Chicago >Bars & Clubs > The Underground
56 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6065441.890893 -87.629967
Thu, Fri 9pm-4am; Sat 9pm-5am; Sun 10pm-4am
Neighborhoods: Near North Side, Central
Mediocre Club – Aturo and Billy Dec are pretentious aholes. The black guy at the door - what's his name, Ahmed? Such a tool. I saw him get whacked over memorial day weekend - best thing I have ever seen. The guy is such an ass hole; and so is Grant, but Grant tries to be nice about it. The black idiot just wants people to kiss his ass. No. Do something with your life ... go get a college degree and get a real job. Don't waste your money in the shit hole underground.
Nightlife Politics well done. – This establishment is the BEST at playing the game of nightlife politics. Everyone bitches about how hard it is to get in, the 70/30 female:male ratio, and the "dbag" doormen. They make their own rules because they can. If you want an enjoyable relaxed scene to drink and dance with some friends in a non-superficial environment-- mostly ANY nightclub is not for you, especially Underground. Chances are you've heard about Underground before you attempt to attend. Don't bother going if the scene and the people that run it don't sound like your cup of tea. Everyone that goes out tries to look their best and be the "hottest babe" or "biggest b aller" out there. In such a shallow nightlife arena, don't expect routine equality standards to apply. You are asking to and will be judged. Money talks in this scene if you are a guy, plan ahead and reserve a table. Also, let's face it-- looks matter. Its not fair, but its life. Their reputation wouldn't be as pronounced if they let anyone and everyone in, and half of the clientèle wouldn't want to go if that were the case. Underground is a great place to party. Great music and overall fun atmosphere.
Don't Believe The Hype – I had such a funny experience at this stupid place. I brought a client of mine (Hip-Hop mogul "Chuck D" of Public Enemy) to Underground as it was purported to be "The Hottest Nightclub in Chicago."
We were told it would be a ten minute wait...That wait later increased to forty minutes. After about 15 I got frustrated and asked the bouncer what the deal was. He said that the people I was with were "old" and "that guy will have to remove his hat" (pointing at Chuck D) before we were even going to be considered to come in. I asked him if he knew who "that guy" was, he laughed and said he didn't care and proceeded to let in several more 18-20 y/o girls in - Which is fine, but those chicks aren't spending any money in that place, just adding to the coke-infested bathroom scene that has the CPD's undercovers buzzing around the inside all the time.
Overated - don't waste your time – There is nothing worse than a place that positions itself as the best in town well after it's sun has set. The door manager, Grant, is taking advantage while he can - selecting VIPs is his job but he is not afraid of taking kick backs - 100 bucks in his pocket will get you in - otherwise he will simply tell you that he will look after you and keep you waiting around while those in the know stream past. Bar staff are rude, patrons are young, and drinks hard to come by. Let this place die.
Bad Layout, Over Crowded, Immature Scene, – this place is so gimmicky but does not live up to the hype at all! The bouncers are pretty pathetic they let girls in but keep their male companions out! You do realize that women will not keep coming back, if there are only chicks at the bar! The actual club is very poorly designed with little dance floor and the bars in the corners where they are inaccessible. The bartender were mainly gay - which is fine but as a single female its nice to have a bit of flirting going on. Other than that plan on waiting a 3o min to get a drink and being treated like shi* buy the bouncers who think they're really cool but sorry they're kind of ugly!
DiscriminatingPigs!!!! clor does matter! – We went there last night(03/20/09) with our guys and they would now let us in!! we were told at the door that since we were not in the guest list, we have to wait till the private party was over..so far okie!
bur a minute later, we saw a buncha blonde chicks get in and i heard them say loud n clear that they were not on the list but wanted to get in.The so called " Gate Manager' ( his name's GRANT incase u wanna punchh that muthertrucker!!!) told the grls that he wud take care of them!!! I was outraged!!!!!
Ther is noithing this place has to offer that you can't find anywhere else.
I AM SO ENRAGED AND I WANT PEOPLE OUT THERE TO KNOW THIS AND THATS WHY I WRTE THS REVIEW.
Memories – I love this place. Something fun and exciting happens. Last time I was there I ran into Nick Cannon. The music is great and the scenery is all good. You definitely want to check this place out.
Bouncers need to get over themselves – Its amazing..they claim to maintain a 70 to 30 girl to guy ratio at all times,but not from what I saw at the front of the line. He said it would be a 10 minute wait and after 40 minutes I watched 40 of his dude friends line cut and him let in about 15 girls. He kept telling me that he was not in charge of when ppl could be let in but that was obviously bs along with the "70/30" ratio they maintain
Worst time EVER I HATE and Hate is a strong word THIS PLACE – The underground was fun until they would not let my boyfriend come in to the club, "He was on the list for my friends private engagement party" Well if you are on the list that does not even matter. The excuse the bouncer guys gave my boyfriend was "we can't let you in because of your shirt" He was wearing a collard dress shirt like any guy would wear to a club. (I mean is the underground now the fashion police)????? Another thing I was told that was there excuse to let all the guys stay outside and allow the ladies to come into the club. If Billy Deck wanted a all girls club he should have invested in a VIP strippers club. Also when I arrived at this establishment, I ordered a drink but did not get what I ordered it was the wrong drink with even the wrong vodka, the girl said she would comp. me but what does that mean, I don't think she knew what the meaning of comp. was because she charged me for the wrong drink plus my new drink. I really don't think people should try so hard to get into this club, WHAT A JOKE.
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