I love clubs! Love them like a flat tire, in rain, in a questionable part of town. From Tokyo to London, I'm amazed by the avant-garde club scenarios, but once I'm inside I don't really know what to do, aside from this: dance like a mess, order shots, and scream "what!??"
VLive, Logan Square's shiny new diamond, is finally a club where I can ditch the awkward itinerary and act like a semi-classy human. Rafael Mendoza's (Crescendo, Enclave) 30,000-square-foot real estate gem is a three-level venue with seven smartly engineered spaces, each a diverse scene. Start at the foyer entrance with two Ticketmaster windows and eight flat-screen TVís showcasing the upper levels. Upstairs is the 950-person live music/DJ stage with a 200-person VIP. If you prefer to escape the exhilaration of the main stage, move to the adjacent sports lounge with leather armchairs and couches, or the dance hall that features salsa music, or move up to the two VIP lofts. In each space the bustle of the main club is seen, not heard.
If a populated dance floor is your thing, there isn't a bad view at VLive and the stage features two enormous screens that remind me of new-age Lite-Brites. Friday and Saturday, VLive features a global DJ rotation from DJ Gogos from Mykonos to Chicago's own bad boy, Skyler of Yello Fever.
If all that dancing burns up your energy, VLive has double doors on the first floor open to Fuego Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar, serving food and drinks until 5 a.m.
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Anderson