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.
Specifically we’re talking about the area south of Roosevelt — unknown territory for many North Siders, but for those in the know, a hub of revitalization. Restaurateur Jerry Kleiner has helped tremendously, contributing top-flight restaurants Opera, Gioco and recently, the reopened Via Ventuno.
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.