Spin cycle | Aug 9 – 15
Highlights of the city’s weekly club nights.
Late Bar. 10pm. Late Bar fixture DJ Peroxide spins romantically melancholy rock tunes, goth, shoegaze and alternative.
The Underground. 10pm; $20. The industrial space plays host to some of the city’s best local DJs, and on Thursdays, that means DJ Galvan, who spins hip-hop and club hits.
FREE Tropical Soundclash
People Lounge. 10pm. Sip sangria and sample tapas while the Sound Culture DJs and La Perla take you around the world with reggae, cumbia, Afro-Cuban, Latin house and hip-hop en español.
FREE DJ Hiroki
Empire Liquors. 10pm. With Hiroki, you know you’re covered. His Friday-night sets cater to the party-hearty crowd; think Lil Wayne, plus the odd Boyz II Men or Poison throwback for good measure.
Crimson Lounge. 9pm; $20, before 11pm $10 with R.S.V.P. at crimsonchicago.com. Crimson Lounge invites you to sit, sip and sway to the sounds of resident electronica specialist Mike Valentine weekly.
Sound-Bar. 10pm; $20. The Nor DJs, who hail from places like Serbia and Ukraine, rule the big room every Friday night with their “global Euro”–style dance tracks.
Classic Saturday Nights
Funky Buddha Lounge. 10pm; $15, free before 11pm with R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keeping this night steady since 1996, DJ 33 1/3 steps into Buddha each weekend, getting the place popping with a mix of hip-hop, dance and generally club friendly fare.
* Face Off
Evil Olive. 10pm; $5. If you’re looking to keep your Wicker Park dance party going till the sun comes up, look no further than Face Off, with resident DJ wonders Johnny Walker, Konsept and PHNM.
Lumen. 10pm; $20. The residents at this Fulton Market highlight, Jesse Seely and Jordan V, hit weekenders with the usual mix of up-tempo pop and hip-hop and dance anthems that will have hands in the air till the clock strikes three bells.
FREE Bargain Wave
Beauty Bar. 9pm. The concept for this weekend-ending party is simple. A dollar gets you a Schlitz. From there, all you have to do is drink up and chill to new wave, ’80s and indie-rock sounds from a rotating cast of local DJs.
* FREE Push Beats
Rodan. 10pm. Left-field lovers Abyss, Raj Mahal, Illiac and Cos have been gathering to push buttons and boundaries with bass, hip-hop and off-kilter beats at LOKaL lounge before making the move around the corner to this sleek lounge early this summer.
FREE Another Planet
Late Bar. 10pm. Dave Roberts, Late Bar proprietor and brain trust behind the long-running Planet Earth night, presents this weekday satellite party dedicated to eclectic rock sounds.
FREE The Deep End
Morseland. 9pm. Moody, atmospheric, sexy…deep. That’s what’s on the minds of GeeCee, Borja, Whoa-B and Slevin when they step into the Morseland DJ booth, spinning house, techno, chill-out and bass music.
* FREE Home
Evil Olive. 10pm. The 4/4 beats blast weekly from a mighty list of DJs that includes Dajae, Diz, Gene Farris, Mark Grant, Andre Harris, Gene Hunt, Paul Johnson and John Simmons.
* FREE No Tell Motel
Debonair Social Club. 10pm. Deb hosts the weekly sex-capades of Chicago’s sleaziest and sexiest performers on main-floor stage, er, room No. 13 of No Tell Motel. Performances take place at midnight.
Zombies vs Skeletons
Cobra Lounge. 9pm; $5. Setting up its haunted house at biker bar Cobra Lounge, Zombies vs Skeletons is an all-out electro and dubstep fest with residents So(OH)Six, PHNM, Le Phonz, Ray Complex and hosts Joe Horro and Johnny Zombo.
Schedules can change without notice, so call ahead or check online for more info.