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Top 5 sexy DJ lounges

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Rodan
  • Bars
  • Wicker Park

Handsomely designed in modern blues and woods, Rodan fulfills the fantasy of the hipster who’s moved on from squalid nights sucking PBRs in no-name dives. DJs spin wildly eclectic sets to their own tastes–anything from Afrobeat and soul to space rock and psych–and the big video screen and weekly live avant-jazz make it a multimedia mecca.

Lumen
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • West Loop
  • price 3 of 4

The emphasis is on wide-open space at this after-work lounge that turns clubby later. An interesting LED lighting fixture captures the theme, while some of Chicago’s harder-hustling disco and electro DJs man the booth.

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Crimson Lounge
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

Though it’s nestled in the lobby of the chic and somewhat stark Hotel Sax, walking into this bar feels a lot like walking onto the set of Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette: The space is filled with Victorian-esque chairs and chaises, and an eclectic soundtrack that encompasses disco, indie dance, rock and more commercial fare on weekends. The result is a place that feels cold and antiquated yet sexy and new at the same time.

  • Bars
  • River North
  • price 2 of 4

This groovy, compact hotel luxury lounge has almost nothing to do with the hotel, the James, to which it is attached. Weekly residents spin energetic electro or trendy hip-hop, many nights actually see a cross-genre mix of both thanks to party promoters @superfun and Crossfader King.

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Y Bar
  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • River North
  • price 3 of 4

Briefly a celebrity hot spot, Y—owned by the Sound-Bar folks—still looks the part with amber and wood shades and a bottle-service orientation. DJ bookings vary from easygoing house to hip-hop, but the sophisticated crowd it caters to might pack the place one night and go somewhere else another.

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