LaSalle Power Co.

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LaSalle Power Co. Situated in the historic LaSalle Powerhouse building – built in the 1800s to run Chicago's cable car system – LaSalle Power Co. Chicago United States 41.890802 -87.632691
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Party Earth Review Situated in the historic LaSalle Powerhouse building – built in the 1800s to run Chicago’s cable car system – LaSalle Power Co. is a 20,000-square-foot depository of widescreen sports, dance beats, and half-naked Australian... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express Lines: Merchandise Mart

  • Phone:

    312-661-1122

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  • Hours:

    Th–F 5pm–2am, Sa 5pm–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth LaSalle Power Co. Review

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Situated in the historic LaSalle Powerhouse building – built in the 1800s to run Chicago's cable car system – LaSalle Power Co.

Situated in the historic LaSalle Powerhouse building – built in the 1800s to run Chicago’s cable car system – LaSalle Power Co. is a 20,000-square-foot depository of widescreen sports, dance beats, and half-naked Australian men.

Early evenings draw after-work young professionals to the ground floor, where they can catch the Cubs on myriad flat-screens by the bar or relax with a few pints on one of the elevated lounges.

Expansive rows of tufted gold leather chairs and warm lighting give the space a vintage feel, but the pool tables in back and celebratory cheers on game days highlight the distinctly sporty vibe.

Well-dressed clubbers looking for a dance party, however, will find it upstairs, where a trendier crowd fills the intimate dance floor to groove to house and Top 40 hits, or chills between sets on black vinyl couches and around reserved tables near the small DJ booth. Brightly lit by spherical lamps, the space is airy and open early in the evening, though by night’s end the line at the bar is usually several sweaty bodies deep.

The third level gets just as sweaty as the all-male revue Thunder From Down Undergyrates for wild groups of gal pals slurping vodka lemonades and hiding their wedding rings. The hunky Aussies onstage dress – and then undress – as cowboys, firemen, and Spartan warriors, encouraging crowd participation much to the delight of the soon-to-be brides joining the men onstage as their bachelorette parties cheer them on.

Variety is definitely the spice of life at LaSalle Power Co., where three levels and three distinct vibes electrify the night with something for just about everyone.

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Tip from Emma:

LaSalle often has free or very cheap food specials during their Happy Hour. Check their twitter feed for the next upcoming deal.

  • Crowd

    Many bachelorette parties and a diverse mix of clubbers, young professionals, and boisterous sports fans, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several TVs and pool tables on the ground floor. DJs spin mostly Top 40 and house on the second level. Male revue Thunder From Down Undernormally performs two shows on Fridays and three on Saturdays, though performance dates can vary.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    American comfort including fries, burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs. Elevator available. Half-priced appetizers and select drinks Th–Sa 5–7pm. Drink packages available.

  • Prices

    No cover charge. Sides $3, sandwiches $3.75–$6.50, burgers $4–$6, hot dogs $3.50–$5.50. Beer $4–$8, beer buckets (five domestics) $15, wine $8–$10/glass or $28–$35/bottle, cocktails $6–$8, shots $6–$10, bottle service $180+. Thunder From Down Under tickets $40–$60.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to trendy club wear: polo shirts, jeans, miniskirts, heels, slacks, button-downs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a rowdy crowd dancing to mainstream DJs and groups of women enjoying the stage show, and Thursdays for a more relaxed place to catch the game in a unique environment.

  • Close By

    Excalibur (632 North Dearborn Street) is a multi-room nightlife entertainment complex with daily DJs, comedy, live bands, and interactive shows.

LaSalle Power Co. User Reviews

Average rating:
Guys Night Out
Master C. Feb 26, 2013
If you're looking for a night out with “the boys” then La Salle Power Co. is your perfect match. The first floor is basically....basically, a sports bar with enough TVs strung up to make for a quick getaway after doing some extended gazing at the hotties a few tables over. Besides being filled with women who love sports and live entertainment (Djs and bands on the 2nd floor)on two floors, there is also an influx of women coming for bachelorette parties or just a wild night out with the gals to see the Thunder Down Under up on the third floor. Guys might not be too interested in that third part (Australian Chip and Dales for the Chicago night life) but you can bet all those women who have just paid top dollar to see some gyrating will be down on the dancefloor when the show ends,possibly right around the time you and your boys have just topped off a few rounds watching D. Rose pull the Bulls through another one. Drink prices? Food? All are well within the average mans budget for a night out (be sure to check their Twitter feed for specials). As for a dressscode, keep it classy. Button downs, polos, blazers, vests – dress for a good night out.
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