Subway: Red to Addison(773) 549-4140 smartbarchicago.com41.949847 -87.658800 3730 N Clark St (between Waveland and Racine Aves) North Side, Chicago
Wed–Fri 10pm–4am; Sat 10pm–5am; Sun 10pm–4am (closed Mon, Tue)
Originally on the fourth floor of the magnificent Wrigleyville building (also home to Metro; see Music venues, Rock, pop & hip-hop), this venerated dance club is now in the basement. A makeover in 2006 slicked up the looks a notch and brought back a vibrant young crowd. But more important, the club boasts a world-class Funktion One sound system, which sounds tremendous on the central dance floor. Cutting-edge DJs from Europe, Detroit and Chicago form the bulk of the weekend bookings with house, techno and electro styles; but local mash-up and indie jocks rule on bargain weekday nights.