Party Earth Review Located in the upscale Sax Hotel, Crimson Lounge is a swanky River North hotspot reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, complete with rich walnut floors, intricate chandeliers, and a permanent wash of the sultry color from... ... read full review
333 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple Express Lines: State/Lake; Red Line: Grand
M–F, Su 4pm–2am, Sa 4pm–3am
River North, Chicago –
Located in the upscale Sax Hotel, Crimson Lounge is a swanky River North hotspot reminiscent of a Victorian mansion, complete with rich walnut floors, intricate chandeliers, and a permanent wash of the sultry color from which it gets its name.
Well-dressed couples and wealthy young friends relax on embroidered settees next to hand-painted coffee tables, all of which appear to have been dragged from the living room of Louis XIV.
Floor-to-ceiling glass panes with gold lacework separate the lounge into various areas, such that intimate parties can feel like they have their own space, while larger private rooms are further set apart by deep red velvet curtains or heavy glass doors.
Early evenings see a young professional crowd and traveling businessmen staying at the Sax stopping in to unwind over appetizers and a glass of wine, while socialites, finance types, and the Chicago elite arrive later on to schmooze and drink sweet martinis and flutes of champagne.
Though normally quite laid back during the week, the elaborate venue transforms into more of a club on Friday and Saturday nights, with bachelorette parties dancing near their tables and dapper stags vying for their attention.
Those who prefer to sit back and relax settle into the velvet couches and high-backed leather chairs, ordering rounds of bottle service and bobbing their heads to the house DJ. For a mellow night or a sexy spot to groove – or merely to dawdle on fancy furniture – Crimson Lounge is the perfect excuse to get dressed to the nines and sample the Sax.
Young socialites, bachelorettes, wealthy Sax Hotel guests, finance types, classy party girls, and posh Chicago elite, mid-20s to mid-30s.
DJs spin house beats and Top 40 hits. Two TVs tuned to sports or music videos. Occasional live performances.
Light sharable fare from neighboring Bin 36, including cheese platters, cocktail shrimp, and desserts until 11pm. Look for mobile check-in deals on Facebook.
Occasional cover charge after 11pm on Saturdays $20, or $10 with RSVP. Small bites $5–$18. Beer $5–$7, wine $9–$15/glass or $36–$60/bottle, champagne $18–$24/glass or $125–$150/bottle, specialty cocktails $11–$14, bottle service $225–$800.
Complimentary room in Sax Hotel for patrons with $1000 on a single tab. Valet $26 or $12 for four hours with validation through Marina Towers.
Smart casual to dress-to-impress: designer jeans, collared shirts, blouses, dresses, slinky cocktail attire, Jimmy Choos, Hugo Boss.
Fridays and Saturdays for bigger-name DJs and an attractive crowd, or earlier in the evening for a mellow vibe.
NV Penthouse Lounge (116 West Hubbard Street) for exclusive VIP clientele, top-shelf bottle service, and a stellar view.