#Afterlife: The Resurrection of Annex Nightclub

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Saturday January 23rd 2016 marks “Sneak Peak Opening”  of #Afterlife  being held at the Annex Night Club. The following weekend (Jan 29-30) will mark the inaugural night of the club’s resurgence into the Chicago scene. The Annex is located at 1958 W North Ave, on the edge of Wicker Park & Bucktown. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bobby De Maria (Managing Partner/ Creator of #Afterlife) to get to scoop on everything and anything you’d like to know about this new event and hot spot. But first a little background on Annex:
Most notably the space was home to the locally famous Red Dog Nightclub in the early 90’s. Red Dog was one of the premier spots for true House Music during its existence. The club was often competing for acts with Crobar at the time. For several years the club also played host to the World Famous Boom Boom Room, which went on to become the longest running House party in the United States – roughly 24 years. Following Red Dog, the space had a stint where it was known as Ohm, which saw its better days as a Hip Hop Club.
WSC: How did #Afterlife get into talks to resurrect the club?
Bobby: Honestly, a lot of it was good timing. The owners were thinking about remodeling the club, but wanted to be sure they had some solid brands and parties involved before they made the call. They had just hired our boy Joey Swanson ( Radio host of 101.1fm’s Electric Playground & Creator of Boom Boom Room) to coordinate the remodel/ re-brand. In turn Joey gave me a call and asked if I wanted to be involved with the space. I said of course and I went in for a meeting and pitched #Afterlife. The owner and the GM, Mike Cho, loved the concept of the night. They thought the branding behind the party was great and the “Come as you are, be who you are” vibe was perfect for the spot. A lot of the shows they did at Red Dog were similar to what we do, so I could only imagine that’s why we all vibed so well.

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Just Stay Chi! Weekly Clubbing Preview 1 (2015)

Monday 1/5/2015

EvilOlive SRTB Presents: Porn n Chicken Domination (Dom Browns Bday) Banger RSVP Deal: Free before 11:00 PM
The MiD industry Mondays For tickets follow the LINK

Tuesday 1/6/2014

Door #3 at Doube Door Brotinez, Tsunami Say “HATZ” at the door for FREE entry till 10:30 PM reduced after
EvilOlive The Trap House After party Say “HATZ” at the door
Primary Primary $2 Tuesdays Say “Diana” at the door for FREE entry till 12 AM Reduced After.
Roof on the Wit Roof Live Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Time Industry Tuesdays  w/ Dj Sye Young For reservations follow the LINK

Wednesday 1/7/2015

Studio Paris Kalendr For Tickets follow the LINK.To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
The Underground EDW – Steve Smooth For reservations email Host@TheUndergroundChicago.com

Thursday 1/8/2015

The MiD    Slander Password: WHYSOCHI Free entry all night for ladies, free until 12AM, ($10) after for gentlemen. For bottle service and table reservations text 773.504.4348 Also groups of 6 girls or more ask about our special bottle offer.
Roof on the Wit PHNM Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Spybar Rj Pickens, Phil Rizzo, Low Ki and The Mig FREE
Smartbar Relight The Night: A Housewarming For SmartBar w/ Derrick Carter + Special Guests TBA FREE
Studio Paris MattBoyWhite For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.

Friday 1/9/2015

EvilOlive Anything Goes Ft. Dj He Man, Mingo Cerda+Flow, Ebilla, Gold Status, Umbertron and Hott Mess Password “Evil” at the door for FREE entry before midnight discounted after.
The MiD Dom Browns Birthday Bash – Porn N Chicken Password: WHYSOCHI Free entry all night for ladies, free until 12AM, ($10) after for gentlemen. For bottle service and table reservations text 773.504.4348 Also groups of 6 girls or more ask about our special bottle offer.
Primary Them Flavors w/ Dubbel Dutch Say “Diana” at the door for FREE entry till 12 AM Reduced After.
Roof on the Wit Kalendr Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Smart bar Dasha Rush For tickets follow the LINK 
Sound-bar No Sleep Password: “WHYSOCHI”  Free entry until 1 AM,  half off after .  For bottle service and table resevations text 773.504.4348
Spybar Max Jacobson RSVP Deal Free Before 12 Am $20 After
Studio Paris EC Twins For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
Time Navic Opening set by James Dean For reservations follow the LINK

Saturday 1/10/2015

8Fifty8 Fireball Presents Award Winning Fire Show W/ Dj Gorgo For party booking and reservations, follow the LINK or contact Isabel at 312.455.2776.
EvilOlive Hot n Bothered feat. Paul Johnson Text Get Down to 312 659 6922 To Get In Free
The MiD Moguai For tickets follow the LINK
Primary Octavius x Russoul: Live Set Say “Diana” at the door for FREE entry till 12 AM!
Roof on the Wit Zebo Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
Sound-bar Local Talent Password: “WHYSOCHI”  Free entry until 12 AM,  half off after .  For bottle service and table resevations text 773.504.4348
Spybar Tru Musica Showcase RSVP DEAL: Free Before 12 AM $20 After
Studio Paris Vice For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
Time Viktor, Vlad House, Gordo For reservations follow the LINK

Sunday 1/11/2015

Primary The Pool House + Primary Presents: Act Natural Say “Diana” at the door for FREE entry till 12 AM!
Studio Paris Dj Snoopadelic For Tickets follow the LINK. To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
The Underground CIA Sundays – PHNM RSVP to CIA@RockitRanch.com

Just Stay Chi! Weekly Clubbing Preview 15 (2014)

Monday 4/14/2014

EvilOlive SRTB Presents:  Porn N Chicken RSVP ON Do312.com for NO COVER before 11 PM!
The MiD Industry Mondays presented by EFFEN Vodka w/Boogie Shoes, Kalendr and Arkitek RSVP Deal: Free Before 11:30 PM

Tuesday 4/15/2014

Bodi Industry Night – Protégé, Gordo, Gus Karas, Nathan Scott Contact brett@bodichicago.com for table reservations and guest list!
Primary Primary $2 Tuesdays Text “VIP” to 41411 for No Cover
Roof on the Wit Roof Live -A Skyline View and Live Acoustic Guitar. $5 Coronas all night. Reservations Call: 312-239-9588

Wednesday 4/16/2014

Castle W.I.N with Big Once – Gus Karas Table & Party Reservations: 312.576.3871
Smartbar Disco Illusion w/ Tone B. Nimble, Darryn Jones, Solson FREE
Studio Paris Lema To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.

Thursday 4/17/2014

Bodi Social Thursdays – The Official Late Night After Party Contact Brett Picarazzi at brett@bodichicago.com for table reservations!!
Castle Re-Vision FREE ENTRY till 11:30 PM, $5 Cover
The MiD Nick Rockwell RSVP Deal: FREE before 11:30 PM . VIP express entry tickets also available.
Primary Them Flavors Thursdays feat. Jaw Jam FREE from 10pm-11pm w/RSVP, $5 from 11pm-12am w/RSVP $10 after 12am. Students: $5 all night
Spybar Jubilee FREE All Night
Smartbar Gonzo Gonzo $5 before midnight, $7 after
Studio Paris Mr.Best  To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
Roof on the Wit Dolo Reservations Call: 312-239-9588
The Underground 2014 Spring Style Series: Wilfred Newman RSVP: styleseries@theundergroundchicago.com

Friday 4/18/2014

8fifty8 The Movement Fridays For guest list and table reservations follow the LINK. For parties call 312.455.2776
Bodi Kid Clay’s Birthday Bash Contact Brett Picarazzi at brett@bodichicago.com for reservations.
Castle Localized 4.0-Localized Ladies FREE all night Gentlemen FREE till 11:30 Pm and reduced after with password “I Know RJ”
Lumen Project Fun -Hosted Hennessy Punch Bar 10-11 For guest list follow the LINK
The MiD Felix Da Housecat RSVP Deal: Free before 11:30 PM
Primary It’s A Good Friday For tickets follow the LINK
Smartbar Blondes $13 before midnight, $15 after by following LINK ($10 before midnight with facebook RSVP or valid Student ID)
Sound-Bar Simon Patterson $20 General Admission, RSVP for free cover before 11:30 PM, $10 from 11:30 PM – 12:30 PM, $15 after.
Spybar Nicole Moudaber RSVP Deal: Free before 12 AM $20 After
Studio Paris Ruckus with Dj Arkitek To reserve a table, please call 312-377-9944 or email studioparis@leye.com.
Roof on the Wit Dela Chapelle opening set by Kalendr Resevations Call: 312.239.9502
The Underground Special Dj Event by Smantha Ronson For table reservations contact host@TheUndergroundChicago.com

Saturday 4/19/2014

8Fifty8 Disco Bunny Easter Edition Party For Guest list and Table Reservations follow the link. For parties, call 312.455.2776.
Castle Stefano Noferini Follow the LINK to buy tickets.
EvilOlive Hot n Bothered with My Boy Elroy, Striz, Kite!, Mia Wallace, Duke Shin + More Say”Bobby’s World”  for FREE entry before 11:30 Pm $5 from 11 Pm to 1 AM and $8 after 1 AM
Lumen Lumen Saturdays For guest list follow the LINK
The MiD R3hab For tickets for this event follow the LINK
Nikki Glitterati RSVP DEAL: Ladies FREE, men Free 10-12 reduced after
Smartbar Justin Long  $12 before midnight, $15 after for tickets follow the LINK ($10 before 12 AM with Facebook RSVP or valid student ID)
Soundbar Kevin Saunderson $20 general admission. RSVP for free cover before 11:30 PM. Pre-sale tickets also available by following LINK
Spybar Scuba – Inphinity & Kalendr – Martin Stoy RSVP Deal: Free before 12 AM $20 after.
Studio Paris Jerzy Saturdays  To reserve a table, please call 312.595.0800 or email studioparis@leye.com.
Roof on the Wit Sat One Reservations Call: 312-239-9588

 

Sunday 4/20/2014

Castle Candyland “Bad Wabbits” X Rated Easter Bunny Bash FREE COVER ALL NIGHT! Reservations – 312-285-9415
Primary Pool House CII “4/20” Edition say “Forte” for free entry untill 1 AM!
Smartbar QUEEN! Vs The Carry Nation w/ Michael Serafini, Garrett David, Nita, Will Automagic $7 All Night, Free before midnight
The Underground CIA Sundays w/ delaChapelle RSVP to CIA@RockitRanch.com

The Pool House XCVIX At Primary Night Club – Sunday, 3/30/2014 – No Cover & No Dress Code

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The Pool House XCVIX At Primary Night Club - Sunday, 3/30/2014 - No Cover & No Dress Code

Forte Entertainment Group & Primary Presents invite you to The Pool House. The Pool House delivers true house music, a sexy ambience, and an intimate experience. With the help of our resident DJ’s and special guests, we will share the music that we know and love… Music deeply rooted in Chicago’s history.

The Pool House will be open every Sunday from 10pm until 4am. There will be NO COVER before 1am with the use of any sponsored password, and a reduced cover charge after (subject to change for special events).

http://facebook.com/poolhousechi
http://twitter.com/poolhousechi

FEATURES:

– Tune in to the live video broadcast at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-pool-house1

– Download recorded new live sets every week at http://www.soundcloud.com/poolhousechi

– VOID Sound System & 12’ x 30’ LED Wall

HOSTS:

– Forte Entertainment Group:
http://facebook.com/FORTEent
http://twitter.com/FORTEent

– Primary Presents:
http://primarychi.com/
http://facebook.com/primarynightclub
http://twitter.com/primarypresents
http://instagram.com/primarypresents

– House of Chi:
http://facebook.com/houseofchievents
http://twitter.com/House_ofChi

**SPECIALS**:

-$200 | 2 Bottles (750ml) of Effen Vodka & Flavors (Cucumber, Black Cherry, Raspberry) (+ FREE Bottle of House Champagne)

-$150 1 Bottle (750ml) Fireball

– $9 Select Craft Cocktails

-$8 Tall Boy PBR + Shot of Jameson or Fireball

-$6 Fireball Shots

-$5 Select Craft Beers

-$5 Bloody Mary’s

-$4 | PBR Tall Boys

-Table Reservations: Contact Any Host (Listed above)

Where: Primary Night Club (5 W Division St)
When: Sundays, 10pm – 4am
NO COVER before 1am with the use of any sponsored password

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SPECIAL GUESTS:

TIMA FEI | INSYDIUS | BART TAKUSKI

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RESIDENT DJ’s: BISHARAT | JORDAN BERNARDO

BISHARAT | http://www.thebisharat.com/ | http://facebook.com/thebisharat | http://twitter.com/thebisharat | http://soundcloud.com/thebisharat | http://ResidentAdvisor.net/DJ/Bisharat

JORDAN BERNARDO | http://facebook.com/jordanbernardo | http://twitter.com/jordanbernardo_ | http://soundcloud.com/jordanbernardo | http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/jordanbernardo

MIKE MIRALDI | Host/MC | http://twitter.com/mikemiraldi

GUEST BARTENDERS & SERVERS:

Alexandra Crow
Blake Anthony Seitz
Chris Flores
Gina Darling
Jon Hewak
Laura Madlangbayan
Laya Bella

* For artist bookings or if you would like to get more involved with the night (DJ’s/bartenders/hosts/dancers) please message mike@primarychi.com