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Event Fri Jan 11 2013
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.