Shabazz Palaces

The Shrine, named after Fela Kuti's famed Nigerian dance club brings the spirit of afrobeat music to Chicago's South Loop. Just minutes away from downtown by bus, the Red Line train or the Metra, The Shrine's April concerts featuring Chicago natives and internationally reknown artists are sure to get your body moving.

For over a decade Joseph Russo, The Shrine’s founder and principal, has created some of the most successful and influential establishments in Chicago, including the iconic Funky Buddha, Thyme Restaurant and its upscale lounge component, Sinibar. With The Shrine and Coup d’état, Mr. Russo envisions a return to the classic elements that make for an unparalleled nightlife experience.

“There are several timeless components that create a momentous nightlife experience: a beautiful venue, progressive clientele, exceptional customer service, and a lasting commitment to amazing music and entertainment,” says Mr. Russo. “Right now, it’s difficult to find all of these elements consistently at play at any Chicago venue. The Shrine sets a new standard and brings all of these together each and every night. We are first and foremost a DJ driven dance club with ability to host live shows on occasion” sat down with two members of The Shrine’s staff: Booking Agent, Marcel MrGreenweedz Wilks and General Manager, Lo Grayson. We talked about The Shrine, it’s impact on Chicago and the exciting things they have in store for all of us!

The Rebirth of Chicago Cool directed by Konee Rok follows Russo and his team as they plan for the opening of The Shrine, a rare behind the scenes look at the life of a night club. 

Can't-Miss April Concerts at the Shrine (2109 S. Wabash Ave)

  • April 22, 9PM, Krs-One (+ Mykal Rose & Sister Carol w/ live band), buy tickets here.
  • April 24, 9PM, Windy Sounds #1 (featuring Neak, Sidewalk Chalk), buy tickets here.
  • April 26, 9PM, Mikkey Halsted + DJ Don Cannon, buy tickets here.
  • April 28, 9PM, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Buy tickets here.
By Sam Lewis, Hip Hop / R&B / Soul Editor,
Help us keep the lights on by subscribing to Chicago Like a Local. For your efforts, we'll deliver awesome stories (like this one) to your inbox. Do we have a deal?