Choo choo: Patron Tequila Express and the Paradiso Girls pull into town
Check out this synchronicity—the Patron Tequila Express flagship train car (a restored 1927 luxury car, made in Indiana, now owned by Paul Mitchell/Patron spirits mogul John Paul DeJoria) has just pulled into Chicago's Union Station for a series of private parties and events, the sun has finally come out on our fair city inspiring rampant margarita guzzling, and a girl-group known as the Paradiso Girls rolls into River North for a club set featuring its gonna-be-a-summer-smash-whether-you-like-it-or-not-bitch "Patron Tequila."
Tuesday night, I took a tour of the Patron Tequila Express right alongside a nice guy from the Apprentice at a party thrown for birthday girl Brook Jay of integrated marketing firm All Terrain hosted by Patron and Alarm magazine. The train platform (a disused space where the old post office trains used to come in) was crammed with local nightlife movers-and-shakers such as Jerry Kleiner, but the real star was the train car where, legend has it, Dan Aykroyd, DeJoria and chums hatched the idea for House of Blues in a train car redolent with arts and crafts from India—gifts from a guru to the car's previous owner, evidently. I'm not sure how long the train car is in town, but I do know there are a few charity events coming up there and it's definitely worth a look if you can get your name on the list.
Tonight, the Paradiso Girls are at enclave for a live set at the club's F.A.M.E. night ($20, R.S.V.P. to email@example.com for free admission before 11pm)—you can thank Robin Antin who created the Pussycat Dolls for putting the girl group together and Interscope's Jimmy Iovine for signing them. The name of the genius who thought of dropping a song about a high-quality tequila during the first warm week in Chicago remains a mystery.