Everything We Know About the Renovated Underground
After six months of renovations, Billy Dec is throwing up The Underground’s industrial strength doors and we couldn’t be more excited. We don’t know everything about the redesigned space – Billy Dec always has an ace up his sleeve – but here is what we know so far.
The “bunker” theme and CIA wall map are still in full effect. The differences you’ll notice in The Club include LED lights that react to sound, CO2 Cryo cannons (aka fog machines) and lasers.
There’s a 40-foot HD video wall. This might not sound like a critical improvement but this is the ultimate party display. In the Chicago Club scene, this wall is the equivalent of the Dallas Cowboy’s massive jumbotron – it’s the biggest around. Here’s a pic from Billy testing the walls.
The space almost doubled in size and there's a new room: The Lounge. If The Club’s bunker theme isn’t your style, The Lounge has an old school, upscale vibe with plush seating, rich woods, swanky music and a mixology and champagne bar.
There’s a VIP table in The Lounge’s DJ booth. Only once have I seen someone at a club successful request a song from the DJ, and she was a 6’3” Jamaican that looks like a model... For those that don’t have Vogue-esque features, The Lounge’s private VIP table in the DJ booth is your best shot requesting a little Beyoncé.
The drinks program includes new options in The Club and a focus on cocktails, wine and champagne in The Lounge. The Club will feature a wider array of spirits behind the bar, while The Lounge offers a mix of original and classic cocktails with wine by the glass and select higher-end red and white bottles.
Music will continue to play a pivotal role. The UG team isn’t going to rest, instead they’re going to dance! Expect Billy and his crew to continue hosting the best DJs in the city.
They’re ready for Lolla and are they’re hosting after parties.
- Friday - An electric set from DJ Irie, and post Lolla guests tba
- Saturday - Gilt Groupe hosts with celebrity DJ Sam Ronson
- Sunday - Chicago Industry Alliance (CIA) is back with DJ Cobra and Danny Masterson, aka DJ Mom Jeans
See you there this weekend! - @joepiehl