We're celebrating Black History Month here in Chicago (and everywhere else, for that matter) in February. So we're highlighting one of the most influential musical contributions that the African American culture has gifted to Chicago: soul music.
Don Cornelius' legendary show Soul Train originated here during the 1960s. Sadly, we finally saw its caboose in 2006 when the widely syndicated show came to an end. But that hasn't stopped soul music from staying alive and well in the city. If you want to get down (and boogie-oogie-oogie), these are some parties that you should check out.
When the Windy City Soul Club labels itself as a "rare soul dance party," it means the party goes down, on average, once a month. Formed in 2008, the Soul Club brings together some of the city's most prominent soul DJs to cut a rug at The Empty Bottle, just west of the downtown area. This month, the Club will be getting down on Saturday, February 16. Bonus: cheap beer and shot combos!
Formed around the same time as the Soul Club and with a similar idea in mind, the Chicago Soul Summit is Wicker Park's installment of soul music done right. Once a month, those with the insatiable need to dance converge on the Double Door to hear resident DJs and even the occasional live band. Check it out this Friday, February 15.
If you need a more regular place to boogie, head to Lincoln Park's AliveOne every Tuesday night for the bar's soul party. If you've ever been to AliveOne before, you probably know the trick to enjoying the bar to the fullest but if you heaven't, here it is: head to the back room. The front is cool and all but the lounge-y back room is where the real party (not to mention the DJ) is at. Tuesday nights are curated by house soul DJ Mr. Gac and made (even more) fun by the $2 pints the bar dishes out.
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