Enter The Shrine

New late-night venue opens in South Loop

Doug Fogelson

The South Loop gets a little bit cooler this week with the grand opening of the new night spot Shrine (2109 S. Wabash St).

Shrine is the newest concept by Joe Russo, the founder of The Funky Buddha Lounge and several other popular venues in Chicago.

It's described as a "new hub for music across an eclectic cross-section of genres" and a destination for "culturally aware urbanites."

The 8,000 sq. ft. venue can accommodate more than 600 guests. Connected to the main club area is a small, upscale lounge called Coup d’état, complete with it's own separate DJ, bar and service staff.

Once a month the venue will feature an "Eyes Wide Shut" series featuring A-List hip-hop, R&B and reggae artist for the same $20 cover charge. These are acts that usually play in larger arenas that you'll now get to see in an intimate setting.

Other highlights include a Deep and Sexy night on Tuesdays, which meshes soul, house and heavy drums, Patois Wednesdays, with an emphasis on classic reggae and Caribbean music.

A soft opening was held on Thursday night, but this weekend, the doors open to the rest of the public.

Now you're in the Loop.

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