. These are acts that usually play in larger arenas that you'll now get to see in an intimate setting.

South Loop cool...

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