Chicago's Best Dance Parties
If this warm weather makes you want to get out and dance, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a dance party that suits your musical needs in Chicago.
Porn and Chicken: Evil Olive hosts this weekly dance party (formerly housed at Risque Café) that somehow manages to make Monday a day to look forward to. Dance your ass off to nonstop tunes spun by resident DJs while enjoying some vintage porn on the bar’s numerous TVs. Take breaks for the free chicken wings served up on paper plates. Be ready to rage, because bartenders are willing to pour shots in your mouth straight from the bottle. On theme nights, you might find yourself dancing among "naughty nurses" and "fire-breathing strippers."
Mondays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; no cover
1551 W. Division St.; 773-235-9100
Windy City Soul Club: If you prefer the classics to bass-heavy house music or the latest Ke$ha single, then the Windy City Soul Club is perfect for you. Held monthly at The Empty Bottle, this dance party features DJs who spin rare soul tracks on actual vinyl while couples groove and grind on the dance floor. There’s a reason they call this stuff baby-making music.
Check website for upcoming dates.
1035 N. Western Ave.; 773-276-3600
Dance Dance Party Party: Ever need to feel like you just need to let loose with your girls? Then head to Perceptual Motion Dance Studio on Wednesdays and Sundays for their weekly Dance Dance Party Party events. This female-only “dance therapy” is taking the country by storm with branches popping up in more than a dozen cities. For one hour, ladies can get together to dance like they’re at a pre-teen sleepover: no judgments, just pure fun. Plus, many women claim this is the most fun and effective workout they’ve ever had.
Wednesdays 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.; $5
4057 N. Damen Ave.; 773-549-3958
Weekends at Danny’s: If you truly love to shake your moneymaker, visit Danny’s on any Friday or Saturday night. Though the lines outside might intimidate some, Danny’s is definitely laid-back and carefree. Stepping inside is like time traveling back to the best house party you ever attended – with the added bonus of craft brews and cheap cans of PBR instead of keg beer. Stop in on weeknights to avoid the lines. Just remember to bring some bills to this cash-only establishment.
1951 W. Dickens Ave.; 773-489-6457
The TTTTotally Dudes: While hipsters love to claim they liked it before it was cool, the TTTTotally Dudes bring the hipster set something that they can all agree to love equally: ‘90s music. This throwback dance party usually takes place at The Whistler and features a DJ duo spinning the hip-hop, R&B and pop hits from the ‘90s that take you straight back to middle school dances of yore. Sip on $2 cans of PBR or a classy cocktail from the bar while grooving to Ace of Base, Snoop and the like.
Fri., May 20 at 9:30 p.m.; check website for future dates
2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-227-3530