Party Earth Review Upscale and ultramodern, Sound-Bar is one of the biggest nightclubs in Chicago, an enormous 20,000-square-foot space spanning two levels and featuring separate DJs, nine full bars, and multiple VIP areas. Models, bottles... ... read full review
226 West Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Brown, Purple Express Lines: Chicago
Th–F 10pm–4am , Sa 10pm–5am
River North, Chicago –
Upscale and ultramodern, Sound-Bar is one of the biggest nightclubs in Chicago, an enormous 20,000-square-foot space spanning two levels and featuring separate DJs, nine full bars, and multiple VIP areas.
Models, bottles, and the shiny-shirted men drooling after both flow continuously through the various rooms, highlighted by the giant LED displays flashing overheard. The Round Room lounge and techno-centric Red Room, which flank the main dance area on the ground floor, offer sweaty couples a break from the grinding and upscale club kids a place to shake it in the crimson shadows.
The dance floor itself, rimmed by glowing blue bars and VIP sections, provides the trendy, energetic patrons more than 4,000 square feet of groove space, where laser light shows and scantily-clad go-go dancers jive to the rhythm of DJ-spun house music.
Well-dressed patrons in the mood for a change of musical style can follow the floor-to-ceiling images of champagne and the mirrored stairway to the lower level, where they can dance to the second DJ’s mix of Top 40 and hip-hop and watch how yet another swirling light show reflects off the sea of bling and gelled hair.
Large swaths of red vinyl booths sandwiched between glowing green bars form additional VIP sections, perfect for the single ladies and clusters of fashion-conscious friends downing a few drinks before heading back out to the floor.
Trendy and diverse, Sound-Bar plays to the tune of real, dance-oriented clubbers.
Attractive and fashionable clubbers and dance fiends, early 20s to mid-30s.
Resident DJs spin house, club techno, hip-hop, and Top 40. Go-go dancers nightly. Laser light shows. Check calendar for schedule of DJs.
No food. Patrons can avoid the cover charge by looking for passwords often posted on the venue’s Facebook page, or by RSVP-ing online and arriving before 11:30pm. Mandatory coat check.
Cover charge $20–$35. Beer $5–$6, wine $8–$10/glass, mixed drinks $8–$15, shots $7–$9, bottle service $125+. Coat check $3.
Club attire/dressy: trendy mini-dresses, cocktail dresses with stilettos, designer bags like Gucci or Guess, nice jeans and dress shoes, button-downs from Affliction or Armani.
Friday and Saturday nights for the most popular DJ lineups and dancing.
Ontourage (157 W Ontario Street) a contemporary club with large spiral staircases, multiple private rooms, high-end bottle service, and a giant dance floor.