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When DJs Ron Hardy and Frankie Knuckles started spinning a new breed of disco music built from bass and drum machines in Chicago dance clubs more than three decades ago, they established the city as a hub of dance culture. While some of the city’s most legendary clubs have been turned into restaurants, there are still plenty of places to hear dance music in Chicago (we even have entire summer music festivals devoted to electronic acts and DJs). If you’re looking for a place to cut loose, enjoy some bottle service and show off your moves, get in line at the best nightclubs and dance clubs in Chicago.

Smart Bar

This subterranean club adjacent to Metro is a testament to Chicago’s storied dance music history, hosting a weekly Sunday night party (Queen) that carries the torch for the city’s house music scene. Open four nights a week, the Wrigleyville venue is the local home base of internationally renown DJs like the Black Madonna, Derrick Carter and Mark Farina. Whether you’re listening to cutting-edge DJs or dusty old records, Smart Bar’s cozy confines and European sound system make it an ideal place to lose yourself to dance.

The Mid

Fulton Market may be best known for its thriving dining scene and Google headquarters, but all of those people need somewhere to go pop bottles and blow off some steam. Enter the Mid, a two-tiered dance club that books top-tier DJ sets and hosts local parties three nights a week. Reserve a table and celebrate a special occasion with bottle service, or just show up after you’re done with dinner to dance with friends and strangers on the floor.

East Room

Now outfitted with a 4am license, East Room has quickly become a preferred destinations for pre-gaming, after-parties and everything in between. Arrive at the Logan Square bar on a random night and you may find local tastemakers playing tracks at the Aux Cord DJ night or encounter a line down the block for DJ sets from national acts like Toro y Moi and Nosaj Thing.

Berlin

A preferred hideout of local weirdos since the ’80s, when the club lived up to its name by regularly featuring German new-wave music and art installations. These days, Berlin is best known for its weekly drag shows, ’80s dance parties and quirky tributes to artists like Prince, Madonna and Björk. Stop by every Wednesday for the rotating Stardust party, which features events like Femme’s Room and DURO, which explicitly welcome LGBTQ, Latinx and other underrepresented communities.

Beauty Bar

Chicago’s outpost of the kitschy Beauty Bar concept falls in line with iterations in New York, San Francisco and Austin, outfitted with sparkling walls and ’60s beauty salon furniture. Hang out under the disco ball at popular recurring parties like Timbuck2esday, Emo vs. Pop-Punk and themed Thursday night happy hours. If your nails need a bit of work, you can sometimes score a manicure and a martini in the front room for $15.

Studio Paris

The preferred nightclub of local celebrities like Chance the Rapper, Studio Paris resides on the second floor of River North Italian restaurant Il Porcellino. While cover charges can be pricey, it’s one of the only places in town where you’ll find high-profile touring DJs and musicians stepping behind the decks for relatively intimate sets. Tables can be secured only with bottle-service reservations, so get ready to pony up some cash for the privilege of partying in these exclusive surroundings.

Disco

Located above Celeste in River North, Disco wears its retro aspirations on its sleeve, boasting a gigantic lighted dance floor and plenty of massive mirror balls. The playlists are also a conscious throwback to the ’70s, filled with key disco (duh), funk, soul and house music cuts. Show up on Thursday and Saturday nights from champagne and dancing in this Instagram-worthy club.

PRYSM Nightclub

This two-tiered nightclub brings the party to Lincoln Park… just across the street from the Whole Foods Market. You’ll find big-name DJs like Steve Angello and Afrojack dropping beats, in addition to regular parties like F.A.M.E. Saturdays that always seem to draw a crowd. PRSYM boasts three bars, plenty of tables for your bottle service splurges and a VIP suite that you can rent out if you’re feeling extra flush.

The Underground

You’re likely to run into a VIP at Billy Dec’s River North nightclub, which is frequented by everyone from athletes to movie stars. Though it once sported an underground bunker theme, the subterranean space has been remolded to reflect the tastes of its chic clientele. You’ll find DJs spinning electronic beats, tables sporting bottle service and—if you’re luck—a famous face to take a selfie with.

Evil Olive

It may not have the ideal layout for dancing, but party people still cram into this palindrome-monikered Bucktown club. Evil Olive’s main attractions are its powerful sound system, $2 drinks on Tuesdays and a Saturday night trap music party that keeps the floor vibrating with bass-heavy tracks for six straight hours. You’ll scream yourself hoarse here, but sometimes that’s just the cost of having a great time.

Debonair Social Club

Located in Wicker Park’s prominent Flat Iron Building, Debonair caters to the young people that seem to fill the neighborhood’s streets each weekend. On Thursdays and Saturdays, the venue’s signature video dance party keeps guests visually stimulated while they groove on the dance floor. Legendary goth and punk club Neo lives on in the basement on Wednesday nights with a mix of New Wave and ’80s music.

Sound-Bar

A slick, modern, multilevel Euro-style entry in River North’s crowded club scene, this venue has kept clubbers busy ever since opening in 2004, hosting touring progressive house and techno DJs on a regular basis. With a solid lineup of resident DJs, costumed dancers and a powerful sound system, this multiroom venue always seems to boast a spectacular scene.

Spy Bar

Founded in 1995, this 300-capacity River North club is all about its “global vibe,” inviting underground techno and electro artists from around the world to perform for adoring crowds.

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When and where is the DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 Conference?

DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 takes place from June 17th to 18th, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for travel details.


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Address:
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States




What’s the Schedule?

Here’s the high-level schedule (note: all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

Wednesday, June 20, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am - 12:00pm: General Session
12:00pm – 1:00pm: Networking Luncheon
1:00pm – 2:30pm: General Session
2:30pm – 3:10pm: Refreshments & Networking
3:10pm – 5:00pm: General Session
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Welcome Cocktail Reception

Thursday, June 21, 2019
9:00am - 9:45am: Registration Check-in, Welcome Refreshments & Networking
9:45am – 12:30pm: Master Classes
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Networking Luncheon
1:30pm – 4:00pm: Master Classes
4:00pm - 6:00pm: Farewell Cocktail Reception


How much does it cost to attend DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Regular price is $797 (USD) for a main conference access. We are also offering an All Access Pass, which includes the main conference, all Master Classes, Welcome and Farewell Cocktail Receptions and Video on Demand, for $1,097 (USD). Last but not least we have a Virtual Pass/Video On Demand (VOD) option for those who can’t make the conference for $347 (USD). For more information about pricing and the different passes available please click here.


What is included in the Main Conference Pass registration fee?

Your completed Main Conference Pass registration provides you the following:

  • Conference Bag
  • All General Sessions – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • AM/PM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019


What is included in the All Access Pass registration fee?

Your completed All Access Pass registration provides you everything included in the Main Conference Pass plus the following:

  • All Master Classes – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • TECHSPO Hall (Unlimited Access) – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • AM Refreshments, Networking Luncheon – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • Farewell Cocktail Reception – Thursday, June 18th, 2019
  • On Demand – Available online approximately 2 weeks after conference concludes


What is included in the VIP Pass registration fee?

Your completed VIP Pass registration provides you everything included in the All Access Pass plus the following:

  • VIP Priority Registration Check-In – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on General Session Day – Wednesday, June 17th, 2019
  • VIP Seating on Master Class Day – Thursday, June 18th, 2019


How do I register? Register now!

Full registration information is available here.


What forms of payment are accepted?

The following forms of payment are accepted: American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal. Payment is required to complete your registration.


Is there a group discount?

Absolutely! Bring as many colleagues as you’d like! Register FOUR or more people from the same company simultaneously to receive $200 discount off the prevailing registration price for each member of your group.

There are just a few simple Group Registration rules:

  • All registrants must be employed by the same company.
  • All members of the group must be registered at the same time. Discounts will not be applied retroactively.
  • You must pre-register to take advantage of these rates, which will not be offered on site.
  • Group Registration Rates cannot be combined with any other offers.

More details about Group Rates here.


Are there academic, government, nonprofit or military discounts?

Academic, Government, Military & Non-Profit discount rates at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 apply to current full-time employees of academic institutions, federal, state or local government agencies, international government agencies, active military and non-profit organization employees only.

More details about Discount Rates here.


What is the dress code?

Conference attire is business casual for all events, including the evening events. We do recommend bringing a sweater or light jacket with you since personal preferences vary regarding room temperature.


Can I bring a guest to the conference and networking events?

All attendees at the conference and networking events must be registered attendees who purchased tickets.


Can I send a substitute in my place?

You may send a substitute in your place at any time. All such requests must be submitted by email to registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @). Only requests made by the original registrant will be honored.


What is the refund policy?

You may cancel your participation in DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 at any time, but please be aware of the following cancellation policy listed below.

Registration cancellations received 90 days prior to the Conference incur a 25% processing/administrative fee. Refunds will be issued within 30 days after event. If you must cancel for any reason, notify our registration department by 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable. Substitutions allowed prior to 90 days prior to the Conference with written or Faxed authorization only. No substitutions less than 90 days prior to the Conference. Cancellations less than 90 days prior to the Conference are non-refundable for any reason, including, but not limited to, failure to use DigiMarCon credentials due to illness, acts of God, travel-related problems, acts of terrorism, loss of employment and duplicate purchase. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds for badges that have been revoked.

Unused registrations/applications have no monetary value and cannot be credited to future years or events. DigiMarCon will not issue refunds or credits due to failure to redeem a discount coupon during the registration process. Discounted prices are based on the date payment is received in the DigiMarCon office. Reselling DigiMarCon Midwest 2020 registrations is not permitted.


I live outside of United States, do you accept attendees from other countries?

Yes, international attendees are welcome at each of our conferences.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, can DigiMarCon prepare an invitation letter for me to attend the conference for Visa Processing purposes?

Yes, this is often requested for International Attendees. After you have registered, send a letter request email to info@digimarcon.com and provide your address, company name, company title and passport information to be included in the invitation letter.


I live outside of United States and my country requires a Visa to visit United States, if my Visa Application is declined will I get a refund?

You can request a cancellation at any time. Refer to our refund policy for refund eligibility criteria.


Where should I stay in Chicago?

The official conference hotel to stay in Chicago is;

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 S Martin Luther King Dr
Chicago, IL 60616
United States
https://digimarconmidwest.com/hyatt-regency-mccormick-place/

Hotel Booking Instructions

To book a room at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place follow the instructions below;

By Phone:
Call 1-312-567-1234, ask for reservations, give group name ‘DigiMarCon Midwest 2020’ and arrival date and book.


What networking activities are associated with DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

A full list of the official conference networking functions are available here.


Will I receive event updates?

Yes, DigiMarCon will send emails periodically to update you on the agenda, event happenings and logistics. Please make sure that the email address registration[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @) is in your safe senders list to ensure you are receiving all important event information.


How can I submit to speak at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

There are a limited number of sponsored keynote speaking spots still available during the conference. Please contact Aaron Polmeer, aaron[at]digimarcon.com (replace at with @), if you are interested in this opportunity.


Can I record what is presented at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Sessions may be audio recorded without special permission for personal use only. They cannot be placed online or transmitted to others without permission.

Sessions may be videoed only with special permission for personal use and also cannot be placed online or transmitted to others. Short audio and video clips may be used for blogging and press coverage of sessions. As a general guide, non-contiguous clips of one minute or less should be used. Contact us if you need guidance about longer clips.


How can we sponsor DigiMarCon Midwest 2020?

Complete the sponsorship inquiry form here for more details on sponsorship, exhibiting and advertising opportunities at DigiMarCon Midwest 2020.


Do you have an affiliate program?

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