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Primary (CLOSED)

Clubs Rush & Division
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Matthew Reeves Primary

Between its oversize dance floor, massive LED wall, 30-foot bar and craft cocktail program, Primary is sure to become the envy of its Gold Coast neighbors, and fast. Owned by a posse of nightlife veterans with their ears to the sound of now, it's a hip alternative to clubs near the "triangle" that have been coasting with the same formula. Look for some of the city's top up-and-coming DJs spinning house, electro, dubstep, underground disco and indie dance alongside the occasional global talent. What do real clubbers crave? An intimate, music-focused but still stylish night out free of bullshit. This NKOTB puts it all on a top soundsystem. We think this basement club fills the void left by Sonotheque.


Venue name: Primary (CLOSED)
Address: 5 W Division St

Cross street: at State St
Opening hours: Wed–Fri 10pm–4am; Sat 10pm–5am; closed Sun–Tue
Transport: El stop:Red to Clark/Division. Bus:22,36,70.
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In my opinion, Primary is the best club in Chicago, bar none.  The Void sound system brings the music into your soul created by the amazing DJs who help in creating the experience. The people who are the Primary family, including the doorman, bartenders, etc. are a family and they welcome you in. You can tell they like working there as I've been to many clubs where the staff can be rude or make you feel not welcomed. It is the opposite at Primary as the folks that Derek (the owner) has attracted are friendly, talented and just plain phenomenal. You (or at least I can) when a company or business is run well, as it shows. If and when you are in Chicago don't miss going to Primary!

This place has a simple recipe:

Excellent quality sound system + wonderful staff and very fairly priced libations with an excellent beer selection! A night club with zombie dust???? Wow!

Its real offering is its access to the world's best DJs in House, Techno and emergent styles. The people that started the club, as well as some if the staff even, are plugged in to the musuc ?industry.

There are even nights for folks if all tastes, a Latin night, a hip-hop night.

This place clearly is about giving people access to a great time dancing in an intimate setting.

Every time I have gone, I've met great people, and gotten in great conversations about just that.

Parking is a bitch though. But it's literally a block from the el, and in taxi heaven.

Best sounding club in the city, intimate space, and when they have live effects on the video wall, it's like a whole sensory experience.

Not a fan of the neighborhood, but you feel like you're at a NY underground once inside.

Definitely one of my favourite spots.