Smart Bar

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Chicago, United States

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SMART BAR CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
Smart Bar began in 1982 as a way to bring new and exciting dance music and DJs to Chicago. Since then, Smart Bar has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country’s premier cutting edge nightclubs. At the cusp of a quarter century of bringing new music to Chicago, it’s time to take a look back at how we’ve come so far…

Throwing Parties for Friends: The Beginning of a Dream

Owner Joe Shanahan left his hometown of Chicago for New York City in the early 1980s, intending to explore by immersion the developing art, music and dance culture taking over popular culture. At the conclusion of one year, he returned to Chicago and realized that there wasn’t a club that brought together the visual, performing, experimental and fringe arts communities.

Seeking to fill that void, Shanahan drew upon his friends and travel experiences, and began to host parties for the arts and performing community in his loft. Exploiting the camaraderie in the local art community, Shanahan began to combine these DJ-driven parties with local gallery openings and live music venues. Attendance ballooned, and the parties quickly outgrew his loft space.

Finding A Home at 3730 North Clark
A local promoter directed Shanahan to 3730 North Clark Street, the building that would become Smart Bar.

Contact Information

Address
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago 60613
United States
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Phone
773-549-0203
Web
www.smartbarchicago.com/

Past Events

Saturday 1 August 2015
Orchard Lounge & Friends
Orchard LoungeConcert
Smart Bar
Chicago, United States
41.949847 -87.6588
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Friday 19 June 2015
Tommy Four SevenConcert Smart Bar
Chicago, United States
41.949847 -87.6588
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Thursday 14 May 2015
Moritz von Oswald
Olin, KettenkarussellConcert
Smart Bar
Chicago, United States
41.949847 -87.6588

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Saturday 9 May 2015
CassegrainConcert Smart Bar
Chicago, United States
41.949847 -87.6588
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Thursday 7 May 2015
Andy StottConcert Smart Bar
Chicago, United States
41.949847 -87.6588

9 went

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Thursday 30 April 2015
LoneConcert Smart Bar
Chicago, United States
41.949847 -87.6588
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