Last night I went to the friends and Family opening of Ohm Nightclub which occupies the legendary Red Dog space at the historic Damen/Milwaukee/North intersection in the heart of Wicker Park.
Ohm is an amazing 11,000-sq.-ft. space incorporating 5 bars, 2 musical environments and a 6000-sq.-ft. dance floor.
Walking into Ohm for me was like walking back into 1992. I ran into faces and people I hadn’t seen since I was a “barely legal” regular at Red Dog. It was great!! Now some of the club kids from my day had traded in their fabu drag and face piercings for designer cloths and jewelry of another kind, but trust me, we all still look good!
I was lucky to attend this event with a trio of 20 something influencers (Harper Reed from Threadless.com, DJ Matt Roan and Ms. May from the Funky Buddha). During the Red Dog’s heyday, these three were rocking out at their 8th grade mixers while I was kissing legendary Red Dog Host, Silky Jumbo, on the cheek as I breezed into the club.
One of my mom’s favorite expressions is: “There are no new games, just new players.” While Ohm is new, it is built on the well-respected skeleton of Red Dog. And while the opening night crowd was equally packed with the young guns of Chicago nightlife, the club is run by 30 year veterans of nightlife, Music-101, the same guys who bring you the Boom Boom Room every Monday night. This was the dynamic at Ohm last night! Old school and new school club kids united in the name of a true Chicago style clubbing experience.
I highly suggest you check out Ohm. Their opening weekend lineup is stellar. And if you are an old school club kid like me, it could be a great walk down memory lane for you too!
Ohm begins… W/ Jay-J, Mark Grant & Michael seraphim (11-17-2006)
Ohm begins… W/ CeCe Peniston, Ron Carroll, Jesse De La & More (11-18-2006)