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Event Fri Jan 11 2013

"Dolphin" Reinvented, to Opens its Doors 1/18

Green Dolphin Street, located at 2200 N. Ashland Ave., first opened its doors back in 1992. Stemming from the song title-inspired name was the jazzy climate of the music venue, often raucous and lively. Hip hop shows were booked here during the weekends, while Monday promised the "Boom Boom Room" dance music extravaganza that attendees cherished. However, in 2010, the establishment suddenly shut its doors, rebooking artists, leaving frequent attendees befuddled and curious as to the reason for its hasty change. Spaces filled with dancing bodies and loud music became hallowed and weathered over time, with no real future date set for the club's shakily billed reopening.

However, on January 18, newly dubbed "Dolphin" will open its doors, in the same spot that its predecessor once stood. Reimagined, the club will bring to life the elements of Green Dolphin Street that attendees cherished, while infusing fresh aspects into the club's identity. Redesigned, the club now features numerous distinct spaces, including the Ballroom, which features numerous VIP tables and the main dance floor, The Garden Lounge, which paves the way to a outdoor area perfect for Chicago's spring and summer months, and The White Lounge, which acts as a secondary dance space of the nightclub.

Dolphin will place an emphasis on the phenomenon of electronic dance music. "Just Joey" Swanson, creator of the original Boom Boom Room and participant in many other EDM endeavors, will organize the performances and scheduling, while technological advances will flank the space. Audacious light effects and LED displays will grace the space, complementing the state-of-the-art sound system.

Dolphin will open its doors to the public at 9pm on Friday, Jan. 18, featuring a stellar weekend lineup of events. The Crystal Method will headline opening night, with tickets available online or at the door for $10-$20. On Saturday, Jan. 19, Dance Factory Chicago will host a show that will also be broadcast live on the radio, with tickets costing $10-$20 and doors opening at 10pm. The legendary Boom Boom Room returns on Sunday, Jan. 20, featuring artist Kevin Saunderson and DJs Gene Farris, Diz, Martin Stoy and Dustin Sheridan. A $10-$20 cover allows for entry after doors open at 10.

Dolphin will re-emerge with regular hours on Friday from 10pm-4am, Saturday from 10pm-5am, and Sunday from 10pm-4am, with most events priced at $10-$20. Introducing itself as a nightclub with a re-established and re-imagined identity, Dolphin is sure to attract old attendees who enjoyed Green Dolphin Street's unique allure, and new fans who will appreciate its emphasis on current music trends and a hypnotic, lively environment.

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KS / October 14, 2013 5:37 PM

If you dont stop texting me i swear to god I can destroy your business....I DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR F**KIN CLUB OR THE STUPID CRAP YOU HAVE GOING ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ii / October 14, 2013 7:54 PM

I was actually at the venue last week and my friend was roofied by the bartender....These guys are sick

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


Abbey Pub
Andy's Jazz Club
Aragon Ballroom
Auditorium Theatre
Beat Kitchen
Bottom Lounge
Buddy Guy's Legends
The Burlington
California Clipper
Concord Music Hall
Congress Theater
Cubby Bear
Double Door
Elbo Room
Empty Bottle
Green Mill
The Hideout
Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
Lincoln Hall
Logan Square Auditorium
Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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  & Shops:

Alligator Records
Beverly Records
Bloodshot Records
Dave's Records
Delmark Records
Drag City
Dusty Groove
Flameshovel Records
Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
Laurie's Planet of Sound
Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
Thrill Jockey Records Touch & Go/Quarterstick Records
Victory Records

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