Chicago has been called the birthplace of house, and has a long history of underground house parties. (In fact, people use the word "underground" to mean deep, deep house around here...) Promoters associated with House: C+/Nadisco, Seth Love, Urban Underground...
If house is your thing, be sure to check out some of the smaller parties. The best way to find one (besides word of mouth) is to look for flyers (at Gramaphone or Untitled (near Gramaphone)) that are simple, monochrome and cheaply-made (usually on yellow, red, orange, or pink paper). Look for such dj names as lego, diz, frique, derrick carter, etc... or ask one of the djs at Gramaphone. Very often, the address is directly on the flyer. Wicker Park has a lot of those parties (Paulina, Milwaukee av. ...) but those lofts are usually used only 4-5 times, until they get too busted.
In addition to having a mature house scene, Chicago has the largest hardcore/jungle scene in the midwest. The promoters associated with hardcore/jungle have formed a single production company called jungle ting. it is comprised of ripe, the bad girls, chicago hardcore authority (cha), junga vibe tribe and the dub shack. Right now, Chicago is probably the only city in America where you can go to a proper event and hope to hear a number of hardcore and jungle djs, all playing different styles. It is only a matter of time before Chicago reaches the stature of, say, a Toronto.
Derrick Carter (house)
Spencer Kincey (house)
Efex (hardcore/hard acid)
Hyperactive (hardcore/acid house)
Phantom 45 (hardcore(UK))
Phantom 45 works at Hot Jams and hyperactive works at Hip House. These are the only 2 stores in Chicago that get hardcore/jungle 12"s. Because the records are expensive at these places, many people get records from outside sources.
Gramaphone Ltd -- 2663 N Clark: 312.472.3383
Hip House: 312.581.JAMS
Hot Jams: ???.???.????
Foxies / tuesday (DJ Spencer Kinsey)
Red Dog / wednesday (DJ Diz)
Shelter -- 564 W Fulton / thu-sat (DJs Tom E & John Curley underground/groove house)
Crobar -- N kingsbury near W North / thu-sat (DJs Psycho Bitch & Terry Bristol techno/house)
Last Updated 7/14/94