Party Earth Review The only “subterranean” thing about this popular live music venue is the string of prohibition-era tunnels secreted away beneath the hundred-year-old building’s foundation, long forgotten amid the pounding rock, punk... ... read full review
2011 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Blue Line: Damen
M–F 7pm–2am, Sa 7pm–3am, Su 8pm–2am
Wicker Park / Bucktown, Chicago –
The only “subterranean” thing about this popular live music venue is the string of prohibition-era tunnels secreted away beneath the hundred-year-old building’s foundation, long forgotten amid the pounding rock, punk, and varying DJ performances that shake the space’s walls every night.
Music lovers looking for house, reggae, and hip-hop DJs hang out at the ground floor SubT Lounge, which features local art, a retro orange-lit bar, an open dance floor, and an array of black vinyl couches for the casual groups of after-work professionals and hipsters who show up to shake off the day.
The dark blue Cabaret Room and the blaring sounds of live music beckon grunge kids and tight-jeaned rockers upstairs, while mini-skirted girls bombard the bar and merchandise table in back, balancing PBR cans and band shirts as they make their way to the stage to jive to the music.
Revelers in need of a breather from the bopping can head up to the mezzanine, which offers a bird’s-eye view of the action below.
An industrial venue that hosts a slew of hot DJs and loud bands, Subterranean promises that its live performance-loving patrons will never have to scrounge for great music.
Varies by event, but mostly grungy rockers, casual hipsters, occasional clubbers, and hip-hop enthusiasts, early 20s to early 30s.
Nightly DJ spinning everything from house to reggae. Live bands perform mostly rock and punk. Local artwork. TV and movie screen used in conjunction with DJ sets.
Menu featuring mostly soups and sandwiches. Coat check. ATM on site.
Cover charge $5–$15. Appetizers $3–$8.50, soups and salads $6–$11, sandwiches $8–$10. Beer $3.50–$6, wine $7–$8, mixed drinks $5–$10, shots $5–$10. Coat check $2. $10 credit card minimum.
Rocker wear: black hoodies, jeans, graphic t-shirts, leather jackets, miniskirts, thigh-highs, short dresses with heels.
Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest acts, or any time a band of interest is playing.
Double Door (1572 North Milwaukee Avenue) hosts very popular live music acts just blocks away.